Every Wednesday night…A sketch-club – a life-drawing session – happens in the Django Bar. With evocative live music from a bevy of outstanding musicians – one week it may be jazz piano, the next week Gypsy guitar, the next French Accordion etc etc…A nude model will take to the stage for 2 sets between 6.30pm & 8.15pm, with the musician/s underscoring the session. Cocktails, Young Henry’s on tap, delicious red wines etc available, as are delicious pizzas!
630pm – 815pm | BYO all your own art supplies – pads, pencils etc. Only $10 admission
with the PETER LOCKE TRIO featuring Craig Scott (bass) and Special Guests including Eddie Bronson.
Book early for this one!!
A seriously swinging time is to be had this Christmas at Camelot.
Let the silky tones of Gregg Arthur get you and your friends in the mood.
Grab your seats for a Swinging Extravaganza including some seriously cool Christmas songs!
How many singers have a handwritten letter from Tony Bennett saying he’s a fan? Gregg Arthur does.
Back home after wowing them in the USA, Gregg captivates audiences all over the world performing the music they love. His voice is intimate, his style is relaxed and charming and he has a winning air of nonchalance. He’s a great story teller too so get ready to be entranced.
Iconic musicians say Gregg is “simply the best singer I have ever heard”, “unmatched as a singer and performer”, “the guy is amazing man!” and “he belongs among the ranks of Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Buddy Rich, Anita O’Day and Frank Sinatra.”
Sydney baritone saxophonist Steve Fitzmaurice brings to life the fiery and energetic compositions of Charles Mingus with an all star line up comprising of James Loughnan (tenor sax); Peter Farrah (alto sax); Jamie Cameron (drums); Brendan Clarke (bass); Mike Raper (trombone); Mark Barnsley (trombone); Ray Cassar (trumpet); and Nick Southcott on piano.
‘Mingus Amongst Us’ perfectly captures the raucous, fiery energy that Mingus and his compositions were famous for!
“It’s raucous, just as Mingus would have liked it!”
Jessica Nicholas ABC Jazz
“Earthy, passionate and sophisticated, blues and gospel inspired jazz”
“There’s so much energy in Mingus, so much of it is released by this ensemble” Roger Mitchell @Ausjazz.net.au
Camelot Lounge will become “The tavern at the end of the Euroverse” for this special end of year Balkan Gypsy Party!!!
Nadya and Zoran’s 101 Candles will raise the roof with a night of stomping Balkan-Gypsy firecrackers as well as some French, tango, and Italian classics thrown in in for good measure.
Nadya Golski, “a contralto of power, range and conviction…has the sort of voice that would light up a room if the power failed. Zoran’s improvising style is like hearing glass that keeps shattering, so shards of sound..fly in multiple directions at armour piercing speed amid mad, fluttering trils.”(John Shand, SMH, The Age)
The band’s propulsive thick pile sound includes Zoran and Sasa Todorovic, father and son on accordions, Dario Moconja on electric bass, Ben Kidson on percussion, Stephen Lalor on mandolin, Leonid Beshle on piano and saxophone, Cakija Čajki and Arne Hanna on guitars!
Featuring: Lizzie Mack (The Soul Movers), Carrie Phillis (Booby Traps) Tiffany Sinton (Glammarays) Murray Cook (Wiggles) Pip Hoyle (Radio Birdman) Stu Wilson (The Loose Pills) Andy Newman (The Visitors)
I am Woman showcases songs chronologically: from the late 30’s Jazz era, by singers like Julie London and Ella Fitzgerald and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, to 60s girl groups like The Ronettes and The Shirelles to 70s and 80’s rock and soul singers such as Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith then into Blondie, both the Chrissies (Amphlett and Hines) and many more.
Sipping Whisky Sours, Martinis, and Grasshoppers on a mid-sixites summer eve – these were the glory days of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass.
TIJUANA TAXI is a natty 8 piece ensemble (with real marimba!) that evokes the mood and music of the swinging sixties, faithfully recreating 21 classics of this unique, upbeat, melodic group whose tunes became the backdrop for the 60’s and 70’s and will strike chords of deep nostalgia for baby boomers as well as intrigue and delight the next generation of kitsch-loving younger gen folks. It’s music that spans generations.
With hits such as “Spanish Flea”, “Tijuana Taxi”, “The Lonely Bull” and “A Taste of Honey”, this is the tip of the iceberg of the great body of work put out by Herb and his band.
