Compiled by Ben Nielsen
With every known genre of music on offer during the 2012 Fringe, Kryztoff now helps you sort out the best, especially for those looking to do the Fringe thing and try out something a bit new.
Symphony Under The Stars Watussi
Ballads By Candlelight Kate Miller_Heidke
Cold River Blues Jazz Hop Experiment
Neon Indian An Evening with Frank Yamma
Adam Cohen Big and Brassy
4 Voice – Get Ready Signed Sealed and Delivered
Sing for your Supper with Maggie Beer The Disney Project Sway – The Best of Buble
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Santos Symphony Under the Stars
On the back of a season that celebrated their 75th anniversary, The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra begins 2012 with the ever popular Santos Symphony Under the Stars- arguably their biggest event of the year.
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is South Australia’s premier orchestral ensemble, with 75 permanent musicians. The ASO performs over 100 concerts on an annual basis, with the Santos Symphony Under the Stars heralding the beginning of a season including the works of Mahler, collaborations with popular artists such as Tim Minchin and The King’s Singers, and family events such as the Lord of the Rings spectacular.
Directed by guest conductor Marc Taddei, the Santos Symphony Under the Stars will feature special guest, soprano Antoinette Halloran, Australian opera and cabaret star.
The Symphony Under the Stars is a testament to the ASO and their endeavour to make classical music accessible. Thousands of people gather in the picturesque Elder Park for a night of alfresco music and dining. The evening includes many popular and well known pieces, and is concluded with the traditional firework spectacular to the triumphant sounds of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Bring your friends and family, pack a scrumptious dinner and enjoy the sounds of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful Elder Park.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights – The Vagabond
7, 8 March
After several previous local gigs (including a stint at Womadelaide), Sydney based band Watussi has secured quite a following in Adelaide. Their beafy horns and party-fuelled rhythms and bass are certainly infectious, and it’s no wonder that this “Afro-Colombian roots and rock” band usually play to a sold out venue.
2011 saw Watussi collaborate with several big names on tour, such as Santana and blues pianist Jon Cleary. Their 2012 tour dates kick off at the Adelaide Fringe, as they promote their recently released album El Olvido.
Watussi’s electric stage presence induces the audience into a jazz rock coma, and it always proves difficult to resist the urge to get up and dance at their gigs.
Whether you’re a hardcore Watussi fan, or if you like the sounds of Ozomatli and The Cat Empire; this is definitely a gig you shouldn’t miss.
St Peter’s Cathedral
Back by popular demand, The Idea of North present their stunning acoustic show in the beautiful St Peter’s Cathedral.
In an era where pop-stars lip sync to their own music at concerts, Australian vocal group The Idea of North provide a musically minimalist performance in the beautiful acoustics of St Peter’s Cathedral. With no accompanying instruments nor audio system to hide behind, this performance really is a showcase of the purity and beauty of the human voice.
Featuring songs from their new album Extraordinary Tales, as well as a smooth blend of ballads by The Beatles, Sting, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder, this candlelit event is a truly heavenly experience. If you missed their previous performances at the Fringe, get in quick as you’d be silly to miss out again.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights – Idolize Speigeltent
14, 15 March
It is a little known fact that Kate Miller-Heidke is a classically trained singer, but if you listen to just a few tracks you begin to hear her formal training exude from the immediately noticeable pop/rock sound.
Kate’s wonderfully unselfconscious, accomplished songwriting combines with her versatile musical capability; taking her music to the next level. While best known for her song “The Last Day On Earth”, which became the real tipping point with the Australian mainstream public, many of Kate’s songs are as similarly beautiful and compelling.
The last few years have seen Kate tour internationally with Adelaide’s own adopted son, Ben Folds. Kate begins her 2012 touring year at the Adelaide Fringe, with a show that is sure to be fun, affecting and memorable.
Cold River Blues
The Wheatsheaf Hotel
24 Feb, 3, 4, 18 March
Emily Davis, Cal Williams Jr and Kory Horwood invite you to wade with them through the deep, dark waters of Cold River. With acclaimed musicianship and gripping on-stage chemistry, these troubadours perform original blues and folk songs, inspired by the dark, divine and disturbing events of their sojourn downstream.
Spinning a narrative throughout the performance to segue each original song together, Cold River Blues tells the stories of murderous lovers, ritual baptisms, small backwater towns; life, death and all that passes between.
Dissolving as soloists and coming together to form a trio, Davis, Williams Jr and Horwood’s shared love of folk and blues music allowed them to record the album Cold River Blues in just 3 days.
Enjoy the raw sounds of bluegrass and acoustic folk as the trio recount their fascinating travel stories.
9, 11, 17 March
After a sell out season at the 2011 Fringe, the Jazz Hop Experiment is back, transforming hip-hop classics to jazz standards.
From their love of fusing different musical genres, Sam Cherry and Aaron Nash conceived the Jazz Hop Experiment in 2009. The duo began arranging songs such as Jay-Z’s 99 Problems and The Message by Grandmaster Flash.
