Energy energy energy! Captured these guys during their performance at The Rhythm Hut's 2nd Birthday Celebrations in Gosford.
A little bit about the crew:
"We'd go back to the time when humans first started cooking potatoes. To the conception of the first hot potato. Our shows are usually where we get crazy however there was this one time we entered a round about in our tour bus at the exact same time the batman theme comes on the radio. We pumped the volume and all sang along "nananana..." As our driver circled the round about multiple times... We probably wouldn't do anything differently. What we've done has got us to where we are today. We wouldn't want to miss any moment/experience we've had over the past 6 years... Well maybe there is one or two…"
Wow! I have not heard or ever seen any band like Tijuana Cartel. Paul George and Carey O’Sullivan produce a hypnotic twist blended with laid back rhythms followed by soothing vocals, they form a sound which plays out a scene in the Wild Wild West yet in an urban jungle with its electronic beasts tapestry. They have just release their new album Psychedelicatessen and they blessed us with a few tunes from this album during the Rhythm Hut's 2nd birthday celebrations. Meeting the crew, exchanging funny wedding disaster stories from an supplier's view, to jamming on the dance floor was truly a night that will stay with my soul.
I captured the amazing and extremely talented Zoe & Abby during their light show at the Rhythm Hut's 2nd birthday celebration. With the crowd mesmerised and in awe, these ladies delivered once again a totally amazing show!
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Bobby Alu. Gosh if I could give ONLY 2 words to describe him it would be "laid back". I have seen him and his band play live a number of times now and each time I feel like I should be in a hammock, sipping on a tropical cocktail. The music holds a touch unique fusion of percussion, reggae and jazz. Even a slight touch of pop. Filled with catchy songs, uplifting and diverse lyrics, powerful log drumming with a Polynesian ukulele sound. An accomplished songwriter & travelling musician born on the Gold Coast. I had the excellent opportunity to capture Bobby and his band at the Central Coast Leagues Club during their Australia-wide tour supporting Xavier Rudd & The United Nations. From the moment the band started playing, the sense of great friendship and warm fuzzy vibes quickly spread throughout the crowd.
‘Refreshing, groovy and chilled out all in one’ Timber And Steel
Bobby Alu is an accomplished songwriter & travelling musician born on the Gold Coast. He is a Singer, Ukulele strummer & drummer since the womb. Whether it’s with just him & the baritone ukulele or backed by a slick charismatic band Bobby is known for his signature smooth hammock music & high vibes. Inspired by his Polynesian heritage & following a strong family lineage of performers he writes songs of love, life & travel.
As one of Australia’s top drummers performing around the world for the past 6 years most recently for Xavier Rudd, it was a swift progression stepping out from behind the drumkit to take the mic. Making a name for himself Bobby Alu & his band have enjoyed repeat invitations to Bluesfest (2011/12), Woodford Folk Festival (2010/12), Nannup festival (2011/13) & Island Vibe (2010/11/13), boosting an already stellar CV for this increasingly in-demand performing artist.
Joined by highly respected QLD musicians Paulie B (The Beautiful Girls, George), Stewart Barry, Richie Seymour & Hua Hillman this band is the engine room facilitating a bed of style under Alu’s songs. Over the past four years they have been building popularity with successful tours & festival appearances in all states of Australia.
The band's latest release is the 'Bay Sessions' EP. Recorded live in Byron Bay & released Jan 2015, it has already recieved rave reviews with sold out shows.
“Bay Sessions is a beautiful collection of uplifting and diverse instrumentals and solicitous lyrics. Bobby’s approach to music encourages individuals to embrace their quirks and pure individualism, it’s not very often that music makes you feel so positive about yourself these days, but Alu does a fantastic job of making you smile and high-five yourself.”
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The 2010 debut self-‐titled album sparked immediate following after being listed in Triple J Roots N All ‘Top 10 albums of 2010’ also peaking at #2 in the iTunes Australian world music charts. Song ‘One to Wait’ won a QLD music award & ‘Changes Changes’ was included in the popular Putumayo ‘Australia’ compilation released worldwide May 2014.The 2013 album 'Take It Slow' recieved great reviews, award nominations & featured in Virgin Australia's inflight selection. Bobby is also the drummer for Xavier Rudd’s latest project The United Nations. An 8‐piece powerhouse band currently touring the world.