TIJUANA TAXI is an entertainment experience not to miss!
From Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Chris Gudu and his band bring the irresistible township jive rhythms to Django Bar. Former lead singer & bass man of Jive Kayana, his up tempo and exuberant music ( Umbaqanga music) originates from the streets and shebeens of Southern Africa. Chris Gudu has toured and shared the stage with some of Africa’s greatest legends such as Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo and more. You can expect a highly charged, high energy and exhilarating performance from Chris Gudu and his band.
“Rolling Stoned” recreate the classic visuals and sounds of a real Stones concert, totally live on stage! With over 300 plus performances the show has been honed into the most musically and visually authentic Rolling Stones tribute in Australia.
The show has evolved into a concert style experience delivering a performance akin to the touring behemoth the Rolling Stones themselves. Depth of experience, passion, enthusiasm and abundant musical quality are the key ingredients that make this one of the most authentic Rolling Stones shows around.
Inspired by the goliaths of rock – country, Creedence,Tom Petty , Neil Young – The Sicarios rock you back to a time when “gigs” had nothing to do with computers and everything to do with the crack of snare, twang of a Fender, the sweet liquor of vocal harmony and boot heels bouncing on a packed dance floor.
Led by the irrepressible Lloyd G on drums/vocals (The Atlantics, Dave Warner, Russell Morris, Perry Keyes, etc), his shotgun rider Steven Little on guitar/vocals – the Sicarios are good times distilled into a four-piece with a pedigree of Doc Neeson, Dragon, Swanee, Christine Anu etc, etc, playing music as hot now as it was then – don’t miss them!
Blues & Soul Extravaganza is back for a special end of year show with Multi award winning Soulful Blues Artists PAT POWELL ( aria winner Melbourne Ska) stunning Soulful Blues queens LIZA OHLBACK , KATE LUSH ( multi award winning artists) plus internationally renowned CLAYTON DOLEY on Organ/Piano/Vocals , DAVE LONGO on Guitar/Bass and GREG OHLBACK on drums/Vocals.
This is a revue style show with each artists popular originals, plus some classic Blue & Soul tunes from BB King, Ray Charles, Susan Tedeschi , Donny Hathaway, Otis Redding and more… sizzling vocal duets, gospel harmonies and mighty tempting grooves….
7pm doors, 9pm show
This brilliant 8 piece band has an intoxicating upbeat sound, bringing the influences of reggae, funk and rap to West African grooves. Led by the ever charismatic, Sibo Bangoura from Guinea, the group has enormous energy, giving tradition a modern twist that never fails to fill the dancefloor.
The Djembe powerhouse, Sibo Bangoura (Guinea), is joined by celebrated Senegalese percussionist Yacou MBaye (Senegal) on Doun Doun, Talking Drum, Sabar & Congas; Jon Pease (Dereb the Ambassador) on lead guitar and Tina Harris on bass. Joined also by well known Sydney musician Blair Greenberg on guitar, Calvin Welsh on drum kit and the captivating vocals of powerful soul singer Paula Baxter (Ghana) with Rachel Bangoura on the dancefloor completing the picture.
Blues Collective launched June 2015, play Swamp and Chicago blues by Muddy Waters, BB King, JJ Cale, Tony Joe White, Dr. John, Keb Mo, Solomon Burke and others, and are now one of the busiest blues bands in Sydney!
Blues Collective @ Django Bar on 30/12 will be Chris Martin Murphy (vocals, guitar, harp), Martin Skipper (lead guitar), Ian Chisholm (bass guitar), David Dickinson (vocals, guitar) & Bruce Stephens (drums). In addition to playing blues in Australia, Chris and David have played blues and rock in the UK, USA, France (co-founders of The Electrons at Cambridge University in 1961, band reformed in 2005), Martin in the UK (Mick Clarke Band, Limmie & Family Cooking), and Ian in HK (Chimera).
Bump City are Sydney’s very own kings of soul and funk and they’re back at their favourite venue Camelot Lounge. Bump City are the ultimate 10 piece party band with a repertoire of soul hits from Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Al Green, Wilson Pickett and many more. The five piece Bump City Horns make these classic songs come alive. With a tight rhythm section and lead singer Peter Morgan’s soaring soul vocals, you will want to party with Bump City all night long.
