Yeronga Services and Community Club – a hidden gem

Where to get a great buffet in Brisbane

A few weeks ago we played for the first time at Yeronga Services Club, just down the road from home.  What a lovely surprise to find such a gem of a club right on our doorstep!

From the friendly welcome at reception to the delicious buffet on offer, we were amazed at how much this little Club had to offer.

The food is superb with Saturday night’s all-you-can eat buffet on offer for just $20 per person.   Lots of other food bargains to be found during the week and $10 Seniors meals really cap it off as the place to go for a value meal on the inner Southside of Brisbane.    The crowds of people enjoying this really attests to the quality of the food and the great ambience.

If dancing and music is your thing, then relax in the lounge and enjoy a variety of bands on the stage.

I spent quite a while marvelling at the huge mortar out the front of the Club and thinking about all the soldiers who had fought so bravely in the wars that led to the creation of the Yeronga Services and Community Club.

Queensland’s premier duo, Body and Soul Duo,  is playing again on March 16th, and for other dates, check out our gig guide.    They play an amazing variety of tunes from RnB, Chill Grooves, Disco, Rock, Smooth Jazz and even the Top 10 hits!

 

 

Weddings at Dayboro’s old Butter Factory Entangled Events

Old Dayboro Butter Factory

Body and Soul Duo are excited to have been invited to play for a wedding scheduled at Dayboro’s beautifully created event space at the old Butter Factory.   Now run by Entangled Events ,  the space is gorgeous and oozes charm and beauty.

Weddings are always a mixed bag of stress and excitement, but the team at Entangled events are experts at taking all the drama out of the big day and instead filling it with beautiful moments in their beautiful space.

I remember as a child visiting the old butter factory on a school excursion and seeing a huge mountain of yellow butter!   How wonderful to be back there many decades later to perform for someone’s special day.

To make it even more interesting, this is our very first same-sex wedding.  Times are indeed changing and the ladies involved are thrilled to be able to celebrate their nuptials in such delightful surroundings.

From their website: The Old Butter Factory sits humbly off the main street of the quaint Queensland town of Dayboro. She is a grand old lady, full of charm and character. There is something almost reverent about the building with its beautiful pared back walls forming a raw and earthy backdrop, the stunning led light windows and honest industrial fittings. You will understand when you visit; it is mesmerizing.

By day, stunning windows flood the space with natural light, it’s softness a beautiful compliment to the subject matter. And by night the magic is palpable. Soft mood lighting captures the charm of an intimate and enchanted atmosphere. It is very special and begs to be shared.

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Body and Soul Duo are highly experienced function entertainers with over 700 songs at their disposal.  It’s too easy to tailor a set to the couple’s needs on the day.   We offer everything from intimate acoustic pre-dinner cocktail music right through to floor-filling dance tunes of all genres.

If you’re planning a wedding (or function) drop us a line to see how we can  help make it even more amazing!  Or give us a call on 0418 762 615.

To contact Entangled Events and find out more about their superb venue, visit their website.

Live music at Bulimba Golf Club

Body and Soul Duo were one of the original bands that kick-started the now popular Sunday Sessions at Bulimba Golf Club, just across the river by free ferry service from Teneriffe.  Along with a selection of other versatile artists, this delightful venue offers a great way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon with family and friends.

Bulimba Golf Club Sunday Sessions
An oasis of green in Bulimba.

The chef-prepared menu offers a delicious range of snacks and main courses and parents can sit back and enjoy a relaxing afternoon catching up with friends while the kids have fun on the free jumping castle.

The al fresco clubhouse overlooks the beautiful greens and enjoys fresh sea-breezes on a hot summer afternoon.

In fact, why not play a round of 9 hole golf for just $20? A great way for novice golfers to get a taste for the game, and even kids can participate.

Opposite the grounds is Twisted Tricks Trapeze School and for just $10 you can experience the thrill of a swing on the trapeze under the watchful guidance of the highly experienced trapeze instructors.

With so much on offer, listening to the beautiful sounds of Body and Soul Duo is just another reason to celebrate Sundays at Bulimba Golf Club.

As well as Sunday Sessions, the Club is well-known for hosting some of the best tribute shows around.  To find out who’s coming up next, check out their website and book your next night out!

Sunday Sessions at Mr & Mrs G’s Riverbar

One of the nicest gigs in Brisbane is the Sunday Session at Mr & Mrs G’s Riverbar at Eagle Street Pier.

The relaxed and cosmopolitan atmosphere which looks out over the Brisbane River is one of the finest vantage points in our city.

