Friday April 29 – Sunday May 1
Illawarra Autumn Jazz Festival
Corrimal Hotel, Corrimal
Presented by the Illawarra Jazz Club and includes Giants of Jazz with Little Pattie, The Escalators, Lemon Squeezing’ Daddies with Pearlnoire, Lionel Robinson, Marie Wilson, Spyglass Gypsies and much more. Tickets, programme and more info from www.illawarrajazzclub.com
Friday April 29-Sunday May 1
Kiss Arts Festival
Black Beach Kiama & other venues
This is a heap of fun, fab performances, some free stuff some ticketed but get all the info from www.kissartsfestival.com.au Its not at all Jazz & Blues but fantastic world class comedy stunts and creative and musical mayhem & entertainment by Dave Evans, Kiki Bittovabitsch, Tommy Deans and so much more.
Saturday April 30
Kid Stakes with Jan Preston
Cafe de Rude, Hindmarsh Park, Kiama 7pm
This is part of the Kiss Arts Fest in cahoots with Gerringong Pics & Flicks, but I’m so excited about this one, I have to have a separate little rave! Kid Stakes is an original classic old Aussie black & white silent film (1927) which will be screened with live and original musical score written and performed by the Queen of boogie, rag and rollicking piano blues herself, the sensational effervescent Miss Jan Preston!! An irreverent piece of suburban Australiana, with a series of lunatic subplots woven around Fatty Finn and his mates. And its on for no charge
Friday May 6
Phil Manning + The Jacky Howellers
Kiama Bowling Club 8pm
No cover charge for this legend of blues guitar, Phil ‘Electric Fingers on Acoustic Guitar’ Manning is the front man of Chain, Aussie blues royalty. Playing tonight with our own local legends of the howling blues, The Jacky Howellers, Dan Sullivan on blistering harp plus the powerhouse vocals of Rob Mitchell.
Saturday May 7
Vote NO to forced amalgamation of Kiama Council
Various locations and polling booths around the Kiama Municipality
A break in transmission!, Do not adjust your set…Kiama Jazz & Blues Club urges you and strongly encourages our readers, friends and members to go to the polls and VOTE NO to this nonsense about forced mergers, this is not ok & we need to be heard loud and clear. Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival has been well supported by Kiama Council for many years and is a major source of our funding. Without them on our side, who knows what our future will be? No more free festivals? Indeed our Council supports many arts initiatives and we are so grateful for this. All the info and locations are on www.kiama.nsw.gov.au
Saturday May 7 & Sunday May 8
Berry Jazz Festival
Various Venue in Berry & Gerringong
Presented by SIMA, and this year’s innovative little festival has grown to feature the amazing Emma Pask & Darren Percival, Glorious Sousaphonics, Ellen Kirkwood & Aaron Flower, Mister Ott (High-octaine Ethiopian inspired jazz!) Finland (the Finn brothers reimagined) New Orleans Second-Line Workshop for Kids. A variety of venues, tix and more info from berryjazz.com.au or call 9036 6292. Or contact the Berry Music Centre, 4464 1284
Sunday May 8
Continental Blues Party with Robert Susz
Central Hotel Shellharbour 3-6pm
How cool is this? No charge for this fabulous bluesy band at the fantastic indoor venue at Central Hotel Shellharbour. Stay alert for regular Sunday arvo gigs.
Sunday May 22
Simon Kinny-Lewis Band
Central Hotel Shellharbour 3-6pm
Cool & groovy on a Sunday arvo. No charge for this top band at the fantastic indoor venue at Central Hotel Shellharbour. Stay tuned for regular Sunday gigs
Saturday June 11
Divine Devilles, The Jacky Howellers & Bugs in the Grill
Kiama Bowling Club 7.30pm
Do not miss this one peeps! Its blues meets jazz with The Divine Devilles featuring keyboard blues diva Ali Penney with sensational harp & vocals of Dorothy Jane Gosper plus Dave Blanken as their special guest. Bugs in the Grill, bring the eclectic guitar blues mix of popular local lads Doug Faulkner and Bruce Greenfield…plus the outstanding howling blues of The Jacky Howellers; Dan Sullivan on blistering harp plus the powerhouse guitar & vocals of Rod Mitchell. The best bit is at the end, if we’re a good audience they’ll all play together – and man – that is blues heaven! All this for a mere gold coin donation.
And you’ll always get great live music at Jamberoo Pub each Sunday, and at The Basement at Wollongong Builders Club also Sunday, at Corrimal Hotel on Saturday arvo 2.30pm…in Kiama keep an eye on Kabari Bar, El Corazon, My Chocolate Shoppe and Penny Whistlers for live music, not always Jazz & Blues but live & local, def worth a look & listen!!
Have fun & see you out there!