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Archive for March, 2007

Wanted – Maitland Bands For Youth Week Band Competition

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Young muso’s in Maitland are wanted to perform at this year’s National Youth Week Youth Band Competition in Maitland.

The Band Competition will take place on Friday 13th of April at the Maitland PCYC from 5pm onwards.

The Band Competition is one of the four all ages music events being organised by the Maitland Youth Music Crew (MYMC) this year. The MYMC secured funding from Indent and support from the Samaritans Youth Services Maitland, to run the gigs.

“We just want young people to have the opportunity to play in Maitland, to their mates and family and other young people. The band comp will showcase the diversity of young musical talent in Maitland” Dave Cook from the Music Crew explains.

“There are heaps of fantastic young bands and muso’s in Maitland” said Sarah Rhodes from the Maitland Youth Music Crew, “The Band Comp will be a great night, and it is awesome that the PCYC has supported this event”.

The Band Comp aims to give High School aged bands the opportunity to show their stuff and win some fantastic prizes, such as studio recording time, a spot on the next Teenage Kicks lineup, and music vouchers.

Application forms are available from Lisa Ronneberg – Maitland Youth Development Officer Ph: 4934 2202, 040 7 891 650

Entries are due by the 30th of March.


South Pacific

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Maitland Gilbert and Sullivan and Musical Society Inc (MGASAMS) presents Rodger and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.

South Pacific features music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and was adapted from the Pulitzer Prizewinning NovelTales of the South Pacific” by James A Michener.

South PacificThe musical will be performed at the following venues:

Maitland Town Hall, High St Maitland, NSW

  • April 20th, 21st and 28th at 8pm, 21st, 22nd and 28th at 2pm
  • Bookings Maitland Visitors Centre – (02) 4931 2800 – Maitland Shows Only

Tempest Two Winery, Cnr Broke Rd and McDonalds Rd Pokolbin NSW

  • Indoors in Cellar – Strictly limited seating
  • May 5th 8pm and 6th 2pm
  • Bookings via Ticketek Call 132849 or (02)49291977 or www.ticketek.com.au – Tempus Two Winery Shows ONLY

South Pacific is Presented Through Special Arrangement with Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd on behalf of R&H Theatricals of New York City.

Complete with an experienced 22 piece orchestra, this 45+ person cast i of some of the best stage and singing talent available in the lower Hunter, combined with MGASAMS 40+ years of experience in full stage musical productions of song, dance, acting, music, sound, lighting, costume, and stage is pleased to bring you a most memorable and authentic production of this well known and much loved musical.

Book early so you are not disappointed.

For more information see the Maitland Gilbert and Sullivan and Musical Society website at www.mgasams.com.au.


Newcastle Jazz Festival 2007

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Newcastle Jazz FestivalThe 20th annual Newcastle Jazz Festival will be held from the 24th to the 26th August 2007 at Newcastle City Hall, King Street Newcastle.

The Newcastle Jazz Festival has become a must visit for Jazz fans because it offers a wide variety of Jazz styles and some blues and is regarded as one of the best Jazz festivals in Australia.

This year the Newcastle Jazz Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has continued to grow each year. The Festival features some of Australia’s best Jazz and Blues performers. This year performers will be heard in 5 different rooms within the City Hall at various times over the weekend. Highlights include a Jazz breakfast, gala dance on Saturday night and a Jazz Gospel on Sunday morning.

Full details including registration form, program and details of the artists appearing can be found at the Newcastle jazz club website at www.newcastlejazz.com.au.


Funny Valentine: World Premiere Season

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Royal Exchange Salon Theatre 14, 21, 28 April 2007

Radio play cabaret première in Newcastle revives 1920s-1930s Broadway greats.

This April, theatre goers in Newcastle will have the opportunity to experience the heady early days of Broadway, through a biographically accurate exploration of the turbulent creative partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart.

David Baker, writer and musical coordinator, says “Almost everyone has heard of Rodgers’ later work with Hammerstein, and their musicals Oklahoma, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Our story examines the earlier, and in many ways richer collaboration, particularly the love/hate relationship between Rodgers and the unpredictable, witty, gay and alcoholic Hart.

“Many of their songs, like ‘The Lady is a Tramp’, ‘Blue Moon’, and ‘Funny Valentine’, have become jazz standards, and you will be surprised how many of these classic songs are hidden in your subconscious”.

The production takes the form of a 1940s radio play, with 14 characters played by 2 actors, 4 singers, and the 5-piece band. It features 17 songs by Rodgers and Hart performed by an ensemble put together for the production which draws musical talent from Le Minibus, The Tiger Ragtime Jazz Band , Swingmania, Castanet Club, and featuring singers Anousha Victoire, Ross Brown, David Baker and Kate Armstrong.

