Fi­nal court­yard sesh

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

SU­GAR Sonic will be shak­ing the stage for the fi­nal Court­yard Mu­sic ses­sion for 2013, of­fer­ing a slice of soul with a twist of funk.

Su­gar Sonic is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Steve Roberts on key­boards and Al­li­son Mackey on vo­cals.

Steve and Al­li­son met whilE both per­form­ing with Cairns latin rock/funk band Hu­mid­ity.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion of the two in Su­gar Sonic has pro­duced a sen­sual, pow­er­ful elec­tric soul/funk sound.

Al­li­son Mackey still per­forms with Hu­mid­ity and has per­formed lo­cally sup­port­ing other vis­ual artists, mu­si­cians and po­ets and also over­seas, trav­el­ling and per­form­ing opera in China and in Latin salsa band Chango lo­cally and in South Amer­ica.

Al­li­son’s love lays in bossa nova, jazz, fado and Soul, singing in English, French, Span­ish, Por­tuguese, Man­darin and Ital­ian.

Steve Roberts con­trib­utes key­boards, vo­cals and song writ­ing to Su­gar Sonic and has a long back­ground as a pro­ducer of orig­i­nal mu­sic.

Since swap­ping the grey skies of the UK for trop­i­cal Cairns in the late 90’ s Steve has per­formed with dance/ funk act Su­gar Lounge.

In pre­vi­ous times, Steve played key­boards with Abi­gail’s Party and Fun­kee Jun­kees in Lon­don.

Draw­ing in­flu­ence from the likes of Ste­vie Won­der, Jamiro­quai, Base­ment Jaxx and Groove Ar­mada, Steve’s orig­i­nal ma­te­rial blends old school funk with mod­ern break beats

Or­gan­iser Frank Frikker said Su­gar Sonic have a great sound.

‘‘It again is some­thing dif­fer­ent to what we had the months be­fore,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s the car­rot for the au­di­ence.

‘‘This mu­sic seems very much suited for sun­set on a Sun­day and a fi­nale of this year’s Court­yard Mu­sic se­ries.’’

See Su­gar Sonic at the Clink The­atre court­yard on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

The bar opens at 5 for a 5.30pm show start.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the door for only $10.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to take along a cush­ion to sit on.

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