Friday, 15 May 2009

Cirque du Soleil - An Uplifting Experience

Cirque du Soleil I was fortunate to receive a ticket to the premiere of Cirque du Soleil in Melbourne. Upon receiving the ticket however I did not realise how fortunate I really was, I knew little about the event and had never experienced Cirque du Soleil in the past.

With no expectations, I arrived at the event, to find tents that on their own inspire one. Those working on the gates, entrances and other areas where friendly and more helpful than I have found staff to be at other events - Congratulations to those who hired the staff and of course to those who were part of the, I guess, customer service team.

So now I am in the correct door and seated. There is something happening in the front rows. The laughter was a clear indicator and when I put my glasses on (yes vain until necessity prevails), I could see, that one of the performers had brought the audience into the show, by engaging them as part of the act. I have not laughed so much for a very long time and despite not being familiar with the language, the performance of the 'clown' type acts, rose above the spoken word. Their actions and performance so detailed and seemingly effortless, providing much laughter and made the audience feel as if they were a part of the event, not just spectators.

From then on, came many acts that were not only amazing in costume and music and skill but uplifting. Many have stated some of the acts to be death defying etc and yes some where and had me sitting on the edge of my seat. From the moment I sat down to enjoy the show, the time vanished as I was immersed in every aspect of each performance. The end came and I like others wanted more. The standing ovations at the end of the event, a clear measure of the audiences enjoyment.

I would recommend that if you are in Melbourne, grab some pals, tickets and treat yourselves to an event that will uplift you like few have done in the past.

Thanks to Julie Cavanagh and the Cirque du Soleil team for affording me such a wonderful, uplifiting and memorable experience.

PS - I enjoyed it so much I purchased the DVD so I can enjoy Cirque du Soleil again and again.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

For Pete's Sake

For Pete's Sake The friends of Peter Laffy invite you to an unprecedented evening of great music featuring an amazing line-up of performers in support of Peter's ongoing medical treatment in the USA. (Check out the attached Flyer) Where: Spencers Live 419 Spencer St. West Melbourne When: Tuesday 26th  May 2009 7pm till late  Tix: $20 

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Rocky and the Two Bob Millionaires

A fine collection of Australian musicians, Rocky and the Two Bob Millionaires are on the way to launch their first album - 42/68. The 10 original songs each tell a story that touch the listener through feelings, which of course are the essence of music. The band came together because of their individual passion for making music, one of life's profound joys. Their amazing individual talents, musicality and team work, has fortunately for all of us, led to the creation of an album, that is a celebration, for all to embrace. Band members include: These are Rocky Dabscheck, guitar and vocals. Nick Carrafa, drums and vocals. Brenden Mason, guitar and vocals. Max McIntosh, bass Steve Williams, saxophone, mouth harp and vocals. Sigie Gabrie, saxophone, mouth harp, synth guitar, slide guitar percussion and vocals. Julie Buxton, vocals Mark Stanley, percussion Greg Spence, trumpet Trevor 'Forever' Young, a godfather of Australian Punk, is the voice on one of the tracks, telling a story that demanded his talents. All remarkable and experienced musicians with such an amazing repertoire of songs and previous experiences of playing with other gifted musicians . Rocky has played alongside Janis Ian Eric Burden And the Animals John Martyn AC/DC Tangerine Dream Steve Being saxophone player for Australian icon John Farnhem has played alongside Tom Jones Olivia Newton-John Ray Charles Kate Ceberano Ross Wilson Brenden from the well known bands Madder Lake and Black Feather has had the pleasure of playing alongside The Rolling Stones Queen Max has played with Brian Cadd Russell Morris Members of the band have also played plenty of festivals. Keep an eye out for the launch date and listen to some of their great work at

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