THE RUNNING MOUSE FUNDRAISER feat. ELECTRIC EMPIRE
With Special Guests.
This night has the ultimate pedigree of collective talent Australia has to offer. With Electric Empires triumphant return from Glastonbury, these boys are hot to trot in their hometown with their soul sounds of the 70’s.
With special guests Phil Ceberano on guitar and Juno Roxus on vocals both of these muso’s are cool-old-school and completely intoxicating.
The axe wielding Marcel Yammouni Band will be tearing it up instumental style and then employ the help of sultry singer Nicollette Forte.
But the fun doesn’t stop there, Noel and Rebecca Mendoza, two of the most seasoned and respected Jazz performers in Melbourne will be adding a touch of class to the night, and to finish it off local rock star DJ Greg Sara will take us home with good times and great tunes.
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to have all this talent in one room for one night only and help support Darius Mendoza in his endeavour to get his first Novel (The Running Mouse) pressed, published and out into the world where it belongs.
Darius will be reading short excerpts from his novel to give you a taste of what’s to come, so get down to Red Bennies on 19th October (7.45pm sharp) and lets all get merry with words, music and a few cheeky drinks.
Darius Mendoza is an Australian/Filipino writer who tells it the way it is. After hopping around from school to school (nine in total) and barely being able to read or write, Darius came to the conclusion that he was either an undiagnosed dyslexic or a dumb bastard… or most probably a little bit of both.
A decade later, despite these handicaps, this turtle has finally finished the race and written a hundred thousand word Novel on the ultimate pessimistic-optimist, Leon Jackson (Darius’ alter-ego).
He has also established himself as a lyricist for Australia’s up and coming soul band ‘Electric Empire’ and has published works in ‘The Elwood Tribune.’ Darius has also had 2 short plays (‘The Boxer-short Debacle’ and ‘The Pink Diamond Donut’) performed at the ‘La Mama Courthouse Theatre.’ One of his poems was also turned into a short film that was played on high rotation at Federation Square.
Also a seasoned ‘Crooner’ Darius has had residencies at establishments such as Singapore’s ‘Bellini Room’ with The Bellini 8 Piece Swing Band, The Hyatt’s Deco Bar with ‘The Sunny Gets Blue Quartet’ and his renowned jazz singing sister, Rebecca Mendoza. Other venues include ‘Eden On The Park’ with singer/songwriter brother Aaron Mendoza. In his younger years Darius toured the bars of Melbourne with his jazz pianist father, Noel Mendoza where he earned his stars and stripes.
Electric Empire have been turning heads and gaining industry respect since making a huge mark on the Australian music scene with their self-funded/self-penned/self-titled debut album. After supporting the likes of super cool outfit's Mayer Hawthorne, The Brand New Heavies, Fat Freddy's Drop and The Bamboos, the boys of EE were asked to perform at Glastonbury Music Festival 2011. Receiving rave reviews from London's top Soul magazines, websites and blogs, Electric Empire have secured the support slot on Beverly Knight's 2011 UK tour.
AND SPECIAL GUESTS
PHIL CEBERANO JUNO ROXUS
THE MARCEL YAMMOUNI BAND
Red Bennies offers a unique experience to your traditional seated show.
Short and sweet acts appear throughout the evening, complimenting the drinking hour and breaking up your club experience. Show structures and interval times may vary. Ticket price listed is for standing room only unless otherwise specified. Limited seating is available, please contact Red Bennies on 03 9826 2689 for all group, booth and seated bookings.
Please note that most tickets are for General Admission / standing room only - if you wish to book a table or a booth, please call the Red Bennies office to make a reservation on (03) 9826 2689