SOUL OF SYDNEY at SYDNEY FESTIVAL | Event #1 – Parramatta Opening Party | United Lane Block Party (Fri Jan 9 – 6 pm) | Hyde Park Festival Village Soul of Sydney Picnic – (Sun Jan 11 & 18)


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Soul of Sydney DJ & Friends are officially bringing the party vibes at SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2015, we are honored to be hosting three open air, free and family friendly events with a collective of our favorite DJ’s, Dancers and MC and Artists.

Look out for INFO HERE

  1. Friday Jan 9 / Parramatta Opening Party / 6pm / Laneway Block Party & Bboy Jam
  2. Sunday Jan 11 / Hyde Park Festival Village / 12pm / Soul of Sydney Block Party Picnic
  3. Sunday Jan 18 / Hyde Park Festival Village / 12pm / Soul of Sydney Block Party Picnic


Kicking off Friday 9th Jan from 6pm as part of Parramatta Opening Party, we will be taking over United Lane (Off Macquarie St Parramatta) with a bit of support of infamous New York Crate Digger, DJ & Radio host DJ SMALL CHANGE (Nickle & Dime) and local legends MS HENNESSY, DJ NAIKI, PHIL TOKE & MC POPPA SAM as well as a special STREET ART installation courtesy of MISTERY Of STREET UNIVERSITY

Free Entry – Kid Friendly Vibes – Laneway Block Party – Bboy Dance Showcases – Street Art – Feel-Good Funk, Old School Party Jams & beyond.

INFO /

Friday Jan 9 6pm | FREE | KID FRIENDLY

Parramatta Opening Party | United Lane Block Party (United Lane off Macquarie ST, Parramatta)


Feat. NYC Crate Digger, DJ & Radio Host
DJ $MALL CHANGE

(Nickle & Dime, New York)

+ DANCE & Party Vibes / DANCEKOOL & FRIENDS + SOUL OF SYDNEY SOUL PATROL DANCERS

1392819152727_logo2-938x704.jpgMUSIC / FEEL-GOOD FUNK, OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP & BBOY BREAKS & BEYOND.

DJ’s / SOUL OF SYDNEY DJS, PHIL TOKE, MS HENNESSEY, DJ NAIKI


STREET ART / MISTRY
(Street University)

We are honoured to be hosting three outdoor events as part of SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2015, 1 LANEWAY BLOCK PARTY and 2 Sunday Afternoon Parkside Picnics.

The first kicks off THIS FRIDAY as part of Parramatta Opening Party, DANCEKOOL and SOUL OF SYDNEY proudly preset the UNITED LANE BLOCK PARTY happening this Friday (Jan 9) as part of Sydney Festival’s PARRAMATTA OPENING PARTY.

Dancekool-Studios_3287077_61413_image.jpgA FREE, KID FRIENDLY LANEWAY BLOCK PARTY. An old school community street party inspired by  early HIP HOP Era, Street Dance & Culture.

Free Event – Kid Friendly Vibes – Neighborhood Laneway Block Party – Street Dance Showcases – Street Art Installation –

Live Bboy Jams, Street Art, Music, Kid Friendly Vibes, Free Community Laneway Block Party

Address | United Lane (off Macquarie St) Parrmatta ( 2 mins from Parramatta train station)

Map HERE (at Google maps)
https://goo.gl/maps/5XmOy

TRANSPORT / 1 MIN WALK FROM PARRAMATTA STATION / INFO HERE

DJ Set Times /

6-7pm – DJ Ms Hennessey
7-8pm – DJ Naiki (World Famous Chief Rockers)
8-9pm – Phil Toke (Soul of Sydney, Spirit of House, Our House Sydney)

9pm – Close- DJ Small Change


Hosted by /
MC Poppa Sam (Brooklyn NYC)

Street Art Installations /

Street Art panels installations by legendary Sydney MC and Street Artist, Mistery of Street University

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Bboy Dance & Culture Showcases /
DANCEKOOL & friends and SOUL OF SYDNEY SOUL PATROL 

Facebook Event Link, Mixes and Updates Info / 
www.facebook.com/soulofsydney

Links /
www.soulofsydney.org
www.mshennesyspeaks.com

www.dancekool.com.au

www.streetuni.net

www.sydneyfestival.com.au

MAP /

SUNDAY JAN 11 2015 / 12PM at HYDE PARK FESTIVAL VILLAGE / SOUL OF SYDNEY BLOCK PARTY PICNIC

An afternoon of Feel-Good Funk, Soul, Disco, Hip Hop & Beyond in the lush surrounds of HYDE PARK festival village.

