One show only Willie Nelson’s Love Child Show at Ravenswood Hotel, Fremantle

The great man Willie Nelson is still touring the US with his vast catalogue of

proud as she tours all corners of this vast continent.

Brisbane-based tribute to Willie Nelson
Sandra Beynon and Sean Mullen

Willie Nelson’s Love Child Show pays tribute to the music of the great Willie Nelson, through their own renditions of his classic hits. The twist is that his songs are all sung by a charismatic female artist while still paying homage to the spirit of the original song-writing.

Using seven ukuleles tuned in open tuning (a la Keith Richards) Beynon provides a unique rhythm backing to the talented engine-room of guitarist, Sean Mullen.

As touring artists, the outfit is small and tight.  Using hand-crafted backing tracks created by Mullen, the pair has in four years covered Outback Queensland, the Torres Strait, the Top End from Broome to Alice Spring, and now will be debuting in Perth, driving up to Exmouth where Beynon is looking forward to swimming with the whales (or if they have moved on, some manta rays).   There may even be some under-water ukulele playing!

Catch their show at the Ravenswood Hotel at Fremantle, on  Friday 5th July from 630pm and it’s FREE!

Check out their promo video here, shot while on tour in Outback Queensland in August/September 2015, funded by Arts Queensland.

Tribute to Willie Nelson
Brisbane-based duo, Sandra Beynon and Sean Mullen

 

Satriani Tribute Show one night only at The Swan Hotel Fremantle

Sean Mullen plays Satriani
Sean Mullen is an Australian guitarist with serious chops.

If Joe Satriani is your thing and you live in Perth, Western Australia, make sure you get along to this concert by Brisbane-based guitarist, Sean Mullen, as he pays tribute to one of the world’s most famous guitarists.

The Satriani Tribute Show plays on Friday 12th July at the Swan Hotel, Fremantle.

Mullen is one of the rare guitarists whose technical prowess allows him to emulate the great compositions of the USA’s Joe Satriani who has only just finished his world tour.

Playing Satch’s compositions as they were written is a labour of love for the lawyer-by-day, guitarist-by-night wunderkind of the electric guitar.

When not performing Satch’s tunes, Mullen can be found playing alongside talented Brisbane songstress, Sandra Beynon, in the Willie Nelson’s Love Child Show (also performing one show only at the Ravenswood Hotel in Fremantle on Friday 5th July.

Tickets are available from Humanitix or at the door.  $10 adults, $5 concessions.

Check out what’s in store for you at this concert:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J708fbihYFM

 

Diggers Services Club – more like a family than a club

Music makes you smile

Once again Body and Soul has  been invited to perform at Diggers Services Club to entertain the TGIF crowd.  With Sandra Beynon on vocals, Sean Mullen on Guitar and Philip John on percussion, it’ll be a great night of RnB, Pop, Country and Blues.

What strikes us about this club is its family feel – from the big welcome at the reception desk to the great hospitality and smiles behind the food servery and bar.oce that regulars love to meet their friends on a Friday and chill out to the grooves, hiave a dance when the mood strikes and just celebrate the end of another (sometimes hard) week. 

Playing to an audience that really appreciates you is a musicians’ dream.  Seeing faces light up when you play a song they haven’t heard for years, couples embracing on the dance floor as they reminisce about a time and place brought to mind by a familiar song,  and sometimes lonely people who have no-one to dance to feeling freed up to take their place on the dance floor and just soak up the sounds and escape to a happier time.

Music is balm for the soul, the senses and is the glue that keeps the fabric of society together.  No matter who we are, there is a song that evokes a special memory of a time or a person or a place.

Our job as musicians is to bring those feelings back and get people grooving along, forgetting their troubles for just a short while, and remember that happiness is only a melody away sometimes.

Join us this Friday 24th May at Diggers Services Club from 8.30 to 12.30pm.  Bring your friends and bring your dancing shoes!

Eco-Friendly Festivals – Briz Chilli Fest

Ways to reduce plastic waste

Recently I visited a festival in inner-Brisbane and noticed bins overflowing with plastic cups and paper cups.  This was a general waste bin.

Throughout the festival there were recycling bins but no thought had gone into ensuring that the bins were paired so that people could separate their waste.

The result – recyclables going into landfill.

Body and Soul Australia Events and Entertainment has from its first festival in 2017 aimed at reducing waste. From something as simple as banning the straw, or disallowing the sale of plastic bottles, small ideas take growth and become the norm.

Briz Chilli Fest is encouraging patrons not to print out tickets, to bring their own cutlery and cup, re-usable bags, water bottle and to bring a blanket to sit on.

Our sponsor The Greek Club and its flagship restaurant Nostimo are offering the chance to win a $200 dining voucher just by showing us your non-plastic cutlery at the gate!  Get some Greek on your Fork!

