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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. Please note we do not refund or exchange tickets.

For non-ticketed events simply come on the night, doors open at  6pm Monday-Saturday tickets available at the bar from 6pm

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!

 

SPECIAL SYDNEY SHOW "THE RETURN OF LILY DIOR

 

BOOK NOW

 

Returning triumphant from the UK and Europe, one of Australia's most adored ladies of Jazz, Soul and Funk. This show is sure to sell out so don't hesitate.

Lily is bringing a flood of inspiration from her travels.

When she left these shores, her album then brand new spanking album “Let’s Talk About It” was turning ears and minds as it bounced through the airwaves. This show will feature music from that album along with well loved classics and new arrangements.

 

Don’t miss this one off Sydney show!!!

 

MARCH 2015

Monday 2 March - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 3 March - Old School Funk and Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 4 March - LOS GRINGOS Return!!! BOOK NOW

Thursday 5 March - Sam Buckingham + Emma & the Hungry Truth BOOK NOW

Friday 6 March - Feel Good Friday Jazz Session Free Entry

Saturday 7 March - LILY DIOR !!! BOOK NOW

Monday 9 March - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 10 March - Old School Funk and Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 11 March - Phil Stack 'Lap Around The Sun' EP launch BOOK NOW

Thursday 12 March - David Ryan Harris BUY NOW

Friday 13 March - On The Stoop Superband BOOK NOW

Saturday 14 March - Inga Liljestrom BOOK NOW

Monday 16 March - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 17 March - Old School Funk and Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 18 March - The Drip Hards ‘Cold Drip’ BOOK NOW

Thursday 19 March - David Ryan Harris BUY NOW

Friday 20 March - Sonido de Los Andes with Patricio Lara BOOK NOW

Saturday 21 March - The catholics BOOK NOW

Monday 23 March - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 24 March - Old School Funk and Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 25 March - Gavin Ahearn Group ‘Album Launch’ BOOK NOW

Thursday 26 March - David Ryan Harris BUY NOW

Friday 27 March - Tom Vincent Quartet ‘Night Sessions’ CD Launch BOOK NOW

Saturday 28 March - The Liberators (Afro-Funk) BOOK NOW

Monday 30 March - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 31 March - Old School Funk and Groove Night Free Entry

 

Monday 2 March - Jazz Jam Session 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 3 March - Old School Funk and Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

Wednesday 4 March - LOS GRINGOS Return!!!

$15 BOOK NOW

 

After a year long hiatus to concentrate on other projects, Los Gringos finally return to their home at 505 with a brand new shiny vibe. One of Sydney's most progressive rhythm sections at it's best, providing the Latin engine for the superlative connection between three horns that work together seamlessly for the perfect dynamics of subtle beauty and raw power.

While keeping strong respect in their repertoire for the traditions of Latin Jazz heroes like Irakere and Ray Barretto, Los Gringos also revere those that push more contemporary boundaries like Weather Report, Munir Hossn, Herbie Hancock and Snarky Puppy. This band keeps an open ear to each other and the many possibilities that come from embracing heavy rhythm and intense improvisation. Bringing new tunes with some old favourites exploring the exhilarating world of Afro/Cuban/Brazilian/Jazz and some brand spanking originals.

Karl Laskowski - Saxophone

Marty Farrugia - Trumpet

Mike Raper - Trombone

Nick Southcott - Piano

Cameron Undy - Bass

Steve Marin - Drums

Dominic Kirk - Percussion

Thursday 5 March - Sam Buckingham + Emma & the Hungry Truth

$15 BOOK NOW

 

 

Two of Australia's most honest songbirds join together in a rare double bill. Unique in the way they deliver their music, Dean and Buckingham have been influencing each others music for the past five years,. This is an intimate night of storytelling and song. Each playing a solo set, they could also be convinced to join each other for a song or two...

Folk troubadour Sam Buckingham has lapped the country 6 times since her first ‘house concert’ tour of 2011, in what has become an obvious show of grass roots commitment, and true fan support. She honed her songwriting in Nashville and New York, in preparation for recording her most resent long player 'I'm A Bird’, co-produced with multiple ARIA winner Paul McKercher. The album explores ideas of traveling, asking questions, and breaking free from fear and expectation – a continuing theme in Buckingham's most recent songwriting.

“Truly gorgeous” Paul Smith, Sydney Morning Herald

“Compelling, beautiful... She’ll take you on a journey home” The Music.com.au

Emma & The Hungry Truth are a sight to behold. Their musicianship and camaraderie is matched only by their fierce stagecraft and otherworldly aesthetic. This show features brother and sister duo - Emma & Tony Dean - in a stripped back lineup. Though there will be no shortage of flamboyance, capturing their signature sound of primal rhythms, break-your-heart-lyrics & catchy melodies.

