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VENUE 505 @ 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills (Corner of Cleveland and Perry St)
Doors open at 7pm Mondays, 6pm Tuesday-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
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Wednesday 22 May- Nina Simone Tribute w/ Lauren Lucille BUY TICKETS
Thursday 23 May- Los Gringos
Friday 24 May- Martinez Acoustica BUY TICKETS
Saturday 25 May- Arrebato Ensemble w/ Flamenco dancer Chachy Penalver BUY TICKETS
Monday 27 May- Singer songwriter Monday- Martha Marlow BUY TICKETS
Tuesday 28 May- OLD SCHOOL Funk and Groove Night FREE ENTRY
Wednesday 29 May- KNEEBODY (USA) BUY TICKETS
Thursday 30 May- CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO (USA) + The GRID SOLD OUT!!!
Friday 31 May- Jimmy Rigg BUY TICKETS
Wednesday 22 May - Nina Simone Tribute with Lauren Lucille
It's been 10 years since the incredible and intense singer/pianist extroadinaire Nina Simone left this earth and left a legacy like no other. Lauren Lucille (finalist in the 2012 QMusic Awards) and her quartet are paying tribute to Nina at Venue 505 on Wednesday the 22nd of May from 8:30pm (doors 6pm). With these stellar musicians, Matt McMahon on piano, Jonathan Zwartz on Bass and Tim Firth on drums, it's sure to be an incredible night of the music and stories of Dr Simone.
Thursday 23 May - Los Gringos
Emerging from the Sydney Latin and Jazz scenes, this is a brand new band with a virtuosic focus on improvisation in the Afro/Cuban/Brazilian groove. Founded by the BFF horn section of Karl Laskowski, Marty Farrugia and Mikey Raper, 'Los Gringos' are both punchy and pretty and draw inspiration from the likes of Irakere, Tony Martinez, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Loueke. Expect killer solos, big fat Latin beats and some sweet blendy horn bits from this All-Star line up of top shelf Gringos and master percussionists.
Karl Laskowski - Saxophone
Marty Farrugia - Trumpet
Mike Raper - Trombone
Daniel Pliner - Piano
Dauno Martinez - Bass
Steve Marin - Drums
Jose Antonio Marquez Muzzio - Congas
Friday 24 May - Martinez Akustica
Martinez Akustica Birthday party Concert
We celebrate the long life and musical Career of Victor Martinez Parada on his 66th birthday and 47 years of music, Leader and Father of the Martinez musical Family.
It is said….“Victor Martinez is one of the greatest Avant Garde guitarists ever” Victor, Andro and Dauno are father and sons. Victor, an extremely accomplished composer, teacher and leader in his field, leads the Martinez family.
Born in Chile they all play six string acoustic and electric guitar, bass and also use their instruments as percussion with vocal ‘beat boxing’. Playing in staggering unison and gorgeous harmony, then across and against each other, it is calm then chaotic, beautiful then forceful. The interplay and understanding that flows through them is inspiring, endearing and infectious. They truly captivate their audiences and stretch each other’s ability Anyone who plays a guitar, anyone who aspires to playing guitar, anyone who enjoys listening to music must experience these incredible players. The trio has been performing professionally since 1997 since then they have played a large number of venues around the country and we welcome them back for this extra special birthday concert for Victor Martinez.
Saturday 25 May - Arrebato Ensemble w flamenco dancer, Chachy Peñalver
Contemporary Flamenco at its best "Certain music - far beyond mere styles - has roots so deep that to tap them is to uncork a pressurized well of truth...the Arrebato Ensemble grows ever closer to this truth" Sydney Morning Herald
Arrebato Ensemble returns to Venue 505 - bringing their fiery energy and unique take on flamenco music. Performing with special guest, Chachy Peñalver, they will perform music from their acclaimed album, Absolutión and new work to be released later this year.
Originally from Venezuela, Chachy Peñalver works with the musicians specifically choreographing dances to the music, adding visual excitement and impact.
