TOUR NEWS: SUM 7 Piece New York SOUL, JAZZ, FUNK coming to Sydney this April 19.


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New York hybrid soul/jazz/funk/pop 7 piece 

SUM (NYC)

April 18 at Newsagency |
Tickets & Info to the show HERE

Described by Red Eye Record “as a band for fans of Hiatus Kaiyote and Jill Scott”, S U M, the hybrid Jazz/Funk/Pop/Soul band from New York City will be in Australia for the first time for their Welcome Tour!

“Best soul music album on Bandcamp” Bandcamp USA (Sept 2018)

How Unknown Mortal Orchestra opened the door for SUM in AustraliaHhhhappy Mag (AUS)

Steve Belvilus’ project is fascinating…”Couleurs Jazz (FRA)

The track is instantly brimming with positivity, with flourishes of horns and beautiful vocals. The teacher/student aesthetic of the video works perfectly to serve their message…now it’s up to you to learn what SUM is teaching.” –  Groundsounds

“Williams, frontperson and lead song’s message while periodically checking in singer, tackles intricate melodic lines, with intervals that need to be dead on, and she does that effortlessly.” Music Connection

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New York City hybrid pop/jazz/soul/funk 7 piece band S U M (pronounced soom) debut their dynamic and spirited “The Welcome Tour” show April 18th at The Newsagency, Sydney and April 19th and 20th at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne. One of the most exciting emerging acts to visit our shores, S U M’s strong message of self acceptance and authentic self expression anchors the bands philosophy, splintering into the magic of  their genre bending sound.

S U M was created by multi-talented lead arranger, composer and drummer Steve Belvilus (Les Nubians, Hamilton: An American Musical, Natalie Cole, Hezekiah Walker, Scott Jacoby [SIA/John Legend]) and lead vocalist and co-writer Patryce Williams whose multi-faceted creative expression includes theatre and film in addition to her musical endeavours. Both executive producers of their debut self-titled album released in September of 2018, S U M gained widespread recognition for their melodic, forward thinking, intricate and playful compositions including a feature on the tastemaker music siteBandcamp as Best Soul Music Album Release in September (2018), as well as a recent review by Music Connection magazine (included in this year’s Grammy’s gift bag for all attendees, record executives, labels and artists) highlighting the band’s overall performance “showcases their versatility and prolific musical skills…”, amongst an impressive list of articles and interviews world wide.

Their single video clip ‘It’s Alright To Be Me’ has been featured in digital publications across France, USA and Australia due to its charming creative visual concept mimicking the bands positive message set in a school environment from a teacher and student grand narrative.

Their live shows can be described as highly interactive, uplifting, expressive and charismatic. S U M has performed at the Baiser Salé in France as part of the Jazz Sur Seine Music Festival, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Musikfest in Pennsylvania, NPR RadioBrooklyn Bowl in New York, The B.B. King Blues Club in New York, Rockwood Music Hall and Club Bonafide in New York to name a few.

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GIG NEWS: XSTATIC SUNSETS (Sober Dance Party) | April 6 at SHARK ISLAND feat. DJ PHIL SMART.


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XSTATIC SUNSETS | Sober Dance Party | (Launch Party)

Kids Welcome | Music & Dance | Sober Dance Party /  Festival | Shark Island 

This looks an absolute treat. An afternoon and evening of FANCY DRESS, MUSIC & DANCE on SHARK ISLAND in the middle of iconic Sydney Harbour. Join the launch party one this cities premier sober dance parties working to inspire a more healthy party culture that is more inclusive, safe, healthy and lifts your vibration in life.

This opening party features one of the first DJ’s we parties too back in the days too at TWEAKIN’ back in the days, the legendary DJ PHIL SMART playing a special 90’s house set. It has been a while since we heard the don play.
Check out there website 

Check out their website for all info below and if you see us on the dancefloor for this one please come say hello.
http://www.xstaticsunsets.com

DJ LINE UP – 1:30PM TO SUNSET
Tribal Beats & 60’s – Andre Meyer aka DJ Sohm
70’s & 80’s classics – DJ Marc ‘kundalini’
90’s House – Phil Smart
Sunset Deep House mix – Shane SOS
Grand Finale – Electric Zeus

DANCE FACILITATORS:
Opening ceremony & Tribal beats – Rache Moore from Rainbow Tribe Events
60’s bringing the flower power – Hayley Melrose – Transformational Journeys
70’s disco – Shannon Dooley from Retrosweat
80’s get you spandex on! – Doofercise
90’s house… lose your shit to Tommy Franklin!!!

