GIG GUIDE

Check out where you can see HOTP’s clients – our gig guide includes what we are working on for our venue’s show dates, festival dates and our artist’s tour dates:

Note: Gig dates are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice, with start times listed as a guide only. Please check link in gig listing for up-to-date information.

Feb
19
Tue
2019
Songs & Times of Sam Cooke
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

In a first for Australian audiences, music-lovers have a chance to experience the Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke in the magnificent concert experience A Change Is Gonna Come starring Gary Pinto. Considered one of the most influential songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke has an incredible legacy. His music still sells US$5 million a year, even more than five decades after his death. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (1987) and the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (1988), received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1994) and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).

The Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will see revered Australian singer Gary Pinto traverse the biggest hits of Sam Cooke’s career in a special stage show written by acclaimed theatre director Greg Carroll. Produced by Melbourne Creative Music Company, the limited season will tour throughout Australia in January and February. Backed by the six-piece band The Champions of Soul, the show embodies the spirit of Sam Cooke’s beloved concert at the Harlem Square Club from 1963.

Gary Pinto is an ARIA-award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist. Part of the wildly successful R&B group CDB in the 1990s, who were considered pioneers of R&B within Australia, he is revered by his peers. Internationally recognised, he has received nods of praise from the likes of Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, and even performed at Stevie’s daughter’s 16th birthday party on invitation. He has penned songs for the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea, Christine Anu and American soul singers Janiva Magness, with whom he co-wrote a song from the Grammy-nominated album Love Wins Again, and Taylor Dane to name a few. For the past six years he worked behind the scenes on X-Factor as the television series vocal director and is currently touring in Jimmy Barnes’ band.

Being asked to perform the music of Sam Cooke was something of a dream come true for Gary, who cites the legendary singer as one of his biggest influences as a singer. “He is like the Godfather of soul music,” says Gary. “The way he is so relaxed in his singing, his musicality has shaped R&B music – his entire approach to music and the way he builds through songs.”

Growing up, Gary’s parents would play all the greats like Sam Cooke. He says it was the fearless approach to songwriting that was the most inspiring. “They (the great musicians of the time like Sam Cooke) are navigating new paths every time they are singing,” he says. “It is always new, it is always fresh. There is a signature to every artist, but it is never the same. It was a blessing to be able to grow up listening to a creator and inventor and interpreter of soul music (like Sam Cooke).”

Taking the music of Sam Cooke to the stage is an opportunity for Gary to share with audiences what he considers great music. He also hopes that audiences will see how much of an influence Sam Cooke has been on popular music today. “As The Beatles were to pop music, Sam Cooke is to soul and R&B,” says Gary. “His music has not dated and still influences popular culture. He was wholesome in his approach – wholesome melodic songs that were romantic in their structure.”

The show will feature not only Sam Cooke’s greatest hits, and the iconic The Harlem Square Club show, but also some songs that influenced Sam Cooke, and influenced culture and history at the time. Producers hand-picked the amazing six-piece band joining Gary on-stage, featuring some of the greatest players on the scene today, including a horns section, which is led by music director and drummer Kyrie Anderson.

Sam Cooke has been described as ‘the best singer that ever lived’, by legendary soul producer Jerry Wexler and was regarded by soul diva Aretha Franklin as a ‘genius’. His powerful, yet understated voice saw him break race and religious barriers in the 1950s and 1960s and made him one of the best-known African Americans in the world in his time. Born one of eight children to a Baptist minister, he sung along with his siblings accompanying his Father’s sermons. At 19, he joined pioneering gospel quartet The Soul Stirrers, singing on their big hits Jesus Gave Me Water, Peace In The Valley and One More River.

At 26 he left the gospel world for a solo career, giving pop music a gospel authority, and opening the door for generations of superstars to follow in his footsteps. His first solo hit – You Send Me – was #1 on the Billboard R&B charts for six-weeks. In five years, he had 29 Top 40 hits, such as Bring It On Home To Me, Chain Gang, Cupid, Another Saturday Night, Twistin’ The Night Away and Having A Party.

Well-respected in religious circles, Sam Cooke was also a teen idol and reputed womaniser who was hit with numerous paternity suits. He was also a proud and outspoken civil rights activist. He refused to work in segregated venues, publicly supported Malcolm X and wrote one of his most recognised songs about the struggles of the time, A Change Is Gonna Come. With this, he had both a strong white and black following. He was indeed paving the way for change. This was a time when no African American entertainer controlled their own careers, so Sam Cooke set-up his own label SAR Records, signed new artists – Johnnie Taylor and Bobbie Womack – and created publishing and management companies.

Sadly, the end of his life was sparked with drama. He apparently took to drinking to cope with the sadness in his life – the death of his first wife and subsequent death of his young son from his second marriage – and on the night of December 11, 1964 after a prostitute allegedly stole his clothes and money, he got in an argument with the motel manager who shot him four times. It was declared a justifiable homicide. There were always rumours that his death was the work of gangsters who had tried to move into his business enterprises, but had been rebuffed.

Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will explore the interesting, uplifting and sad life of this legendary performer, and showcase the music that still lives on today.

Check venues for on sale details for the Songs & Times of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come.

<from press release: https://www.hotoffthepress.com.au/news/2018/11/songs-times-of-sam-cooke-a-change-is-gonna-come.html>

Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA
Feb 19 @ 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA

‘Congratulations – you made it to the Fourth Floor’.

This is how Venezuelans wish each other happy birthday when they turn 40. Now Ivan is celebrating that milestone, he wants to share that floor with everyone in his new Australian home, in the best way he know show, by kicking off six-city national festival tour in 2019.

“Every year I write a show about the subject I’ve been dwelling on the most,” says Ivan. “I can’t deny that turning 40 is my main concern. I’ve heard that people in Okinawa live to be 100-years-old. I think we should all go to Okinawa and seek their advice. Also, if you’returning 40, you should know where Okinawa is because I know you loved The Karate Kid movies.”

A brew master, food technologist and comedian back in Venezuela, Ivan Aristeguieta emigrated to Australia in 2012 and quickly found his feet in the Australian comedy scene, drawn to the Aussie ‘piss-take’comedy style. From his own ABC sitcom Lost in Pronunciation to his debut Chorizo Sizzle, he endeared audiences with his brilliant observations of Australian culture and food.

Ivan has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention?, ABC Comedy Up Late, Just For Laughs TV Gala and Melbourne International Comedy Festival TV Gala to name a few. His 2018 tour Matador saw him selling out festivals and his most recent 2018 World Tour has kicked things up to another level, heading up to The Fourth Floor!

For Ivan, The Fourth Floor is about four decades of life. “Call it a mid-life crisis or amid-life celebration,” he says. “Four decades of a man who has done too much,or too little depending on how you see it.” He observes, “In Venezuela life was hard, but decisions were easy. In Australia, life is easy, but decisions are hard.” He thought Third World problems were bad, but now he has First World problems – which rubbish bin goes out this week or how do you pronounce ‘Woolloomooloo’.

One of the things Ivan looks forward to the most each year is the comedy festival season to catch-up with his fans. “Every festival season is different,” he says. “I love to experience and witness the evolution in my comedy. Loyal audience members that come to my shows every year are already like family. They know what I’ve been through over the years. Last year lots of people told me after the show that they were happy for me that I’ve moved on from my divorce. Some people told me I’ve lost weight and that I should eat more. I’ve got family all over Australia. It’s beautiful.”

Join Ivan for his mid-life crisis celebration a she steps out of the lift and on to The Fourth Floor! Going up?

Tickets for Ivan Aristeguieta’s Comedy Festival run of The Fourth Floor are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.ivanaristeguieta.com.au

Feb
20
Wed
2019
Songs & Times of Sam Cooke
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

In a first for Australian audiences, music-lovers have a chance to experience the Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke in the magnificent concert experience A Change Is Gonna Come starring Gary Pinto. Considered one of the most influential songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke has an incredible legacy. His music still sells US$5 million a year, even more than five decades after his death. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (1987) and the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (1988), received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1994) and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).

The Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will see revered Australian singer Gary Pinto traverse the biggest hits of Sam Cooke’s career in a special stage show written by acclaimed theatre director Greg Carroll. Produced by Melbourne Creative Music Company, the limited season will tour throughout Australia in January and February. Backed by the six-piece band The Champions of Soul, the show embodies the spirit of Sam Cooke’s beloved concert at the Harlem Square Club from 1963.

Gary Pinto is an ARIA-award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist. Part of the wildly successful R&B group CDB in the 1990s, who were considered pioneers of R&B within Australia, he is revered by his peers. Internationally recognised, he has received nods of praise from the likes of Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, and even performed at Stevie’s daughter’s 16th birthday party on invitation. He has penned songs for the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea, Christine Anu and American soul singers Janiva Magness, with whom he co-wrote a song from the Grammy-nominated album Love Wins Again, and Taylor Dane to name a few. For the past six years he worked behind the scenes on X-Factor as the television series vocal director and is currently touring in Jimmy Barnes’ band.

Being asked to perform the music of Sam Cooke was something of a dream come true for Gary, who cites the legendary singer as one of his biggest influences as a singer. “He is like the Godfather of soul music,” says Gary. “The way he is so relaxed in his singing, his musicality has shaped R&B music – his entire approach to music and the way he builds through songs.”

