August 4, 2013 in Brisbane Jazz Band, Brisbane Swing Band, Music, Swing Dance Brisbane, The Calibre Cats

The Calibre Cats play the State Library of Queensland’s All That Jazz Mini-Festival!

Saturday 10th August: The Cats take the SLQ Gallery stage at 7:15pm!

‘All that Jazz’ is a mini-festival of events – and we’re super excited to be the second last act for the day!

Throughout the day enjoy live performances, get your groove on at dance classes, catch a free film, and listen in as panellists discuss the many faces of jazz and its continued impression on our lives today.

Please note, this is a mini festival where you can come and go between events as you like. All gallery spaces will be open for the duration of the program; however the installation in the SLQ Gallery may be closed temporarily for performance set up at certain times.

This is a free event but you must reserve your ticket to attend – grab yours here: http://livessaugust.eventbrite.com.au

See you there soon ladies and gents!

June 27, 2013 in Brisbane Jazz Band, Brisbane Swing Band, Music, Photos, Swing Dance Band, Swing Dance Brisbane, The Calibre Cats

Live CD and Gig Review

As a band that does a lot of private shows, parties and corporate events, we don’t often get many reviews written about us – so we were delighted when we spotted this one based on our Cooly Rocks On shows and recently released Live CD.

“… Bridget Burnell fronts up the eight piece neo swing sensation. Also known as Dollface her voice is beautiful, with a subdued fragility to it, something that will catch you if you really listen but its gone as quick as it appears. Her ability to handle scatting is fantastic, having heard a lot of jazz and swing this is something where most fall short, not here however. Horns are provided by Warwick on the Trumpet, Rowan on the Trombone, Sean on Baritone Sax and Scez on Tenor Sax and Clarienet. These guys can really play, all are fine musicians, no one tries to overshadow anyone else, they all rise and fall in time and come on strong for their respective solos. Tiny on Guitar and Yuji on Bass provide essential sonic presence to the band, and lastly Drummer Wes brings up the all important beat, and he absolutely kills it, he fits like a glove, a class drummer, I don’t think many can play as tight and with the clarity as he does… 

…If you are running any kind of event, function or maybe even a wedding I would and do recommend The Calibre Cats. An all together, refined, highly professional band, if you can get your hands on their CD “Live at The Tivoli Theatre” I recomend you do, people always ask me when I’m working at these gigs “Do they sound as good on their CD?” the answer is yes they do, really nice production, worthy of any good Hi-Fi system…”

Thanks so much Sam for your kind words! Cheers!

June 5, 2013 in Brisbane Jazz Band, Brisbane Swing Band, Music, Swing Dance Band, Swing Dance Brisbane, The Calibre Cats

The Calibre Cats Play Cooly Rocks On – 3 shows!

Come for a drive to sunny Coolangatta this weekend, and check out the biggest 50s and 60s nostalgia festival in Australia! Over 2 kilometres of Rock ‘n roll, Rockabilly, Swing and over 1,000 hot rods, custom cars and classic cars lining the streets.

Treat your eyes and ears to the live bands, classic cars, market stalls and all things retro at COOLY ROCKS ON 2013! And as an extra bonus – The Calibre Cats are playing 3 live shows – we’d love to see you all there! Bring your dancin’ shoes, or just enjoy the music!

Browse through 100 retro market stalls and 100 craft market stalls, take your taste buds back to the 50s and 60s with vintage styled food and join in the atmosphere that draws over 70,000 people back year after year!

Friday 7th June:
SWING CITY MARQUEE
SET 1: 9.30pm to 10.20pm
SET 2: 10.40pm to 11.30pm

Saturday 8th June:
BEACH HOUSE STAGE
SET 1: 11.00am to 11.45am
SET 2: 12.00pm to 12.40pm

Saturday 8th June:
SWING CITY MARQUEE
SET 3: 7.30pm to 8.05pm
SET 4: 8.25pm to 9.00pm

January 25, 2013 in Brisbane Jazz Band, Brisbane Swing Band, Music, Photos, Swing Dance Band, Swing Dance Brisbane, The Calibre Cats

The Calibre Cats Showreel is now out!

Cue the drum roll, doves, glitter cannons and explosions… our razzle dazzle new promo video is now out in the wild!

