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The Rock-itt : March 2011
March 1, 2011 – With the end of an era on our door step as the bastion of Independent music on the Northern Beaches is about to be closed and with no firm commitment that the Fishos tradition can be restarted at another venue my mind went to what are the options open to the seek er of something fresh, som ething new or something unexpected on the insular peninsular. If a punter wants to hear original music, are the venues there? Where are they? When do they play and how do we get there? The first up venue is one often featured in Rock-itt Magazine, Yo- Yos in the Forest is not just for the kiddies. My band The Patriarchs gig mates “Van Bogan” and “Alternative Times”, are 40 something bands that will often put on a gig at Yo-Yos and can fit approximately 100 and the door fees range from free to ten dollars. The bands on at Yo-Yos are listed in the gig guides of the street press like Drumm and Rock-itt Magazine. Keep an eye out as it is often worth a look as the young talent comes from all over Sydney, check Dan G ranero band at the Fig http://www.warringah.nsw.gov.au/co mmunity/YOYOsactivities.aspx for up-coming events. Keeping close to Manly The Fig sits directly across from the police station in the heart of Manly and hosts bands on Friday nights, the Fig has a really intimate feel but will fit 200+ patrons at the tables. It is all BYO drinks and nibbles and the doors open at 7:30pm and finishes at 10:45pm. The venue does not mike up the drums so is suited to the mellow rather than the loud sounds of the Annandale screamo bands but it often hosts some excellent Blues and rock combo bands is a cheap night with door prices at $13 or $25 for two its worthwhile to book a table with a few friends for a great night out or queue at the door on the night for one of the 40 seats reserved for walk ups. A great venue further up the coast was The little Avalon Cafe, right next to the cinema. They have bands on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoon, but it all got canned for a while when the neighbours kicked up a stink The Old Boatshed in the Corso will also host the odd international and Australian established band and have an local support band. For the $13.30 fee it is worth a quick look in to see. Lizotte’s, which is situated on the main street in the heart of Dee Why is a great venue where you can have a great meal while watching a top class artist . The Dee why venue is the latest addition to the Lizotte’s family, the original of these venues opening in Kincumber on the Central Coast 6 years ago, followed by Newcastle a few years later and then Dee Why opening late last year. The restaurant showcases the best of Australian and international entertainment in an intimate new restaurant setting with award winning food. Brian Lizzotte, the man behind the chain has a background servicing the music industry having been personal chef to Beach Boys national tour in 1992 and with INXS in 1993 and via his connections with Mark Lizotte aka Diesel he brings authenticity, energy, passion and attention to detail to the old Function Centre. If mellow is what you need then people of the Fairlight Folk put on many concerts The Shack, The Fig, Humph Hall and the Barrenjoey Music Room visit their website at http://fairlightfolk.com/ for details and dates of the up-coming shows. Mike’s Music Gumbo Mikes meandering mind of music mumbo jumbo reviews of the nation’s live music mayhem and events. By Mike Williamson Vicky Turner Band