Growing up, Gary’s parents would play all the greats like Sam Cooke. He says it was the fearless approach to songwriting that was the most inspiring. “They (the great musicians of the time like Sam Cooke) are navigating new paths every time they are singing,” he says. “It is always new, it is always fresh. There is a signature to every artist, but it is never the same. It was a blessing to be able to grow up listening to a creator and inventor and interpreter of soul music (like Sam Cooke).”

Taking the music of Sam Cooke to the stage is an opportunity for Gary to share with audiences what he considers great music. He also hopes that audiences will see how much of an influence Sam Cooke has been on popular music today. “As The Beatles were to pop music, Sam Cooke is to soul and R&B,” says Gary. “His music has not dated and still influences popular culture. He was wholesome in his approach – wholesome melodic songs that were romantic in their structure.”

The show will feature not only Sam Cooke’s greatest hits, and the iconic The Harlem Square Club show, but also some songs that influenced Sam Cooke, and influenced culture and history at the time. Producers hand-picked the amazing six-piece band joining Gary on-stage, featuring some of the greatest players on the scene today, including a horns section, which is led by music director and drummer Kyrie Anderson.

Sam Cooke has been described as ‘the best singer that ever lived’, by legendary soul producer Jerry Wexler and was regarded by soul diva Aretha Franklin as a ‘genius’. His powerful, yet understated voice saw him break race and religious barriers in the 1950s and 1960s and made him one of the best-known African Americans in the world in his time. Born one of eight children to a Baptist minister, he sung along with his siblings accompanying his Father’s sermons. At 19, he joined pioneering gospel quartet The Soul Stirrers, singing on their big hits Jesus Gave Me Water, Peace In The Valley and One More River.

At 26 he left the gospel world for a solo career, giving pop music a gospel authority, and opening the door for generations of superstars to follow in his footsteps. His first solo hit – You Send Me – was #1 on the Billboard R&B charts for six-weeks. In five years, he had 29 Top 40 hits, such as Bring It On Home To Me, Chain Gang, Cupid, Another Saturday Night, Twistin’ The Night Away and Having A Party.

Well-respected in religious circles, Sam Cooke was also a teen idol and reputed womaniser who was hit with numerous paternity suits. He was also a proud and outspoken civil rights activist. He refused to work in segregated venues, publicly supported Malcolm X and wrote one of his most recognised songs about the struggles of the time, A Change Is Gonna Come. With this, he had both a strong white and black following. He was indeed paving the way for change. This was a time when no African American entertainer controlled their own careers, so Sam Cooke set-up his own label SAR Records, signed new artists – Johnnie Taylor and Bobbie Womack – and created publishing and management companies.

Sadly, the end of his life was sparked with drama. He apparently took to drinking to cope with the sadness in his life – the death of his first wife and subsequent death of his young son from his second marriage – and on the night of December 11, 1964 after a prostitute allegedly stole his clothes and money, he got in an argument with the motel manager who shot him four times. It was declared a justifiable homicide. There were always rumours that his death was the work of gangsters who had tried to move into his business enterprises, but had been rebuffed.

Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will explore the interesting, uplifting and sad life of this legendary performer, and showcase the music that still lives on today.

Check venues for on sale details for the Songs & Times of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come.

<from press release: https://www.hotoffthepress.com.au/news/2018/11/songs-times-of-sam-cooke-a-change-is-gonna-come.html>

Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA
Feb 20 @ 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA

‘Congratulations – you made it to the Fourth Floor’.

This is how Venezuelans wish each other happy birthday when they turn 40. Now Ivan is celebrating that milestone, he wants to share that floor with everyone in his new Australian home, in the best way he know show, by kicking off six-city national festival tour in 2019.

“Every year I write a show about the subject I’ve been dwelling on the most,” says Ivan. “I can’t deny that turning 40 is my main concern. I’ve heard that people in Okinawa live to be 100-years-old. I think we should all go to Okinawa and seek their advice. Also, if you’returning 40, you should know where Okinawa is because I know you loved The Karate Kid movies.”

A brew master, food technologist and comedian back in Venezuela, Ivan Aristeguieta emigrated to Australia in 2012 and quickly found his feet in the Australian comedy scene, drawn to the Aussie ‘piss-take’comedy style. From his own ABC sitcom Lost in Pronunciation to his debut Chorizo Sizzle, he endeared audiences with his brilliant observations of Australian culture and food.

Ivan has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention?, ABC Comedy Up Late, Just For Laughs TV Gala and Melbourne International Comedy Festival TV Gala to name a few. His 2018 tour Matador saw him selling out festivals and his most recent 2018 World Tour has kicked things up to another level, heading up to The Fourth Floor!

For Ivan, The Fourth Floor is about four decades of life. “Call it a mid-life crisis or amid-life celebration,” he says. “Four decades of a man who has done too much,or too little depending on how you see it.” He observes, “In Venezuela life was hard, but decisions were easy. In Australia, life is easy, but decisions are hard.” He thought Third World problems were bad, but now he has First World problems – which rubbish bin goes out this week or how do you pronounce ‘Woolloomooloo’.

One of the things Ivan looks forward to the most each year is the comedy festival season to catch-up with his fans. “Every festival season is different,” he says. “I love to experience and witness the evolution in my comedy. Loyal audience members that come to my shows every year are already like family. They know what I’ve been through over the years. Last year lots of people told me after the show that they were happy for me that I’ve moved on from my divorce. Some people told me I’ve lost weight and that I should eat more. I’ve got family all over Australia. It’s beautiful.”

Join Ivan for his mid-life crisis celebration a she steps out of the lift and on to The Fourth Floor! Going up?

Tickets for Ivan Aristeguieta’s Comedy Festival run of The Fourth Floor are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.ivanaristeguieta.com.au

Feb
21
Thu
2019
Leo Sayer @ Anita’s Theatre, THIRROUL NSW
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Leo Sayer @ Anita’s Theatre, THIRROUL NSW

Leo Sayer – Just A Boy At 70

Hot off the heels of his sold-out 2016, 2017 and 2018 UK tours, Grammy-award winning, international chart topping, British music legend Leo Sayer is touring Australia and New Zealand with his all-star band for a series of special shows to celebrate his 70th year on earth. The run of dates throughout February, March and April 2019, will see Leo traverse his amazing back catalogue. The Just A Boy At 70 tour will head straight to the UK and Europe again for the northern summer touring season at the end of the Australian run, so this is the only chance Aussie audiences will have to share in Leo’s birth year bash!

Known the world over for his classic songs, which include Thunder In My Heart, More Than I Can Say, Moonlighting, The Show Must Go On, One Man Band, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Orchard Road and the transatlantic number one smash hits When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. Leo is excited to be back on tour in his adopted homeland and can’t wait to celebrate his auspicious anniversary with audiences through these high energy concerts, jam-packed with hits from start to finish.

In the more than four decades since he embarked on his illustrious music career, Leo Sayer has written songs for some of the most influential names in the business, including the likes of Tina Turner, Cliff Richard, Roger Daltrey, Dolly Parton, Three Dog Night, Gene Pitney and Jennifer Warnes. He is revered world-wide for his songwriting and his live performances and is one of the most well-respected musicians on the touring circuit today. Audiences can expect these songs and more as the man they describe as ‘one of the greatest pop voices of our time’ takes music fans on a musical journey that features more than 20 international Top 10 singles and 5 global Top 10 albums.

There isn’t much Leo Sayer hasn’t done throughout his career. He’s made appearances with The Muppets, The Wiggles and features on the Charles Angels’ soundtrack – endearing him to music fans young and old. He has performed at every kind of venue imaginable, from intimate showcases, to the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Central Park in New York, the Las Vegas Hilton, the Royal Albert Hall in London and in his now home of Australia, the State Theatre in Sydney and Hamer Hall in Melbourne.

Leo became an Australian citizen in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. He is working just as solidly in his music career now as when he started and his music is reaching new audiences. In 2007 his classic hit Thunder In My Heart got a dance re-make, which went #1 throughout England and Europe. The age range of audiences at a Leo Sayer show is massive – his music appeals to young and old and his shows are energy packed from the beginning. His charismatic persona endears audiences immediately and he always has the audience on their feet. An evening with Leo is certainly unforgettable and most importantly fun and shows to celebrate his birthday year are guaranteed to be one massive party.

Leo is also currently celebrating the UK release of his The Gold Collection, which saw him appear in the UK Top 40 for the 15th time. The album will be available exclusively to Australian audiences on the Just A Boy At 70 tour.

Songs & Times of Sam Cooke
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

In a first for Australian audiences, music-lovers have a chance to experience the Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke in the magnificent concert experience A Change Is Gonna Come starring Gary Pinto. Considered one of the most influential songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke has an incredible legacy. His music still sells US$5 million a year, even more than five decades after his death. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (1987) and the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (1988), received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1994) and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).

The Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will see revered Australian singer Gary Pinto traverse the biggest hits of Sam Cooke’s career in a special stage show written by acclaimed theatre director Greg Carroll. Produced by Melbourne Creative Music Company, the limited season will tour throughout Australia in January and February. Backed by the six-piece band The Champions of Soul, the show embodies the spirit of Sam Cooke’s beloved concert at the Harlem Square Club from 1963.

