Feel the 'River Rhythms' groove at the Armory Wharf this Autumn

23 Feb 2012

Feel the 'River Rhythms' groove at the Armory Wharf this Autumn

Lovers of live music can feel the groove of cool afternoon tunes for FREE from 1.00pm-4.00pm every Sunday of March and April at the Armory Wharf at Sydney Olympic Park. Perfect for picnicking families and for lunching diners at the award-winning Armory Wharf Café, the Autumn 2012 season of the popular River Rhythms outdoor concert series will see a talented line-up of performers from a range of musical genres, including....

Free River Rhythms Autumn 2012 Program:

4 Mar - Sally Street (Jazz/Swing)

Sally StreetSally Street is one of Sydney's finest independent female singer/songwriters. "Facebook Freak" from Sally's third studio pop album which she co-produced and co-wrote with her pianist Gerard Masters. She was a finalist in the 2010 Great American Song Contest and "Balloons Are Blowing In The Air" from the same album and was a finalist in the 2010 Australian Songwriting Competition. Sally's music is regularly aired across community radio in Australia, the U.S. and Paris. Sally's original pop songs have been featured on various independent compilation albums released in Australia, and her version of the latin jazz standard "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" was released by EMI on a compilation in Greece.

11 Mar - Edwina Blush Quartet (Cocktail Jazz/Bossa/Samba/Swing)

Edwina BlushInspired by cocktail jazz of the 50's and 60's, the Edwina Blush Quartet put their unique stamp on adored standards and their own brand new original tunes fusing Swing, Samba, Cha Cha and Bossa Nova. Always captivating, Miss Blush is a delicious cocktail of warmth, glamour and humour guaranteed to raise your spirits and intoxicate your ears. Featuring Leonie Cohen on piano, Mark Howard on double bass and Tim Bradley on drums and percussion.

18 Mar - Cope Street Parade (New Orleans Gypsy Swing)

Cope Street ParadeThe Cope Street Parade are five fine fellas. Their music is fiery and fun and you'll be dancin' till the evening is done. Let them cast a spell of dance halls and speakeasies while the hot sounds of New Orleans melds with gypsy. From Sydney, Australia, The Parade play original music with a touch of the old and a glimpse of the new. You'll be bound to your feet when the Parade rolls through. Their self titled debut album was released in 2010 with the second in the pipelines for early 2012.

25 Mar - Danielle Blakey (Country/Pop)

Danielle BlakeyDanielle is a young Australian singer/songwriter, blending together the elements of pop, country, rock and a touch of jazz to create her own unique sound. Her self-titled debut album features 10 original tracks, nine of which Danielle has co-written. Danielle has no shortage of experience in the music industry. She was a Music Oz Top 5 Finalist in 2007, was a Tamworth Toyota Star Maker Top 10 Finalist and toured Europe and the USA playing at Festivals such as the "Monterey Jazz Festival" and "North Sea Jazz Festival". Her debut album "Danielle Blakey" was produced by Australian guitar virtuoso Peter Northcote and features some of Australia's finest musicians.

1 Apr - Pat Powell (Soulful Jazz/Funk)

Pat PowellPat Powell has vocally supported many of Australia’s top recording artists over the years including Kylie Minogue, James Freud, Jenny Morris, Toni Pearen, Tina Arena, Margaret Urlich, Max Q and Paul Mac to name a few. He is a singer with serious street cred and has fronted many successful bands including Club Ska, Sly-Tone, TenWedge, Neptune Street and all have led to international supports from Queen, The Eurythmics and James Brown to Sidney Youngblood, Technotronic, Luciano and Horace Andy. At present he is the front man for Fretless and Chocolate Jazz plus a session singer/vocal coach/voiceover artist whilst freelancing in other projects in the Jazz, Funk and Reggae arenas. Pat has a voice that will take you on a journey you hope never ends... strong dark, powerful, mesmerising.

8 Apr - Andy Baylor's Cajun Combo (Cajun Blues/Western Swing)

Andy BaylorAndy Baylor’s Cajun Combo specializes in a unique mix of Louisiana-inspired Cajun dance music, blues, western swing and original  fiddle tunes, all delivered with a definitive Australian roots flavour. The band moves easily between rockin’ boogie-woogies, funky juke-joint blues, high-energy two-steps, Creole blues stylings, country blues classics and foot-stomping breakdowns. Andy’s highly individual fiddle playing is driven by exotic percussion of drum kit, triangle, rub board, slapping double bass and great electric guitar. Over the years Andy has honed a highly personal style on vocals, fiddle and guitar and has been one of the leaders in the emergence roots music styles in Australia.

15 Apr - Dan Barnett Quartet (Swing/Jazz)

Dan BarnettDan Barnett was born into music, being the son of the legendary Sydney Bassist Cliff Barnett. He began his musical life as a Trombonist and quickly developed a love for singing and has since carved out an enviable reputation on the Australian music scene. Dan has worked and recorded with some of the greats in Australian and world music such as James Morrison, INXS, Jack Johnson, Will Calhoun, Paul Kelly and Tom Burlinson, and is a permanent member of The legendary Unity Hall Jazz band and Blues Point Jazz vocal group as well as being a renowned bandleader of both big band and small groups. Dan is a regular on the Australian and European festival circuit.

22 Apr - Mic Conway's National Junk Band (Junk band/Vaudeville comedy cabaret)

Mic Conways Junk BandIllusion, vaudeville, satire, fire, magic, gob-smacking mayhem and some very funny songs. Jug band blues, political satire and lunatic on-stage antics combine as a new-vaudevillian comedy cabaret. Audiences know Mic Conway’s tongue-in-cheek style from “Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band” and “Circus Oz”. From Byron Bay BluesFest to Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals to Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the National Junk Band have become festival favourites for their unique collision of fire, illusion, passion, irreverent satire, magic, singing saws, flying chooks, musical mayhem and some very funny songs. There really is nothing like them in Australia today.

29 Apr - Pugsley Buzzard (Boogie Woogie/Jazz/Blues)

RR Pugsley BuzzardPrepare to be booglarized by one of Australia’s finest consummate artists. Pugsley Buzzard has performed all over the world from the smoky jazz cellars of Berlin to downtown New Orleans - the womb of the blues. Pugsley has dazzled and delighted audiences far and wide with his unique blend of dark hoodoo blues, good time rollicking boogie and blazing stride style piano playing in conjunction with his huge mesmerising voice that can make the ladies sigh and grown men cry. A recipe for loads of fun. Pugsley's playing features barrelhouse, boogie, stride piano stylings dripping with New Orleans funk and oozing with tantalizing improvisation which ranges from delicate and moody to wild and ecstatic.


The Armory Wharf at Newington Armory can be accessed via Jamieson Street at Sydney Olympic Park. FREE parking is available at Blaxland Riverside Park and the site can also be accessed via public transport.


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