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Fri, 25 January 2013

Rock & Roll Gumbo Medicine Show Fundraiser 3.3.13 Melb.

Ladies & Gentlemen, step right up for the Greatest Show On Earth!
On Sunday 3rd March 2013, the Rock & Roll Gumbo Medicine Show rolls into town for one show only!
A special matinee performance from 1:00pm–4:30pm at the home of Richmond’s original flea circus, The Corner Hotel.

Guaranteed mad dancing, improvisation and strange inspired gibberish from genuine shamans!
Sexy voodoo cures from renowned snake oil salesmen and wicked temptresses!!
Mystery elixirs available from the bar, sure to cure all ailments and make others more attractive to the eye!!!
Silent auction featuring rare and luxurious artifacts!!!!

We are thrilled to announce an ever expanding lineup, with The Darling Downs just added!
More crooners and rockers, duets and other fine musical treats TBA!

Featuring live musical tonics from:
Charles Jenkins
Kerri Simpson
Kim Volkman
Suzannah Espie
Dan Brodie
Sherry Rich
and Blind Kiwi and his Cigar Box Guitar

The Rock & Roll Gumbo Medicine show features entertainments, potions and remedies for the enlightened!
Attendance is compulsory.

This is a benefit for Karen Conrad & family. Please pass this information to your friends.

Tickets $25+bf from cornerhotel.com, at the Corner Box Office or by calling (03) 9427 9198
Further info:
Karen’s oldest son Grant has Cystic Fibrosis and is now 25 years old. The family moved to Australia 15 years ago when Karen married an Aussie and had to decide between staying in the US and coming to Australia. Australia was the easy choice, in part to seek refuge from an inhumane healthcare system that was focused on money rather than patient care. That Grant has survived this long is tribute to Australia’s world class healthcare system and to his own tenacity and life force.

The average life span for a CF person diagnosed in 1987 is 30 years. Grant has recently been genotyped due to new medical breakthroughs and promising new drugs to treat the disease. Sadly, he was found to have a rare genetic mutation - different from around 70% of the CF population who will benefit from the new drug.

There may be new remedies for other genotypes in the coming years, plus there is always the possibility of a double lung transplant if all else fails. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic illness, which means his younger brother Tyler could pass it on when he reproduces, even though he does not have the condition. A family appointment for a specialist CF clinic in St Louis Missouri has been scheduled in 6 months’ time. This benefit gig is to help Grant and his family cover those expenses.

“The irony of returning home to a US with Obamacare is not lost on us,” said Karen, “We haven’t been home in 15 years because to travel there before now would have been catastrophic if Grant had become ill. I’ve already filed bankruptcy and lost the only house we ever owned due to healthcare costs incurred in the late 80’s. It is hard to overstate the trauma of dealing with a healthcare system that would have denied Grant the medicine and treatments that have kept him alive this long and I don’t think we would be telling his story now if we had stayed in the US. We haven’t seen our family (including my younger son’s father) in15 years so it’s a bittersweet homecoming.”

All of these things said, Grant’s life has never been about dying. For one so young he has made a big impact in Melbourne and beyond as a hip-hop artist and a friend of many. His rap moniker is HTML Flowers and his electronic hiphop duo Brothers Hand Mirror recently performed at the Sugar Mountain Festival. He is also a cartoonist, painter and tattooist. He has many friends and an extended family here in Australia who love him – and his quality of life, although sometimes compromised during times of illness, has been far greater than his diagnosis would suggest.

Visit Grant’s Tumblr project that details his struggles with CF at htmlflowers.tumblr.com, and view his recent hospital video at https://vimeo.com/51750846
Interviews/pics/sounds available.
Please ring Karen on 0400 527 365 or email karen@karenconradpublicity.com.

Gallows, Confession, Milestones & Shai Hulud

All proceeds go to the Tasmanian Bush Fire Appeal
GALLOWS will bring a genuine slab of working class anarchy to Soundwave this February and we are stoked to announce they will be performing two sidewaves with very special guests SHAI HULUD, CONFESSION and MILESTONES.


