Festive Season

Organising your end of year celebrations can sometimes be a nightmare, so why not make it easy on yourself this year by coming to the Vanguard. From small groups right through to the exclusive hire of the entire venue, we have an option to suit.

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The Vanguard is an intimate, purpose built live music venue and restaurant that plays host to the greats of Australian and international music. With a 1920's feel to the interior, the Vanguard's friendly and unpretentious luxury has an ambience unlike any other. Our aim is to provide patrons with an elegant and stylish restaurant, which provides live entertainment, highlighting some of Newtown and Sydney's most talented musicians.

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Upcoming shows

Fri 17 October

Perry Keyes

Bernie Hayes

After his sold out show here in June Perry Keyes returns to The Vanguard on Friday October 17. Covering songs from his three critically acclaimed and award winning albums, Perry and his band will also debut songs from his upcoming album ‘Sunnyholt’.


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Sat 18 October

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a private event.

If you would like to receive our events information please email our team at
functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Sun 19 October

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a private event.

If you would like to receive our events information please email our team at
functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Tue 21 October

Maxine Kauter Band & Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys DOUBLE EP LAUNCH

Alice Terry

Sydney indie darlings, the Maxine Kauter Band return to the Vanguard with great friends Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys. Apps and the Shirleys will release their self-titled EP and the Maxine Kauter Band will join them hot off the heels of their critically acclaimed release, Ghost in Love. If you like lush folk arrangements and songs about losing and drinking, you'll like this. Also joining them on the night will be the always excellent, Alice Terry. Not to be missed.

In the clutter and noise of the Australian singer-songwriter set, it can be hard to find a voice that really grabs you. But when you listen to Kristy Apps, you know you’re hearing something really special – it’s worth noting, “this is not music as wallpaper”.

Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys celebrate the launch of their debut EP Kristy Apps delivers her songs, as if she was hand delivering you a telegram wrapped in a powerhouse voice, written for you or someone you know. It’s a craft she has honed over a decade of writing and performing, carving her niche in the Australian songwriter community, while winning plenty of fans around the globe. Together with the Shotgun Shirleys, Kristy has recorded her best work to date. Produced by ARIA and CMAA winning producer and performer Shane Nicholson. Weaving finely spun elements of folk, alternative country and rock, The Shotgun Shirley’s delivers an experience to be celebrated. Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys release their self-titled debut EP in Sydney at The Vanguard on October 21 with very talented ladies Alice Terry and Maxine Kauter Band.


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Wed 22 October

Sex On Toast

Beaten Bodies + Bad Bitch Choir.

Sex on Toast hit the road again for a different kind of tour. This time it’s all about Ricky. After packing the Toff two nights in a row and playing more memorable shows in our nation’s capital and at Sydney’s legendary Vanguard, Sex on Toast have squeezed in their guts and put on their freshly tailored sea-side attire, READY to venture further up the East Coast.

Melbourne’s show at our fave hole in the wall Hugs & Kisses will feature some wild surprises from our friends at Wondercore Island. We’ll also be returning to the Vanguard in Sydney, The Heritage in Wollongong, hitting the Hoey Moey in Coff’s Harbour. We’ll trapse to the Phoenix in Canberra and will be making out long awaited Brisbane appearance at the Motor Room in West End.

To some, Ricky is a forgotten phenomena. Ricky is yesterday’s news… Ricky’s your Dad’s favourite records, a trip down to your local Chinese restaurant to pick up that coke from an LA session musician… but to us, Ricky means bitchin’ horn arrangements, phased rhodes, beautiful women perched upon the mixing desk, & a shuffles that aren’t quite shuffles, but they’re still funky, y’know?


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Thu 23 October

Writers In The Round

Ft DAVE MASON (THE REELS), ABBY DOBSON (LEONARDO'S BRIDE), EMMA SWIFT AND BRENDAN GALLAGHER (KARMA COUNTY) + Ivy Jane

A special and intimate opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs of four great Australian songwriters.

