• Jennifer Nagy and Kaaren Sephton

    Jennifer Nagy and Kaaren Sephton

  • .....dancing the old fashioned way....together

    .....dancing the old fashioned way....together

  • David Chaplin ...keeping his hat on

    David Chaplin ...keeping his hat on

  • Doug Faulkner with Marilyn and Arthur Gray

    Doug Faulkner with Marilyn and Arthur Gray

  • Guy Munro Lead guitarist, Kachina Lewis, singer and Gino Vellanio on  keyboards for 'Sound of Koko'

    Guy Munro Lead guitarist, Kachina Lewis, singer and Gino Vellanio on keyboards for 'Sound of Koko'

  • Andrew Hugall and Leo Joseph

    Andrew Hugall and Leo Joseph

  • Mitch Preston and Paul Middleton with in front Sharon Neill, Dave Ray and Alison Penney

    Mitch Preston and Paul Middleton with in front Sharon Neill, Dave Ray and Alison Penney

  • Tim Callen, Josie Grayson and Mitchell Jones

    Tim Callen, Josie Grayson and Mitchell Jones

  • Alex Norris and James Dalley

    Alex Norris and James Dalley

  • Doug Melvin and Randal Markey

    Doug Melvin and Randal Markey

  • Natasha Weatherburn and Nicole Brangwin

    Natasha Weatherburn and Nicole Brangwin

  • Helen Maex and Julie Williams

    Helen Maex and Julie Williams

  • Trish Carnegie, Carol Kemmett and Jacky O'Connor

    Trish Carnegie, Carol Kemmett and Jacky O'Connor

  • Kate Ferguson, Ross Lawrence, Terry Lawler, Kerrie Bailey and Doug Park

    Kate Ferguson, Ross Lawrence, Terry Lawler, Kerrie Bailey and Doug Park

  • Julie Weisle and Jeanette Parkes

    Julie Weisle and Jeanette Parkes

  • Allen Condon, Geoff Jones, Daphne McDougall and Gary Stroop

    Allen Condon, Geoff Jones, Daphne McDougall and Gary Stroop

  • Alex Colquitt and Julie Byrne

    Alex Colquitt and Julie Byrne

  • Cathy Bryson and Sarah-Jane Shaw

    Cathy Bryson and Sarah-Jane Shaw

  • Gay Reid and Tammy Wolffs

    Gay Reid and Tammy Wolffs

  • Lead singer of Sound of Koko, Kachina Lewis

    Lead singer of Sound of Koko, Kachina Lewis

  • Sound of Koko featured at the Thursday Nite Blues Party

    Sound of Koko featured at the Thursday Nite Blues Party

  • Chantal Semmens, James Judge and Cass Nicholson

    Chantal Semmens, James Judge and Cass Nicholson

National Press Club: Thursday Nite Blues Party

19 March 2015

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.