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS:
Drum Workshop by Soul Drummer
Twirling Circus Workshop by Jessica.co.creative
Intuitive Body Art by Intuitive Body Art with IreneEmily
Contact Dance by Eamonn O’Flaherty from Body Chorus
Movement workshop by Tommy Franklin

HEALTH & WELLNESS TALKS
The science behind the natural high by Dr Kaushik Ram
Set yourself free workshop by Louise Walker from Footsteps
Gut health to make you happier by Amanda Brocket from The Raw Food Kitchen

SOUND HEALING ON THE BEACH
Hang Drum played by Curt Hannagan from The Sanctuary Sydney
Voice, sound bowls & drums by Hayley Milano from Singing Sydney

DRESS TO EXPRESS! WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE DECADE?
Who doesn’t love a fancy dress party? In line with the theme, dress up as your favourite music decade! Are you a grooving hippy, 80’s deeva or 90’s raver? Or maybe you will shine as your favourite pop idol?

DANCE INTO SUNSET ON SHARK ISLAND
While big parties have been banned on Shark Island, National Parks have kindly been lenient in support of our mission for healthy parties. We know stunning nature locations combined with the golden glow of sunset creates the ultimate party backdrop. Shark Island with its beautiful trees and jaw dropping views across the harbour to sunset is going to create a magical dance party experience!

SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH CHARITIES
The very core of our mission is to help people be happier and healthier through dance, self expression and connecting with others. As we know drug and alcohol abuse and addiction contributes to anxiety and depression. But on the flip side dance, music and connecting with others can bring great joy and happiness. We want to support mental health charities in addressing the problem by donating funds but also inspire change to address the causes. We are giving 10% of proceeds to Beyond Blue, Hello Sunday Morning and the Black Dog Institute.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT FOR HEALTHY PARTIES
Our launch party on Shark Island is a symbolic event to showcase and inspire Australia you don’t need drugs and alcohol to party. Our goal is to simply inspire a change in people’s relationship with alcohol, to encourage moderation and shift the mentality you don’t need to get wasted to have a good time. We will be attracting media attention and capturing footage so we can promote bigger and more frequent events to grow the movement. By bringing your awesome energy, dress up and dance moves you will be playing your part to inspire others to give a sober dance party a go.

SOUL OF SYDNEY feat. VENENO & BLACKER C (Live) Sun Mar 24 | Tickets, Set Times & Party Info


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feat. 9-Piece Afro-Cuban-Funk powerhouse
VENENO & BLACKER C (Live)

SUN MAR 24 | 2PM 

An Afternoon Feel-Good Funk, Soul, Disco, Afro-Beat, Latin Vibes Boogie, Old School Party Jams & Beyond.

FACEBOOK EVENT – https://www.facebook.com/events/2264918943795537/

DJ Support
SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’s

& Friends.
PARIS GROOVESCOOTER (Jumping The Gap – Radio 2ser)
PHIL TOKE
& DJ CMAN

Hosted by PEP-C

& Positive party vibes by SOUL PATROL DANCERS

Limited Tix from $10-15+bf
Available via EVENTBRITE | HERE
www.venenolatinfunk.eventbrite.com.au

 

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FACEBOOK |  www.facebook.com/souofsydney
INSTAGRAM |  www.instagram.com/soulofsydney

SPOTIFY | https://open.spotify.com/user/soulofsydney

Link & Info

ABOUT SOUL OF SYDNEY COLLECTIVE & MUSIC EVENTS

SOUL OF SYDNEY: are a grassroots collective who are bonded by a love of ‘FUNK’ & ‘SOUL’ based music in all its forms.  A creative family of DJ’s, Dancers & Artists working to promote and support the music they love as well as the culture around it.

