The first is a fundraiser in support of the Tecoma 8, the group of local residents of the small town in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, who are protesting against the building of a 24-hour McDonald’s restaurant in their main street.
The No Maccas in the Hills group invites you to this glamorous event to raise funds for the Tecoma 8. As well as Shirazz’s own brand of roaring Dixieland jazz to keep you on the dance floor, there’ll be cabaret from Mademoiselle K, auctions and raffles with amazing prizes, photographers, craft beers, organic ciders and finger food. The evening will be hosted by comic Genevieve Morris from ABC and Network 10 TV, with a guest appearance by that other well known comic, Dave O’Neill.
When: Friday 13th September, 8pm
Venue: Upwey Community Hall (1443 Burwood Hwy, Upwey).
Tickets: $20 – can be purchased from Belgrave Organics, 1675 Burwood Highway, Belgrave. 9754 8800. Email: www.burgeroff.org/store
The second is the regular third-Friday-of-the-month meeting of the Peninsula Jazz Club on Friday 20 September at 8.00pm in the Patterson Lakes Community Centre.
This is Shirazz’s fourth gig at the PJC so they must be doing lots of things right. This will be a laid back night of dancing to infectious music, amongst the friendly folk at Peninsula. Bring your own food and drink, but there is tea and coffee provided. Tickets are $15 ($10 for PJC members). Bookings are recommended – call Harry Daniels on 9580 2906 or 0422 657 634 to book or for more information.
The third is a gig at Bennetts Lane in downtown Melbourne on Saturday 21 September at 8.30pm.
Bennetts Lane is one of Australia’s most prestigious jazz venues, with a 7 days a week calendar of national and international stars. It’s not so often that dixieland jazz appears on the menu, so this is a great occasion for the trads. Tickets are $25/$20 + b.f., available at the Bennetts Lane Website or at the door, 25 Bennetts Lane, CBD.
Those are the Shirazz gigs for September but they’ve more coming up in October – keep your eye on their gig guide for the latest info.