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The Rock-itt : January 2011
I felt a a little like Santa Clause last month having the privilege of presenting some of the local talent residing here on the beaches, it never ceases to amaze me just how much is out there. On 2nd December ,Jaymai Johnson held her Website (thestrawberryswitchblade.com.au) launch at the "L.A." restaurant and bar 41 Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon. The aim of the site is to place young and or aspiring musicians with smaller venues so the artists gain experience performing live and the venue can have entertainment that isn't cost prohibitive. While we were entertained by local artists and acts from across the city we, were treated to a delicious smorgasbord of finger food and snacks prepared by the "L.A." kitchen (I won't need dinner tonight). One young lady in particular stood out for me, Mika from Pittwater with her friends Bella on vocals and guitar, and Mark on keyboard, performed with style and poise of a seasoned entertainer. Mika, who has studied drama and music truly understands the theatrics of how to sell a song, I expect to hear a lot more from this young lady. On Saturday 28th November our young local band De'cuna performed their first real gig at "L.A." to a packed house. This was a real treat for me to see the boys doing their thing and seeing just how much they enjoy playing and the crowd just loved them for their exuberance. The first Sunday of December was "L.A."s Open mic (contact Mal 0417421172) which is always a great day for me as we present new and local artist of all ages and genre and this was no exception. Kicking off the show was my friend Sacha performing her originals. This was funformeasIgottoplaybackup guitar. Next we have what I call the Pittwater connection, a large group of talented friends from Pittwater who can play together or separate backing each other up as they perform their individual acts. Bella, Gav, Mika and Mark introduced another of their friends, Annika, a lovely young lady with a beautiful voice that caught everyone's ear as they entertained throughout the afternoon. Jason Mansfield performed with Phil Crowely for a cruisey set. Phil, a talented percussionist and vocalist stayed on to give yours truly back up as I got a chance to play some of my own originals. Donnie Raven, who has played our open mic solo, came with his band Donnie Raven and the Agents of Pupadello. Now Donnie always entertains and has a unique style with his attire and danger rock music, but with his band (Ben, Paul and Elroy) it goes to a whole new level. Donnie the showman was in his element. I love the classic danger rock sound. While the Agents packed up and the band set up, Max Marvel's younger brother Tom performed in front of the changeover. Now I thought Max was good but I think Tom might Charlie and Jay Sophie and Ellie Lock, Tom Rhys and Annika Tim, Fred and Mark Tully and Aaron