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Here are some of the fun times ahead...


Thu 2nd February - 'SWINGIN' THE BOOGIE'

 

Swing Night, with THE HOLLYWOOD HOMBRES +


THE JORDAN C. THOMAS SEXTET 


+ DJ MISS SHARON HANLEY

 

All right all you rug cutters and sharply decked-out Swing fans! Here's the big event to kick start 2012 into a year of cool that'd make the Rat Pack themselves green with envy!


Jazz-Rockabilly- R'n'B groove master JORDAN C THOMAS will be bringing his brand new combo centre stage with their smooth-as-silk sound and rhythms to get every pair of feet in the house movin'. Jordan is renowned as one of Sydney's finest roots music performers and wields his big ol' Gretsch guitar with a skill few of his contemporaries can match. Backed by a six-piece band, Jordan's postwar jazz stylings are proving a hit with audiences all over the Harbour City and beyond!

 

MISS SHARON HANLEY'S name is well known to hepcats all over town as both a premier dance teacher and a DJ who knows her Swing inside out. Sharon will be opening the big night and spinning more crazy discs between bands to keep the dance floor firing on all eight cylinders.

 

THE HOLLYWOOD HOMBRES need no introduction, having blasted their way across Sydney with the hottest dance grooves and coolest jump blues around! The list of venues these cats have performed at over the past year and a half is like a stock take of Sydney's best live entertainment sites. Now they're bringing their Louis Jordan/Wynonie Harris-inspired boogie woogie and Swing to the Camelot Lounge, adding their special beat to the very hep vibe of this unique nightclub and ensuring that Swingin' the Boogie is an evening on hot music not to be missed!

 

Doors - , show

Tix just $15!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.trybooking.com/BCNW

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

 

 

Fri 3rd February - MUCHO MAMBO

 

The explosive 14 piece MUCHO MAMBO Latin Big Band returns to Camelot after their stunning sold out show here a coupla months ago...2 big sets of funky Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Son and Pachanga. 

Featuring Australia's best Latin and Jazz musicians, Mucho Mambo has been blowing audiences away since 2002 with their tight arrangements, brilliant musicianship and unique retro visual element. 

The Mucho Mambo experience is one of a kind in the music world, a truly authentic and timeless Latin Big Band. The orchestra's dynamic and distinctive sound, world class big band arrangements and original look is reminiscent of the golden era of Latin and Jazz genres.

 

Mucho Mambo's unique sound blends bold, brassy riffs and driving percussion with big brass arrangements and cool old style Latin grooves. Mucho Mambo's big sound builds on the classic orchestrations and rhythms of the 1950's and 1960's, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha and Salsa, reinventing them with a funky new edge.

 

The initial inspiration of the Mucho Mambo line up and material were the wonderful orchestras of the 1950's and '60's in Cuba, Benny More, Julio Cueva, Miguelito Valdes, Tito Gomez, Machito, Mario Bauza and Perez Prado, and the Mambo movement in New York with Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente. The fusion of Latin rhythms and Jazz harmonies and orchestration was commonplace throughout this era and sadly seems less common today.

 

"For nine years Sydney's Mucho Mambo have been creating sounds inspired by the supple dance grooves of Cuba's Latin-Jazz orchestras from the 1950s and '60s. The music is played with flawless conviction and great panache. This was delightful music in its heyday and sounds like it was invented yesterday when played by Mucho Mambo" Sydney Morning Herald Metro

 

Mucho Mambo is Australia's only authentic Mambo orchestra with world class big band arrangements influenced by those of the classic orchestras of the past.

