Jam Channel


african_dance_x4Brackets and Jam opens it's doors to Newcastle and will launch a monthly sustainable event on the third Saturday of every month at Newcastle Community Arts Centre’s Black Box theatre, on Parry Street Newcastle West, kicking off August 15th, running from 5pm to 10pm.

B & J Newcastle aims to improve performing arts in the Hunter by creating an expression space for musicians, dancers, drummers, poets and artists from all ages, all styles and all levels of expertise.

With the massive amount of talent on offer in the region, our highly anticipated August launch will be merely a taste of things to come with our events in the months and years ahead continuing to host the regions finest established performing artists while providing an expression space for the vast array of extremely talented new artists currently emerging.

Line Up:

Our stellar launch line-up for August includes award winning guitarist Adam Miller, the engaging West African dance and drums of Jamo Jamo, Sydney band Girl Most Likely (featuring the homecoming of Newcastle’s own nationally acclaimed vocalist Sarah Aubrey), and recent Triple J Unearthed winners Like Alaska.

Bring your kids and enjoy an evening of entertainment the whole family can attend. Entry is just five dollars each with children under sixteen free.

Market Stalls and Drum Jams:

Market stalls will offer locally made bargains as well as delicious dinners, drinks and snacks. Drummers old and new, bring your djembe and join in our massive drum jams.

Brackets And Jam are so proud to be expanding into Newcastle and with so many of the current crop of artists heading for big things, make sure you're at the Black Box on the 3rd Saturday of every month so you can say you saw them before they were big.

Background Info:

After Brackets & Jam's successes in Sydney from 1988 and on the Central Coast from 1997, Brackets & Jam Newcastle hopes to also offer an expression space for musicians, dancers, drummers, poets and artists from all ages, all styles and all levels of expertise.

Through the efforts of our volunteers, our performers and our supporters we hope to:

  • Develop performing arts in the Hunter
• Allow artists the opportunity to perform in a non-threatening and supportive environment
• Encourage artists of all levels and abilities, whether professional or amateur
• Celebrate cultural and social diversity, demonstrating this through performing arts
• Provide a venue that encourages the networking of artists, recognising the value of this interaction and collaboration
  • Broaden the local audience experience, by providing a multi-arts evening
• Facilitate community development, through arts based events and gatherings which promote social and cultural exchange
• Encourage the interaction of an all ages audience, from young children through to elderly, in an air of acceptance and tolerance
  • Create opportunities for personal development, training and education
• Initiate, manage or facilitate arts based community assets

Brackets & Jam is a self-funding organisation, run by a team of volunteers. A small entry fee is charged to cover the cost of the venue and the sound system. Any remaining funds are used for promotion, special events and future projects that continue to promote the arts amongst Newcastle and the Hunter region.

Monthly Brackets & Jam Newcastle gatherings will be held at the Black Box Theatre on the third Saturday of every month starting from August 2009. The Newcastle organisation is currently calling for support, volunteers and/or donations from groups as well as individuals. If you wish to contribute in any way to Brackets & Jam Newcastle please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Or check out our myspace !