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Thu, 26 February 2015

Russell Morris and Band Flowerdale Estate 8.3.2015

Filed under: acoustic music, rock music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs — site admin @ 12:42 pm

Russell Morris and Band perform under the stars at
Flowerdale Estate March long weekend
Support Act - Jessi London
One Show Only! Sunday 8 March, 2015 Gates Open 5pm
Venue: Flowerdale Estate, 2285 Broadford-Flowerdale Road,
Strath Creek
Cost: $75pp includes performance and two course BBQ buffet dinner
Bookings: 03 5784 9280 or info@flowerdaleestate.com.au
Website: www.flowerdaleestate.com.au
Magnificent Flowerdale Estate will prove a picture perfect setting for Russell Morris and his band when they take to the stage for an outdoor twilight concert on Sunday 8 March.
As dusk descends upon the historic homestead and its majestic rural surrounds, Russell and his band will perform their much loved classics The Real Thing, Sweet Sweet Love, Hush, Wings of An Eagle as well as songs from their Australian inspired blues and roots albums Sharkmouth and Van Diemen’s Land.

Russell Morris captured the hearts and imagination of Australians in 2012 when he unveiled Sharkmouth, the first of a trilogy of albums re- telling some amazing stories in Australia’s distant past— some famous, some not so famous—creating a historical document using blues and rock to celebrate the yarns that modern Australia was built on the back. Sharkmouth went on to win Russell his very first ARIA Award in 2013 for Best Blues & Roots Album, adding to the honour of being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2008.

“Australia has an amazing history of yarns. From Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson, through to Paul Kelly and Bryce Courtney the Australian experience has always been retold in story. Americans have a proud tradition of folk songs passing their history down through the generations and while there are some amazing songwriters celebrating modern Australia, I wanted to create something that connected people today with the characters that shaped them,” said Russell.

Melbourne bred, now New York resident, singer/songwriter Jessi London will also be performing during her brief visit home. Her vocal style has been described as a mixture between Alicia Keys and Joni Mitchell while her talent on the piano has seen her pitched as a “female Billy Joel”. Her music is not easily classified, encompassing a unique blend of soulful folk and jazz with a contemporary pop feel.

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Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo The Wiggles

Filed under: Theatre — site admin @ 12:35 pm

Ulumbarra Theatre.
A night at the theatre will soon involve a walk underneath the gallows when Bendigo’s new Ulumbarra Theatre opens in mid-April on the site of the former Sandhurst Gaol.
Open Day, 10am – 4pm Sunday April 19, will feature guided tours, family entertainment, food vans and market stalls.
Prison cells will be left as is or repurposed to form cloaking and ticketing functions in the entrance hall of this new state-of-the-art theatre, which boasts 1000 seats, a fly tower, and a dark history involving ghosts, sieges and notorious former residents.
The $26m Ulumbarra Theatre project has been funded with Australian, Victorian and local government sources, with additional funds raised within the local community and corporate sectors.
The title Ulumbarra means gather together, or meeting place in the language of the Dja Dja Wurring people, and the theatre will be a venue for conferences and conventions, for local community groups, organisations and schools, as well as offer a program of performances from quality international acts and touring companies.

When completed, it will be one of the largest regional theatres in Australia and a multi-disciplinary venue offering a range of functions including music, drama and dance studios and learning facilities to be used by the adjacent Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
Its launch on 17 April marks the realiSation of a long-held dream for the people of Bendigo. “This will be a vital community facility offering a much-needed 1000 seat venue of which we can all be immensely proud,” said Stan Liacos, Director of City Futures for the City of Greater Bendigo.

“It is incredibly rewarding for all of us in Bendigo, after years of planning, to see this beautiful theatre come to fruition, and realise the potential it holds for the community and for future generations,” he said.

“The theatre cements our status as a leader in the area of culture-driven tourism, which creates positive impacts economically and socially on the entire community. We’ve already seen this in spades with Bendigo Art Gallery, which is widely considered to be the best regional gallery in Australia. “
Designed by Melbourne architects Y2 and international theatre design specialists Schuler Shook, Ulumbarra Theatre merges contemporary design with the heritage elements of the old penitentiary architecture.

“Very few regional cities have been able to repurpose their old gaols this way, but in Bendigo we have already successfully transformed former halls, banks and post offices into quality cultural meeting places,” Mr Liacos said.
“Art, culture, heritage and history are something we do very well in here. We’re confident the new Ulumbarra Theatre will extend our cultural offering not only to visitors and tourists, but importantly, to the residents of Bendigo. We know the outcomes will be enormous for both,” he said.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
· The $26M project is funded by the Australian Government ($12.3M), the Victorian Government’s Department of Education ($7.7M), the City of Greater Bendigo ($3M) and Regional Development Victoria ($3M).

