Fathers’ Day At Concrete Blonde

Hello Bakeliters,

A quick piece of band news

Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters played today for diners and dancers at Fathers’ Day lunch in the beautiful Concrete Blonde Restaurant, Level 1, 33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

Here’s a pic I’ve copied from Warren Fahey’s Facebook page. Warren wrote, “GREG POPPLETON’S BAKELITE BROADCASTERS return with another serving of songs from the Roaring Twenties and Nervous Thirties. Greg sings & dances like he just stepped out of a Hollywood film and is accompanied by drums, tenor banjo, bass and a huge sousaphone. One of our favourite performers to date. Do not miss this unique artist”

Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters at Concrete Blonde, Fathers' Day 2012
Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters at Concrete Blonde, Fathers’ Day 2012.
Rod Herbert, sousaphone & bass trombone; Grahame Conlon, tenor banjo; Greg Poppleton, vocals; Bob Gillespie, drums

This is our second visit to Concrete Blonde. Every Sunday is Sunday Jazz Lunch from 1 – 4pm. George Washingmachine, Janet Seidel, Jeff Duff and more play for your listening and dancing pleasure on Sundays

And Concrete Blonde showcases French Manouche Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco Rhythms and Latin Beats from 7pm every Wednesday night

But the food! Today I had fried cauliflower with blue cheese and hazelnut vinaigrette. I chose it because cauliflower makes me gag. Not today! Yum, yum. Not a spot left on the plate. Other band members had the chicken, beef cheeks and lamb. They were all melt-in-your-mouth. In fact, the lamb was so melt-in-your-mouth tender it could be pulled away with a gentle prod of the fork. Perfect!

And Concrete Blonde is not expensive either considering the 5 star quality of the food, the friendly service, and the inviting ambience of the room and terrace. Three courses for Sunday Lunch is only $48pp. Spoil yourself. You couldn’t do better than book Concrete Blonde for your company or social club’s Christmas Party. Their booking number is (61 2) 9380 8307. Website: http://www.concreteblonderestaurant.com.au/

Sunday Roast at Sunday Jazz Lunch, Concrete Blonde
Sunday Roast at Sunday Jazz Lunch, Concrete Blonde

More Lounge Bar Lotharios Pics At Moocooboola 2012

The Lounge Bar Lotharios is Sydney’s newest 1920s dance orchestra. Here are some photos taken by Julian Gobeth as the Lotharios played at the Moocooboola Festval 2012. Moocooboola is the Eora Aboriginal word for Hunters Hill, Sydney. As you might tell be our hair, it was a very windy day…

Greg Poppleton 1920s Singer with The Lounge Bar Lotharios
Greg Poppleton 1920s Singer with The Lounge Bar Lotharios
The Lounge Bar Lotharios at the Moocooboola Festival 2012
The Lounge Bar Lotharios at the Moocooboola Festival 2012
Rod Herbert Sousaphone, Lounge Bar Lotharios
Rod Herbert Sousaphone, Lounge Bar Lotharios
Greg Poppleton 1920s Jazz Singer
Greg Poppleton 1920s Jazz Singer
Greg Poppleton 1920s Orchestra Singer
Greg Poppleton 1920s Orchestra Singer
Reed Section 1920s Dance Orchestra
Reed Section 1920s Dance Orchestra
The Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s Orchestra
The Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s Orchestra
Grahame Conlon 1920s Band Banjo
Grahame Conlon 1920s Band Banjo

The Lounge Bar Lotharios are available to play at your event, too. Please contact Greg via the Lotharios’ official website: http://www.1920sorchestra.com.au

The Lounge Bar Lotharios 2012 Moocooboola Festival

Today The Lounge Bar Lotharios played on the main stage of the 2012 Moocooboola Festival. Thank you to everyone who came to see the Orchestra. Here are a couple of action shots as the Orchestra played ‘Old Man Blues’

The Lounge Bar Lotharios at the 2012 Moocooboola Festival
The Lounge Bar Lotharios at the 2012 Moocooboola Festival
The Lounge Bar Lotharios - Sydney Great Gatsby 1920s Dance Band
The Lounge Bar Lotharios – Sydney Great Gatsby 1920s Dance Band

The Lounge Bar Lotharios are available for your event, too. Visit The Lounge Bar Lotharios’ website to enquire

