Monthly Archives: August 2014

SOLD OUT – THUNDAMENTALS ‘So We Can Remember’ Tour

Sat 30th August – 2014 HOMETOWN SHOW
One show only. Only Mountains show for 2014.

86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Vanessa Caspersz.
Joe New.

Continuing their insane sold out tour in support of celebrated third album So We Can Remember, Thundamentals return to Katoomba RSL for their only 2014 Hometown show.
One Show Only! Tickets on Sale Wednesday 9th July – don’t miss out!

After years of well earned respect in the Australian Hip Hop scene and wider music community, hundreds of shows including almost every major music festival in the country and punctuated by sweat and smiles, three acclaimed releases including 2011 album Foreverlution’s #19 debut on the Australian ARIA chart, a jaw dropping live show and a fan base that grows exponentially every time one of their groove-laden songs lands on the radio (think ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’, ‘Something I Said’, ‘Brother’, ‘Paint The Town Red’ etc) – it’s fair to say that Blue Mountains via Newtown hip hop trio Thundamentals are an absolute mainstay. Clearly focused on the big picture, Thundas are all about using broad brush strokes on their ever-widening sonic canvas, never more evident than on their newest work, their Third LP ‘So We Can Remember’.

Debuting at #1 on the iTunes Album Charts and #3 on the ARIA Albums Charts Thundamentals third record So We Can Remember [Obese] cemented the trio as the “new benchmark for Australian hip-hop”, explaining how their entire tour sold out the week of the first show.

Singles ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ – #5 debut on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts and #32 in triple j’s Hottest 100 – and ‘Something I Said Ft Thom Crawford’ –#3 debut on iTunes’ Hip Hop Charts, and Top Ten in the Urban Singles ARIA Charts and the Australian Artist ARIA Charts – made sure everyone was listening, and got the hype machine rolling.

But with the record presented by triple j as Feature Album and Fbi FM as Album Of The Week, ‘Something I Said Ft Thom Crawford’ spinning across the Today Network via the ‘Aust Top 20’ show, being playlisted on 2DAY FM as well as NOVA 106.9 Brisbane, not to mention the groundswell of support from the community radio stations that gave them a leg up in the first place, it’s clear this release goes deeper than hype.

“Paralleling light & dark in their song themes, it’s a record filled with deep, soulful lyrics and innovative production, resulting in something completely unique in the local music landscape.” – triple j

“Evocative and honest, Thundamentals’ So We Can Remember sets a new benchmark for Australian Hip-Hop and is a record we’re proud to name our Album of the Week.” – Fbi FM

“So We Can Remember has surely shifted into pole position as the Australian rap album of 2014, and is a giant leap forward in local hip-hop’s quest to crossover into overseas territories. An Australian hip-hop classic? Maybe it’s too early to tell, but this feels very close.” – The Vine

“With So We Can Remember, Thundamentals have succeeded in making an innovative, creative, and experimental LP that just works. 8/10” – Tone Deaf

“…strong and vulnerable in all the right places, hard yet soulful where it needs to be, So We Can Remember is definitely up there with some of the best Australian hip-hop LPs to have been dropped in recent years. 8.5/10” – The AU Review

“****1/2” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“Emotional, well crafted, deep and intelligent.” – BMA

In the time since they first started work on beats and rhymes in their hometown of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, the three guys – MCs Tuka and Jeswon and DJ Morgs, all now based in inner-city Newtown – have been all about pushing themselves. With one foot firmly planted in Hip Hop history and the other kicking down the walls, they stride forward growing with them an army of loyal Thundakats and a vast and impressive catalogue of forward thinking songs.

Doors: 8:00pm
Vanessa Caspersz: 8:20 – 9:00pm
Joe New: 9:20 – 10:00pm
Thundamentals: 10:30 – 11:30pm
This is a standing room only show.

***Unless stated otherwise all Katoomba RSL events are all ages events – Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or “legally appointed guardian” and require a ticket***
TICKETS ON SALE at the Club Box office and online Wednesday 9th July 2014. 9am Moshtix. 10am Katoomba RSL.
$23 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT pre-sale price OR $28 on the day from the Club Box Office – Sat 30th Aug 2014. (Unless Sold Out – NO guarantees)
OR Purchase online for $26.60 including booking fee by clicking using direct link:
Or with credit card by phoning Moshtix on 1300 GET TIX / 1300 438 849


Sat 23rd August 2014 – FREE ENTRY
Charlie McMahon
With Pasko Schravemade as Gondwana keyboard player.
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Didgeridoo legend Charlie McMahon will present a mix of music
and stories about the instrument’s history in a great visual show.

Charlie McMahon (deservedly referred to as Bone Man) is an ARIA award winner, and Australian didgeridoo legend, who is best known for his bone shaking didgeridoo riffs such as the “wobble” and “ride”. Playing didgeridoo for 59 years makes Charlie a most senior didgeridoo player, and he is referred to by Didgeridoo Virtuoso, Mark Atkins, as ‘tjilpi’ which is the desert word for elder.

