On Sunday November 17th we will have 11 open mic acts and a band set from The Troubled Romantics- the music kicks off at 5pm. The first ten people to approach McKenzie on the night (after 4:30) will get a drink voucher and first claim on the couches! She’s the one with pink/purple hair and a finger up her nose
The Troubled Romantics are a three piece from Sydney. Raised on the dizzying drone of poker machines and RSL orange juice, The Troubled Romantics take their cue from what the olds had to teach them about love and luck and turn it into some kind of rock n roll thing.
Before The Troubled Romantics take the stage at 9pm we have the open mic performers:
5:00 Emma Menzies
5:20 Bonita Jean
5:40 Hollie Matthew
6:00 Nikolaine Martin
6:20 Emma Barry
6:40 Faith Chaza
7:00 Gabby Dever
7:20 Siobhan Poynton
7:40 Cherry on Top
8:00 Ess Em
8:20 Jade Lee Wright
We’re very pleased to announce Swamp Fat Jangles will be gracing our stage at 9:45
“The Swamp Fat Jangles story begins in the bayou. Located in an unexpected area of Sydney, the Swamp is hidden from the city in a secret place. The brackish muddy waters that birthed the Jangles informs the band’s sound, and produces a music drunk on the frog’s burp and the mud’s suck. With instruments formed in the stinking soup, the Jangles pour a hypnotic soundtrack from their swamp. The songs and poems that were forged there have now been called to the busking streets and dusty festivals, to which the Jangles bring the swamp, and the audiences bring the stomp.
Swamp Fat’s music is punctuated by the swamp’s resident soothsayer. A word witch-doctor who spits half-truths and trances. Framing the Jangles with her storytelling, the old crone evokes call and response culture, which engages the audience and propels the Jangles’ performance into a theatrical experience. With narration and spoken word exposing secrets and tales from the isolated swamp and its creatures, the Jangles sing songs of dark truths and the mysterious monsters that dwell within them or roam around their muddy playground. They present themselves and their tales in a raw performance, with poetic female vocals atop the rhythms of Banjo, Guitar and Bass accompanied by bendy blues harp or clarinet and percussion. To the audiences eye they appear as a whirling bunch of miscreants from a mythical land, with feathers, fur and eyeballs to spare.
Swamp Fat have been plucking these notes and narratives from the Swamp for a little over a year now, and as they get on so do they reach deeper into the wooded darkness to reveal and confess stories of their swamp, be it a place in reality or a space they have created with their writing. ”
We’re back for a Sunday afternoon classic edition of Chicks With Picks! We can say classic now that we’re 4. Drop in for comfy couches, pool, headstands by McKenzie every hour on the hour and of course an endless stream of talent on the stage from 5pm and a band to close the night. The first 10 people to approach the aforementioned McKenzie at 4:30pm or after will get a free drink ticket, not to mention best odds of claiming a couch. There might be cake.
Click on the poster below if you’d like to join the Facebook event.
Check out this blog that our long time friend and CWP performer/supporter Pilot Darcy has just launched – it’s a round up of the the local arts scene and stories on some of the people that make it up. Pilot has been playing at CWP since the very beginning and all over the world for…longer than we’re allowed to say. Click on the pic to check out her new page.
We’re back at The Town Hall Hotel in Newtown for another BIG night of talented performers and awesome bands. Oh and Marlena Dali, a circus sideshow performer all the way from Venice Beach Freakshow in LA.. Y’know, just to mix things up a little.
This month we’re excited to have the bands No Illuminati and Mirella’s Inferno grace our stage and of course the open mic from 7pm featuring:
(this is not the playing order)
Get in early; the first ten punters will score drink vouchers.. and couches!
The live show’s historical journey takes the listener on a rollercoaster ride through blues rock, electric jazz, alternative rock and modern electronica. Arrangements move from extremes and snatching at everything in between; heavy, growling, distortion laden rock and roll to stripped back acoustic ballads. The band has attracted attention partly due to its unusual and unorthodox sound; the keyboards that form the backbone of the band operate with a moog little phatty analog synthesizer as the bass with the sounds of a variety of tonewheel and transistor organs on the right hand (hammond b3, vox continental, farfisa compact) forming a massive wall of sound.
Classic literary references, 90s synth throwbacks and an ever growing circle of bandmates culminate to make one of Sydney’s most distinctive up-and-comers – Mirella’s Inferno.
This alternative-electro pop band is the brainchild of singer/songwriter, Meghan Dea. Drawn to music that is both poignant yet upbeat, Meghan makes music that is carefully balanced. Equal parts dramatic and danceable, their sound reflects a dark intimacy colliding with a subtle vulnerability.
Mixing the high energy of electro with vivid storytelling, Mirella’s Inferno gives electronic music a fresh organic feel, allowing a connection to be established beyond just the music heard.
It’s on! Saturday the 24th of August at The Townie we’re bringing you three awesome bands plus the Chicks with Picks open mic, and it’s free! The open mic starts at 7pm and later on in the evening we’ll have sets from Bandintexas, Library Siesta and Two Girls Will, and we’ll open up the dance floor.
If you’d like to play an open mic spot please private message Chick Pick on Facebook or Email us ASAP, we have limited spots and some are already gone.
Two Girls Will have been the local darlings of the Sydney Blues and Roots festival for three years running, charming punters along side the likes of Jeff Lang, Ash Grunwald, Chain and The Baby Animals.
Hello world, the website is currently being overhauled as is Chicks With Picks itself – we are currently working on finding a new home for the open mic and are aiming to be back, bigger and better than ever in August. We’ll announce the new venue and some exciting changes here and on Facebook.