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The Rock-itt : June 2011
I’m no stranger to the Lizottes experience; I’ve been a regular at Lizotte’s Kincumber club up on the Central Coast for quite some time. The only thing surprising for me about going down to Lizotte’s in Dee Why this month was that it has taken me so long to get around to it. I overheard some people talking in a bar the other week, they mentioned Lizotte’s and they were complaining that it was expensive. In my usual ‘can’t keep my nose out fashion’ I had to lean over and ask them why they felt it was expensive. First off it’s actually not expensive, it’s great value. To have a venue like Lizottes in Dee Why, showcasing, as it does top Australian and International stars is amazing. There is no place like it this side of the Harbour Bridge. It’s a brilliant room, decorated comfortably with great ambience and it’s a joy to be part of. It’s not the RSL experience with ok food and the ambience of a hospital waiting room. It’s the real deal and the complainants I overheard were used to the latter, they had actually never been to Lizotte’s anyway! Having said that it’s probably not a place you would go to every night, maybe it’s a place for a special celebration or somewhere you can go and see a favourite artist in intimate and very comfortable surroundings. The night my wife and I went the star was Mal Eastick, he and his four-piece band were performing the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Now, I own a lot off CD’s, actually around 6,000 but I confess not a single Stevie Ray Vaughan CD. My guitarist of choice is Richard Thompson, if you don’t know him you should. I’m a Pom, only here since 2000 so Mal Eastick’s background as both a major session man in the 80’s and also foil to Jimmy Barnes during that time is lost on me. It wasn’t lost on the rest of the substantial audience who welcom ed Mal like a long lost son. His backing band also did the support act duties and I’m being very picky here but I would have liked a something more of a contrast to Mal’s “Stevie Ray Vaughan Experienc e”. Our food was excellent, spring rolls and lamb shank was my choice, washed down with a Cassegrain Pinot Noir. A fellow Pom from Reading, W est of London served us with great style! A great experience all round and there are some fantastic acts coming to the club in the next few months. With Malcolm Hill I’m already booked for June 12 th and I can hardly contain my excitement because Van Dyke Parks will be playing the club alongside legendary Country Music madman, Kinky Friedman. Van Dyke Parks was lyricist with Brian W ilson on the Smile Project writing most of the lyrics, including ““Heroes and Villains.” He’s also very funny and he’s going to be in Dee Why, it’s unbelievable!! Lizotte’s at Kincumber traditionally have a great Melbourne Cup lunch; it would be awesome if that happened at Dee Why too. Check out the Lizotte’s web site; see who’s on and book early!