Hello Friends & Bon Vivants….
A short but vital missive this week….
(1) whats on for the weekend, (2) win tickets to My Latin Heart (last chance to enter see below) and (3) another batch of highlights for the fantastic Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival weekend coming up in only 11 sleeps!! yippee!
Friday February 28
Michael Duchesne @ Blue Diamond Bar, Sebel Kiama 7-10pm
His soulful sounds sent Seal into a frenzy in 2013 in The Voice. A fine entertainer, on his way to great things.
Pearlnoire Duo @ The Brewery, Crown & Harbour Streets, Wollongong 7.30pm
Generous & engaging black magic diva with a rich, delicious, luscious voice
Soul, Jazz, R&B, a fantastic performer loaded with personality.
Saturday March 1: Win Tickets!!
My Latin Heart w Jose Carbo, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan @ IMB Theatre, IPAC Wollongong 8pm $55
A night of sumptuous song, stunning strings & passionate, tantalising tango with acclaimed baritone José and celebrated classical guitarists, the Grigoryan brothers. This sensuous collection of Latin American songs released by ABC Classics will come to life in a tango spectacular live on stage.
José will recreate the songs from sheet music given to him by his grandfather Donato back in Argentina. Latin American songs including “Lara’s Granad”, “Piazzolla’s Ave Maria” and “Oblivion” and brilliant tangos such as Caminito, Mi Buenos Aires querido and Adiós.
To win a double pass (I have two to giveaway) just hit reply and provide your contact details. Reply by 5pm Wednesday 26 Feb. Winners chosen at random and advised 27 Feb. Tickets have been generously provided by Merrigong Theatre Co. To book & purchase tickets contact www.merrigong.com.au
Sunday March 2
Fives & I @ Jamberoo Pub 2-5pm
Always a great afternoon in the beer garden, great bistro & great music
Friday March 7 – Sunday March 9
Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival 100% Free
Various venues: Kiama, Gerringong, Jamberoo, Kiama Downs
Over 60 gigs, 30 venues and around 40 bands & performers…Amazing weekend, and here are but a few of the many highlights over the weekend to get you salivating…Check the full programme at kiamajazz.com
Saturday Night March 8
Jeff Duff Band: Ground Control to Frank Sinatra @ Kiama Leagues Club upstairs auditorium 8.30pm
What would happen if, Frank Sinatra and David Bowie unwittingly turned up at one another’s concerts by mistake? And they took up the challenge, performing one another’s repertoires. How would Ol’ Blue Eyes handle the thin white duke’s futuristic rock songs? How would Bowie cope with Sinatra’s swingin’ Jazz grooves? Australian rock legend Jeff Duff is bringing the superstar switch to Kiama with a hot Sydney combo featuring brilliant pianist Tim Jenkins & drummer Andy Davies, Duffo’ takes us on a unique, musical adventure, channeling the sounds and styles of Sinatra and Bowie into each other’s songs. Duffo is Doing it his way. (sponsored by Ray White Kiama)
Kiama Bowling Club 9-11.30pm
Dangerous, sizzling, blistering: Fiona Boyes rocks on guitar while Dorothy Jane smoulders on blues harp, these gals of blues blast out a larger than life, high calorie celebration of International Womens Day … hot blues to groove you. The smokin’ blues of The Jacky Howellers set the scene for the gals from 7.30pm
Sidewalk Soiree with Nick Rheinberger Duo @ Little Blowhole Cafe 4-6pm
Nick of ABC Illawarra radio fame needs little introduction! A great entertainer, his acoustic cabaret puts a unique spin on the blues using a variety of strings from ukulele to gandarvi, plus Nick’s witty repartee make this a party and a half. This is always a major gig, The Little Blowhole Cafe team usually suggest booking in and/or bringing own chairs. I am wondering if they will close off the street this year?
Sunday March 9
All Day Jazz & Blues Concert @ Hindmarsh Park Kiama 11am – 5pm
An intensely agreeable day of outstanding sound with (in order of appearance) The Jacky Howellers, The Escalators, The Scoundrels with Peta Morris, Shirazz, Pearlnoire Band & Steve Edmonds Trio Tim Brosnan from the local Vox FM Blues Train is the MC. There’s food, gelato, coffee & more on sale or bring your own picnic, rugs & chairs & settle in for an exceptional & satisfying groove. This day is sponsored by Kiama Municipal Council.
Saturday March 8
Young Bands Come Out to Play
Hindmarsh Park Kiama 2-5pm
Showcasing the talents of the up and coming with The Vanns, Sean Emmett & the Kiama High School Show Band and maybe a surprise or two.
The Grooving Italian
Sunday March 9
The Brooding Italian 10am – 4pm
One of our newest groovy cafes, The Brooding Italian on the south end of Manning Street gets totally into festival mode from 10am with Straight No Chaser and chanteuse Deborah Dicembre recalling New York in the 60’s and grooving on through the day with Hot Potato a snazzy, jazzy troupe of funsters that will have you dancing on the pavement.
More next newsletter….check the full programme on kiamajazz.com…full of highlights…60 of them and they’re all free!