Roots, Rock, Reggae, Jazzy-Latin-Samba-“That night Bob Marley and Jorge Ben Jor decided to throw a party together…”
Following huge performances throughout this year KAVALO will be back at Django Bar to bring in the new year with their funky mix of Reggae tunes from all over the world, Sambarock classics and spicy Brazilian beats. A powerful combination that is guaranteed to pump the dance floor and transport you to the hot nights of Brazil… Obs: Dancing shoes are mandatory!!!
Back by popular demand the ultimate party band MARSALA will again be doing Camelot on NYE!!!
This will be THE most fun way to see in the New Year in Sydney, and its only $60
Don’t miss out – prebookings strongly advised
Marsala covers some of the best music from Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Zimbabwe…
They do Gypsy Music, Tango, Salsa, Samba, the African Township thing, French Rap, Italian Jazz, Tom Waits songs, Russian Folk songs… anything to make audiences feel passionately and dance beautifully. They create passion and romance where ever they go. Audiences can’t help but dance and fall in love with each other’s traditions.
Marsala is more of an institution than a band. It brings together the life work and study of some outstanding musicians. They bring together knowledge and understanding of various traditions and continue to explore and present ‘the world’ in music.
Underfoot Records is delighted to brighten the first Saturday of 2018 with a feast of music featuring the song writing talents and multi instrumental skills of Mic Hardwick, Dave Blennerhassett, and Gene Maynard.
Starting the night, stripped back as a GMB duo, Gene Maynard with long term collaborator Chris Phillips, will perform his songs in the unique genre blending style of R&B rock with Jazz, Funk and Soul, that his fans keep coming back for.
Then Dave Blennerhassett and his Band will tease your ears and feet with melodic hooks, and carefully crafted rhythms, that explore his journey through the changing countryside of life, love and that precarious quality-happiness.
Finally Mic Hardwick’s band Seeder, brings all three musical brothers on stage to create a rich rock, pop energy, grounded in layers of pumping groove and lyrics that inspire and question the human condition. Think David Byrne meets the Chilli Peppers, grooves that rock, and rock that grooves.
7pm doors, 9pm show
Variously described as Garage Cabaret, Gypsy Punk, and Gangster Jazz, Waiting for Guinness has been playing the Sydney pub/club scene for years. They may be one of the best dressed too. The band features up to seven pieces including banjo, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, accordion, guitaron (Mexican bass), flute, guitars and drums. In the tradition of artists such as Tom Waits, Calexico and The Pogues, Waiting for Guinness take their nourishment from ‘old music’ and hot-wire the styles of Berlin Cabaret, Mariachi, Vaudeville, Spaghetti Western and Swing-Jazz into their own surreal vision.
Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US.
Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio.
Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops.
Gadjo Guitars consists of Cameron Jones (guitar), Nigel Date (guitar) and Stan Valecos (bass). As a collective they have been playing together for over 5 years but as individuals their experience in the jazz scene clocks up around 30 years. It is a true delight to witness such experienced musicians in full “gypsy swing” so-to-speak. The improvisation and interplay between the musicians makes for a truly memorable show.
For Gypsies music is religion, & music comes from their religion. Music comes from the soul & so whether we are in Paris or Bucharest or playing Swing or Bolero, the soul of the music tastes the same. Tinel Dragoi is from Romania; Rom Gypsy Father, Romanian Jewish Mother. Violin was his only option in life. Jose lives his professional life on the streets of Sydney, Gypsy Style, playing on every street.
The Djangologists were formed in 2014 by Chris Higgins (clarinet/saxophone) and Hamish Reid (guitar) performing a mix of gypsy jazz, traditional jazz and original compositions. You’ll hear blistering fast tunes to velvety ballads and everything in between. They are always having fun on stage and aim to get the audience on their feet with us!
Ultra-rhythmic and highly entertaining, this Chicago blues duo creates a very big sound with just a harmonica, a guitar and vocal harmonies reminiscent of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.
Mining rag time, acoustic blues, old time country, jug band music and early jazz, Filisko and Noden are expert practitioners of styles that defined the blues in its earliest days, channeling the spirit of masters like Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Bill Broonzy, taking their traditions in vibrant new directions. With jaw-dropping virtuosity and hilarious story-telling, Filisko and Noden have a synergy born of many years on the road, taking their toe-tapping music across the world.
They return to Australia in January 2018! Unmissable!.