“Singer, songwriter and self proclaimed ringmaster Emma Dean is a hobobag full of crazy pills. Like the really awesome hallucinogenic kind.” THE NEW YORK POST

Friday 6 March - 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!

Karl Laskowski - Saxophone

Greg Coffin - Piano

Cameron Undy - Bass

Nic Cecire - Drums

Saturday 7 March - LILY DIOR !!!

$25/$20 BOOK NOW

 

Returning triumphant from the UK and Europe, one of Australia's most adored ladies of Jazz, Soul and Funk. This show is sure to sell out so don’t hesitate. Lily is bringing a flood of inspiration from her travels!

When she left these shores, her album then brand new spanking album “Let’s Talk About It” was turning ears and minds as it bounced through the airwaves. This show will feature music from that album along with well loved classics and new arrangements.

Don’t miss this one off Sydney show!!!

Monday 9 March - Jazz Jam Session 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 10 March - Old School Funk and Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

Wednesday 11 March - Phil Stack 'Lap Around The Sun' EP launch

$18 BOOK NOW

 

 

Phil Stack breaks out with an original self produced Debut EP, handling much of the instrumental and vocal duties himself. ‘LAP AROUND THE SUN’ is an emotional, eclectic and startling musical journey that takes the listener through a universe of genres.

An extremely respected all rounder, Stack has performed and recorded with some of our country’s most loved musicians including Katie Noonan, Lior, Tim Rogers and James Morrison. As a Double- Bassist he is also one of the country’s best known jazz musicians, taking first place in the prestigious National jazz awards in 2008.

“Ambitious songwriting....interesting yet memorable. Superfine musicianship.”- LIOR

Listen to Phil's single Golden Eyes

 

Tonight he brings his hot, brand spanking new band to 505 in what will surely be a sell out show so get in quick !

Phil Stack- Piano, Vocals

Evan Mannell- Drums

Ben Hauptmann- Guitar

Neil Sutherland- Bass

Harry Sutherland- Keys, synth bits

Plus Special guests

 

Support…Special treat- The amazing Elana Stone in Solo mode, so put that in your pipe people's !

 

Thursday 12 March - David Ryan Harris

BUY NOW $25 Buy at the door $30

 

 

David Ryan Harris! Now why do I know that name? Well if it rings a bell it’s because this dude is seriously one of the best in the business and if you don’t know his name, well you definitely know his sound.

Born in Chicago, raised in Atlanta and living in Los Angeles. A soul singer who plays guitar. And sometimes, a guitarist who sings soulfully.

Growing up at time when Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder and other musicians were stretching the boundaries of popular music ands deeply into the blues.

Signed by major labels (Chrysalis, Columbia and Elektra) and played with and/or produced  Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Derek Trucks, Santana, Marc Broussard, Guy Sebastian along with being a regular member of John Mayer’s band since 2004.

Of particular note he produced half of India Arie’s “Songversations” for Motown/Universal

His new EP “Which Way Home” was released September 2014, followed by two more EPs Q1 and Q2 2015.

This is still the beginning for David Ryan Harris and this show is one to get your collective asses down to.

www.davidryanharris.com

Friday 13 March - On The Stoop Superband

$15 BOOK NOW

 


Releasing their film clip for their song titled Theme Song, from their most recent album.

Theme Song is all the chaotic beauty of a 5 piece horn section channeling a movie soundtrack from your favourite urban car chase.

Hailing from Sydney, On the Stoop is fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Serge Stanley, who, when he's not looking at the world with a healthily satirical eye, apparently looks at it through a kaleidoscope.

The music, meanwhile, touches knuckles with Balkan Gypsies, Ennnio Morricone, Nino Rota, jazz, rock, ska and a few other idioms that don't have names, because Serge has just invented them.

When someone has a head exploding with a thousand ideas, good musicians  tend to flock to the cause, and in Tim Bradley (drums), Joe Manton (bass),

Dirk Kruithof (guitar), Joe Cummins (trumpet, vocals), Mat Lee

(saxophone, vocals), Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet, vocals), Pete Lothian (Trombone) and Josh Ahearn (percussion) you have a band of the calibre to astound and surprise without raising a sweat.