Kid Friendly, Free , Bare Foot Funk Dancing 🙂

Music and vibes courtesy of Soul of Sydney DJ’s & friends.

Set Times / Sunday 11th Jan /

12pm – SHIRENE D’SILVA (Soul of Sydney, Mama Feel-Good Funk Collective)
1pm – EDSEVEN (Lioness Presents)
2pm – MEEM (Back to Funk Radio, 2SER)
3pm – PHIL TOKE (Soul of Sydney, Spirit of House, Our House Sydney)

4pm – GIAN ARPINO


Set Times / Sunday 11th Jan /

12pm – SHIRENE D’SILVA (Soul of Sydney, Mama Feel-Good Funk Collective)
1pm – MEEM (Back to Funk Radio, 2ser)
2pm – DJ CMAN (Mama Feel-Good Funk Collective)
3pm – PHIL TOKE (Soul of Sydney, Spirit of House, Our House Sydney)

4pm – FRENZIE (Groove Therapy Radio, 2SER)

INFO & EVENT / http://www.facebook.com/soulofsydney

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SOUL OF SYDNEY: FREE AUSTRALIA DAY SOUL FUNK HIP HOP & DISCO BLOCK PARTY PICNIC (THURSDAY 26TH JAN) (FAMILY FRIENDLY, PET FRIENDLY, SYDNEY FESTIVAL)


Our next event will be on Australia Day (26th Jan) Blockparty Picnic!
Info VIA Facebook Event –> HERE
We will be in a parkside location around Alexandria from around 12 pm till late.
Open Decks, Family Friendly, Pet Friendly MUSIC HEADS PICNIC
DJ’s playing an eclectic mix of day time SOUL, FUNK , DISCO, HIP HOP & REAL HOUSE GEMS.

Our House Sydney & Soul of Sydney Present:

SOUL OF SYDNEY: Free Australia Day Block Party Picnic/BBQ

Soul of Sydney & Our House Sydney will be hosting another special family friendly FUNK picnic to celebrate the Australia Day in the right kind of fashion.. With a stack of good mates, in the great outdoors in the sunshine and with DJ’s playing REAL music in a family friendly atmosphere.

We have a stack of DJ’s on rotation playing a stack of daytime SOUL, FUNK, HIP HOP & HOUSE joints from the likes of James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Masters At Work, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Dilla, Larry Levan, Sade, Jill Scott & Frankie Knuckles just to name a few.

Real Music, Real People Enjoying in a Family Friendly outdoor environment!

DJ’s:

  • Soul of Sydney DJ’s & Friends;
  • PHIL TOKE, (Our House Sydney)
  • EDSEVEN
  • TERRY A
  • MICHAEL ZAC (Our House Sydney)
  • EADIE RAMIA (Our House Sydney)
  • C-MAN & JUZZLIKEDAT (Back of Back)

Open Decks, Open Mic & Open Floor (for all you dancers)

If you are interested in supporting, performing or need to get in contact please shoot us an email on soulofsydney@gmail.com as we will be updating venue information very soon.

Peace & Blessings;

Phil & Sam @ Soul of Sydney & Co.
www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
www.ourhousesydney.com.au

AUSTRALIA DAY Facebook Event

BLOCK PARTY Facebook Group

Blockparty Picnic Mixtape #3 by DJ Phil Toke (Our House Sydney/Soul of Sydney)

JAN 2011

Our main man & resident Blockparty DJ Phil Toke put together this dope mixtape jam packed with some of the daytime FUNK, DISCO & REAL HOUSE jams he has been throwing down at the picnics over the last few months. Expect a stack of similar vibes for Australia Day!

