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Archive for September, 2004

JPY and Garth Russell Co-Presenting Newcastle Music Awards

Monday, September 27th, 2004

The 2004 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night will see nationally acclaimed artist John Paul Young and 1233′s Drive presenter Garth Russell take to the Civic Theatre to award the Hunter and Central Coast’s finest musicians.

The awards night, which will be held on Thursday October 28 2004, will see JPY lead a stellar line up of local talent, with a performance of his internationally recognised hit “Love Is In the Air”. This song was introduced to a new generation when it was featured in the film Strictly Ballroom, featuring Paul Mecurio.

The awards night will see JPY and Garth Russell reunite for the first time since 1992, when they entertained breakfast listeners over the airwaves for local radio station NEWFM.

A complete line up of local performers will be announced closer to the date. For further information, see the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards website.

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek and the Civic Theatre.

Screaming Jets Release New EP Via Kazaa P2P Software

Monday, September 27th, 2004

With the popularity of filesharing programs growing, The Screaming Jets are among several Australian artists that have released their latest EPs and albums via a popular peer to peer filesharing program.

Heart of the Matter, the first EP by The Jets since 2001, will be released through Kazaa, a well known and frequently used program with millions of users worldwide.

Coinciding with the current Australian East Coast Tour, the band decided to use file sharing to promote the new EP, which is the debut release on the band’s own self-financed record label.

Licenses for the newly released tracks cost US .50 cents each, while the entire EP will cost users US$2.50.

Fans of The Screaming Jets will also be able to download the “Heart of the Matter” music video for free through Kazaa, and through their website

Catch the Screaming Jets at Newcastle Panthers on October 8th, 2004, supported by Maeder and winners of the Expose Yourself band competition, Amy Vee & The Virtues.

In addition to the Screaming Jets, Central Coast based punk rock label Below Par Records is also promoting and licensing its catalogue through Kazaa. Below Par represents several bands including In the Grey, Kisschasy, Last Year’s Hero, Something with Numbers and For Amusement Only.The Screaming Jets and the Pelow Par Records Catalogue can be found in the audio section of the Kazaa application.

Expose Yourself and Let There Be School Rock Band Competitions

Monday, September 27th, 2004

Newcastle Music Week finished on a high note, with the Expose Yourself and Let There Be School Rock band competitions held at the Civic Theatre on Friday, 17th of September.

Amy Vee and her band The Virtues were winners of Expose Yourself, receiving a fantastic prize package including a manufacturing and distribution deal courtesy of MGM music.

Runners up were Central Coast melodic rockers Fyna.

Immune, a new band from Callaghan College, were winners of the Let There Be School Rock competition.

For information about the event, read this calendar entry at

Newcastle Livesites – October 2004

Monday, September 27th, 2004

Wheeler Place will become the domain of rockabilly grooves and 1950s car clubbers with Rockers and Revheads taking command every Friday evening in October, from 5pm to 9pm.

The latest instalment of the Newcastle Live Sites program will see jive dance classes, local rockabilly outfits and fanatical classic car enthusiasts converge on the space to bring family evenings of fun, dance and nostalgia.

Creepers, full-circle skirts, hair wax for the quiff, and the desire to dance the night away are all highly encouraged elements of this free family event.

Each night will kick off with free dance lessons from local professional instructors, to the sounds of well-loved rockabilly bands, who will then proceed to groove the night away.

Elvis himself will make an appearance, re-living some of his greatest hits and awarding prizes to the best-dressed dancers.

Rockabilly numbers will be provided by The Pat Capocci Combo, Wes Pudsey and the Sonic Aces and The Retro Rockets. Adding to the atmosphere will be a visual feast of cars from California Cruising and the Howlers Hotrod Club, featuring Pontiacs, Chevrolets and Ford Roadsters.

Newcastle Live Sites is a free cultural events program taking place in public spaces in the heart of Newcastle to enliven and activate the civic precinct. The program is jointly funded by the Newcastle Alliance, the Honeysuckle Development Corporation, the Newcastle City Council and the NSW Ministry for the Arts.

Rockers and Revheads

Wheeler Place, Every Friday in October 5pm – 9pm

For more information visit

James Morrison Headlining Jazz In The Vines 2004

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

For the 12th year in a row, Jazz in the Vines will be providing you with a complete indulgence of the senses as the cream of Australian jazz join world class wineries and some of the Hunter’s finest restaurants in showing you an all-round great time!

The artist lineup this year will see James Morrison and ‘The Edge’ band, featuring Simon Stockhausen play one of their only gigs in New South Wales during 2004. Also performing will be Geoff Bull’s Olympia Jazz Band, The NSW Police Band, Carol Ralph, Fish Fry, roving bands, DJ’s and much more. Your tastebuds will be dancing as renowned Hunter Valley Wine Country restaurants join forces to bring you a delicious array of food. Then freshen your palate with a splash or two of the world’s best wines from Tyrrell’s, Drayton’s, Terrace Vale, Tamburlaine and the Hunter Valley Wine Society to complete a seriously mouthwatering afternoon.

Promoter and Event Manager Grant Smith believes that this mix of ingredients is what’s kept over ten thousand people coming back time and again year to Jazz in the Vines. “The relaxed, casual atmosphere of Jazz in the Vines, the fantastic variety of food and wines from all around the Hunter and Jazz to suit all tastes makes this event what it is.”

