In some sad news this week, it was announced that The Jade Monkey – a popular live music venue in Twin Street, just off Rundle Mall – will be closing. The 131 year-old building, which was also once home to a Balfours bakery, will be cleared by the developers of a hotel next door.
The announcement has confused and upset live music lovers across town. An online petition to save the venue collected thousands of signatures, and messages of support on social media like Facebook. It’s certainly a big issue, and Nick Pipe spoke to Zac Coligan, who owns the Jade Monkey, for the full story.
Update: The day following this interview (on 23/02), Jade management revealed that South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has been in contact with them, and is “negotiating with the developers in an effort to find a solution”.
One day a lovely song bird met an acoustic guitarist, Coops – they joined forces – and performed for many, captivating audiences with their enigmatic and engaging modern blues songs.
They are COOPS + the Bird and they’re set to play for you at the Fringe, following a sell-out season last year as the musical guests in the show ‘Bird Calls’.
We were joined in the studio by the Adelaide duo, Jake Cooper and Bianka Feo, to talk bird fears, collaborating, and story telling. We were even treated to an acoustic performace, with Jake and Bianka playing their brand new song ‘Already Guity’.
The 2012 Street Dreams Urban Art Festival brings together Adelaide’s best street artists and celebrates the public art work that makes Adelaide a vibrant and creative urban environment. On March 3rd and 4th the festival returns with a whole bunch of events including the Dumpster Biennale, walking tour, film night, and a “pimp my tee-shirt” party. Organiser Josh Fanning and artist Peter Drew joined us in the studio to tell us about how the planning has come together…
Imagine your favourite hip hop beats from the Hilltop Hoods or Jay Z turned into something different…say, a swinging jazz piece instead?
The Jazz Hop Experiment takes hip hop classics and turns them into smooth jazz numbers, and local audiences are loving it.
Selling out shows at last year’s Fringe and the 2010 Cabaret Festival, the six-piece and four-vocalist band are back to wow crowds with their original arrangements, slick performing and tongue-in-cheek attitude to hip hop’s sometimes vulgar lyrics.
Singer Alison Coppe, percussionist Tom Hart and pianist and co-creator Aaron Nash joined us in the studio to chat about the experiment’s latest project.