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Mon, 21 April 2014

Nick Charles Hickinbotham Winery & The Grandview

Filed under: acoustic music, blues music — site admin @ 10:41 am

TUESDAY APRIL 22nd, 7.30pm
Everyone’s really enjoyed this great little gig- the sound, the ambience and the food, all great. And it’s an early night!


Filed under: acoustic music, contemporary music, blues music, rock music, General — site admin @ 10:39 am


Marilyn Rose and the Thorns are pleased to present their fandangled debut five track CD “Blood.” Recorded with music legend Ash Wednesday (Einstuerzende Neubauten/The Models) and Hamish Marr in their home turf of the murky swamp known as St Kilda in early 2013, Marilyn and her Thorns have been hatching laborious plans behind closed doors and will be launching their collection of words and sounds at Cherry Bar on May 4th.

Support acts are guitar virtuoso, fuzz queen, sonic chanteuse, primal mistress of pop Penny Ikinger with her band and The Falling Standards; a female powered rock trio featuring the unique, sensual, moody and lyrical songs of Melanie Harrison, Leila Boakes and Ruby Harrison.

Marilyn Rose and the Thorns emerged from the St Kilda live music community circa 2010. Vocalist Marilyn Rose Veil (Veil), guitarist Leon Storch (Smoke Machine), guitarist Rusty Tulek (Cold Harbour), bassist Colin Holst (Cold Harbour/Scourge) and drummer Jim Richter (Death Sentence/12FU) first met at the Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda during the front bar glory days. Together this is a rare and sensual explosion of vocals and a melting pot sound of unique rock and roll styles.

The band’s sound is emotive, dramatic and sorrowful, full of darkness and cabaret with elements of pop and avant-garde. Psychedelic guitars and a powerful rhythm section lay the foundation for Marilyn’s one of a kind vocal style. Imagine a combination of Shirley Bassey and Siouxsie Sioux.

The Thorns have played on stages large and small to enthusiastic crowds around Melbourne’s renowned live music scene at venues such as The Esplanade Hotel, The St Kilda Bowling Club, The Greyhound Hotel, Yah Yah’s, The Lyrebird Lounge, The Town Hall Hotel and The Great Britain Hotel as well as appearing on the local female band showcase gig known as “Goddess”.

Prepare to be seduced by the hypnotic vocals of leading lady, Marilyn Rose and rocked by the dark and dazzling musicianship of her band of Thorns as well as an assemblage of musical nomads at Cherry Bar on May 4th. Doors open at 8 o’clock and free entry.

Jeff Lang, Sun Rising The songs that made Memphis

Thornbury Theatre Gigs
Fri May 30
Not fitting safely into any genre, her work is a revolutionary blend of performance poetry, storytelling and social commentary. Candy’s words are spun with potency, passion, truth, and are quintessentially human, reminding us of both our frailties and tenacity and of current social affairs that bind us as global citizens.

Sun On The Moon
Fri July 4
Join us for a soulful celebration of James Taylor’s music as ‘Sun on the Moon’, a dedicated 10 piece band of long time JT fans, perform the songs of this iconic, 5 time Grammy award winning, singer-songwriter and guitarist. As musicians we rarely get the opportunity to play these great JT tunes on gigs, so we decided to create a band whose sole (soul?) purpose was to do just that. James Taylor has enriched our lives musically for over 3 decades and has proven to be impervious to the vagaries of musical trends.

Jeff Lang album Launch
Sat July 5
“In a world where music is diluted by money and plasticine, give thanks that Jeff Lang is out there… He paints pictures in sound.” Beat Magazine

“Jeff Lang is one of those people who has music dripping from his fingers.”
Courier Mail - Brisbane, Australia

“He explores sonorities as eclectic as they are stunning…Lang’s only reference point is himself, a unique singer-songwriter-guitarist who follows his own path.”
Le Soleil - Quebec, Canada

“Jeff Lang is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure, a truly gifted songwriter and an outstanding guitarist. He has been inspiration to countless Australian and internationally renowned roots artists and surely has a place in history as one of this generation’s finest.
He has really touched me and musically, I had a kind of revelation…”
John Butler, John Butler Trio

“We’re treated to moody atmospheric textures, ripping electric lap-steel riffs, delicate acoustic picking, trippy backwards leads, oddball percussion, throbbing tremolo, and unconventional lyrics – all of which Lang blends like some crazed sonic alchemist. “
Andy Ellis, Guitar Player Magazine, USA

Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis
Sat October 4

Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Rufus Thomas Jnr, Howlin’ Wolf and many more… all had one thing in common. They all launched their careers at the famous Sun Records in Memphis.