Led by acclaimed flamenco guitarist, Greg Alfonzetti, an exceptionally talented group of musicians complete an instrumental line up that includes cello, double bass, oud, saxophone, harmonica and percussion. Blending modern flamenco sounds and rhythms with jazz, improvisation and other world music traditions, the result is arresting and hauntingly beautiful music.
Their debut CD earned them the Best World Music Artist at the MusicOz Awards. Their second album, Absolución includes collaborations with guest artists in Sydney and Madrid. A third album is due for release late in 2013.
With original compositions and orchestral soundscapes, Arrebato Ensemble will take you on an unforgettable musical journey.
Greg Alfonzetti / flamenco guitar
Damian de Boos- Smith/ guitar,cello,oud
Dave Ellis/ double bass
Andrew Poniris/ saxophones, harmonica
Stuart Henderson/ drums/percussion
+ special guest:
Chacy Peñalver /hand percussion, flamenco dance
Singer Songwriter Monday 27 May - Martha Marlow
Local Singer/Songwriter Martha Marlow grew up in a musical household and was performing at many of this city’s leading venues and festivals before finishing her HSC. Still only in her 19th year, Martha is making her mark on the scene having recently been hand-picked to support Matt Corby, Bluejuice, Jinja Safari and US folk-pop duo The Pierces.
Martha’s pure voice and unique open tunings are trademarks of her sound and her carefully crafted songwriting shows an undeniable wisdom beyond her years. With songs that simultaneously portray both innocence and experience, Martha Marlow is a refreshing and unique artist who is quickly establishing her place in the scene.
Martha is currently preparing her debut EP for release in early 2013
‘She sings in the language of souls. Her voice is sweetly soft and milky smooth; she is easily both eye and ear candy, a rising talent of her own making' moscamedia. com.au
Tuesday 28 May - OLD SCHOOL Funk and Groove night
A fast favourite at the club the Old School Funk & Groove sessions have attracted a party atmosphere along with many exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505. To name a few Russ Dewbury (The Jazz Rooms) Craig Charles (Red Dwarf) The Osaka Monorail (the entire band!) Barry Gibb Band (without Barry, he’s old now), Jessica Mauboy (truly!) Michelle Martinez (hot!), Karise Eden (took the roof off) and less famous but just as amazing, Edoardo Santoni, Dave Ades, Matt Keegan, Nick Garbett, Carl Dewhurst, Marcello Maio, Steve Barry, Matt Ottignon and more...
Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music by artists such as Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, John Patton, Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Stanley Turrentne, Reuben Wilson to name a few.
The house band:
Legendary drummer Hamish Stuart, the man behind a thousand funky beats. Bassist, Cameron Undy of early DIG fame to the Verve remix sessions and the London Nu Jazz and Broken Beat scene. The incredibly funky guitar of relative newcomer Matt Smith of The Strides and Thirsty Merc.
Wednesday 29 May - KNEEBODY (USA)
“A band that inhabits the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders.” New York Times
At the vanguard of genre-bending postmodern music, Kneebody combines the depth of jazz, the swagger of hip-hop, and the conviction of rock to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world.
Drawing on influences from Hendrix, Aphex Twin and Reich via Ellington, Sun Ra and Coltrane, this five-piece collective weave together an impressive array of styles, delicately blending sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvisation.
The quintet’s combined biographies boast an impressive rollcall of collaborators including instrumentalists Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, Ignacio Berroa and Nels Cline, DJ/Producer Daedelus, Snoop Dogg, Ani Di Franco, the Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin.
After acclaimed performances at the North Sea, San Francisco and Stanford Jazz Festivals, Kneebody bring their incendiary, no-holds-barred brand of musical expression to Australia for the first time
Adam Benjamin – Fender Rhodes
Shane Endsley – trumpet
Ben Wendel – saxophone
Kaveh Rastegar – bass
Nate Wood – drums
Thursday 30 May - CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO (USA) plus late set by ‘The Grid’
“McBride performs superbly in so many contexts that one can never anticipate what kind of musical quest he's going to take in any given situation”. (Los Angeles Times)
Illuminating the jazz world for nearly 25 years, Christian McBride is hailed as a “chameleonic virtuoso” (All About Jazz) and "one of the best jazz bassists in the world" (New York Times).
