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Craig Calhoun & The Brothers of Oz

David Otto
Performance Times

7.30pm, Sunday
Main Auditorium


Legendary funk bassist Craig Calhoun. From San Francisco to Berlin to Sydney, the man they call "CC” has been "Slappin da Bass" in the face of audiences across the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia. 

Expressing himself as Lead vocal/Bassist of "Craig Calhoun" & The Brothers of OZ, or as a Music Producer, Film composer and Educator or opening shows for Santana, Joe Cocker, Kool & The Gang, working with the Motown Supremes, Will Calhoun of "Living Colour" Australian icons Marcia Hines, Jimmy Barnes, Kevin Borich, Diesel, Renee Geyer, Jack Jones, John Farnham.

Craig’s unique blend of styles spanning the breadth of his career from his early beginning in Funk, Rock and improvised groove continues to attract new followers while still entertaining his die hard fans.

Born in the US, son of a singer and an Army officer. The family was posted to Germany.

It was where the dream started.“ I was on stage, playing. When I woke up, I wanted to experience, what I felt in the dream.” This inspired him to teach himself to play guitar after being turned on to Jimi Hendrix. 

Upon the family’s return to California he discovered his true calling.   “I saw someone slapping the bass.” Craig commenced a five hour a day bass habit.

At the age of 19 his band was signed to a 6 figure production deal providing them their own studio with engineers earning $300 each a week, any equipment they wanted to create and record original music as a day job. 
Eventually recording an album at San Francisco’s prestigious Wally Heider Studio with several well known featured artists.
This experience gave him the studio production skills, he incorporates into producing Artists, composing for Documentaries, Games, Animation and releasing his original music in the self tilted genre of “EuroFunk” Craig’s unique blend of styles from his early Afro American beginnings in Blues and Soul through to his exploration of Funk, Rock and Improvised Groove.

His shows feature original compositions from various points of his decades-spanning career as an international artist, either performing, recording or opening concerts for the likes of Santana, Joe Cocker, Kool & The Gang, The Supremes, Marcia Hines, John Farnham, James Blundell, Irwin Thomas, Jimmy Barnes, Larry Graham of Sly & the Family Stone.

Visit his website.