“Two marvellous musicians who have captured not only the sounds but the emotional spirit of some of the richest bloodlines of American music.” : Kim Field, author of Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers
“Eric and Joe are possessed by the spirits of Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Terry, Robert Johnson, Johnny Woods, Sonny Boy Williamson, Gwen Foster and transported listeners back to the 1920’s Delta..” : Mickey Raphael, harmonica player for Willie Nelson
The Soul Movers are thrilled to announce their return to Django Bar following the release of their new album Testify!
Led by charismatic frontwoman and primary songwriter Lizzie Mack, The Soul Movers are a supergroup of sorts, featuring two ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, guitarist Murray Cook (The Wiggles) and keyboardist Pip Hoyle (Radio Birdman).
The band’s sound encapsulates the essence of retro soul, filtered through a contemporary lens, in the vein of iconic contemporary artists such as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Amy Winehouse..
The Soul Movers are:
Lizzie Mack – Vocals
Murray Cook (Wiggles) – Guitar
Andy Newman (The Visitors) – Bass
Pip Hoyle (Radio Birdman) – Keys
Mo Perkins – Drums
7pm doors, 9pm show
El Orqueston is a 12 piece Afro Cuban powerhouse playing Salsa, Timba and Changüi.
Led by Sydney bassist, Tina Harris, this mighty charanga style ensemble honours the great Cuban orchestras that feature the heavenly and punchy sound of three trombones, violin and tres cubano, on a bed of latin percussion, bass and keyboards. Playing a Cuban repertoire of tunes by Los Van Van, Elito Reve y Su Charangon, Havana De Primera, Timbalive, Pupy, Sur Caribe and Dan Den, plus kickass original compositions, El Orqueston is sheer joy and energy from beginning to end.
El Orqueston is for listeners and dancers alike.
Genre-bending Nativösoul perform at Django Bar for one night only, serving a mouth-watering musical menu, playing original works and traditional Peruvian anthems which have influenced their style.
A collision of spicy guitar, Reggae-Jazz bass and contagious Latin beats make the refreshing sound of Nativösoul, a powerhouse that generates an ass-shaking rhythm.
7pm doors, 8pm show
Caught up in the mayhem of a WW2 bombing on London, the acclaimed Starr Sisters wind up in an air raid shelter turned speakeasy with the 17-piece Regent Street Big Band. While chaos reigns above, there’s nothing for it but to make a party out of the situation.
On the spur of the moment, the famous vocal trio take the stage with the band to entertain the rest of the sheltering audience, who are in the same predicament, and a raucous evening of wartime swing ensues.
Be transported: join us to dance, sing, yell out and become part of the melee. This fully costumed and choreographed show brings to life many hits made famous by The Andrews Sisters, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald and more. We’d love you to dress up, too, and become part of the event.
Oi Dipnoi are returning to Django Bar in January, fresh from Woodford Folk Festival!
Hailing from Sicily, this charming trio draws deeply from the wells of tradition while creating a new sound full of personality. Born from an encounter between tradition and innovation, Oi Dipnoi’s music is rooted in traditional melodies of the region, where new themes are developed and sustained by the diatonic accordion, supported by the Nakaira rhythmic section, with percussion and bass.
Master dancer Francesca Campione will be accompanying the band on this their first sojourn to Australia, enthralling you with Tarantella (traditional southern Italian folk dances).
The “dipnoi” is a metaphor for the current music scene in Sicily: prehistoric fish/living fossils that have adapted for survival. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this sensational Sicilian ensemble.
High energy performances of original and traditional world music with an Eastern European flair.
Hello Tut Tut uniquely and seamlessly tie together threads of old with youthful enthusiasm, and their arrangements of traditional tunes lead you through momentous times of dance and celebration.
Self described as providers of “adequate fun” and “proper happiness”, Hello Tut Tut play an eclectic mix of Klezmer classics, Balkan bangers and Eastern European party pieces and are sure to bring a “smile to the feet” and a “tap to the face”.
Victor Valdes is back again for a REAL Mexican party, replete with an authentic Mariachi band! In his own right, VICTOR VALDES (harp, vocals) is a truly extraordinary performer, but this is a rare opportunity to experience him in full regalia with his big band Mariachi group, as they play all the Mexican favourites! Victor Valdes’ powerful, compelling voice, magical harp and passion for storytelling will take you on a unique sonorous journey through Mexico and Latin America. Come and join him at Camelot for a Mexican Party.