You’re promised an unforgettable night as ‘Sun Rising- The Songs That Made Memphis’, brilliantly relive the amazing music and classic stories of Suns early years. Paying homage to both the artists and Suns owner/producer, Sam Phillips, this critically acclaimed show has been selling out across the country leaving audiences yelling for more!

Nahko and Medicine For The People
Date:Sun April 27 2014

Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds
Fri April 18

ADRIAN EDMONDSON’S celebrated folk-punk outfit THE BAD SHEPHERDS return to Australia to celebrate the release of their third album, “MUD, BLOOD & BEER”. After the rapturously received 2013 tour, Adrian (Vyv from the Young Ones/Bottom/Bad News), along with old comrade Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and new recruit Terl Bryant (percussionist for John Paul Jones and Peter Murphy), hits the road nationally for 12 dates in April.Mud, Blood and Beer is another beautifully crafted album of classic punk and alternative songs loving reimagined by The Bad Shepherds in their distinctive folk style. Featuring re-workings of classics such as Madness’ Our House, The Jam’s Going Underground and a fabulous rendition of No More Heroes by The Stranglers, this is by far the most accomplished and diverse Bad Shepherds album to date.
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ADRIAN EDMONDSON’S celebrated folk-punk outfit THE BAD SHEPHERDS return to Australia to celebrate the release of their third album, “MUD, BLOOD & BEER”. After the rapturously received 2013 tour, Adrian (Vyv from the Young Ones/Bottom/Bad News), along with old comrade Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and new recruit Terl Bryant (percussionist for John Paul Jones and Peter Murphy), hits the road nationally for 12 dates in April.
Mud, Blood and Beer is another beautifully crafted album of classic punk and alternative songs loving reimagined by The Bad Shepherds in their distinctive folk style. Featuring re-workings of classics such as Madness’ Our House, The Jam’s Going Underground and a fabulous rendition of No More Heroes by The Stranglers, this is by far the most accomplished and diverse Bad Shepherds album to date.

Seth Lakeman with special guest Carus Thompson
Saturday April 19
Virtuoso fiddler & multi-instrumentalist, Seth Lakeman will be returning to our shores in 2014. His undeniably compelling and energetic performances captured audiences around Australia over the last 2 years.Things move quickly for Seth, his second album, “Kitty Jay”, was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2005, and his follow up album “Freedom Fields” went gold and saw him branded the ‘Poster Boy of Folk’ (much to his exasperation). But there’s so much more to his music than the ‘poster boy’ tag allows. For his latest album, “Tales from the Barrel House”, Seth has not only written all the songs for this album, but played every musical contribution himself as well as producing and mixing it in its entirety.With 6 albums under his belt, “Tales from the Barrel House” underlines Seth’s innate knack for writing both foot-stomping, sing-along songs and more tender, thoughtful ballads. His playing is breathtaking and Seth’s trademark, soaring vocals are at the forefront of this album, as beguiling and haunting as ever. As well as the cello, banjo, guitars, bouzouki and viola, there are the unusual sound effects on this album of a Salvation Army drum, clanking chains, an anvil, bellows and a railway track being thumped.
Credited with bringing his own brand of indie-folk to a whole new audience, Devon born Seth Lakeman’s talent is undeniable onstage. His charisma and energy will entrance and enthral his growing army of present-day fans and undoubtedly captivate lovers of heartfelt music. The celebrated folk singer-songwriter and virtuoso fiddler will be returning to Australia with his seventh album in tow Word of Mouth set for release in February this year.