From humble begins in 2009 launching as a blog, it was not long before the collective took a chance on a sunny Sunday afternoon to throw a one-off secret Sunday afternoon picnic over 6 years ago. Setting up turntables and a renegade sound-system in a park in the inner west Sydney with a simple idea to bring FEEL-GOOD FUNK & SOUL music in an atmosphere where people had the freedom express themselves, where dancers connected with DJ’s and DJ’s had the liberty to play anything they were feeling.

Inspiration – Taking musical inspiration from across Hip Hop, Disco & House scenes, seminal DJ’s, parties & clubs from 70’s, 80’s such as; David Mancuso’s The Loft (NYC), Larry Levan’s and Paradise Garage, Kool Herc’s Block Parties, Ron Hardy, Grandmaster Flash and Frankie Knuckles as well as encouragement from current esteemed music events such as New York’s ‘Body and Soul’, LA’s ‘The Do Over’ and UK’s Southport Weekender. The Soul of Sydney family felt the importance of taking things back to the roots of those musical scenes with anything they put their name to.

The Soul of Sydney’s distinctive character of dance-floor expression, crowd participation and an inclusive party environment has seen the events really take on their own feel over the last 7 years.

A delicate approach to getting down where DJ’s, Record Collectors, B-boys & B-Girls, and Musicians from difference culture, age brackets and social scenes can meet away from the usual late night bar and club situation. They meet on a dance floor to connect through music on a dance floor to celebrate music’s uniting power. With positive party vibes encouraged, you can anticipate all kinds of dance floor fun including crowds that get down with classic Soul Train lines, Boys, Breakers, Poppers and Lockers getting down, Roller Boogie Flash Mob dancers and even the odd limbo lines or group jump rope on the floor.

(Check out some of the videos below for an idea of how they get down HERE)

Always keeping it fresh with a secret locations (released only to ticket holders via email), they have thrown parties in all kinds of interesting party spaces including; public parks, laneways, car parks, beaches, skate parks, art-galleries, rooftops, warehouses, courtyards, restaurant spaces, backyards & fresh venues spaces around town.

Six years on their open musical ideas have not changed, focused highlighting ‘feel-good’ funk vibes in all their splendour, you can expect DJ’s to dig deep in their crates and pull out all kinds of gems from Afro-Beat, Latin-Funk, New York Disco, Roller Boogie, to early Chicago House, classic 90’s Hip Hop joints & beyond at the jams.

Drawing on their musical ROOTS and INSPIRATIONS, you will typically hear the sounds of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, De La Soul, J Dilla, Stevie Wonder, Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles blaring through the speakers, along with a heavy dose of rare hidden gems intertwined for good measure too.

Always moving forward with a smile the last few years have defiantly been a blessed for Soul of Sydney since that first picnic back in 2011. They have been asked to bring their own unique brand of Funk party as part of a host of some of the largest well-established festivals in Sydney, including Sydney Festival (2015, 2016,17), Sydney Fringe Festival, Vivid (2015,2016.2017), Soulfest, The African Film Festival, just to name a few.

Check out mixes, videos and party videos and more at

SOUL OF SYDNEY: Doing it strictly for the LOVE | Dancing in the KEY OF LIFE | Feel-Good Funk & Old School Party Jams | Sydney’s Friendliest Dance-floor

LINKS //

PREVIOUS PARTIES VIDEOS MIXTAPES & more  

FUNK FUNDRAISER – Guateque for Prostate Cancer – Latin Vinyl This Saturday


Our good friends are hosting this dope fundraiser for prostate cancer featuring all vinyl selectors dropping latin inspired joints to help raise money for prostate cancer foundation of Australia.

Music by
Nick Hudson
Rikardo Gaymer
Prince Mikey & Milky T
Elchino
Caleb
Iain Milkcrate Jones
Raffi Irie Lovechild
DJ Tropicante
Adrian & more.