Mucho Mambo features:

Fabian Hevia - Percussion/Vocals, Jess Ciampa - Percussion/Vocals, Vincenza Lasaracina - Percussion, 'El Martillo' - Musical Director/Vocals, Cesar Marin - Double Bass/Vocals, Nick Southcott - Piano, Matt Ottignon - Saxophone, Steve Fitzmaurice - Saxophone, Karl Laskowski - Saxophone, Jeremy Borthwick - Trombone, Mike Raper - Trombone, Tom McElvogue - Trumpet, Angus Gomm - Trumpet, Antony Gullick - Trumpet, Wilson Orozco - Vocals

 

 "A 15 piece congregation skimmed from the cream of the Australian Latin and jazz scene, with three saxes (one doubling on flute), two trombones, three trumpets, three percussionists (!), bass, piano and four dancing coristas as well as 'El Martillo' upfront who conducted, sang and exhorted the dancers. Mucho Mambo really set up a roar of love. They hit the ground running with energetic, tightly paced pieces from the book of Machito, Mario Bauza et al. It wasn't long before the dance floor was packed with swaying bodies as the band ran through classic mambos and cha-cha-chas that twisted and surprised! The groove could have gone on for hours!" DIASPORA World Beat

 

Doors - , show

Tix $20 and $15 concession: http://www.trybooking.com/XUU

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

 Sat 4th February - THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS

 

Recently reunited as part of Sydney's On the Street live series, THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS promptly sold out their show the quickest of all in the series and left a smile on the dial of all that attended. This was an amazing result for an eighties indie act.

Juliet Ward still chewed gum while she sang, Blue Dalton still looked half surprised and half asleep as he hooked up another harmonica run and several songs still ended in another fine mess - but upstairs at 
the Sando this night we were all bouncing along, singing along, giggling along exactly as we had back then. - Bernard Zuel - Sydney Morning Herald September 12, 2011
.

Following that modest success, 
The Lighthouse Keepers have decided to crank up the engines one final time with four shows in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Their finale at Camelot on the 4th February is opened by guest speaker ANNABEL BLEACH, once described as loud, loveable and slightly unpredictable. She is the definitive expert on inner city music 1983 to 1987 as well as just about everything else. If this isn't enough - their original drummer Steven Williams will also join them on stage. Who could resist!

 

Doors - , show

Tix $20 and $15 concession: http://www.trybooking.com/BBHG

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

 

Sun 5th February - PARISIAN RENDEZVOUS

 

 

Parisian Rendez-Vous in Sydney: music, song, tap dance, street art and burlesque from the City of Light! Featuring Jazmin & Monsieur P, RAPT, Inge Courtney-Haentjes and the Sydney Tap Crew

 

Fresh from their successful 'Autumn Leaves' European tour (Paris Burlesque Festival, Caveau des Legends, Electro Swing Club), Australian cabaret/burlesque duo Jazmin & Monsieur P have been performing in hometown Sydney (The Victoria Room, Field Day, Gallery Burlesque and the upcoming Ruby Revue), delighting Sydneysiders with their recent adventures and new acts.


On February 5th at the Camelot Lounge in Marrickville audiences will experience a full vaudevillian extravaganza fusing tap dance, song and acrobatic theatrics with an extended cast of musicians and dancers coming together in a Parisian style rendez-vous.

 

The brainchild of Paris based Australian writer/director/producer Ruby Boukabou, in collaboration with Ben Palumbo, Parisian Rendez Vous recounts a semi-autobiographic series of theatrical adventures in the French capital by threading cabaret/burlesque numbers through swinging and toe-tapping tunes. From Edith Piaf to hot club jazz to tango. It's a format that allows the Jazmin & Monsieur P duo to collaborate with local talent in performances that are fresh, dynamic and thrilling. Stay tuned for the coming Parisian Rendez-Vous mid February in Melbourne, June in New York and October in. Paris!

 

"Tap dancing, Opera, burlesque... what more could you want?!" Amy Lamé (BBC/ DUCKIE)

"Our favourite Australian duo. they set the Paris Burlesque Festival on fire!" Juliette Dragon (Paris Burlesque Festival)

 

The Sydney Parisian Rendez Vous will charmingly incorporate a feature set by the talented and richly experienced Sydney-based trio RAPT, violinist Inge Courtney-Haentjes-and the Sydney Tap Crew.