Saturday 14 March - INGA LILJESTROM

$25/$20 BOOK NOW

 

Inga's only show with her illustrious band! Inga is soon to be releasing an album with film composer extraordinaire, Michael Lira that was inspired by old Western film and Ennio Morricone soundtracks. SO for this show, Inga is inviting everyone to come fancy dress, inspired by classic Western films. Bring your garters and your horses, your dusty boots and your straw to chew on!

Support set will be special one off performances by each member of the band!

Evan Mannell - drums, Zoe Hauptmann - double bass, Haydn Walker - guitar and banjo, Michael Bridges - musical saw, violin and banjo Trevor Brown - bass clarinet and melodica

and special cameo by actress Lauren Orwell 'tales from the Bordello'.

Monday 16 March - Jazz Jam Session 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 17 March - Old School Funk and Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

Wednesday 18 March - The Drip Hards ‘Cold Drip’

$15/$10 BOOK NOW

 

 

“Stretching the boundaries of time, tune and taste.”

After a looooong hiatus this ground breaking and truly original band return with it’s bent, broken and achingly warped grooves. There studio album was met with disdain and confusion by the critics and pure astonishment and joy by the fans. Subversive is not a word we would use to describe ‘The Drip Hards’, though some would. We prefer to describe there attitude as something of a real time ‘reaction’ to the current sonic and rhythmic menagerie of modern music in the world today.

Joining the original trio of Carl Dewhurst (guitar), Cameron Undy (bass) and Evan Mannell (drums) on the night will be the extraordinary and blindingly powerful saxophonist, Peter Farrar. Also the freshest of talents and most quirky and original of voices around, Mary Rapp, on Cello, Bass and Voice.


Thursday 19 March - David Ryan Harris

BUY NOW $25 Buy at the door $30

 

 

David Ryan Harris! Now why do I know that name? Well if it rings a bell it’s because this dude is seriously one of the best in the business and if you don’t know his name, well you definitely know his sound.

Born in Chicago, raised in Atlanta and living in Los Angeles. A soul singer who plays guitar. And sometimes, a guitarist who sings soulfully.

Growing up at time when Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder and other musicians were stretching the boundaries of popular music ands deeply into the blues.

Signed by major labels (Chrysalis, Columbia and Elektra) and played with and/or produced  Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Derek Trucks, Santana, Marc Broussard, Guy Sebastian along with being a regular member of John Mayer’s band since 2004.

Of particular note he produced half of India Arie’s “Songversations” for Motown/Universal

His new EP “Which Way Home” was released September 2014, followed by two more EPs Q1 and Q2 2015.

This is still the beginning for David Ryan Harris and this show is one to get your collective asses down to.

www.davidryanharris.com

Friday 20 March - Sonido de Los Andes with Patricio Lara

$20 BOOK NOW

 

'Sonido de los Andes' was formed in 1977 by a group of young musicians after emigrating from Latin America inspired by the music made from there traditional instruments. Led by young Chilean singer/songwriter Oscar Marin. Over the years, the band has expanded its musical boundaries incorporating folkloric instruments and styles from Uruguayan ‘Candombe’, Venezuelan ‘Joropo’, Mexican ‘Ranchera’, Cuban ‘Son’ and Colombian ‘Cumbia'.

The groups musical influences also include ‘non’ Latin styles and contemporary instruments and through performing and composing together they’ve unearthed a unique sound.

From the haunting sounds of the Andes to the rich rhythms and melodies of Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela, Sonido embrace all of Latin America as one. Playing more than 40 wind, string and percussion instruments there performances are a treasure for the human spirit.

A true journey through the magic of Latin America and beyond.

Recognized internationally they are now led by Oscars sons, Cesar and Steve. Sonido remains at the forefront of new music and are regarded as one of the chief exponents of Latin American music in the world today.

Cesar Marin- Charango, cuatro, guitar, bass, quena, zamponas, bombo, percussion, vocals.

Steve Marin- Quena, zamponas, bass, bombo, cajon, congas, drums, percussion, lead vocal.

Stephen Aguilera-Mendoza- Lead vocal, guitar, cuatro, charango, zampona, bombo, percussion,

Juan Alvear- Zamponas, quena, moceno, charango, guitar, percussion, vocals

Marco Lopez- Zamponas, quenas, moceno, charango, bombo, percussion, vocals

Enrique Berbis- Lead vocal, guitar, charango, zamponas, bombo, bongo, percussion, vocals

Ricardo Cancino- Electric and acoustic guitars, bass, charango, percussion, vocals

Patricio Lara, is a traveler, from the Latin rhythms of Bolero, Salsa and Cumbia to the grooves of Reggae, Funk and Soul, to Samba, Bossa Nova  an the Rumba. Pato and his band invites every culture to join in celebration and the vibe is certainly contagious.

