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What’s On At Notes In April?

Written by John Ritchie on April 8, 2010

As it turns out, quite a lot. Short of reformatting and paraphrasing each and every event, I’ll leave it to organisers to explain what’s happening at Notes over the next few weeks:

Friday 9th April – King Tide
GA: Presale $18 + BF

Reggae and roots band, King Tide are renowned for their brilliant high energy live shows, and have earned their fan base on the live scene using reggae as the compass guiding them to new and wonderful musical lands. King Tide, is the first Australian band to be signed to prestigious UK record label, Urban Sedated.

The label will be releasing King Tide’s first album, To Our Dearly Deported as well as inclusion of their song Babylon Mixed Business on the Global Reggae Selection Vol 1 – due out in the UK this November.

This signing highlights the global appeal of King Tide’s infectious, high energy music and recognises the high calibre of musician which make up King Tide. Come and let your hair down and feel the rhythmic waves.

Saturday 10th April – The Flood
GA: Presale $19.50 + BF

There’s something prematurely mythic about The Flood. Their name swirls with the gravity of the Old Testament and the everyday calamity of life on the land: a force of nature, and a story thick with sediments of truth and fable. Kevin Bennet returns to Notes with a different version of his band, Mark Collins who was in the original line-up more than a decade ago returns, this time adding percussion to his banjo duties. Wayne “Killer” Kellett, another former member is back on the bass and the new addition is Six-String Sensation Michael Muchow on guitar.

Kevin will be mixing songs from his brand new album, Solo with a lot of Flood favourites. “People who like our band are pretty loyal and hardnosed about it,” says Kevin It’s a typically understated way of saying that The Flood strikes a chord in everyone who takes the time to open their ears.

Tuesday 13th April – Casablanca Nights
GA: Presale $20.50 + BF

Undoubtedly the classiest jazz event in Sydney has seen for some time. The inaugural event saw Notes transformed into an international jazz venue as audiences displayed the elegance of modern day celebrities.

The second series of Casablanca Nights will showcase a stunning array of local talent. Featuirng a set from Evelyn Duprai with Gary Holgate, Peter Drummond and Joseph Calderazzo and guest performances from Natasha Stuart and Anthea White plus special guest pianist.

Casablanca Nights is your opportunity to dress up for an early show and a divine menu guaranteed to tantalize your tastebuds. Perhaps you would prefer to sit and have a cocktail with friends as your listen to familiar tunes that will transport you back in time to the culture of jazz clubs that were once home to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Casablanca Nights.

Thursday 15th April – Monique Brumby
GA: Presale $13.50 + BF

Multi Aria award winner, Monique Brumby is no stranger to the stage touring with acclaimed artists such as the Bangle, Paul Kelly, Luka Bloom, Pete Yorn and the Jeff Buckley. Her albums have won her legions of fans and a great respect from her peers and music critics alike. The release of her 4th studio album, Skeleton’s Polka co-produced with renowned producer Mark Opitz (Paul Kelly, Divinyls, INXS) is sure to put her on the map yet again.

Friday 16th April – Gareth Liddiard
GA: Presale $22.75 + BF

After five years of non stop touring, four albums, and numerous accolades, one of Australia’s most acclaimed and unique songwriters Gareth Liddiard of The Drones has decided to put his pedals on ice for a while. With his debut solo record set for release later in the year, Gareth will be undertaking a special run of acoustic shows to preview songs off the upcoming album alongside all your Drones favourites.

Not to be missed.

Saturday 17th April – Perry Keyes + Tim Freedman + Bernie Hayes
GA: Presale $22.75 + BF

Perry Keyes is no stranger to the Sydney music scene after a prolonged hiatus Perry re-emerged in 2003, playing solo sets featuring songs that would make up the bulk of his debut double album “Meter” released in 2005 to much critical acclaim. It was hailed by EMI Australia CEO John O Donnell as one of the best Australian debuts ever. Keyes’ next album, “The last Ghost Train Home” was received with an even greater acclaim upon its release in October 2007. It went on to be short listed for the Australian Music Prize and was named the ABC Radio National Album of the Year.

His much anticipated third album, Johnny Ray’s Downtown will be released at Notes and will once again draw on Keyes’ local environment a night which will captivate all who attend.

Friday 18th April – Steve Prestwich
GA: Presale $22.75 + BF

Steve Prestwich is probably best known as the drummer for legendary Australian band Cold Chisel writing some of the band’s best known songs including Forever Now, When the War is Over, and Flame Trees. After decades of touring with one of the hardest working and most successful bands in Australian music history, Cold Chisel and The Little River Band Steve started to focus his attention on a solo album “Since you’ve been Gone” which was finally released to critical acclaim in 2000.

In October 2009 Steve released his second solo album “Every Highway” described as a rootsy blend of blues, folk and country, it features Steve singing and playing acoustic guitar on all tracks.

Friday 23rd April – The Ox & the Fury
GA: Presale $15.00 + BF

The Ox and the Fury is Australia’s best kept musical secret featuring, Ezekiel Ox (Mammal, Full Scale), Lucius Borich (Cog, Juice), Ben Brennan (Seven) and Dom Italiano. Since forming in 2003, the band has seen a revolving door of this country’s finest players, with 2009 seeing the core settle on just four.

Band leader Ezekiel Ox has already earned a reputation as one of this country’s most prolific and dynamic performers taking in everything from theatrical productions, spoken word nights and metal shows. He now turns his artistic blowtorch to his childhood passion, folk music. Zeke’s songs are journeys of pain and loss, joy and redemption and show an artist developing beyond anyone’s expectations.

Friday 30th April – The Last Waltz
GA: Presale $34.00 + BF

The Last Waltz was a Farewell Concert for “The Band” that became one of the most legendary nights in rock history with an unparalled lineup of rock superstars including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Dr John, Muddy Waters, The Staple Singers, Ronnie Hawkins and many more who shared a stage in celebration of the music of one of the most influential bands of all time.

Martin Scorsese chronicled this most iconic night in rock history which has been hailed as one of the greatest concert films ever made. Come and pay tribute to the artists who influenced a whole generation with their music with an 11 piece show band who will be performing all the songs from The Band’s farewell concert- The Last Waltz.

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