The Comedy Store Presents: Brass Monkey Comedy Club

The Comedy Store Presents: Brass Monkey Comedy Club, World class comedy comes to Cronulla on the first(ish) Wednesday of every month as the Brass Monkey gets its very own Comedy Club, presented and curated by the world famous Sydney Comedy Store. The intimate setting is the perfect place to enjoy a hand-picked line up of the hottest comedians from home and abroad.

Comedy Store Presents: Brass Monkey Comedy Club, With tickets just $25, this show is guaranteed to kick those hump-day blues and have you giggling til’ the weekend! BUY TIX HERE ..

Diesel + Colin Lillie

While still in his teens, American born guitarist/singer Mark Lizotte was snatched from his bar band in Perth and launched on to the Australian charts as the leader of Johnny Diesel and the Injectors. A career was born and now some 30 years later Diesel is still rocking Saturday nights around the nation. Johnny Diesel and the Injectors moved from Perth to establish themselves in Sydney in 1987. They quickly became known for Diesel’s extraordinary versatility on the guitar and his rich, soulful voice. The debut album shipped platinum and entered the charts at #2. It was the biggest-selling album of 1989.

‘Hepfidelity’, Diesel’s first album under his own name in 1992 was a mega-platinum smash and earned him ARIAs for Best Album and Best Male Talent. He is one of only a select few Artists to win a Best Male Talent ARIA three times (along with John Farnham, Alex Lloyd and Gotye).

The next albums –‘The Lobbyist’ and ‘Solid State Rhyme’ confirmed his status as one of Australia’s most significant recording artists. A non-stop six years that included extensive touring, recording and starting a family was capped in 1996 with the ‘Short Cool Ones’ project that he cut with blues harp player Chris Wilson. Diesel then scored a residency at the prestigious club Arlene’s Grocery. He was discovered all over again, this time by Mammoth Records who teamed Diesel with legendary producers Jerry Harrison and Gavin Mackillop for the ‘Lost Soul Companion’ album. In 2002, Diesel and family moved back to Australia. He assembled a band and also began gigging as a solo artist. The 2005 album ‘Singled Out’ put Diesel back on the radio and gave him a hankering to pump up the volume again. It also marked a new phase in Diesel’s career, and time for a new album. 2006′s ‘Coathanger Antennae’ was recorded in two months with Diesel backed by bassist Richie Vez and drummer Lee Moloney. Back in Australia, and back on a roll, the albums and the tours kept coming – original albums adorned with radio hits followed with ‘Days Like These’ in 2008 and ‘Let It Fly’in 2013 interspersed with his now signature original and masterful renditions of rock, soul and blues classics via the themed albums ‘Saturday Suffering Fools’ in 2009, ‘Under The Influence’ in 2011, and the triumphant ‘Americana’ album in 2016. Diesel is celebrating 30 years in music with a newly curated collection of songs.

The new album Diesel 30 – The Greatest Hits is out now and features 14 Top 40 hits, including Tip Of My Tongue, Come To Me and Soul Revival… plus the new song, Give Me Saturday Night. Continuing to light up Saturday Nights on this special 30th anniversary tour, Diesel has now added a bunch of solo shows to his Give Me Saturday Night National Tour. Don’t miss Diesel performing a ‘best of’ collection of tracks in solo mode in venues across the country. BUY TIX HERE ..

DIESEL + Colin Lillie

While still in his teens, American born guitarist/singer Mark Lizotte was snatched from his bar band in Perth and launched on to the Australian charts as the leader of Johnny Diesel and the Injectors. A career was born and now some 30 years later Diesel is still rocking Saturday nights around the nation. Johnny Diesel and the Injectors moved from Perth to establish themselves in Sydney in 1987. They quickly became known for Diesel’s extraordinary versatility on the guitar and his rich, soulful voice. The debut album shipped platinum and entered the charts at #2. It was the biggest-selling album of 1989.

‘Hepfidelity’, Diesel’s first album under his own name in 1992 was a mega-platinum smash and earned him ARIAs for Best Album and Best Male Talent. He is one of only a select few Artists to win a Best Male Talent ARIA three times (along with John Farnham, Alex Lloyd and Gotye).

