Jo Jo Smith - CD Launch Saturday 6 th December at the Corner Hotel 57 Swan St Richmond

Tix $20 at the Door * Phone Bookings 9427 9198 * Web * 8:30pm Map 2G /H9

Jo Jo Smith is a musical treasure who takes to the stage with a magnetic force. The launch of her new album ‘Live @ The Blue Birdy' at The Corner Hotel Saturday the 6th of December will indeed be “A banquet for the soul”. 

At this event Jo Jo will be joined onstage by the following “All Star” line up: Greg Lyon – Bass; Steve Magnusson – Guitar; Steve Russell – Piano; David Jones – Drums; Tony Buchannan – Saxophone; and Carl Pannuzzo & Penny Larkins - Backing vocals. Plus very special guests : ‘South of the River Gospel Choir' & Miss Monica Weightman.

In recent shows in Germany and Austria , Jo Jo Smith played to crowds of over 500,000 people, where she was hailed as the "Joni Mitchell of R&B" in Germany 's ‘Melodiva' Magazine.

A rare diamond in the music industry, her passionate voice lures you as she sings from the soul and when she graces the stage she lifts her audience to a special place. A brilliant lyricist and fine guitarist, JoJo writes songs about love and life and colours them with her unique vocal talents, and “Live @ The Blue Birdy” is a collection of original songs and covers that captures the essence of her earthy, soulful voice.

Not to be missed live, JoJo is a dynamic and passionate vocalist with the ability to create an incredible intimacy with her audience. Delivering her music in flavours of Blues, Soul, R&B, Latin, Jazz and Funk, Jo Jo captivates audiences with her weave of lyrical stories and compelling rhythms.

Jo Jo Smith has sung on many Australian albums and played along side musical greats such as Renee Geyer, Venetta Fields, Marcia Hines, Glen Shorrock, Colin Hay, Kate Ceberano, Olivia Newton John and many others......

Special Guests

South of the River is a community choir celebrating diversity and harmony through a shared passion for singing. Under the direction of Annemarie Sharry, the choir explores the music and rhythms of Africa , traditional African American gospel and original Australian compositions.

Since forming in 2002 the 35 voice acappella ensemble has inspired audiences with their lively performances at a diverse range of music festivals and venues throughout Victoria , including Apollo Bay , St Kilda and Queenscliff, Melbourne Town Hall , Crown Casino's Grand Palladium Ballroom, Federation Square and The Royal Melbourne Show.

One of our greatest public performances to date was the 2006 ABC Classic FM National Choir of the Year Awards . In July 2006, South of the River won a place in the Victorian State Final of this national "Sing Out" competition. Of the 40 Victorian choirs who participated in the state wide audition process South of the River were one of four finalists selected to "Sing Out" at the Melbourne Town Hall for a place in the national final. This performance was broadcast live across Australia on ABC Classic FM radio on Monday 31st July 2006 . South of the River were thrilled with their place in the finals and enjoyed the rigor and discipline that was required to progress to such a high level in a fierce and highly contested competition.

South of the River love to go out into the community, and as special guests at Jo Jo Smith's CD launch at the Corner Hotel on the 6 th of December, audiences can expect to be treated to spine tingling and toe curling renditions of some of the choirs' favourite songs from their self titled debut album, featuring spirited soloists and the amazing harmonies and rhythms of Africa, Afro-American & traditional gospel, and original Australian compositions.

** South of the River choir will join with JoJo Smith & friends for the last three songs......

* Send you all my Lovin * the Lid * Hallelujah*

Sunday 19th October - Sunday Gospel Show
South of the River with special guests
Ian Birdwheel-Frights and Jo Jo Smith
Where: Morey Hall at Sandybeach Centre
2 Sims Street Sandringham (Melways ref 76 H10)
Time: 2pm until 4:15pm
Entry: $10 / $7 conc - Includes Afternoon Tea

Sunday 28th Sept
2:30pm - FREE
South of the River @
The Sandrigham Yacht Club
Jetty Road, Sandringham
Also performing:
Annemarie Sharry and Dale Lindrea Duo 2 - 5pm

Saturday September 20th

Concert at St Martin's Hawksburn 7:30pm
Cnr Cromwell Rd and Wilson St, Soth Yarra
Tickets and enquiries 9827 3324 /

Sunday July 27th
Each year South of the River Community Gospel Choir celebrates their annual Gospel Pub Crawl, by singing (and drinking) their way through a string of local Melbourne pubs.
This year, all members of SOTR choir, will be heading north to Fitzroy, to sing in support of Community Music Victoria, by donating $10 each to take part and spreading the ‘word' about the great work of CMV.
All are welcome to come along to listen or sing – the approx times of each pub are written below - feel free to throw in a few bucks and help us raise some funds for this great Community organisation!
2:30 – 5:30pm
(210 Napier St)
(cnr George and Kerr St)
(406 Napier St)
Tram down Brunswick Street
(Cnr Brunswick and Moor St)
(293 Fitzroy St)

Tuesday May 13th
East Ringwood Folk Club
Details: 97330802

Saturday April 19
12noon - 1:30pm
Vocal Workshop
Directed by Annemarie Sharry
Venue: Mansfield Art Centre
Bookings: 5775 2022
Tickets: $20 / $15 concession
(*Includes entry to 'South of the River' concert*)

3pm - 5pm
South of the River 'Live' In Concert at the Mansfield Arts Centre
Support: Mansfield Young Strings
Venue: Mansfield Arts Centre, View Street, Mansfield
Bookings & Information: 5775 2022
Tickets: $15 / $10 concession

Saturday March 15th
SOTR and AKASA ( 8:30pm
THE BRITISH CROWN HOTEL 14-18 Smith st. Collingwood.
Tickets at the door $20 / $15

Sunday Feb 24th
Cruden Farm 11:40am
The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Development Board Invites You And Your Family To Discovery Day A Family Picnic Day Hosted By Our Patron Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Ac Dbe In Her Beautiful Gardens At Cruden Farm.
Cruden Farm, Langwarrin (Enter Via Cranhaven Road , Melway Reference 103 G6)

100% Of Proceeds Go Directly To The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.
Info: Www.Mcri.Edu.Au

Sunday Feb 17th
Wade In The Water National Launch
Acmi Cinemas 3pm
Info: Www.Wadeinthewater.Net


Click here for a list of past gigs from 2007