DAVE MASON - Iconic front man of The Reels and writer of pop classics like Love Will Find a Way, Prefab Hearts, After The News and Shout And Deliver and of course instant classic Quasimodo's Dream
ABBY DOBSON - Founding member of Leonardo's Bride whose song, Even When Im Sleeping, won APRA song of the year and was later voted as one of the Top 20 Australian Songs of All Time
EMMA SWIFT - With a tear in her voice filtered through ’70s mariachi static, Emma Swift’s music hearkens back to the golden age of music when singers sang your life back to you.
BRENDAN GALLAGHER - Best known as Karma County front man and writer of evergreens like Postcard, Secret Country, The Lifesaver's Love Song and more.


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Fri 24 October

Frank Sultana & The Sinister Kids (Live Album Recording)

Nes Cassey

Frank Sultana and his band the Sinister Kids are coming back to the Vanguard, and what a night it’s going to be! Seamlessly melding the sounds of the early bluesmen of the Mississippi Delta and the reckless abandon of the 1960’s, Frank Sultana and the Sinister Kids have staked their claim as the most exciting blues band in the country right now. 2014 has been a busy year for the Sydney bluesman and his motley crew of talented young players, with the release of the “Working for Pennies” EP, in February, and the tour of the same name, Frank has spent all of this year relentlessly touring the east coast of Australia, both with the band and as a solo act.


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Sat 25 October

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a private event.

If you would like to receive our events information please email our team at
functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Sun 26 October

The Grahams

+ The Morrisons + Marcus Blacke

NYC/Nashville based Americana duo and lifelong romantic partners The Grahams are set to embark on their first ever tour of Australia in support of their debut album, Riverman’s Daughter.

Combining soulful bluegrass with both traditional folk, and old-time country blues into an infectious blend of storytelling, The Grahams weave inspiring melodies and lyrics into songs of love, loss, yearning, and the view from rural American roads less traveled.

The duo, accompanied by like-minded sidemen, and supported by notable local acts, will be touring down under throughout October; Riverman’s Daughter will be released on Sony Music in late September.


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Wed 29 October

Jefferson

Deroma & The Fixators

Jefferson is four piece melodic rock-pop anthem band from Sydney, Australia. They are often compared to bands who exhibit huge stadium-filling sounds such as U2, Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon.

In 2012, after being described as “slicker than the average local outfit” (Scott Fitzsimons, DRUM Media Magazine), Jefferson took their rock-solid live show throughout America playing a 5-week tour, which included performances at The Next Big Nashville Festival and The Key Club in L.A.

There are big things coming for these guys and they are taking the world by storm. With their new album launch, Jefferson is a band you don't want to miss.


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Thu 30 October

Bowie Unzipped ft Jeff Duff

The legendary Jeff Duff, often referred to as Australia’s answer to David Bowie, will perform the Thin White Duke’s iconic songs in a much anticipated new show called ‘BOWIE-Unzipped’. Jeff has been singing Bowie’s songs for many years with the glowing support of Bowie’s official website BowieNET. Together with a killer band, Duffo’s journey to Planet Bowie will include the songs Space Oddity, Lets Dance, China Girl, Life On Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust... amongst many other faves. Jeff’s all star band features guitarist Jak Housden from the Whitlams along with the brilliant keyboard player Glenn Rhodes and drummer- percussionist Jess Ciampa.


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Fri 31 October

Bowie Unzipped ft Jeff Duff

The legendary Jeff Duff, often referred to as Australia’s answer to David Bowie, will perform the Thin White Duke’s iconic songs in a much anticipated new show called ‘BOWIE-Unzipped’. Jeff has been singing Bowie’s songs for many years with the glowing support of Bowie’s official website BowieNET. Together with a killer band, Duffo’s journey to Planet Bowie will include the songs Space Oddity, Lets Dance, China Girl, Life On Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust... amongst many other faves. Jeff’s all star band features guitarist Jak Housden from the Whitlams along with the brilliant keyboard player Glenn Rhodes and drummer- percussionist Jess Ciampa.