Enlisting a 10 piece band, including 4 vocalists, to pump out their new tracks, their 2010 Fringe debut was impressive. With ever expanding repertoire (including the latest hip-hop releases) and featuring some of Adelaide’s young raw musical talent, the Jazz Hop Experiment has continued to wow audiences around South Australia.
American indie electronic band Neon Indian’s debut album Psychic Chasms and its acclaimed 2011 successor Era Extraña helped form a unique new genre of music titled ‘chillwave’. The style combines elements of 80s retro music, ambient sound and modern pop.
With catchy beats and lyrics and slightly cinematic feel, Neon Indian will debut their unique style of music at this year’s Fringe.
An Evening with Frank Yamma
The Garden of Unearthly Delights – Idolize Spiegeltent
Frank Yamma, Central Australian singer/songwriter and Pitjantjatjara man, is regarded as one of Australia’s most important indigenous artists.
Described as Indigenous Roots, Frank’s music depicts his country and people and their stories of alcohol abuse, cultural degradation, respect for the old law and the importance of country. With an extraordinary voice, his music is simple, but resonant. He often performs with only guitar and voice, but is sometimes accompanied by piano or strings.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights – Idolize Spiegeltent
Canadian singer/songwriter makes a stop at the Adelaide Fringe during an international tour publicizing his new album Like a Man.
The son of legendary poet-balladeer Leonard Cohen, Adam will showcase his own unique and distinctive voice. His music has an almost polite quality, with sparse but enjoyable instrumentation and an acoustic, indie feel.
After considerable international success, Adam Cohen makes his Adelaide debut with a one-off intimate performance.
Big and Brassy
Norwood Hotel, Osmond Terrace Function Centre
2, 8 March
Kensington and Norwood Spring Gully Brass are considered to be one of Australia’s premier A grade brass bands. With a history of performance in South Australia lasting more than a century, it is no wonder that the band receives accolades and awards nationally and internationally.
The combination of almost every instrument of the brass family produces lovely rich tones, with the versatile natures of each instrument showcased wonderfully by the perhaps unconventional repertoire selection. Comprised of over 20 of South Australia’s best brass musicians, expect more than the typical oompah music, as K&N’s 2012 Fringe show is sure to blow you away with music from epic movie themes, spectacular stage shows and classic big band charts.
4 Voice – Get Ready
The Tower Arts Centre
3, 16, 18 March
Get ready, because 4 Voice are back! After a sell out debut season at the 2011 Fringe, Adelaide’s premier a capella doo-wop group return with an array of finger clicking hits.
Bringing their own witty humour and style to the genre, as well as often incorporating audience participation and entertaining choreography, this is a show that the whole family will love.
Sing for your Supper with Maggie Beer and The Idea of North
The Farm-Barossa Function Centre
Following their success at the last few Fringe festivals, ARIA award winning vocal quartet The Idea of North are back, this time joining forces with South Australian cooking identity Maggie Beer to present a sumptuous feast of music and food.
Those who have attended one of their previous performances would know that there is always something for everyone. The Idea of North present an appetizing assortment of jazz, gospel, classical, folk and pop. Sing for your Supper is also sure to include songs from their popular new album Extraordinary Tales.
Celebrate the partnership between food and music as Maggie Beer creates a gastronomic spectacle on stage, accompanied by the heavenly tones of The Idea of North.
This is a one off, with strictly limited seating- so get in quick, and don’t worry, you won’t have to sing for your supper, The Idea of North will do that for you!
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
28, 29 Feb, 1 March
Directed by Christie Anderson, Aurora is one of Adelaide’s hottest a capella ensembles, comprising over 20 girls of ages 18 to 30.
The girls return to the 2012 Fringe with their hearts in little paper envelopes, singing of love letters from tender to stalker. Have the tissues handy as Aurora sing the hit love songs of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Nick Cave, Wailin’ Jennies, Astor Piazzolla and many other crooners.
Since their debut at the Fringe in 2010, Aurora have accumulated an astronomical number of prizes and accolades for their outstanding performances. Join Aurora at this year’s Fringe as they sing a collection of tender, heartfelt ditties.
The Disney Project
The Whitmore Hotel
2, 9, 16 March
Want an excuse to continue listening to the catchy tunes from all those Disney musicals you watched as a kid?
Local singer/songwriter Max Garcia-Underwood puts his own spin on our favourite Disney tunes, including songs such as “I’ll make a man out of you” from Mulan and “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast; in his show The Disney Project.
In the intimate setting of The Whitmore Hotel, Max and his four piece band perform the scores of the past 60 years- once orchestral, now a new, unique acoustic folk.
Be prepared for a whole new world of musical talent!
Sway – The Best of Buble
If you missed Michael Buble’s gig last year, now’s your chance to see him live. Well sort of.
The music of Michael Buble is being brought to life by an 8 piece big band featuring Adelaide’s finest jazz musicians and Buble impressionist. “Sway – The Best of Buble” is a showcase of Buble’s 10 year career- including all the favourite hits from brassy high energy salsas, intimate ballads, to the old jazz standards.
Don’t miss this one off tribute show, an intimate evening of Michael Buble at the sultry Promethean.
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