Damian Howard CD Launch ‘Once in a While’ with ‘The Band of Brothers’
Thu April 24
Damian Howard is probably best known as front man and songwriter for The Ploughboys and has recently been forging a solo career both here in Australia, throughout Europe and the USA. Damian’s songwriting includes takes on life, Australian history and narrative streams.
On stage Damian returns back ‘home’ to the Thornbury Theatre with his band ‘The Band of Brothers’ featuring Lee Morgan, James Rust, Declan O’Neil and Jon Emry plus special guests to launch his new album release ‘Once in a While’.
Join Damian, the Band of Brothers and special guests including Ed Bates (Pedal Steel), Peter Fidler (Dobro), Marcia Howard (Vocals), Rose Bygrave (Vocals), Anthony O’Neill (Mandolin/ Fiddle), Richard Tankard (Keys), Kathy Mikklesen (Vocals) and more for this special night on ANZAC Day eve.

Paul Reid Vines Album Tour

Filed under: acoustic music, CD Launches — site admin @ 10:29 am

Paul Reid is pleased to announce the release of his debut ep and upcoming tour dates for his five-song EP Vines!
Having just returned from playing a successful string of shows with a crack backing band in capital cities on the East Coast of Australia, Paul is now ready to unveil his glistening, silver-toned songs for your pleasure.
‘Vines’ is the result of a three year story for Paul; travelling, working and meeting new people that have had a long lasting effect and influence on the song writing and lyrical makeup of the record.
“The audience are really digging the new ep and the live shows are going off! The band have really brought my songs to life and we’re having a great time with it,” said Paul.
Paul Reid has been showcasing his songs in Melbourne and regional Victoria for the past three years, often performing as a solo troubadour and sometimes with full band.
2013 saw the release of his debut self-titled three track EP and guest appearances on independent radio stations and street press magazines. Paul released his first music video for his ariose single ‘Seeds and Water,’ a career milestone last year.
‘Vines’ was recorded at Oxygen Studios and Milk Studios with Braiden Michetti of three-piece alternative band Sleep Parade.

Sat May 10th Weslyey Anne Northcote Vic , Sat May 17th Mars Hill Café Parramatta NSW, Sat June 14th The Exeter Adelaide SA, Sat June 21 Pacific Hotel Yamba NSW

Mon, 7 April 2014

Nick Charles @ The Famous Blue Raincoat

Filed under: acoustic music, blues music, Live Music Venues, Gigs — site admin @ 4:56 pm

Nick Charles…
A lovely little gig out west…
25B Vernon Street, South Kingsville, Ph 9391 8520 (right near Newport)

It’s rare that I play in the west. Hope to see you there!
Nick Charles

The King of Pop Show Starring TJ

Filed under: contemporary music, pop music, rock music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs, General — site admin @ 4:24 pm

The King of Pop Show Starring TJ

Royal Easter Show Sydney
17.4.2014 - 21.4.2014
Sydney Showground

NABBA/WFF International Championships
Sunday May 18th 2014
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Center
Bell St Preston

CECIL B. DEMENTED (John Waters, 2000)

BAR OPEN gig guide.
317 brunswick street fitzroy 3065
03 9415 9601 www.baropen.com.au

CECIL B. DEMENTED (John Waters, 2000)

SCREEN SECT is a film society night devoted to rarely seen, obsessively loved and criminally neglected cult classics of cinema. Revisit old favourites, uncover hidden celluloid gems, indulge guilty pleasures, or just get yourself an education.

CECIL B. DEMENTED - A later Waters work which is still developing its cult status, stars Melanie Griffiths as an A-list Hollywood actress who is kidnapped and forced to star in a movie by terrorist underground director, Cecil B. Demented (Stephen Dorff). Dorff leads an insane group of up and coming actors including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, and Waters regulars Ricki Lake and Mink Stole are back for an essential watch for all budding filmmakers who fantasised about kidnapping actors and anyone who cares to know what Stephen Dorff is all about.

Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance, every Tuesday night at Bar Open.

