Rai Thistlethwayte (Solo) & Phil Stack (Solo)
Two members of the world famous Thirsty Merc, each doing a solo show. They met playing jazz, now you get to see their individual modern takes on it.
Aside from his work in Rock and Pop, Rai performs as a solo artist, based around his love of Jazz, Soul, and Groove music. He has released 4 Solo EPs and has toured Australia and the U.S. since 2012. Some of his notable collaborations have been with ARIA award-winning guitarist James Muller, Trumpeter James Morrison, and Grammy Nominated U.S. jazz bassist Christian McBride (Sting, Wynton Marsalis band). Currently based between Sydney and Los Angeles, Rai tours globally with U.S. Funk/Electronic band KNOWER and New York based guitarist Oz Noy. In 2020, Rai joined guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani’s touring band as keyboardist for Joe’s world tour (those shows are being postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Hugely In demand Australian bassist Phil Stack is one of a rare breed who seamlessly crosses genres from Jazz to Rock, achieving equal amounts of recognition and success in both. A force of nature on the double bass, Stack attacks the instrument with an energy, vigour and passion almost unparalleled.
Winner of the 2008 national jazz awards (bass), Phil is also a singer songwriter, producer and multi instrumentalist, releasing ‘Lap Around The Sun’ in 2015 and His Solo Debut full length Album “Colourful..Noisy” in September 2020.