Saturday 21 March - The catholics

$20 BOOK NOW

 


"I don't think I have ever encountered anyone familiar with The catholics who doesn't like their music. The blend of happy-go-lucky melodies, bouncing rhythms, clever arrangements and strong improvising seems to be irresistible.The surprise is that one can find no obvious stylistic precursors or clones...the combination of personalities lends the band its special spark of levity and celebration" (SMH)

Lloyd Swanton bass

Sandy Evans saxophones

James Greening trombone, pocket trumpet

Jon Pease guitar

Gary Daley piano accordion

Toby Hall drums

Jess Ciampa percussion.

Monday 23 March - Jazz Jam Session 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 24 March - Old School Funk and Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

Wednesday 25 March - Gavin Ahearn Group ‘Album Launch’

$15/$10 BOOK NOW

 


Gavin Ahearn is a pianist/composer who has lived and played in various locales around the world. He has been back in Sydney a few years now working with the likes of Briana Cowlishaw, Tina Harrod and The Wires Project. This gig is an album launch for a CD recorded in Brooklyn in 2014, and internationally released on the famed Danish label Steeplechase. The session was was co-written and co-led by Gavin and long time creative collaborator, Christian Coleman. It also features Thelonius Monk award winner and NY man of the moment Jon Irabagon on saxophone, and virtuoso bassist Sam Minae.

"...their creative kinship is audible from the first notes of the opening “Fly Away Butterfly.” Dusted Magazine

For the Sydney album launch Gavin has gathered together some of Sydney's finest sons in Toby Hall, Brendan Clark, Karl Laskowski and Jason Bruer.

Thursday 26 March - David Ryan Harris

BUY NOW $25 Buy at the door $30

 

 

David Ryan Harris! Now why do I know that name? Well if it rings a bell it’s because this dude is seriously one of the best in the business and if you don’t know his name, well you definitely know his sound.

Born in Chicago, raised in Atlanta and living in Los Angeles. A soul singer who plays guitar. And sometimes, a guitarist who sings soulfully.

Growing up at time when Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder and other musicians were stretching the boundaries of popular music and deeply into the blues.

Signed by major labels (Chrysalis, Columbia and Elektra) and played with and/or produced  Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Derek Trucks, Santana, Marc Broussard, Guy Sebastian along with being a regular member of John Mayer’s band since 2004.

Of particular note he produced half of India Arie’s “Songversations” for Motown/Universal

His new EP “Which Way Home” was released September 2014, followed by two more EPs Q1 and Q2 2015.

This is still the beginning for David Ryan Harris and this show is one to get your collective asses down to.

www.davidryanharris.com

 

 

Friday 27 March - Tom Vincent Quartet ‘Night Sessions’ CD Launch

$20 BOOK NOW

 

Tom Vincent is one of Australia’s leading Jazz musicians. With a passion for spontaneous modern creations, rooted in the tradition of blues and swing, he has performed to rave reviews around the world and been resident in New York, Amsterdam and France. Still in great demand he continues to tour for special events and festivals internationally.

With Leigh Barker on double bass and Alf Jackson on drums, the Tom Vincent Trio are a tight ensemble with a formidable synergy that results in a highly polished improvisatory response to Classic Jazz standards. The band will be on fire for this 505 performance: it is the penultimate gig of their 2015 Australian tour following the release of their recent Night Sessions LP.

" … subversion, fun, joy, honesty and freshness. ..you'll find all that and more."

© 2014 Brian Ritchie - Violent Femmes, Musician and MONA Curator

 

Tom Vincent piano, Leigh Barker double bass, Alf Jackson drums


Saturday 28 March - The Liberators

$18/$15 BOOK NOW

 

 

www.facebook.com/TheLiberators

 

Inspired by Afrobeat and American Funk, The Liberators are a rock solid outfit typifying the Nigerian Afrobeat sound of 70’s Africa. The Sydney Based 10 piece create a fierce array of super heavy grooves that ensure you are served with some sizzling treats. Continuing on from the success of their self titled debut album and follow up album 'Power Struggle' , The Liberators dedication and commitment has resulted in a positive following within Australia and globally with worldwide radio play.

Monday 30 March - Jazz Jam Session 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 31 March - Old School Funk and Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

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6 Nights a Week at Venue 505

Kicking off 2015 we are increasing the fun times with:

Monday nights are free entry with our Jazz Jam and 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.

 

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