Russell Crowe and his band are playing a show at The Espy this Thursday

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Russell Crowe and his band are playing a show at The Espy this Thursday

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From Gladiator to the Gershwin Room, Russell Crowe's Indoor Garden Party is set to hit The Espy this Thursday.

Crowe, known for his diverse career as an actor and musician, describes the Indoor Garden Party as more than just an event or a band—it’s a happening. With ever-changing personnel and a fluid nature, this gathering of talented musicians and storytellers promises to be an unforgettable experience. Catch Russell Crowe and the Indoor Garden Party at The Espy on May 25.

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Crowe’s foray into music began in 2009 at a pub outside London owned by chat show legend Michael Parkinson. Since then, the concept has evolved in a haphazard, ad lib way, with the latest configuration featuring The Gentlemen Barbers. Crowe and the band have spent the past four years refining their sound, aiming to deliver a groove-filled performance that combines story songs with an energetic atmosphere. This tour is a testament to their dedication, as they balance their musical endeavors with film shoots and other projects.

The band’s lineup includes long-standing relationships that span decades. Members such as Dave Kelly and Stewart Kirwan have played alongside Crowe in previous bands like Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts and The Ordinary Fear of God. They are joined by talented Irish singers Janet Devlin and Lorraine O’Reilly, both known for their remarkable voices and captivating performances. Also featured on this tour is the young Sydney band Myth of Her, who impressed audiences at the earlier Indoor Garden Party shows this year.

Crowe’s love for playing in pubs is evident in this tour, as he relishes the intimate atmosphere reminiscent of his early days in music. However, he also acknowledges that theatres provide an opportunity to delve deeper into storytelling. Regardless of the venue, The Gentlemen Barbers promise a diverse musical experience, ranging from R&B and Gospel to dark waltzes and powerful singalongs.

As Crowe reflects on his journey from bands to musical theatre and eventually to the silver screen, he remains passionate about the immediacy of live performance. For him, it has always been about the story. Whether you’re a fan of his films or his music, Russell Crowe’s Indoor Garden Party at The Espy is sure to be a night to remember, filled with captivating tales, soul-stirring melodies, and a vibrant atmosphere that will leave you wanting more.

It all goes down at The Espy on May 25. Grab tickets by heading here.