Live Blues & Jazz
Live Music is played live in The Commons’ cosy Downtown bar Thursday through Saturday night.
Thursday 9/9.15pm start
Friday & Saturday 9.30pm start
Some of the artists playing:
- Jesse Redwing grew up on punk, found inspiration in the likes of Peter Green, John Mayall, Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton and the Stones, then took a step back to Chess Records, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon. Backed by the Real MVPs (drummer Nicholas Meredith and bass player Brendan 'Thumper' Clark), Redwing's real, raw, punk-tinged blues is a live experience to behold, and producer Stephen Mowat has proved himself capable of capturing their explosive energy on tape. Studio recordings have so far come in the form of singles Comin' On and Crawlin' Up The Walls - the latter recently launched at a packed Brighton Up Bar - and there's a full-length album set to see the light later in 2016.
- Sugar Bowl Hokum delight with a mix of ragtime and blues and a touch of jazz. Reworking the songs and sounds of such trailblazers as Memphis Minnie, Barrel House Annie, Rosetta Howard and Bessie Smith, Sugar Bowl Hokum introduce new arrangements which break new ground, all while preserving and reviving that classic ragtime sound. These tunes echo from the very roots that underlie modern jazz, back when some people knew how to dance a lindy hop, while others were still scandalised by syncopation. Band Members Cassandra Woodfield -Vocals, Mike Meissner-Guitar, PK-Bass, Tim O’Driscoll-Drums, Tanya Maree -Trumpet
- Bonnie Kay and The Bonafides: Here is a unique sort of soulful and sassy package of blues and roots: Bonnie Kay, a contemporary American singer/songwriter from Philly who landed in Australia via Tokyo, uses acoustic, finger-picking, slide-guitar techniques, plus a voice reminiscent of blues icon Bonnie Raitt's, to deliver her own red-hot, sexy sound. Bonnie’s voice and guitar speak evocatively to the archetypal medley of emotions springing from the trauma of love relationships between humans. Elements of jazz, soul and funk- with indescribable element of texture and colour-sometimes smooth and jazzy, sometimes gritty and raw- taking the dance to a sobbing heap on the floor and then lifting it up into a foot-stomping, hollering hootenanny . It’s a Bonafide Band with a capital B. That, there, is the triple truth, Ruth!
- Majazzter duo combines a wide range of influences and backgrounds into an original artistic expression. Their style starts from a careful research of the repertoire: a wide selection of songs in five different languages, ranging between Latin jazz, mellow ballads and uptempo Swing that lead to a show designed to entertain while creating strong emotions, hearty smiles and an irresistible desire to get absorbed and transported by the music. During their career, they have performed concerts in Europe, Asia and Australia, recorded for dotGuitar, MeTo Productions and SBS Radio, and have worked with public and private institutions such as the Italian Embassy in Canberra, the Australian Red Cross, Dante Alighieri Society, Sydney Classical Guitar Society, Willoughby Council, Parramatta City Council and many more. They have played acoustic music for over a decade, and since late 2017 they have been experimenting the use of new instruments that bring such timeless classics as Cole Porter, Tom Jobim, George Gershwin and Paolo Conte into a more contemporary atmosphere: while still remaining a duo, they are changing their setup by introducing an electronic element to their arrangements, thus creating a fusion between the vintage songs and a present-day sound, without letting their refined classy style go. Through the simplicity of “just” two musicians and the high refinement of the performance, Majazzter delivers a unique jazzy experience that can be enjoyed by a broad public.
Downtown at The Commons is open Thursday through Saturday, from 6pm. Come down and soak up an old-timey Whiskey Sour, a New Orleans’ Sazerac or a Manhattan with the sound.
To find out more about Downtown or to make a booking, please contact us on 02 9358 1487 or email@example.com.