Who said the end of the year was about being worn out and jaded after slogging it out for the boss?
On Saturday 30th November, popular club musicians Body and Soul Trio featuring Sandra Beynon (vocals) Sean Mullen (guitar) and Phil J (percussion) will be pumping out the dance grooves in the Bravo Bar once again. This band has the best cross-genre and intergenerational repertoire of any band in SEQ, and you won’t be disappointed by what you hear.
Come on! Dust off your glad rags and welcome in the silly season at Diggers.
Our second iteration of Chillogan Festival is just around the corner on November 16th at Meadowbrook Golf Club.
As a sole event manager, our CEO Sandra Beynon of Body and Soul Australia – Events and Entertainment – takes pride in knowing I don’t need a committee to get things across the line. “Death by Committee” is definitely not something Sandra wants to know about.
So, when you see the PR pumping out in the last weeks before the festival, spare a thought for all the behind-the-scenes work that gets done, probably 18 hours of every day.
Social media posts don’t happen by themselves, and a lot of thought, time and creative writing goes into making posts that will hopefully excite viewers and elicit a ticket-buying response or at least a commitment to attend on the day. It takes time, focus and a lot of energy to ensure that supporters and stakeholders are recognised. Here is just a sample of who’s involved at Chillogan 2019.
This year’s festival is supporting Logan-based charity YFS which provides essential services to so many in the Logan area who are marginalised, disadvantaged of struggling to cope in a variety of ways.
Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club, headed by Mark “Rabbit” Pritchard, president of Brisbane/Ipswich Chapter, will again be lending their support to fundraising on the day through their “Viking for a Day” pillion ride auctions, as well as helping Miss Chillogan raise money through the “Hug a Chilli” fun promotion throughout the day. Raffle tickets will also be sold.
Live entertainment on the day is by Sean Mullen who is an international-standard artist with a penchant for Joe Satriani’shttp://www.thesatrianitribute.com.au immensely difficult music. His show will astound listeners and be a great backdrop to the sunset at Meadowbrook Golf Club.
Young jazz outfit, Philip John Trio, will be setting some great grooves and Lobeau, the Logan-Beaudesert Country Music Club’s five piece band, will open the festivities with some great country rock vibes.
Phil North of Burning Bites Down Under will this year be co-hosting some of the 6 chilli challenges set to entertain the audience throughout the festival.
Stalwarts like Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments’ Rob Dunn will be in Hellfire Alley to show off their huge range of award-winning artisan sauces and rubs.
Firing Line Gourmet Chillis is undoubtedly one of South-East Queensland’s best proponents of low-slow meat cooking and smoking. Don’t miss their stall as they sell out fast!
If it’s a little Mexican food you’re after, word is that Juan at the Carlos Tacos stall may have some much-loved Jalapeno Poppers on offer throughout the day. These little food items are in high demand so hot-foot it over to their stall.
If honey is your thing, go and visit the Australian Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award finalist Natasha Roebig and husband Jason at the Bee All Natural Honey stall. So many yummy ways to eat honey and even a diabolically hot 3 Stings chilli honey for the very, very brave (and you need to sign a waiver!).
There’s so much more to see and do than we can tell you here, so head on over to the Facebook event page and stay in the loop and have all the latest info at your fingertips.
Yes, of course there’s always something to do in Logan if you look hard enough.
Not only is this region peppered with beautiful open spaces and parkland, it now has its very own chilli festival – Chillogan – this year happening at the breezy Meadowbrook Golf Club..
On Saturday 16th November 2019 Chillogan will kick off once the hottest part of the day is done, at 3pm, and a program of back-to-back events including:
- 6 chilli challenges
- 1 fun kids’ watermelon-eating challenge
- 3 dance groups including the Blue Porcelain Dancers courtesy of North Brisbane Chinese Association and Carl Wu, the Bhangra United Dance Group, and the BADance academy
- Roaming fun mexican wrestlers
- Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club
- Brisbane Commodore Car Club
- VIP Dog Training with Maree Field – Agility Display
- Best Costume Award
- Cutest Chilli Kid Award
- Chilli Dog Mascot Award
And speaking of the 6 challenges……one of the more interesting ones is Adrian Zocaro’s (Firing Line Gourmet Chilli) new “Candy from Hell” Challenge which kicks off at 6.15pm, bumping the Flaming Wings Challenge. Find out more at the dedicated Facebook event page here.
Adrian has lovingly created a colourful collection of diabolical little gummy drops, in all colours, sneakily belying their heat level, leaving the challengers to find this out as they chew their way to the victory line.
The event will be MC’d by Phil North of Burning Bites Down Under so it’s sure to be a fun segment.
To register for the Candy from Hell cha
llenge or any of the other challenges on festival day, please visit our Humanitix registration page.
