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February 1, 2023

The Beachy’s double header in the new year

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Byron’s Beach Hotel is starting how they mean to finish with a great lineup to push 2022 all the way into last year.

To get you started is Lisa Hunt and her Forever Soul show. Born in the USA and establishing her international career early, firstly as a gospel singer, then sharing the stage with musical greats James Brown, Eric Clapton, Dionne Warwick, Joe Cocker, Miles Davis, Randy Crawford, Andrea Bocelli and many more. Lisa has performed live with artists as diverse as Pavarotti to Ray Charles.

Forever Soul is a celebration of the Ladies of soul: Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, and Tina Turner, just to name a few. Lisa’s on-stage persona and stage presence, coupled with a vocal range that is larger than life, will have audiences dancing in their chairs as all the hits of the soul, Motown and funk era are played to perfection with her six-piece soul band.

Following a hugely popular set on the opening night of this year’s Bluesfest, and finishing off COVID-forced postponed shows, Tijuana Cartel is back in Byron Bay for the first day of a brand-new year. Getting back on the road, and touring their latest album, Acid Pony, the Cartel are putting on a huge show at the Beach Hotel.

Finding their feet in the 1990’s underground venues of the Gold Coast, Tijuana Cartel have honed their live set on some of Australia’s biggest stages, dishing up an east-meets-west wonderland for those seeking sensory overload, euphoria, fat beats and heavy, bass-fuelled electronica.

Start the new year off right at The Beachy on Saturday with Lisa Hunt from 4.30pm, DJs until 10.30pm, then Tijuana Cartel.

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  1. New Year upon us, 2023, NICE! another birthday, 71yo. HELL! I’ll be asking those around me up here in Qld, “honest opinion, do you think my IQ is still numerically greater than my age?. Second thoughts I probally shouldn’t ask those around me in Qld, I’ll ask those at Mullum Byron and Lizard. I’m not real sure that IQ has the same meaning in the Banana state. For a start, whats achieved by putting a curve in a banana. What a way to start the year than a GROOVE! at the Beachy Hotel with Lisa Hunt & the SOUL Co. My 3rd LOVE in life with no ranking behind the Ocean and Horses. However, the latter two is experienced now from the ground and feint memories. My exposure to Soul music came in 1973 as a little 21yo Navy sailor from Argyle St Mullum on the 1st of many deployments to the Sth China sea. It was a small bar that resembled a foul pen in Quezon City, Manila. What the hell was I doing alone in such a place during Martial Law, because I’m stupid. I think what saved my butt was the fact that 1/ I was the same size as the bar girls, 2/ jet black hair with blue eyes, so I was an oddity but looked local. So when the juke box erupted with James Brown’s Sex Machine we were on the dance floor movin and groovin. From then on I was hooked on soul music. That same year I saw live Jackson 5, Diana Ross and Santana. Travel and adventure really is a great education. As for getting to the Beachy N Y day, I’ll have to park at my Mum’s old family home in Station St Burringbar and ride the pushy. Good health and enjoy your day/year.


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