Download

Tracklisting

  1. Intro Barack Obama
  2. Bill Withers- Lovely Day
  3. Gwen McCrae- Funky Sensation
  4. John Davis Monster Orchestra- Ain’t That Enough For You
  5. James Brown- Funky President
  6. The Commodores- Brick House
  7. Average White Band- Pick Up The Pieces
  8. First Choice- Love Thang
  9. Angela Winbush- I Love You More
  10. Convertion- Lets Do It
  11. Komiko- Feel Alright
  12. Geraldine Hunt- Cant Fake The Feeling
  13. Richard T Bear- Sunshine Hotel
  14. Lenny Williams- You Got Me Runnin (Krivit Re edit)
  15. The Salsoul Orchestra- You’re Just The Right Size
  16. The Salsoul Orchestra- Salsoul Rainbow/Obama Victory Speech
  17. Diana Ross- No One Gets The Prize
  18. Diana Ross- The Boss

If you haven’t sent you for mobile number can you please forward to soulofsydney@gmail.com in the event we do have to move the party last minute?

Check out some of the SOUL TRAIN FUN from our last few parties

A Few points that might help you organise you day better;

  • It is a FAMILY FRIENDLY PICNIC first and foremost so might be a good idea really to pack for a Sunday Picnic in the park (eski/ picnic basket, fruit, drinks and something to sit on etc.)
  • We have a spot with a stack of grass around with plenty of room for kids, it is 5 mins from city around Alexandria, there is shade but best people bring some hats etc.
  • We will have a Sound System with selectors playing an eclectic mix of real music including everything from Sade to James Brown to De La Soul, Erykah Badu & Masters At Work, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles.
  • It is open decks with rotating DJ’s (but best people get in touch via soulofsydney@gmail.com if keen to play to confirm time slots)
  • We usually aim to get everything starting at about 12pm with ending time around depending on vibe.
  • We will be waiting for the weather forecast before we make the call as it is outdoors, if it does look like it’s going to rain then we will simply move till next sunny Sunday. (We will be in touch a few days out for the event via email & on the day via SMS in case we have to move the party, so we will need your Mobile details too so we can get location details quicker)
  • ARTIST CALL OUT: If you are a local Musician, MC, Singer, Percussionist or DJ then we are very keen to hear from you if you would like to play, especially if you down to play percussion along the Djs in an open jam vibe for Sunday. (we are hoping to get thing going as a regular Sunday afternoon local soul funk and hip hop open jam session so if your keen to be part of it let us know)
  • For local Soul music fan then we simply wants you there enjoying the music, so get a group of friends together, spread the word and come down for a day out it the park to some real music.

Thanks again for getting behind the idea kids.. Sydney definitely needs more people like YOU!

Pray for good weather & hope to see you all at the next one.

About the Block-Party Picnic Movement

In the name of spreading REAL MUSIC! SOUL OF SYDNEY, OUR HOUSE SYDNEY & TONE have teamed up to put forward a small number of hush-hush out door POP UP street & park-side throw-downs during summer.

The idea is a series of free Pop-UP Sunday afternoon family friendly Picnic’s in various outdoor locations around this beautiful city, featuring rotating sets from local DJ’s & Artists still flying the flag for quality music in Sydney.

If you like the idea of hearing everything from James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Dilla & Masters At Work & Frankie Knuckles in an outdoor location where you can have a Sunday Picnic in the sunshine, then join us as we celebrate the gift of great music, in a relaxed environment with friends and al-fresco on picnic blankets!

