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Miss Kitty's Karavan at The Artisan Cafe

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Haydn Radford -A freelance writer born in Adelaide, who loves living here. I write about movies, theatre, entertainment, literary and art events. I am happy to promote & review your events.
Escape the city with some lively sultry jazz
Miss Kittys Karavan at the Artisan Cafe, Blackwood
Poster courtesy of John Denlay

Following riotous shows at the Artisan in 2016 and 2017, Miss Kitty's Karavan returns to the award-winning cafe, The Artisan Cafe, in Blackwood for monthly Friday musical soirees.

Each month for the intimate Artisan performances, they will be trimmed down to three members of Miss Kitty's Karavan presenting monthly an ever-changing suite of classic jazz peppered with surprises galore at the Artisan Cafe during 2018. From June, they will play on the first Friday of each month, and although they are only three in number, they are still a highly roadworthy Karavan.

This Friday will feature Miss Kitty on vocals, the ever-interrupting (Sir) Maurie Weiss (Michael Baldwin) on guitar,- and AFKA Dexter - pronounced D'Esteure (John Denlay) on strings.

These talented musicians present an eclectic array of music, spanning jazz, Latin and many other genres and often with a surprising twist.

Miss Kitty's Karavan draws its musical influences from the gypsy jazz sounds of Django Reinhardt to rock, swing, disco and everything else in between, but always with a twist and a flavour unique to the band's potpourri of perplexing personalities. Miss Kitty's past is peppered with worldly and underworldly experiences which embellish the stories she tells and permeate the songs she sings.

Miss Kittys Karavan at the Artisan Cafe, Blackwood
Miss Kitty in another life, Rogue M15 Agent

In another life, Rogue MI5 agent Miss Kitty is Blackwood local musician, actor and set designer Kerry Reid. You may also know Kerry as Ms Patsy DeCline (the Queen of Country Corn), Clown Doctor Dr Prim-Rose or as one of the two Blonde Bombshells of Jazz.

Michael Baldwin, now having lived in Blackwood for 18 years, has retired from tertiary education to become a professional

Michael has worked as an actor and voiceover artist for over twenty years, securing two Critics Circle Awards in the process. As a musician, he was guitar player with The Jo Jump Band and Miss Otis Regrets in the 80's and 90's and is delighted that Miss Kitty's Karavan has managed to thrive with the same musicians since 2006.

John Denlay is the artist formerly known as Dexter, the rhythmically-confused guitarist who experiences a compulsive urge to re-imagine himself daily and at times hourly. It is anyone's guess who John may be on Friday evening, but whoever he is, he is bound to entertain. When not gripped by existential identify crises, John works as a visual artist, presenting public art under the name Aiyudot Khom.

In short, Miss Kitty's Karavan is a band of itinerant musicians who travel from town to town performing wherever they can get a gig as their lead singer constantly attempts to escape her very chequered past but nothing ever really seems to go to plan where Kitty is concerned, resulting in a fun performance.

WINNERS! CAFE OF THE YEAR AUSTRALIA 2017, the Artisan Cafe is one of Adelaide's finest licensed eating establishments with a wonderful variety of Modern Australian foods with the blending of French, Indian and Thai cooking styles.

Miss Kittys Karavan at the Artisan Cafe, Blackwood
Hassle-free surroundings with friendly service.Photo; H. Radford

The Owners, Jonathan and Heather Holmes-Ross are skilled professionals along with their team take pride in creating high-quality food and beverages with exceptional flavour on the premises, using fresh, local and artisan ingredients and traditional production methods where ever possible. Jonathan, a Chief Chef in England is classically French trained; voted the Most Promising Young Chef, 1992, Tatoon Park, The Bridge End Restaurant.

Over the years, The Artisan Cafe owners, Heather and Jonathan Holmes-Ross have supported local arts, literature and musicians. As always they continue to provide top entertainment and fine quality food in their alfresco and friendly atmosphere.

Miss Kittys Karavan at the Artisan Cafe, Blackwood
Artisan Cafe owners, Jonathan and Heather Holmes-Ross. Photo: H. Radford.

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Why? Dine out and enjoy live jazz in a relaxed alfreco surroundings.
Phone: 08 8278 9888
Where: 252 Main Road, BLACKWOOD S.A.
Cost: $5 Cover charge
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