National Press Club: Thursday Nite Blues PartyShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
The benefits of membership of the National Press Club spread beyond the highly visible lunch addresses by the politicians, bureaucrats, significant and famous Australians and a plethora of international speakers bringing their experiences, causes and opinions to the guests and the television audiences. And it’s not just about the working press, eveready photographers, camera crews and technicians either. It is a place where being a member gives you access to a variety of facilities, an award winning restaurant, a tapas menu, happy hour and a pleasant environment unhindered by the electronic devices of the gaming kind much loved by the mega clubs.
We’ve come a long way in ‘clubdom’ and while membership may once have been expensive and desirable, a status symbol or a rite of passage, today’s clubs appeal for specific reasons. And the National Press Club is a good fit for an eclectic mix of members.
Free for their members and guests is a new program of entertainment bringing the blues, jazz and soul to a Thursday Nite Blues Party where on Thursday 19 March the extraordinary voice of Kachina Lewis fronting the band ‘Sound of Koko’ from Kiama must have had the apartment dwellers of nearby Barton sitting on their stoops on a hot March night enjoying the wafting big sound of this talented band. Lewis is the lady of the beautiful eyes, magnificent vocals and a magic mix of nationalities in her DNA and despite Kiama being a long way from the deep south of the USA, she did spend time in Buffalo. Yes Buffalo where the first thing you learn is how to shovel snow in the winter. And now after a few year’s hiatus in the singing business to raise her two little boys she’s back on the circuit. Here’s hoping we can get her back to Canberra soon.
It was my first night mellowing out at the Blues Party and catching up with familiar faces and those seeking a comfortable and classy space to socialize and relax made for a great night. Coming up on 26 March is ‘PJ Junior and The Soul Pimps’ a local band with a jazz pedigree. And for a special event, a significant celebration, a quiet dinner or a group catch up make the NPC your first choice and do join, membership has benefits.