The next albums –‘The Lobbyist’ and ‘Solid State Rhyme’ confirmed his status as one of Australia’s most significant recording artists. A non-stop six years that included extensive touring, recording and starting a family was capped in 1996 with the ‘Short Cool Ones’ project that he cut with blues harp player Chris Wilson. Diesel then scored a residency at the prestigious club Arlene’s Grocery. He was discovered all over again, this time by Mammoth Records who teamed Diesel with legendary producers Jerry Harrison and Gavin Mackillop for the ‘Lost Soul Companion’ album. In 2002, Diesel and family moved back to Australia. He assembled a band and also began gigging as a solo artist. The 2005 album ‘Singled Out’ put Diesel back on the radio and gave him a hankering to pump up the volume again. It also marked a new phase in Diesel’s career, and time for a new album. 2006′s ‘Coathanger Antennae’ was recorded in two months with Diesel backed by bassist Richie Vez and drummer Lee Moloney. Back in Australia, and back on a roll, the albums and the tours kept coming – original albums adorned with radio hits followed with ‘Days Like These’ in 2008 and ‘Let It Fly’in 2013 interspersed with his now signature original and masterful renditions of rock, soul and blues classics via the themed albums ‘Saturday Suffering Fools’ in 2009, ‘Under The Influence’ in 2011, and the triumphant ‘Americana’ album in 2016. Diesel is celebrating 30 years in music with a newly curated collection of songs.

The new album Diesel 30 – The Greatest Hits is out now and features 14 Top 40 hits, including Tip Of My Tongue, Come To Me and Soul Revival… plus the new song, Give Me Saturday Night. Continuing to light up Saturday Nights on this special 30th anniversary tour, Diesel has now added a bunch of solo shows to his Give Me Saturday Night National Tour. Don’t miss Diesel performing a ‘best of’ collection of tracks in solo mode in venues across the country. BUY TIX HERE ..

Van The Man – A Tribute to Van Morrison

In 1999 “Van the Man” was formed and started its career with a bang, being invited to perform at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

According to Richard Jinman of “The Age” ….. “sound right … oh yes! Van the Man do the business. Hogan has Van’s jazzy vocal phrasing and gruff irish burr down pat. Hit or miss? Absolute HIT!“

“Van the Man” has gone on to perform for State of Origin fixtures, Bledisloe Cup Finals and sold out one of Sydney’s premier live music venues, The Basement. Other premium venues include Blue Beat Live Club at Double Bay, all three Lizotte’s Live Music Venues and a sellout show on New Year’s Eve at the highly acclaimed international musicians’ venue of The Clarendon Guesthouse in Katoomba.

With exclusive appearances for the Packer family at their country retreat Ellerston, seven highly acclaimed tours of New Zealand and a recent triumphant performance at Norway’s Music Festival in Kjollefjord, “Van the Man” is a must see for all Van Morrison fans, both young and old. BUY TIX HERE..

The Black Sorrows

Due to popular demand after their sell out show in January we are thrilled to have The Black Sorrows returning to the Monkey!

The Black Sorrows have earned the reputation as a dynamic live act. There is a level of accessibility to The Black Sorrows that can appeal to the newest of fan. At the helm, Camilleri steers the band through an energetic interplay of solid grooves and well-crafted songs that mix those well-worn ingredients of blues, soul, R&B, gospel, country and even Brill Building pop.

Spontaneous (forget set lists) and emotionally driven, Joe ensures that no two performances are ever the same. Camilleri’s mantra is simple “we come to play and leave the audience feeling exhilarated”. And play they do… Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows backed up their late 2016 sixty date national tour promoting The Sorrows’ 18th album release Faithful Satellite with a 2017 summer tour then shows in the UK and Europe Never being one to sit still Joe and his long-term writing partner Nick Smith at it again getting ready for a new release.  The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most enduring touring bands and a festival favourite. Membership in The Black Sorrows has always been loose and fluid with Camilleri being the only constant. In keeping with Joe’s desire to continually move forward, the latest incarnation of The Black Sorrows is – Claude Carranza (guitar/vocals), Mark Gray (bass/vocals), John McAll (keyboards/vocals) and Angus Burchall (drums).  

In 2014 Joe Camilleri celebrated 50 years in the music business. The release of the highly acclaimed album Certified Blue added to the 50th celebrations by giving him his first mainstream chart appearance in almost a decade. Certified Blue peaked at #2 in the ARIA Jazz and Blues Chart and remained in the chart for over 40 weeks. 2015 saw the band tour Scandinavia for the first time in twenty years in support of the release of ARIA nominated album Endless Sleep. Europe is now permanently on the touring agenda.  Camilleri launched The Black Sorrows, a loose band of like-minded musicians, in 1984 following the demise of his seminal band Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons the year before. From humble beginnings playing inner-city cafes around Melbourne and selling albums from the boot of a car, Camilleri transformed the band into one of the most sophisticated ensembles in the country.

The independently released album Dear Children, represented a turning point once CBS/Sony stepped in with a world-wide deal. When radio picked up the classic track, Mystified, The Black Sorrows really took flight releasing multi-platinum sellers Hold On To Me, Harley & Rose and The Chosen Ones. The Black Sorrows have won the ARIA for Best Band, played sell-out shows across Europe and sold more than two million albums worldwide.  Writer of milestone Australian songs such as So Young, Hit And Run, Shape I’m In, Hold On To Me, Harley and Rose, Chained To The Wheel, Never Let Me Go and the Chosen Ones, Joe Camilleri’s music has become part of Australian music culture.

