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.