Releasing his first album Terra Incognita in 1983, the first full length album of didgeridoo based music, Charlie was ahead of time and his music prefigured world music by a decade. Charlie has released 10 (mainly band) albums since Terra Incognita, and the didgeridoo samples software “Rythym Organizm” through UK company Zero G.Charlie has toured in every continent on the planet, and has played some very high profile performances, including playing with Midnight Oil, and Jane’s Addiction, as well as with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome soundtrack.

Charlie and his band, Gondwana, also played as the opening act for Australian Prime Minister, Paul Keating’s seminal Redfern speech at Redfern Park in 1992, which paved the way for reconciliation in Australia.

Not only an acclaimed musician, but a renowned inventor of didgeridoo concepts, Charlie is also the creator of the Didjeribone™, which he makes in Australia in conjunction with Indigenous Player, Tjupurru. The Didjeribone™ is a pitch variable “slide” didgeridoo with sales of 14,000 and is popular worldwide, for the way it makes the didgeridoo fit readily with any music.

Charlie’s love of experimentation also lead to the creation of the “face bass”, a seismic sensor that picks up sound from inside the mouth and produces an electro – didge sound. The “face bass” enabled Charlie to produce some of the most unique, and dynamic didgeridoo frequencies for his 2012 album “Bone Man”. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Charlie is also the creator of the “Didj Horns” concept for the much loved Tjilatjila (1996), and Didj Heart (2012) Albums.

It is well known that no other didgeridoo player has done as much as Charlie in the way of inventing didgeridoo concepts to make the didgeridoo effective in many genres of music. Maningrida elders Djelkera Wood and Djana recognise Charlie as the leading creator of didgeridoo concepts, and have complemented Charlie for inventing ‘complex and interesting ways of playing didjeridu’.

Although Charlie is a self taught didgeridoo player, he learned didgeridoo lore and craft in Arnhem Land with didgeridoo legend David Blanasi. He worked for quite some time drilling water bores for the Pintubi Tribe, and within his work in 1984 he ventured so far in to the desert that he came across a group of nine Pintubi, who had previously never experienced contact with the modern world and are, reliably, thought to have been the last Aborigines to be living a fully traditional way of life. This event made headlines worldwide and these Pintubi were referred to as the “Lost Tribe”.

Pasko Schravemade joins Charlie as Gondwana keyboard player. Charlie and Paul met playing music as an activity for people with people with autism syndrome disorders.

Show Starts 8:30pm


Fri 15th, Sat 16th & Sun 17th Aug 2014
The 2nd Annual Blue Mountains ELVIS Festival
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

We had the pleasure of hosting the inaugural Blue Mountains Elvis Festival in August 2013 at Katoomba RSL and look forward to growing this annual event in successive years.

This year will see 3 big showcase shows over 3 days and the return of the “Sing Like Elvis” Karaoke Competition.

SAT 16th 12pm-2pm open format. Competition 2-5:30pm – FREE ENTRY
‘Sing Like Elvis’ Karaoke Competition
Run by Big Al’s World – Elvis Karaoke. This competition was a great favourite last year and allows everyone the chance to shine.

Featuring last year’s winner Paul Finlayson
Guest judge Johnny Welch from “Music Themes Australia”

Register online now via the link below:
1st Prize: $250 plus Trophy
2nd Prize: $100
3rd Prize: $50

Entry to the “Sing Like Elvis” competition is FREE and is open to all – Elvis Tribute Artists are welcome to apply.
20 Contestants accepted – 5 contestants in reserve. Total 25 contestants.

In addition to the merchandise stand that will be located inside the RSL Club across the 3 days, there will also be a Car Show ‘N’ Shine in the RSL car park on Saturday 16th August from 10am to 5pm.

The CAR show will feature 25 vehicles to compliment the “Elvis Festival” atmosphere.
All cars need to be registered and in place before 10am to participate in the competition. Registration fee of $20 will be donated to Blue Mountains CANASSIST.

Trophies will be awarded at 12pm for the following categories:
Best in Show
Best Paint
Best Interior
Along with a trophy for the best dressed Elvis & Priscilla!

Also available on the Saturday will be a selection of outside stands including Butterfly Zee Face Painting, Michael’s Bike Gear, a truck making on the spot custom decals and Aussie Pete’s mini donut and coffee van.

