The 20-40 year old audience – what to expect as a musician.

Enjoying live music
The days of enjoying a band at your local are long gone in Brisbane.

Imagine never having enjoyed a local band at your local pub on a Friday night – hot and sweaty, crushed up near the stage, up close and personal to a band that isn’t yet well-known (but may very well end up beings so), without having to pay a cover charge?

Imagine never bothering to applaud when a band plays in front of you, having worked long hard hours to become good enough to be paid to play.

Imagine being able to hear whatever music you want, when you want it, without getting out of bed?

What I want, when I want it.
The digital generation permanently connected to devices, always controlling what they listen to.

Well, I have just described the 20-40  year old audiences which make life for

We know most 20 somethings don’t like verbal communication and their and their ears are almost always involved with music of their choice, making them very difficult demographic to please (fancy not being able to dictate  what they listen to!!).  They simply do not know how to deal with being an audience because they can’t control it!

Unless you’re playing music they listen to,  or it’s sing-a-long pub rock classics on a loud-strummed guitar and they’re fairly soused, or (and this is a rarity) they’ve been exposed to to a range of music by their parents, it’s hard to break through to this generation who barely look up from their phone (sometimes they even put in their earphones because they can’t relate to your repertoire!).

Are you watching your kids while you're drinking?
When did parenting take a back-seat to enjoyment with friends?

Let’s move on to the 30-somethings.

This demographic is one which seeks out venues where they can take their children.  And preferably, venues where their children can be occupied whilst they imbibe with their “crew”.   So much so, that  they forget they have children.  These venues made me feel that I was performing in a kindergarten and I declined further invitations to perform due to the stress of it!

Children screaming and running around in circles in front of your stage, like buzzing bees; throwing balls which end up on the stage, climbing on tables and other furniture, and looking as though they were imminently going to fall off and crack their skull just metres away from you.

Being a witness to blood and screaming just metres away from me is not what I have in mind when doing a gig.

The above scenario is common in many venues now, with people taking far too much of a back-seat when it comes to parenting.

I recently had to ask a security guard to get some very young children off the stage where we were trying to set up.  When he was addressing the children, the parents magically appeared out of the woodwork and sagely agreed with the security guard, saying “yes, listen to what the man says”.  I felt that the right thing would have been to take responsibility for their own children and exert their own parental force, rather than re-inforcing someone else’s words.

When did parents become so inert?

So, not only are they relatively inert as an audience, they have created a creche environment for bands and musicians who struggle to focus on their craft in the fact of a dozen or more kids running rampant in front of their stage.

The kids love the music, but haven’t learned to respect any one’s property, so when given the chance, they even come onto the stage and touch gear.

Some of them have watched one too many TV talent shows and think it’s their God-given right to get on the stage, grab the mike and start performing for their ever-adoring, never-criticising parents.

Wow.

As a child, I think I would have sooner thought about becoming an astronaut than going onto a stage and touching anything, or touching anything that didn’t belong to me, for that matter.

I find that parents are all too prepared to hover on the distant horizon, waiting until their kids are on the brink of doing something really unacceptable, before getting off their chairs to take control (we mustn’t stifle their natural curisioty, after all).

Please, stifle it.  Control it. Say something, anything.  Don’t just watch your kids to see how far they can go before they hurt themselves.  What about the property of other people that they are actually putting their mitts on, potentially damaging it.  Or the fact that they are placing themselves in danger around electrical equipment.

Performers’ insurance does not cover damage or injury caused by other people being on their stage (not that venues even have stages these days, for the most part).

Please parents, think about teaching your children to respect others’ property, and the fact that someone is trying to perform music.

We are not musical robots who have been placed there for the entertainment of your children, or anyone else.  We are real people with feelings and emotions who want to connect with an audience, not be child-minders or OH&S monitors.

Let your children be children, but please not near the stage.

And to the 20 somethings – please can we have some applause sometime?   We really love it, not for any sort of validation because we know we know our stuff; but so we know we are making some sort of impact on you  as live musicians in the digital generation.  The thought of being able to break through to your generation leaves me excited and eager to continue to play LIVE MUSIC.

