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.
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.
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!
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!
Since moving to the south side of Brisbane in December 2018, Brisbane’s premier duo, Body and Soul, is enjoying more and more gigs at venues on this side of town.
This Friday 29th March, they’ll make their debut at Diggers Services Club from 9am playing through to 1am.
Their repertoire covers as wide range of music including Top 10 hits, blues, classic rock and RnB Hits
Diggers has long been a great supporter of live music in the Logan area and the duo is looking forward to entertaining music-lovers on the south-side since the Albert & Logan Hotel closed down last year, meaning they lost connection to their southside fan-base.
Diggers offers four dining and bar options and the the Bravo Bar is where you’ll find Sandra Beynon and Sean Mullen performing as their Body and Soul Duo.
Don’t be mistaken – this duo isn’t your average duo. In fact, most patrons who have had the pleasure of listening to this outfit always remark on how powerful their sound is. Given their state-of-the-art PA system and dedication to finding great-sounding backing tracks, no doubt this is the case.
For a kick-ass night of entertainment, get on down to Diggers this Friday, and check out the duo’s gig guide here for future dates at that venue.
If you’re looking for great entertainment for your next party or event, look no further than Body and Soul Duo – they specialise in functions and can ensure your event will be memorable and tailored to your needs. Give them a call on 0418 762 615 or email them