The show will also include a debut Sydney screening of Sin City music clip featuring Jazmin & Monsieur P that was directed by Sydneysider Rachael Turk and filmed between Sydney and Paris in October 2011. Finally, projections of Parisian graffiti art (Belleville Street) by prolific

Paris street art and graffiti photographer, Julien Thonnard, will illuminate the screen of Camelot.

 

Doors - , show

Tix $25 and $20 concession: http://www.trybooking.com/BCTP

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

Then, next week the fun continues...

 

 

Tue 7th FebruaryMr. Percival presents 


ESV @ Camelot!

 

For over 20 years Darren Percival has been helping people all over Australia to sing.

His recent weekly vocal workshops in Sydney, that became known as Ensembleous Spontaneous Vocalous, created a large gathering of vocalists every Tuesday night for over 6 months culminating in an impromptu concert and celebration. Over 230 people attended the spontaneous singing sessions over the 30 weeks...it was an inspiring ride.

One participant called it "Abundant vocal bliss". Now you have the opportunity to experience this vocal feast in a "One Night Only' BIG sing live at Camelot this coming Tuesday 07 February. Everyone is welcome...

 

Doors - , workshop 7.30pm  til about - $15 per voice

No meals available, but bar will be open with nuts, chips and icecreams as snacks!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

 

Thu 9th FebruaryLADIES AT THE LOUNGE:


ANN VRIEND (Canada) + LUCINDA PETERS 


+ JENNA MURPHY


“I love love LOVE Ann Vriend – don’t miss this one...!” Yaron Hallis, singer and venue operator 


Canadian ANN VRIEND has headlined at festivals as far away from her hometown of Edmonton as Berlin and Australia and sold over 13,000 albums off the stage, independently.  “Easily one of Canada’s greatest unannounced singers...Her strengths as a pianist and lyricist means Vriend is the complete package” (A n E Vibe Magazine).  


First, the voice: “Soulful, inspiring, brave and bluesy” (Rip It Up, Adelaide) with a “vocal range from vulnerable delicacy to blasts of soulful power” (Halifax Chronicle) Vriend's vocal sound has been described as an enchanting cross between Dolly Parton and a young Aretha Franklin and as “almost confronting” by The Sydney Morning Herald.  

Besides this, Vriend's songs possess a natural knack for melody, garnering her hits on both independent and commercial radio stations -- including Gold rotation for her tune “Feelin' Fine” -- and have charted on college stations as far away as Germany and the Netherlands.  Vriend has been commissioned to write songs for organizations such as the Canadian Tourism Corporation and the Commonwealth Games, and her music has been featured in a U.S.
DVD release of “Party of Five.”

 

As a balance between her intensely performed songs, “Vriend is fantastic in concert – a very, very, funny woman that tends to belt out her songs in between her most entertaining comedic intervals” (4 of 5 Stars, A n E Vibe Magazine).  Vriend's latest release, entitled “Love & Other Messes,” “has critics drooling over her stylistic and lyrical qualities.  Impossible to categorize, Vriend’s unique style brings together elements of soul, pop, country, jazz, blues and gospel and so, as many critics agree, it sounds both familiar and strange at the same time” (The Weekend Telegram), described as “a retro look at old pop records of the ‘60s, with Vriend playing the country diva, the Amy Winehouse of the prairies. Sometimes she’s channeling Dolly Parton or Blossom Dearie doing early Loretta Lynn and Aretha Franklin” (Ottawa Sun).

With a stack of rave reviews now under her belt, and an increasing confidence as a writer and performer, Vriend is making fans in each town she plays.  “Wherever Vriend takes her music next it will be in the right direction,” states The Daily Telegram.  And Drum Media gently urges: “If she makes another visit soon, you'd do well to go along.”  Stated more forcefully by Toronto Star: “Don't miss her.”