As a member of Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, Joe was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007. Camilleri has shown fans and critics alike that he is a performer with an undeniable energy and love of it all… BUY TIX HERE…

The Black Sorrows

Due to popular demand after their sell out show in January we are thrilled to have The Black Sorrows returning to the Monkey!

The Black Sorrows have earned the reputation as a dynamic live act. There is a level of accessibility to The Black Sorrows that can appeal to the newest of fan. At the helm, Camilleri steers the band through an energetic interplay of solid grooves and well-crafted songs that mix those well-worn ingredients of blues, soul, R&B, gospel, country and even Brill Building pop.

Spontaneous (forget set lists) and emotionally driven, Joe ensures that no two performances are ever the same. Camilleri’s mantra is simple “we come to play and leave the audience feeling exhilarated”. And play they do… Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows backed up their late 2016 sixty date national tour promoting The Sorrows’ 18th album release Faithful Satellite with a 2017 summer tour then shows in the UK and Europe Never being one to sit still Joe and his long-term writing partner Nick Smith at it again getting ready for a new release. The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most enduring touring bands and a festival favourite. Membership in The Black Sorrows has always been loose and fluid with Camilleri being the only constant. In keeping with Joe’s desire to continually move forward, the latest incarnation of The Black Sorrows is – Claude Carranza (guitar/vocals), Mark Gray (bass/vocals), John McAll (keyboards/vocals) and Angus Burchall (drums).

In 2014 Joe Camilleri celebrated 50 years in the music business. The release of the highly acclaimed album Certified Blue added to the 50th celebrations by giving him his first mainstream chart appearance in almost a decade. Certified Blue peaked at #2 in the ARIA Jazz and Blues Chart and remained in the chart for over 40 weeks. 2015 saw the band tour Scandinavia for the first time in twenty years in support of the release of ARIA nominated album Endless Sleep. Europe is now permanently on the touring agenda. Camilleri launched The Black Sorrows, a loose band of like-minded musicians, in 1984 following the demise of his seminal band Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons the year before. From humble beginnings playing inner-city cafes around Melbourne and selling albums from the boot of a car, Camilleri transformed the band into one of the most sophisticated ensembles in the country.

The independently released album Dear Children, represented a turning point once CBS/Sony stepped in with a world-wide deal. When radio picked up the classic track, Mystified, The Black Sorrows really took flight releasing multi-platinum sellers Hold On To Me, Harley & Rose and The Chosen Ones. The Black Sorrows have won the ARIA for Best Band, played sell-out shows across Europe and sold more than two million albums worldwide. Writer of milestone Australian songs such as So Young, Hit And Run, Shape I’m In, Hold On To Me, Harley and Rose, Chained To The Wheel, Never Let Me Go and the Chosen Ones, Joe Camilleri’s music has become part of Australian music culture.

As a member of Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, Joe was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007. Camilleri has shown fans and critics alike that he is a performer with an undeniable energy and love of it alL .. BUY TIX HERE..

The Comedy Store Presents: Brass Monkey Comedy Club

The Comedy Store Presents: Brass Monkey Comedy Club, World class comedy comes to Cronulla on the first(ish) Wednesday of every month as the Brass Monkey gets its very own Comedy Club, presented and curated by the world famous Sydney Comedy Store. The intimate setting is the perfect place to enjoy a hand-picked line up of the hottest comedians from home and abroad.

With tickets just $25, this show is guaranteed to kick those hump-day blues and have you giggling til’ the weekend! BUY TIX HERE…

The Songs of The 60s – Feat: Damien Lovelock

Songs Of The Sixties is a choice mix of the songs that defined not only decade, but also a generation and changed the world as it was. From the early 60’s haunting guitar sounds of the Shadows, through to the British invasion with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the folk of Bob Dylan, the Hippy / Psychedelic phase with the Beach Boys, Mamas & Papas, the Animals and the Doors and to Woodstock with CCR and Santana to name a few. Even the King of Rock n Roll – Elvis Presley’s 60’s-era greats get a look in.

Some of the Bands represented
The Shadows- The Kinks – The Monkees – Santana – The Beatles – The Bee Gees – The Who – The Easybeats – The Rolling Stones- Creedence Clearwater Revival – The Animals – Van Morrison – Bob Dylan – The Doors .. BUY TIX HERE..

Mi Sex + The Persuaders

Party like it’s 1979 when Mi-Sex bring their mammoth live show and unique blend of rock meets new wave, meets punk meets disco, to the Brass Monkey for one night only – Friday 9 August – with special guests, The Persuaders.