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Wed 5 November

Ina Maka

Kimberly Aviso

Ina Maka is a Psych Soul/Hip-Hop quartet comprising ex 'Rastawookie' members "Opal Maka Am Casanova" (AKA Janny Casanova) on lead vocal/MC duties and six stringer Ray Ledesma on guitar with a rhythm section made up of Frank Attard (drums) and Nathan Gatt (bass) - both hailing from the Sydney-based alternative swamp blues outfit 'Little Big Wolf'. The sound of this collaborative project shifts from sweet soul to the dark and abstract, with hints of fuzzy Psych and plenty of heavy bass and drum rhythms. You will definately be taken on a journey with this Band.

Kimberly Aviso, A singer-songwriter fusing acoustic soul & pop together, Kimberly's voice is sweet and lilting but sassy while fusing a deep soulful sound with her childlike merriness in each song created.


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Thu 6 November

Ezekiel Ox ' Raw Styles' EP Tour

The Twoks

EZEKIEL OX SIGNS SOLO DEAL WITH BIRD'S ROBE RECORDS AND ANNOUNCES NATIONAL "ON THE RECORD" HEADLINE TOUR - Supported by THE TWOKS

The voice and heartbeat of defunct underground heros Full Scale, Mammal, The Nerve, and the still firing Over-Reactor has a had a massive 2014 since announcing his solo ambitions in January.

This year has seen him support Boots Reily (The Coup, Street Sweeper Social Club), King Of The North, Sietta and Tim McMillan live, as well as appearing on stage and street with fellow buskers/headliners The Pierce Brothers (video). Forever relentless, he also found the time to write, record, mix and collate his debut EP "RAW STYLES", which has had tracks spun on JJJ and community radio around the country, and features B-side production from hip-hop bass guru James Mangohig (Briggs, Damn Moroda).

This has lead to Sydney's art-rock champions, Bird's Robe Records (sleepmakeswaves, The Red Paintings, 65 Days Of Static) getting on board to release "RAW STYLES" officially to coincide with the tour. Zeke couldn't be happier:


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Fri 7 November

Backsliders

Blues kings, the Backsliders (featuring Dom Turner, Rob Hirst and Ian Collard), return to their Sydney home at The Vanguard Newtown for a pre-Xmas show, featuring Newtown-themed tracks from their 2014 album release ‘Dark Side’, described by ABC Perth as "among the best Australian LPs of 2014”.

Backsliders have been touring the festival circuit (including 14 appearances at the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest) and recording their own brand of driving Delta and Mississippi Hill country blues sounds for 28 years and have gathered myriad awards and nominations including various ARIA Blues and Roots nominations and the 2011 I-Tunes Australian Blues and Roots album of the year award.


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Sat 8 November

Harmonica Masterclass with Ian Collard

Bluetongue Harmonica Presents...
A Harmonica Masterclass with Ian Collard
11am - 2pm

As part of Aria award winning Blues trio Collard Greens and Gravy, singer and Harmonica player Ian Collard has established himself as one of Australia’s leading blues artists. Attracted to the harmonica at an early age Ian found himself drawn to the music of Harmonica greats such as Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Sonny Terry and to the world of the Blues that inspired him to pursue a life in music.

Ian will be discussing, demonstrating & performing different styles of Blues Harmonica playing using examples from various legendary Harmonica players including Sonny Terry, Big Walter, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamsons 1 & 2, Noah Lewis & Deford Bailey

Ticket Price is $50
includes Course Notes /Handouts.
Limited Numbers


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Mon 10 November

TEMPLE AGENTS (Chile)

+ TBC

Temple Agents is a hard rock band from Santiago, Chile formed in 2009 by their two founding members, Alejandro Solar and Fernando Elizalde.
2009 and 2010 marked the birth of many demos which were later recorded in Alba Road Studios with sound engineer Eduardo Demangel and studio owner and drummer, Dante “DNT” Gonzalez. Dante went on to become the band’s official drummer, and soon after the completion of the first recordings the band called on Matias “Mat” Escudero to become the official bass player and hence, the Temple Agents as they are now known were born!


