Funk icons The Bamboos are teaming up with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for two special shows

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Funk icons The Bamboos are teaming up with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for two special shows

Celebrating 20 years of Melbourne’s pre-eminent soul band.

For the past 20 years, beloved nine-piece funk act The Bamboos have been encapsulating pure joie de vivre and articulating it through their spirited live performances, catapulting them into the hearts and minds of music lovers all across the country. Inspiring a generation of artists along the way, The Bamboos not only spearheaded the underground ‘deep funk’ scene of the early 2000s, but they’ve also been crucial in progressing the sound forward ever since.

To celebrate such a successful 20 years, a milestone for any band, the Melbourne luminaries are teaming up with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for two special performances. Going down on back-to-back nights – on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 – the shows will see The Bamboos’ classic hits brought to life in extravagant orchestral fashion.

The key takeaways

  • The Bamboos are teaming up with the MSO for two special shows
  • The back-to-back performances will celebrate The Bamboos’ illustrious 20-year career
  • The shows will occur on Friday March 12 and Saturday March 13 at Hamer Hall

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Since their inception in 2001, the revered soul band – led by the powerhouse vocalist and Queen of soul Kylie Auldist – have become national treasures of the Australian music industry.

From making waves internationally right from the get-go (selling out London’s Barbican and The Jazz Cafe), the band have gone from strength to strength ever since, releasing nine studio albums, including the hugely popular Medicine Man and The Rules of Attraction with Tim Rogers in 2015, and performing at countless tours and festival gigs all around the world.

With a sound so incredibly infectious and positive, their soulful vocals, funky hooks and bombastic energy will be an experience like none other when backed by the masterful Melbourne Symphony Orchestra musicians for this duo of shows next month.

Promising a one-of-a-kind treat for your earholes, these shows will also act as a jumpstart for The Bamboos’ next chapter, with their forthcoming album, Hard Up, set to be released on Friday, May 7.

“Having the opportunity to perform our music on stage with the full Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall is really the stuff that dreams are made of,” The Bamboos bandleader Lance Ferguson said in a statement.

“After such a challenging 2020 in Melbourne, I feel like these hometown shows are going to be extra cathartic for all involved and so rest assured we’ll be pulling out ALL the stops.”

The Bamboos hit Hamer Hall alongside the MSO on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13. Grab tickets here.

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