Director Dean Winter (former artistic director Morpeth Jazz Festival, ABC Music Awards), has brought together actors Fingers de Main (MC Sydney Comedy Club) and Tony Masters (Blurred, Summer of the Aliens, The Promised Woman) in the leading roles to explore the germination, musical development, successes and ultimate break down of the twenty year professional partnership.

Funny Valentine: The Words, Music and Turbulent Partnership of Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers premières at The Royal Exchange Salon Theatre, 32-34 Bolton Street, Newcastle, 7.30pm Saturdays 14th, 21st, and 28th April.


TiN Radio is Back

Monday, March 12th, 2007

After a three-month hiatus Newcastle’s most handsome online community radio station is back and to celebrate TiN Radio is hosting a free party at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on Friday March 16. The night seeks to showcase the best of Newcastle’s creative community with live performances from The Instant, Nickson Wing, Like…Alaska, [silce of] Lobe and Limerick.

TiN RadioThe whole night will be webcast live on the TiN website, tin.org.au, allowing a global audience to enjoy a tasty slice of Newcastle culture.

Also on the night: a chance to win works by 2006 Contemporary Art Prize Winner Vanessa Turton.

The fun starts at 9PM, entry is free.

About TiN Radio

TiN Radio is what you get when you mix online audio streaming, online audio on-demand, and FM broadcasting, with a lot of music, arts, community, environment, and people oriented people.

It’s multi-media audio entertainment info that is definitely not just radio.

Find out more at tin.org.au or at the TiN Radio MySpace page at myspace.com/tinradio.


The Hunter Touring Collective

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

The Hunter Touring Collective was started by journalist and musician Kieran Wicks in February 2007. The Collective will promote and manage tour circuits throughout NSW and the east coast The company will also be producing a video magazine which will be promoted through the popular Youtube and MySpace websites.

The Touring Collective will maintain a roster of bands will join the tours on a rotating basis. The aim of the project is to establish tour circuits using resources such as MusicNSW’s Vroom website, alongide information from provided by the bands themselves about their own touring and performing experiences.

Kieran Wicks has been active in the print and broadcast media, both locally and nationally for nearly 10 years. He has worked with Triple J and the Austereo Network, to community radio, creating documentaries and helping concieve and run award winning street press publications including U-Turn and Reverb. A muso at heart Wicksy sings and plays guitar with local act The Kings Fool.

Keiren is also looking at filming a documentary series on Australian culture based his experiences. The documentary may be funded through the ABC’s Regional Production Fund, which commissions work from experienced radio producers and talented content providers who live outside the major capital cities.

For more information about the Hunter Touring Collective contact Kieren 0412 793551, email huntertouringcollective@hotmail.com or visit the project’s MySpace page at myspace.com/huntertouringcollective.


Shootout Music Library

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Music Needed for the Shootout Film Festival Music Library

If you are not already aware the Shoot Out Film Festival will be held again this year from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th July 2007. The event started in 2000 and in 2001 the Music Library was introduced as a new service for the film makers. Now the library is in it’s 7th year the event is looking to bring more profile to the music by incorporating live performance nights, weekly editorial and radio support leading up to the event.

Each year the number of local songwriters/bands who submit product to the library increases. Last year over 50 songwriters/bands from which filmmakers could choose an appropriate piece of music for their film.

The Shootout Music LibraryOnce again the call is out for Newcastle and the Hunter Region’s songwriters/bands to submit their recordings to the Music Library. Any style; Jazz, Classical, Pop, Country, Techno/Dance, Instrumental, World, New Age, Folk, Rock, Punk etc will be accepted.

The filmmakers who do not use the Shoot Out’s dubbing facilities will still have access to the Music Library. Each year the Apple Centre kindly donates an Apple Mac computer to the Music Library. This means if there is a track the filmmaker wishes to use on their film they may burn the track to CD for a small fee. From this fee the songwriters/bands receive 80% of the fee. The filmmakers will then add the track to their film when they do their own dubbing. All artists are named in the filmmaker’s credits at the end of their film. Artists who submit music to the library have the choice of declining or accepting this option.

Artists who have submitted music to the library in previous years will need to sign another release form for 2007. If you have not been involved with the library before we will need you to sign a release form giving the library permission to let filmmakers use your material and to have you music played on MySpace. All forms will be available on the official website or they can be sent to you via email, fax, mail or pick up. Artists will be required to submit two CDs and any promo material ie Bio, posters, fliers. The deadline for submissions into the Music Library is Friday 22nd June 2007.

In 2007 the The Shootout Music Library a higher profile than it has had in previous years. In 2007 gigs will be held at the Beach Hotel on a Thursday nights and NEW FM will help promote the library by playing samples of the songs on air and possible interviews.

For more information or check out the following websites:

or contact Me-Shell Croker, Music Library Co-ordinator, via myspace.com/theshootoutmusiclibrary or Phone: 02 4962 1855.


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