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JAZZ AT EAST FREO’S DUKE OF GEORGE

 

The Duke of George in East Fremantle is launching its dedicated “Jazz Thursdays” with double Grammy Award winner and local music legend Lucky Oceans, and two of Australia’s greatest US-based jazz musicians, saxophonist Troy Roberts and guitarist Tim Jago on Thursday 30 July.

Due to the Covid-19  pandemic, Troy and Tim have temporarily returned to the relative safety or their hometown, Perth. New York-based saxophonist Troy Roberts has recorded 12 albums in his own name, been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has played with Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Van Morrison, and Wayne Shorter.

Check out the Facebook page for more details about events at the Duke of George.

 

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NO LIMITS FOR HOSPITALITY VENUES FROM SATURDAY!

 

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Very good news for the hospitality and events industries with more watering down of Covid-19 social restrictions from this Saturday June 27.

There will be no restriction on the number of people allowing to gather and patrons will be allowed to consume food and drinks while standing.

I am not sure why the 1.5 metre distance has now increased again to 2 metres between people, but that is going to be impossible to police anyway unfortunately.

Live music in venues and concerts hall will be allowed again and major events in sports stadiums is allowed with a 50% capacity, so that is significant should the Dockers and Eagles ever play at Optus Stadium again.

I for one can’t wait to have my regular spot back at Chalkys and read the newspaper, without feeling I have to hurry to make space for other customers. Yep, I am a selfish SOB. ;>)

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CANDLELIT FOOD AND MUSIC SOIREES AT KIDOGO

 

Kidogo Arthouse at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach will be holding Joanna’s Candlelit Soirees, with home-cooked meals by Joanna and live music.

Tue Opera Night – 6:30pm – 8:30pm (2 Hours) – $75 (3 courses)

Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun – 5:30pm – 7pm sitting (1.5hr) – $55 (2 courses)

Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun – 7:30pm – 9:30pm sitting (2hr) – $65 (3 courses)

TUESDAYS: Opera Soirees  (6:30pm – 8:30pm: 3-course meal – $75)

Tues 2nd June – Sara Macliver and Caroline Badnall on piano

https://www.trybooking.com/BJSSM

The list of events I received is endless, so if you want to know more details got to the Kidogo Arthouse Facebook page.

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FREO LIVE CELEBRATES FREO’S LOVE FOR MUSIC

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, music, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on May 27, 2020

 

Kicking off this weekend, Fremantle will come alive as local venues band together to deliver ‘Freo Live’ – a live streaming series of events celebrating and supporting local talent and the live music capital of Australia, Fremantle.

Freo Live will see local artists performing live on the stages of some of the port city’s favourite venues, with each performance streamed via Facebook live for music-lovers to enjoy from the comfort of home.

A celebration of WA music, the lineup will feature local music legends and emerging artists – each performing to raise funds for the WA Music Fund by WAM to help the local music industry get back on its feet.

Dom Mariani, a member of the WAM Hall of Fame front man of said Datura4 said he was looking forward to dusting off the cobwebs since the virus shut everything down. “For the time being there are live no gigs to play, so we’re having to find new ways of getting our music out there. Freo Live gives us the chance to engage with music fans again and it’s all for a good cause too.” said Mariani.

Freo Live Organiser Rob Nathan said he was looking for a way to support the local music industry and bring colour, life and music back into Fremantle venues ahead of their eventual re-opening when the idea for Freo Live came to mind.

‘We love our port city and the music scene that is so ingrained in the Fremantle way of life – so doing something to support the artists and the venues felt like an obvious way to spend the extra hours in lockdown.

‘The Freo Live program will see musicians being paid to play in venues and will help the venues maintain a connection with their patrons and bounce back when the restrictions are eventually lifted, as well as support WAM and the wider live music community’, said Nathan.

The lineup of venues includes Ronnie Nights, Clancy’s, Metropolis Fremantle and The National Hotel with more expected to join over the coming weeks.

The first of the Freo Live series will begin this WA Day Long Weekend, with music aficionados encouraged to visit ​www.freolive.com.au​ to tune in, enjoy and support the local music industry.

 

Lineup

Saturday 30th May 8:00pm Ronnie Nights

  • ●  Clay Western
  • ●  Chloe Schofield
  • ●  Yo Yo Sun

    Sunday 31st May 1:00pm The National Hotel

  • ●  Ari Davis
  • ●  Sean Scott
  • ●  Gypsy Minions

    Saturday 6th June 9:00pm Clancys

  • ●  Noah Dillon
  • ●  Smol Fish
  • ●  Nick Sheppard And The New Pomeranians

    Saturday 13th June 8:00pm Metropolis

● Datura4 & special guests

Visit ​www.freolive.com.au​ for more details

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A LOT OF FREEO ON OFFER THIS SUNDAY

 

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Summer is almost over so make sure to go out and about in Fremantle today and enjoy this beautiful Sunday. There is so much on offer that one does not need to get bored, or has to spend a lot of money, as there are heaps of free things to do.

The Freo Farmers Market is on at Fremantle College till midday, the Sculpture at Bathers is on all day at Bathers Beach, with coloured lights illuminating the bush at night.

The traditional Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard music session is on from 2-4pm with R&B, blues and soul by Pugsley Buzzard, and also on, for the last time this season, are the Foodtrucks at B Shed and the concert on the deck of the Maritime Museum. Both start at 4pm.