This week’s guest are:
• Tim Coster (Synthesiser)
• Jonathan Nokes (Modular Synthesiser, Voice)
• Kristian M. Roberts (Objects, Microphones, Mixer)


DOORS 8.30PM / 9.00PM START $5 / $10


Hold on to your heartache Fitzroy cause LA’s queens of sleaze punk EVIL BEAVER are coming back to Australia… Last seen on our shores touring with Peaches, Evil Beaver are a 2 piece garage-punk onslaught led by the powerhouse banshee that is Evil Evie on vocals & bass. DD on drums is unstoppable and always gives a top notch pounding and together they are very happy to be performing a free show at Bar Open on Wednesday 9th April for the Melbourne rock posse. Don’t miss the killer EVIL BEAVER live show that has taken the band all over the world with stellar support on the night from Whisk & Key Records favourites TEEN KONG and Melbourne drunk punx legends SPEW’N'GUTS.
The good times are guaranteed, bands kick off at 9pm and entry is free… Boom!


LUNAIRE, CHINESE HANDCUFFS, APOLLO APPLES and SPARROW & THE SPARK are proud to present a menu of local ambient instrumental rock goodies for you to savour at Bar Open on Thursday April 10. LUNAIRE’s first full-length album, ‘Dreams and Inbetweens’ was released in January to critical acclaim locally and overseas. Their dreamy post-rock shoegaze sound will have you drifting on a wave of sublime aural ambience. Instrumental outfit CHINESE HANDCUFFS released their debut album ‘The Shaku Bend’ in August 2013, receiving radio play locally, in the US and Canada. CHINESE HANDCUFFS dynamically blend soft and slow with something dark and noisy. Fellow instrumentalists APOLLO APPLES are a fruity band. Their psych-rock jams combine tasty elements of blues riffs, rock and funk. And to open the night’s proceedings are Bendigo-based drum and guitar duo SPARROW & THE SPARK. They’ll be bringing thumping originals and surprising covers to the table.


As another festival season comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on some of the amazing shows and musicians that have graced the stages and live music venues across Melbourne. But before you hang up your dancing shoes and festival hats, it’s not all bad news! After hugely successful shows at The St Kilda Festival, The Australian Blues festival, Wangarratta Jazz Festival and Beers By The Bay Festival, Melbourne neo soul/funk Band SOUL SAFARI have announced the release of their “Live @ BarOpen series”. Including 4 video clips and a full length live EP, the series is dedicated to keeping the summer vibe alive and inviting fans to enjoy part of what has been a stella year for SOUL SAFARI! The “Live @ BarOpen” EP features some of Soul Safaris older tracks as well as new ones that will be on their upcoming album, including their latest single “The Weather”. You can catch the guys live for the official launch of the “Live @ Bar Open” Ep on Friday 11Th of April at Bar Open where they will be giving away a bunch of SOUL SAFARI “summer” merchandise! Also in the spirit of spreading the summer love, everyone through the door will receive a FREE copy of the EP!! It just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it! Joining them will be good pals KINGSTON CROWN.



On Sat April 12, Melbourne band MANNY FOX will bring their joyous live set to Bar Open with THE WILLIE WAGTAILS. Drums filled with locomotion and heat, steadfast bass, shimmering guitar and wailing horns combine with doo-wop backing vocals calling out catchy refrains as punters get to shaking. Featuring members from stellar bands: Sweets, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Papa Chango and Hello Satellites. Manny Fox spent 2013 wowing Victorian audiences and never fail to bring each dance floor to a frenzy with their RnB and Afrobeat inspired tunes. This year Manny Fox are gearing up to release their much anticipated debut 7″. The single, produced by Joe Hammond and accompanying film clip, produced by Brian Cohen at Umbershoot, will be released in July 2014. So come down and shake your rump to MANNY FOX at Bar Open.


Come burn the weekend to the ground in a blaze of glory with three exuberant and fiery Melbourne bands! ARTY DEL RIO will be kicking off, with a blend of indie pop and latin jazz with a dash of bolero and bebop in between. LADY OSCAR shall grace the stage with their expanding playful soul/funk band, two new backing vocalists have been added to the mix! Seven-piece soul band ALONE WITH TIGER will be releasing their old school sounds into the wild. Borrowing the bounce of Motown, the heat of soul and the beat of R&B and some serious quirking.



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