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Rock It! Roll It! Bowl It!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Attention! This event has been postponed until a later date!

Rock 'n' Roll BowlHey Cool Cats! Dress up in your sharpest gear and bring your friends out for an afternoon of fun at the Rock n Roll Bowl on Sunday, 13 September POSTPONED – it’ll be a blast!

The Rock n Roll Bowl is here to reinvigorate your weekend with an afternoon of wholesome fun – ten-pin bowling, a great live band and refreshment’s from the alley’s very own milk bar!

This unique event is a great opportunity to get your friends, work colleagues or family together for an afternoon of bowling and rocking around the alley to the infectious sound of The Retro Rockets.

Local sensation The Retro Rockets formed in 2003 and have since come to represent all things rock, boogie, swing, jump, jive & wail. Past performances include Livesites‘ Rockers and Revheads in Newcastle, the Wintersun Festival in Brisbane and the acclaimed Beach Hop in New Zealand.

Tickets are $35.00 each and include 1 bowling game, shoe hire, finger food, a drink and fantastic live entertainment between 3 & 5pm on Sunday, 13 September POSTPONED. You can have up to 10 people per lane so you can bring 10 friends or make some new ones on the day!

Please note that this event is over-15 years only. Tickets are pre-sale only, are available from the venue or EAO Entertainment (826 Hunter Street, Newcastle) & are limited so get in quickly to avoid disappointment!

  • WHAT: Rock n Roll Bowl
  • WHERE: Superstrike Warners Bay, 326 Hillsborough Rd, Warners Bay
  • WHEN: Sunday, 13 September, 3 – 5pm POSTPONED
  • TICKETS: $35 pre-sale only, available from venue or EAO

Pixie Music Presents …

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Pixie MusicCindra and Libby from Pixie Music (Newcastle-based artist relations business) are proud to announce their first ever Pixie Music Presents event at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday, the 14th of August.

After launching their business officially in March this year, the girls want to make this the start of regular Pixie Music events, held quarterly, to flaunt their own clients and acts they love.

“It’s a way not only to provide gigs for our clients, but to show them off to their local fans, at a fun, no-fuss event”, says Cindra, “We aspire to eventually put on a mini-festival at the Cambo!”

Sketching CatoThe inaugural Pixie Music Presents will be held in association with Beaumont Street Beat (BSB), Newcastle’s only independent music store, at the infamous and well-loved Lass in Wickham, Newcastle. CD’s from Benjalu, Sketching Cato and VAMP will be available to purchase from BSB and there will be special giveaways from the store at the gig.

Benjalu, will kick off the night with tracks from their brand new EP ‘Waterwalls’, followed by Pixie’s friends Opei, a rockin’ 3-piece from the Central Coast.

Headlining the night will be Sketching Cato – Pixie’s first clients – Who last month released their 2nd EP at a massive Pixie-planned launch at the Cambridge Hotel. VAMP, recently signed to Pixie Music Management, will also appear on the night, returning to the home of their first ever gig.

Pixie Music will be releasing their own merchandise on the night, which they hope to expand into more of a fashion brand in the near future.

Come and celebrate Pixie’s five-month anniversary with some fantastic live bands on the 14th August at the Lass! Entry is free, and there will also be merch to buy from the acts on the bill. Doors open 8.30pm, with Benjalu on at 9pm.

  • What: Pixie Music Presents – Scetching Cato, Benjalu, Opei and Vamp.
  • Where: Lass O’Gowrie Hotel
  • When: Friday 14th August – 9:00 PM

Entry is free


Holly Kirsten

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Holly KirstenUS country singer Holly Kirsten is making a life for herself at Terrigal.

All the way from Arizona, folk rock musician Holly Kirsten, has travelled halfway around the world for love. Kirsten was a rising music star on the US southwest music scene before she fell in love with a Central Coast boy. Upon her arrival, she soon discovered Australia had quite a strong country following and was determined to become a household name.

“I have been singing for as long as I could speak,” Kirsten said. “But it wasn’t always easy,” she said. Kirsten was born with a cleft palate and underwent surgery every year until she was six years old. In grade three, she attended speech therapy and joined the school choir which began her musical journey. She also received assistance from her father who goes by the performance alias of Carl Shepherd. He was a band leader for 40 years and has run Shepherd Entertainment Agency since 1975.

“I remember watching him as a child and him teaching me to never sing the melody to a harmony,” she said. “He always said to try and sing the more difficult notes.”

Kirsten said she played in the mould of Jewel and Alanis Morissette and had produced one live album in the US. At college, she majored in vocal performance and began playing lead roles in several American operas. She later conducted voice training and singing lessons.

“My goal is to play music every day of my life,” she said. While trying to build a future at Terrigal, Kirsten has already created a buzz among Central Coast musicians and fans. Country music legend Bill Chambers, father of Kasey and Nash Chambers, was dumbfounded by her talent and invited Kirsten to be part of his showcase at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Holly will be performing several gigs in the Hunter region before returning to the United States later this month.


Music Nursery’s Siren Song

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Emily RoseWith JJJ’s recent Hottest 100 of All Time completely ignoring female songwriters The Wickham Park Hotel’s Music Nursery is setting out to illustrate that there are gifted women on our doorstep who write and perform wonderful music:

Emily Rose

Emily Rose has been spreading her own gospel of acoustic pop via intimate performances across Newcastle in recent times. With a stunning and emotive voice, Emily manages to enrapture her audience whether it be a crowd of one or one hundred. With a swag of new material ready to be road tested Emily cites her influences as boys and sweet melodies.

Amy Newton-Banks

Amy Newton-Banks captivates her audiences with her blend of acoustic folk pop that draws on themes of life and love. Her music can be both uplifting and melancholy. All that know her will recognize that her music is a true reflection of self and character as she shines with the light of life. Her music articulates a reality that comes with personal understanding and reflection.

In addition to her solo performances Amy is the lead singer of alternative rock band The Belle Curve.

  • What: The Music Nursery – Siren’s Song featuring Amy Newton Banks and Emily Rose.
  • Where: The Wickham Park Hotel
  • When: Thursday 20th August

Entry is free


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