 

Live music kicks along at Arana Leagues

Arana Leagues Club

In July we travelled up the coast from Perth to Exmouth, and have played at five venues along the way.

When you get to the far-flung corners of Australia you realise that simple things like music are a little harder to come by.

There are some amazing venues in remote Australia; committed to growing their business, maintaining enthusiasm, finding the right staff, serving the right food – all the ingredients required to make a successful business.  And we all know success attracts success.

As musicians, we greatly value those venues that are committed to making live music a central part of their existence.   By believing in the power of music and continuing to offer a range of bands, soloists, duos and trios to entertain their patrons, these venues are upholding the tradition of the connection between artists and the general public.

After all, being a musician is not  never play to anyone?   The jury is out on that but, personally, I believe what keeps you improving, keeps you striving to be the best you can be as an artist, is the opportunity to play to an audience.

Venues like Arana Leagues Club are a central part of their community by offering great food, a community atmosphere and a place to kick up your heels on a Friday or Saturday night; with old friends or to find new ones.

Arana Leagues Club
Lockhart Interiors transformed Arana Leagues Club into the benchmark of club design.

The magnificent refurbishment  by Lockhart Interiors makes this venue a delight to visit.  Arana Leagues Club has become the new bench mark in club design with its natural tones and spacious interiors.

The western suburbs of Brisbane are lucky to have the most modern and beautiful club in their midst.  So, check out some of the awesome artists they have every weekend, playing for free, while you enjoy a delicious dinner in the bistro.

Venues that support live music in Brisbane
A great place to meet friends and enjoy some live music.

The friendly team behind the bar will be ready to mix up your favourite cocktails or pour your favourite brew, so get your friends together and enjoy some good, old-fashioned entertainment right in your own neighbourhood.

 

Body and Soul Duo, featuring Sandra Beynon on vocals/percussion and Sean Mullen on guitar, will debut at the Club on Saturday 2nd August.

Sean and Sandra have been working together since 2011 and cover all genres from beautiful, simple acoustic jazz, right through to the latest pop hits and some serious rock tunes should the occasion demand it.

When not touring this vast country as Willie Nelson’s Love Child Show or presenting The Satriani Tribute, this pair can be found in the best clubs in Brisbane and Logan. They never fail to please audiences in every genre they play.   They are also a formidable functions band, playing at the annual Summit Estate Winter Solstice Dinner by popular demand each year as well as other private functions.

Don’t miss them.

The importance of music in society…..do you dig it?

Body and Soul playing at Diggers Services Club

For the last 12 days we have been travelling up the coast from Perth to Exmouth, and have played at five venues along the way.

When you get to the far-flung corners of Australia you realise that simple things like music are a little harder to come by.

There are some amazing venues in remote Australia; committed to growing their business, maintaining enthusiasm, finding the right staff, serving the right food – all the ingredients required to make a successful business.  And we all know success attracts success.

As musicians, we greatly value those venues that are committed to making live music a central part of their existence.   By believing in the power of music and continuing to offer a range of bands, soloists, duos and trios to entertain their patrons, these venues are upholding the tradition of the connection between artists and the general public.

After all, being a musician is not  never play to anyone?   The jury is out on that but, personally, I believe what keeps you improving, keeps you striving to be the best you can be as an artist, is the opportunity to play to an audience.

Venues like Diggers Services Club are a central part of their community by offering great food, a community atmosphere and a place to kick up your heels on a Friday or Saturday night; with old friends or to find new ones.

We love playing to the RnB-loving community at Diggers and always look forward to adding new songs to our repertoire in the knowledge that they’ll be well-received by our fans.

So, if you live in Logan, make a bee-line for Diggers and check out some of the awesome artists they have every weekend, playing for free, while you enjoy a delicious dinner in the bistro.

The friendly team behind the bar will be ready to mix up your favourite cocktails or pour your favourite brew, so get your friends together and enjoy some good, old-fashioned entertainment right in your own neighbourhood.

We’re playing again on Friday 30th July so maybe we’ll see you there!

Sean and Sandra

On the road to the far-flung corners of Australia

Body and Soul Duo, Willie Nelson's Love Child, Sean Mullen Guitar

The wonderful thing about music is that it can take you anywhere!

