BIG END TO SPRING AT NORTHBRIDGE PIAZZA
The forecast for next Sunday at the Northbridge Piazza will be fine entertainment, thanks to Sunday Piazza Live, presented by the City of Perth and Business Improvement Group of Northbridge (BigN).
The spring series of free live music events, 1-3pm Sundays, has continued to build on its summer audience, delighting hundreds each week with a diverse range of premier West Australian music acts.
The season will go out with a big band bang on 25 November, featuring Phil Hatton & the MadHattons and the Hills Big Band.
With a Masters degree in Music, Phil Hatton headed to the USA in 1995, spending 12 years as a band leader and music teacher. Now at home in Australia, he plays clarinet, sax and flute in five Perth bands and leads the MadHattons’ big band sounds with the aid of guitar, trumpet, piano, drums and bass.
To top off Sunday Piazza Live 2012, the Hills Big Band, celebrating 10 years together, will play homage to Louis Armstrong, Michael Buble, Count Basie, The Beatles, Robbie Williams, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra with a lineup of musos aged 17 - 75 that includes piccolo, marimba, soprano sax and duduk (Armenian woodwind instrument).
City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said she’s been thrilled to see so many different types of quality music presented at Sunday Piazza Live, which started out as a platform for local jazz musicians to showcase their talent.
"We wanted people to be able to enjoy this music outdoors during the day rather than going to a club at night," said the Lord Mayor. "Now we’ve had everything from South American folk bands to WAMI-nominated bluegrass, rock and piano outfits, and one that was unearthed by Triple J."
The Lord Mayor continued: "It really is inviting a new and broad audience to Northbridge and it’s great to see people picnicking on the lawn and every now and then getting up to have a dance. You can watch the close-up footage of the players on the SuperScreen or laze on a beanbag in the shade, and you’re guaranteed a free opportunity to genuinely recreate."
There’s plenty to do in Northbridge before and after Sunday Piazza Live too, with many music lovers adding lunch, shopping and a visit to some nearby galleries to their day out in the city.
After November, Sunday Piazza Live will be on hiatus until April 2013, so make the most of spring now and check out the rest of the site for more events.