Adrian is better known for his amazing, low, slow-cooked meats (and vegetables) and is a very popular destination for meat-lovers at any festival which features his beloved cooker. Chillogan 2019 will be no exception and Adrian has prepared some great surprises for his regular customers and will be ready to wow his new customers with his melt-in-the-mouth offerings.
Hellfire Alley will feature some of Australia’s finest artisan chilli product makers ready to test your mettle with their wares.
The Afterburn Bar will cool your tongue with some great beverages, including chilli beer and chilli cocktails and mocktails.
The kids can amuse themselves with two jumping castles, pony rides and an animal nursery.
And for those who like to learn new things, pop along to Adrian Zocaro’s workshop on smoked meats (brought to you by Firing Line Gourmet Chilli). Then learn about bees, honey and all things apiary with Tash and Jason Roebig of Bee All Natural Bee-keeping.
The 7 hours of fun, excitement and relaxation will fly by and before you know it you’ll be heading home with a bag full of chilli goodies, a stomach full of delicious food (chilli and non-chilli), some worn out but happy kids and a greater appreciation of those brave challengers who take to the stage to test their endurance in one of our 6 six challenges.
Logan! Get your chilli on!
Tickets on sale now – save time in the queue and buy online – don’t print out your tickets!
What is it about the chilli fruit that evokes such emotion, passion and excitement?
Judging by the success of Briz Chilli Fest in June, at Newstead, and the increased anticipation for Logan’s very own chilli festival to be held on Saturday 16th November, 2019, at Meadowbrook Golf Club, the heat is on, and it’s contagious.
Organiser Sandra Beynon of Body and Soul Australia Events and Entertainment knows how to bring the best out of people at her events.
By collaborating with some of Australia’s finest chilli product makers, such as Rob Dunn of Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments, Sandra is able to tap into how the minds of the so-called “chilli-heads’ work.
Logan City Council has been besieged by scandal with its major and now 8 councillors have been charged with fraud by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission in relation to a detriment suffered by the former CEO of the Council.
Add to that the unfortunate label of “Logan Bogan” and you have a recipe for low morale in the area.
As anyone who has ever done business in the area or knows people who live in Logan know, it’s not fair to tar everyone with the same brush. This is a region that, now more than ever, needs events in its midst which bolster its image, enhance its citizens’ enjoyment of their own city and give businesses and community groups the opportunity to shine.
Chillogan is now in its second year and, by engaging with a local business such as Meadowbrook Golf Club, hopes to grow its brand to become the city’s most anticipated festival in the annual events calendar.
For a one-woman organisation, this is a big job, but none is better equipped to take on such a mission as Ms Beynon, who now has two Briz Chilli Fests and two Bulimba (rebranding to Brisbane) Uke Fests under belt and who has been organising events since 1991.
A consummate performer and PR professional, Ms Beynon is well-equipped not only to organise but also to publicist and perform as MC at her events. If she really wanted to, she could even perform as the professional singer that she is, but she chooses to draw the line somewhere.
“I can’t do everything. I have to have time to oversee my festivals without the pressure of performing during the event. Luckily, I have no shortage of great performers to call on to take over that mantle,” said Beynon.
Chilli festivals pop up here and there all over the Australian landscape and seem to incite the sort of excitement and anticipation as one would imagine is associated with an equal mix of pleasure and vicarious pain (and some would say sadistic voyeurism).
Chillogan and Briz Chilli Fest feature a jam-packed program of community engagement, dance, live music, spicy challenges, kids entertainment, an aptly-named AfterBurn Bar and a scary-sounding Hellfire Alley,
“We’re really excited to be hosting Chillogan this year. It’s a great boost for the Club in that we can demonstrate that we are more in the community than just somewhere to have a round of golf, ” said general manager, Steven Linskey.
And what a glorious spot Meadowbrook Golf Club is. With sprawling grounds and plenty of room for car parking, and easterly breezes, it’s no wonder that Ms Beynon has chosen this venue for her second iteration of Chillogan.
“I believe Logan deserves more than just Eats and Beats. It deserves its very own festival and that is what I am here to achieve, “said Beynon.
Tickets are available through Humanitix, which donates its booking fees to a charity of your choice. For Chillogan, this will be nutrition for Aussie schoolkids.
The festival also supports Logan-based charity YFS which provides essential services to disadvantaged individuals and families, by donating 10% of its net profits, plus all proceeds from raffles and auctions on the day.
Find out more about Chillogan at the website.
Chillogan Festival takes place Saturday 16th November, 2019 from 3-10pm at Meadowbrook Golf Club.
With the march of progress pressing in on all sides wherever we travel, it’s comforting to visit a venue where you step back in time to a slower time.
This is what happens when you walk through the doors at the historic Grand View Hotel at Cleveland.
Grand View Hotel is a heritage-listed hotel at 49 North Street, Cleveland, City of Redland, Queensland, Australia. It was built c. 1852 onwards. It was also known as Brighton Hotel and Cleveland House. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.
