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Brackets and Jam Central Coast South Nov 23rd 2018

Last-big B&J for the year

Kincumba Mountain

Friday, 23 November 2018 7:30

The brackets south crew proudly present another wonderful night of superb music, delicious food and friendly company on top of our beautiful Kincumba Mountain.

BYO everything or choose from another great selection of meals served by our lovely hard-working kitchen volunteers.  Bring a friend, a smile, a blanket, a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what has to be the cheapest and most family friendly night out on the Coast.

This is our last event for this year so don't miss this one as after this one we will be taking a break until February 15th 2019.


Line-up for Nov 23, 2018:

7:30 pm: The Gentle Men
8:15 pm: Dr Goodvibe
9:15 pm: First Drum Jam
 9:30 pm: Honey and the Bluestones
10:30 pm: Second Drum Jam
(House drums available for the jams!)

The Gentle Men  The Gentle Men

Transcendent music moves uninhibited across spaces and places, reaching people from all walks of life, offering another way for them to see and understand the world they live in, while also showing them worlds they haven’t seen before. It is almost as though it joins the people who make the music with a line that cannot be seen, but that is heard and felt by the people who encounter it. In the case of The Gentle Men, this line travels from Sydney to Newcastle via the Central Coast, linking the musicians involved with a fine sonic thread. The musical energy between the guys crackles and sparks,
Blues underscored by Roots, woven together with Funk, sees them create a sound all their own.

What kind of music are they making? Chris and Brandon make music from the heart and the world they wander, using what they see and feel as the branches to support a layered, far-reaching canopy. Within the musical forest, listeners can examine each tree up close, feel the texture of the bark on their palms, the leaves between their fingers, but also step back and let the vastness envelop them, so that they can appreciate how the songs blend
together and fit into the landscape they have sprung from.

The Gentle Men began as a one-off collaboration between Chris Taylor of Taylor And The Makers and Brandon Dodd of Grizzlee Train, but grew beyond that. The days spent busking and experimenting gave them a solid foundation of collaboration and appreciation, which has seen the guys playing more shows, and eventually they’ll be headed into the studio to record an EP.

For Chris and Brandon, music plays a huge part of everything they do, and The Gentle Men is born from that point of view. It’s their lifeblood and the passion both have is evident in the songs they create. Combining more traditional influences with a coastal sensibility, their music is simultaneously joyful and thoughtful, balancing what they see and what they want to say in a
way that is considered and inclusive.

Most importantly though, The Gentle Men are great fun- not just for the gentle men themselves, but also those who are lucky enough to hear them.


Dr Goodvibe  Dr Goodvibe

 Dr Goodvibe (Edu Valk and Christian Marsh). Australian, original, contemporary blues and roots music with elements of funk, reggae, jazz and folk. Edu's acoustic guitar grooves , persuasive percussion (Craig Morrison from Kids on Congas) and Chris' electrifying diatonic and chromatic harmonica.

Multi-Award winners, they deliver upbeat colourful music. EDU VALK is a unique and diverse Australian singer songwriter whose philosophical and often satirical commentary on life openly elucidates his heart. The eternal optimist, EDU's music is raw and honest, with comparisons as diverse as Van Morrison, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale and David Gray - just to name a few.

The music is timeless and uplifting. It travels a journey from acoustic rock, through funk to reggae and back again, to leave you with the heartfelt simplicity of Simple Things. EDU has collaborated with a vast and varied pool of musicians & friends to create this vibrant, soul elixir.


