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Absolutely Everybody Loves The 60's - School of Hard Knocks

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Get your mini skirt, boots, & beehive ready for 60's concert
Throw your mind back, way back to fabulous days of the 60's. The Beach Boys were feeling those "Good Vibrations", the Troggs were in love with a "Wild Thing", The Mersey Beats were "Really Mystified", Roy Orbison was chasing a "Pretty Woman" and Normie Rowe was "Oh La La". Just a little secret between you and me, my one claim to fame is that I have been kissed by Normie Rowe. Yes, he was working the room during a singing gig in Box Hill and walked right up to me and kissed me on the lips. It was an "Oh La La" moment for me. My girlfriends were stunned and so jealous. Normie Rowe is still performing around Melbourne, so watch out for his concerts and you might get a "moment"!

Fashions of the 60's in London - From Wiki
Fashions of the 60's in London - From Wiki

And then the 60's fashions were just wonderfully out there with the "baby doll" dress, pleated skirts and mini skirts with high boots. And how about those hair styles, all swept up on top of their heads and looking fab. The Bee Hive set the fashion and the Ronettes were wearing them while they sang 'Be My Baby".

The Ronettes make the Bee Hive more famous
The Ronettes make the Bee Hive more famous

So I hope we can all agree, "Absolutely Everybody Loves the Sixties". Oh to re-live just a wee bit of that music and those moments. Well, I have another secret. You can experience those moments again, by joining a fabulous event at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne on Sunday September 24 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for as little as $25

Now, you need to know who is putting on this spectacular event and why. The event sponsor is the School of Hard Knocks. If you have not heard of the School of Hard Knocks, then let me fill you in. They are an innovative group of caring people who are reaching out to others who are disadvantaged, disengaged with society, fighting addictions, homeless, or with no work and who are just not coping in day to day life. But, this clever group have realised the joy of music and performing and becoming a part of a singing group revitalises people who are struggling. It helps build each student's self-esteem, teaches the ability to perform in front of others, and helps improve their social interactions within a warm and welcoming social structure and helps them get back on their feet and find new pathways to success. Some even move on to acting and singing careers or careers within this industry.

And that's only a tiny scratch of the surface of what this group are doing for our local people. This massive event showcases these talented and re-skilling individuals and lets them strut their stuff. It highlights their journey and everything they learned and achieved.

And you get a chance to join in their celebration as part of an afternoon of musical entertainment. This concert celebrates the great music and composers of the 1960s.

Talent on the day consists of the School of Hard Knocks 350 voice massed 'Absolutely Everybody' choir and other special guests! Your MC and Chief Conductor for the arvo is Dr Jonathon Welch AM. Also on the schedule are special guests:
Jan van de Stool - 'International Music Therapist' and star of 'Australia's Got Talent' 2016
Award winning Footscray-Yarraville City Band conducted by Phillipa Edwards
THECHO!R conducted by Dr Jonathon Welch AM
School of Hard Knocks 'Absolutely Everybody' choirs including the Voices of Casey, Latrobe Valley Community Choir, Voices of Frankston, Choir of Opportunity, Voices of Alfred, Western Health Singers, All Together Choir and MEN ALOUD!
So this is your chance to hunt the op shops for something with lots of flower power and other 60's fashion and join in the fun of the day.

Ticket costs are Full $25 / Conc $20 / U18 $15 / Family $75.
Bookings can be made at or get them at the door from 2:30, but it might be best to book ahead and not miss out.

For further enquiries phone: 0419 337283.

According to their marketing, "Proceeds will help us continue our wonderful work with the School of Hard Knocks, through which we deliver a wide range of arts and cultural initiatives to people who are marginalised and disadvantaged across a number of sectors of our community."

This is how Australia helps give everyone a fair go. Help support them and be there.

For further details, check out the website at

School of Hard Knocks Concert
School of Hard Knocks Concert
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Why? You love the music and fashion of the sixties and want to support our under priviledged
When: 3 pm to 5 pm
Phone: 0419 337283
Cost: $15 to $25 to $75 a family
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