And the sight of the massive Majestic Princess cruise ship in port will no doubt impress the kids, so go for a wander and appreciate how special Freo is!

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DOES FREMANTLE GET A GOOD RETURN FROM FESTIVALS?

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, festivals, local government, music, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2020

 

I love the big music festivals in Fremantle. There is a real buzz around town when thousands of young people dressed to a T- and many barely dressed-walk to the venues, but what, besides giving Fremantle the reputation of festival city, do these festivals do for the Freo community?

From my own observation most patrons arrive in Freo and walk straight to the venue from the train station or bus stops, or get dropped off by family or friends, or taxis and Uber, so they don’t wander around our city and frequent cafes.

Even when pass-outs are permitted there is little reason to leave the venues, where there are bars and foodtrucks, and inner city Freo has none of the popular food franchises, so why should festival visitors bother to leave the great ambience of the festival. Being part of a big singalong crowd of 15,000 people, all with the one focus of having a great day out listening to great music, brings and almost intimate sense of belonging, so why pop out to buy food and drinks elsewhere?

So how much really does Fremantle benefit from these festivals, how much does the City of Fremantle charge festival organisers for the use of Fremantle Oval, the Esplanade, and Fremantle Park? What are the financial benefits for a city with a small ratepayers base, that is struggling to find funding for the repairs of Arthur’s Head, the Roundhouse and other projects?

According to the CoF they got $ 1,840 per day, per sector, plus additional payment for the use of carparks, but I don’t know how much that is, plus there is a bond required for the ground restoration.

I assume the per day fee includes the many days for setting up and dismantling events.

The City told me the arrangements with the festival organisers are subject to a commercial agreement, and that the city gets dividend from these large events. If that dividend is high enough is the question I am asking myself.

I wonder why the City of Fremantle does not demand a percentage from the ticket sales, as is the case in some other states, when the organisers make a lot of money. For example the Falls Festival at Fremantle Oval reportedly had 37,000 patrons over the two days, with an average ticket price of $ 150, and that totals well over five million dollars, plus they get a percentage of the sale from the very busy food stalls.

I assume the St Jerome Laneway Festival had well over 10,000 patrons as well, and the average ticket price there was also $ 150, while the Cold Chisel New Year’s concert at Fremantle Park charged an average of $ 160.

That’s big money, and Fremantle needs some of it badly, so maybe financially better deals for the City should be considered by Fremantle Council? What do you think?

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 15 YEARS

Posted in city of fremantle, clasical, concerts, culture, fremantle chamber orchestra, music by freoview on February 12, 2020

 

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Fifteen years ago Solomon Street resident Hans Hug, who is a passionate cellist, started the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, and what a great success it has been.

The first concert for the FCO was with guitarist Milica Ilic, who had just graduated at UWA and the audience were blown away, so Hans decided that the orchestra should continue, as there was no other chamber orchestra in WA.

The master stroke of Hans Hug was to convince his friend Rudolf Koelman, who is one of the world’s leading violinists, to come and play with the FCO, and that has become a yearly tradition since.

Koelman will be there again this Saturday February 15 when the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra plays at the John Curtin College of the Arts theatre in Ellen Street at 3pm.

The program is Mendelsohnn, Saint-Saens, Cuneo and Mozart.

Whenever Rudolf Koelman plays with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra I get tears in my eyes, as the violin virtuoso is sublime.

Don’t miss out on this great concert, and support this Fremantle group.

There is a second concert on Sunday at the Government House Ballroom at 3pm, so that is a chance to hear Koelman twice on the weekend.

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HARBOUR SUNDAYS GREAT SETTING

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, fremantle port, Uncategorized by freoview on February 10, 2020

 

 

Here some arty impressions from the Harbour Sundays concert on the deck of the Fremantle Maritime Museum.

The band of very young musicians was excellent, but it would have been even better if they had turned the sound down a bit, as the deck is not that large and there is no real need to turn it up as high as they did.

It is a very popular session and a real delight to watch the port activities and sunset from there.

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SO MUCH ON OFFER IN FREO TODAY!

 

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It’s going to be busy in gorgeous Fremantle today, with something on offer for everyone.

The St Jerome Laneway Festival is on the Esplanade from 10am till 9pm, and the first game of the season is on for the women Fremantle Dockers footy team against Geelong at Fremantle Oval. This is a free event!

At the Fremantle Arts Centre the free courtyard music session is on from 2-4pm with Harry James Angus, and there are some very good new art exhibitions on show as well.

From 4pm it is time to head out to Victoria Quay for  the free Sunset Dub Club and Food Trucks at B Shed with DJ’s, food, bar, silent disco for the kids, etc.

And just down the road at the Maritime Museum is the also free Harbour Sundays music event from 4pm. Both events are great to also watch the sunset and the activities in the port.

The sun is out, the humidity gone, so enjoy the Freo lifestyle!

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FREMANTLE LANEWAY FEST ON SUNDAY

Posted in afl, city of fremantle, concerts, muslim, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2020

 

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The St Jerome Laneway Festival is on this Sunday from 10am till 9pm, so it will be busy in good old Freo, because the Fremantle Dockers women AFL team will play their first game of the season at Fremantle Oval as well, so be prepared for having to look for parking spots and traffic restrictions in the far west end of town.

And for those who want to jump the fence and get a free concert on Sunday, be aware that you will be prosecuted and end up before court.

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