Southern Soul – The Commitments Tribute
Southern Soul's 'The Commitments' tribute bring a big soul sound and high energy show that re-lives the great musical moments from the movie "The Commitments'.
Southern Soul’s ‘The Commitments’ tribute has been playing to capacity audiences in the Great Southern of W.A. – with a big soul sound, high energy show and repertoire that re-lives all the great musical moments from the movie “The Commitments’ – a 1991 musical comedy-drama film.
The soundtrack to The Commitments movie features soul/R&B hits from the 1960s, by artists such as Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Sam Cooke, Martha and the Vandellas, Mack Rice, The Marvelettes, Ann Peebles and more – and is a veritable introductory encyclopaedia to soul and R&B music.
“In the Northside of Dublin, Ireland, Jimmy Rabbitte is a young music fanatic who aspires to manage an Irish soul band in the tradition of 1960s African-American recording artists. He places an advert in the local newspaper and holds auditions in his parents’ home. After being deluged by several unsuitable performers, Jimmy decides to put together a band consisting of friends and people he encounters. Joey names the band “The Commitments”.”
“The Commitments has gained cult status and is regarded as one of the best Irish films ever made. The film resulted in two soundtrack albums, the first reaching #8 on the Billboard 200 album chart and achieved triple-platinum status, while the second album achieved gold status sales.”
Trumpet player and musical initiator David Rastrick started the project due to a love of soul music.
“We had a six piece band, that was too big to get gigs in the local trio/four piece band market – so we decided we may as well do it properly and go the full 12-piece sound!’
“‘The Commitments’ were immensely popular in Australia, and we thought it would be a show that lots of people would like to see and enjoy!”
Southern Soul’s ‘The Commitments’ Tribute show features some of the finest musicians in the Great Southern, with four vocalists, a four piece brass section and a tight rhythm section. The band is fronted by dynamic vocalists Rusty Lynch, Jen Greenwald, Heidi Marques and Jen Croston. The sizzling brass section consists of Robbie Bush and Karin Bush on Tenor and Alto/Baritone saxophones respectively, plus Greg Farr on trombone and David Rastrick on trumpet. The rhythm section features south coast stalwarts Paul Meyers on drums, Grant Moulden on bass, with Greg Watson on keyboard and Ross Dwyer and guitar.
You’ll love the full 12-piece band sound and dancing to great soul/R&B hits.
Form and Style
12-piece soul band concert
We can do music workshops for local high schools and local musicians, about how a soul band works. (We have Working with Children checks.)
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“Southern Soul, thanks for having us – the kids loved it! Was an amazing night!”
– Meghan McNally, High School Music Teacher.
“The Port Theatre just loved having ‘Southern Soul’ for 2 performances late March. Fingers crossed they will come back later in the year.”
Musical director and manager – David Rastrick
AvailabilityDates to be arranged pending mutual availability
AudienceOur show is ideally suited to people who'd seen the original The Commitments movie in the early 1990s, so aged 40-70. At the same time, anyone who likes soul music performed by a 12-piece soul band will enjoy the show. A music teacher brought 80 regional high school music students to the show and they loved it - they'd never been exposed to live soul music before.
Duration2 - 3 hours
Bump In4 hours
Bump Out2 hours
Cost per performance:
$3,600 - $6,000 + GST depending on event
$100 per show for APRA royalties to songwriters
Company ContactsDavid Rastrick
0438 957 504
NewsWhile taking their 'The Commitments" tribute show on the road, Southern Soul will be launching a new show at the Albany Port Theatre at the end of October - "The Blues Brothers meet the Soul Sisters"!
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Venue FormatBand performs on stage
Technical Rating(D) - Bump-in 4 hours or under, 1 or 2 technicians, show can use existing lighting rig with minor adjustments, show can use existing sound system, simple or no set, no fly tower, touring staff operate show, stage size - flexible
Touring Party12-13 (depending on if the venue is providing PA and operator or not)
Minimum Stage Width (metres):
Minimum Stage Depth (metres):
Minimum Stage Height (metres):
Show Technical Rating (please select one of the following – whichever best suits your production).:
(D) – Bump-in 4 hours or under, 1 or 2 technicians, show can use existing lighting rig with minor adjustments, show can use existing sound system, simple or no set, no fly tower, touring staff operate show, stage size – flexible
No. people in Touring Party:
12-13 (depending on if the venue is providing PA and operator or not)
Minimum Wing Space (metres) (if applicable):
Staging and Set Description:
Please see stage-plot attached.
Lighting – provided by company:
We can provide basic lighting if necessary.
Lighting Requirements – to be provided by venue:
A follow spot, stage lighting.
Audio – provided by company:
We can provide a PA system if necessary – with additional costs to be negotiated for this.
Audio Requirements – to be provided by venue:
PA system – 20 channel mixing desk. FoH speakers x2. Sub-woofer. Fold-back speakers x5. 4x vocals microphones, 4x instrument microphones for horns, 1x instrument mic’ for guitar amplifier, 1x D.I. for bass amp’, 1x stereo D.I. for keyboard, Drum-mic’s including kick, snare, O/H x2, (3x tom’ mic’s if available), 1x D.I. for sample pad.
No. of additional staff (and staff hours) required from venue:
A lighting technician. A sound technician. Door staff (x2).
Dressing rooms required:
A dressing room is appreciated if available
Other technical or performance notes:
Our performance is presented as two ~45 minute sets, with a 15 minute intermission. We play an encore set or 15-45 minutes immediately after the second set.