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Welcome New Year 2019 With Grand Wazoo


Mon 31 Dec 2018, 8:00pm–12:15am

Where: Bird's Basement, 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Starting from: $79.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Bird's Basement

8pm: Australian Comedy Star Austen Tayshus

Having Performed over 10,000 shows around the world, Austen Tayshus is an Australian comedy legend. Graduating from AFTRS with a diploma in Film Direction in 1978, Austen commenced his stand up career in Sydney's first Comedy Store. In 1983, Tayshus released the spoken word comedy single Australiana, which remains the biggest-selling Australian single of all time.

9:45PM: Grand Wazoo: Kings of Soul: The Magic of Motown & More

Formed in 1981 by trumpeter-arranger-band leader, John Montesante, the 14-piece Grand Wazoo Kings of Soul has an unrivalled reputation as Australia's pre-eminent, most authentic and entertaining Soul Music outfit. Their repertoire combines soul hits, dance tunes and rare gems from the great 1960s-70s Motown, Atlantic & Stax labels, along with band originals in the same big, brassy style.

On New Year's Eve, Grand WaZoo will perform The Magic of Motown & More. Enjoy some of the iconic Motown tunes of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves and Smokey Robinson, as well as hits from other stellar singers of the era, like Al Green, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Aretha Franklin.

Expect exhilarating vocal performances from charismatic Soul Man, Wylie J Miller and Joys Njambi, Walter Saluni and Fem Belling. They will tap into the power of the fabulous WaZoo Horns (Shane Gillard, John Montesante, Andrew Serpell, Jim Glasson, Tony Hicks, Benjamin Hughes) and the rock-solid rhythm section of Peter Ford, Shane Goonan, Michael Rochford & Craig Strain.

Welcome 2019 in style at Bird’s Basement with The Magic of Motown & More!