We will be using recyclable cups for beer service at this year’s festival, but for future festivals we will aim to purchase bio-degradable drinkware.

Of course there will be segregated waste bins  also being emptied into segregated skip bins.

It is encumbent upon anybody organising large events to ensure they make minimal impact on the environment wherever practicable.  It sometimes isn’t easy, but as time goes on, we will find ways of minimising plastic use and waste.

Tickets for Briz Chilli Fest are now on sale:  https://events.humanitix.com.au/briz-chilli-fest-2019

 

The heat is on for Brisbane’s second chilli festival at Newstead.

Brisbane Chilli Festival

Brisbane, are you ready to get your chilli on?

On Sunday 9th June 2019 at WAterfront Park Newstead, chilli-heads and all-round fun-lovers will revel in the packed program that makes up Briz Chilli Fest.

Not only is this festival family-friendly, it’s also dog-friendly, provided your pooch wears something red or chilli-themed when fronting up at the ticket gate with its parents.

Body and Soul Australia Events and Entertainment prides itself on engaging as many community groups and clubs as possible in its events, and this festival is no exception.

Bhangra Dance Group, the North Brisbane Chinese Association Porcelain Dancers, BAD Dance Company, Triple S Model Boat Club, Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club are all joining in to help make this day one of diverse cultural inclusion.

Save time at the gate and grab your ticket online at:  https://events.humanitix.com.au/briz-chilli-fest-2019

North Brisbane Chinese Association
Blue Porcelain Dancers

 

 

Brisbane’s best family festival – Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane Chilli Festival

Sunday 9th June 2019 at Waterfront Park, Newstead, the whole family will enjoy an array of activities, food and live music at the second annual Briz Chilli Fest.

Many festivals claim that they’re family friendly or say “fun for the whole family” on their flyers, yet then end up being just a great big beer garden, with kids sitting around looking bored or slightly angry, event.

Briz Chilli Fest hosts not one but two jumping castles -one for the kids and one for the adults.

The animal nursery by Amazing Animals to You will enthral the children as will the ponies by Magical Ponies.

Very Krafty will be there with some things for little hands to do, as will Brisbane Art Class run by Katie McErlane.

The Triple S Model Boat Club will be delighting people with their beautiful model water craft on the man-made lake fronting the park.

Motorcycle enthusiasts can cast their eyes over the 20 or so “rides” belonging to the social motorcycle club, Viking Breed.

If hot rods are your thing, Kerry Gray is bringing along his amazing classic hot rod for people to ooh and aah over.

Oh yes, people over 150cm high can hop on the Gladiator Duel inflatable and belt each other with giant foam rods while balancing on a half-ball.  Sure to be hilarious after a drink or two!

Yes, the Afterburn Bar will be serving delicious chilli cocktails,  chilli beer, chilli coffee and lots more.

And of course there’s lots of delicious food, including chilli specialities.

Cool the tongue with some ice-cream, snow cones, iced tea or juice.

And in between all of that, pull up your picnic rug and relax on the grass, taking in the beautiful Brisbane weather and buzzy vibe in downtown Newstead.

Even the dogs can join in, providing they wear a costume of some sort.

Brisbane, get your chilli on!

Things to do in Brisbane – how about Briz Chilli Fest?

Sunday 9th June is the day Hellfire Alley comes to life at Briz Chilli Fest.

A collection of over 20 chilli condiment producers will meet up, exchange ideas and chew the “chilli fat”.

These people are so passionate about what they do – grow, pick, dry, pulverise, cook, pickle, ferment, mash – whatever it takes to produce something amazingly tasty and hopefully unique.

Included in Hellfire Alley are:

  • Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments
  • Fenglehorn Chilli
  • Wiltshire Chilli Farm
  • The Chilli Effect
  • Chinchilli
  • Eden Preserves
  • Fat Wren Farm
  • Cobra Chilli / Mudgeeraba Spices
  • Gourmet Excellence
  • Dr Welsh’s
  • 13 Angry Scorpions
  • Sabarac
  • Scorpios BBQ Sauces
  • Bee All Natural Organic Honey
  • Seed to Salad
  • Mallory’s Tocino Jerky
  • Firing Line Gourmet Chilli
  • Hart Growing

Come along and check them all out!

 

Chilli Eating Competitions – what’s the motivation

Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane’s one and only chilli festival, Briz Chilli Fest, is happening again on Sunday 9th June 2019 at Waterfront Park, Newstead.

Included in the program are 6 eye-watering chilli challenges.

Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments’ Rob Dunn will host “Great Balls of Fire” – a clutch of nasty meatballs set to test the best.

Firing Line Gourmet Chilli will be cooking up a searingly hot batch of Flaming Wings with an extra touch of volcanic heat, thanks to Adrian Zocaro.