Suzy and the Snakepit bring you a night of Motown.
This supergroup of talented indy music alumni come together to celebrate the music of Hitsville USA! This line-up is all about having a good time, and paying respect to the magic of Motown. Vocalist Suzy G will be leading this great line-up for a fabulous night of hits.
Following the rousing reception received at his November debut at Camelot Lounge, playing his bold solo piano show, Mark Isaacs returns on Jan 21!
Camelot Lounge proprietor and triple ARIA Award winning artist Yaron Hallis says about the last show:
“Each piece that Mark created was a moment in time, never to be repeated. He was creating the most exquisite pieces of music on the spot – and the audience was completely and utterly mesmerised.
These were pieces of music that many other musicians would dream of composing over weeks and months, yet he was doing it in the moment – moment after moment of sublime and sophisticated musicianship and intense emotional connection.
His strong sense of melody and creating of satisfying forms completely spontaneously was nothing short of breathtaking.
This is why – like The Necks – every Mark Isaacs show is nothing less than an event – and an opportunity to be part of something very, very special that can never, and will never, ever be repeated…”
Mark Isaacs’s solo piano extemporisations draw on classical, jazz, grooves, and folkloric traditions, all masterfully shaped by the fertile creative mind of one of Australia’s most acclaimed composers and jazz musicians.
Charging down from the Rocky Mountain front range in Boulder, Colorado, award-winning five piece The Railsplitters deftly demonstrate what happens when musical influences ranging from samba to hip hop merge with traditional Appalachian music.
Although rooted in traditional bluegrass and old time music, The Railsplitters are pushing the boundaries of those genres in every sense.
The Railsplitters spend their time on the road appealing to audiences all across the US and Europe. Their line-up features Lauren Stovall and her ‘Emmylou-esque’ vocals in the lead, Dusty Rider’s melodically intricate banjo licks, Peter Sharpe’s Brazilian and bluesy flare on mandolin, Joe D’Esposito’s New-England and Italian inspired fiddling and the ever-so-groovy Jean-Luc Davis on the double bass.
The Black Sorrows have earned the reputation as a dynamic live act. There is a level of accessibility to The Black Sorrows that can appeal to the newest of fan. At the helm, Camilleri steers the band through an energetic interplay of solid grooves and well-crafted songs that mix those well-worn ingredients of blues, soul, R&B, gospel, country and even Brill Building pop. Spontaneous (forget set lists) and emotionally driven, Joe ensures that no two performances are ever the same. Camilleri’s mantra is simple “we come to play and leave the audience feeling exhilarated”.
The legendary Jeff Duff will celebrate the Thin White Duke’s iconic songs at what will be an incredibly magical night of all things Bowie. Jeff Duff has been singing Bowie’s songs for many years with the glowing support of Bowie’s official website BowieNET. Together with an all-star band, Duffo’s journey to Planet Bowie will include the songs Space Oddity, Lets Dance, China Girl, Life On Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust… amongst many other faves. Jeff’s all star band features guitarist Jak Housden from the Whitlams along with the brilliant keyboard player Glenn Rhodes and drummer- percussionist Jess Ciampa.
Lolo Lovina (‘Red Beer’) is an intoxicating brew infused with Unza, Swing and Balkan Gypsy beats. Fronted by Australian born Hungarian Romani- Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak. Lolo Lovina`s music reflects the cosmopolitan identity of an artist, who grew up with three native tongues and cultures.
The charming and passionate performance of their charismatic singer makes each concert a unique experience. Featuring Serbian / Berliner Romani husband Nenad Radic is drummer and guitarist, David Carr on guitar and banjo (Syd), Nathan Gatt on double bass (Syd), Stefan Nocevski on trumpet (Melb.) and Muharem Sulejman on sax (Melb).
7pm doors, 8pm show
Orquesta La Luna is Sydney’s newest tango arrival. Five extraordinary musicians, each with their own performance careers, have committed their talents to delivering uncompromising passionate performances of some of the most loved tango dance repertoire ever conceived. Orquesta La Luna will feature the instrumental and vocal legacy of such icons as D’Arienzo, Tanturi, Pugliese, Piazzolla and Troilo. Dancers and listeners alike can expect to be swept to the Golden Era of tango in the streets of Buenos Aires where bittersweet maladies of love and life are entangled with voluptuous artistry.
