Upcoming Events

 

OUR UPCOMING EVENTS

 

JULY 21ST – JOSEPH TAWADROS – TRIPLE ARIA AWARD WINNER

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Fresh off the back of their success BBC Proms performance at the Dubai Opera, the Joseph Tawadros trio is back by popular demand, all the way from London!

“One of the most impressive musicians to emerge in Australia…with a dazzling technique dispensing hair-raising tempos… His writing displays a real depth of emotion…revelling in a zest for life and celebration.” The Australian

The origins of the oud lie in the ancient Arabic world but the music Joseph Tawadros conjures from it is forging a new music frontier. The virtuoso Sydney musician has transformed the way the fretless, round-backed string instrument is viewed, taking it out of its traditional Middle Eastern setting and into the realms of classical music and jazz. “I can improvise in a traditional style and play traditional music,” Tawadros says, “but I chose to bring something a little different and new to the oud.” Sydney Morning Herald, October 2012

Joseph Tawadros – Oud
Matt McMahon – Piano
James Tawadros – Percussion

When: FRIDAY JULY 21ST 8PM
Tickets $35 Adult / $30 Concession
Bookings: ​www.trybooking.com/QCIV
Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm
Bookings close at 4pm on the day. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges
The UCOG reserves the right to sell unredeemed tickets after show time. Venue is 90% seated and 10% standing at full capacity

Contact Details:
churchofgroove@gmail.com 0422987581

JULY 28TH- GEORGIA FIELDS & PHIA (MELB)

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Indie-orchestral chameleon Georgia Fields and electro-pop wunderkind Phia present a very special evening of musical dexterity, as they share the stage and each other’s songs – accompanying one another on everything from kalimba to casio, electric guitar to tambourine.

“Georgia Fields dreams in fantastic Technicolor… Irrepressible pop.” – four stars, – The Age.

“Bright, catchy-as-hell pop done with absolute surety from Phia.” – Double J

Hitting the road through July and August 2017, the Sky and Sea Tour will see these two unique artists lend their distinctive sound to each other’s material, as they re-imagine songs from Fields’ ‘Astral Debris’ and Phia’s ‘The Ocean of Everything’ albums, both respectively released in 2016. Expect luscious harmonies, world-class song-craft, and impromptu audience participation.

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! www.trybooking.com/QIBH

Where: The Church Of Groove, 3 Tudor Street, Newcastle
When: FRIDAY JULY 28TH 8PM
Tickets $20 Adult / $15 Concession
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/QIBH
Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm
Bookings close at 4pm on the day. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges
The UCOG reserves the right to sell unredeemed tickets after show time. Venue is 90% seated and 10% standing at full capacity
Contact Details: churchofgroove@gmail.com 0422987581

JULY 29TH – BALTIC BAR MITZVAH – Balkan-Gypsy-Klezmer-Fusion-Party

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JULY 29TH – BALTIC BAR MITZVAH Balkan-Gypsy-Klezmer-Fusion-Party TIX AVAILABLE NOW! www.trybooking.com/QQDA
A combination of the most eclectic and raucous musicians in the village, Baltic Bar Mitzvah presents a ruthless fusion of musical genres to reinvigorate the soul.
Steeped in the traditions of Western cultures, twisted by the globalisation of the contemporary world, then bottled with a label of class and served piping hot; they are a one of a kind.
Release your inner gypsy, grab your instrument and join the dance floor. Shake your booty, stomp your feet. Be it roving through the streets, or in the corner of some back alley Pub; Come celebrate and fill the night air with the sound of ‘Baltic Bar Mitzvah’.

.Adrian Quinn – Clarinet
Hannah Murray – French Horn
Neil Simpson – Accordion
Nicholas Scott – Tuba
Tim Evans – Percussion
Alex Quayle – Percussion

Where: The Church Of Groove (THE BLACK MALABAR) , 3 Tudor Street, Newcastle
When: SATURDAY JULY 29TH 8PM
Tickets $20 Adult / $15 Concession
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/QQDA
Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm
Bookings close at 4pm on the day. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges
The UCOG reserves the right to sell unredeemed tickets after show time. Venue is 70% seated and 30% standing (dance floor) at full capacity for this event.
Contact Details: churchofgroove@gmail.com 0422987581

 

AUGUST 11TH – FAR BEYOND

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Far Beyond is the gathering of many years of playing and composing by Chilean born master percussionist and band leader FABIAN HEVIA. For many years Fabian’s incredible percussion skills have been utilized to great advantage by Australia’s foremost Jazz groups and then primarily as percussionist in the Australian supergroup Wanderlust. The music draws from the rich musical tapestries of South America and the influences of Jazz. Far Beyond is made up of the talents of Paul Cutlan: saxophones, flute & clarinets. Gary Daley: piano & accordion. James Greening: trombone & pocket trumpet. Ben Hauptmann: guitars. Sandy Klose: Bass. Fabian Hevia percussion & guitar. Collectively, these great musicians bring a unique vibrancy to the compositions of Fabian Hevia. TICKETS ON SALE NOW THROUGH www.trybooking.com/QZGQ