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THE BLOCK-PARTY MIXTAPS:

#1- SOUL OF SYDNEY TRIBUTE TO OBAMA

Mixed by: Phil Toke & Soul Of Sydney, of Sydney Australia

Running Time: 74 minutes

DOWNLOAD:

at Sound Cloud or Here

Track List

  1. The Love Unlimited Orchestra – Midnight Groove,<Soul Of Sydney Edit>
  2. Fatback Band – Mister Bass Man
  3. The Head Hunters- God Made Me Funky
  4. The Honey Drippers- Impeach The President
  5. The O’Jays- Give The People What They Wantblack power to the people usa america obama barack flickr soul funk disco ohm collective phil toke obama tribute mix sydney
  6. James Brown- The Boss
  7. Bill Withers- Lovely Day
  8. Herb Alpert – RiseYObama EDIT>
  9. James Brown – Funky President
  10. Maceo & The Macks – Soul Power ’74
  11. Donald Byrd- Change- Makes You Want To Hustle
  12. Curtis Mayfield- Right on For The Darkness
  13. Stevie Wonder- Black Man
  14. The Blackbyrds- Rock City Park
  15. Odyssey- Going Back To My Roots
  16. John McLaughlin- Planetary Citizen
  17. Issac Hays- Theme From S.H.A.F.Tt black President.
  18. The Beginning of The End- Funky Nassau (Part 1)
  19. George Clinton – One Nation Under A Groove
  20. Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
  21. Lonnie Liston Smith- Expansions
  22. George Benson- You Can Do It < Phil Toke & Soul of Sydney ‘I Have A DREAM EDIT’
  23. Roy Ayers- Evolution

#2- Blockparty Picnic Mixtape 2 by DJ Phil Toke (Our House Sydney)

Dec 2011

Our main man & resident Blockparty DJ Phil Toke put together this dope mixtape jam packed with some of the daytime FUNK, DISCO & REAL HOUSE jams he has been throwing down at the picnics over the last few months.

Tracklisting

1.The Last Minister – Tribute to the JB family
2.Lyn Collins – Think (Jski edit)
3.Kool & The Gang – Love and Understanding
4.War – Galaxy
5.Jimmy Castor – E man boogie
6.Jesse G – thats hot
7.Change – A lover’s holiday
8.Nijel – Dance so fine (instrum)
9.Brothers Johnson – Stomp
10.Superbreak disco edits – Body Bait
11.Society – Can U rock?
12.Phase II – Reachin
13.Terrence Parker – Love’s Got me high
14.Teddy Pendergrass – Only you
15.Sylvester – Over & over

Norman Jay @ Sydney Festival Block Party Vibes


Pretty keen to check out Norman Jay rocking the Sydney Festival in his own Block-party Picnic today.. Definitely something Sydney needs more of ..

A REAL DJ DROPPING EXPRESS YOURSELF MUSIC in the SUNSHINE! Really cant beat that vibe..

YES TO MORE BLOCK PARTY VIBES !

http://www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty

DJ Maestro (Blue Note:Trip and Verve: Delicious Jazz) @ Bar 100, (Sydney Festival First Night Jan 7)


Special Guest DJ Maestro,

Sydney Festival First Night (Jan 7)

Bar 100

January 7, 2012

DJ Maestro (Blue Note:Trip and Verve: Delicious Jazz)

His music attracts many dance lovers globally. His amazing mix of modern and vintage dance floor inspired Jazz has made him a Sydney favourite whenever he is in town. Funk, jazz, latin: the DJ seems to have been raised on soul food and hot peppers, but actually comes from a family where everybody listened to classical music in appropriate silence and played the piano and the cello considerably well.

With his own record label (Dig This!), being Program Director of the IJazz Amsterdam festival, booker for the new Amsterdam club “Jazz on the Riverbank” and founder of the Dutch station Radio Jazz, Maestro has a big hold on everything that has to do with funk, Latin and jazz in the Netherlands.

DJ Maestro Spiring Dance Floor Jazz, Latin & Funk Podcast:

About Bar 100

Links: (Web, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook)

‘Historic stained-glass windows, a 150-year-old streetscape, First Fleet seaman and the world’s first strike for an eight-hour day all have ties to one of the most distinguished heritage buildings in The Rocks – the former Mariners’ Church at 100 George Street.

The building sits above one of the most historic sites in Australia, believed to be where the First Fleet arrivals stepped ashore in 1788.

