Monthly Archives: May 2016

SOLD OUT – DON MCGLASHAN (NZ) in Concert + Dinner at Paragon Café, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Fri 20th May 2016

DON MCGLASHAN (NZ) in concert at the iconic Paragon.


Fri 20th May 2016
Strictly limited tickets!

Don McGlashan is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost songwriters, artists and performers, with five entries in APRA New Zealand’s “Top 100 Songs Of All Time”.
His career spans from the seminal post-pop-punk band Blam Blam Blam, to art experimentalists The Front Lawn, to platinum selling and internationally recognised band The Mutton Birds.
He has worked and performed with Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Johnny Marr, Wilco, Brian Ritchie and members of Radiohead and has scored a number of feature films, including Jane Campion’s “An Angel At My Table”.

McGlashan’s songs have been described by Q Magazine as ‘from the same cerebral power-pop mother lode as Big Star and early REM’.

He returns to Australia to unveil a rich new collection of highly personal songs (“Lucky Stars”) exploring love, regret and mortality, infused with optimism and joy.

McGlashan started the raw material for this new album at a little house on the Thames Estuary, then realised them in Neil Finn’s writing room at Roundhead Studio with guitarist Tom Rodwell. He produced them with former Mutton Birds bandmate David Long, (who also contributes some textural guitar, organ and banjo) and drummer Chris O’Connor. “I went away, imagining that I would write a rather solitary, introspective record, but what came out had a lot more joy and optimism than I expected.”

‘Lucky Stars’ contains many songs which are very personal reflections on McGlashan’s own life and thoughts: “This time, I don’t seem to be adopting characters to get an idea across… the ‘I’ is generally me in these songs”. And unlike previous solo or Mutton Birds albums, these songs enjoy a simpler and more direct sound, while spinning some very engaging yarns.

“…all the hallmarks of his singular style are in place — the spine-tingling way he moves from major to minor keys, his keenly observational eye, the thoughtfulness with which his songs are forged… No one else gets close to writing songs like that, and making them work”. – METRO MAG

Arrive Shortly After Doors Open at 6:30pm for a Champagne Cocktail followed by a gourmet Entrée and Main course.
Show / event begins at 8pm.
Dessert served during intermission. Tea/coffee and Biscotti also available.
Concludes with a meet and greet and chocolates!
General Admission. Room configuration for the performance in the Banquet Hall is theatre style.
***Please also note that the meal service is formal dining with allocated table numbers per bookings. If you have other guests who have booked separately that you wish to be seated with please let us know ASAP.

Paragon’s Chef David Povelsen spent his first 4 years working at Solitary which saw the restaurant maintain it’s coveted position as a ‘one hatter’ in the Good Food Guide. In 2007 David realised a chef’s dream when Solitary attained 2 hats and was one of only 2 two-hatted restaurants in the state.
We are delighted to be able to include David and his talented culinary skills in these unique experience events at the Historic Paragon Café.

The seasonal special event MENU will be an alternate drop, unless guests advise the cafe of preferences prior to the evening of the event. Please note that vegetarian options are also available by prior order.

***Special Event 3 Course Gourmet alternating MENU below:

Established in 1916, The Paragon is Australia’s oldest running and most original café and certainly one of the most opulent ever built in this country. Situated in the heart of Katoomba the Paragon is an iconic landmark that is an essential stop on any visit to the Blue Mountains. The three rooms that comprise the Paragon: Café, Formal Dining Room and Cocktail Lounge are some the finest and most richly detailed Art Deco interiors anywhere in the world.

65 Katoomba St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

CONTACT DETAILS: Charity Mirow 0409 042 869
For more information visit:

Tickets $85 pre-sale available physically from:
PARAGON CAFE, 65 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780
+$2.90 booking fee card/phone 02) 4782 2928 (10am-4pm daily)

Or online $87.90 (Including booking fees):

This is an intimate seating and tickets are strictly limited!

SOLD OUT – OLD MAN LUEDECKE (Canada) in Concert at Hotel Blue, Upstairs, “Live At The Attic” Katoomba, Blue Mountains – Sun 15th May 2016

OLD MAN LUEDECKE (Canada) in Concert

Hotel Blue, Upstairs “Live At The Attic” Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Sunday 15th May 2016, 6:30pm. Doors Open 6pm.

Accompanied by his trusty five-string banjo, foot stomps and hollers, his memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots.

Old Man Luedecke is the real thing, a modern-day people’s poet, travelling bard and balladeer.

