Born from their passion of early rock and roll and blues music, Sun Rising- The Songs That Made Memphis, is the brainchild of Melbourne Musicians, Damon Smith and David Cosma.
Sun Rising pays homage to the greatest recording studio in the history of music, Sun Records in Memphis and celebrates the songs and stories that pay tribute to the early music of Sun Records. Sun Rising features incredible musical performances, a brilliant narrative and stunning renditions of some of the world's most loved music. Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Barbara Pittman, Roy Orbison and many more, all started their careers at Sun Records under the watchful guidance of studio owner and producer, Sam Phillips. It truly is an incredible story!
It has toured Australia extensively, playing to full capacity at performing arts centres and theatres as well as headlining several international renown festivals.
Along with their seasoned band members, Lisa Marmur, Trent McKenzie, Adam Coad and Adrian Whyte, Smith and Cosma enjoy independent music careers which have seen them share stages with Bernard Fanning, Johnny Diesel, Wilbur Wilde, Normie Rowe, Frankie J Holden, the Whitlams and more and between them, have recorded and released numerous albums that have featured on Television, broadcasted internationally and won multiple awards.
✭✭✭✭✭ “... this has been the best night ever! ...” Tess Armstrong, ABC Radio Melbourne
✭✭✭✭✭ “... Narrator David Cosma is keen to get the story right ...” David Grybowski, The Barefoot Review✭✭✭✭✭ “... Energetic, funny, pitch-perfect and undeniably dedicated to this particular era in Rock ’n’ Roll ...” AAAbackstage.com
✭✭✭✭ “... An utter belter of a show!!! ...” indaily.com.au
✭✭✭✭✭ “... A standing ovation ended the night, followed by a stream of demands to ‘Bring them back!!’ ...” Robert Housley, Don Russell Performing Arts Centre
✭✭✭✭ “... This show couldn’t be faulted!! ...” TheClothesline
SASS + SECRETS
Friday 14th April 8pm
Wickedly funny - magic, music, and mayhem!
Brace yourselves for an unbelievable night of sharp wit, showtunes, and reality bending illusion.
Thursday 19th September 2pm
Crow Kid has moved to Nanna’s farm after a recent loss. It’s summer holidays but it sure doesn’t feel like a normal summer – they’re lonely and super miserable! To ease their misery, they start to feed the crows who visit Nanna’s yard, beginning a beautiful friendship between child and bird.
Friday 6th October 8pm
The surprise discovery of Damian Callinan’s mother’s 1946 diary leads him on a cinematic, romantic romp through post-war Melbourne. However as he follows his mother’s work life, social romps and volunteer work with wounded returned servicemen, he finds the diary poses more questions than it does answers.
The auditorium's exceptional acoustics have drawn praise from many visiting artists, with its vibrancy enhancing the live-on-stage action for patrons and performers alike.
Keep an eye open for upcoming performances, and be a part of the excitement.