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VENUE 505 @ 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills (Corner of Cleveland and Perry St)

Doors open at 6pm Monday to Saturday

All performances start approximately 8.30pm unless otherwise indicated

505 does NOT take table reservations

We run pre-sales for some events so please check the listing. Pre-sale tickets are unreserved seating. Pre-sales close at 4pm please note there are also a limited amount of tickets available at the door to each performance.

For non-ticketed events simply come on the night, doors open at 7pm Mondays, 6pm Tuesday-Saturday tickets available at the bar from 6pm and the door from 7.30pm

Our 2015 Membership pack has arrived. Sign up and find out more here.

Venue Info

We thank the team at KAWAI for their ongoing support and our beautiful piano!

DECEMBER 2014

 

 

Friday 19 December - Feel Good Friday Jazz Session

Saturday 20 December - Lionel Cole & the Family Business

 

505 will be closed from the 21st December 2014 and will re-open Tuesday 13th January 2015

 

Friday 19 December - Feel Good Friday Jazz Session

Free Entry

 


 

Occasionally on a Friday night we throw a party to show you all what being a Jazz bar is about. Great Jazz music, a warm and relaxed atmosphere, a comprehensive bar menu and an uber tasty and affordable food offering.

So come down and check it out with a smoking live band and old vinyl records playing all night. And it’s free entry!

 


Saturday 20 December - Lionel Cole & The Family Business

$20 BOOK TIX

 

Having already lived half a life of incredible music making and with fans all over the globe, Australians are catching up with the obscenely talented Lionel Cole.

Lionel Cole's lifelong involvement with the music industry is characterized by innovation, passion, and diversity. Starting out as a gigging piano bar player in Chicago to later working composing for Hollywood feature films and collaborations with artists ranging from Mariah Carey to Robert Downey Jnr, Joss Stone and Rickie Lee Jones. And most recently Lionel's creativity has been focused in work with longtime writing partner and Grammy award winner, Randy Jackson.

Born to a name synonymous with breaking down a variety of barriers, Lionel has carried on the family tradition and made inroads of his own. Uncle Nat King Cole obliterated the colour line, cousin Natalie defines pop longevity, and Grammy nominated father Freddy proves one is never too old to be an overnight success.

Lionel has always figured it's the music that does the work. It's the music that changes hearts, opens minds and makes us feel. Lionel Cole believes in music that moves the listener to feel. He does whatever is conceivable to that end. For him that's what music is about. This is what Lionel is about.


505 will be closed from the 21st December 2014 and will re-open Tuesday 13th January 2015

 

JANUARY 2015

Tuesday 13 January - Old School Funk & Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Now in it’s third year this night has become a landmark on the Sydney scene. Known for being an all star jam with special guests (announced and unannounced) strolling through the 505 every Tuesday night to play ‘The Funk’. A true party atmosphere for those with nothing better to do on a Tuesday night. FREE ENTRY

Wednesday 14 January - Camino

$15/$10 BOOK TIX

 

Camino draw on the rapport from years of playing music together, much of it in the dark early hours of the morning. The music takes a raw and percussive approach to the jazz piano trio, built around an Afro-Peruvian and Afro-Latin rhythmic concept. Drummer Giorgio Rojas has recently returned to Sydney after spending most of 2014 on tour in Miami and the Caribbean so we are greatly looking forward to hearing these guys play together again at the ‘505’.

Daniel Pliner (piano/keyboards)

Adam Ventoura (bass guitar)

Giorgio Rojas (drums/percussion)

Thursday 15 January - Subterraneans

$10

Friday & Saturday 16 & 17 January - Bandaluzia Flamenco

$30/$25 BOOK TIX

 

Bandaluzia return to Sydney’s 505 on with special guests from Spain the phenomenal flamenco artists Andre Vujicic (Cajon) & Francesca "La Chikka" Grima (Flamenco dance) from the acclaimed Spanish based troupe PUERTO FLAMENCO.