From the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia on the East coast of Canada, this two-time Juno Award-winning banjo songster is a rare type of musician. Rarer still is a singer-songwriter of such hopeful goodness.

In the tradition of solo banjo men and women of days gone by like Doc Boggs, Old Man Luedecke sings his songs accompanied only by his loving five string, foot stomps and the occasional yodel. This is a bizarre type of music Doc Boggs might have made if he’d studied poetry.
His jaunty frailing style banjo playing lends uplifting buoyancy to sometimes quite melancholy and highly unique lyrical ideas, and slots beautifully into a young market hungry for new growth from old roots.

His music has received wide acclaim across the genres in Canada, from Feist to Buck 65 who co-opted him to play banjo on one of his most famous early tracks ‘Indestructible Sam’.
His songs are melodic gems blending old time sensibilities with an unusual vision and poetic sense.
His music belies someone more than slightly ill at ease with modern life and he performs with a gentle and endearing charisma, stories littered with a canny oblique humour. He is a sly entertainer with almost a hint of contemporary vaudeville about him and he plays a mean claw hammer banjo clearly derivative of the old time and Appalachia. He’s a revelation!

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Upstairs, 88 Lurline St, Katoomba, NSW 2780
Blue Mountains

Doors Open 6pm. Show Starts 6:30pm.
General Admission. Theatre Style Seating.

Tickets $15 pre-sale available from:
HOTEL BLUE (during reception hours)
88 Lurline St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (Cash Only)

Or Card /Phone 02) 4782 6922 and Online $16.50 (Including booking fees):

Or $20 on the Door from 6pm Sunday 15th May 2016 (Unless Sold Out)

***This is an intimate seating venue and tickets are strictly limited!

Charity Mirow 0409 042 869

MIKELANGELO & THE BLACK SEA GENTLEMEN ‘After The Flood’ Blue Mountains Album Launch Tour at Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Sat 14th May 2016

‘After The Flood’ Blue Mountains Album Launch Tour at Hotel Gearin

Sat 14th May 2016
Venue: HOTEL GEARIN, 273 Great Western Hwy, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

Early-mid 20th century Europe was a hotbed of musical styles and modernity, with the old world of waltzes, polkas and mazurkas crashing headlong into the new world of swing, rhythm’n’blues and rock’n’roll. Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen take this musical landscape as their jumping off point.
Over their 15 years touring together, the group has developed their own distinctive Euro-Roots sound and a high calibre live show that has seen them play to huge audiences from the Sydney Opera House to Budapest to London’s West End, winning multiple awards and critical acclaim and developing a die-hard national and international fanbase.

Their 4th album, After The Flood, was written during an artistic residency in Cooma and the Monaro Plains. The band were inspired by the harsh beauty of the landscape and the lurid tales of European migrants and refugees who came to work on the Snowy Mountains Scheme in the 1950s and 60s, transforming Cooma from a sleepy country town to a world of 24 hour nightclubs with live music, drinking and dancing every night of the week.

After The Flood was recorded and mixed at Turning Studios in Sydney with Evan McHugh, who co-produced the album with the group. All of the band contribute songs to the record and together they create a vivid portrait of a wild world of adventure, hard work and high emotion, leaving the listener gasping with the sheer depth and breadth of Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen’s power as storytellers and melody makers.

Mikelangelo – Vocals, Guitar
T.G. Muldavio – Vocals, Clarinet, Harmonica, Trombone & Percussion
Rufino – Vocals, Violin & Percussion
Little Ivan – Vocals, Doublebass
Guido – Vocals, Accordion & Saxophone

“Mikelangelo And The Black Sea Gentlemen should be congratulated for larding the album with so much of their souls. Music like this doesn’t come along very often and it should be hoarded when it does.” ✭✭✭✭✭ Luke Martin, FasterLouder
“…mixes everything from Klezmer to Tex-Mex and wild-west gothic and simmers the lot in a cauldron of Balkan fatalism…this is some of the most alive music I’ve heard in a long while.” ✭✭✭✭ Jeff Jeffery, The Australian
“Light and dark, serious and ludicrous, daft and sincere, are in perfect balance throughout – this wonderfully theatrical show frequently veers from one extreme to the other in a second. These are performers at the top of their game, in complete control of their audience.” ✭✭✭✭✭ Andrew Eaton, The Scotsman (UK) 

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Doors Open 8:30pm.
1st Set Starts 9pm.
General Admission. Room configuration is a mix of theatre style, cabaret seating and standing/dancing.