Mobile Pizza will be firing up the ovens to create some diabolically hot Pyro Pizzas with sauce by Rob Dunn of Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments.

Brisbane horticulturist and competitive chilli-eater, Hedz Kwan, will be concocting a scarily hot mountain of Napalm Noodles for his challenge.

Get ready to yell as loud as you can in the Tequila Sip n Shout competition – this always sorts out the mice from the men (or women).

Finally, the most daring of competitors will enter the Fiery Pod Challenge hosted by Rob Webb of The Chilli Market Place.   Starting out with jalapeno peppers and ending up with chilli extract, this competition is not for the faint-hearted.

If you are a lover of chilli, or just love to be entertained by people doing crazy things, come along to the festival which kicks off at 11am.

Tickets are available online to save time at the gate.   https://events.humanitix.com.au/briz-chilli-fest-2019

Brisbane! Get your chilli on!

Brisbane is heating up again for its one and only Chilli Fest – Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane Chilli Festival
Waterfront Park Newstead is hotting up for this chilli festival!

Waterfront Park at Newstead will come alive with spice and excitement on Sunday 9th June 2019 for the second annual Briz Chilli Fest.

Run by Body and Soul Australia Music and Events and supported by Brisbane City Council, this fun family and pet-friendly event is sure to get the blood pumping for those keen chilli-heads who cannot resist a little Scoville challenge.

Featuring Hellfire Alley with over 20 chilli product vendors to tantalise your tastebuds, the festival is heaven for those who cannot live without the spice of life.

Communities like India, Korea, Malaysia, China, Africa and Latin America have long adored chillies and could not imagine their food without it, but we Aussies are taking up the bandwagon too with chilli festivals growing in popularity all over Australia.

Briz Chilli Fest is the only festival conducted in Brisbane and attracts the young and old to enjoy a day of fun in the outdoors while indulging in anything from chilli donuts to choc chilli martinis at the AfterBurn Bar.

For the kids, we have a junior obstacle course jumping castle, pony rides, animal nursery and craft activities.

For the big kids, there’s also a Gladiator Duel jumping castle challenge!

The Triple S Model Boat Club will be showing off their members’ watercraft on the lake fronting the park, so that will be a delightful sight to see.

On Centre Stage, watch in awe as brave challengers take on any one of 6 chilli eating challenges!  Great Balls of Fire, Pyro Pizza, Flaming Wings, Napalm Noodles, Tequila Sip n Shout – with $100 cash, a trophy and glory at stake, the competition will be tough.

Tickets can be purchased online via Humanitix, or at the gate on the day.

The event supports Cystic Fibrosis Queensland through donating 10% of profits plus running raffles on the day.

The big-hearted fellas from Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club will be conducting an auction on the day for one of several chances to go out on a pillion ride during the course of the festival.

There’s lots more, but we’ll leave that for another day.

Brisbane, it’s time to get your chilli on!

Brisbane's Chilli Festival
Brisbane's Chilli Festival
Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane’s one and only chilli festival is all set to heat up Waterfront Park, Newstead on Sunday 9th June from 11am to 6pm.

The festival is in its second year and once again supports Cystic Fibrosis Queensland in its fundraising and awareness campaigns.

Featuring “Hellfire Alley” with over 15 of Australia’s best chilli producers offering their wares to try and buy, the festival also hosts general market stalls and a jam-packed program of chilli-eating competitions.

10 contestants will vie to be the champion in each of these challenges:

Great Balls of Fire, Napalm Noodles, Pyro Pizza, Tequila Sip n Shout, Flaming Wings and the nightmarish Fiery Pod Competition.

Jumping castle, animal nursery farm, craft activities and lots of grass to run around on will keep the young ones amused, and parents relaxed.

Sean Mullen plays Satriani
Sean Mullen is an Australian guitarist with serious chops.

Live music includes the fabulous Satriani Tribute Show with super-technician Sean Mullen flying across the fretboard.

Philip John Guitar
Dutch-Australian guitarist, Philip John.

Philip John Trio opens the festival with some cool jazz grooves.

Missy Vader duo pumps out some cool hits with sultry songstress, Sandra Beynon, at the helm.

Missy Vader and the Dark Force
Sean Mullen, Sandra Beynon and Philip John make up this unique trio playing great classic rock and pop hits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis
Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club

The big-hearted boys from Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club will one again put their combined weight behind fund-raising for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland as they auction off multiple chances to be “Viking for a Day” by riding pillion with the whole group during the course of the festival.

Visit the festival website www.brizchillifest.com.au for more information.

Find Briz Chilli Fest on Facebook :  http://www.facebook.com/brizchillifest  and also on Instagram @BrizChilliFest.