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Tue 11 November

HOW VERY VAUDEVILLE - Youth Off the Streets Fundraiser

HOW VERY VAUDEVILLE
Presented by Magic Hat Project

1920's glamour, elegance and fun will be flowing freely at the iconic Vanguard in Newtown presented by Magic Hat Project, a local Sydney based events group. Comprised of enthusiastic team members they will be hosting their premier charity event “How Very Vaudeville”, promising a night full of fun performances and magic.

Guests will receive a light supper of canapés on arrival and a complementary gift bag. There will also be a raffle and prizes for the best dressed.
This event promises to be a memorable night out so grab your best 1920’s garb, frock up and join in.

Funds raised will be donated to “Youth Off The Streets”.
Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for young people who are disadvantaged, homeless, drug dependent and or recovering from abuse. Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency providing a wide range of services offering a full continuum of care.


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Wed 12 November

BlackDiamond

The Gunn Show, Dreamer Crimes & Bury The Veil

Think Australian Rock. Think Newcastle Rock N Roll. Think coal mines, industry and working your hands to the bone for every last cent you have – a blue-collar town where the high rollers reap the rewards. The export of coal is the black diamond that brings money and jobs to the Newcastle and that is how the name BlackDiamond was born.

A five-piece hard rock outfit from Newcastle, with a ‘work hard - play hard’ ethic. These boys are not here to mess around. “That’ll do” just won’t cut it anymore and they have set themselves the task of taking on the world and conquering. BlackDiamond’s goal is to fill venues and party with everyone in the room. Forget the week just been, forget the week to come and live for the few days of freedom the working class get.

Be sure that when you walk into a BlackDiamond show you are going to experience an event, have a few more drinks then you planned and come out on a high, a little bruised and wanting more.

BlackDiamond got together in 2012 and in this short time have ticked more boxes than most acts have even dreamt. Touring extensively across the East Coast of Australia. SA, VIC, NSW, ACT and QLD. From the major cities to the small ‘one horse towns’, BlackDiamond have left no stone unturned.


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Thu 13 November

Alex Bowen

Fronting his own sound of Pop / Folk, Alex Bowen has buried his feet into an exciting new sound. Since his first ever show (10 years ago) at an early age of 15 with the Australian Icon singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, Alex independently released his successful debut self produced EP ‘Feather In The Ground’ in early 2013. He toured the EP extensively throughout Australia finding himself on a number of festival line-ups, selling out headline shows, tv appearances and sharing stages with the likes of Donovan Frankenrieter and Jeff Martin to name a few.

Alex then moved to the hills and hinterland of Byron Bay where he began writing his first full length album. The new album has ventured away from the mix of blues & roots and has now found his way into the shoes a Pop / Folk singer songwriter. The album is set to be released worldwide and toured internationally in 2015.

“With just his voice and an acoustic guitar this young man delivers his howling blue-eyed soul with a sincere passion that is to be respected and admired.” - TONE DEAF"

Alex Bowen is one hell of a musician" - DRUM MEDIA

"Truly Captivating" - THE ROCK OWL


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Fri 14 November

Ian Moss

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul.

While primarily recognised as an axeman of unusual tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.


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Sat 15 November

Ian Moss

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. While primarily recognised as an axeman of unusual tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.


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Sun 16 November

Hatfitz and Cara Robinson

+ Cilla Jane

Congratulations to Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson. They’ve been back in Australia for less than a month, but the talented husband-and-wife juggernaut have just taken out the BASEQ Memphis Blues Challenge last weekend against some very stiff competition and over 100 entrants.

This means they will be heading over to Memphis in January to participate in the 2015 International Blues Challenge, the biggest blues event in the world. It caps off what has been a brilliant couple of months for the terrific twosome, who are equally delighted to be able to announce the news of an Australian tour and release of their new album DO TELL, which was released earlier this year in the UK and Europe.