Gary Pinto is an ARIA-award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist. Part of the wildly successful R&B group CDB in the 1990s, who were considered pioneers of R&B within Australia, he is revered by his peers. Internationally recognised, he has received nods of praise from the likes of Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, and even performed at Stevie’s daughter’s 16th birthday party on invitation. He has penned songs for the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea, Christine Anu and American soul singers Janiva Magness, with whom he co-wrote a song from the Grammy-nominated album Love Wins Again, and Taylor Dane to name a few. For the past six years he worked behind the scenes on X-Factor as the television series vocal director and is currently touring in Jimmy Barnes’ band.

Being asked to perform the music of Sam Cooke was something of a dream come true for Gary, who cites the legendary singer as one of his biggest influences as a singer. “He is like the Godfather of soul music,” says Gary. “The way he is so relaxed in his singing, his musicality has shaped R&B music – his entire approach to music and the way he builds through songs.”

Growing up, Gary’s parents would play all the greats like Sam Cooke. He says it was the fearless approach to songwriting that was the most inspiring. “They (the great musicians of the time like Sam Cooke) are navigating new paths every time they are singing,” he says. “It is always new, it is always fresh. There is a signature to every artist, but it is never the same. It was a blessing to be able to grow up listening to a creator and inventor and interpreter of soul music (like Sam Cooke).”

Taking the music of Sam Cooke to the stage is an opportunity for Gary to share with audiences what he considers great music. He also hopes that audiences will see how much of an influence Sam Cooke has been on popular music today. “As The Beatles were to pop music, Sam Cooke is to soul and R&B,” says Gary. “His music has not dated and still influences popular culture. He was wholesome in his approach – wholesome melodic songs that were romantic in their structure.”

The show will feature not only Sam Cooke’s greatest hits, and the iconic The Harlem Square Club show, but also some songs that influenced Sam Cooke, and influenced culture and history at the time. Producers hand-picked the amazing six-piece band joining Gary on-stage, featuring some of the greatest players on the scene today, including a horns section, which is led by music director and drummer Kyrie Anderson.

Sam Cooke has been described as ‘the best singer that ever lived’, by legendary soul producer Jerry Wexler and was regarded by soul diva Aretha Franklin as a ‘genius’. His powerful, yet understated voice saw him break race and religious barriers in the 1950s and 1960s and made him one of the best-known African Americans in the world in his time. Born one of eight children to a Baptist minister, he sung along with his siblings accompanying his Father’s sermons. At 19, he joined pioneering gospel quartet The Soul Stirrers, singing on their big hits Jesus Gave Me Water, Peace In The Valley and One More River.

At 26 he left the gospel world for a solo career, giving pop music a gospel authority, and opening the door for generations of superstars to follow in his footsteps. His first solo hit – You Send Me – was #1 on the Billboard R&B charts for six-weeks. In five years, he had 29 Top 40 hits, such as Bring It On Home To Me, Chain Gang, Cupid, Another Saturday Night, Twistin’ The Night Away and Having A Party.

Well-respected in religious circles, Sam Cooke was also a teen idol and reputed womaniser who was hit with numerous paternity suits. He was also a proud and outspoken civil rights activist. He refused to work in segregated venues, publicly supported Malcolm X and wrote one of his most recognised songs about the struggles of the time, A Change Is Gonna Come. With this, he had both a strong white and black following. He was indeed paving the way for change. This was a time when no African American entertainer controlled their own careers, so Sam Cooke set-up his own label SAR Records, signed new artists – Johnnie Taylor and Bobbie Womack – and created publishing and management companies.

Sadly, the end of his life was sparked with drama. He apparently took to drinking to cope with the sadness in his life – the death of his first wife and subsequent death of his young son from his second marriage – and on the night of December 11, 1964 after a prostitute allegedly stole his clothes and money, he got in an argument with the motel manager who shot him four times. It was declared a justifiable homicide. There were always rumours that his death was the work of gangsters who had tried to move into his business enterprises, but had been rebuffed.

Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will explore the interesting, uplifting and sad life of this legendary performer, and showcase the music that still lives on today.

Check venues for on sale details for the Songs & Times of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come.

<from press release: https://www.hotoffthepress.com.au/news/2018/11/songs-times-of-sam-cooke-a-change-is-gonna-come.html>

Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA
Feb 21 @ 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA

‘Congratulations – you made it to the Fourth Floor’.

This is how Venezuelans wish each other happy birthday when they turn 40. Now Ivan is celebrating that milestone, he wants to share that floor with everyone in his new Australian home, in the best way he know show, by kicking off six-city national festival tour in 2019.

“Every year I write a show about the subject I’ve been dwelling on the most,” says Ivan. “I can’t deny that turning 40 is my main concern. I’ve heard that people in Okinawa live to be 100-years-old. I think we should all go to Okinawa and seek their advice. Also, if you’returning 40, you should know where Okinawa is because I know you loved The Karate Kid movies.”

A brew master, food technologist and comedian back in Venezuela, Ivan Aristeguieta emigrated to Australia in 2012 and quickly found his feet in the Australian comedy scene, drawn to the Aussie ‘piss-take’comedy style. From his own ABC sitcom Lost in Pronunciation to his debut Chorizo Sizzle, he endeared audiences with his brilliant observations of Australian culture and food.

Ivan has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention?, ABC Comedy Up Late, Just For Laughs TV Gala and Melbourne International Comedy Festival TV Gala to name a few. His 2018 tour Matador saw him selling out festivals and his most recent 2018 World Tour has kicked things up to another level, heading up to The Fourth Floor!

For Ivan, The Fourth Floor is about four decades of life. “Call it a mid-life crisis or amid-life celebration,” he says. “Four decades of a man who has done too much,or too little depending on how you see it.” He observes, “In Venezuela life was hard, but decisions were easy. In Australia, life is easy, but decisions are hard.” He thought Third World problems were bad, but now he has First World problems – which rubbish bin goes out this week or how do you pronounce ‘Woolloomooloo’.

One of the things Ivan looks forward to the most each year is the comedy festival season to catch-up with his fans. “Every festival season is different,” he says. “I love to experience and witness the evolution in my comedy. Loyal audience members that come to my shows every year are already like family. They know what I’ve been through over the years. Last year lots of people told me after the show that they were happy for me that I’ve moved on from my divorce. Some people told me I’ve lost weight and that I should eat more. I’ve got family all over Australia. It’s beautiful.”

Join Ivan for his mid-life crisis celebration a she steps out of the lift and on to The Fourth Floor! Going up?

Tickets for Ivan Aristeguieta’s Comedy Festival run of The Fourth Floor are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.ivanaristeguieta.com.au

Feb
22
Fri
2019
Leo Sayer @ Canberra Theatre Centre, CANBERRA ACT
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Leo Sayer @ Canberra Theatre Centre, CANBERRA ACT

Leo Sayer – Just A Boy At 70

Hot off the heels of his sold-out 2016, 2017 and 2018 UK tours, Grammy-award winning, international chart topping, British music legend Leo Sayer is touring Australia and New Zealand with his all-star band for a series of special shows to celebrate his 70th year on earth. The run of dates throughout February, March and April 2019, will see Leo traverse his amazing back catalogue. The Just A Boy At 70 tour will head straight to the UK and Europe again for the northern summer touring season at the end of the Australian run, so this is the only chance Aussie audiences will have to share in Leo’s birth year bash!

Known the world over for his classic songs, which include Thunder In My Heart, More Than I Can Say, Moonlighting, The Show Must Go On, One Man Band, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Orchard Road and the transatlantic number one smash hits When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. Leo is excited to be back on tour in his adopted homeland and can’t wait to celebrate his auspicious anniversary with audiences through these high energy concerts, jam-packed with hits from start to finish.

In the more than four decades since he embarked on his illustrious music career, Leo Sayer has written songs for some of the most influential names in the business, including the likes of Tina Turner, Cliff Richard, Roger Daltrey, Dolly Parton, Three Dog Night, Gene Pitney and Jennifer Warnes. He is revered world-wide for his songwriting and his live performances and is one of the most well-respected musicians on the touring circuit today. Audiences can expect these songs and more as the man they describe as ‘one of the greatest pop voices of our time’ takes music fans on a musical journey that features more than 20 international Top 10 singles and 5 global Top 10 albums.

There isn’t much Leo Sayer hasn’t done throughout his career. He’s made appearances with The Muppets, The Wiggles and features on the Charles Angels’ soundtrack – endearing him to music fans young and old. He has performed at every kind of venue imaginable, from intimate showcases, to the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Central Park in New York, the Las Vegas Hilton, the Royal Albert Hall in London and in his now home of Australia, the State Theatre in Sydney and Hamer Hall in Melbourne.

Leo became an Australian citizen in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. He is working just as solidly in his music career now as when he started and his music is reaching new audiences. In 2007 his classic hit Thunder In My Heart got a dance re-make, which went #1 throughout England and Europe. The age range of audiences at a Leo Sayer show is massive – his music appeals to young and old and his shows are energy packed from the beginning. His charismatic persona endears audiences immediately and he always has the audience on their feet. An evening with Leo is certainly unforgettable and most importantly fun and shows to celebrate his birthday year are guaranteed to be one massive party.

