Thursday, October 5, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

No Crooning At This Crooning Show

Flipping criticism on its head, the classic crooners of the 30s are back, ready to fuel the Airlie Beach Hotel with classic hits and standout tunes.

Leading the charge is fantastic musician and vocalist Rhydian Lewis, Australia’s premier performer and tribute artist, who puts the class back into classics.

“In this brand new show, I have combined the very best crooner legends into one performance,” Rhydian explained.

Rhydian has been on the scene for over 13 years now, but the Crooner Legends show is special for Airlie Beach.

“I have been crooning for years now, with this show a co-creation between myself and Airlie Beach Hotel.”

With him, Rhydian brings the top shelf musicians of The Residuals.

There is Mick Lagain on keys, who’s “a bit of a genius, if I do say so myself”.

And Steve Francis on the drums.

“He is one of the most sought after live and studio drummers in Australia. He is standout, one of the best.”

And finally, Phil Jack on double bass, who brings charisma and class behind the smooth tempo of his bass.

“We can’t forget about myself, the vocals, and obliviously the weakest link of the bunch,” Rhydian laughed.

Now, what to expect from this show?

“This is a never-ending encore; it’s the songs you play at the end of the night.

“The perfect songs to watch the world go by.”

WHAT: Crooner Legends

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

WHEN: Saturday October 14, 2pm to 5.30pm

TICKETS: Absolutely free! But recommended to book a table to secure seats

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Bublé Boom

Now, here are your Sunday plans, filled with the impeccable vocals of Michael Bublé leading us out of the weekend.

In its 14th year, Rhydian Lewis and his band, The Residuals, have perfected the art of timeless and senseless tunes of Bublé.

Being sure to don the perfect tuxedo for the event, Rhydian looks the part, despite his own laughs.

“The tuxedo makes me look more like Bond than Bublé,” he laughed.

“But it sets the best expectations, and it raises the bar of the show, with a sharp suit, spotlessly polished shoes, and a crisp white shirt.

“I feel lost without it now if I don’t wear it on stage.

This performance will cover each and every single hit, from ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, ‘Everything’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ to ‘Feeling Good’.

Rhydian explains that Australia holds a special significance for Bublé.

“We gave him his first number one hit, so there’s a special love affair between Bublé and music lovers everywhere.”

Opening up the Airlie Beach Hotel dance floor, Rhydian is expecting everyone to bring their best dance moves.

“It’s a bit of a strategic move at the Airlie Beach Hotel, but we want everyone to shake their bits, and get dancing.”

For Rhydian, he is eager to get back to Airlie Beach and bring the romantic classics to life.

“This is some of the best music ever written, and this performance is one of the best celebrations of it.”

WHAT: Best of Bublé

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

WHEN: Sunday October 15, 2pm to 5.30pm

TICKETS: Absolutely free! But recommended to book a table to secure seats

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