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PurePop Records news

Filed under: About Entertainment News — site admin @ 5:26 pm

PurePop Records gigs and news…
If you have bought a brick please drop by the store to collect your Tee
If you are bought a VIP or LEGEND Brick and haven’t collected your medallion yet, these are also waiting for you at the store
See further down after gig guide for details

Wed January 23

Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt
performed by Russett Burbank
(6.30pm) Sat January 26
TonkSGreen (4pm)

Trio - Trio
performed by The Fauves
(6.30pm) Sun January 27


Dan Brodie’s Deep, Deep Love CD launch

Filed under: acoustic music, country music, CD Launches — site admin @ 5:20 pm

Dan Brodie will celebrate the launch of his long awaited new album ‘Deep Deep Love’ on Sunday 17 March at a special matinee show at the Northcote Social Club, 301 High Street, Northcote.
‘Deep Deep Love’ contains eleven songs all written by Brodie over fifteen years in various locales, both overseas and closer to home. The concept of the album came about when he realised how many songs hadn’t found homes on his previous records.
‘Deep Deep Love’ is an intimate affair, the songs unadorned by studio trickery or big production. It finds Dan, a two time ARIA award winner who was recently described by The Age as the “former alt-country pinup boy of the noughties” returning to the style that won his first fans over.
“These songs are my lost and found collection,” says Brodie. “Lean On Me was originally demoed for my band, The Broken Arrows and Falling For You was written in a St Kilda share house when I lived with Robbie Rocket (Cosmic Psychos), Shane Walsh and Ian Rilen back in the day. Fallen Down Again is my attempt at an Ennio Morricone song, just because every songwriter ought to try at least one spaghetti western song in their career.”

Impro Melbourne Presents Maestro

Filed under: Fine Arts, cabaret, performance art, Comedy, Gigs, Festivals & Major Events, General — site admin @ 5:15 pm

Impro Melbourne Presents
Join Impro Melbourne for the long awaited return of one of impro’s most popular competitive formats, Maestro™!
From the creator of Theatresports™ and Gorilla Theatre™, Impro Melbourne is proud to present the return season of Maestro™. Performing every Sunday
from 17th February to 24th March, at The Space, Prahran, catch the finest in competitive impro as performers swarm the stage to vie for your approval and
a chance to be crowned the match’s Maestro.

Date: Sundays
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Location: The Space, 5 Carlton Street Prahran Victoria
Tickets: $10
Mark Gambino
p: 0422 226 007
w: impromelbourne.com.au

Pulling numbers from a hat, directors call players onto the stage and set up scenes, stories and characters from audience suggestions. Then the
audience score the scene, with each player gaining individual points in an attempt to climb the scoreboard. But there can be only one!
Directed by a veteran of the Australian acting scene, Jenny Lovell (bio available upon request), this season of Maestro will be a guaranteed favourite
with all the family.



Filed under: performance art, contemporary music, Auditions, Gigs, General — site admin @ 5:13 pm

18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is now accepting entries. Winning songs will receive radio airplay in United States and Canada along with great prizes such as a Top Prize of over $50,000.
Sponsors of the 2013 Competition are: New Music Weekly, AirplayAccess.com, Loggins Promotion, Sony, Audio-Technica, D’Addario Strings, Presonus, iZotope, Propellerheads, Notion Software, Recording Magazine, Acoustica, Sonoma Wireworks, Acoustic Café Radio Program, LivewireMusician.com, Reverbnation, Broadjam, Sirius XM Radio, Sonicbids, etc.

FREE EARLY ENTRY BONUS: First 1,000 entries will each receive a Recording magazine digital subscription worth $17.99. Hurry, Enter Now online with your MP3, Youtube, Reverbnation, Myspace or Soundcloud files here: https://online.songwriting.net
Or enter by using printing the mail-in entry form found here:

Via Reverbnation/ Via Sonicbids/ Via Broadjam

Tony Joe White Goddess Grooves @ Thornbury Theatre

The Thornbury Theatre
Tony Joe White is starting to sell quickly. Anyone who has been to a show of his knows how great he is. And with Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk supporting it will be a Southern night to remember.
Young Guns is a showcase for young bands. Every month we will be holding an event so get registered or come down and see some new talent.
Thornbury and the local area is full of performers. Be it musicians, actors, street performers, burlesque artists, cabaret, artists et al. Please email us with your specialties. We are looking for performers to pitch to event organisers and for us to put events together.
Goddess Grooves
Saturday January 26
Featuring Michelle Parsons, Ruth Katerelos & Monique Kenny, Freya Hanley and Di Watson
Now in its seventh Midsumma year, Goddess Grooves is Midsumma’s premiere music event, celebrating contemporary female musicians, by showcasing some of our community’s finest. This year we plan to pack out the luxurious Velvet Room at the Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 26th of January as five local lesbian musicians join forces to give Midsumma audiences a real treat.

Amrit Varsha
Thursday January 24 to Sunday January 27 2013
Anandmurti Gurumaa - A Modern Day Mystic
An embodiment of love, grace, compassion, and empowered with the wisdom of the times, forward thinking and dynamic in her approach and outlook, Anandmurti Gurumaa stands as a constant source of inspiration for all. She is a source of light to those looking for an answer, peace, wisdom, and unconditional love. Defying definitions, pragmatic, realistic, of liberal views, she is open-minded like sky and intense like space.


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