CAFE OF THE GATE OF SALVATION + HEAVENLY BAND + DIANA ROUVAS Tickets
7:30pm, Sat 4 November, 2017
The Basement, Sydney, NSW
We are Café of the Gate of Salvation, Sydney's premier a cappella gospel choir. Inspired by the footstompin', soulful music of the African-American vocal tradition, we sing because we love to and we share our voices, to foster inclusiveness, compassion & joy – increasingly needed in this world of ours.
Please join us as we take you on a soul-stirring gospel and soul evening, with special guest, the fabulous, Diana Rouvas, all supported by our wonderful Heavenly Band (Tim Rollinson: Guitar, Scott Saunders: Organ and Electric Piano, Ivan Jordan: Drums & Greg Royal: Bass).
We are delighted to have Diana Rouvas joining us on stage as we set off on our first exciting journey together. We hope you'll join us for a fabulous evening of soaring voices and soulful songs as only this special combo can do.
From traditional a cappella James Cleveland gospel, to band-driven Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, we'll take you to the river, quench your soul and electrify your spirit with our delectable gospel and soul selection - come on down and be revived!
Leading us all is our fantastic Musical Director, Dynes Austin.
If tenacity, fearlessness and creativity are the marks of a true artist, then Diana Rouvas was born for the role. A self-confessed perfectionist and dreamer-turned-doer, this Sydney-born vocalist and songwriter has lived and breathed music since she could barely speak.
Having grown up in a tremendously musical family, Rouvas made her onstage debut at a young age and was a music industry veteran by the time she was twenty years old. She began serious vocal training at just four and started writing music at seven. At sixteen, Rouvas travelled to the US to hone in on her songwriting skills and perform around the country, and by seventeen, she was touring internationally as a backup singer for Tina Arena. Over the last decade, she has become one of the darlings of the Sydney music scene and gained industry respect as an outstanding live vocalist. She has sung alongside some of Australia's most successful musicians, toured the world as a solo artist and even represented Australia by performing at the prestigious G'Day USA Australia Week showcase in Los Angeles.
In 2012, Rouvas was one of the final eight contestants on the first series of The Voice as part of Keith Urban's team. While many would argue that her defining moment was a vibrant and charismatic rendition of Beyonc 's Love On Top, her depth and nature as an artist wasn't truly felt until she floored the judges with a raw and incredibly sultry performance of blues standard Stormy Monday that was not only goosebump-inducing, but technically impressive.
As a songwriter, Rouvas is honest and passionate. Her music draws poetic inspiration from legendary storyteller Joni Mitchell and paired with the smooth and sexy grooves of 70s idols Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Chaka Khan and Chicago funk band RUFUS, which she has had the opportunity to collaborate with, her sound is as authentic as it is soulful. "I've always accessed my songwriting through a very creative, imaginative and almost spiritual place," she says of her practice. "My songs are always truthful - I wouldn't sing something I didn't believe in, so when I perform I want the audience to really connect with an emotion." Over the years, Rouvas has had a number of high-profile knocks on her door requesting the use of her songs, yet has decided to keep them close to her heart, resulting in an impressive body of work to choose from in her live performances.
In a sea of electronic bleeps and production overkill, Diana Rouvas is a breath of fresh air. An accomplished entertainer with an old-school approach of integrity, determination and detail and a youthful but sexy on-stage magnetism that is completely her own. She is a musician's musician, the real deal, and you bet she's in it for the long haul.
Diana is currently working on her new album set for release early 2018.
Dinner & Show tickets include entry, seating and 2 course meal.
Dinner & Show tickets are only available via Moshtix.
Some Dinner & Show Bookings may be on a shared table. Please let us know at the time of the booking as a special request should you prefer not to share, and subject to availability we'll do our best to accommodate your request. Note it is not possible to join ticket holders together across ticket groups (meaning A Reserve ticket holders cannot sit with B Reserve etc).
DOORS OPEN AT 7.30PM
MUSIC STARTS AFTER DINNER SERVICE, AROUND 9.00PM
SET TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FROM SHOW TO SHOW
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
When General Admission Ticket sales have closed on the day of the show they may still be available at the door on the night.
All patrons must be over the age of 18
Once purchased tickets are non-refundable & non-transferable
(applies to both Standing and Dinner sales)
Please ensure you bring photo ID as proof of age
A booking fee applies to all advance tickets. (All quoted prices include tax).
Dress is Smart/Casual at Manager's discretion. No thongs.
The Basement has very limited accessibility for patrons with disabilities, however please contact the venue to ensure there is adequate availability for you to enjoy the show comfortably and they can advise on the recommended seating options.
RESTAURANT (GREEN ROOM BAR)
RESTAURANT HOURS ARE DEPENDENT ON SHOW
Please call The Basement to confirm opening times - (02) 9251 2797
SEATING MAP FOR DINNER & SHOW BOOKINGS
Please Note: tables cannot be joined together. Please ensure everyone you intend to seat at your table is included in your booking to avoid being seated separately. Unfortunately, Dinner & Show bookings are for a minimum of 2 people.
Specific table reservation is not available for this performance. It is the venue's decision as to which table you will be allocated. Whilst the venue would love to give everyone their preferred seats, it is not always possible. We ask that you respect this decision and enjoy the performance.