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LOVE LOCAL LIVE 5) Live Music Streaming Micro Concert – THE THREE HANDED BEAT BANDITS Blue Mountains, MON 13th July 2020

Proudly presented and supported by Blue Mountains City Council in partnership with
Fusion Boutique Presents and Shelter Studios:
LOVE LOCAL LIVE – a series of live streamed music performances by local artists held at a local recording and rehearsal studio with production by KFM Media.
Every Monday 7-8pm for 6 weeks from 15th June.

Monday 13th July 7-8pm

Love Local Live is Blue Mountains City Council’s first-ever series of local events that will be brought to the community via live streaming.
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “While restrictions are slowly easing, public gatherings are still limited and we understand many in our community are hesitant to venture out into crowds. That’s why Council is still looking for creative and safe ways to engage with you. The new Love Local Live series will bring a little entertainment to you, wherever you are, while supporting and promoting local businesses and creatives.”

More information on the upcoming artists will be posted on the Fusion Boutique Presents facebook page: www.facebook.com/FusionBoutiquePresents
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The Three­ Handed Beat Bandits are undoubtedly the best three handed little big band in the world today.

Made up of the two-handed John Stuart and the single­ handed Neill Duncan, between them they play guitar, bass, congas, drums and saxophone, all at the same time.
Megaphone vocals included, this beat combo swing their listeners through a kaleidoscope of musical styles, including reggae, ska, calypso, funk, swing, and a little klezmer thrown in for good measure.
Beautiful to the ear, great for the feet.

Neill Duncan is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and eccentric musicians, now a resident of the Blue Mountains. Three years ago he lost his left arm to cancer. With the help of the community, Neill has been able regain full musical strength. Neill now plays an incredible one-handed tenor saxophone, designed and built in Amsterdam. His passion and musical imagination flow like never before. An adapted drum kit completes the mix, with some additional weird and wonderful instruments.

John Stuart is a master of the seven-string guitar. This amazing instrument allows John to cover the bass as well as provide the chordal accompaniment to the Bandit’s wide­ ranging repertoire. John is all about texture and space, switching between driving bass lines, and sparkling single line accompaniments. Bass solos? No extra charge. Add in the hot conga playing and all the elements of this extraordinary duo fall into place. Even the silences swing!

Together they are the Three Handed Beat Bandits. Their exotic musical gumbo will steal your heart.


Images by Inertia Photography.
As part of the project each performer will have a photo shoot with Inertia Photography to provide them with images to add to their portfolio.
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Unit 1 / 79 Barton St, Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Blue Mountains.
Phone 0466 719 268 for recording and rehearsal bookings.

Show your support for the arts and join us online every Monday night 7-8pm from 15th June for 6 weeks.

FREE VIEWING. Show 7pm-8pm.
More information on the upcoming artists will be posted on the Fusion Boutique Presents facebook page and you can set a reminder for the next week’s stream: www.facebook.com/FusionBoutiquePresents
Visit the ‘Live’ tab to view all active and past streams:

CONTACT DETAILS: Charity Mirow 0409 042 869
For more information visit: www.fusionboutique.com.au

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): www.stickytickets.com.au/33926

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.

For more information visit: www.fusionboutique.com.au