Tickets DISCOUNT Early Bird pre-sale $25 available from::
KATOOMBA MUSIC, 140 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (Tues-Sat. Cash Only)
Or the Hotel front bar.

Or DISCOUNT Early Bird pre-sale online $26.50 (Including booking fees):

Or $30 on the Door from 8:30pm (Unless Sold Out)


SOLD OUT – THE ESCALATORS in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse, Upstairs, “Metro Social” Katoomba, Blue Mountains – Sun 8th May 2016

Fusion Boutique Presents ‘Metro Social’ with THE ESCALATORS live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse.

The Metropole, Upstairs “Metro Social” Cnr Gang Gang & Lurline Sts, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Sunday 8th May 2016, 6:30pm. Doors Open 6pm.

A night of SWING, JAZZ & SOUL in a 1930’s Boutique Lounge with the Escalators for their ‘FROM THE HIP’ Album Launch tour.

The Escalators tip their fedoras to the sophistication of Swing,
the grooves of Detroit,
the rhythmic pulse of Jamaica,
& the funk of New Orleans.

Begin with The Escalators Quartet showcasing their CD releases: a groovy blend of original songwriting & unique arrangements of classic jazz standards. In the 2nd set, a 6-piece band complete with Swinging Horns will take the night away with vintage-inspired sounds perfect for old school swing & rock’n’roll dancing.

The Escalators’ sound is a musical crossroads of creativity & inspiration that gathers fans from all points of the compass: blues lovers, jazz cats, reggae devotees, funk/soul-brothers & sisters.

The gorgeous tone of Jenny Blunden’s voice embraces you & steals your heart. Setting the scene is The Escalators’ instrumental tapestry, all parts woven with subtlety & purpose. Lachlan Mackenzie’s guitar, all harmony & texture, is draped over a rhythmic framework rich in interplay between Bradley Parson’s upright bass & the drum kit captained by Hayden Moore.
When they are joined by the Swinging Horns of David Reglar & David Cunningham, it’s time tio push the tables back & dance.

The Escalators are on the road in 2016 with a new CD “From The Hip”.
‘From The Hip’ (2016) boasts 5 original compositions that show this outfit draws on a deep well of creativity, fed by their swing, soul & reggae roots. They also honour the originators on two jazz standards.
The lead single ‘Open Fire’ is currently receiving airplay across the country & reached #1 on the Triple J Unearthed ‘Roots’ Chart.
‘From The Hip’ is a major leap forward in song writing & defining the band’s sound, recorded with a ‘live-in-the-studio’ philosophy on the South Coast & in the hills behind Byron Bay.

Debut release ‘Felix’ (2014) set a course for the band by acknowledging their influences: Classic songs from the ‘30s to the ‘60s infused with fresh flavours from all corners of their record collection.
The release of ‘Felix’ saw the band tour along the East Coast to perform at the Noosa Jazz Festival in 2015, and have their version of ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ make ‘The Best of 2015’ (Soulscope, Northside Radio).

‘From The Hip’ is currently touring the ACT & South-East NSW, with invitations to perform in Melbourne, Regional Victoria, Regional NSW, and return to Queensland for a second tour later in the year.

For this performance they will be joined by ‘The Swinging Horns’ David Reglar (tenor sax) and David Cunningham (trumpet).
Set 1 – Quartet showcasing tracks from their CD releases.
Set 2 – The Escalators ‘Swing & Soul Revue’ featuring a 6-piece band playing great dance music from the 30s to the 60s.
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Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.
Opposite the Katoomba train station.
There is limited parking available at the rear of the property. Access can be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.
If entering from the front the cocktail bar/restaurant is on the right and access to the upstairs performance space in the lounge is up the stairs or via the lift towards the back of the hotel.

The Metropole is a family friendly venue!
There is also a retro cocktail bar downstairs.

Doors Open 6:00pm. Show Starts 6:30pm.
General Admission. Theatre Style Seating.
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Tickets $10 pre-sale available from THE METROPOLE GUESTHOUSE (during reception hours) Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780. (Cash Only)

Or Card /Phone 02) 4782 5544 and Online $11.50 (Including booking fees):

Or $15 on the Door from 6pm Sunday 8th May 2016 (Unless Sold Out)

This is an intimate seating venue and tickets are strictly limited!

*Pre-sale Early Bird ticket purchases are also eligible for a 90% DISCOUNT on downloads of the Escalators albums! The discount code will be emailed to guests following booking.

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