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The Rock-itt : April 2011
Katie Noonan & the Captains and Emma Dean Review and Photos by DaveTozer.c om.au To view photos of the night visit www.facebook.co m/davet ozerphot ography Katie Noonan is a five-time platinum recording artist, with the help of her new band, 'The Captains' who are showcasing her new album, 'Emperor's Box'. This is a dynamic collection of 13 personal and emotive works co-produced by Katie and Grammy Award-winning rock specialist, Nick Didia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, and Powderfinger). It's my first time at Lizotte's and upon entering the premises I was taken aback by the sheer size, exquisite period decor and Casablanca style ambience of the room. Service was really welcoming, friendly and timely with drinks arriving quickly along with our ordered entre (Support Act) 'Salt & Szechuan Pepper Squid', which just melted in our mouths along with a unique tasty passion fruit sauce. Support act Emma Dean takes the stage and immediately commanded our attention with her theatrical movements and evasive highs and lows in her vocal delivery, accompanied with her thundering keyboards. She was also very comical and entertaining with the guest help of her two brothers, one on drums and a vocal duo with the other brother whom she introduced as, "This is my brother from another mother!" Our 'Main Act' meals followed Emma Dean's performance, which were: 'Crispy Skinned Barramundi' on lemongrass lentil dhal with bok choy and lime and coriander butter. My mysterious and genteel guest rested her eyes on this sumptuous delight and purred her way through the tall dish, persuading me to savour the tender white fish. She requested Frozen Margarita's to compliment its delicious zing and smiled at me through the lyrical and entertaining cabaret on stage. On the other side of table I was ploughing my way enjoyably through the 'Oven Baked Chicken Supreme' served with roast mushroom and sundried tom ato mash, broccolini, with a port and thyme reduction. The mash dissolved deliciously in my mouth, working well with the tasty chicken. Beer was cold and quick to come, and in between m y photo clicks I had an uncommonly atmospheric evening. Coffee was really the best I've tasted for ages making me feel like I’d kill for a bigger cup. Katie Noonan and her band captivated the audience with their accomplished musicianship. Katie's vocal delivery breathed confidence and amazing dynamics, she performed with a casual, cool swag, sipping a glass of red in hand, as if the audience were sitting in her ornately styled comfortable lounge room. We were also very privileged to be the first to hear a few freshly written songs that were 'gems,' so new that some of her lyrics were being transcribed by her band member whilst she was putting on her makeup. Katie showcased songs from her new album with which she collaborated her writing skills with high profile and successful fellow artists such as Josh Pyke, Sia and Tim Finn. She finished her performance with an upbeat song co- written by Cold Chisels' Don Walker. Go, you'll like it. I was amazed at how many people were there having a fabulous time relatively early on a Friday night. Where there's smoke there's fire - and Lizotte’s was definitely a smouldering den of talent and eclectic pleasure. Lizotte's have a huge guest list of amazing legendary artists coming up with live shows almost every night of the week. Be sure to visit their website to see the feast of talent and entertainment on offer which include: Mental as Anything, Jon Stevens, Diesel, Brian Cadd & Russell Morris, Grace Knight and Mark Gable to name a few. For information about coming events visit www.lizottes.com.au