LIVE: Expect a fresh, simple sound with tastes of Polynesian ukulele, pacific beats, catchy songs, tasty harmony & powerful log drumming on a bed of slick style. Pass through moments like you’re in a hammock or a slave to the beat. A band that grooves like Withers, moves like Marley, charms like Harper but smooth like Fat Freddys.
The Flag Tour began on Sunday, August 9 at the Darwin Festival. During the show on the 29th of August Xavier Rudd & The United Nations stopped by the Central Coast Leagues Club, during their Australia-wide tour through August, September and October. This tour is a celebration of "Flag", the second single on their acclaimed debut album NANNA. I was blessed with the opportunity to capture this SOLD OUT performance. A touching celebration of global sound with a Rudd true twist.The eight-piece band comprising of musicians from Samoa, Germany, New Guinea, Australia and Africa. Xavier refers to this album his "dream project".
This album does have more of reggae touch than any of his other creations which normally have more a blues, folk or indie feel. The Flag tour is currently underway covering 35 dates across all states including performances at which were held at The Darvin Festival and yet to be seen at the Caloundra Music Festival. The tour is also considered the largest regional tour Xavier has undertaken since 2012! Being the most dynamic album of his career, and not surprising why Xavier is taking it to almost every town in Australia.
“In a time when Australia is digging deep, marching together and standing strong for our threatened communities in the Northwest and simply the long awaited need for positive change for reconciliation in our country, I feel the spirit of this band is very important. This album, this tour, this family, The United Nations is an example energetically & spiritually of where we need to be as a nation. We will be touring regional places in Australia; some we’ve never been to, some we haven’t been for a long time, in order to deliver this message and celebrate the energy of one people with our fellow Australians. Its time to Boogie!”- Xavier Rudd
"Originally from the magnificent mountain region of Lake Tahoe on the California/Nevada border, USA, Chad relocated to Australia in 2004. After a few years of international travel doing humanitarian aid and healing work, including a couple years in Cambodia, he is now based near beautiful and colourful Byron Bay, Australia where he lives with his wife, Tash and their two children Isa and Sundar. Although music has been an integral part of Chad’s existence and artistic expression for most of his life, it is here in Byron Bay that his musical journey has taken on a more public manifestation with the release of his first album, “Show Us The Way Of The Heart”.
If you’ve been to any of Chad’s live events, you know that his music is more of an invitation than a performance – an experience to be entered into. Chad’s style is unique. Being a multi-instrumentalist himself, he combines many influences to create a blend that is hard to categorize. Folky, progressive, contemplative, mystical – but the point is the message. His songs vary from upbeat, positive-vibe celebration tunes to deep, devotional guided meditations, all showcasing conscious lyrics – challenging, provoking, inspiring, drawing, awakening. Some are poetic images of Chad’s own spiritual journey; some are journeys in themselves. And some are just fun!
The full length album, “Show Us The Way Of The Heart” is an undiluted musical articulation of the heart of Chad Wilkins, and many will find expression for their own hearts in its contents. It was recorded at the stunning Panoramix Studio in the breathtaking hills of Coorabell just behind Byron Bay. The recording features a large selection of excellent musicians local to the Byron area and was done mostly live with very few overdubs with the purpose of maintaining the raw, spontaneous feeling and spirit of live recording while harnessing the warmth and quality of analogue studio recording. Presenting diverse instrumentation on each track, each song is unique, spanning a large range of styles and genres.
Be inspired and stirred by the distinct spirit and atmosphere of peace that is encapsulated within the music of this mystic minstrel."
The night I captured Chad, I felt a deep connection to spirit and a great calming feeling was present. Chad truly has an amazing gift in his music. I love listening to his music.
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Web - http://chadwilkinsmusic.com/
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Location of the show was at The Rhythm Hut.
"The Rhythm Hut Mission Statement: To Support, foster and promote: Arts, Music and Culture in Gosford City, the Central Coast, and other communities."