Wow, what a month it’s been at Doo-Bop! We played host to over 70 Acts in November, and here are some of our highlights of the month.
At the start of the month, we had a most welcome surprise. None other than Thirsty Merc turned up to blow off some steam at a late-night jam session at Doo-Bop, following their performance at The Zoo. It just goes to show that anything can happen at Doo-Bop’s Late-Night Jam Sessions, which are on every night from 10.30pm. Not only are our late-night jam sessions a great excuse for a late-night drink, but you never know who might pop in… and they’re free entry as well! And if that wasn’t already enough, well, the Doo-Bop kitchen’s open every night until 3:00am too. So, what are you waiting for?! Come on down and check it out!
Thirsty Merc in action, video courtesy of Nathan Seiler Music
Overall, November saw another fabulous roster of local artists performing in Doo-Bop. We were also very happy to present a number of stellar interstate and international artists during the month.
In addition, many artists were back by popular demand for another gig at Doo-Bop last month. On the 4th, Dan Quigley provided another night of sterling entertainment, performing a mesmerizing mixture of Hard Bop, Bebop, Cool and Modern Jazz. Ingrid James & Peter Uppman joined forces for the first time on the 5th, and livened up the ever-popular Swinging Sundays event with a winning combo of improvisation, spontaneity and exceptional musicality! On the 9th, Out of Abingdon + Friends wrapped up their extended tour with panache, verve and sophistication, while on the 25th, award-winning performer Andrew Butt performed a unique and compelling set of Contemporary Jazz.
One of our best-selling visiting acts of the month, with performances on the 11th and 12th, was the magnificent Hetty Kate Quartet, led by the supremely talented swing-style singer.
“Hetty rolled into Doo-Bop for the first time in November. She delighted audiences for two nights, with her charm and elegance reminiscent of the great Peggy Lee!” – Ingrid James
On the 18th, there was another best-selling visiting act in the form of Lillian Albazi, whose beautiful vocals are inspired by legendary ladies of jazz such as Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.
“Brisbane, you stole my heart! My deepest thank-you to the full house that came down to our feature gig on Saturday night at Doo-Bop Jazz Bar! You were a gorgeous audience to perform for and chat to post-gig. I can’t wait until our next trip up to the Sunshine State… Saturday was a real dream.” – Lillian Albazi
Left to Right, Hetty Kate Quartet, Leigh Carriage Qunitet, Charmaine Jones Quintet
Groove Fridays in the Piano Bar
We’re also excited to announce that the live entertainment hours have now been extended in the Doo-Bop Piano Bar on Friday nights. So, we’ll be providing music late into the evening, which is perfect for people who’ve been working late and want to pop in for a drink. Come to think of it, it’ll be perfect for anyone else who wants to pop in too!
John delord Duo
Doo-Bop’s Melbourne Cup event
Our first-ever Melbourne Cup event at Doo-Bop was a huge success! Nearly 15 hours of live music was enjoyed by the Doo-Bop patrons, both upstairs in the Piano Bar and downstairs in the Jazz Bar. ‘Queen of soul’ Angela Fabian captivated the crowd upstairs during the afternoon, while George Washingmachine set his musical spin cycle on high to thoroughly entertain the audience downstairs. Later that evening in the Piano Bar, regular act The John Delord Duo kept the entertainment going with a powerfully-voiced and musically engaging set, while George Washingmachine was back onstage for another dynamic performance in the Jazz Bar, which was especially appreciated by those audience members who’d just finished work for the day. And to cap it all off, our brand new flat-screen TVs were unveiled for the first time on both levels at the event, allowing our patrons to keenly keep track of proceedings on the Melbourne Cup racetrack. So all in all, as George himself said, it was a “terrific day!”
Some of you mightn’t have had a chance to check out the inside of Doo-Bop yet. Well, that’s not a problem… because a new virtual tour’s just been added to our Doo-Bop venue Google listing! You can check it out here: https://goo.gl/maps/CXkUsR4mSBR2
In yet another exciting November development, The Big Review TV popped in to film the Doo-Bop venue and conduct an interview with Doo-Bop’s very own venue manager, the tireless Nico Lacono. Nico was of course both charming and informative as an interviewee, and some gorgeous footage was shot both inside and outside the venue. We can’t wait to share the final piece with you!
And finally, from November onwards, if it’s your birthday and you’re on our mailing list, then you’re in for a literal treat! At the start of every month from now on, we’ll be sending out an email with a birthday treat coupon to our mailing list customers. To be notified about birthday treats and upcoming specials, just make sure your details are up to date here, and we’ll make sure you’re kept in the loop: https://www.doo-bop.com.au/add-mailing-list/
So, that’s about it from us here at Doo-Bop for this month. Thanks very much to all our artists, customers and supporters for an absolutely amazing November, and roll on December!
Left to right, Customers @ Melbourne Cup, Martin Kay & Zac, Justin & Jeremy, John Stefulj @ Late night jam, Charmaine Jones, Kellie Knight