On the third Friday evening of the month, The Levee comes to life with live music. Grab a bite to eat at the many options within the precinct, relax with friends, unwind and let the music ease you into a weekend state of mind.
For the next few months we will be going global with a great mix of musicians playing originals and covers inspired by music from across the globe. Under the current conditions a smaller more intimate LIVE at The Levee will take place at The Riverlink in September and October.
In November we will be trialling a new space for LIVE at The Levee on the Riverside Walk.
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Baguette – Sounds from the Parisian Streets
6.00pm to 8.30pm Friday 16 October
Join guitarist Damian ‘Pana’ Watson (Cygan Groove) and accordionist Neil Simpson (Cygan Groove and Baltic Bar Mitzvah) join forces again to as Baguette. Bringing you the sultry sounds, the cabarets, cafes and bars of bohemian Paris, this singular performance of French standards will have you crooning for a romantic evening on the Siene.
The Riverside Walk
6.00pm to 8.30pm Friday 20 November
Slapjack are a seven piece groove machine hailing from Newcastle. The band’s collective purpose is to create and perform music that allows everyone to get up and boogie regardless of what walk of life you’re from. Their music captures everything great about funk and soul music from killer horn lines to the groovy bass grooves. They throws a dance pop twist into it too with incredible guitar hooks, rising synths and beautiful melodies delivered with such power it will make even your dad cry.
Details about Riverside Walk Performance Space
Due to The Riverlink containing the free Santa photos set we will be trailling using the levee bank as a performance space. This will allow further social distancing of the audience who can still enjoy the music while partaking in some of the food and drink options at The Levee.
Please remember that public spaces at The Levee are an alcohol free zone.
To make sure LIVE at The Levee is a COVID Safe experience we ask you to observe the following rules:
- If you feel unwell please do not attend LIVE at The Levee. Check your symptoms on the NSW Government website here and consider getting tested.
- Upon arrival at The Riverlink you will need to sign in and provide your contact details. Maitland City Council will only use this information for contact tracing purposes and destroy the details after 28 days.
- The number of stools provided will be the maximum number of people that can be in the space (30). This does not count the alfresco area of COQUUN. You might need to wait outside The Riverlink until someone leaves if we are at capacity.
- We ask you to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from people who are not in your household.
More acts for LIVE at The Levee will be announced soon for spring. Keep a look out for the next line up of acts that will be #TurnDownTheHeat
6.00pm to 8.30pm Friday 18 September
Newcastle based, Sid creates music live before your eyes by the art of live looping. Heavily influenced by reggae he brings a positive feel with an emphasis on the offbeat. Sid expresses his love of avocados with his hilarious jam ‘The Avocado Song’ that you can listen to here on Triple J Unearthed or watch the clip below.
The Lyrebird Experiment
6.00pm to 8.30pm Friday 21 August
The Lyrebird Experiment is a collaboration between Eliza Leah Lane and Sean Ballenden. Their two artistic styles come together to create compositions of hypnotic dark blues-rock undertones relishing in brooding soundscapes and improvisation. The experiment blends Sean’s raw psychedelic guitar playing with Eliza’s haunting vocals. Every Lyrebird performance is a different journey as they explore their ever changing repertoire between the occasional cover of the music that inspires them.
6.00pm to 8.30pm Friday 17 July
Doc & The Delegates are a street music string band from Newcastle. Billy Bones and Jono Smith will be performing as a duo for LIVE at The Levee, so Doc & the ‘Delegate’.
In the band’s short life, their virtuosity and energetic live performances have brought joy to raucous audiences. Their first release ‘Real To Reel’ is a live to tape album that captures the intangible joy of skilled musicians together in the same room, around a mic, straight to tape, recording how it used to be done. Expect anything from straight ahead bluegrass to cuban son, to classical and punk. Doc & The Delegates always bring real music and real fun.
You can have a listen to their latest release ‘Burn the Camp & Pray to Drones’ here.
LIVE at The Levee Home Sessions
During our hiatus due to COVID-19 Restrictions we held a serious of live streams called LIVE at The Levee Home Sessions. Daniel March and Photo of the Moon both performed from their bedrooms while we were all enjoying take aways from Levee businesses while in isolation.
Check out a mash up of Daniel’s set below.
The Riverlink on Friday 20 March 6.00pm – 8.30pm – Huckleberry
Harking back to the sounds of rhythm and blues, Huckleberry plays a selection of toe-tapping, hip swinging, hand picked gems from times past. With a large array of tongue-in-cheek originals such as “Sorry, Sorry for Saying Sorry So Often”, “Your Baby Don’t Do Like My Baby Do” and the crowd favourite “Talk Too Much”, you’ll find yourself singing these tunes in the shower for months to come. You’re guaranteed to laugh, dance, and drink a little more than usual.
The Riverlink on Friday 21 February 6.00pm – 8.30pm – Kylie Jane Trio
Some call her country, some call her pop, others hear soul & blues.
Kylie Jane stepped onto our screen in 2016 on hit reality TV show The Voice. Proving she can silence a crowd with her unique talent, Kylie Jane showed her ability to perform any song and make it her own. Since her journey on The Voice, Kylie has been working hard in the studio on her new album “Black Swan”, which is now available online or at her shows. She has drawn inspiration from country and soul, adding to the pop undertones of the record. KJ’s sound is a mix of them all. Her powerful voice and diverse writing style mix of electronic and acoustic vibes to deliver an addictive sound that keeps you wanting more.