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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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BON SCOTT STATUE ON A HIGH

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, music, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 12, 2020

 

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The Bon Scott statue in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour has been relocated to a more prominent and higher location.

The bronze of the famous AC/DC singer was created by J Shed artist Greg James and has been cleaned up, as part of the works the Marine&Harbours department is doing in the area.

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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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FREO ARTS CENTRE MUSIC CANCELLED TODAY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, music, Uncategorized by freoview on March 15, 2020

 

The Sunday music session at the Fremantle Arts Centre today has been cancelled due to the coronavirus scare and need for the community to stay away from mass gatherings.

Cancelled: Sunday Music: Colab + Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics

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CELEBRATE WOMEN AT FREO FARMERS MARKET

Posted in city of fremantle, Freo Farmers Market, market, music, Uncategorized, women by freoview on March 7, 2020

 

 

The Freo Farmers Market will be celebrating women on International Women’s Day this Sunday, so head out to Fremantle College on Lefroy Road between 8am and midday for great entertainment by female artists, info stalls, and of course all the great fresh produce of fruit&vegetables, organic, gluten free, breads, pastries, fish, breakfast, lunch, coffee and more.

The FFM is a fantastic way of connecting with the Fremantle community every Sunday of the year.

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HUGE CROWD AT HIGHWAY TO HELL

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, festivals, music, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2020

 

A huge crowd turned up at the Fremantle Rainbow container artwork for the Perth Festival Highway to Hell event that stretched all the way to Applecross. The entire Canning Highway was closed for traffic for the event.

Many turned up already at 4.30 and it was a long wait until the first truck arrived at 7.30 with very little entertainment before that, which was disappointing.

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GO TO HELL FREMANTLE!

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2020

 

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Highway to Hell is on TODAY Sunday March 1 — the 40th anniversary since original AC/DC front man Bon Scott was laid to rest at Fremantle Cemetery.

I am really looking forward to this fantastic Perth Festival event and have no doubt that even many Christians will prefer the Highway to Hell over heaven today. Who knows, maybe ScoMo’s Hillsong will change their name for the day to Hellsong. ;>)

The Fremantle part of it is under the Rainbow container artwork  from 4-9.30pm

From 4pm, more than 130 free community activities and events will span 10km of Canning Highway, which will be closed to traffic from 1pm to 11pm, to create the world’s longest stage and Perth’s playground for the day. Key crossroads remain open.

A large starter’s bell (supplied by John Taylor & Co, the same company that made the original AC/DC Hell’s Bell) will ring out at 5pm to send the trucks on their way from Applecross to Fremantle. On board, a mix of local and international acts will belt out their versions of AC/DC classics.

The family friendly event includes roving street performers, high-voltage performance poets, community choirs, dance troupes, kids activities, meal offerings, music and art exhibitions.

There will be entertainment along the highway, with the program split into four key zones:

  1. The Canning Bridge zone — Canning Bridge to Riseley Street, Applecross
  2. The Tompkins Park Zone — Tompkins Park, Alfred Cove
  3. The Valley Zone — Stock Road to Petra Street, Palmyra
  4. The Rainbow Zone — May Street, East Fremantle to the Rainbow between the bridges in Fremantle 

Connecting all the zones will be the ‘hit parade’ of trucks with their mobile stages decked out as Aussie icons — including a giant sausage roll.

The City of Fremantle will be running free shuttle buses to and from the East Street Jetty to the Freo train station and the Esplanade before and after the event.

See you all there!

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A FREO SUNDAY FULL OF LIFE

 

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It is going to be a gorgeous day in the best port city in the world, so make sure to take advantage of all that is on offer today.

Of course start the day at the Freo Farmers Market at Fremantle College, which is open till midday.

Then off to Bathers Beach for the Sculpture at Bathers exhibition, and from there to the Fremantle Arts Centre for the free courtyard music session from2-4pm. Gordon Koang is one of South Sudan’s biggest popstars, so bring your dancing shoes!

Then head of to the port where at Victoria Quay there are Foodtrucks in B Shed with DJs and a great ambience. And at the Maritime Museum the free concert is on from 5pm with Lorraine Cliiford, The Lost Quays and Dan Howls.

Have fun. I’ll see you around. ; >)

 

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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?

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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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