PEOPLE IN THE FRONT ROW TOUR - AUSTRALIA 2014
David M. Hawkins and The Adelaide Cabaret Festival are thrilled to announce that legendary singer songwriter Melanie Safka is making her long awaited return to Australian shores this June on her People In The Front Row Tour.
Melanie first shot to stardom with her unforgettable appearance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. The performance prompted the now common phenomenon of signalling an artist for an encore by holding up some form of light (first it was a candle, which merged into lighters, then flashlights and now mobile phones). In her hit song, Lay Down (Candles in the Rain), Melanie shared her experience of when the audience lifted up their candles in the rain during her set at Woodstock.
Sydney producer David M. Hawkins has been working for several years to bring Melanie back to Australia and this year it is a reality, thanks to the invitation from Kate Ceberano to play her final Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Adelaide is the first stop on the tour and will be the world premiere of her new People in The Front Row Tour conceived together by Melanie, her son Beau and Mr Hawkins.
Melanie’s singles Brand New Key (Roller Skate Song), Lay Down (Candles in the Rain), Peace Will Come, Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma and Ruby Tuesday have all achieved Australian chart success with Brand New Key reaching #1 and remaining in the charts for 18 weeks in 1971. In the USA, Melanie has had 13 Top 40 hits, including 3 #1 hits.
A true pioneer for female musicians, Melanie’s long list of achievements boasts a number of firsts including:
- The first female performer to have three Top 40 hits concurrently: Brand New Key, The Nickel Song and Ring the Living Bell
- The first Solo/Pop/Rock Artist ever to appear before the General Assembly of the United Nations
- The first Solo/Pop/Rock Artist ever to appear at Carnegie Hall
- The first Solo/Pop/Rock Artist ever to appear at The Metropolitan Opera House
- The first SOLO female Artist who sold out the Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Melanie’s list of accolades and acclaim certainly is an extensive one but as the New York Times suggests “MELANIE is an Artist who has no need to ‘LAY DOWN’ everything she has done to take her place in Music History!”
Australia has always held a special place in Melanie’s heart after her numerous visits throughout the seventies, one of which included another first: Melanie was the first commercial artist to perform on the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage. Melanie’s last Melbourne appearance saw two shows extended into twelve sold out concerts at the Dallas Brooks Hall in 1977.
Melanie said, “Since we started talking about coming back “down under” I’ve been looking at a photo of my two daughters and me with a koala that was taken last time we were there. I remember clearly how beautiful the country was and how warm and welcoming you “Aussies” are. My son, and guitarist, Beau Jarred, was not born yet but he’ll be with me this time and, hopefully, we’ll get the opportunity of meeting another koala. I did always mean to come back sooner but life often doesn’t quite follow our plans … I’m sure you know how that goes!”
A new generation was exposed to Melanie with the release of the Hilltop Hoods’ hit song, The Nosebleed Section that included a sample of Melanie's People in the Front Row. The Nosebleed Section was a huge hit for the “Hoods” coming in at No. 9 on triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2003 and No. 17 on the station’s Hottest 100 of All Time released in 2009.
In this intimate evening of song, Melanie will be accompanied by her son Beau Jarred Schekeryk on Guitar, Andrew Worboys on Piano, Dave Hatch on Drums and Tina Harris on Bass.
This will truly be a night not to miss of wonderful music that spoke to a generation and beyond. Melanie will present all her hits and some new compositions all woven together with her witty stories of a career that is nothing short of extraordinary.
A donation from profits from The People in the Front Row Tour will be made to Animals Australia. Promoter David M. Hawkins has been an active supporter of Animals Australia and as Melanie also is a great supporter of animal rights, they have aligned to support this great organisation that is giving Australian animals a voice against cruelty.
Tickets to all shows on sale from 9.00am local time, Friday, 14 March, 2014. My Ticketek and Adelaide Cabaret Festival pre-sales commence 9.00am local time, 28 February 2014.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival, SA
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide
Saturday, 7 June 2014, Sunday, 8 June 2014 and Monday, 9 June 2014
Tickets available from www.bass.net.au and 131 246
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, Qld
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Tickets available from www.brisbanepowerhouse.org and 07 3358 8600
Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Tickets available from www.starcourttheatre.com.au and 02 6622 5005
The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
Tickets available from www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au/whats_on.html and 02 4782 1322
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday, 20 June, 2014
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au and 13 2849
Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday, 22 June 2014
Tickets available from www.lizottes.com.au and 02 4956 2066
Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Monday, 23 June, 2014
Tickets available from www.lizottes.com.au and 02 4368 2017
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Vic
Thursday, 26 June, 2014
Tickets available from www.melbournerecital.com.au and 03 9699 3333