Tango dancers will be pleased to know that the repertoire has been curated to augment your dancing experience. Featuring Daniel Wallace-Crabbe (Bandoneón), Maria Lindsay (Violin I), Angela Lindsay (Violin II/Viola), Annabel Cameron (Double Bass), & Daniel Rojas (Piano/Voice)
6pm doors, 8pm show
Fronted by Melbourne born chanteuse and pianist Courtney Severini, this quirky quartet is dedicated to retro italian jazz, pop and cinema from the era La Dolce Vita. Kitsch grooves and classic tunes, Quartetto Severini celebrates songs and stories from vintage Rome, bringing to life the music of Nino Rota, Sophia Loren and Rosemary Clooney.
Featuring Jess Ciampa on percussion, Nathan Gatt on double bass and James Loughnan on Saxophone.
7pm doors, 8pm show
The Aegean Quartet comes to Camelot with an exciting event, presenting music from the Greek Islands and the coasts of Asia Minor with songs deriving from the Aegean, Ionian, Mediterranean and Black Seas.
The music will be presented in its authentic form through the use of traditional instruments such as the Accordion, string instruments such as the Violin, Guitar, Cretan Lute, Pontian Lyra, Cretan Lyra, Mandolin and percussive instruments such as the Toumberleki and Daouli.
This concert style event is set to sell out and is presented to you at Camelot Lounge due to popular demand following the huge success experienced at last year’s Greek Festival Of Sydney.
From the mind of Chris Rupp, founder of the internationally acclaimed country cappella group Home Free, comes an all new vocal project from the U.S. called 7th Ave! Featuring 4 world class vocalists and intricate harmonies, 7th Ave re-imagines songs both old and new in their own unique style, using a combination of instruments and a cappella to create a musical experience that is second to none. Featuring songs from their first album “Debut” as well as tracks from their YouTube channel, 7th takes their own unique approach to songs you will recognise from both the past and present.
6pm doors, 8pm show
The Beez – that cabaret band from Berlin – have become festival favorites in Australia these last ten years and now, oh Lordy! They’ve just graduated from their famous “Sitzdisco” (dancing while seated) to “Moshpitzen” (mosh pitting) with the addition of fabulous all- dancing, all-singing drummer Annette Kluge. Hailing from Hamburg, Annette has catapulted those toe tappin Teutons to the dance floor while still retaining The Beez acoustic sound and soaring four-part harmonies.
Once purveyors of excentric cover versions of songs from the Balkans to the Baltic-“ The originals can only be considered second best to The Beez wonderfully unique interpretations” (Berliner Morgenpost), The Beez now cover their own compositions as well, creating a bittersweet and truly diverse potpourri of genres, their trademark cabaret sensibilities never far from the surface.
Celebrate New Orleans Mardi Gras 2018 with Latin Big Band Mucho Mambo. Following amazing sell out shows over the years at Camelot, the 13 piece Mucho Mambo orchestra is back to celebrate our 3rd ‘Mardi Gras Mambo’ at Camelot Lounge, with two big sets of Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Bolero and New Orleans grooves.
Dig out your Mardi Gras masks, feathers, boas, ruffles and puffy sleeves and mambo all night with a celebration of Cuban Big Bands with a twist from New Orleans. A huge event not to be missed!
Be quick to book as last time this show sold out early.
The Mucho Mambo experience is one of a kind in the music world, a truly authentic and timeless Latin Big Band. The orchestra’s dynamic and unique sound and classic orchestrations blending bold, brassy riffs and driving percussion, will take you back to the swinging 1950’s and 1960’s of Havana.
Hailing from Glasgow but with Motown infusing her huge soul voice, Tricia returns to Django Bar, backed by the Grey Zone’s punchy sound. Expect a whip-tight mix of covers and original music. Everything from blues, psychedelia to retro classics and back again. Bring your dancing shoes.
Hearing the classic hits of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald live, with a 17-piece big band, is a rare treat. A faithful reproduction of the original big band arrangements supports a playful and energetic performance of these timeless tunes by Jim Zappia and Lana Nesnas on vocals.
Lana and Jim will be dressed to the nines, and the entire evening will be imbued by the infectious enthusiasm of The Regent Street Big Band, and the band’s trademark warm engagement with the audience.
Join us for what will undoubtedly be a memorable evening of big band swing and exciting vocals.