Leo is also currently celebrating the UK release of his The Gold Collection, which saw him appear in the UK Top 40 for the 15th time. The album will be available exclusively to Australian audiences on the Just A Boy At 70 tour.

Songs & Times of Sam Cooke
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

In a first for Australian audiences, music-lovers have a chance to experience the Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke in the magnificent concert experience A Change Is Gonna Come starring Gary Pinto. Considered one of the most influential songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke has an incredible legacy. His music still sells US$5 million a year, even more than five decades after his death. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (1987) and the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (1988), received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1994) and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).

The Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will see revered Australian singer Gary Pinto traverse the biggest hits of Sam Cooke’s career in a special stage show written by acclaimed theatre director Greg Carroll. Produced by Melbourne Creative Music Company, the limited season will tour throughout Australia in January and February. Backed by the six-piece band The Champions of Soul, the show embodies the spirit of Sam Cooke’s beloved concert at the Harlem Square Club from 1963.

Gary Pinto is an ARIA-award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist. Part of the wildly successful R&B group CDB in the 1990s, who were considered pioneers of R&B within Australia, he is revered by his peers. Internationally recognised, he has received nods of praise from the likes of Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, and even performed at Stevie’s daughter’s 16th birthday party on invitation. He has penned songs for the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea, Christine Anu and American soul singers Janiva Magness, with whom he co-wrote a song from the Grammy-nominated album Love Wins Again, and Taylor Dane to name a few. For the past six years he worked behind the scenes on X-Factor as the television series vocal director and is currently touring in Jimmy Barnes’ band.

Being asked to perform the music of Sam Cooke was something of a dream come true for Gary, who cites the legendary singer as one of his biggest influences as a singer. “He is like the Godfather of soul music,” says Gary. “The way he is so relaxed in his singing, his musicality has shaped R&B music – his entire approach to music and the way he builds through songs.”

Growing up, Gary’s parents would play all the greats like Sam Cooke. He says it was the fearless approach to songwriting that was the most inspiring. “They (the great musicians of the time like Sam Cooke) are navigating new paths every time they are singing,” he says. “It is always new, it is always fresh. There is a signature to every artist, but it is never the same. It was a blessing to be able to grow up listening to a creator and inventor and interpreter of soul music (like Sam Cooke).”

Taking the music of Sam Cooke to the stage is an opportunity for Gary to share with audiences what he considers great music. He also hopes that audiences will see how much of an influence Sam Cooke has been on popular music today. “As The Beatles were to pop music, Sam Cooke is to soul and R&B,” says Gary. “His music has not dated and still influences popular culture. He was wholesome in his approach – wholesome melodic songs that were romantic in their structure.”

The show will feature not only Sam Cooke’s greatest hits, and the iconic The Harlem Square Club show, but also some songs that influenced Sam Cooke, and influenced culture and history at the time. Producers hand-picked the amazing six-piece band joining Gary on-stage, featuring some of the greatest players on the scene today, including a horns section, which is led by music director and drummer Kyrie Anderson.

Sam Cooke has been described as ‘the best singer that ever lived’, by legendary soul producer Jerry Wexler and was regarded by soul diva Aretha Franklin as a ‘genius’. His powerful, yet understated voice saw him break race and religious barriers in the 1950s and 1960s and made him one of the best-known African Americans in the world in his time. Born one of eight children to a Baptist minister, he sung along with his siblings accompanying his Father’s sermons. At 19, he joined pioneering gospel quartet The Soul Stirrers, singing on their big hits Jesus Gave Me Water, Peace In The Valley and One More River.

At 26 he left the gospel world for a solo career, giving pop music a gospel authority, and opening the door for generations of superstars to follow in his footsteps. His first solo hit – You Send Me – was #1 on the Billboard R&B charts for six-weeks. In five years, he had 29 Top 40 hits, such as Bring It On Home To Me, Chain Gang, Cupid, Another Saturday Night, Twistin’ The Night Away and Having A Party.

Well-respected in religious circles, Sam Cooke was also a teen idol and reputed womaniser who was hit with numerous paternity suits. He was also a proud and outspoken civil rights activist. He refused to work in segregated venues, publicly supported Malcolm X and wrote one of his most recognised songs about the struggles of the time, A Change Is Gonna Come. With this, he had both a strong white and black following. He was indeed paving the way for change. This was a time when no African American entertainer controlled their own careers, so Sam Cooke set-up his own label SAR Records, signed new artists – Johnnie Taylor and Bobbie Womack – and created publishing and management companies.

Sadly, the end of his life was sparked with drama. He apparently took to drinking to cope with the sadness in his life – the death of his first wife and subsequent death of his young son from his second marriage – and on the night of December 11, 1964 after a prostitute allegedly stole his clothes and money, he got in an argument with the motel manager who shot him four times. It was declared a justifiable homicide. There were always rumours that his death was the work of gangsters who had tried to move into his business enterprises, but had been rebuffed.

Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will explore the interesting, uplifting and sad life of this legendary performer, and showcase the music that still lives on today.

Check venues for on sale details for the Songs & Times of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come.

<from press release: https://www.hotoffthepress.com.au/news/2018/11/songs-times-of-sam-cooke-a-change-is-gonna-come.html>

The Wolfe Brothers @ Harmonie German Club, CANBERRA ACT
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Wolfe Brothers @ Harmonie German Club, CANBERRA ACT

The Wolfe Brothers kick off the 2019 run of their rockin’ Country Heart National Tour

with special guests

Touring January – May 2019

Tickets on sale now

The Wolfe Brothers kicked off 2019 in fine style, with shows packed to the rafters. Now, the Tasmanian country rockers have announced the next string of dates on their Country Heart National Tour as they continue to take their special style of country rock out on the road. With the Tamworth Country Music Festival just around the corner, and five Golden Guitar nominations up their sleeves, The Wolfe Brothers could be forgiven for taking a bit of a break. But that’s not how this band earned the reputation as one of Australia’s hardest working groups on the touring circuit today. Instead, they’ve announced a swag of new dates around the country and they can’t wait to keep sharing their music with fans everywhere.

The Country Heart tour celebrates the band’s fourth studio album debuting on the ARIA Charts at #9 in March 2018. The past year has seen the Tassie boys playing to packed houses around the country. Aside from their own headlined shows, they were also out on the road with their mate Lee Kernaghan on his 25th Anniversary Tour Boys From The Bush.

To say that 2018 was a massive year for the band would be an understatement. The Wolfe Brothers garnered themselves an ARIA nomination for Best Country Album, and have five Golden Guitar nominations at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival – Single Of The Year, Contemporary Country Album Of The Year, Country Music Capital News Group Or Duo Of The Year, APRA AMCOS Song Of The Year and CMC Video Of The Year.

When The Wolfe Brothers announced their first Country Heart show in Tasmania back in May 2018 it sold-out immediately. Audiences were certainly in for a treat when the band took to the stage, showcasing the tracks that generated them acclaim from their fourth long-player and all the hits from their previous releases. Country Heart’s debut at #9 is the band’s highest ARIA chart entry position to date beating their last album, This Crazy Life, which came in at #10 on release in June 2016. This is a great effort when you consider Ed Sheehan held three of the eight spots before them.

For the band, the charting position is all due to their fans. “We are all stoked and really proud of this ARIA Top 10 debut,” says lead singer Nick Wolfe. “We have our fans to thank for going out and buying the album and giving us our highest ARIA all genre chart position to date.”

All four of The Wolfe Brothers albums have entered the ARIA chart in the Top 20 all genre ARIA chart. The last two albums, Nothin’ But Trouble and This Crazy Life, and this new release Country Heart, have all debuted on the ARIA Country Chart at #2. The band penned the album on a songwriting trip to Nashville last year where they collaborated with a number of different writers, with the objective to create a different sound and deliver songs that would hopefully take the band to the next level.

After three highly successful albums, the band felt ready to take a big step with number four. “We really wanted to do something different, something that would reach a wider audience and something to show that we have grown and matured as a band and as songwriters,” says bassist Tom Wolfe. “We are very proud of this album and we feel that we achieved what we set out to do and to see it debut at #9 is very satisfying and a great start to the next chapter for the band.”

The Wolfe Brothers enlisted award-winning producer Matt Fell to produce their fourth studio album in his Sydney studio. “Matt was amazing to work with,” says lead guitarist Brodie Rainbird. “He is also a great musician and he really understood our need to do something different with this album. In the past we have always been a guitar driven band. This time we never picked up a guitar until we were two weeks into the recording. We took the time to work on the parts of every song. It is not a massive departure from the past Wolfe Brothers records, it is just different, and the response from those who have heard the album has been incredibly encouraging for us.”