From Timber Creek to Toowoomba, two Brisbane-based musicians are taking their talents to one of the most remote outposts in Australia.

Exmouth /ˈɛksmθ/ is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. The town is located 1,270 kilometres (789 mi) north of the state capital Perth and 3,366 kilometres (2,092 mi) southwest of Darwin.

The town was established in 1967 to support the nearby United States Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt. Beginning in the late 1970s, the town began hosting U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to Learmonth Solar Observatory, a defence science facility jointly operated with Australia’s Ionospheric Prediction Service.

How apt that one of the USA’s favourite sons has his “love child” performing at Cadillac’s Bar and Grill on Saturday 13th July, 2019.

The bar is a honky tonk nod to the types of places that Willie would love to frequent in his early career.

Sandra Beynon (the Love Child) and her talented guitarist-music-director, Sean Mullen, have toured this show extensively throughout Australia – from Derby WA to Alice Springs in 2017, the Torres Strait in 2016,  and every corner of Outback Queensland, including the iconic Birdsville Races, in 2015, raising money for Aussie Helpers Drought Relief charity along the way.

Catch this free show if you’re in the hood.

The duo will also be playing their urban grooves embodiment, Body and Soul, at Bill’s Bar at Coral Bay on Sunday 14th July, and Ningaloo Reef Resort on Thursday 12th July.

“We are very excited to be visiting this stunning part of the world, and meeting some of the locals and visitors who enjoy all that this region has to offer, ” said Beynon.

Rumour has it the Love Child will be armed with her ukulele on a “Swim with the Whale Sharks” tour with Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours on Monday 15th July, just before an appearance at the Froth Craft Brewery where Sean Mullen will also be performing his Satriani Tribute.

“I certainly will be on a high after that experience.  Hopefully I won’t be too water-logged to sing, ” joked Beynon.

 

Sean Mullen brings Satriani to Western Australia

Sean Mullen plays Satriani

Saturday 6th July at 9pm the stage at Fremantle’s Swan Lounge will sizzle with the lightning-fast fretboard prowess of Brisbane-based guitarist, Sean Mullen’s Satriani Tribute Show.

A labour of love, this tribute showcases the best of Joe Satriani’s song-writing as it was recorded.

Mullen is also performing with the Willie Nelson’s Love Child Show, touring the east coast of Western Australia between 3-16 July.

In addition to the Swan Lounge, Mullen is taking his show to Froth Craft Brewery in the far-flung coastal town of Exmouth on Monday 15th July to give the local guitar-heads something to get excited about.   There is no cover charge for the Exmouth performance which will also feature vocalist, Sandra Beynon. 

Tickets to the Swan Lounge performance are available from Humanitix.

 

Willie’s girl at the Ravenswood Hotel

Brisbane-based tribute to Willie Nelson

Tribute to Willie Nelson

Tomorrow night, Friday 5th July, Willie Nelson’s Love Child kicks off their “Willie and the Whales Tour” of the east coast of Western Australia with a 6pm performance at the Ravenswood Hotel.

Visitors to the “Ravo” will enjoy three sets of great entertainment by Brisbane-based Sandra Beynon (vocals and ukuleles) and Sean Mullen (guitar) paying tribute to the great song-writing of the one and only Willie Nelson.

The Ravenswood Hotel is a favourite haunt for music lovers and it’s an honour for the much-toured duo to play this beautiful venue.

In 2017 we toured from Broome to Alice Springs, but this is our first visit to the east coast, and to kick off our tour at such a beautiful venue is a real treat,” said the Love Child, Sandra Beynon.

The duo has toured all of Outback Queensland, the Torres Strait, the Top End and now will take their show right up to Exmouth, where Cadillac’s Honky Tonk Bar and Grill will play host to this act.

Uber-talented guitarist, Sean Mullen, will also be performing his Satriani Tribute Show on Saturday 6th July.  

 

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

The great man Willie Nelson is still touring the US with his vast catalogue of amazing songs and his “love child” down under, Brisbane vocalist, Sandra Beynon, is doing him proud by touring this vast brown land, bringing his music to life in her quirky show.

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  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