Set Times 8:00pm – 9:00pm – NAT & JULES 9:30pm – 11:00pm – SOUL ROOTS REVIVAL BAND
“Saxophonist Jason Bruer’s handpicked eight-piece band
is a stella line-up paying homage to
the best and brightest soul and roots artists.”
- Tanya Rae
“The goose bump-inducing voice of Michael David (X-Factor, The Voice, Ian Moss, Uncle Jed) pierced the heart
of the audience at Lazybones.”
- Gig Review, Lazybones Lounge, December 2017
“When Lana sings, it's like Amy Winehouse rose from the dead and threw a party with Ngaiire and some other bad ass bitches and they all drank red wine and ate dark chocolate.”
- Review of Lana’s independent single, ‘Addicts’
The Soul Roots Revival Band is a project put together by internationally renowned sax player, Jason Bruer, specifically to showcase the talent of two young singers he believes to be among Australia’s finest.
Though he’ll no doubt be embarrassed to read this, it’s impossible to highlight the quality of this band without reference to its leader and his vast experience. So just quickly, Jason has played with and arranged for a veritable Who’s Who of the music business including Eric Clapton, Sting, Mick Hucknell, Mica Paris, BB King, Stevie Winwood, Madness, Paul Weller and Van Morrison to name but a few.
He’s played as a muso. for hire with Aussie bands including the Models, the Dynamic Hepnotics, Eurogliders and Swannee and he’s supported Joe Cocker, Santana, Joan Armatrading and KC and the Sunshine Band on national tours. Suffice to say he’s acknowledged far and wide as one of the best.
Other members of this red hot band have played with or supported Robbie Williams, John Farnham, Olivia Newton John, Jimmy and Mahalia Barnes, Doug Parkinson, Tim Minchin, Percy Sledge, Jessica Mauboy, Brian May & Roger Taylor (Queen), 1927, Grace Night, Human Nature, Margaret Ulrich, Jenny Morris, Mental as Anything, Guy Sebastian, The Beautiful Girls and Mia Dyson. They’ve got cred.!
But it’s the singers Jason is truly excited about. He considers Michael David (The Voice, X-Factor, Ian Moss, Uncle Jed) and Lana Rita Sayah (The Voice, Ricki Lee, Jess Mauboy, Christine Anu) to be two of Australia’s hottest young singers.
Michael is a distinctive and engaging performer with unique tone and a powerful vocal ability that effortlessly commands attention. He opened for internationally acclaimed Soul musician Eric Benét on his 2011 Australian tour and was also the opening act on the international stage at Soulfest Sydney 2014.
Michael has also worked in the studio alongside bands and artists like RÜFÜS, Luna Grand and most recently, Cold Chisel's famed, Ian Moss. He was selected for Team Seal when he appeared on ‘The Voice Australia’ in 2012 and then doubled up by impressing Chris Isaak on Australian X-Factor to the point the famous artist invited Michael to perform with him on his UK ‘Home Visits’ Tour.
Lana has been described as “Sydney’s most exciting new voice” by veteran music professional, Sam McNally. Her sultry voice draws you in before unapologetically twisting your palette with a hint of the unexpected. When the band played Lazybones Lounge late last year, reviewer Tanya Rae wrote: “The vivacious, high-spirited, larger-than-life soul songstress Lana Rita Sayah (Ricki Lee, Jess Mauboy, Christine Anu) propelled the audience onto the dance floor.”
More than one reviewer has compared her with Amy Winehouse… and she also draws comparisons with Meg Mac, who Lana counts among her influences along with BANKS, Nick Murphy and Nao.
Lana performed on The Voice with none other than Australia's very own princess of pop Kylie Minogue. In Lana’s own words: “The performance I did with Kylie on The Voice Live shows was one of the craziest things I've experienced in my life - it was all glitter, confetti, dancers, screaming fans. I had to pinch myself knowing that I was standing on stage with Australia's Princess of Pop.”
So that will give you some indication as to the quality that the Soul Roots Revival Band brings to Eastern Lounge. It’s going to be some party!
Check out the band online at: http://jasonbruer.com/soul-roots-revival-band/
NAT & JULES
“Amazing that at their age they’re singing Soul
… and singing it SO well!”
- Gerri Halliwell
Teaming up as 8 year olds, Natalie and Julia first came to public attention winning northern beaches talent quest ‘Star Search’ at the beginning of 2012. In 2013, they reached the semi-finals on Channel 9’s Australia’s Got Talent. They were just 10 years old.
Since then, they’ve gone on to perform successfully in eisteddfods, other talent shows, at venues such as the outside stage at The Newport and various public events including on the main stage at the iconic Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run’s Finish Festival in August. Both girls share a passion for stage performance and have been cast individually in a number of amateur and professional theatre productions including, Opera Australia’s productions of Turandot and The King and I and the recent Sydney season of The Sound of Music.
Locals in Manly may have seen them busking on The Corso where their spectacular harmonies instantly attract a crowd (and a guitar case full of generous tips).
Although accomplished singers in their own right, the magic happens when they come together with a vocal blend well beyond their years. They share a love of contemporary music and perform covers from a diverse range of artists including Adele, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Pink, Bruce Springsteen, Amy Winehouse and the Beatles. And now they’ve started writing their own originals too… there is no holding these girls back. They’re seriously superstars in the making.
See them first at Eastern Lounge… then tell the world!
Check out Nat & Jules online at: https://www.facebook.com/NatalieandJulia/