Tickets for The Wolfe Brothers Country Heart Australian Tour 2019 are on sale now. The Wolfe Brothers fourth studio album, Country Heart, is out now through ABC / Universal Music.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 |8.30pm
The Albert Hotel, TAMWORTH NSW
+ Andrew Swift + Jody Direen
www.lccmm.com.au

Saturday 16th February 2019
Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon, MINIMAY VIC
w/ Adam Harvey / Caitlin Shadbolt / Brothers 3 + more
www.lccmm.com.au

Friday 22nd February 2019 | 8pm
Harmonie German Club, CANBERRA ACT
+ James Van Cooper
www.harmonieclub.com.au | 02 6295 9853

Saturday 23rd February 2019 | 8pm
Ettamogah Pub, KELLYVILLE RIDGE NSW
+ James Van Cooper
www.oztix.com.au | 02 9629 1130

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Winnaleah Recreation Ground, WINNALEAH TAS
Outdoors w/ The Bad Dad Orchestra + Well Strung
www.oztix.com.au | 03 6354 2331

Wednesday 13th March 2019
Hallam Hotel, HALLAM VIC
+ Andrew Swift
www.oztix.com.au | 03 8786 0200

Thursday 14th March 2019 | 8pm
Memo Music Hall, ST KILDA VIC
+ Andrew Swift
www.memomusichall.com.au | 03 9534 3556

Friday 15th March 2019 | 8pm
The Morwell Hotel, MOREWELL VIC
+ Andrew Swift
www.oztix.com.au | 03 5134 1355

Saturday 16th March 2019 | 8pm
Macs Hotel, MELTON VIC
+ Andrew Swift
www.oztix.com.au | 03 9747 9566

Sunday 17th March 2019 | 8pm
Publican Hotel, MORNINGTON VIC
+ Andrew Swift
www.publicanmornington.com.au | 03 5976 2222

Sunday 31st March 2019 | 8am–4pm
Penrith Working Truck Show, PENRITH NSW
w/ Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont / Christie Lamb / Viper Creek Band / Brad Butcher
www.pwts.com.au

Friday 5th April 2019 | 8pm
Edge Hill Tavern, EDGE HILL QLD
+ Andrew Swift
www.edgehilltavern.com.au | 07 4053 4811

Saturday 6th April 2019 | 8pm
Dalrymple Hotel, TOWNSVILLE QLD
+ Andrew Swift
www.dalrymplehotel.com.au | 07 4779 6344

Sunday 7th April 2019 | 6.30pm
Mt. Pleasant Tavern, MACKAY QLD
+ Andrew Swift
www.mountpleasanttavern.com.au | 07 4942 1711

Friday 12th April 2019 | 8pm
The Saloon, LAUNCESTON TAS
+ Andrew Swift
www.oztix.com.au | 03 6259 1292

Saturday 6th April 2019 | 8pm
The Huntington Tavern, KEMPTON TAS
+ Andrew Swift
www.thehuntingtonkemptoncom.au | 13 82 38

Sunday 14th April | 2pm
Longley International Hotel, LONGLEY TAS
+ Andrew Swift
www.oztix.com.au | 03 6239 6378

Saturday 11th May
Big Country, Berry Showground, NSW
w/ Lee Kernaghan / The McClymonts / Travis Collins / The Sunny Cowgirls / Caitlyn Shadbolt + more
www.moshtix.com.au

For more information, please visit www.thewolfebrothers.com

Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA
Feb 22 @ 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA

‘Congratulations – you made it to the Fourth Floor’.

This is how Venezuelans wish each other happy birthday when they turn 40. Now Ivan is celebrating that milestone, he wants to share that floor with everyone in his new Australian home, in the best way he know show, by kicking off six-city national festival tour in 2019.

“Every year I write a show about the subject I’ve been dwelling on the most,” says Ivan. “I can’t deny that turning 40 is my main concern. I’ve heard that people in Okinawa live to be 100-years-old. I think we should all go to Okinawa and seek their advice. Also, if you’returning 40, you should know where Okinawa is because I know you loved The Karate Kid movies.”

A brew master, food technologist and comedian back in Venezuela, Ivan Aristeguieta emigrated to Australia in 2012 and quickly found his feet in the Australian comedy scene, drawn to the Aussie ‘piss-take’comedy style. From his own ABC sitcom Lost in Pronunciation to his debut Chorizo Sizzle, he endeared audiences with his brilliant observations of Australian culture and food.

Ivan has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention?, ABC Comedy Up Late, Just For Laughs TV Gala and Melbourne International Comedy Festival TV Gala to name a few. His 2018 tour Matador saw him selling out festivals and his most recent 2018 World Tour has kicked things up to another level, heading up to The Fourth Floor!

For Ivan, The Fourth Floor is about four decades of life. “Call it a mid-life crisis or amid-life celebration,” he says. “Four decades of a man who has done too much,or too little depending on how you see it.” He observes, “In Venezuela life was hard, but decisions were easy. In Australia, life is easy, but decisions are hard.” He thought Third World problems were bad, but now he has First World problems – which rubbish bin goes out this week or how do you pronounce ‘Woolloomooloo’.

One of the things Ivan looks forward to the most each year is the comedy festival season to catch-up with his fans. “Every festival season is different,” he says. “I love to experience and witness the evolution in my comedy. Loyal audience members that come to my shows every year are already like family. They know what I’ve been through over the years. Last year lots of people told me after the show that they were happy for me that I’ve moved on from my divorce. Some people told me I’ve lost weight and that I should eat more. I’ve got family all over Australia. It’s beautiful.”

Join Ivan for his mid-life crisis celebration a she steps out of the lift and on to The Fourth Floor! Going up?

Tickets for Ivan Aristeguieta’s Comedy Festival run of The Fourth Floor are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.ivanaristeguieta.com.au

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Leo Sayer @ Castle Hill RSL Club, CASTLE HILL NSW
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Leo Sayer – Just A Boy At 70

Hot off the heels of his sold-out 2016, 2017 and 2018 UK tours, Grammy-award winning, international chart topping, British music legend Leo Sayer is touring Australia and New Zealand with his all-star band for a series of special shows to celebrate his 70th year on earth. The run of dates throughout February, March and April 2019, will see Leo traverse his amazing back catalogue. The Just A Boy At 70 tour will head straight to the UK and Europe again for the northern summer touring season at the end of the Australian run, so this is the only chance Aussie audiences will have to share in Leo’s birth year bash!

Known the world over for his classic songs, which include Thunder In My Heart, More Than I Can Say, Moonlighting, The Show Must Go On, One Man Band, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Orchard Road and the transatlantic number one smash hits When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. Leo is excited to be back on tour in his adopted homeland and can’t wait to celebrate his auspicious anniversary with audiences through these high energy concerts, jam-packed with hits from start to finish.

In the more than four decades since he embarked on his illustrious music career, Leo Sayer has written songs for some of the most influential names in the business, including the likes of Tina Turner, Cliff Richard, Roger Daltrey, Dolly Parton, Three Dog Night, Gene Pitney and Jennifer Warnes. He is revered world-wide for his songwriting and his live performances and is one of the most well-respected musicians on the touring circuit today. Audiences can expect these songs and more as the man they describe as ‘one of the greatest pop voices of our time’ takes music fans on a musical journey that features more than 20 international Top 10 singles and 5 global Top 10 albums.

There isn’t much Leo Sayer hasn’t done throughout his career. He’s made appearances with The Muppets, The Wiggles and features on the Charles Angels’ soundtrack – endearing him to music fans young and old. He has performed at every kind of venue imaginable, from intimate showcases, to the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Central Park in New York, the Las Vegas Hilton, the Royal Albert Hall in London and in his now home of Australia, the State Theatre in Sydney and Hamer Hall in Melbourne.

Leo became an Australian citizen in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. He is working just as solidly in his music career now as when he started and his music is reaching new audiences. In 2007 his classic hit Thunder In My Heart got a dance re-make, which went #1 throughout England and Europe. The age range of audiences at a Leo Sayer show is massive – his music appeals to young and old and his shows are energy packed from the beginning. His charismatic persona endears audiences immediately and he always has the audience on their feet. An evening with Leo is certainly unforgettable and most importantly fun and shows to celebrate his birthday year are guaranteed to be one massive party.

Leo is also currently celebrating the UK release of his The Gold Collection, which saw him appear in the UK Top 40 for the 15th time. The album will be available exclusively to Australian audiences on the Just A Boy At 70 tour.

Songs & Times of Sam Cooke @ Frankston Arts Centre
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

In a first for Australian audiences, music-lovers have a chance to experience the Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke in the magnificent concert experience A Change Is Gonna Come starring Gary Pinto. Considered one of the most influential songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke has an incredible legacy. His music still sells US$5 million a year, even more than five decades after his death. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (1987) and the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (1988), received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1994) and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).

The Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will see revered Australian singer Gary Pinto traverse the biggest hits of Sam Cooke’s career in a special stage show written by acclaimed theatre director Greg Carroll. Produced by Melbourne Creative Music Company, the limited season will tour throughout Australia in January and February. Backed by the six-piece band The Champions of Soul, the show embodies the spirit of Sam Cooke’s beloved concert at the Harlem Square Club from 1963.

Gary Pinto is an ARIA-award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist. Part of the wildly successful R&B group CDB in the 1990s, who were considered pioneers of R&B within Australia, he is revered by his peers. Internationally recognised, he has received nods of praise from the likes of Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, and even performed at Stevie’s daughter’s 16th birthday party on invitation. He has penned songs for the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea, Christine Anu and American soul singers Janiva Magness, with whom he co-wrote a song from the Grammy-nominated album Love Wins Again, and Taylor Dane to name a few. For the past six years he worked behind the scenes on X-Factor as the television series vocal director and is currently touring in Jimmy Barnes’ band.