Celebrating 40 Years of Graffiti Crimes, Mi-Sex live will deliver all the hits from their award-winning debut LP – ‘Compu-pu-pu-pu-pu-pu Computer Games’, ‘But You Don’t Care’ and the title track, ‘Graffiti Crimes’ – in a 90 minute set brandishing their many hits from the era – ‘Space Race’, ‘People’ and ‘Blue Day’.

Mi-Sex Graffiti Crimes rode the collision of punk rock, dance and disco to the top of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Austria, and South Africa. Truly, madly, deeply, the LP became the catalyst for an entirely new era in music and fashion – new wave. ABC's Double J embraced new wave and Mi-Sex became regular guests on Countdown, which saw the group shoot to #1 with ‘Computer Games’, before rounding-out the decade with its landmark performance at the Sydney Opera House – revered by those of the era as the ‘Concert of the Decade’.

Early the following year, Mi-Sex Graffiti Crimes scooped the 1980 COUNTDOWN / TV WEEK MUSIC AWARDS with 4 gongs in all: Best/Most Popular Single (Computer Games), Best Album (Graffiti Crimes), Best New Talent (Mi-Sex), and Best Production (Peter Dawkins/Graffiti Crimes). #BringBackTheBush with #Mi-Sex-Live-Sex for a party bold enough to channel ’79 all over, all ‘round… BUY TIX HERE…

Kevin Bennett and The Flood

Having served his apprenticeship in rock bands – Moving Pictures, The Honeymoon and Chasin The Train, indigenous singer/songwriter Kevin Bennett began The Flood as a vehicle for his earthier, more narrative music. The Flood ploughs the same fields as Don Walker, The Dingoes, Paul Kelly and Archie Roach with an ‘Australian-ness’ that flows naturally through the songs.

They have performed at the Byron Bay Bluesfest, The Dreaming Festival, Gympie Muster, Narooma Blues Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and are regulars at Tamworth. Along the way, he has toured with The Band,The Highwaymen, The Neville Brothers, Kim Richey, Kevin Welch (culminating in a live album and DVD), Loudon Wainwright, Gregory Page and many more. KB was honoured to be included as part of The Dingoes, in their 2010/11 reunion tour and guesting on their subsequent albums ‘Tracks’ and ‘Live At Last’.

In the recent past KB has also been part of Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart, a harmony-driven alt-country trio which has taken both Best Group and Alternative Album Gold Guitars at the 2017 awards and Vocal Collaboration in 2019. ‘Is this the best, most original and accomplished collection of alt-country songs (tinged with gospel, blues, soul) since Kasey Chambers’ The Captain? A true rarity: glorious harmonies with songs of depth and honesty, happily free from the Aussie jingoism of utes, mates and the mythical outback. It’s forged out of the Australian experience but, in its level of playing, singing and songwriting, it could hold its head high in any company.’ Bruce Elder review of ‘Weeds’ by Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart.

The Flood’s 2019 offering, ‘Blood Red Ties’ is concerned with family, roots, country and ALL the ties that bind. It speaks to, and is informed by, the Australian landscape and the people of this wide, brown land. ‘Should a fuss be made about perfectly reasonable, humanist, thoughtful ideas that don’t pander? I mean, this album is not just a solid mainstream country record in parts, it’s also in other parts a reminder that alt.country has a longer history than a revival in checked shirts and questionable beards. It has a lot of good songs, and a lot of very good playing.

There isn’t a huge surprise that Kevin Bennett isn’t bothered hiding his questions about casual xenophobia*, grasping what a connection to the land means beyond owning it for a couple of generations, and escaping abuse that goes beyond family to a wider, uglier society.

Most of the songs on ‘Blood Red Ties’ turn on pretty much that question of how you value character, whether it is the man whose luck has turned even worse in ‘Just Another Town’ (“His birthday present wintercoat from Vinnies ‘79/Kept the Melbourne chill from his Sydney bones, in the wintertime.”), or the one searching for redemption in ‘Spaghetti Western’ (Gaarruma Li) (“His wide eyes are flailin’ like butterfly wings/He hears music in the slipstream when the siren sings.”)

‘Down The Line’ doesn’t just pay homage to a great Australian tradition of bluesy country rock as represented by The Dingoes, it brings them in to play on the song – yes, that’s Kerryn Tolhurst on steel! – and burnishes that tradition. Bennett still puts his faith in the women and men around him, not a myth or a higher power. That faith may be the most radical thing of all on this album……’     Bernard Zuel review of ‘Blood Red Ties’ excerpts

The current line-up is KB (Vox/Guitar), Glen Hannah (Guitar/Vox), Wayne ‘Killer’ Kellett (Bass/Vox), Gary Carruthers (Guitar, Banjo, Mando, Harmonica/Vox) and Mik McCartin (Drums/Vox). Rhythms magazine calls The Flood ‘the best Australian roots band since The Dingoes.’

I f****n love ‘em’!……..Tim Rogers BUY TIX HERE …