EDU began performing at a young age in Canberra, playing covers in wine bars restaurants and pubs. He then proceeded to pull a band together (Art Gecko) and attained a residency at Mt Bluecow Ski Resort. The popularity of this band resulted in a two week residency at World Expo 88, Brisbane. EDU then moved to Sydney to pursue his songwriting career and eventually formed the funk/rock outfit Yellowcake. Yellowcake performed extensively throughout the nineties on the strength of EDU's songwriting and collaborations with the band culminated in a CD. Frustrated with the Sydney music scene, EDU decided to take his girlfriend and guitar and broaden his horizons overseas. He spent two years in North, Central, but mainly South America playing to many a varied audience and honing his songwriting skills in those many idle hours at bus stations and youth hostels. EDU then returned to Sydney to record 'Dr. Goodvibe', his first solo effort, an album that can't help but cheer you up no matter what mood you are in.


Christian has made the harmonica his life's work. Starting at the age of 14, he has studied the instrument with serious dedication, in a never-ending quest for perfection. He has played every idiom, from country and blues to jazz and classical. Christian has countless sessions to his credit, and played for many years with artists and bands across wide cross-section of music styles. Highlights of his career include a national tour with the hit stage musical "Big River", In this show, Christian not only featured and soloed as part of the pit orchestra, but also played several character roles on stage. Christian then studied jazz improvisation, as part of the "Outreach Program" run by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He recorded an album of original material with Guy Dickerson, entitled "Planet Bound", released through Larrikin Records, and another entitled "The Sketch" through La Brava. He has won "Gold Harmonica Awards" on three occasions from Hohner's National Harmonica Championships in Tamworth; he has also worked as Larry Adler's harmonica technician during the Australian leg of Adler's international "Glory of Gershwin Tour". In 2003, Christian won the award for best Instrumental at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards for his tune entitled "Five Islands" and in 2005, won "Announcers Choice". He was also a nomination for the award in the jazz category in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Aside from recording on his own CD's, Christian has featured as a guest artist on thirty more, and played with many of the top artists in the music industry.



honey the bluestone abh lr txt  Honey and the Bluestones

Honey & The Bluestones play a mix of classics and party songs, spanning decades of the best music, covering R&B - SOUL - FUNK - BLUES and ROCKABILLY.

 This Central Coast band is a four piece outfit who proclaim it is all about the GROOVE.

 H&TB band members have many years of experience between them and know how to inspire a good time for fans of awesome music covering some early Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk and Blues to cool, contemporary hits.

 Listeners hips, heads and feet will be a movin’ and a shakin’.

From soft and sultry, to downright swampy and dirgy - it'll all be too cool for school, you'll see! AND all with their very own twist of honey n lemon.

Band Members:

Helski - Lead Vocals

Ian – Guitar BV

Steve – Bass

Jono - Drums BV

FB page: http://www.facebook.com/honeyandthebluestones/


Artists they cover:

Amy Winehouse, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Imelda May, James Brown, The Black Sorrows, The Temptations, Solomon Burke, Bobby Blue Bland, Cee Lo Green, Canned Heat, Anne Peebles, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Roxy Music, Robert Palmer, Dr John, Tina Turner, The Neville Bros, Ray Charles, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Talking Heads, Chaka Khan, The Spinners, John Mayer, Wild Cherry, Bee Gees, CCR, Doobie Bros and more.

The band is available for corporate events, pubs, clubs, weddings, parties and more.

Contact Helski on:  MOB: 0405966227


Our Brackets South event takes place on top beautiful Kincumba Mountain. The community built venue is a mud brick and natural timber building which sits in a bushland reserve, with panoramic views of Brisbane water and magnificent sunsets over the hills beyond. 

This venue is the birthplace of Brackets and Jam on the Central Coast and the community considers it as it's spiritual home. The Mountain itself holds a strong significance for our Aboriginal community and has been a long-standing meeting place for Central Coast people. The rock outcrop situated in front of the kiosk forms a natural pool which is said to have once been a sacred birthing place for women. The Mountain now gives birth to many new beginnings as the hub of creative community arts in the southern Central Coast region.


Additional Information:

FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.
Adults $10.
Accompanied children under 16: Free
Meals $7 Plus healthy cakes & soft drinks, coffee, teas and chai
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