Experience this memorable day for yourself. Be sure to circle Saturday October 30th on your calendar and come along to Tyrrell’s Vineyard to help celebrate the twelfth birthday of Jazz in the Vines. Coach transport to and from the event shouldn’t be a problem with Guthreys Travel Ph 1800 226644 running coaches from Sydney and Rover Coaches Ph 1800 801 012 looking after the Hunter Region.

Entry Tickets, from just $35 pre-booked, are available on-line from, Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism on (02) 4990 4477 or through all Ticketek outlets.

Bring a blanket, personal sunshade/umbrella and folding chair if desired. Deck chairs are available for hire on the day. No marques or tent type structures are allowed. Come prepared for hot, cool, or wet conditions – the concert will proceed in all but the most extreme weather conditions. Feel to bring a picnic or enjoy tastings from the great restaurants of the Hunter Valley. All the local Hunter restaurants will have stalls on site. Wine, beer, soft drink, water, tea and coffee are available for purchase. No BYO alcahol allowed.

For more information visit the Jazz in the Vines website at or email

Newcastle Music Week 2004

Saturday, September 11th, 2004

Newcastle Music Week 2004 will be held between the 12th and 18th September 2004.

The week will begin with a launch from 2.00pm on Sunday 12th September at Wheeler Place with a concert featuring The Retro Rockets, Old Sound Central, Cotton Sidewalk and Corn Stalk. Later in the evening enjoy acoustic Song-Writers live at the Delany Hotel from 6.30pm.

On Monday the 13th The Cambridge Hotel will host Monday Metal Madness featuring Flesh Mechanic alongside locals Inane Eminence, 7th Eve and Akuma.

Tuesday the 14th will see Darby Street come alive with soulful acoustic sounds from local artists.

Wheeler place will host the Punk and Grind Skate night on Wednesday 15th beginning at 5.00pm featuring demonstrations from local skate demo crews and music by Something with Numbers, The Ready Series, Supermarket Hero, Angela’s Dish, Falling Til Friday and Distorted Citizen.

A Major Music Expo will be held at Newcastle City Hall on Thursday the 16th of September. $20 entry fee includes Expo Hall, all seminars and workshops. On Thursday evening Beaumont Street will feature music in its many restaurants and cafes on Thursday, alongside a free concert by Pow Wow and The Retro Rockets in James Street Plaza.

Friday 17th September will see Acoustic Songwriters Live in Wheeler Place from 4:30PM to 7:30PM featuring Amy Vee, John Cole Clarke, Daniel Arvidson, Chad Mason and Bob Corbett. Starting at 7:30 PM on Friday at the Civic Theatre Newcastle will be the ‘Expose Yourself’ and ‘Let There Be School of Rock Final’. Finalists in the Expose Yourself competition include Amy Vee, Old Sound Central, Fyna and Jabek aswell as a guest appearance by Sender. Finalists in the ‘School of Rock’ competition will be The Saxby’s (Merewether High), Cadence (Hunter School of Performing Arts), Immune (Callaghan College, Jesmond), Something in Common (from Erina High). Tickets are just $16 or $10 concession. Book at the Civic Theatre Box Office, any Ticketek outlet, or call 4929 1977. For internet bookings go to

The finale of Newcastle Music Week will be held at The Cambridge Hotel from 5PM on Saturday 18th September. Titled ’12-for-12′, that’s 12 bands for 12 bucks! Showcasing Newcastle’s finest including Atomica, Tone Orange, Supersonic, Schlauncher, A Thousand Lights, The Shepherds, Lame Excuse, Virus Crawl, Old Sound Central, The Pints, The Missing People and Cotton Sidewalk.

Find out more at

2004 Newcastle Music Awards – Listeners Choice

Saturday, September 11th, 2004

Voting has opened for the Listeners Choice Awards in the 2004 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards. Voting closes on Friday the 17th of September at 5 PM.

This is your opportunity to have your say and help judge the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards. Just go to the Music Awards Website and listen to one of the many tracks they have available. The cast your vote via email. Instructions on how to cast your vote are available on the Music Awards website.

Gianni Michelini

Saturday, September 11th, 2004

New Lambton based guitarist Gianni Michelini launched his own website at Currently underconstruction, the site lists his upcoming gigs, including a performance during Newcastle Music Week in Beaumont Street Hamilton (James Street Square) and at the Newcastle Music Awards presentation night at the Civic Theatre in October.

Gianni MicheliniGian (Gianni Michelini) began studying classical and flamenco guitar at the age of 12, continuing his studies at the Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music under the tuition of Terry Latham. During 2000 he enjoyed a Sunday evening residency at Hamilton’s Caffe Gianotti, he has also performed regularly at the Highfields Azzuri Club. In addition to his extensive local experience, both as a solo performer, and as one half of the duo Ryde, Gianni has also had the opportunity to perform at many European Music festivals.

Michelini performs a fusion of flamenco, classical and Latin instrumental music, combining older musical and cultural sounds and with their modern counterparts. Michelini also sings and performs original material. He has also entered two of his songs, Senorita (shake shake) and Aire, into this years Newcastle Music Awards.

For more information and upcoming performances visit his homepage at

The Newcastle Bands Project

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004 is currently being upgraded resulting in the addition of several new services. Recently launched was the newcastlebands forum which can be found at has been established over 4 years and hosts the websites several local artists: The Making Belief, The 4th Dimension, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Once Were Tadpoles and Anthony Gore

The site features a noticeboard, a comprehensive listing of upcoming gigs in the Newcastle region.

Find out more at

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