From 1856 to 1859, the Mariners’ Church was built at the site by the Bethel Seaman’s Union. Founded in England and later established in Sydney, the Union was born from the widespread evangelical religious revival of the early 19th century, which included missionary activity among seaman.

Now in its present day, 100 George Street has come alive once again.

Home to four chic bars, indoor and outdoor dining, lounge spaces, as well an exquisite VIP area, the beautiful options of BAR100 need to experienced to be believed.

Spanning three levels of stunningly re-worked heritage space, BAR100 is an inspiring fusion of old and new and magnificent day or night.

With amazing food and drinks, jaw-dropping surrounds and iconic views, this incredible new venue embodies the very best of the harbour-side city.

About DJ Maestro:

There is a doll in the Amsterdam apartment of Martijn Barkhuis: it’s a DJ Maestro Action Figure. The box proudly mentions: ‘It really DJ’s, drinks and smokes!’ “That’s slightly exaggerated,” the real-life version says with a husky voice, while putting his Davidoff cigarette in the ashtray to fill our glasses with pinot grigio. “That doll doesn’t DJ at all.” At least, not like the human version of DJ Maestro, as many, many international dance full of sweaty and cramped calves can attest to. Mesmerize, DJ Maestro’s debut album, following the compilations he did for legendary jazz labels Blue Note (Blue Note Trip, three editions) and Verve (Delicious Jazz), is made for exactly those dance floors. “The music was inspired by the records I play and by the reactions of people who dance to those records. Some of the songs on Mesmerize are more than a year old, others I wrote only two months ago. But they have all been tested on the dance floor. When something didn’t work, we improved it.”

‘We’, in this case, are Maestro and producers Mark van de Bergh and Maarten Helsloot, aka JAAN and Marty Belmondo. They are the owners of a studio in the mundane outskirts of Amsterdam, are blessed with a good ear and the ability to transform Maestro’s ideas into beats, grooves and bass lines. “Sometimes, I hummed them a song, or described a certain feeling or vibe. I put dozens of my favourite songs on mini disc for Mark and Maarten, so they would understand what I was looking for.”

Mesmerize was born out of pure necessity. While the record collection stacked behind him almost crumbles under its weight, the DJ explains: “It’s getting harder and harder to find records I want to play. They often lack a certain atmosphere or groove. So when I was given the opportunity to record my own album, I took it with both hands.” We will get back to the hands in a second.

His record deal enabled Maestro to work with a bunch of talented musicians he often performs with: renowned saxophone player Benjamin Herman, flute player Magnus Lindgren (who also worked with Koop), Zuco 103-singer Lilian Vieira, Carl Young (bass player in Michael Franti’s Spearhead), keyboard player Sven Figee (with whom Maestro co-wrote two songs), soul singer Forrest (known for his hit ‘Rock the Boat’) and saxophone player Tineke Postma. “In general, we invited them to the studio once we finished the basis. All we told them was to do whatever they’re good at. Benjamin Herman did his thing in just half an hour.” As a result, the lazy track ‘Spring Street’ has a real ‘neon light in a wet street’ vibe, while the sax in the spicy latin song ‘En Orbita’ is like an exquisite sauce poured over the groove.

Funk, jazz, latin: the DJ seems to have been raised on soul food and hot peppers, but actually comes from a family where everybody listened to classical music in appropriate silence and played the piano and the cello considerably well. Maestro himself played the violin “quite well”, but he feels that “if somebody else is more talented, you should let that person play for you.” But clapping his hands is certainly not a problem for the DJ: just listen to ‘Rainy Day’.

As a teenager, Maestro was mesmerized by the turntables, mixers, headphones and vinyl albums of his friends, who took their drive-in show to hockey parties and school parties. It left him with an insatiable hunger for albums, and an incredible disgust for dance classics: “One of the highlights in my career was the moment somebody requested ‘Relight My Fire’ for the umpteenth time. ‘I’ve got that one,’ I said, pulled the record from my bag and broke it in two right before his very eyes.”

