A boutique night of Live Gypsy Jazz, Life Drawing and Fine Dining

By | March 12, 2015
It is a very interactive evening. Guests are invited to come and draw, paint, write poetry, play chess or backgammon, read or just listen and sip good wine, enjoy some wonderful food and soak up the atmosphere.This is a night that celebrates beauty, tenderness, passion, creativity and respect.

Fusion Boutique has the distinct pleasure of working with the iconic Paragon to bring unique decadent experience events combining fine dining and world class live music in concert format.

The special events menu (and the Saturday night menu available for general dining) differs to the Paragon’s day time café menu and is prepared by their chef David Povelsen. David spent his first 4 years working at Solitary which saw the restaurant maintain it’s coveted position as a ‘one hatter’ in the Good Food Guide. In 2007 David realised a chef’s dream when Solitary attained 2 hats and was one of only 2 two-hatted restaurants in the state.

The ticket price of $80 is exceptional value for a high quality package of fine food, great service and quality performances all in a beautiful historic venue. Guests are greeted on arrival with a Paragon champagne cocktail, followed by canapés and the main meal. The event combining live performance and life drawing portion commences at 8pm in 2 sets with an intermission for dessert and concludes with tea/coffee, biscotti and some of the Paragon’s famous hand made chocolates!
The performance and drawing takes place in the “Banquet Hall” back room while the meals are served in the adjacent formal dining “Blue Room”, both located behind the main café area. These rooms are some of the finest and most richly detailed Art Deco interiors anywhere in the world. The Paragon at Katoomba was one of the most opulent venues in Australia in its heyday. The cafe first opened in 1916 and claims to be the oldest and most original café in Australia. Katoomba’s Paragon Café was once the heart of the social scene in Katoomba and even Sydneysiders made regular trips to the mountains to be a part of the social set at the Paragon. It was the place to see and be seen.
 Under the direction of owner Robyn Parker (who realised her dream in May 2011 when she bought the iconic venue) the grand dame of Katoomba is being restored to it’s former glory.
 Each successive PURE BOHEMIA event will showcase a different model and a slight rotation in musicians and instruments, all of exceptional quality, to compliment an indulgent night.
 Gadjo Guitars: Sophisticated, passionate, and world class. Gypsy Jazz at its best. The word Gadjo is a name gypsies have for non gypsies, but you wouldn’t know that these guys have nothing but the gypsy blood flowing through their veins. Gadjo Guitars is the coming together of three great Sydney musicians who share a love for good music, in particular the music of Django Reinhardt, the famous French gypsy who set the bar of guitar playing at an Everest like height back in the 1930s. The band comprises of Nigel Date and Cameron Jones on guitars and Stan Valecos on bass. Band members regularly perform together and separately with some of the best names in the local and international gypsy jazz scene including Ian Date, George Washingmachine, Ian Cooper, Daniel Weltlinger and Lollo Meier.
Gadjo Guitars are a vibrant, sparkling, swinging gypsy jazz trio. Full of good energy, humour and possessing a unique Australian flavour, they are guaranteed to create a wonderful atmosphere and leave you breathless, smiling and asking for more.
The band for this date will feature Cameron Jones & Nigel Date on guitars and special guest Daniel Weltlinger (Berlin) on violin.
BYO Artist supplies. Prizes for favourite drawings including a CD from the musicians playing on the evening and some of the famous Paragon chocolates.
Pure Bohemia will be run as a monthly event (excluding April while the musicians associated with “Gadjo Guitars are on tour). The next scheduled date is Friday 20th March. Doors Open6:30pm.
These are intimate boutique events and tickets are strictly limited. We suggest pre-booking to avoid disappointment.
Tickets are $80 including the event + canapés + 2 course gourmet meal and more!
Pre-sale available from PARAGON CAFE, 65 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780.
Or online $82.50 (Inc. booking fees): www.fusionboutique.com.au


A model in the centre of the room posing gracefully with a Gypsy Jazz ensemble, ‘Gadjo Guitars’ performing live.

Friday 20th March 2015. Doors Open 6:30pm.

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