The pair received rave reviews and fabulous support on the airwaves for the new album in the Northern Hemisphere, building on the great success they had achieved with their last album WILEY WAYS. A fierce and fabulous tour de force on stage with their gut-busting energy and brilliant live shows, the big, burly Queenslander Hat Fitz and his wee Irish wife completely charmed audiences wherever they appeared.

Supporting them will be the lovely Melbourne singer songwriter Cilla Jane. She effortlessly combines folk style guitar and enchanting vocals to create her captivating sound. The songstress is no stranger to the Australian music scene and has shared the stage with Matt Corby, Kate Miller Heidke, The Audreys and international artists such as Brian Kennedy and Luka Bloom. Cilla Jane and band will take you into a dreamlike world.


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Mon 17 November

Ross Ryan 40th Anniversary Tour

+ SNEZ

Ross Ryan is one of Australia’s original and most celebrated singer-songwriters. His albums have won Record of the Year and Album of the Year awards and his songs have been recorded by performers as diverse as John Farnham and Slim Dusty.

2014 sees Ross celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of his triple gold 'My Name Means Horse" album - featuring his signature tune , 'I Am Pegasus' - still a favourite of Australian radio and named in 2003 by ABC TV's 'Love Is In The Air' as an Australian Anthem.

He’s toured with Roy Orbison, Carol King and Van Morrison; written for The Age and The Financial Review; worked as a writer and performer in comedy theatre and television; designs web sites; once had breakfast with Joni Mitchell; runs a recording studio; has a ‘King of Pop’ trophy - AND appeared twice on Mr Squiggle.

To mark the anniversary of 'My Name Means Horse', Ross - along with multi-instrumentalist Ken Stephenson - will be playing a series of intimate wry autobiographical shows right across Australia.


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Tue 18 November

William Shakespeare's Reservoir Dogs

Presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Bards Bastards are re-imagining some of todays most famous stories in the classic Shakespeare form. Their debut production is the Shakespearean version of Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece Reservoir Dogs.

In Elizabethan London, six knights - perfect strangers to one another - are hired to rob a case of precious jewels from a coach on it's way to the King. After their robbery is thwarted, the brigands realize that one of them must secretly be an officer in disguise. But which one?

This is Reservoir Dogs as you've never seen it before - a bloody revenge tragedy in the style of William Shakespeare.


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Wed 19 November

William Shakespeare's Reservoir Dogs

Presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Bards Bastards are re-imagining some of todays most famous stories in the classic Shakespeare form. Their debut production is the Shakespearean version of Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece Reservoir Dogs.

In Elizabethan London, six knights - perfect strangers to one another - are hired to rob a case of precious jewels from a coach on it's way to the King. After their robbery is thwarted, the brigands realize that one of them must secretly be an officer in disguise. But which one?

This is Reservoir Dogs as you've never seen it before - a bloody revenge tragedy in the style of William Shakespeare.


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Thu 20 November

William Shakespeare's Reservoir Dogs

Presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Bards Bastards are re-imagining some of todays most famous stories in the classic Shakespeare form. Their debut production is the Shakespearean version of Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece Reservoir Dogs.

In Elizabethan London, six knights - perfect strangers to one another - are hired to rob a case of precious jewels from a coach on it's way to the King. After their robbery is thwarted, the brigands realize that one of them must secretly be an officer in disguise. But which one?

This is Reservoir Dogs as you've never seen it before - a bloody revenge tragedy in the style of William Shakespeare.


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Fri 21 November

William Shakespeare's Reservoir Dogs

Presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Bards Bastards are re-imagining some of todays most famous stories in the classic Shakespeare form. Their debut production is the Shakespearean version of Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece Reservoir Dogs.