Francesca Grima began her professional career in the Sevillian tablao Las Brujas and later performed for seven years at the tablao El Palacio Andaluz, the Sala Sentir Flamenco as well as the reputable tablao of Curro Velez Tablao Elarenal performing for two years alongside renowned artists such as Carmen Montoya, Loli Flores and El Jarillo.

This acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble is led by ARIA nominated guitarist Damian Wright and was awarded "The Pick Of the Sydney Fringe"  2013 and performed to a sold out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist 2014.

Bandaluzia are highly revered for their ability to mix elements of other genres into their performances, whether being the rich harmonies of Jazz, the exotic melodies of the Orient or the infectious rhythms of South America.  An experience that ignites the senses with the grace of Flamenco.

Powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity has made Bandaluzia a great success at festivals and theatres across Australia. Featuring the remarkable Flamenco dance of Jessica Statham, Dance Australia Magazine's "Most Outstanding Dancer of 2013”, the virtuosic Hauptamnn brothers Ben and James on Mandolin and Cajon and the legendary Steve hunter on electric bass.

“Bandaluzia is winning high praise for its unique Australian interpretation of the powerful music and dance form….with their thrilling blend of passion and virtuosity”
Gabrielle Wilder , SMH

"Damian Wright is a brilliant flamenco guitarist...Wright showed what a captivating solo player he is on his own "In Time", and elsewhere his articulation of complex lines was fluid and dripping with conviction" - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.

“The opening piece, Oceania (Wright) exemplified how the singings primal rawness contrast with the guitars lyrical refinement, while Statham’s dancing bridged the two, from the graceful elegance of her arm movement to the furious rhythmic precision of her footwork....Hunter gave a rapturous solo introduction to Khyal (Wright) before slipping into another groove with Hauptmann behind another dazzling improvisation by Wright.” John Shand SMH 17/09/12 John Shand

Monday 19 January - 505 Jazz Jam and Games Night

Free Entry

 

Monday is our weekly Jazz Jam Session with great local players and special guests. Roll that into our games night and it’s a fun and easy way to while away your Monday.


Tuesday 20 January - Old School Funk & Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Now in it’s third year this night has become a landmark on the Sydney scene. Known for being an all star jam with special guests (announced and unannounced) strolling through the 505 every Tuesday night to play ‘The Funk’. A true party atmosphere for those with nothing better to do on a Tuesday night. FREE ENTRY


Wednesday 21 January - Lucky Oceans

$15 BOOK TIX

 

Double Grammy Award-winning Lucky Oceans returns to Sydney and 505 after 2½ years absence with the same fine band – Bruce Reid on guitar, Gary Daley on piano and accordion, Hamish Stuart on drums and Brett Hirst on double bass to play pieces custom designed to take the pedal steel guitar in new directions from his ‘Secret Steel’ album.  And this time he’ll be bringing his specially designed monster double neck instrument – a Williams with 20 strings, 10 floor pedals and 10 knee levers.

Thursday 22 January - Julia Henning

$20 BOOK TIX

 

Fresh from storming to victory in the publicly voted “Favourite Artist” and “Favourite Song” gongs at the Fowlers Live Awards, South Australia’s Julia Henning has released her newest single, “Drifter” and plans to back up her recent national tour with another east coast run as the new year breaks.

Julia Henning’s voice is pure and powerful at the same time. Coupled with her honest lyrics drawing from the realities of life, her words resonate with the listener encouraging them to reflect on life and carry on strong. Julia explains her newest single best:

“Drifter is a piece of advice for anyone post break-up. It speaks of picking yourself up, brushing off the dirt and carrying on”.

The accompanying music video depicts the title literally and a little tongue-in-cheek, as Julia plays a hitchhiker struggling through a journey filled with negative influences. She knows she must leave them behind in order to drive off into the sunset.

Crowd-funded by her fans through Pozible.com and recorded with Govinda Doyle (Angus & Julia Stone), Julia’s album ‘Fledgling’ is a soul stirring tapestry of real life conflicts and emotions. Featuring tender ballads and epic rock anthems, ‘Fledgling’ is unique in its ability to defy genre stereotypes and is a beautiful look into the mind of one of Australian’s most promising young artists.