AUGUST 19TH – MOUSSA DIAKITE & WASSADO

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Moussa Diakite has toured the world as lead guitarist for Salif Keita, Toumani Diabate, Oumou Sangare, The Super Rail Band de Bamako and now Moussa Diakite and Wassado will perform in Newcastle for the first time at the Church of Groove on Saturday 19th August. Heavily influenced by the traditional Wassoulou styles of Southwestern Mali, their music fuses tradition with blues, jazz, Cuban and Afro-rock into an exciting and dynamic mix. Performing tracks from the brilliant new album Doncomodja, Moussa Diakite and Wassado will have you up on the dance floor shouting for more!
“Brilliant, Unique, Inspired – Four Stars!” – Tony Hillier, The Australian.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: www.trybooking.com/QZGG

“One of the finest guitarists I’ve ever heard” – Lloyd Bradford Syke, Australian Stage

Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm
Bookings close at 4pm on the day. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges
The UCOG reserves the right to sell unredeemed tickets after show time. Venue is 90% seated and 10% standing at full capacity
Contact Details:
churchofgroove@gmail.com 0422987581

 

AUGUST 25TH – JULIAN BANKS GROUP

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Modern Australian Jazz meets Indonesian Traditional Percussion

Julian Banks Group features some of Australia’s finest musicians collaborating with stellar Indonesian percussionist Cepi Kusmiadi on the Kendang Sunda *. Kusmiadi’s bubbling magic on this beautiful traditional Indonesian instrument creates the perfect bed for the modern grooves and melodic beauty of Julian Banks Group’s original compositions.

“A group of world class musicians come together in this project to create original music inspired by strong friendship and a spirit of adventure.”

The group have thrilled audiences in Australia and Indonesia, with recent performances including both the ’15 +’16 Ubud Village Jazz Festival and Wonderful Indonesia Beach Festival 2017 .
This August Julian Banks Group are launching their brand new album ‘AGUNG’ (named after the 3,142m Volcano scaled by the group on their last visit to Indonesia). Recorded at ‘Antida Studios’ (Denpasar, Indonesia) ‘AGUNG’ captures the spirit of good friends tackling adventure head on. Showcasing the music at festivals and venues throughout Indonesia and Australia, be sure to catch them live if you can…

‘Julian Banks Group’ captivated the audience with their original compositions including locally inspired “Uluwatu”, their entertaining stage presence and unique sounds made it hard to take your eyes off them!” – jazz.org.au
A show not to be missed!

“The combination of Banks’ way to stream freely through the notes, the unique approach on bass by Hale and groovy beat from Hauptmann creates a wondrous musical journey. And wow, they also feature a kendang player that enriches their sound even more! Tight and clean, bold and sharp, what a package it was from these Aussie mates…” – www.antidamusic.com

* The Kendang Sunda is a set of two-headed drums used by people across many southeast Asian countries, but the oldest records of this instrument can be found in Indonesia’s ancient temples, including ninth century Borobudur.

FRIDAY AGUST 25TH
Tickets $25 Adult / $20 Concession
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/PZIV
Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm
Bookings close at 4pm on the day. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges
The UCOG reserves the right to sell unredeemed tickets after show time. Venue is 90% seated and 10% standing at full capacity
Contact Details:
churchofgroove@gmail.com 0422987581

 

SEPTEMBER 24TH – ALMA SALERO (SPAIN/AUSTRALIA)

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Following concert debuts to full houses and standing ovations at Brisbane City Hall and the Woodford and Cygnet Folk Festivals earlier this year, Alma Salero are taking their exploration of the rich history of Spanish music on tour throughout Australia and Europe in 2017/18. From gypsy inspired flamenco to arrangements of the music of Granados and De Falla through to contemporary Spanish music that incorporates hip hop and reggae, Alma Salero invites you into the mesmerising and captivating world of the music of España.

Featuring CLARA DOMINGO (voice) & ANDREW VEIVERS (spanish guitar) . Born in Barcelona into a family deeply entrenched in Catalan cultural heritage, CLARA DOMINGO started her formal musical studies at age 5. Living in the south of Spain, Clara’s interests burgeoned in Spanish traditional music, especially flamenco. Clara recently settled in Australia where she has continued to develop a unique style that reflects an international sensibility firmly grounded within Spanish and Catalan traditions. Amongst Australia’s finest Spanish Guitarists, ANDREW VEIVERS draws on a wide range of musical influences to evoke the sensual and mesmerising sounds of the Spanish guitar in all of its guises. Over the past twenty years he has established himself as a musician, teacher, director and composer of the highest calibre – touring, recording, composing, and arranging for great Australian artistic institutions such as The Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Queensland and the Woodford Folk Festival.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH
Tickets $25 Adult / $20 Concession
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/RAGG
Doors open 6pm Show starts 7pm
Bookings close at 4pm on the day. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges
The UCOG reserves the right to sell unredeemed tickets after show time. Venue is 90% seated and 10% standing at full capacity
Contact Details:
churchofgroove@gmail.com 0422987581