A top bloke's waiting to meet you at the Tavern

Nobody likes a bogan... or don't they?

Get along to the Castle Hill Tavern tonight (Thursday) and share a laugh with a real bogan, otherwise known as Chris Franklin, who describes his humour as ‘‘very blue’’.

If the name doesn’t ring a bell, think ARIA-nominated chart-topper Bloke. He wrote it.

The song parodies Meredith Brooks’ feminist anthem Bitch.

Franklin's at the Tavern's Comedy Club from 7.30pm, along with comedians Dave Jory and Balls of Steel prankster, Rhys Nicholson.

The show is free. Details: 9634 5300.

Go support our rising stars

The Mean Fiddler’s all-talent show is on tonight, too, at 7pm - and every Thursday night until July 26.

The Voice evictee and former Norwest Christian College student Mali Koa Hood is a judge with her former music teacher Adam Day and another of The Voice contestants, Ben Hazlewood, who narrowly missed out on being in the final four.

Details: 9629 4811.

Free at the RSL

Suite AZ, who you may recognise from appearances on many high-rating Australian television shows including Sunrise and Australian Idol, will be performing soul, groove and r’n’b songs at the RSL on Friday, June 29 from 10pm.

MisTa Kay (otherwise known as Anthony K) will then take to the turntables at 11.30pm.

Come back Sunday for a little soul with singer-songwriter and pianist Angie Dean who will be performing jazz standards, blues, as well as the latest pop songs, in the courtyard from 1pm.

Details: 8858 4800.

Are you a Neil Diamond fan?

Sweet Caroline, international entertainer Bobby Bruce is performing with Solitary Band Nearly Neil at Castle Hill RSL on Saturday, June 30 at 8.30pm.

‘‘The Canadian impersonator not only mimics the great Neil Diamond to a tee, but also implants some of his own pizzazz and style — a combination so clever and disarming that it brought the house down,’’ said one critic.

Tickets are $27. Bookings: castlehillrsl.com.au.

See Rieu at the movies

Fans of renowned Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu can now attend his annual concert series in the Netherlands from the comfort of their cinema chair.

That’s because Event Cinemas Castle Hill will be screening his 2012 Hometown Concert 25th Anniversary Extravaganza for one day only, direct via satellite (time shifted), on Sunday, July 1 at noon and 3.30pm.

The concert marks the 25th anniversary of Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra performing together.

They will be joined by the 150-piece Royal Choir Society Maastrichter Staar.

‘‘It fills me with great joy to be able to share my favourite concert of the year, live from my hometown in Maastricht, with all of my friends in Australia,’’ said Rieu, who is affectionately known as the ‘‘King of Waltz’’ to his international audiences, with album sales of more than 30 million.

Tickets are $40 in Vmax or $60 in Gold Class.

Bookings: eventcinemas.com.au.

You a Foxy Lady? Or a fan of Hendrix, at least?

Former Kellyville resident Steve Edmonds looks forward to making Gypsy Eyes at you when he hits The Bull & Bush Hotel, Baulkham Hills, on Friday, July 6, 9pm.

That’s because he is the frontman of the Steve Edmonds Band Jimi Hendrix Tribute Show — a two part blues-rock experience which he describes as “a heartfelt tribute to the great music and imagery of Jimi Hendrix and a tribute to the great guitar songs and bands of the 70’s”.

Look for our full interview in next week's Hills News.

In a treat for musical fans

Sydney Youth Musical Theatre is bringing musical comedy City of Angels, winner of six Tony Awards, to Hornsby RSL next week.

With a cast of almost 50 performers aged between 14 and 25 - many of them from The Hills - the show cleverly weaves two plots and two musical scores against the backdrop of 1940s Hollywood.

The central character, Stine, is a young writer adapting his detective novel City of Angels for the silver screen under the interfering direction of producer Buddy Fidler.

Performances are on July 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 8pm, and on July 14 at 2pm. Tickets are $31 and $24 (concession).

Bookings: hornsbyrsl.com.au.

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