MACK BROWN BAND - PROFILE
MACK BROWN ARE ADELAIDE’S PREMIER BABY BOOMERS DANCE BAND
This six piece outfit specializes in BIG BAND ROCK n ROLL, JIVE, SWING, LATIN and dance favourites. The band’s versatility is a feature that gives all dance fans the opportunity of blending their various skills on dance floors throughout Adelaide. It’s not unusual to see Rock n Rollers, Cha Cha and Swing fans all dancing to the same tune at a Mack Brown gig.
For strict Rock n Roll enthusiasts, the band works under the name MACK BROWN ROX and delivers a powerful package of 50's and 60's Classic Hits.
The band has a big band sound featuring the saxophone skills of TERRY BENN, who's incredible talent captures that marvellous pumping sixties sound so prevalent in Bobby Rydell, Dion, and Del Shannon tunes.
Guitar legend BILLY ORR and his Stratocaster woo audiences with his classic 50's/60's guitar sound of The Shadows and Duane Eddy. Billy was discovered as a 21 year old in Adelaide's Esquires by Johnny O'Keefe and relocated to Sydney where he worked with Lucky Starr, Digger Revell, Roland Storm and Noeleen Batley for many years. Before joining Mack Brown, he played with Bobby Hunter and The Rockafellas.Former original member of 60’s recording group The Vibrants, GEOFF SKEWES on his powerful Hammond Organ and Digital Grand Piano, recreates the exciting sounds of Booker T & The MG's and Jerry Lee Lewis. Geoff also managed national recording artists Christie Allen, Queen of POP (1980-81) and Wendy & The Rocketts who toured Europe extensively in 1983 with ZZ Top.
Master craftsman ANDREW BRENNAN handles Mack Brown’s vocals and the former Big Band/Cabaret star is equally at home belting out a gutsy rock song or a smooth Bobby Darin tune. Andrew spent many years as compare/vocalist at Dirty Dick's Theatre Restaurant and was lead vocalist with the well known Lindy Hip Big Band.
Add to the mix the incredibly tight rhythm section of Musical Director/Bass player ARTHUR TUCKER and Drumming supremo ROBERT HUXTABLE it’s no wonder that Mack Brown are sought after whenever a Big Band Rock n Roll sound is required. Arthur's roots are in Rock n Roll and he played on TV with The Channel Niners during the early 60's. He played guitar with The Lindy Hip Big Band for many years and has played bass in many rock and jazz bands. Robert played in The Telstars back in "The Primitif Club" days and worked with John Bywaters (The Twilights) and Brian "Davo" Davage (The Party Cats) during those years.
Mack Brown's "7th" member is Sound Engineer TRAVIS HARMAN-SMITH who is a permanent member of the team and with his fully equipped sound system, produces the big HI FI sound that the band delivers. Travis is a fine guitarist in his own right and fully understands the importance of quality sound for dancers and patrons at all Mack Brown shows.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- Regular monthly performances at The Castle Entertainment Centre (formerly British Workingmen's Club) and The Morphett Vale Function Centre.
- Regular performances at Adelaide Rock n Roll Club nights and the Noarlunga / Christies RSL
- Wintersun Rock Festival Mildura, 2010.
- Adelaide Rock n Roll Club inaugural Rock n Roll Ball, Adelaide Town Hall 2010 & 2011.
- Rocky Horror Swing Show ARR Club Festival.
- Berri River Rockers Ball 2011.
- ARR Club open air concert at Wigley Reserve 2010.
- Donated the perpetual trophy for "Open Rock N Roll" category, Adelaide Rock n Roll Club National Dance Championships 2010.
- Back To The Dat Rock n Roll Fundraiser for Vietnam Veterans 2011 & 2012.
- COAST FM Open Day Concert 2012.
- Adelaide Rock n Roll Club Rock n Roll Festival 2012 & 2013.
- Victor Harbor Rock & Roll Festival 2013.
The Flood Victim Special Event organised by Mack Brown on Sunday the 3rd March 2013 and featuring Get Back, Good Company & Mack Brown Rox, was a great success and raised over $1800 for Red Cross. Thanks to all involved, especially the bands, the compere Tommy Kaye, our sound engineer Travis, the catering staff and all the staff at the Castle Entertainment Centre.
We have now added live sound samples to our web site - check them out on the Information Page
SOME QUOTES FROM RESPECTED MUSIC INDUSTRY PEOPLE:
Tommy Kaye, 6 O’clock, Rock Coast FM: “ Mack Brown,The Band with The Pedigree”.
Bob Moule, Adelaide Rock n Roll Club Festival Manager: “Mack Brown are HOT at the moment”.
Vicki Biber, Marketing Manager, Rock The Boat: “Whenever you enter the Dance Floor at a Mack Brown gig, you know you can dance to whatever song they play”.
Karen Abbott, Rat Pack Rock n Roll Dance Instructor, Good Company vocalist and National Dance Champion: “Mack Brown are the first band ever to sponsor a trophy for the National Dance Championships”
Ken Burgess, Life member, Adelaide Rock n Roll Club after Mack Brown Rox first set, July 2nd 2013, Adelaide Rock n Roll Club, Club Night: "That's the best set of Rock n Roll I've ever heard you play".
|2013 - Last Quarter|
|September 15 Sunday||Victor Harbor Rock & Roll Festival 11.30am - 1.40|
|September 21 Saturday||Castle Entertainment Centre (British Workingmen's) 8pm - 12|
|September 29 Sunday||Birdwood (Bay to Birdwood Event) 10.45 - 12.15pm|
|October 4 Friday||Morphett Vale Function Centre 8pm - 12|
|October 11 Friday||Noarlunga / Christies RSL 8pm - 12|
|November 9 Saturday||Private Function|
|November 10 Sunday||Adelaide Rock & Roll Club at Sunnybrae Farm 2.45pm - 3.45|
|November 22 Friday||Noarlunga / Christies RSL 8pm - 12|
|November 29 Friday||Legends Club - Settlers Hotel 8pm - 12|
|December 31 Tuesday||Christian Singles NYE 8pm - 1am|
|January 3 Friday||Noarlunga / Christies RSL 8pm - 12|
|January 10 Friday||Morphett Vale Function Centre 8pm - 11|
|January 17 Friday||Castle Entertainment Centre (British Workingmen's) 8pm - 12|
|January 19 Sunday||Gaslight Tavern 3pm - 7|
|February 8 Saturday||Adelaide Christian Singles Valentine's Ball at West Croydon RSL 8pm - 12|
|February 15 Saturday||Castle Entertainment Centre (British Workingmen's) 8pm - 12|
|February 21 Friday||Morphett Vale Function Centre 8pm - 11|
|February 28 Friday||Noarlunga / Christies RSL 8pm - 12|
|April 25 Friday||Morphett Vale Function Centre 8pm - 11|
|May 9 Friday||Noarlunga / Christies RSL 8pm - 12|
|May 16 Friday||Legends Club - Settlers Hotel 8pm - 12|
|May 24 Saturday||Pt Pirie Rock & Roll Festival|
|June 6 Friday||Morphett Vale Function Centre|
|August 15 Friday||Legends Club - Settlers Hotel 8pm - 12|
|November 14 Friday||Legends Club - Settlers Hotel 8pm - 12|
|November 23 Sunday||Legends Club - Picnic at Virgara Winery (charity fundraiser)|
|December 31 Wednesday||New Years Eve at Morphett Vale Function Centre|