Being asked to perform the music of Sam Cooke was something of a dream come true for Gary, who cites the legendary singer as one of his biggest influences as a singer. “He is like the Godfather of soul music,” says Gary. “The way he is so relaxed in his singing, his musicality has shaped R&B music – his entire approach to music and the way he builds through songs.”

Growing up, Gary’s parents would play all the greats like Sam Cooke. He says it was the fearless approach to songwriting that was the most inspiring. “They (the great musicians of the time like Sam Cooke) are navigating new paths every time they are singing,” he says. “It is always new, it is always fresh. There is a signature to every artist, but it is never the same. It was a blessing to be able to grow up listening to a creator and inventor and interpreter of soul music (like Sam Cooke).”

Taking the music of Sam Cooke to the stage is an opportunity for Gary to share with audiences what he considers great music. He also hopes that audiences will see how much of an influence Sam Cooke has been on popular music today. “As The Beatles were to pop music, Sam Cooke is to soul and R&B,” says Gary. “His music has not dated and still influences popular culture. He was wholesome in his approach – wholesome melodic songs that were romantic in their structure.”

The show will feature not only Sam Cooke’s greatest hits, and the iconic The Harlem Square Club show, but also some songs that influenced Sam Cooke, and influenced culture and history at the time. Producers hand-picked the amazing six-piece band joining Gary on-stage, featuring some of the greatest players on the scene today, including a horns section, which is led by music director and drummer Kyrie Anderson.

Sam Cooke has been described as ‘the best singer that ever lived’, by legendary soul producer Jerry Wexler and was regarded by soul diva Aretha Franklin as a ‘genius’. His powerful, yet understated voice saw him break race and religious barriers in the 1950s and 1960s and made him one of the best-known African Americans in the world in his time. Born one of eight children to a Baptist minister, he sung along with his siblings accompanying his Father’s sermons. At 19, he joined pioneering gospel quartet The Soul Stirrers, singing on their big hits Jesus Gave Me Water, Peace In The Valley and One More River.

At 26 he left the gospel world for a solo career, giving pop music a gospel authority, and opening the door for generations of superstars to follow in his footsteps. His first solo hit – You Send Me – was #1 on the Billboard R&B charts for six-weeks. In five years, he had 29 Top 40 hits, such as Bring It On Home To Me, Chain Gang, Cupid, Another Saturday Night, Twistin’ The Night Away and Having A Party.

Well-respected in religious circles, Sam Cooke was also a teen idol and reputed womaniser who was hit with numerous paternity suits. He was also a proud and outspoken civil rights activist. He refused to work in segregated venues, publicly supported Malcolm X and wrote one of his most recognised songs about the struggles of the time, A Change Is Gonna Come. With this, he had both a strong white and black following. He was indeed paving the way for change. This was a time when no African American entertainer controlled their own careers, so Sam Cooke set-up his own label SAR Records, signed new artists – Johnnie Taylor and Bobbie Womack – and created publishing and management companies.

Sadly, the end of his life was sparked with drama. He apparently took to drinking to cope with the sadness in his life – the death of his first wife and subsequent death of his young son from his second marriage – and on the night of December 11, 1964 after a prostitute allegedly stole his clothes and money, he got in an argument with the motel manager who shot him four times. It was declared a justifiable homicide. There were always rumours that his death was the work of gangsters who had tried to move into his business enterprises, but had been rebuffed.

Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will explore the interesting, uplifting and sad life of this legendary performer, and showcase the music that still lives on today.

Check venues for on sale details for the Songs & Times of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come.

<from press release: https://www.hotoffthepress.com.au/news/2018/11/songs-times-of-sam-cooke-a-change-is-gonna-come.html>

The Wolfe Brothers @ Ettamogah Pub, KELLYVILLE RIDGE NSW
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 11:30 pm
The Wolfe Brothers @ Ettamogah Pub, KELLYVILLE RIDGE NSW

The Wolfe Brothers kick off the 2019 run of their rockin’ Country Heart National Tour

with special guests

Touring January – May 2019

Tickets on sale now

The Wolfe Brothers kicked off 2019 in fine style, with shows packed to the rafters. Now, the Tasmanian country rockers have announced the next string of dates on their Country Heart National Tour as they continue to take their special style of country rock out on the road. With the Tamworth Country Music Festival just around the corner, and five Golden Guitar nominations up their sleeves, The Wolfe Brothers could be forgiven for taking a bit of a break. But that’s not how this band earned the reputation as one of Australia’s hardest working groups on the touring circuit today. Instead, they’ve announced a swag of new dates around the country and they can’t wait to keep sharing their music with fans everywhere.

The Country Heart tour celebrates the band’s fourth studio album debuting on the ARIA Charts at #9 in March 2018. The past year has seen the Tassie boys playing to packed houses around the country. Aside from their own headlined shows, they were also out on the road with their mate Lee Kernaghan on his 25th Anniversary Tour Boys From The Bush.

To say that 2018 was a massive year for the band would be an understatement. The Wolfe Brothers garnered themselves an ARIA nomination for Best Country Album, and have five Golden Guitar nominations at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival – Single Of The Year, Contemporary Country Album Of The Year, Country Music Capital News Group Or Duo Of The Year, APRA AMCOS Song Of The Year and CMC Video Of The Year.

When The Wolfe Brothers announced their first Country Heart show in Tasmania back in May 2018 it sold-out immediately. Audiences were certainly in for a treat when the band took to the stage, showcasing the tracks that generated them acclaim from their fourth long-player and all the hits from their previous releases. Country Heart’s debut at #9 is the band’s highest ARIA chart entry position to date beating their last album, This Crazy Life, which came in at #10 on release in June 2016. This is a great effort when you consider Ed Sheehan held three of the eight spots before them.

For the band, the charting position is all due to their fans. “We are all stoked and really proud of this ARIA Top 10 debut,” says lead singer Nick Wolfe. “We have our fans to thank for going out and buying the album and giving us our highest ARIA all genre chart position to date.”

All four of The Wolfe Brothers albums have entered the ARIA chart in the Top 20 all genre ARIA chart. The last two albums, Nothin’ But Trouble and This Crazy Life, and this new release Country Heart, have all debuted on the ARIA Country Chart at #2. The band penned the album on a songwriting trip to Nashville last year where they collaborated with a number of different writers, with the objective to create a different sound and deliver songs that would hopefully take the band to the next level.

After three highly successful albums, the band felt ready to take a big step with number four. “We really wanted to do something different, something that would reach a wider audience and something to show that we have grown and matured as a band and as songwriters,” says bassist Tom Wolfe. “We are very proud of this album and we feel that we achieved what we set out to do and to see it debut at #9 is very satisfying and a great start to the next chapter for the band.”

The Wolfe Brothers enlisted award-winning producer Matt Fell to produce their fourth studio album in his Sydney studio. “Matt was amazing to work with,” says lead guitarist Brodie Rainbird. “He is also a great musician and he really understood our need to do something different with this album. In the past we have always been a guitar driven band. This time we never picked up a guitar until we were two weeks into the recording. We took the time to work on the parts of every song. It is not a massive departure from the past Wolfe Brothers records, it is just different, and the response from those who have heard the album has been incredibly encouraging for us.”

Tickets for The Wolfe Brothers Country Heart Australian Tour 2019 are on sale now. The Wolfe Brothers fourth studio album, Country Heart, is out now through ABC / Universal Music.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 |8.30pm
The Albert Hotel, TAMWORTH NSW
+ Andrew Swift + Jody Direen
www.lccmm.com.au

Saturday 16th February 2019
Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon, MINIMAY VIC
w/ Adam Harvey / Caitlin Shadbolt / Brothers 3 + more
www.lccmm.com.au

Friday 22nd February 2019 | 8pm
Harmonie German Club, CANBERRA ACT
+ James Van Cooper
www.harmonieclub.com.au | 02 6295 9853

Saturday 23rd February 2019 | 8pm
Ettamogah Pub, KELLYVILLE RIDGE NSW
+ James Van Cooper
www.oztix.com.au | 02 9629 1130

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Winnaleah Recreation Ground, WINNALEAH TAS
Outdoors w/ The Bad Dad Orchestra + Well Strung
www.oztix.com.au | 03 6354 2331

Wednesday 13th March 2019
Hallam Hotel, HALLAM VIC
+ Andrew Swift
www.oztix.com.au | 03 8786 0200

Thursday 14th March 2019 | 8pm
Memo Music Hall, ST KILDA VIC
+ Andrew Swift
www.memomusichall.com.au | 03 9534 3556

Friday 15th March 2019 | 8pm
The Morwell Hotel, MOREWELL VIC
+ Andrew Swift
www.oztix.com.au | 03 5134 1355

Saturday 16th March 2019 | 8pm
Macs Hotel, MELTON VIC
+ Andrew Swift
www.oztix.com.au | 03 9747 9566

Sunday 17th March 2019 | 8pm
Publican Hotel, MORNINGTON VIC
+ Andrew Swift
www.publicanmornington.com.au | 03 5976 2222