That doesn’t mean the DJ doesn’t know how to please the crowd: his Blue Note Trip-nights in clubs, nationwide attract many dance lovers, who love to work up a sweat on the amazing mix of modern and vintage from the Maestro’s record cases, which he carries with him to Indonesia, Japan, New York and most European countries.

With his own record label (Dig This!), being programdirector of the IJazz Amsterdam festival, booker for the new Amsterdam club “Jazz on the Riverbank” and founder of the dutch station Radio Jazz, Maestro has a big hold on everything that has to do with funk, latin and jazz in the Netherlands. “It’s killing sometimes, all those long nights with too much cigarettes and drinks,” he tries to put his fabulous life somewhat into perspective. But isn’t that a very big grin we see on the face of the DJ Maestro Action Figure?

Good Vibrations Festival Review By Ray Mann (Erykah Badu, Aloe Blac,Nas, Damien Marley,Fat Freddys Drop)


Good Vibrations 2011, Sydney
Review by Ray Mann

Is it possible for an artist to convey their art in a festival setting, or do munters just wanna have fun?

I was asked by Soul of Sydney to review Good Vibrations 2011 “as an artist”. I took that to mean: “Don’t pretend to be a music journalist, just write as someone who makes music.” I know, for myself at least, that festival gigs are very different to pub or club gigs, in many ways. Subtlety can go right out the window, messages tend to be dumbed-down, and holding the crowd can be like riding the tide. For me, Good Vibrations 2011 was a mixed bag of wave-riders and wave-makers – and a non-stop rainy day that turned my fingers to prunes…

I arrived just in time to catch Aloe Blaac, who has honey for a voice, a dress sense I approve of, and a slinky backing band. Every second song was a soul classic, given the lite-and-easy treatment, including ‘Love And Happiness’ (minus the swagger) and a slow-jam version of ‘Billie Jean‘. I’m not sure what Aloe Blaac’s ‘Soul 101’ show does with or for the genre, and it didn’t engage me here any more than it did at Sydney Festival a few weeks earlier, but it seemed to go down a treat with this festival crowd.

At the other end of the spectrum was the one and only Erykah Badu, the single reason I (and, apparently, a lot of other people) was even at the festival. From the moment she stepped onto the stage (after 15 years and 20 minutes), everyone single excited one of us in the audience knew we were in the presence of not merely a singer, but an artist. Even with her own extensive catalogue, Ms Badu delves into her musical influences like veering off on tangents in a conversation. Ms Badu, who was an MC long before she came to prominence as a neo-soul singer, references old-school hip-hop in the middle of edgy renditions of her own tracks, both older (‘On & On’, ‘Danger’) and newer (‘Window Seat’). What’s most fascinating about Erykah Badu’s performance is the organic way she pulls those hip hop samples into the mix of her own output, driving the show less like a singer and more like a DJ. If you can’t see Erykah’s hands, you’re missing the show: remixing her own songs on the fly, directing her tight-as band to stop on a dime, jumping back and forth between different sections of different songs seemingly on a whim, even playing drums on her MPC – everything on that stage, from her amazing voice to her storytelling to her body, is a tool she picks up and uses sparingly, as the moment dictates. The effect of all of this is that you cannot take your eyes off her: this is a true artist, a woman celebrating her femaledom as much as her love of hip hop (and what a sight it was, watching her drop the entire Ice Cube verse from NWA’s ‘Gangsta Gangsta’, repeating the line “life ain’t nuthin’ but bitches and money” with who-knows-how-much irony, if any). It’s that same spontaneity that saw her suddenly launch into a diatribe about ‘Occupation’ toward the end of an already-running-late set – but dammit, folks been waiting a long time for her to come out here only to play the one show, and she was clearly making the most of it.

I’m no stranger to the jam-heavy live show (to say the least), but Fat Freddy’s Drop took a while to get warmed up, even for me. There were some overly long stretches of little more than a sequenced beat and that tasty horn section just kinda hanging out, but with little real movement. Singer Joe Dukie’s sublime voice graced the set right off the bat with ‘Flashback’, but his butter was spread too thinly across that raggamuffin (see what I did there? Yeow – that’s why I’m no music writer…!).

