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Sun, 6 April 2014

Beth Hart Byron Bay Blues Festival

Filed under: blues music, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 2:54 pm

Beth Hart Byron Bay Blues Festival
This is one of our Festival Director’s Top Picks. We invite you to check out BETH HART – and you’ll soon know why Peter Noble goes overboard for this woman. First there’s THE VOICE - when she sings, clocks stop, hearts dance, and neck-hair tingles, it’s that compelling!! Then there’s the A-list collaborations with the likes of Jeff Beck, Slash, Buddy Guy and Joe Bonamassa.

And then there’s the hits ‘LA Song (Out Of This Town)’ (#1 in New Zealand), ‘Sister Heroine’, ‘Am I The One’, ‘Good As It Gets’ . Her new album Bang Bang Boom Boom (out March 14) has been earning this superb singer critical acclaim around the world, showcasing her amazing range across Blues, R&B, Swing and more. BETH HART’S story is one of incredible opportunity, heartbreaking loss, and now, with her recent show-stopping Kennedy Centre performance with Jeff Beck that honoured Blues great Buddy Guy, and the release of Bang Bang Boom Boom, redemption.

ETH HART IS ALSO TOURING AROUND AUSTRALIA IN APRIL.

With 11 original songs recorded live by Kevin Shirley,Bang Bang Boom Boom gives Beth’s eclectic influences free rein, spinning from ‘Spirit Of God’s’ brassy gospel to the sparse ‘Thru The Window Of My Mind’, with her first ever piano solo on ‘Swing My Thing Back Around’, and an impossibly tender vocal on the Billie Holiday-flavoured ‘Baddest Blues’.

She has recorded two albums with Joe Bonamassa - 2011’s Don’t Explain and this year’s Seesaw.– no mean feat for this amazing guitarist to step back and become sideman for this incredible singer. She is also a featured vocalist on Buddy Guy’s latest album.

Pony Dining

Filed under: children's entertainment, General — site admin @ 2:50 pm

Gather the herd for family Sundaes…
Hey kids - make your own Sundae on Sundays at Pony Dining!
Saddle up! It’s finally time to reclaim family time on Sundays with Pony Dining’s new Family Sundays. And desserts have never been sweeter as kids are invited by Chef to make their very own Sundae on a Sunday as part of the family-oriented dining experience.

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Cloud Control National Tour

Filed under: Tours — site admin @ 2:45 pm

Without a doubt, the hardest part about touring is lugging your gear from city to city – especially if you’re doing it out of your own pocket in your uncle’s old Toyota Hiace. The solution? Tour acoustically! All you need is a guitar case, a tambourine, maybe a cowbell*, and your thumb for hitchhiking from town to town – you’ll be making money in no time!

cloud control Unless of course you’re Cloud Control, who have just embarked upon an enormous (read: enormous) national acoustic tour – all for free. We’re not gonna go on too much about all this biz, because you should all know who Cloud Control are, you probably gave Dream Cave a listen, and we need to dedicate a whole lotta space for the tour dates below this blurb. If you’re a small town girl, you won’t need to take the midnight train to catch these guys because they’ll be heading literally everywhere.

Tour dates are as follows:

Thursday, April 10 – Gilligan’s Backpackers, Cairns (3-4:30pm)

Thursday, April 10 – Salt House, Cairns (6:30-8pm)

Friday, April 11 – Queens Wharf Brewery, Newcastle (6:30-8pm)

Friday, April 11 – Shoal Bay Resort, Newcastle (10-11:30pm)

Saturday, April 12 – Story Bridge Hotel, Brisbane (10-11:30pm)

Sunday, April 13 – Paddington Tavern, Brisbane (3-4:30pm)

Sunday, April 13 – Komune, Gold Coast (7-8:30pm)

Wednesday, April 16 – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads (6-7:30pm)

Wednesday, April 16 – Beach Hotel Byron Bay, Byron Bay (9-10:30pm)

Thursday, April 17 – Noosa Heads SLSC , Noosa Heads (5:30-7pm)

Thursday, April 17 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore (9-10:30pm)

Saturday, April 19 – Jubilee Hotel, Fortitude Valley (6:30-8pm)

Saturday, April 19 – Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island (9:30-11pm)

Sunday, April 20 – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta (4-5:30pm)

Daryl Roberts & Hey Gringo

Filed under: acoustic music, contemporary music, blues music, Gigs — site admin @ 2:40 pm

Daryl Roberts & Hey Gringo gigs and the lead up to the soon to be released Best Of album with all your favourite Hey Gringo songs.
LIVE: SUNDAY 6 APRIL - Daryl Roberts & Hey Gringo @ The Royal Oak Hotel 442 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy - Free 4-7PM - Old school cosy inner city not to miss. This is the way venues used to be in the good ol days. Come on down a take a step back.
WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL - CLIFTON HILL HOTEL - Acoustic Wednesday from 8:30pm
Website has been updated and has a new look, store back up and running and more, check it out www.heygringo.net
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Justin Johnson “The Wizard”