SUN 17th 10am – 2pm FREE ENTRY
Karaoke Elvis Style
Compère for the event Big Al & Colonel Col


FRI 15th Doors 7pm
Damian Mullin “Elvis Forever”
Special guest Allan Wright
With The Legends TCB band & the Memphis Belles Singers
Tickets $30 pre-sale / $35 on the day

SAT 16th Doors 7pm
Featuring Carmine Cimilio & Elias Jamhour
With The Legends TCB band & the Memphis Belles Singers
Candlelight Vigil for the King (*No candles, just glow sticks).
Tickets $30 pre-sale / $35 on the day

SUN 17th Doors 3pm
Damian Mullin “Elvis Forever”
Special guest Terry Leonard
With The Legends TCB band & the Memphis Belles Singers
Tickets $30 pre-sale / $35 on the day

Weekend tickets for all 3 big shows ONLY $75

Tickets on sale at the Club Box Office NOW!
Individual show tickets from the Club Box Office are $30 discount pre-sale price OR $35 on the day of the show. (Unless sold out)
Weekend tickets for all 3 big shows ONLY $75!
Or Purchase online via Moshtix
Or with credit card by phoning Moshtix on 1300 GET TIX / 1300 438 849

Links for online sales below.
Please note that tickets purchased through Moshtix rather than the Club Box Office do attract Moshtix’s booking fees as listed below.

2014 Weekend pass to all 3 big shows $79.80 including Moshtix booking fee by clicking this direct link:

Friday 15th Aug 2014 ELVIS EXTRAVAGANZA Big Show $33.80 including Moshtix booking fee by clicking this direct link:

Sat 16th Aug 2014 THE GREAT ELVIS SPECTACULAR Big Show $33.80 including Moshtix booking fee by clicking this direct link:

Sun 17th Aug 2014 THE ELVIS SENSATION Big Show $33.80 including Moshtix booking fee by clicking this direct link:

Please note that all shows are General Admission theatre style seated shows – seats are not allocated.

For more details visit the Festival’s website:


Sat 9th August 2014
The Sweet Jelly Rolls + The Plough – FREE ENTRY
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Honky-tonk, Folk & Old Timey County Blues

Pickin’ the hits of the 20’s, 30’s & 40’s.
Ride the rails with The Sweet Jelly Rolls as they holler depression era blues & pay homage to the hero’s of honky tonk.

The Sweet Jelly Rolls are Matthew Golotta & Andrew Cavalieri, two cheeky young men who will clog your arteries with down home Americana goodness
It’s plain & simple, this fun loving, dynamic duo have one of the biggest & rawest sounds you will hear for just two fellas!! Hailing from Western Sydney, The Sweet Jelly Rolls blend a glorious brew of old time bluegrass, country blues, country AND western music, that will have you singing, dancing, clapping, & forgetting all the morals your po’ momma taught you.
The boys play with the motto of “We take it seriously, but we don’t…”, which refers to their love and passion for the music they play & write, combined with the exuberant amount of fun & enjoyment they have on stage. This lively attitude has seen the boys share the stage with the likes of Wagons, Frank Sultana & The Sinister Kids, Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs, Howlin’ Steam Train, The Woohoo Revue & many more.
Whilst making Ol’ Sydney town their home, the lads are no stranger to kicking up some dust in the country, playing festivals like The Gulgong Folk Festival, Wagga Wagga Blues & Jazz Festival & the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival.

The Plough are a Blue Mountains ‘Old Timey String Band’ rising out of the Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Society of Australia (BTCMSA).

The Plough (Daniel Duffy, Francis Duffy, John Healy and Michael Grose) combine high energy bluegrass with sweet gospel to create that authentic ‘Old Timey’ country sound whilst also drawing upon Appalachian elements to add a true mountain sound.

Just coming off the back of The Katoomba Winter Magic Festival and The Gulgong Mini Folk festival this foot stompin’, yodeling Old Timey String Band is sure to not disappoint!

Music from 8:30pm-Late


Sat 2nd August 2014 – FREE ENTRY!
The Little Rippers + Groove CoOp
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

2 bands for a big night of Hot Groove, Funk & Rock!

Inspired by seminal mid-70s/80s compilation albums, The Little Rippers, fronted by Hazelbrook impresario Nick Szentkuti on guitar and The Spooky Michael Macken on keys, bring a blues infused, turbo charged rock experience guaranteed to get you dancing.
The Rippers have unearthed and reworked a sweet suite of classics, giving them a tight, powerful blast of energy, thanks to bouncin’ bassist Ian Tanner and skinmeister Andrew Clement.
The Rippers rocked it at this year’s Blue Mountains Winter Magic festival with a swag of new smokin’ tunes.

The Groove CoOp are a 7 piece Party hot funk and soul grooves band that will make you move to the music and make you think.
Think 60’s and 70’s combination of cerebral and guttural.
They are visually quite a feast being an inspired combo that boasts a union of youth and experience in a riot of colour and dynamic manoeuvre.
Excellent musicianship included for your enjoyment.
Dave Warren – Vocals and dancing, Anne Kulakowski – Crostani – vocals, dancing and percussion, Dejan Grahovac – Bass, backing vocals, dancing and the band leader, Neil Sagewood – keyboard and backing vocals, Dr Jason Thornton – Saxophone, backing vocals, dancing, Ian Neilssen – Drums, backing vocals, Stu Wakely – Guitar, backing vocals, dancing.

Music from 8pm