Music keeps Coolum dancing

Tijuana Cartel plays the Coolum Civic Centre on Friday night.
Tijuana Cartel plays the Coolum Civic Centre on Friday night.

Coolum’s Sol Bar might have closed down in January but the region is still getting its share of quality touring bands dropping in to perform.

Last weekend, top Aussie bands Eskimo Joe, Faker, The Potbelleez and Blue King Brown performed at Ripe Noosa, and tonight (Friday), Tijuana Cartel brings its unique mix of flamenco guitar and beats to the Coolum Civic Centre.

Also on the bill will be Gold Coast-based world music band, A French Butler Called Smith, performing its high-energy Latin, funk, instrumental fusion.

A Tijuana Cartel performance is a blend of multi-layered grooves, splashes of Middle Eastern vocals, lilting Moby-esque soundscapes, flamenco and slide guitar, trumpet, electronic world beats and percussion, all supported by poetic social commentary and song.

Tijuana Cartel houses Paul George and Carey O’Sullivan as co-producers, guitarists and keyboard players, Regan Hoskins as MC and Daniel Gonzalez on latin percussion as well as an ever-changing list of guests, including DJ Freddie FlyFingaz, trumpet player Shannon Van Horn and Yoav Mashiach on djembe and darabukka.

Tonight’s show, billed as a Gypsy Dance Caravan promises to be a huge night of of funky flamenco beats and grooving world dance tunes.

Doors open at the civic centre at 7.30pm. Tickets ($15 each) will be available at the door.

For more details, visit or phone 0438 945 766.

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