Back after massive sold out shows in 2017!!! Unlocking The Doors has rapidly built up a strong following throughout NSW – a must see outfit totally dedicated to bringing you the true sound of Jim Morrison and the powerhouse performances of The Doors. The band consists of 4 Wollongong-based musicians who have single-mindedly set out to capture the magic of this intoxicating music – taking you back in time with a stunning & unmissable showcase.
Be apart of the very beginning.
Hunter Valley based artist Tori Forsyth gives Sydney an exclusive look into her highly anticipated forth coming Alt-Country album. Hear LIVE the gritty and angelic sounds Tori so easily bounces between, as if Fleetwood Mac and Melanie Saftka had a song child.
“I want this tour to be special, every show will be different but you’ll still see the whole album. The show includes exclusive merchandise only available at the venues. This is so different to anything I’ve ever done. I’m so excited to put this in front of people.”
Joined by Aleyce Simmonds this is a show you NEED in your 2018 Calendar.
7pm doors, 9pm show
A live band tribute and dedication to the music of legendary PRINCE with The Purple Doves band presenting to you all the hits LIVE.
Witness the music of one of the world’s most important artists of our time and be taken by an experience funkier than anything ever seen before as THE PURPLE DOVES celebrate the music and spirit of PRINCE. THE PURPLE DOVES band brings all the attitude The Music of Prince demands including a funky vocal and a flamboyant performance that will have you partying like its 1999. At Sydney’s iconic live music venue in dance floor mode – it will be a celebration impossible to miss. All the hits live plus your favourite B sides with the authentic Minneapolis sound that changed the music business forever.
After one of their busiest years yet in 2017 – which featured the release of their acclaimed double LP Unfold, opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their Australian tour, a successful tour of the US, three European tours, and a huge feature article in the New York Times – The Necks, Australia’s legendary artists-in-resonance, return in February to perform a run of east coast dates and mix their new album which will be released later in the year.
After taking a little bit of time out to have twins, Heather Peace is returning to Australia in March!
After the chart and radio success of Heather’s last full release, she is now touring her new EP and it’s her most upbeat and fun record to date. The lead single Lightbulb got top playlist across various commercial radio stations.
An actress for over 20 years, Heather has starred in shows such as London’s Burning, Lip Service, Waterloo Road and Prey.
Heather, a figurehead in the LGBT+ community, is a patron of various charities and has her own very popular weekly radio show on Radio Diva every Tuesday and has a monthly column at Diva Magazine.
After a four year break, Heather’s much anticipated return to Australia will see her in a whole new light, performing old tracks and fresh new material for the very first time. Heather is always a very popular live act so grab a ticket while you can…
You can listen to Lightbulb here:
LKQ’s old and new melodies on fiddle, clarinet, accordion and double bass, and colourful stories about musicians’ lives and times, take you on a journey from the Baltic to the Black Sea and beyond, delving deep into the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish eastern Europe.
As well as bringing fresh life to an almost-lost instrumental folk tradition through a huge repertoire of dance tunes and lyrical melodies – some self-composed – LKQ features the irresistibly sonorous vocals of Indra Buraczewska in traditional laments, a Warsaw Yiddish theatre hit with a hint of jazz (‘Goodbye New York’) and even a song about beetroot soup. Prepare to be engaged in foot-tapping and backing vocals – if not all-out dancing! – as you join the LKQ party.
“Dizzyingly dynamic playing… a band at the forefront of the European klezmer revival” (fROOTS)
“A fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing.” (Songlines Magazine)
“With artistry like this, the music doesn’t have to be reinvented.” (London Evening Standard)
Breabach began 2017 in exciting fashion as receivers of the Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Folk Band of the Year’ for the second time and ‘Album of the Year’ for their fifth studio album ‘Astar’. A special Celtic Connections show to celebrate the album was held in February in Glasgow’s City Halls and was received with a sell out crowd and 5 star review in the Scotsman.
The momentum continued with nominations for ‘Best Band’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and for ‘European Album of the Year’ in the Songlines Music Awards. This was underpinned by a packed live performance schedule including tours of the UK, Sweden and Canada and an exciting, energetic festival season across Europe.
Delivering an increasingly mature repertoire and live performance whilst continuing to build their reputation at the forefront of the UK’s world and roots music scene, this is a band at the very top of their game and one not to be missed.
“As polished as it was passionate, matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set.” The Scotsman *****
Steve Poltz returns to Australia for his, what must be 25th Australian tour.