We’d love to hear what you think!

January 21, 2013 in Music, The Calibre Cats

2013 – The Year of the Cat

Well not really, it’s actually the Chinese Year of the Snake… but for us, it’s all about the Cats this year, as we zing into 2013 with a brand new Showreel video and a potential LIVE album on the cards.

So stay tuned, we’ll have our video up and kicking on the intertubes in just a few days!

September 3, 2012 in Brisbane Jazz Band, Brisbane Swing Band, Music, Swing Dance Band, Swing Dance Brisbane, The Calibre Cats

Brisbane Swing Band The Calibre Cats play the 2012 Redcliffe Festival

The 2012 Celebrate Redcliffe Festival hits the Redcliffe Peninsula on 15 and 16 of September 2012.  Come along and enjoy a weekend of free action-packed entertainment!

We’re on Sunday 16th September from 3 to 4pm at the Bluewater Square Stage bringing our special brew of swinging tunes and zipping grooves to the Peninsula. It’s our first public show for a few months now so we’d love to see you all there!

When: Sunday 16th September 2012
Time
: 3pm to 4pm
Venue: Bluewater Square Stage - Redcliffe Parade (near the Ambassador Hotel)
Cost: Free!

May 14, 2012 in Brisbane Jazz Band, Brisbane Swing Band, Music, Swing Dance Band, Swing Dance Brisbane, The Calibre Cats

The Calibre Cats play the Brisbane Lindy Exchange 2012

We’re super excited to have been invited to play at the opening night of the first ever Brisbane Lindy Exchange 2012 - ’3 days and nights of dance paradise’.

When: Friday 18th May 2012
Time
: 7:30 – midnight
VenueHoly Trinity Church Hall, 9 Church St Fortitude Valley
Dress code: vintage beach party / nautical (Think beach parties, sailors and mermaids)
Cost: $25 or free with social pass

More details on the official event page.

April 30, 2012 in Brisbane Jazz Band, Brisbane Swing Band, Music, The Calibre Cats

Looking for a swing band?

Looking for a Swing Band in Brisbane for your corporate event, wedding reception, work Christmas party, gangster-themed ball or just a general good ol’ time? The Calibre Cats are standing by, ready to take your call… well, not entirely, but you can email us your booking enquiry here!

 

August 21, 2011 in The Calibre Cats

Coverage in TimeOff and Scene street press magazines!

Looky look who made it into recent issues of TimeOff and Scene! Bridget even features as a cover girl (sort of)!

July 26, 2011 in Brisbane Jazz Band, Brisbane Swing Band, Music, The Calibre Cats

The Calibre Cats play The Gangsters’ Ball 2011 – A Swing Dancing, Cabaret and Vaudeville Extravaganza

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For the fourth year in a row, The Gangsters’ Ball is coming back to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in September where modern day Mobsters, Molls and Flappers can step back in time to a bygone era when men wore three-piece suits, fedora hats and silk ties, women wore feathers, furs and pill box hats, big bands ruled the airwaves and gangsters ruled the streets.

And the Calibre Cats are super excited to be swinging up a storm on Saturday 10th September when we take to the stage at the Tivoli for the Brisbane Gangsters’ Ball.

A fully themed night of non-stop entertainment, The Gangsters’ Ball brings to life the fashion, style, humour and classic entertainment of the 1930s & ’40s. Featuring the biggest names in Cabaret, Sideshow Vaudeville, Magic/Illusion and Big Band Swing, it is an event like no other and one not to be missed!

Every show also features Australia’s best Swing, Rockabilly and Rock & Roll DJs, The Gambling Den – with Poker, Roulette and Black Jack tables, Swing and Rockabilly dancing contests, Pin-up models, merchandise stalls, cocktail bar, 1920s themed photo booth and fantastic prizes for the best dancers and a lucky door prize!

Dress code is strictly 1920s to ’50s Gangsters, Flappers, Molls, Burlesque, Vintage Glamour, traditional Dance Hall Swing and Rockabilly.

Tickets available now via: www.ticketek.com.au or Phone Bookings 132 849.
Sat 10 Sep – The Tivoli, Brisbane.

Check the event on Facebook: The Gangsters’ Ball Brisbane or on the Calibre Cats Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/CalibreCats