Sunday 31st March 2019 | 8am–4pm
Penrith Working Truck Show, PENRITH NSW
w/ Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont / Christie Lamb / Viper Creek Band / Brad Butcher
www.pwts.com.au

Friday 5th April 2019 | 8pm
Edge Hill Tavern, EDGE HILL QLD
+ Andrew Swift
www.edgehilltavern.com.au | 07 4053 4811

Saturday 6th April 2019 | 8pm
Dalrymple Hotel, TOWNSVILLE QLD
+ Andrew Swift
www.dalrymplehotel.com.au | 07 4779 6344

Sunday 7th April 2019 | 6.30pm
Mt. Pleasant Tavern, MACKAY QLD
+ Andrew Swift
www.mountpleasanttavern.com.au | 07 4942 1711

Friday 12th April 2019 | 8pm
The Saloon, LAUNCESTON TAS
+ Andrew Swift
www.oztix.com.au | 03 6259 1292

Saturday 6th April 2019 | 8pm
The Huntington Tavern, KEMPTON TAS
+ Andrew Swift
www.thehuntingtonkemptoncom.au | 13 82 38

Sunday 14th April | 2pm
Longley International Hotel, LONGLEY TAS
+ Andrew Swift
www.oztix.com.au | 03 6239 6378

Saturday 11th May
Big Country, Berry Showground, NSW
w/ Lee Kernaghan / The McClymonts / Travis Collins / The Sunny Cowgirls / Caitlyn Shadbolt + more
www.moshtix.com.au

For more information, please visit www.thewolfebrothers.com

Felicity Ward @ Brisbane Powerhouse, BRISBANE QLD
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Felicity Ward @ Brisbane Powerhouse, BRISBANE QLD

After three long years, Felicity Ward is back and Busting A Nut

Comedian Felicity Ward is busting a proverbial nut as she returns to Australia for the Comedy Festival season for the first time in years, hot on the heels of her sell-out Busting A Nut UK tour and following her nomination for the most prestigious award in live comedy, Best Comedy, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018. Felicity is jumped up, hyped up and ready to make Aussie audiences bust their own nuts as she takes them through her hilarious exploits of what happens when you take a year off comedy.

Central Coast born Felicity now resides in the UK and can’t wait to get back down under for this special run of shows. “I’m absolutely pumped,” she says. “I think the longer I am away from Australia, the stronger my accent gets too. I’m terrified of losing it and becoming one of those Aussies who is in London for three weeks and starts pronouncing the ‘t’in water. I’ll be saying ‘strewth’ and ‘fair dinkum’ every five to eight words I’m back home, I’d say.”

Since her last trip to Oz, she’s been busy!She’s starred in her own Netflix special as part of the series Live From The BBC, also appeared on the BBC’s Live At The ApolloMock The Week, recorded her own BBC Radio-4 series Appisodes on whether technology can save her from herself, regularly co-hosts The Guilty Feminist podcast, and co-hosted her own: The Urnbelievable Ashes Podcast. She’seven managed to squeeze in a cameo in the upcoming series of ABC TV’s The Let Down.

She says audiences coming along to the Australian shows will learn absolutely nothing, but they can expect to laugh.“The show is a bit of a bullet point round up of my life for the past two years, told through the medium of straight-up jokes,” she says. “The best way to describe it is… put your finger in your belly button and move it around.Now, smell your finger… it’s nothing like that. Also… gross! Why did you do that?!”

There isn’t much Felicity Ward can’t do. A comedian, actor and writer, she has been garnering acclaim across the board for her works. Her show What If There Is No Toilet? earned her great recognition for breaking down the stigma around mental health and IBS, which came off the back of her acclaimed documentary Felicity’s Mental Mission in 2016. A regular face on UK TV, she has opened for the likes of Katherine Ryan, Maria Bamford and Amy Schumer, to name a few, and has more awards and award-nominations than you can poke a stick at. She’s now back touring her first national Australian tour in three years because it’s been the only chance she’s had with such a busy UK schedule.

“I’ve got some TV things coming up,” she says.“Roast Battle for Comedy Central and Stand Up Sketch Show for ITV2 in the UK.It looks like there will be some more Urnbelievable Ashes Podcast coming at you, … Then I’m being a fancy actor in a play later in the year, but I can’t say what it is yet – mucho secreto!”

Book your tickets now because it might be another three years before we see one of our best back on these shores.

Tickets for Felicity Ward’s Busting A Nut tour are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.felicityward.com

Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA
Feb 23 @ 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA

‘Congratulations – you made it to the Fourth Floor’.

This is how Venezuelans wish each other happy birthday when they turn 40. Now Ivan is celebrating that milestone, he wants to share that floor with everyone in his new Australian home, in the best way he know show, by kicking off six-city national festival tour in 2019.

“Every year I write a show about the subject I’ve been dwelling on the most,” says Ivan. “I can’t deny that turning 40 is my main concern. I’ve heard that people in Okinawa live to be 100-years-old. I think we should all go to Okinawa and seek their advice. Also, if you’returning 40, you should know where Okinawa is because I know you loved The Karate Kid movies.”

A brew master, food technologist and comedian back in Venezuela, Ivan Aristeguieta emigrated to Australia in 2012 and quickly found his feet in the Australian comedy scene, drawn to the Aussie ‘piss-take’comedy style. From his own ABC sitcom Lost in Pronunciation to his debut Chorizo Sizzle, he endeared audiences with his brilliant observations of Australian culture and food.

Ivan has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention?, ABC Comedy Up Late, Just For Laughs TV Gala and Melbourne International Comedy Festival TV Gala to name a few. His 2018 tour Matador saw him selling out festivals and his most recent 2018 World Tour has kicked things up to another level, heading up to The Fourth Floor!

For Ivan, The Fourth Floor is about four decades of life. “Call it a mid-life crisis or amid-life celebration,” he says. “Four decades of a man who has done too much,or too little depending on how you see it.” He observes, “In Venezuela life was hard, but decisions were easy. In Australia, life is easy, but decisions are hard.” He thought Third World problems were bad, but now he has First World problems – which rubbish bin goes out this week or how do you pronounce ‘Woolloomooloo’.

One of the things Ivan looks forward to the most each year is the comedy festival season to catch-up with his fans. “Every festival season is different,” he says. “I love to experience and witness the evolution in my comedy. Loyal audience members that come to my shows every year are already like family. They know what I’ve been through over the years. Last year lots of people told me after the show that they were happy for me that I’ve moved on from my divorce. Some people told me I’ve lost weight and that I should eat more. I’ve got family all over Australia. It’s beautiful.”

Join Ivan for his mid-life crisis celebration a she steps out of the lift and on to The Fourth Floor! Going up?

Tickets for Ivan Aristeguieta’s Comedy Festival run of The Fourth Floor are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.ivanaristeguieta.com.au

Feb
24
Sun
2019
Red Hot Summer Tour – Stage 88, Commonwealth Park @ Stage 88, Commonwealth Park
Feb 24 all-day

The Red Hot Summer Tour Series Two brings the Ultimate Rock N Roll Line-Up

Red Hot Summer Tour - Series TwoSuzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Tickets are on sale at 9am AEST on Thursday 12th July 2018. Tickets are only available through authorised ticket outlets listed. Patrons are advised not to purchase tickets from Viagogo or other Third Party Sellers, as fraudulent tickets will not be honoured. Please only use the authorised sellers listed below.

Saturday 16th February 2019
Seppeltsfield Wines, BAROSSA VALLEY SA
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Sunday 17th February 2019
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, HOBART TAS
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 23rd February 2019
Bendigo Racecourse, BENDIGO VIC
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Sunday 24th February 2019
Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, CANBERRA ACT
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Gateway Lakes, WODONGA VIC
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish
*** Jon Stevens is not performing at this show ***

Sunday 3rd March 2019
Kiama Showgrounds, KIAMA NSW
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 9th March 2019
Mount Penang Parkland, KARIONG NSW
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Sunday 10th March 2019
Harrigans Drift Inn, JACOBS WELL QLD
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish 

Saturday 16th March 2019
Westport Park, PORT MACQUARIE NSW
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish 

For more information, please visit www.redhotsummertour.com.au

Songs & Times of Sam Cooke @ Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

In a first for Australian audiences, music-lovers have a chance to experience the Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke in the magnificent concert experience A Change Is Gonna Come starring Gary Pinto. Considered one of the most influential songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke has an incredible legacy. His music still sells US$5 million a year, even more than five decades after his death. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (1987) and the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (1988), received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1994) and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).

The Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will see revered Australian singer Gary Pinto traverse the biggest hits of Sam Cooke’s career in a special stage show written by acclaimed theatre director Greg Carroll. Produced by Melbourne Creative Music Company, the limited season will tour throughout Australia in January and February. Backed by the six-piece band The Champions of Soul, the show embodies the spirit of Sam Cooke’s beloved concert at the Harlem Square Club from 1963.