TICKETS AVAILABLE >> www.trybooking.com/ZUFJ

DJ Lineup

*NICK HUDSON
International DJ playing at Mod, Soul and 60’s R’n’B nights and weekenders across the UK, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Australia.
DJ at Mousetrap all-nighter in London for 10 years.
Founder of the 45RPM Mod Boat Cruise weekender in Sydney:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1776020292446520/

*MILKCRATE JONES
A selector and producer with supports for Stro Elliot (The Roots), MNDSGN (Stones Throw), played this years Melbourne international Jazz festival and was just featured on Giles Peterson’s Worldwide FM.

*RIK SONIC
A lover of Reggae, Dub, Ska, Rocksteady and Roots.
Co-founder/builder/operator of Sydney’s Inner West Reggae Disco Machine sound system. Also plays mixed bag musical selections in various bars around Sydney.

*MILKY T
Visual artist, dreamer and maker of things.
Resident on the decks for Queen Bee @ Hive Bar: a regular night of ladies playing vinyl only.

*PRINCE MIKEY
Passionate record collector and resident DJ in the Northern Soul club, The Sweetest Feeling. Also with appearances in Soul weekenders around Australia with a great selection of Soul & Funk.
You can also find him playing records on a Wednesday night @ The Hive bar in Erskineville.

*EL CHINO
DJ/Radio Presenter/Music Producer and the pilot of the long-flying radio show, Departure Lounge, which goes on air every Saturday afternoon on Sydney Community Radio Station 2SER.107.3. El Chino’s eclectic selection covers musical genres from, old/nu-Jazz, Broken Beat, Brazilian, Latin, Soul, Funk to Folk and Electronica.
Some highlights are Rebublica in Sao Paulo with DJ Nuts in 2014 and in the first Afrobrasiliana Warehouse Party Portugal Club in 2017.
https://2ser.com/departure-lounge/

*CALEB
Admired Musician from Mexico currently playing in Los Tremoleros in Melbourne, making his first appearance in Sydney on the decks!
Bass player from Lost Acapulco surf band who’s last performance in November filled up the Zocalo Capitalino in México DF, he is bringing us a great variety of cumbias.
He has played along side Daddy-O Grande and many more surf music legends.
http://www.lostacapulco.com/

*DJ TROPICANTE
Guitarist and co-founder of CUMBIAMUFFIN, with a great ear for Latin Music. Colombian born Carlos Arango (aka Tropicante Sound Sistema), is a member of Sydney’s underground DJ collective Pineapple Republic, and a well-renowned selector, event promoter and host of some of the most iconic Tropical nights around the best venues in Sydney, exposing people to the new wave of Latin, Caribbean and global beats that are still fresh to Sydney’s night life.

Part of Tropicante’s credits include hosting events with internationals like Quantic and Daniel Haaksman.

Some other gigs include:
Subsonic Festival 2017
Pyrmont uptown Festival 2017
Parramatta Lanes Festival 2017
Tropical Sessions Hornsby 2017
Mogo Festival 2016
Sonido Fino @ Café Lounge, Kings X Hotel, Bare Necessities @Cliff Dive + More.
Best party venues in Colombia
Invitro, Candelario, Escobarosas, La Residencia.

*ADRIAN
His main thing is Reggae, collecting records since the early 90’s.
Was part of the Firehouse crew in the late 90’s but also loves latin music – especially 60’s & 70’s Salsa Dura from NY and Colombia.

*RAFFI LOVECHILD
Music connoisseur, collector of great vinyl, who has played for Jennifer Lopez.
You might have seen him also @ The Hive Bar, and playing in Gonzo’s night on Saturday nights at the Bank Hotel in Newtown.

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https://www.facebook.com/events/2216751528588455/

SOUL OF SYDNEY NYD SPECIAL 2019 [JAN 1 – 2pm (Tickets, Set times + Party Information) [sold out / no door sales]


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SOUL OF SYDNEY NYD SPECIAL 2019 JAN 1 | 2PM – LATE

An Afternoon Feel-Good Funk, Soul, Disco, Afro-Beat, Latin Vibes Boogie, Old School Party Jams & Beyond.