As good as his albums are, Steve Poltz positively owns a crowd when he’s on stage. His shows are the stuff of legend. He can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room.
As much as we try, it’s difficult to accurately describe the feeling in a room Steve Poltz is playing in so don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the experience.
Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step-dancing, he just loves to perform. Combine that exuberance and onstage dynamism with the stellar musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades His Rhythm Boys, and you have an unstoppable roots music force.
That potent combination has made the group highly sought-after performers on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland. They return to Australia for a national tour including festival appearances at Nannup, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival and National Folk Festival.
7pm doors, 9pm show
Z-STAR DELTA is an explosive duo fronted by international artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Zee Gachette (Z-STAR, SLOWTRAINSOUL), based in the UK. Fast becoming hot music property in Australia, being hailed as the highlight of many a festival, thanks to their most legendary live performances. The duo have an impressively huge sound that travels through an intoxicating and modern mix of Country Blues and Desert Rock. Musically speaking, it’s no surprise that Zee’s captivating tone and grit have been likened to greats such as Nina Simone and Janis Joplin. But what’s even more striking is that these powerful vocals are being delivered whilst she drums with a compelling, Bo Diddly-inspired, tribal intensity “reminiscent of the White Stripes” (The Echo).
A true musician’s artist, Zee has inspired standing ovations from music legends Jimmy Page, Roger Daltrey and Amy Winehouse to name a few. As well as selling in excess of 3m in combined album sales, with music featured in TV/Film/Adverts globally and live performances from Radio City Music Hall (NYC) to Glastonbury. This world class act is a must see!!
7pm doors, 8pm show
Cabaret artist , musical writer and songwriter Joanna Weinberg is coming back to Camelot!!!
A quirky bag model named ‘Chantelle’ will showcase an unusual bag collection and there is a ‘show and tell’ section where audience members are encouraged to tell personal or amusing stories about their bags.
Drummer Nicola Ossher, trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood and Cellist Kate Adams are the outstanding musical and vocal accompanists. A perfect way to celebrate a girl’s night out, ( though boys are very welcome if they have bags ) this experienced and playful performer will ensure you have bags of fun.
“This is a show worth seeing, as indeed is anything presented by Joanna Weinberg. It’s uplifting, musically funky and totally enjoyable. As they say in their program, “The show doesn’t only appeal to women – men have their baggage too”….The show, with its laid back and cool stagecraft and humorous cynicism, is reminiscent of Berlin’s cabarets of the 1920s and Weinberg’s lyrical prowess is as clever as Noel Coward’s.”
Bronwyn Fullerton- Sydney Arts Guide 2016
4 KINGS are set for another amazing gig at Django Bar!
4 KINGS will be playing upbeat sets of Blues Rock Funkin’ goodness with songs from the ‘4 KINGS’ of the BLUES (Albert, Freddie, BB and Earl), the 4 KINGS with new bass player Mike Taylor and bunch of new songs and favourites will keep you moving and grooving all night long!
Al Britton from the legendary Bondi Cigars says: “4 KINGS, are a must see killer band that keeps the audience awe-struck with their brilliance and always yelling for more!” Make sure you get in soon and book your tickets online as this band has a habit of selling out gigs fast, whatever you do don’t miss this show!
JohnnyG & The E Types is Sydney’s premier soul show. Their latest Soul Revue showcases the classics from the legendary STAX recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee and FAME recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Dance all night to the hits of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Eddie Floyd, Percy Sledge, Sam and Dave, Etta James & more. This explosive 9-piece band performs these hits like it’s 1967.
7pm doors, 9pm show
Don Walker is regarded as one of Australia’s best songwriters and his songs have been mapping Australia, from Kings Cross to regional towns and the spaces between, for more than thirty years, through solo albums and shows, with Catfish, three acclaimed albums with Tex, Don and Charlie and of course with one of this countries finest ever bands Cold Chisel.
To celebrate the release of the Catfish and Don Walker’s entire recording catalogue being released on vinyl along with the vinyl box set titled Blacktop, Don and his band The Suave Fucks will once again hit the road in April 2018. Performing songs that transcend across his solo work with one of the best band lineups ever assembled it is a performance not to be missed.
“He is among the best – the most Australian – of songwriters.” – The Music 2013
“The Cold Chisel songwriter should be doing soundtracks for Tarantino films.” – SMH