After two great concerts at the Memo Club in Melbourne the group moved on to Sydney where they set up for the concert in the Basement Club.
Opening its first doors in downtown Sydney on May 10th 1972, a midst an era of pub rock and cover venues, The Basement rapidly emerged as a benchmark club for contemporary music – adored by artists and audiences alike.
Acting primarily as a jazz venue, hosting the likes of Galapagos Duck, Vince Jones, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Art Pepper and Dizzie Gillepsie to name a few, The Basement’s reputation – as a result of its ever growing popularity, two level expansion and calibre of performers – put the venue on the map as a leading destination venue.
After being forced to close its doors in 1988 due to the demolishing of its original birthplace, the venue reopened in 1992 to its current home, remarkably just a few doors down from its original base.
Fast forward to 2015 and The Basement is an Australian icon, with a solid reputation and cult following, yet still possessing the same energy, ambiance and reputation that has served music lovers and local, interstate and international performers for over 40 years.
Now a state of the art, custom-built performance venue with a capacity of up to 600 after a complete refurbishment in 2015, the new and improved Basement offers an eclectic variety of music and performances encompassing everything from Jazz, Burlesque, Rock and Acoustics to Dance Music, Rap, Comedy, and Indie acts to name a few.
To this day, The Basement prides itself on remaining a hub for contemporary music makers and lovers, offering its guests premium entertainment on a weekly basis. However at the end of the day, this iconic venue will always be renowned worldwide as “The Beating Heart Of Sydney’s Live Music Scene”.
Once again a standing ovation for Hank and his group, it seems everywhere this band performs the fans go right out of their way to show appreciation.