 

JENNA MURPHY’s soulful combination of indie-folk melodies and pop hooks, combined with emotive lyrics and instrumental prowess are set to forge a new sound in the acoustic scene. Originally from Ireland, her unique sound heralds a beautiful Celtic essence that sets her apart from her peers.

Jenna is a popular stablemate of Sydney’s live music scene and a respected solo artist. Early this year, Jenna was invited to support internationally acclaimed recording artist Mundy (“To You I Bestow from Romeo & Juliet”) on the Australian leg of his world tour.


“Jenna has a beautiful voice that captures listeners” Mike McCready’s Music Xray: 21st Century A&R, Nashville Music Guide”

 

 

Jazz singer/songwriter, LUCINDA PETERS, brings more to a performance than a highly expressive voice and her original compositions; she also accompanies herself on acoustic guitar or double bass. Her songs cover a broad range of styles. From her own folk meets jazz originals to Ellington, Jobim as well as some songs of the legendary Australian songwriter, Don Walker. .This intimate showcase of 3 incredible woman talents will present a unique opportunity to experience Lucinda’s distinctive music and superlative voice, first hand in an intimate solo setting.

 

Doors - , show

Tix JUST $15!!!! http://www.trybooking.com/BDAE

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

 

Fri 10th February - KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS:

 

GYPSY MADNESS WITH A TASTE OF IRAN!

 

Friday Feb 10th will be a night of Balkan Gypsy brass-band madness - and that ain't all! There will also be Persian dance grooves, aetherial Sufi meditations and strange uncategorisable originals. Special guest with the band will be Iranian Kurdish percussionist MUSTAFA KARAMI, a master of the dhaf (traditional frame drum). He was declared Best Dhaf-player in Iran in 2005,6,7. Mustafa also sings and plays oud.

"We've had some Persian and Kurdish tunes in the repertoire for a while - including Persian reggae" says Kim "but this gig will give us a chance to learn a few new grooves. Mustafa and I played together in Davood Tabrizi's Far Seas last year, and hopefully that will be an ongoing project too.  Llew Kiek has also played some Iranian music over the years, and Peter Kennard is a great frame-drum player, so there should be a lot of things happening".

There will also be music with a Balkan Gypsy brass band feel, driven along by Sam Golding's sousaphone.

 

Kim Sanders: ney, kaval, gaida, saxofon

Llew Kiek: bouzouki, baglama, oud

Sam Golding: sousaphone

Peter Kennard: percussion

and special guest Mustafa Karami bringing a taste of Persian nights on oud, vocals and percussion

 

"The enthusiasm and passion of this globetrotter's music makes the listener get carried away from the first notes" - Rootstown (Belgium)

 "Exotic and uplifting world music with a contemporary feel" - Paul Petran, Producer, Music Deli, ABC Radio National

 

Doors - , show

Tix $25 and $20 concession: http://www.trybooking.com/BDAJ

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

Sat 11th February - OSCAR JIMENEZ

 

Known as the lead singer of ARIA Nominated band Watussi, Oscar has toured internationally to Japan, Korea, Malasya, New Zealand and Southamerica. Fresh from supporting spanish superstar Manu Chao at the Enmore Theater, Oscar comes back to Camelot to give us a preview of his debut solo Album “Distancia” to be launched later this year.

 

Oscar’s music is a sound garden of exquisite and soulful songs inspired by his Colombian roots, family traditions and memories created by the distance, the story of his journey told through his own voice.

 

Doors - , show

Tix $20 and $15 concession: http://www.trybooking.com/BDAO

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

Here's something to look forward to...


Tue 6th March is…


The Grand Launch of…


THE GYPSY ART CLUB!


LIFE DRAWING AND LIVE MUSIC with Life Model and Gypsy Jazz

Two one hour sessions Live Drawing with life model on the Main stage. [Bring sketch books and pencils]

FROM 7pm to 10pm - Three sets of Gypsy Jazz on the Sideshow stage hosted by Gadjo Guitars [www.gadjoguitars.com] and featuring weekly special guests selected from the best of Australian and international Gypsy Jazz artists. The night will also be haven for swing dancers in Sydney!