In Elizabethan London, six knights - perfect strangers to one another - are hired to rob a case of precious jewels from a coach on it's way to the King. After their robbery is thwarted, the brigands realize that one of them must secretly be an officer in disguise. But which one?

This is Reservoir Dogs as you've never seen it before - a bloody revenge tragedy in the style of William Shakespeare.


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Sun 23 November

The Jaded Vanities Burlesque

presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Jaded Vanities returns. The Vanguard in-house troop are back with their dark original show after two years of themed shows such as The Empire Strips Back, The Dames Of Throne Burlesque Show, The Batman Follies Of 1929, The Biba Wizard Of Oz Burlesque and 1982 Blockbuster Burlesque.


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Mon 24 November

Broadway Unplugged

Broadway Unplugged, Australia’s favourite industry night return in 2014 for a night of unparalleled entertainment.

Born as an idea to support the musical theatre industry, Broadway Unplugged provides a platform for performers to do what they do best in a fun, supportive environment.

Featuring performances by established stars of musical theatre (from 8.00pm) and followed by open mic session (from 9.30pm till late).

Tapas and pizza menu, and drinks available to order at the bar on the night.

To register or for more info check out : www.broadwayunplugged.com.au


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Tue 25 November

New Oxford

Ruby May

Sydney-based band New Oxford have spent the last two years breaststroking through Australia's live music scene. Being described as the bastard love-child of Silversun Pickups and Bombay Bicycle Club, they've spent the last 6 months writing and recording and are taking on the live scene once again in preparation for the release of their debut ep.

Ruby May uncovered her love for music after picking up the acoustic guitar, triggering her desire to write songs. Over the years the young, ambitious vocalist has developed her music as she's explored new sounds and production techniques. Ruby's music incorporates her mesmerising voice, vivid lyrics and addictive melodies to create her unique sound. Her intriguing vocals and sound will leave you wanting more.


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Wed 26 November

C.R. Avery & Archer

Archer's Sydney Album Launch

C.R. Avery & Archer Touring Australia in November

Legendary Canadian spoken word artist, musician and songwriter, C.R. Avery has announced his second tour of Australia this November.

He has toured with Billy Bragg and Tom Waits, and had his song Crazy Dreams covered by Jolie Holland on her 2007 album Springtime Can Kill You.

Archer ‘Old Time Sing Song Man’ National Album Tour

In celebration of the release of his debut Album ‘Old Time Sing Song Man’, Archer, one of Australia’s most talented musical drifters, is heading out on a nation-wide tour.

The songs of ‘Old Time Sing Song Man’ are harvested from the stories Archer finds buried all across the country- as he walks along Australia’s dust cloaked highways, as he labours on a Murray River picking crew, twisting fruit from the vine in the Riverina sun.


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Sat 29 November

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a private event.

If you would like to receive our events information please email our team at
functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Sun 30 November

Aleyce Simmonds

Kaylee Bell (2013 Toyota StarMaker Winner)

At just 26 she is already a ten-year veteran of the industry. Her debut single Mighty Mighty Love became the most played country song on Australian Commercial radio and her two full-length albums have received popular and critical acclaim, reaching the Top 10 of the official Australian Record Industry Association Charts.

Throughout her career so far, Aleyce has drawn comparisons with artists as diverse as Linda Ronstadt, Shania Twain and, most commonly, Emmy-Lou Harris. With full band, Aleyce’s crowd-pleasing live show blurs the boundaries between contemporary country, old-school country and classic rock. In solo mode, Aleyce, her guitar and her phenomenal vocal prowess are a mesmerizing combination.


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Wed 3 December

Vanessa Raspa & The Zombie Cats

Zombie Cats is a 5 piece Indie-pop band whose unique musical style draws on a range of influences; from Ray Charles, Otis Redding and the songs of the swinging 60s...to Lauryn Hill, Gotye and Bat for Lashes.

Having recently returned from Melbourne where they recorded their EP “Bad Blood” with the Aria nominated producer Steven Schram (The Cat Empire, San Sisco, Little Red) the band consists of 2 brothers, 2 lovers, and a chanteuse.

