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1 Canberra beat-masters
The Aston Shuffle are
fresh off the plane after
headlining FullMoonFest at
the Governor's Island Beach
Club in New York. They will
play to a hungry home crowd
at the ANU Bar from 7.30pm
on Saturday, August 16. Be
part of the action for just $25.
Tickets at ticketek.com.au
2 Australian contemporary
art will be transported
from the Jas Hugonnet online
gallery to adorn the walls of
the Nishi Gallery this month.
Offline will be a feast of
vibrant mixed media,
spectacular acrylics and
watercolours as part of the
free exhibition running from
Saturday, August 16, until
Sunday, August 31, in
3 As part of the Creature of
the Night tour, dance rock
trio Art vs Science will play
Canberra's Transit Bar on
Friday, August 15, from 8pm.
Check them out before they
head south to warm up the
snow fields with a gig at The
Station in Jindabyne on
Saturday, August 16. Tickets
$20+BF @ moshtix.com.au
4 Questacon SciNight on
Friday, August 15, will
uncover the intriguing science
of sport. The event will
hockey players and special
guests strong woman
Penelope Asterix, Canberra
Cavalry and the Canberra
Roller Derby League. Friday,
August 15, from 6pm-10pm.
Tickets $10 at the door.
5 Canberra Symphony
Orchestra is hosting its
third Llewellyn Series concert.
Opening with Stravinsky's
Firebird, the evening includes
Trumpet Concerto by
Australian composer Richard
Mills, and Tchaikovsky's Fifth
conducted by Nicholas
Milton. Wednesday, August
13, Thursday, August 14, from
7.30pm. Tickets $81 (adult),
$71 (concession) at
HOT AUGUST NIGHT, THE PLAYHOUSE FRIDAY, AUGUST 15.
Peter Byrne stars in Neil Diamond's Hot August Night at The Playhouse.
Hot August Night a hit every year
Peter Byrne has had 17 years of
practice warming crowds up with
tunes from Neil Diamond's highly
acclaimed album Hot August Night in
Australia's frigid August weather.
"In 1972 Neil Diamond recorded
the album with a 30-piece orchestra on
stage outdoors at the Greek Theatre in
Los Angeles," Byrne said.
"Obviously in Los Angeles it would
have been a hot August night so doing
it outside in Canberra isn't really an
In recreating the atmosphere it was
vital to develop a rich orchestral score,
Byrne said. However, fronting up all
the costs to launch the show in 1997
took nearly everything he had.
"We wanted people to experience
what it would have sounded like. It
took six months to have the scores
made," he said.
The now 52-year-old tribute
troubadour asked the late Tommy
Tycho, one of Australia's maestros,
and American composer Larry
Muhoberac to arrange the score.
Looking back to when it first came
together in 1997, Byrne said he was
surprised he scraped through
"I didn't have a cent to my name and
had to borrow against my mortgage to
get the show off the ground," he said.
"At the time I didn't think how
stupid it was. I could have lost my
house if it had fallen backwards, but it
Byrne said meeting Neil Diamond
was unforgettable, a feeling that was
only surpassed after receiving a letter
of congratulations from him after
winning a 2003 Mo Award for the Hot
August Night show.
"It really couldn't get any better," he
said. For 11 months of the year Byrne
tours Forever Diamond with his band
Heartlight but said it was a true
achievement that his 21G2 hour Hot
August Night concert continued to sell
out year after year across Australia.
"Standing in front of the crowd the
sound of the orchestra hits with this
phenomenal wave of strings and horns
and rhythm section all the way through
my body," he said.
"At the end of each season I think
God, we have to wait another 12
months to do it all again'."
Hot August Night shows at The
Playhouse on Friday, August 15.
Tickets $69.50 at www.canberra
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