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By public demand after her last performance at blue-bird-coffee lounge jazz performer Alex McKay, with Oliver Greeve on the piano. Alex is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium and lead vocalist with the Crump Cake Orchestra, a 20-piece funk big band, with whom she recorded two albums and live EPs.
Nestled at street level under Wunderkammer Gallery Gifts at 129 Currie Street (opposite TAFE College) is the recently opened blue-bird-coffee lounge/tapatisserie. This extraordinary patisserie is complete with a hole in the wall to serve you that great Italian-style take-away coffee you crave before or after your bus journey. This service is fast becoming known with cricket and football crowds going home from matches.
Rob Dekok, proprietor, curated range of music that does not intrude. Photo H. Radford
With winter coming on, blue-bird-coffee lounge pleasantly caters for the breakfast trade from 7am weekdays with coffee, light snacks and delicious patisserie in a relaxed atmosphere. With a background in sound consulting proprietor, Rob Dekok paid special attention to acoustics by installing industry sound-deadening tiles to create an environment unlike many 'sharp' coffee shops. By contrast, one wall reflects changes in speaker technology, adding both a unique feature to the traditional post-retro look of the venue. You may feel as if you're facing Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, but the overall effect is a relaxed environment with a curated range of music that does not intrude.
Tasha Zappala, acoustic blues/jazz vocalist appears fortnightly. Photo H. Radford
The blue-bird-coffee lounge supports local musicians and artists in Sunday Sessions.Acoustic blues/jazz vocalist Tasha Zappala appears fortnightly, and alternate Sunday Vinyl Vault sessions allow local community radio presenters to show off their jazz/blues collection on original Citronic 70s turntables. Sunday Sessions are listed on blue-birdcoffeelounge.
Great Italian-style coffee & patisserie. Photo H. Radford
While blue-bird coffee lounge would look comfortable in a small European back lane everything is sourced locally. Coffee by local roasters Carnevale complements patisserie from Jovial and others local providers, while organic teas by wildfire cover both traditional and exotic brews. The latest arrival of astounding truly mind-blowing looking chocolate treats sets the bar to a new height in the CBD.
In conjunction with Wunderkammer Gallery Gifts, well known and successful community visual artist and writer, Fran Callen conducts her Sketchyclass workshop with beginners and accomplished artists desiring to broaden their sketching life skills. Sketchyclass workshops, held Saturday mornings, have proved so popular they have been extended. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment - check the Wunderkammer Gallery Gifts Facebook page for details.
SketchyClass in action Photo Fran Callen
Open 7 days a week, the blue-bird-coffee lounge is both a quick stop for some excellent coffee and a place for that small meeting or quiet read. As Rob says; "no WiFi here but you'll make a lot of connections." By bringing great coffee by the day and acoustic music every week to the west end I think he's onto something.