The Lounge Bar Lotharios – BMLOT Awards 3 August 2012

Looking for something to do this sunny Sunday afternoon? Catch Sydney’s 1920s Great Gatsby Dance Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, 2:15 – 3pm at the Moocooboola Festival, Hunters Hill

Just last Friday, The Lotharios entertained at the annual BMLOT Awards in the iconic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. BMLOT stands for Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Oberon Tourism and the 2012 Awards is one of the biggest nights in the Greater Blue Mountains social calendar

The Lotharios played for BMLOT at their annual Winter Ball at The Fairmont Resort last May

It’s exciting to hear all about the great things the Blue Mountains has to offer local and overseas tourists. The Mountains are abuzz with creativity and the spirit of diversity and entrepreneurship thrives there

Singer Greg Poppleton returns to the Carrington, in their Grand Dining Room, Friday 23 February, with his 5-piece Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters for dining, dancing and Charlestoning at the Carrington’s Roaring 20s Ball

Today, you can see Roaring 20s Lounge Bar Lotharios FREE at the Moocooboola Festival, Boronia Park, Hunters Hill, 2:15 – 3pm. We look forward to seeing you!

Here’s a photo of the Lotharios at the BMLOT awards. If you’d like Sydney’s 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra to add WOW to you occasion, please contact Tony

The Lounge Bar Lotharios, 2012 BMLOT Awards, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba
The Lounge Bar Lotharios, 2012 BMLOT Awards, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Singer, Greg Poppleton. Musical Director, Geoff Power

Bakelite Broadcasters 1930s Trio At The Powerhouse Museum

Enjoy some brief clips of the Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters Trio – two excerpts from a concert of 1930s songs at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

I’ve posted this clip for those of you interested in making a booking, and who have asked to see the 1930s Trio live

The clips are brief because the buzz from the camera is very loud. The songs are These Foolish Things and I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter. Tomorrow I shall film the 1920s Bakelite Trio for you – 1920s Vocals, Banjo and Clarinet/Alto Saxophone. Enjoy! Greg

Bing, Bob, Martin & Lewis Raise Money For The 1952 US Olympic Team

Salutations Phantom Dancers,

Another humdinger of a show for you this week. Vincent Price introduces calypso pioneers Lord Invader & Lord Beginner, Bob Hope introduces Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters. Plus more 1940s Australian swing by George Trevare, Billy Cotton from London & Angelini from Rome

An Olympic Video Of The Week: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope (who gets very angry at the beginning – look at his face when he hits Jerry Lewis), Dean Martin, the aforementioned Jerry Lewis & John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra raising money to send the US team to the 1952 Helsinki Games

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
, Live Stream, Digital Radio

Community Radio Network Show #8

2SER Tuesday 17 July 2012
12 noon – 1:30pm (+10 hours GMT)

2SER Saturday 21 July 2012
6 – 7:30pm (+10 hours GMT)

Set 1
Aspetto Di Diretto
Angelini e sua Orchestra (voc) Duo Fasano
Comm Rec
Open + Babe
Elmer Fain Orchestra
AFRS Hollywood
The New York Subway & Shake Around
Lord Invader & Lord Beginner
‘The World In Music’
AFRS Hollywood
Film Noir Close Theme
‘The FBI In Peace And War’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Set 2
Open + Baby & Me
Louis Prima Orchestra
Hickory House NY
Washington DC
22 Sep 1939
Moon Over Miami
Chevrolet Orchestra
‘Melody Moments’
Radio Transcription
New York
We’re Working Our Way Through College
Rudy Vallee, Dorothy Lamour and Charlie McCarthy (voc) Robert Ambruster Orchestra
‘The Chase & Sanborn Hour’
3 Oct 1937
Buckin’ The Wind + Close
Ted Fio Rito Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard & The Three Blue Keys
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Set 3

Where Or When
Buddy Clark (voc)
May 1943
I’m Shooting High
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward

Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 Jan 1936

I’m Just Beginning To Care
Bob Crosby Orchestra

‘Ford V8 Revue’
Radio Transcription
New York

Don’t Fence Me In
Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters (voc)

‘Command Performance’
AFRS Hollywood

Set 4

Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
22 Oct 1936
Open + Birmingham Special
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Columbus OH
19 Nov 1943
Open + Bensonality
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
20 Jul 1952
A Table In The Corner
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
20 Oct 1939
Set 5

Something’s The Matter with Me
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Johnny Fitzgerald
Comm Rec