It’s nice to drive down a road called Old Cleveland Road and actually end up at the eponymous place.
And “Old Cleveland” is certainly brought to life at this establishment which first saw customers in ….
The timber building is now a mix of old and new, with an expansive beer garden at the rear. Even the grassy verge alongside the carpark is used by customers to sit in a chair and gaze out to nearby Stradbroke Island.
Last Sunday our duo, Body and Soul, played for the customers in the beer garden on what was a glorious Spring afternoon. Staff busied themselves fulfilling orders for a good selection of food offerings to suit all tastes, and the beer was flowing ice-cold from the taps.
Recently taken over by new owners, the hotel is committed to bringing live music to its customers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
It’s also a fabulous place to host parties and weddings or functions or any size or type. There is so much space available in this beautiful venue, both indoors and out.
The audience is of a mixed demographic with many happy retirees from nearby Raby Bay venturing in to enjoy some tunes they hadn’t heard played for a long time.
It’s always nice when audience members come and chat with us in our breaks to let us know how much they enjoyed hearing a particular tune. Many lament that it’s so rare to hear the sort of repertoire we play – a genuine mix of classics across all genres (rock, pop, dicso) – pretty much everything you used to be able to hear on Brisbane AM radio in the days before radio stations became ‘segmented” to appeal to certain demographics (think 4MMM Rock station which was born in 1980’ish).
Once upon a time you could hear Deep Purple alongside Doris Day all coming at you from your little transistor radio, and people had a much broader appreciation of music styles because they were exposed to all of those styles.
Nowadays, young people listen only to what they choose, not what they are introduced to and, subsequently, they are much more passive as audience members.
So, long live the Baby-Boomers who absolutely love their music, tap their toes, move their bodies and smile when they hear one of their favourite tunes played.
We love those audiences and we hope to be back at the Grand View making them smile and groove again soon.
With so few live music venues in Brisbane, we love the fact that Eat Street Northshore is committed to the presentation of fine acts at its Hamilton headquarters each and every weekend.
From fine solo artists right through to rocking bands, Annie and the music team at Northshore take seriously their role in presenting a wide range of music styles, while maintaining a high standard of presentation.
As well as supporting crowd favourites by re-booking, no doubt the team is always on the lookout for new talent to bring the joy of music to the throngs of people who attend weekly.
This weekend Body and Soul Duo, comprising Sandra Beynon on vocals and Sean Mullen on guitar, are presenting their jazz, blues and bossanova iteration on the relaxed, low-key Laneways Stage (right in the heart of dessert offerings) from 2.45pm to 5.30pm.
When you want to escape the hustle and crowds, swing down this laneway and relax with a drink from the bar, something decadent from one of the many vendors, and take a breather with some beautiful tunes from artists like Body and Soul.
Check their Facebook page for the program of musicians this weekend and keep supporting venues that support our industry.
From musicians all over SEQ, we say a big thank you to Eat Street Northshore for giving us a great place and space to do our thing.
See you there!
As I walk out of a bar in the Valley, having enjoyed a performance by two great musicians, I pondered about those people who are great supporters of live music and always make an effort to get out and soak up some tunes every weekend, or even during the week.
My neighbour Karim is one of those special people.
A middle-aged painter by trade, and a
bedroom guitarist, he has a formidable commitment to the enjoyment of live music and, in doing so, is one of those precious people of whom the live music industry (and venues) need more. Be it mid-week or weekend, he’s out there in awe of musicians, admiring their skill, their passion, their guts and sometimes feeling their pain as fewer than optimal people attend their shows.
Week in, week out, to get off your butt, get in the car or taxi, spend money at the venue, pay a cover charge and give an artist your full attention for a few hours is nothing short of amazing.
For artists, the joy of performing for a room full of people is something that makes their years of practice, loading and unloading gear, spending money on instruments, hustling for gigs, facing rejections and disappointments, and just the sheer commitment of being a gigging musician, all worth it.
We don’t even need a lot of people. Just 20 or so and it’s a party.
Venues like Diggers Services Club has long been presenting quality acts at their Blackwood Street premises. The staff are friendly, the food is served fast and each week features a different special on offering.
From the stage, we can see the entire club and people coming and going up the escalator, stopping to listen to our music, grooving along even when they are on a schedule to be somewhere else.
And those that stay right up until closing time are clearly there because of that same commitment to music (and dance). We love seeing the regulars who can’t wait to get on the dance-floor and smile appreciatively when they see us loading in.
It’s those people that make everything worthwhile for artists. The appreciation, the smiles, the dance floor where it doesn’t matter if you’re alone or with a group – everyone is welcoming and knows it’s the music that lifts your spirits and gets you up there, feeling every beat and taking a trip down memory lane.
I just wanted to say a big thank-you to those people who make the effort to come out, get up and dance and then stay until closing time.
We love you and appreciate you!
From all the musicians in the world – a giant heartfelt thank you.
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?
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!).
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.
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.