Melbourne’s finest purveyors of cool Bachelors From Prague reform after a quarter of a century for one show at The Night Cat on Friday 2 September
Watch original video clips made by film maker Salik Silverstein only just made available on Youtube here
It is 25 years since Bachelors From Prague have performed together. The eight-man group formed in 1984 and fast became recognised as the flagship of a movement supporting new jazz in Australia. More than simply a musical foray, the Bachelors rise was an exercise in style.
Having developed in the early years from a select bohemian interest into a passion for the youthful night club fraternity, Bachelors from Prague was super cool and in great demand. A mode of jazz that didn’t sit well with traditionalists, their sound captured the spirit of seminal 1950’s be-bop placed in an energetic modern framework. Influences were not limited to modern jazz, and a healthy amount of funk, pop/rock and cabaret surfaced from time to time. The great majority of songs were original compositions with some standards being re worked to give a Bachelors flavour.
Bachelors From Prague achieved prominence with constant national touring and performances in London, Italy and at The Edinburgh Festival in 1990. They recorded 4 albums, made numerous video clips and performed countless radio and television appearances including The Big Gig and Hey Hey Its Saturday!, cemented their place in the Australian musical landscape before folding in 1991. They remained forever in the hearts and minds of a devout following, with many of the bands members going on to achieve success in other groups including King Kat Blues Cabaret, The Black Sorrows, The Feeling Groovies, Paul Kelly, Vika & Linda Bull, Renee Geyer, Archie Roach and The Triffids.
To celebrate the re-opening of The Night Cat in Fitzroy – set up by Bachelors From Prague front man Henry Maas in 1994 and recently re-launched by Bachelors percussionist Justin Stanford – the original line up will gather in its entirety for one night only on Friday 2 September. Melbourne’s finest purveyors of Cool, Bachelors From Prague will present their signature high energy show with style and musical muscle. Fans everywhere have waited a long 25 years for this moment. The time is now!
Friday 2 September 2016
The Night Cat, 137–141 Johnston St. Fitzroy VIC
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au
Further info at www.thenightcat.com.au
$30 + booking fee. Doors open 7.30pm
For the first time, the original recordings and original video footage and film clips are now available online.
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