THE GYPSY
ART
CLUB is an early evening event creating a lush atmosphere in which to fill and feed the creative soul. This is a return to Paris in the 30s when Artists and Musicians and Writers and Actors and Dancers all shared the same universe. THE GYPSY ART CLUB is a world where you can DRAW or LISTEN or DAY DREAM or DANCE or KISS SOMEONE, where you can connect with other creative people and recharge your creative well. It is a Tuesday night oasis where you can work, imagine, relax, soak up a few different forms of beauty and perhaps fall in love...”

EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT AT CAMELOT LOUNGE from Tue 6
th March...

 

 

Here are some of the fun times ahead...

 

 

Thu 2nd February - HOLLYWOOD HOMBRES Swing Night, with JORDON C THOMAS http://www.trybooking.com/BCNW

 

 

Fri 3rd February - MUCHO MAMBO http://www.trybooking.com/XUU

 

 

Sat 4th February - THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS http://www.trybooking.com/BBHG

 

 

Sun 5th February - PARISIAN RENDEZVOUS http://www.trybooking.com/BCTP

 

 

Tue 7th FebruaryMR. PERCIVAL PRESENTS ESV @ CAMELOT!

 

 

Thu 9th February - ANN VRIEND (Canada) + JENNA MURPHY http://www.trybooking.com/BDAE

Fri 10th February - KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS: GYPSY MADNESS AND A TASTE OF IRAN! http://www.trybooking.com/BDAJ

 

 

Sat 11th February - OSCAR JIMENEZ http://www.trybooking.com/BDAO

 

 

Thu 16th February - JENNY M. THOMAS & THE SYSTEM http://www.trybooking.com/BDAF

 

 

Fri 17th February - VAUDEVILLE VAGABONDS http://www.trybooking.com/BAEO

 

 

Sat 18th February - MONSIEUR CAMEMBERT http://www.trybooking.com/SAY
Sun 19th February - SPYGLASS GYPSIES + JHD + GADJO GUITARS http://www.trybooking.com/BDAM

 

 

Thu 23rd February - LENKA FILIPOVÁ (Czech) http://www.trybooking.com/ZRO

 

 

Fri 24th February - AFRO MOSES http://www.trybooking.com/BDAK

 

 

Sat 25th February – NADYA & GIGA & 101 CANDLES ORKESTRA

 

 

Sun 26th February - SOULFOOD SUNDAY, with BOBBY SINGH

 

 

Fri 2nd March - CUMBIA MUFFIN http://www.trybooking.com/BDAN

 

 

Sat 3rd MarchTHE BEEZ (Germany)

 

 

Tue 6th MarchThe Grand Launch of THE GYPSY ART CLUB

 

 

Thu 8th March- NANO STERN & THE SINDICATO (Chile) http://www.trybooking.com/BCTU

 

 

Fri 9th March - PUGSLEY BUZZARD

 

 

Sat 10th March - LLOYD SPIEGEL (Melb)

 

 

Sun 11th March - TRUCKSTOP HONEYMOON (USA)

 

 

Thu 15th March- LUCIE THORNE + PIETA BROWN http://www.trybooking.com/BCUB

 

 

Fri 23rd March – EDDI READER (Scotland) http://www.trybooking.com/BDKW

 

 

Sat 24th March - ARREBATTO ENSEMBLE http://www.trybooking.com/TJW

 

 

Sun 1st April - TUKROS (Hungary) http://www.trybooking.com/BBXC

 

 

Tue 3rd April - LONDON KLEZMER QUARTET (UK) http://www.trybooking.com/BDKY

 

 

Thu 5th April - ZULYA & THE CHILDREN OF THE UNDERGROUND http://www.trybooking.com/BAVB

Sun 29th April – WENDY SADDINGTON & PETER HEAD http://www.trybooking.com/BDIM