What you need to know about The Jade: it’s amazing! (Actually, you knew that already…)
Nestled nicely into a 150 year old heritage building, it is a performance space, bar & cafe, and has one of the most gorgeous ‘beer gardens’ in town. It also has a packed Fringe program, with plenty of music still on offer in these remaining weeks.
From the mesmerising ‘Counterpoint’ (which featured at the FRUSIC launch) to our winner of the longest show title award: ‘The Role Models – On a roll now and forever: Adelaide’s Premier Boy Band begin their quest for history’, you’ll find lots of variety.
The Wilderness Society is also hosting its one-night-only celebration ‘Green Roots’, with reggae funk mastery, afro beats, rock, ska and indie pop with a twist – all in support of a very good cause. Bands on the bill include Local Revolution, Babylon Burning, Conchillia and Funk Latin Union, all doing their bit to support the Wilderness Society’s environmental campaigns.
The Jade (fka The Jade Monkey) first began its trade as a live music venue 12 years ago in a 140yr old building in Twin St, in what was once the City Steam Biscuit Factory. The lease was terminated when the building was slated for demolition as part of a major hotel development adjacent to the site. Rebranded as The Jade in its new home on Flinders St, it began trade in 2014. The owners got the keys to the new venue on the exact day that the old site was closed down.
The new premises first and foremost host live music, but have also found a niche in venue hire events, having been the site of many weddings, parties, as well as charity events, fashion shows, a regular meeting place for the Adelaide Ladies’ Comic Club and more.
Its location next to St Paul’s Creative Centre (a hub for the music industry in SA) has seen it ideally placed as a venue for industry events including several Professional Development Workshops by Music SA, industry Forums, video shoot site for Music SA’s Winter Jams project, Music Business Courses graduation concert – and the FRUSIC launch!
National acts (e.g. acoustic troubadour Darren Hanlon) and international acts (e.g. rockabilly’s Roy Kay Trio) have taken advantage of the 270 capacity venue, and it is a familiar site for plenty of local acts’ “special shows” e.g. band reunions, new release launches & more.
The local music scene is its primary emphasis, and most genres are welcome if they fit the location (& don’t disturb the neighbours). Lazy Sundays that take advantage of the lush beer garden are perfect for acoustic music, and pretty much ‘anything goes’ on a Saturday night. While they generally don’t have much hiphop or hardcore, if musicians want to know if they’re a good fit for The Jade, they’re encouraged to ‘get in touch and see!’ say the open minded owners (husband/wife team Zac & Naomi Coligan).
The Jade 2016 Fringe Music Season (remaining shows):
33 1/3 Shades of Love
SOLD OUT 27 + 28 February
Borges from Brazil – South to South
Tue 1 March + Mon 7 March @ 6:30 PM
Wed 2 March @ 8:00 PM
Sat 5 March @ 8:00 PM
John McNamara – Acoustic Blues & Soul
Thu 25 February @ 9:45 PM
Fri 26 February @ 6:00 PM
The Role Models – On a roll now and forever: Adelaide’s Premier Boy Band begin their quest for history
Sun 13 Mar – 6:00 PM
App alert! All FRUSIC shows at this venue can be found on the Little Birdy app, where you can connect with friends, see who’s there and find show times. The venue is also on the FRUSIC Adelaide Music Walking Trail, with exclusive video interviews, history & more. For details, see How to Frusic >
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