Women of Soul
Teaming up for one special night of soul, funk and r’n’b are three of Australia's finest soul vocalists, Candice Monique, Randa Khamis and Chelsea Wilson.
Featuring Musicians Jake Mason on organ (Cookin on 3 Burners), Ivan ‘Choi’ Khatchoyan on drums (True Live), Guitarist Mikey Chan (M- Phazes) and bassist Lucas Taranto (Gotye) this exclusive show delivers three pumping sets of funk and soul not to be missed.
RANDA AND THE SOUL KINGDOM
Hailing from Perth and firmly at the forefront of the Australian Funk and Soul scene Randa And The Soul Kingdom will have you up and dancing in an instant with their inimitable collection of 21st century deep soul led by Australian soul sister Randa Khamis. After playing a series of high profile shows including supports for Lionel Richie and Sharon Jones, Randa & the Soul Kingdom released their self titled debut album on Freestyle Records in late 2009. The album received plaudits worldwide and led to a hugely successful European tour in 2010 with Randa basing herself in London.
Having completed the follow up album with Funk supremo Lance (The Bamboos/Cookin' On 3 Burners/Lanu) again at the helm the new album will be released winter 2011. This exclusive set at Red Bennies will be an exclusive taster for the new album featuring some of the new material as well as past gems.
Originally from Adelaide, South Australian Candice Monique is a vocalist/songwriter/poet whose
individual vocal and lyrical style fuses Soul, Neo-Soul, Jazz, RnB, Funk, Blues, Folk & Spoken Word. It is this distinctive style along with her stage presence & artistic depth which makes her one of Australia's most exciting & original new artists. After recording her first demo in Atlanta with producer Professor Griff (Public Enemy) in 2003 and later in Harlem, NYC in 2005 with Neo-Soul Producer, Rich Medina (Jill Scott, Vassy) - Candice Monique returned to her new home in Melbourne and has completed her debut album, "In My Soul" with her stunning five piece band, THE OPTICS released through UK label Freestyle records.
Chelsea Wilson is Melbourne’s most recent edition to the Melbourne soul scene. A Queensland Conservatorium of Music graduate, Chelsea has completed seven 6-month international residency contracts performing jazz, soul and blues in Japan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Thailand and the United States.
Returning to Melbourne to focus on her original music, Chelsea was Awarded the Arts Victoria ‘Victoria Rocks’ Recording grant for new compositions. Chelsea independently released her debut EP ‘Bitterness’ late 2010. Inspired by true stories of love and pain, the EP documents five tales of heartbreak with true soul sensibility. Recorded with Melbourne’s soul legends, Cookin on 3 Burners, ‘Bitterness’ basks in the vintage sounds inspired by legendary records labels such as Chess, Stax and Daptone. ‘Bitterness’ has been met with critical acclaim and achieved the honorable status as Feature Record the week of its release on Melbourne’s PBS 106.7FM.
With burlesque performances from...
HONEY B. GOODE
Honey B. Goode burst onto the Melbourne burlesque scene in 2008, and has forged a reputation as an original, charismatic and often surprising performer. Utilising her training in modern and classical dance, physical theatre and the dramatic arts, this chameleon-like performer delights in pushing the boundaries of burlesque. With a nod to the past and a cheeky wink to the future, Honey takes the elements of classic burlesque and puts her own modern spin on them. Her mix of classic burlesque and comedic tomfoolery has been featured at the Ruby Revue, Red Door Burlesque, Burlesque Bingo and Elliott Goblet’s Crimson Goat Cabaret Club. Recently Honey was honoured to be installed as a resident performer at Fitzroy’s Burlesque Bar. In 2010, she took part in the inaugural Australian Burlesque Festival, being crowned best newcomer in the Baby Bombshells competition. This playful, versatile and entertaining performer is sure to leave you with a song in your heart, a twinkle in your eye, and a yearning for more of her Honey B. Goode-ness!
LI'L THELMA THUNDERBIRD
The Premiere Derriere, Li’l Thelma Thunderbird has been shaking the burlesque scene for 5 years. Her battery-operated booty wows crowds, along with her cheeky smile and exuberance. Fabulously clad in sequins, rhinestones and attitude, Thelma’s classic tease will have you begging for more. She always brings the house down!
With resident Red Bennies DJ,
Edd Fisher is a music collector, selector, appreciator, producer & radio presenter.
Not your average disc jockey, Edd is a graduate of Australia's premier music school WAAPA with a bachelor in Jazz Composition, presents a radio show (Tomorrow Land) fortnightly on PBS106.7FM and is one of Beat TV’s latest presenters and interviewers!
A regular DJ in the Melbourne scene, Edd’s sets span a mixed bag of Rare-Groove, Funk, Soul, Future Beats, Disco, Hop Hop & Jazz. A fine selector across broad genres Edd's sound is a seamless blend of old and new creating a distinct and modern take on the dance floor.
Notes: Show times are approximate. 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