Live music kicks off at 3pm and finishes at sunset around 6pm.  The food on on offer is delightful and there is always a special cocktail for the ladies to enjoy.

This is a regular gig of ours and we are generally here once every month or two.  If you’d like to know when we’re performing again, check out our Gig Guide.

It’s always great to play for their functions clients so if you’re thinking of celebrating something special, contact us at mail@bodyandsoulmusic.com.au.

Another year, another round of hustling!

It’s another year, and for many of us, we have to keep running on the wheel unless we want to drop off it.

Musicians live by the seat of their pants for a lot of their working life.   It’s rare that they are handed gigs on a platter and everything has an “end date” because one day a new manager will come on board or a new club president and they want to put their “stamp” on a venue and they throw out all the old (even if it’s good) and herald in a new era (sometimes good sometimes bad).

Just when you have made some relationships with a venue, you bed things down and the audience always love you, then POOF, someone new comes along and everything’s changed.
How do you cope with such constant change that you have no control over and can be so frustrating?

I guess the key is always to be on the lookout for fertile pastures, because sometimes the other pastures have to lie fallow for a while.  It’s a bit like not putting all your eggs in one basket!

But, as all musicians know, the hustle is tiring, frustrating,  time-consuming and requires a never-ending amount of mental, spiritual and physical energy to keep knocking on doors, getting no answer, or getting a “no”, or having to kow-tow to demands which don’t sit well with your musical philosophy.

Musicians who are great at marketing their brand, are tireless networkers, have a flexible and adaptable attitude will more often than not succeed in getting a good stream of performance dates.  I guess it’s what sets them apart from the crowd.

Sitting on one’s laurels when it comes to gigs is never a good idea, because change always comes and it’s how we deal with that change that really matters.

As a part-time, small booking agent I often see artists who have good potential but have become lazy, won’t sing scales, won’t practice, won’t learn new songs and don’t even have a current live video available to send to agents.    Then I hear “oh that’s not really me at my best”.  And I wonder why on earth you would want to send something that isn’t your best

So don’t get disheartened and wonder why you don’t have enough gigs.  Get out there, sell yourself, believe in yourself, even improve yourself!

Playing for others requires guts, self-belief and a the ability to take some blows and get back up.

We are all brave.  We are all warriors in an ever-changing musical world, the times are changing, yes it’s disheartening sometimes, but at the crux of it, we love what we do.

That is both a blessing and a curse in a commercial sense.

Take care everybody and keep smiling.

May you get lots of gigs, functions, weddings, parties, anything!!

Heat, humidity and the art of musicianship in the tropics.

It’s Queensland and the weather is warming up and the words on everyone’s lips are “is it going to be a hot Christmas Day”?

For as only northerners can appreciate, the difference between 33 and 40 degrees can be the difference between prawns and ham going off before they’ve even been eaten!

The hard work required to put together a Christmas lunch can become more like labouring in the gulag (except it’s a hot gulag) once the mercury rises above 33 degrees.  Even with air-conditioning, having ovens on, and often eating al-fresco by the pool, can provide a challenge to those who aren’t into wearing bikinis or board-shorts around the festive dining table.

Similarly, for musicians who play between Christmas and the end of February, the experience can become one of sweaty regret.

We have sworn off playing any al fresco venues in February as the humidity and heat make it simply unbearable.  Fingers slide around on fretboards, perspiration gathers in collars and make-up melts sadly off faces.

People in Queensland become strangely lethargic in January and February with their sole purpose becoming to move as little as possible to avoid raising the inevitable perspiration that comes from just moving.

Yes, some of us have swimming pools which make life so much more bearable at this time of the year, however, depending on the size and placement of the pool, even the water can become a soupy, chlorinated bath with water at about 33 degrees.   This is the time that bacteria start to thrive and thoughts of urinary tract infections pop into one’s head, and vague hopes that there is enough chlorine in the pool to get through yet another hot day.

So, when planning an outdoor festive event where musicians are featuring, try to position them in a spot with at good breeze, total shade, provide plenty of cool iced water for them, and allow them a good break between sets.

We musicians love what we do, and we love it when our patrons appreciate us enough to think about our comfort as we carry on our work.  After all, we are not waiters, we are not table-staff, we are not chefs or bar-staff.  All these people do also endure the heat and humid conditions, but they don’t need to be creative or entertaining!  Musicians and performers have to smile through all sorts of discomfort, and provide the same level of professionalism that is expected from them under any circumstance.  So spare a thought for musicians in the tropics.

They are a special, brave kind of muso and we take off our hats to anyone who plays north of the Tropic of Capricorn!