Performing tracks from their recent release, expect a night of electronic infused pop, soul soaked melodies, dark narratives, catchy riffs, fat groove, muddy blues, tenacious vocals, and at times...a free, improvisatory/experimental approach to the music.


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Sun 7 December

SMOOTH JAZZ AUSTRALIA Presents MEN OF SOUL

featuring Armondo Hurley & Kimi Tupaea

supported by some of Sydney’s finest musicans performing the soulful hits made popular by the many great men of soul such as Luther Vandross, George Benson, Al Jarraeau, Bozz Scaggs, Marvin Gaye and many more.

The cool and sophisticated voice of Armondo is unforgettable. Armondo is an amazing performer, armed with a wonderful sense of humour and blessed with world class talent.

With his soulful vocals Kimi delivers each song with feeling and soul leaving audiences captivated and wanting more.
Smooth Jazz Australia is a combination of unique style, incredible talent that deliver a fun packed show with world class talent.


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Sun 14 December

The Jaded Vanities Burlesque

presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Jaded Vanities returns. The Vanguard in-house troop are back with their dark original show after two years of themed shows such as The Empire Strips Back, The Dames Of Throne Burlesque Show, The Batman Follies Of 1929, The Biba Wizard Of Oz Burlesque and 1982 Blockbuster Burlesque.


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Tue 16 December

Strange Bedfellows: Under The Covers

Weimar-esque Cabaret

Multiple Helpmann and Green Room Award winners Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen detonate across the footlights in a debauched and greasepaint-spattered riot of musical abandon, courageously accompanied by musical director Daryl Wallis and director Sarah Carradine.


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Wed 17 December

Strange Bedfellows: Under The Covers

Weimar-esque Cabaret

Multiple Helpmann and Green Room Award winners Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen detonate across the footlights in a debauched and greasepaint-spattered riot of musical abandon, courageously accompanied by musical director Daryl Wallis and director Sarah Carradine.


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Fri 2 January

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Sat 3 January

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Sun 4 January

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Sun 11 January

Cabaret Sasquatch

After the last sold out performance, Cabaret Sasquatch returns to The Vanguard.

From the seedy underbelly of the Inner West comes an invigorating hit to live entertainment. Burlesque, magic, and circus performers work together with an 8-piece band to compose and choreograph a completely unique and vivacious cabaret of sharp wit and seductive subversion.

Cabaret Sasquatch is a show, and a collective of young artists creating a platform for alternative live performance. These artists utilize the elements of burlesque, magic, and circus to satirize gender assumptions, political follies, pop iconography, as well as deconstruct the forms of entertainment they provide.


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Wed 14 January

Jimmy Vargas & The Black Dahlias

Jazz noir / Crime Jazz Spoken Word Burlesque-Striptease Aerial

Formed by JIMMY VARGAS in San Francisco in 1993, the BLACK DAHLIAS, (so named after Hollywood's sainted and ill-fated Madonna of Los Angeles nineteen forties folklore, one Elizabeth Short) are dark expositors of the self-coined 'Tease, Torch, and Noir' genre.

The BLACK DAHLIAS' original soundtrack exploits the canon of a dream-world nineteen forties Americana, their illicit tunes birthed from the trellis of harlot parfum and the cracked shellac spinning out of a Hollywood pleasure house jukebox…

With seven albums to date (their new disc of neo-40s latino torch and dark swing... LUST ANGELES being their latest), the BLACK DAHLIAS continue to spread the gospel of the tease, the torch, and the noir to Hepcats, swingers, Satanists, vamps and jazz heathens alike. In August 2012, Jimmy Vargas signed with legendary Hollywood label DIONYSUS.

VARGAS’ literary expositions have finally found a home at DARK MOON PRESS with whom the crooner inked in MARCH 2013, seeing the release of his SHADOW BRIDE book series, with first novel available at Amazon on April 30th 2013.


