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The Rock-itt : November 2010
Mickey Floyd with his partner Bea, entertained with their original folk styling’s. Next another no show, but as always there’s someone waiting in the wings.“Introducing, Doni Raven” now here’s a character, his style I can only call 60’s danger rock. Doni will be performing in the December show with his band. Something different, I think worth a look. Then Julie got up to perform “W hat’s Going On” with Richard Lacey to resounding applause. Now something more laid back Avalon’s Dan Reed performed with his smooth bluesy style while we got ready for the groups. Tom Johnson’s trio set up to play, while Tom played keyboard for his friend Sarah for a few numbers, the stand out was a take on the Justin Beiber song “Baby”. Then the Avalon trio swung into their set and I’m up and dancing again to their jazzy progressions. Finally our headline act, “Point Lacey Maugher” an original trio with a familiar sound as they base their music closely to tried and true riffs and progressions that will leave wondering where you’ve heard that song before. Lead singer and guitarist Richard Lacey (yet another from Barrenjoey High) has strong vocals well matched to his talent with the guitar, with John Point on base and Danny Maugher on drums, the trio are experienced musicians who produce a tight full sound with high dance-ability and their final number “Get Your Groove On” had the audience calling “encore, encore” a great way to finish the show. I’d like to say a thank you to Dave and Rick at “L.A.”, Gavin, Jason, and Simon from Billy Hyde Mona Vale (thanks guys), and to Avalon community, but most of all, to the performers, one and all (It doesn’t happen without you), and to my son Cal. Thank you all. Mal Brayne “Open Mic” is back at Mona Vale Hotel Wednesday nights 7pm – 10pm Hosted by Chris Hennigar and Jaimie Keys, (contact 0466267656) I had the honour of performing with my friend Jaymai Johnson on the opening night of the Open Mic’s return, meeting other musicians and catching up with old friends is always a high light of these nights. Here, I caught Mat Young with his friends who form a trio with a tight sound called ShUnKy zE’n, (who will be performing at “L.A” on Nov 7 th ) other stand out acts were, Sean Renford, Bec Smith, Ben taylor, Nat and Lindsay Adams also local m an Tim Rawlinson. This is a great show with an appreciativ e audience. Contact Chris or Jaimai to book a spot or find out who’s on. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Unfortunately this is not an under 18’s venue. “SONGS ALIVE” is a network of singer/songwriter nights organized by Russell Neal across Sydney with a host of venues here on the beaches contact 0411827571 or go to email@example.com m includes links to other singer/songwriter networks around Australia. Russell also is currently running a singer/songwriter contest with grand final being held at the Basement in the city. The Songs Alive venues on the beaches are, Belrose Bowling Club on the 2 nd sat of the month hosted by Russell Neal. Narrabeen RSL on the 3 rd sat of the month from 6.30 till 10pm hosted by Russell Neal. Narrabeen Sands Hotel Thurs weekly is also currently holding the songwriters contest from 8 till 11pm and on the 3 rd Thursday of the month Pittwater RSL Mona Vale a favourite of mine, hosted by Andrew Denniston.