Gary Pinto is an ARIA-award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist. Part of the wildly successful R&B group CDB in the 1990s, who were considered pioneers of R&B within Australia, he is revered by his peers. Internationally recognised, he has received nods of praise from the likes of Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, and even performed at Stevie’s daughter’s 16th birthday party on invitation. He has penned songs for the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea, Christine Anu and American soul singers Janiva Magness, with whom he co-wrote a song from the Grammy-nominated album Love Wins Again, and Taylor Dane to name a few. For the past six years he worked behind the scenes on X-Factor as the television series vocal director and is currently touring in Jimmy Barnes’ band.

Being asked to perform the music of Sam Cooke was something of a dream come true for Gary, who cites the legendary singer as one of his biggest influences as a singer. “He is like the Godfather of soul music,” says Gary. “The way he is so relaxed in his singing, his musicality has shaped R&B music – his entire approach to music and the way he builds through songs.”

Growing up, Gary’s parents would play all the greats like Sam Cooke. He says it was the fearless approach to songwriting that was the most inspiring. “They (the great musicians of the time like Sam Cooke) are navigating new paths every time they are singing,” he says. “It is always new, it is always fresh. There is a signature to every artist, but it is never the same. It was a blessing to be able to grow up listening to a creator and inventor and interpreter of soul music (like Sam Cooke).”

Taking the music of Sam Cooke to the stage is an opportunity for Gary to share with audiences what he considers great music. He also hopes that audiences will see how much of an influence Sam Cooke has been on popular music today. “As The Beatles were to pop music, Sam Cooke is to soul and R&B,” says Gary. “His music has not dated and still influences popular culture. He was wholesome in his approach – wholesome melodic songs that were romantic in their structure.”

The show will feature not only Sam Cooke’s greatest hits, and the iconic The Harlem Square Club show, but also some songs that influenced Sam Cooke, and influenced culture and history at the time. Producers hand-picked the amazing six-piece band joining Gary on-stage, featuring some of the greatest players on the scene today, including a horns section, which is led by music director and drummer Kyrie Anderson.

Sam Cooke has been described as ‘the best singer that ever lived’, by legendary soul producer Jerry Wexler and was regarded by soul diva Aretha Franklin as a ‘genius’. His powerful, yet understated voice saw him break race and religious barriers in the 1950s and 1960s and made him one of the best-known African Americans in the world in his time. Born one of eight children to a Baptist minister, he sung along with his siblings accompanying his Father’s sermons. At 19, he joined pioneering gospel quartet The Soul Stirrers, singing on their big hits Jesus Gave Me Water, Peace In The Valley and One More River.

At 26 he left the gospel world for a solo career, giving pop music a gospel authority, and opening the door for generations of superstars to follow in his footsteps. His first solo hit – You Send Me – was #1 on the Billboard R&B charts for six-weeks. In five years, he had 29 Top 40 hits, such as Bring It On Home To Me, Chain Gang, Cupid, Another Saturday Night, Twistin’ The Night Away and Having A Party.

Well-respected in religious circles, Sam Cooke was also a teen idol and reputed womaniser who was hit with numerous paternity suits. He was also a proud and outspoken civil rights activist. He refused to work in segregated venues, publicly supported Malcolm X and wrote one of his most recognised songs about the struggles of the time, A Change Is Gonna Come. With this, he had both a strong white and black following. He was indeed paving the way for change. This was a time when no African American entertainer controlled their own careers, so Sam Cooke set-up his own label SAR Records, signed new artists – Johnnie Taylor and Bobbie Womack – and created publishing and management companies.

Sadly, the end of his life was sparked with drama. He apparently took to drinking to cope with the sadness in his life – the death of his first wife and subsequent death of his young son from his second marriage – and on the night of December 11, 1964 after a prostitute allegedly stole his clothes and money, he got in an argument with the motel manager who shot him four times. It was declared a justifiable homicide. There were always rumours that his death was the work of gangsters who had tried to move into his business enterprises, but had been rebuffed.

Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come will explore the interesting, uplifting and sad life of this legendary performer, and showcase the music that still lives on today.

Check venues for on sale details for the Songs & Times of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come.

<from press release: https://www.hotoffthepress.com.au/news/2018/11/songs-times-of-sam-cooke-a-change-is-gonna-come.html>

Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA
Feb 24 @ 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Ivan Aristeguieta @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA

‘Congratulations – you made it to the Fourth Floor’.

This is how Venezuelans wish each other happy birthday when they turn 40. Now Ivan is celebrating that milestone, he wants to share that floor with everyone in his new Australian home, in the best way he know show, by kicking off six-city national festival tour in 2019.

“Every year I write a show about the subject I’ve been dwelling on the most,” says Ivan. “I can’t deny that turning 40 is my main concern. I’ve heard that people in Okinawa live to be 100-years-old. I think we should all go to Okinawa and seek their advice. Also, if you’returning 40, you should know where Okinawa is because I know you loved The Karate Kid movies.”

A brew master, food technologist and comedian back in Venezuela, Ivan Aristeguieta emigrated to Australia in 2012 and quickly found his feet in the Australian comedy scene, drawn to the Aussie ‘piss-take’comedy style. From his own ABC sitcom Lost in Pronunciation to his debut Chorizo Sizzle, he endeared audiences with his brilliant observations of Australian culture and food.

Ivan has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention?, ABC Comedy Up Late, Just For Laughs TV Gala and Melbourne International Comedy Festival TV Gala to name a few. His 2018 tour Matador saw him selling out festivals and his most recent 2018 World Tour has kicked things up to another level, heading up to The Fourth Floor!

For Ivan, The Fourth Floor is about four decades of life. “Call it a mid-life crisis or amid-life celebration,” he says. “Four decades of a man who has done too much,or too little depending on how you see it.” He observes, “In Venezuela life was hard, but decisions were easy. In Australia, life is easy, but decisions are hard.” He thought Third World problems were bad, but now he has First World problems – which rubbish bin goes out this week or how do you pronounce ‘Woolloomooloo’.

One of the things Ivan looks forward to the most each year is the comedy festival season to catch-up with his fans. “Every festival season is different,” he says. “I love to experience and witness the evolution in my comedy. Loyal audience members that come to my shows every year are already like family. They know what I’ve been through over the years. Last year lots of people told me after the show that they were happy for me that I’ve moved on from my divorce. Some people told me I’ve lost weight and that I should eat more. I’ve got family all over Australia. It’s beautiful.”

Join Ivan for his mid-life crisis celebration a she steps out of the lift and on to The Fourth Floor! Going up?

Tickets for Ivan Aristeguieta’s Comedy Festival run of The Fourth Floor are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.ivanaristeguieta.com.au

Felicity Ward @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA
Feb 24 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Felicity Ward @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA

After three long years, Felicity Ward is back and Busting A Nut

Comedian Felicity Ward is busting a proverbial nut as she returns to Australia for the Comedy Festival season for the first time in years, hot on the heels of her sell-out Busting A Nut UK tour and following her nomination for the most prestigious award in live comedy, Best Comedy, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018. Felicity is jumped up, hyped up and ready to make Aussie audiences bust their own nuts as she takes them through her hilarious exploits of what happens when you take a year off comedy.

Central Coast born Felicity now resides in the UK and can’t wait to get back down under for this special run of shows. “I’m absolutely pumped,” she says. “I think the longer I am away from Australia, the stronger my accent gets too. I’m terrified of losing it and becoming one of those Aussies who is in London for three weeks and starts pronouncing the ‘t’in water. I’ll be saying ‘strewth’ and ‘fair dinkum’ every five to eight words I’m back home, I’d say.”

Since her last trip to Oz, she’s been busy!She’s starred in her own Netflix special as part of the series Live From The BBC, also appeared on the BBC’s Live At The ApolloMock The Week, recorded her own BBC Radio-4 series Appisodes on whether technology can save her from herself, regularly co-hosts The Guilty Feminist podcast, and co-hosted her own: The Urnbelievable Ashes Podcast. She’seven managed to squeeze in a cameo in the upcoming series of ABC TV’s The Let Down.

She says audiences coming along to the Australian shows will learn absolutely nothing, but they can expect to laugh.“The show is a bit of a bullet point round up of my life for the past two years, told through the medium of straight-up jokes,” she says. “The best way to describe it is… put your finger in your belly button and move it around.Now, smell your finger… it’s nothing like that. Also… gross! Why did you do that?!”

There isn’t much Felicity Ward can’t do. A comedian, actor and writer, she has been garnering acclaim across the board for her works. Her show What If There Is No Toilet? earned her great recognition for breaking down the stigma around mental health and IBS, which came off the back of her acclaimed documentary Felicity’s Mental Mission in 2016. A regular face on UK TV, she has opened for the likes of Katherine Ryan, Maria Bamford and Amy Schumer, to name a few, and has more awards and award-nominations than you can poke a stick at. She’s now back touring her first national Australian tour in three years because it’s been the only chance she’s had with such a busy UK schedule.

“I’ve got some TV things coming up,” she says.“Roast Battle for Comedy Central and Stand Up Sketch Show for ITV2 in the UK.It looks like there will be some more Urnbelievable Ashes Podcast coming at you, … Then I’m being a fancy actor in a play later in the year, but I can’t say what it is yet – mucho secreto!”

Book your tickets now because it might be another three years before we see one of our best back on these shores.

Tickets for Felicity Ward’s Busting A Nut tour are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.felicityward.com