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Fri 16 January

Kinky Friedman - A Journey In Time

Musician, author, politician, entrepreneur, animal saviour... Kinky Friedman has worn many hats over his long career that began in 1966 with the almost obligatory obscure, one-off single with his university band, King Arthur & The Carrots.


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Sat 17 January

Kinky Friedman - A Journey In Time

Musician, author, politician, entrepreneur, animal saviour... Kinky Friedman has worn many hats over his long career that began in 1966 with the almost obligatory obscure, one-off single with his university band, King Arthur & The Carrots.


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Sun 18 January

Kinky Friedman - A Journey In Time

Musician, author, politician, entrepreneur, animal saviour... Kinky Friedman has worn many hats over his long career that began in 1966 with the almost obligatory obscure, one-off single with his university band, King Arthur & The Carrots.


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Sun 25 January

Elvis Cabaresque Vegas Show

Feat NICK THE KING

Elvis Caburlesque Vegas Show - Nick THE KING Sydney's No.1 Elvis Tribute Artist has joined forces with Dancers 4 Events Caburlesque to bring Vegas down-under. This show buzzes with International talent giving you not only class, comedy and sex appeal but the king of all performers ...Elvis.


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Fri 27 February

Rumours

A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac

Access All Eras presents: Rumours - A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Access All Eras presents Sydney's best Fleetwood Mac show which captures the band's sound from the legendary Rumours album and includes their hits from the early blues period to the contemporary hits. The success of Rumours as one of the biggest selling albums of all time has made this show one of the hottest tickets in town. Fleetwood Mac have an eclectic catalogue and this great Sydney based band with carefully chosen singers to bring some gorgeous interpretations of some of your favourite songs. Enjoy the hits from Dreams, Little Lies, Albatross, The Chain, Sarah, Don't Stop, Landslide, Go Your Own Way, Rhiannon and more...

Line up: Gary Fredericks- guitar
Amanda Easton - vocals
Jo Elms - vocals
Floyd Vincent- vocals
Tim Wedde - keys
Clive Harrison - bass
Steve Fearnley - drums


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Fri 13 March

Blues Brothers Show

Jake and Elwood
6 PIECE BAND (piano, bass, drums, guitar, trumpet, trombone) some of Sydney's leading musos.
Feel free to come dressed up as you favourite Blues Brothers character
and there will be Blues Brothers Trivia (with Prizes)

Ladies and gentlemen, while we still can, let us welcome, from Sydney Australia, the blues band of Jake and Elwood, the Blues Brothers Rebooted.
BLUES BROTHERS REBOOTED...
ON A MISSION TO ENTERTAIN YOU.....
The "Blues Brothers Rebooted" show is a an exciting, hand clapping, toe tapping new production that pays tribute to both the unforgettable and infectious style of soul music and a faithful recreation of those 2 brothers who donned the black hats, dark shades and created what is now a musical institution "The Blues Brothers Rebooted"


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Wed 25 March

The Floating Bridges

Australia's premiere 5 piece roots, rock, reggae outfit 'The Floating Bridges' are hitting the road to release their 5th studio recording - ‘Creatures of Leisure’, stopping in at The Vanguard for one night only on Wednesday 25th March.

The band, who formed in 2009, base themselves in the hills of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Their relaxed and peaceful lifestyle, together with funky rockin’ reggae influences from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Powderfinger, Led Zeppelin and Katchafire, all blend together to give you ‘The Floating Bridges’ experience - high energy ripping guitar licks mixed with earthy percussive beats and catchy lyrics.

Dale, Cale, Dan, Jimmy and Johnny have generated a huge following throughout Australia and New Zealand with their relentless touring, messages of cultural respect and solidarity, and their overall creation of ‘good vibes’! The ‘Creature of Leisure’ tour is set to be one of the largest to date for the ‘Bridges’.

Together with Footstomp Music, ‘The Floating Bridges’ will be playing shows throughout QLD, NSW and VIC before venturing internationally in July/August 2015.


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