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.
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.
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.
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.
As a dual citizen of both the Netherlands and Australia, Philip has enjoyed a “global citizen” upbringing.
“My cross-continental collaboration with Yuri Blaak in Amsterdam in 2017 resulted in the formation of Jazz Theft Auto, and one which spurred me on to continue original song-writing in the electronic, hip hop, and groove genre,” said Philip.
“Trying to define genres is often difficult. I like to call it Jazz Hop, “ said the 20 year old Toowong musician.
Philip has a strong pedigree in music and entertainment.
His father is former high profile Brisbane radio broadcaster, Peter Dick, who was also known for his deep love of Frank Sinatra’s music and tenor voice.
His step-father and sometime guitar mentor is uber-talented guitarist, Sean Mullen, who also presents the Satriani Tribute Show – a testament to his skill.
Philip has been surrounded by a variety of music from birth, having entered the world to the voice of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s “Oh mio babbino caro”.
“Music has been all around me from as long as I can remember. I think as a toddler I dressed as Murray the Red Wiggle with a ukulele instead of a guitar; my mother and father were always singing or playing music and instruments were everywhere,” said Philip.
“I love the sound of the jazz guitar, and I’m still working on finding my best voice, but my song-writing is such great way to express myself. Being young isn’t easy in the music industry these days,” he said.
Get keen for an evening of lush harmonies, vigorous improvisations and deep, cerebral grooves…
The Milk Factory – 48 Montague Road, South Brisbane
Tickets at door: $5 adults, Students by donation.
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.
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.
Brisbane-based duo Body and Soul are the perfect solution for all your function needs. The experienced musicians are well-versed in making an event great!
Visit their website www.bodyandsoulmusic.com.au to check out their work.
Functions, parties, birthdays, Weddings, Christmas parties – no matter what the occasion, these versatile, talented musicians have what you need.
We are based in Brisbane, but regularly travel to Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and throughout SE Qld.
If you’d like a chat about how we can help make your next function AMAZING, please Contact Us