Logan – the new hotspot for Chilli-Lovers

Chillogan Hellfire Alley

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.

Why Logan?

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.

 

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.

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.  

 

Jazz and Koalas Charity fundraiser Magnetic Island

It’s nearly time to sit back under a palm tree, cocktail or beer in hand, warm tropical winter sun overhead, and enjoy some first-class jazz by UK songstress, Trudy Kerr.

The charity event supports the Magnetic Island Koala Hospital headed up by veteranarian Ali Bee of Magnetic Island Vet.

The event is sure to delight audiences and will run from 12pm to 3pm in the grounds of Arcadia Hotel.

Also appearing will be vocalist, Sandra Beynon, of Body and Soul Music.

Patrons may make a donation at the gate.