By 19 he was already working with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson and Roy Hargrove, and has gone on to perform and record with jazz legends (Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea), pop artists (Sting, Carly Simon) and neo-soul musicians (D'Angelo, Queen Latifah).
In 2012 the Grammy Award-winner also topped both the DownBeat Critics Poll and Jazz Journalists Association Awards.
With deep respect for the jazz tradition and irrepressible creativity, McBride and his trio are masterful exponents of “the sort of feel-good enlightenment once routinely expected of modern -jazz” (New York Times). Don’t miss their heady mix of driving rhythms, bright melodic lines and brilliantly inventive solos.
Christian McBride- bass
Christian Sands – piano
Ulysses Owens Jr. - drums
Tim Jago – guitar
Dane Alderson – bass
Ben Vanderwal – drums
Friday 31 May - Jimmy Rigg plus Andy Goodridge and Frank Sultana
This larger than life Delta Blues man offers no apologies though his honesty and regret are revealed in his cracking voice and moody melodies. When Jimmy burst onto the sydney scene late last year , the good folk at The Bar at The End of The Wharf were left wondering exactly what hit just them. So much so that they drank more than had ever before been drunk there. A lot more!
So, Who the hell is Jimmy Rigg? He’s a rum swillin’, woman lovin’, straight shootin’ sonuvabitch who’s gonna pull on your heart strings and put a fire in your belly that can only be soothed by grabbing your lover and dancing real close. Jimmy’s assembled a real A-team of blues players and deviants alike (Miles Thomas, Jan Bangma, Bill Burns Brown, James Loughnan and Mike Raper) creating a sound that will have you on your feet and falling in lust with every man and woman in the room. His crow bars will loosen you up and pry you open, without a doubt.
Saturday 1 June- Jonathan Zwartz BUY TICKETS
Monday 3 June- Buffalo Tales (Wes Carr) + Kita BUY TICKETS
Tuesday 4 June- Old School Funk and Groove FREE ENTRY
Wednesday 5 June- The Umbrellas BUY TICKETS
Thursday 6 June- Tony Malaby (USA) Dave Ades (AUS) Quartet BUY TICKETS
Friday 7 June- Feel Good Friday Jazz FREE ENTRY
Saturday 8 June- NAI PALM (Hiatus Kaiyote) plus support BUY TICKETS
Sunday 9 June- Joe Brooks (USA) BUY TICKETS
Monday 10 June - CLOSED QUEENS BIRTHDAY
Old School Tuesday 11 June - Old School Funk and Groove FREE ENTRY
Wednesday 12 June - David Helbock Trio (Austria) BUY TICKETS
Thursday 13 June - Amali Ward ‘Back In Time’ Album Launch BUY TICKETS
Friday Jazz 14 June - Feel Good Friday Jazz FREE ENTRY
Saturday 15 June - Mister Ott Double Single Launch BUY TICKETS
Sunday 16 June- Katie Noonan 'By Request' + Jack Carty BUY TICKETS
Monday 17 June - VERY SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ONLY (To Be Announced)
Tuesday 18 June - Old School Funk and Groove FREE ENTRY
Wednesday 19 June - Doig Collective Plays Penman and Parks BUY TICKETS
Thursday 20 June - TBA
Friday 21 June - Soul Jazz Remix BUY TICKETS
Saturday 22 June - Alister Spence Trio BUY TICKETS
Monday 24 June - Leah Flanagan plus Jordan Lessor FREE ENTRY
Tuesday 25 June - Old School Funk and Groove FREE ENTRY
Wednesday 26 June - Hammer Head BUY TICKETS
Thursday 27 June - NGAIRE Single Launch BUY TICKETS
Friday 28 June - Feel Good Friday Jazz FREE ENTRY