Julia’s 2014 has been filled with exceptional accomplishments, she not only won awards, released her debut album and toured nationally but also starred in a documentary released in September “Songs From The Deep End”. With her 2015 plans already well under way, you’ll want to keep your eyes open and ears pricked for more on Julia Henning.

Friday 23 January - Professor Groove and the Booty Affair

$20 BOOK TIX

 

 

Professor Groove & The Booty Affair are specialists in Lowdown Streetfunk, Disco and Electro Boogie House Grooves.

“Let me be short and to the point. I BE the funk.”

(Professor Groove)

They’ve got the experience. They’ve got the skillz. They bring the heat.

Professor Groove and The Booty Affair are a phenomenon of the Sydney live music scene. They’ve been rocking the party year after year, a never-ending marathon of freakfunk.

Old school, nu school, whatever school - the Professor is always IN CHARGE of the class.

With an extensive following built up from legendary residencies at Kinselas, The Basement, and The Harbourside Brasserie way back in the day, The Booty Affair are revered for their intensely energetic performances, for their unique sound that is steeped in warm 70’s funk yet sits comfortably on pumping disco-tech dancefloors.

They work the floor live like a DJ, spinning seamlessly from track to track.

Think of a sound that combines Prince, P-Funk, Grandmaster Flash, James Brown and The Chemical Brothers with the unique Philosophunk of the Professor and you’re starting to get there.

Utilising a core collection of Sydney’s FINEST musicians like Terepai Richmond (drums), Josh Beagley (guitar/synths), Michael di Francesco (bass),

Professor Groove and The Booty Affair released their debut album “And So Funketh The Wise Man” in 2001, with now classic tracks like Decks To The Left Of Me and Do Wot I Can, and after a way-too-long break released the Fat Woman EP in 2009, which contains some of the rockingest funk to ever come from a bunch of skinny Australian white boys.

2011 saw the reelase of more new material with the singles “Date Pretty Chinese Girl” and “Love Story (Dang Dang Diggity)” suggesting a new album may be imminent.

Saturday 24 January - Emma Pask

$30/$25 BOOK TIX

 

Returning to 505 is one of our favourite ladies of song "Emma Pask"

Emma and her swinging trio have been wowing audiences throughout Australia and Overseas for over a decade.

Her talent was first spotted by Multi Instrumentalist James Morrison who says

"Whilst its fashionable to be a Jazz Singer these days .. Emma Pask is the REAL THING"

More recently Emma appeared in series 2 of the TV show "The Voice" Australia.

Her Coach, Ricky Martin, was so impressed with Emma's vocal ability, after she performed

'Mas Que Nada' in both English and Portuguese- he announced to the world that he would like to invite Emma to record with him on his upcoming Brazilian Album.  He believes her voice needs to be heard all around the world.

With so many wonderful things on the horizon for this Jazz Songstress don't hesitate to book your tickets to this gig.

Kevin Hunt - Piano

Phil Stack - Bass

Tim Firth - Drums

Monday 26 January - AUSTRALIA DAY


Tuesday 27 January - Old School Funk & Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Now in it’s third year this night has become a landmark on the Sydney scene. Known for being an all star jam with special guests (announced and unannounced) strolling through the 505 every Tuesday night to play ‘The Funk’. A true party atmosphere for those with nothing better to do on a Tuesday night. FREE ENTRY


Wednesday 28 January - Greg Coffin Trio

$15/$10 BOOK TIX

 

Exquisite contemporary Jazz pianist Greg Coffin and his trio have made a name for themselves creating sublime original music for the last decade. One of the most distinctive sounds on the scene today, Greg is held in high regard by his peers and these nights are always a favourite at the club

Greg Coffin - Piano

Cameron Undy - Bass

Nic Cecire - Drums

Thursday 29 January - Abuka

$15/$10 BOOK TIX

 

 

Brazilian soul-jazz project Abuka is known for its consistent rhythms and corrupted beats.