ALL TICKETS SOLD OUT | NO DOOR SALES SORRY | GUESTLIST & WAITING LIST NOW CLOSED


We are so blessed to be able to present the 8th SOUL OF SYDNEY NYD jam. Join us as we celebrate the start of 2019 with an afternoon celebration of LIFE & all things FUNKY.

Location: Happening at a SECRET LOCATION only minutes from Surry Hills area that will be emailed to all ticket holders between 2-4pm the day before the event.

FACEBOOK EVENT | https://www.facebook.com/events/2366361506712027/

If you have purchased tickets and do not have the address, please email us your ticket confirmation, full name and details to soulfosydney@email.com.

We love you, but please do not message us for tickets for NYD. We are at capacity and simply can not release any more due to licensing and capacity.  


https_proxyNEXT SOUL OF SYDNEY AN AFTERNOON TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE KNUCKLES

SUNDAY FEB 3 2019 – 2pm – 9pm.
at a Secret Location.

Our next party is on Feb 3 as a tribute to the godfather of house Frankie Knuckles.

INFO | https://www.facebook.com/events/327698091407789/

 


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Now Streaming: Christmas FUNK & SOUL playlist.

2+ hours of Christmas inspired Funk, Soul & Hip Hop joints perfect for your Christmas lunch featuring music by James Brown​, Smokey Robinson​, William “Bootsy” Collins​, Rufus Thomas​, Stevie Wonder​, The Jacksons​, Earth, Wind & Fire​, Kurtis Blow​, Run DMC​, FUNK Machine​, The Whispers​, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings​, Wyclef Jean​ & more.

https://open.spotify.com/user/soulofsydney/playlist/0SZxtGVMAUZPrHwtG62ydN

#christmas #christmasfunk #christmassoul#christmasboogie 

 

 

FREE FUNK BLOCK PARTY – Woolloomoolivin’ Community Street Art, Music & Culture Block Party on today at Woolloomooloo basket ball courts.


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FREE KID FRIENDLY BLOCK PARTY VIBES at WOOLLOOMOOLIVIN’ Annual Festival of Urban Arts and Culture.

Free, Kid Friendly Vibes, Live Art, DJ’s, Dance Showcases & more. Get down there early at the Woolloomooloo basket ball courts for one of this citiest sweetest community music festivals.

Link
http://www.facebook.com/events/2058697161124780/

 

Come and join us for a Fully Funktified Family Fun Community Christmas Block Party! All ages, drug and alcohol free ! EVERYTHING (INCLUDING FOOD AND DRINKS) ARE TOTALLY FREE!

A celebration of our socio economically diverse inner city communities while taking a journey through Sydney’s Hip Hop history. Taking it back to the ‘Loo! (AKA Woolloomooloo) One of the city’s original Hip Hop hotspots.

Australia’s best live DJ’s, with Live Performances, Live Graffiti, All Ages Dance and Arts and Craft Workshops, Special Art events, Kids Jumping Castle, Basketball, Table Tennis, Coffee and Food Vans and more!

Meet NRL players and shoot some hoops with some NBL legends!

Hip Hop, R’N’B, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Dancehall; a nostalgic journey through the evolution of modern music and dance forms; from its foundations to the present day. Come and be a part of connecting the new skool to the old skool and bring back the love! With:

DJ’s:
Luke Coolhand Collecutt and Johnny Bell aka MK1

OKQ Summerslam 2018 All Styles Competition hosted by Destructive Steps DSDA Inc. with Dj Naiki

Graffiti Kings – Matthew Mistery, Mikey Freedom

Welcome to Country:
Auntie Selena Rose Blakeny

If you’re a local, come and meet your community service providers: Youth and Family Connect, PCYC, C3 Cares, Baptistcare, HopeStreet, CatholicCare, Save the Children Australia, Bounce, Artspace Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Firstdraft Gallery. Hosted by Youth and Family Connect and PCYC City of Sydney

Sydney Water are supplying refill water fountains so bring a water bottle!

ATTENTION: LOCATION – Corner of Pring St and Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia. BEST PARKING – DOMAIN CAR PARK (SPECIAL WEEKEND RATES $10 ALL DAY – 6 Minute walk FROM EVENT)