Sher­a­ton adds live mu­sic to lobby ap­peal

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Shane Ni­chols

WHAT’S a lobby without some cool mu­sic to waft by the plush sur­rounds of an evening?

The Sher­a­ton Mi­rage’s steady up­ward progress since its grand ren­o­va­tion last year now ex­tends to the re­turn of live mu­sic, some­thing which used to grace the grand dame of Port Dou­glas tourism over the years with artists like pi­anist Den­nis Rose but which has been on hold for a while.

With live mu­sic on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day nights, start­ing at 7pm, the Sher­a­ton is keen to at­tract a lo­cal clien­tele that ap­pre­ci­ates good mu­sic in a re­laxed and re­fined set­ting, as well en­ter­tain­ing its in-house guests..

Mu­si­cians are be­ing sourced lo­cally and from Cairns and most will per­form around twice a month, with the list of acts grow­ing and chang­ing reg­u­larly.

“I think with the new pro­gram what we are do­ing is hav­ing a re­ally wide ar­ray of ro­tat­ing mu­si­cians -- some of the tour­ing but most of them lo­cal,” said cater­ing man­ager Sharon Timms..

“Some are on pi­ano, util­is­ing our beau­ti­ful baby grand in the foun­tain, and oth­ers will be set­ting up in the Dain­tree Bar in the lobby.

“The idea is to cre­ate a vibe within the lobby and Dain­tree Bar area. It’s pre-din­ner, or post-din­ner, or al­ter­na­tively if peo­ple would like to stay around and lis­ten to the en­tire set, then we have Dain­tree Bar which is well equipped with a su­perb menu as well as beau­ti­ful wine list and cock­tail list.”

A feature of the Dain­tree Bar is its Paired Menu, which of­fers var­i­ous food choices paired with lo­cal bev­er­ages and wines.

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