By contrast, musically an ocean apart while physically only a stage apart, the segues in the Bag Raiders set reached their destination almost before they’d begun. These are a couple of music geeks who can really play and can’t really sing, and are having fun with both of those attributes – and without a laptop in sight. In between singles ‘Shooting Stars’ and ‘Sunlight’ were some moments that were downright ultra-lounge-karaoke. Their live set felt like a peek into their bedroom jam session: two mates who could be making any type of music they chose, they just happened to choose sweet dance pop.

Nas and Damian Marley made being epic look effortless. Backed by a full band, including a guy whose only job was to wave a giant Lion Of Judah flag throughout the set, Nas and Damian Marley put on a powerful show with a message that permeated every song without ever becoming preachy. Apart from some “When I say ‘Hip’, you say…” action from Nas early in the set, there were no cliches here, everything familiar but nothing obvious, and they owned the crowd from the (late) start to the (even later) finish. Tracks from their ‘Distant Relatives’ collaboration were interspersed with each of the artists dropping hits from his individual catalogue. The crowd blew up when hit with modern classics ‘Hip Hop is Dead‘ and ‘Welcome To Jamrock’; and there was no less fervour for newer tracks like ‘As We Enter’, one of the many examples of the fresh reggae/hip hop crossover these guys have been lauded for creating. If I weren’t an Erykah fan, I’d say Nas and Damian Marley’s set was the best thing that happened on this day – I was so moved, inside and out, that I completely forgot to check out Kelis. And as if they hadn’t rocked my world enough, they closed their set with Damien Senior’s “Could You Be Loved”, only one of the most glorious songs of all time.

Oh that Ludacris, such a character… I was curious to see how his larger-than-life persona would translate to his stage show. His set was an abridged Ludacristory, comprising a verse and a chorus of every single song he ever released. Good for fans and short attention spans – which, by this late stage of the day, was probably as much as many folks could handle.

Phoenix, that charming Frenchy fivesome (I’d thought there were only four?), offered up a yum-cha selection of tracks from across all their albums, against a dynamic black-and-white backlit setpiece that showed off just how much of an animal their drummer is. You may be wondering, “Why is this guy reviewing a synth-rock band in a soul/hip hop blog?” The two brothers from Phoenix are actually soul music connoisseurs; you can hear it across their albums. Ironically, I missed ‘Too Young’ coz I’m too old, and therefore too tired to stay at Good Vibes any longer, and not long after ‘It’s Never Been Like That’ I finally called it a day.

Many thanks to  Soul of Sydney for this opportunity – and for my first-ever Good Vibes experience.

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Ray Mann bids a fond “Farewell Australia” with one huge night, featuring The Ray Mann Three performing live, with some very special guests, followed by an all-night party – all under the one roof: Melt Bar, in Sydney’s Kings Cross. After national tours with Al Green, Tori Amos, and a successful debut tour of Japan, Ray Mann is taking the plunge and to pursue his musical career in other parts of the world. Come celebrate Ray Mann’s big move with a night not to be missed!

Ray Mann is set to relocate to Berlin ~ catch his final show before he leaves…
What: The Ray Mann Three: Farewell Australia Show
When: Friday 11 March, 2011, 9pm-5am
Where: Melt, 12 Kellet St Kings Cross, Sydney
Tickets: http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=44915
Not in Sydney? Watch the show streaming live on ray-mann.com (via Neonhearts.com.au)
Full details: http://ray-mann.com/?p=1762

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Sydney Festival: AMANDA BLANK + DEVLIN & DARKO (Mon 11 Jan) Hyde Park Barracks + Giveaways


AMANDA BLANK + DEVLIN & DARKO


Monday 11 January 8pm
Hyde Park Barracks (Becks Festival Bar)
$38 presale


Tickets: Here @ Sydney Festival or call (Festival Bookings on 1300 668 812 or Ticketmaster 1300 723 038

Give away: Email soulofsydney@gmail.com or check onthefly.com.au Continue reading