Filed under: Tours — site admin @ 2:37 pm

Hailed by Guitar World as a must see act and dubbed “The Wizard” for his mastery of stringed instruments, Justin Johnson has earned many accolades including a 1st place win in the Slidestock International Slide Guitar Competition. His virtuosic playing style has earned him endorsements from guitar and instrument builders around the world. Justin is also one of a select few guitarists that have been hand picked to perform for the Woodstock International Luthier’s Showcase in the USA, and the Deloraine Stringfest in Australia, highlighting the work of many of the finest acoustic guitar builders in the world.

Justin Johnson is one of the premier cigar box guitar performers playing today, highlighting the traditional American Roots instrument in a way that honors the history of the instrument while innovating new approaches by incorporating modern technology. Justin expertly builds layers of music to create a full-band show as a soloist, incorporating up to a dozen stringed instruments including one-string diddley bows, acoustic and electric six-string guitars, twelve-string guitar, cigar box guitars, resonators, mandolin and percussion.

With a style firmly rooted in Blues tradition, but not afraid to break new ground, Justin’s unique sound is the direct result of his passion for combining and advancing widely varying musical forms from all corners of the world. The result is a sound unlike any other: sincere and soulful explorations, waxing between playful romps across the strings, hauntingly pensive Gypsy dreamscapes, and gritty, driving Blues.

Justin has shared bills with many well-known acts such as The Allman Brothers, Victor Wooten, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jeff Coffin, Widespread Panic, Matisyahu, Tim Reynolds and Chris Thomas King, among others.

Justin’s innovative approach is garnering strong international attention. We are proud to be introducing 2014 tour dates Australia.

March 7-10 - Port Fairy Folk Festival – VIC
http://www.portfairyfolkfestival.com/
More info: http://www.portfairyfolkfestival.com/?page_id=5284
March 21-23 - Deloraine Stringfest – TAS
https://www.facebook.com/DeloraineStringfestTasmania
April 19 - Recycled Roots Revolution - Bendigo (T.B.C.)
http://www.cigarboxnation.com/events/australian-recycled-roots-festival

Recycled Roots Festival is celebrating the art and ingenuity of home made and hand made instruments. Recycled, recovered and repurposed items, cigar boxes, hubcaps, kitchen drawers, suitcases and more. w/ Justin Johnson (USA),Jarrod Shaw, Kim Volkman and Stackhouse.

April 25-27 - Mt Beauty Music Festival - VIC

http://www.musicmuster.org.au/

More info: http://www.musicmuster.org.au/ticketing.html

Delsinki Records

Filed under: CD Launches — site admin @ 2:34 pm

DELSINKI RECORDS LAUNCH EVENT
MINISTRY OF ART ST.KILDA
JUNE 25th 2014 EP launch
With 2013 seeing the release of not one but three huge singles, a tour of Australia and Asia singing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as a part of ‘The Reef’, as well as sold out shows in Melbourne and Sydney for his debut Delsinki Records EP tour, one can forgive Delsinki Records for having a week or two off… but in the words of the man himself “moustache wax isn’t cheap.”
Now one could argue about that statement for quite some time, but there is no argument from fans when it comes to last years releases of “In Over My Head”, “Sanchez” and “Burnt Out by the Light” (the touching tribute to friend and beloved musician Sonny Lewis), Delsinki Records is on a hot streak.

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Basement Discs 20th on Saturday 12th of April

Basement Discs is turning 20 on Saturday 12th of April so they will be throwing a giant party featuring Charles Jenkins, Sweet Jean, Chris Wilson, Ian Collard’s 3 Kings, Tracy McNeil, Lisa Miller, Raised By Eagles, Mikelangelo and more from 11am til around 5pm and a bit. There will also be goodie bags, a quiz or two with Brian Nankervis and Derek Guille and lots of giveaways.

The 20th Birthday Celebration Day is dedicated to a very dear friend Ian Bird who passed away suddenly a couple of weeks ago. Ian was a huge champion and supporter of Basement Discs and independent Australian musicians in particular. Ian’s son will also perform a special song for his dad on the day.

The very next week, Saturday 19th of April, Basement Discs will host their 7th annual Indie Record Store Day with MUCH musical fanfare!

Please get to the store early to enjoy the music of Eagle & The Worm, Georgia Fields, Mike Rudd, Jen Cloher and more more more tbc!

Celebrity MCs Neil Rogers and Ian Bland of Triple RRR fame will be conducting a music trivia quiz that will be dotted through the day between performances, lots of giveaways and prizes, discounts, free light refreshments and more!
Please join your friends in The Basement, Suzanne, Rod, Pat & Stuart for both of these wonderful celebrations.

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