Blending sounds of distant places, from the deep roots of Brazil’s kaleidoscopic regional rhythms to the cosmopolitan inner city jazz, Abuka leads the public to an exquisite and compelling rhythmic journey.

Friday 30 January - Feel Good Friday Jazz Session

Free Entry

 

 

Occasionally on a Friday night we throw a party to show you all what being a Jazz bar is about. Great Jazz music, a warm and relaxed atmosphere, a comprehensive bar menu and an uber tasty and affordable food offering.

So come down and check it out with a smoking live band and old vinyl records playing all night. And it’s free entry!

Matt Ottignon - Saxophone

Greg Coffin - Piano

Cameron Undy - Bass

Tim Firth - Drums

Saturday 31 January - Kriola Collective with Miriam Waks (NYC)

$20 http://www.trybooking.com/GQAW

 

Continue the Sydney Festival Brazilian summer with some Samba Funk grooves at 505.

A unique 10 piece band, 'Kriola Collective' features some of Sydney's best musicians playing a snapshot of the 1970's Black Rio Samba, Soul and Funk movement in Brazil. The band's repertoire includes a classic mix of groovy Brazilian beats, Funk, Soul, Samba and Bossa Jazz, from the Carnival capitol of Rio.

Stemming from the well known 'I like it like that Orchestra', 'Kriola Collective' will conquer the dance floor with an explosive set of Brazilian infused Soul, Funk and brassy Samba from well known Brazilian artists such as Jorge Ben, Seu Jorge, Banda Black Rio, Tim Maia, Di Melo, Bebeto and Joao Donato.

Special guests for the night will be percussionist Giorgio Rojas and vocalist Miriam Waks.

The Black Rio movement began in the late '60s and ‘70s; the funk and soul music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and many other African American superstars sparked a cultural awakening of black pride around the world. In Brazil that awakening expressed itself in the music of young people of colour from Rio to São Paulo, who ‘Brazilianised’ those North American styles into their own groove thang. The result was a musical movement called Samba Soul. The genre emphasized snappy backbeats, deep and funky bass lines, and jazz horn sections with tinges of salsa and home-grown samba.

James Brown was an inspirational figure for young black Brazilians and his sound sowed the seeds for the Brazilian style ‘Baile Funk’. Along with soul music, ‘traditional’ funk was picked up and taken to the hearts of kids in the major cities of Brazil in the 1970s as an entirely new and thrilling sound inaccessible via the predominantly white, middle class-controlled media.

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6 Nights a Week at Venue 505

Kicking off 2014 we are increasing the fun times with:

Monday nights are free entry and happy hour all night for Happy Monday Games Night. With live music and board games a plenty. It's boogie woogie with your backgammon.


Come party down for 'Old School' Tuesdays with a live funk and groove band, invited guests jamming and DJ selections of some rare grooves. And it's FREE entry!!!

Wednesdays is a great night for the very best in contemporary Jazz and World music from some seriously world class players. A feast for the senses and especially your ears.

Thursdays will feature some of the new and old faces of 'beat' music reaching into the vaults of Reggae, Afro-Beat, Funk, Jazz and more. Free entry to 505 members!

Fridays are a night to unwind for the week with a blend of some high class and fun acts that range from Swing, Gypsy, Worls, Soul, Funk and more.

Saturdays are our concert series and a perfect night to sit back and let your ears be trated to the most inspiring vocalists and instrumentalists Australia has to offer.

Love Roots, Groove, Funk and Jazz music? Tuesdays are all about it with free entry a lounge atmosphere, live funk trio and resident DJ. Check out the new cocktail menu in style and treat yourself to an early week hang. Some of Sydney’s finest muso’s will be dropping by to jam (or just prop up the bar) Cocktail hour from 6-730!

Head here to check out our up-coming gigs.

 

Coming Soon

Old 505 Theatre 2015 Season on sale now!