St Louis Blues

Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
Blues In The Night
Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Trio
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks
Blue Network
25 Nov 1945
I Get The Blues When It Rains
Les Paul Trio (voc) Peggy Lee
AFRS Hollywood
Set 6

Rhythm Mad
Billy Cotton Orchestra
Comm Rec
26 Mar 1935
Melancholy Lullaby (theme) + Old Man River
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
KECA Blue Network
Los Angeles

Lullaby Of Birdland (theme) + Old Man River

Lester Young Quintet
5 Sep 1956

1920s Great Gatsby Jazz Band At Concrete Blonde

Sunday July 1: Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters played for Sunday Lunch at Concrete Blonde, Level 2, 33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point. Now, if you haven’t head of Concrete Blonde before, I want to tell you all about it a little later in this blog entry. Just to say now, if you’re in Sydney or visiting, it’s a must visit

But first, the Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters’ show. Here’s a snippet…

Warren Fahey AM, social historian, author, record producer, broadcaster and singer said about yesterday’s  Concrete Blonde show by Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters:

“Yesterday’s Jazz/Funk/Whatever Lunch at Concrete Blonde was another terrific day. Here’s Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters in action Greg sang all the top songs of the 1920s and 30s – many that I have grown up with. There were many happy faces in the audience and Greg’s interpretations, including dancing, swaying, staring and facial gymnastics made the music all the more interesting and amusing. They will be back!”

Concrete Blonde wrote on their Facebook page: “What a fantastic performance yesterday here! Love the bloke in the pinstripes and ……. phew, check out the size of that guy’s tuba”

Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters at Concrete Blonde
Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters at Concrete Blonde

Now a few words about this great restaurant itself…

Concrete Blonde is one of those rare restaurants where the space makes you feel good (expansive, even!) the minute you walk in. It has both an indoor and outdoor area and the connection between these two spaces is remarkably seamless. As a space, its designers have successfully combined a sense of occasion and gathering with intimacy and privacy. Remarkable! (As I’ve just done). Part of the occasion is being able to see your dinner cooked. The kitchen is along one side of the space. There’s also a friendly and extensive bar. And a cellar behind glass in the dining area itself. Car parking is in the building, which makes it easy in busy Kings Cross. But I don’t drive. So there’s the 324 and 325 bus at the front door and the 311 bus and Kings Cross train station just around the corner! Plus there’s live music by name bands in jazz, funk, gypsy, folk and more. Free! Sunday lunch and Wednesday nights. As Symphony Sid used to say in between Charlie Parker/Miles Davis sets on his all-night, all-frantic WMCA bop show from the Royal Roost nightclub, New York – ‘what more could you want?’

I’ll tell you what more – the food and the friendly staff take your experience to a whole new level

And the menu is special

For Sunday lunch, the band chose the Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and the Duck. There was also a vegetarian choice that was very, very tempting. I’ve never had Yorkshire Pudding before, but I will be having it again. And our Mancunian drummer, Bob Gillespie, formerly musical director for Lovelace Watkins and drummer with Maynard Ferguson’s English Orchestra, and whose family makes Yorkshire Puddings at home, was mightily impressed. The beef just melted in my mouth. And despite the servings being generous, with two big serving boats of tasty roast potatoes and broccoli and carrots arriving at our table, nothing was left on anyone’s plate. In short, the chef made a Sunday Roast exciting – and delicious. That’s real skill and passion for food

As for the restaurant space being an event in itself, making you feel good, and making you want to be there, I found this quote which goes some way in explaining why I felt so good the way I did the moment I walked through the doors: “Concrete Blonde is very excited and proud to announce that we have been short-listed (from over 600 entries) for the finals of the International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. This is the only concept of its kind in the world and is dedicated exclusively to hospitality design. The Awards invites and receives entries from the world’s top architects, designers and hospitality operators. The judges recognise and reward entrants from all over the world for design excellence. The winners will be announced at an innovative ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 66 Portland Place on the 6th September 2012”

So Concrete Blonde is indeed a very special place. It’s warm and friendly. You’ll feel comfortable no matter what your restaurant background – whether you’re local or visiting, whether you’re a gourmand or someone like me on a very low income who only goes to a restaurant on very special occasions.  And if you are someone like me, well you can guess from the tone of this review, that I reckon Concrete Blonde is one exciting place that’ll take your special occasion to a whole new level and you’ll be happy to splash out with the hard-earns

Here’s their YouTube promo…