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Gigs are happening every Tuesday night at The Underground at the Grand Hotel, Newcastle. The Bistro is open upstairs for meals, coffee and desserts.

Gigs at the Underground



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Matt Cross with Band  |  Tuesday 4 May

Originally from Albury NSW, Matt Cross is a multi instrumentalist now based locally in Newcastle, in which he now calls home.


He moved to Newcastle in 2014 to achieve his Bachelor of Music, majoring in jazz piano. Matt is a regular performer in several bands locally and nationally, but takes great pride performing his own instrumental compositions, in an intimate jazz setting/improvised. His songs take strong inspiration from artists such as Herbie Hancock, Cory Henry, Cory Wong and John Schofield.

Matt Cross - Piano/Electric Guitar

James Burgess - Electric Bass

Matt Thomas - Drums


Alex Cosato - Vocals
Carter Smyth - Piano

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Heather Price Trio  |  Tuesday 11 May

Heather is a highly regarded performer and composer who has performed vocally and on Double Bass for international events such as D&G's International Men's fashion show in Milan and Double Bass for Australian Orchestras (including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra).


Heather now resides in Newcastle and performs in jazz groups such The Dungeon Big Band (fronted by her father, Rod Barnes) and as a soloist performing her own compositions.

Heather will bring her original tunes to NIMA on May 11th, showcasing her blues and soul infused songs alongside a selection of tunes that have influenced her own writing.


Accompanied by the wonderful Terence Koo (keys) and Ben Barnes (drums) this will be a great opportunity to experience Heather's songs in a trio setting.

Heather Price - Vocals/Double Bass

Terence Koo - Piano

Ben Barnes - Drums

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Holly Clayton  |  Tuesday 18 May

Holly is an amazing vocalist who is able to explore and express her sound with lyricism and strength. Individual vocal lines will be teamed with skilful guitar parts to provide a unique collection of tunes that have deep feeling and raw energy.

Holly Clayton - Vocals

Adam Miller - Guitar

Jonathon Burgess - Bass

James Edge - Drums

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Martin Rotolo's Curious Fingers  | Tuesday 25 May

Hey dudes and dudettes, wax up your rhino chaser - the surf's up! Join Marty and his band on an adrenaline fuelled session on the outer reefs of improvisation. Drop in to his edgy compositions and hang ten with some arrangements of Newcastle rock legends.

Martin Rotolo - Guitar

Aiden Smith - Drums

James Burgess - Bass

Jason Nelson - Trombone

Gareth Lewis - Saxophone

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