· The Sandhurst Goal opened in 1863 and was decommissioned in 2006. Former inmates include Chopper Reed and Ronald Ryan. In 1987 it was the scene of Victoria’s longest prison siege, when John Dixon Jenkins, the self-styled ‘nuclear warrior’, took nine people hostage within the goal claiming he had a hand-made bomb.

· The design, with passages radiating from a central hub, was based upon the much-publicised Pentonville concept, which enabled the surveillance of multiple wings from a central point whilst allowing a reasonable amount of air to circulate the cellblocks. Although five wings were allowed for in the original plan, only two wings were ever constructed at Bendigo Prison.

· The Wiggles will perform a warm-up, pre-opening event in the theatre on Tuesday 14 April.

· The official opening will be held on April 17, with a performance of a specially commissioned work created by David Bridie and indigenous artists based on the stories of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.

· A Public opening will be held on Saturday 18 April, with Light Up The Sky, a community concert featuring Jazz legend James Morrison leading a combined-schools band through jazz standards.

· Open Day, 10am – 4pm Sunday April 19, will feature guided tours, family entertainment, food vans and market stalls.

· Upcoming highlights include the premiere of a new Australian musical titled NED, by composer Adam Lyon (King Kong, Global Creatures), based on the life of Ned Kelly. It will co-incide with the exhibition Imagining Ned, the story of Ned Kelly and the art he inspires, at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Further information, bookings and events www.ulumbarratheatre.com.au, email ulumbarratheatre.com.au

Comedians of Stand-Up Revolution World Tour April 2015

Filed under: Comedy, Tours — site admin @ 12:29 pm

Comedians of Stand-Up Revolution World Tour
Three of Gabriel Iglesias’ (Fluffy’s) favourite comedians from The Comedy Channel’s hit TV series, Stand-Up Revolution are coming to Australia for a national tour! The tour features “the craziest man in show business” Martin Moreno, Lance Patrick and G Reilly.
Martin Moreno’s comedy career didn’t begin until he was in his early 30’s and by that time he had a freakishly funny point of view on his life. His two failed marriages gave him an alternative and hysterical definition of “soul mates.” His comedy touches on his personal life and insecurities, resulting in a funny, intelligent, analytical view of how growing up in the 80’s molded him to be, the carefree, nonchalant and laid back adult he is today.

Lance Patrick’s very first time on stage was in 2010, opening up for national headliner Gabriel Iglesias at a sold out, 2000-seat comedy show at Hard Rock Live in Orlando. Since then, Lance has had many more opportunities to open for Gabriel on the wildly successful “Fluffy Shop Tour.” Lance is a guest writer for Ray William Johnson’s hit on-line show entitled “Equals Three” which is currently the #1 show on YouTube with 5.8 million plus subscribers and over 2 billion total views and is a permanent cast member on Ray’s hit series entitled “Breaking LA”.

Veteran comedian G Reilly, is one of The Original GIs of Comedy and is known for his quick wit and intelligence. Reilly dazzles us with his brave opinions, and acute observations of politics, social issues, and things that are just plain wrong in society.
Don’t miss seeing Fluffy’s favourite comedians when they hit Australia in 2015!
Contains Course Language and Adult Themes

Peninsula Picnic Festival March 2015

Victoria’s impending inaugural The Peninsula Picnic festival is just over a month away, and in the wake of December’s music line-up announcement — in which we learnt the event would be headlined by the likes of The Waifs and Paul Dempsey — organisers have unveiled the next important aspect of the rural revelry: the wine list.
Sunday 29th March 2015

Featuring the finest in drinkable crushed grapes from local cellars such as pinot noir specialists Circe, bespoke producers Montalto, the family-owned Crittenden Estate, Merrick’s General Wine Store (purveyors of Balieu Estate, Elgee Park and Quealy wines), biodynamic pioneers Prancing Horse and pinot gris experts T’Gallant, the Peninsula Picnic aims to provide a healthy balance of entertainment as well as refreshment for body and soul in kind, offering not just the spread of quality drops from the local vineyards but a broad array of locally sourced produce from the region’s wineries, restaurants and farmers.

In addition to The Waifs and Dempsey, punters will be treated to sets from Pierce Brothers, Tinpan Orange and Hayden Calnin — plus appearances from culinary experts Ian Curley (Kirk’s Wine Bar) and Pierre Khodja (Terminus at Flinders Hotel) — when the Peninsula Picnic rolls through the region on Sunday, 29 March.

Tickets for this year’s event are available now; check all the details in theGuide or The Music App. The Peninsula Picnic is presented by The Music.

The Tote Gigs Burlap Oppressor

Thursday 26 February
• upstairs • 8:00pm • $10BURLAP
+ Loobs + Plyers + Icah + Employment
Burlap are heading down to Melbourne town for the first time and are playing upstairs at The Tote. Come along for some pre Artless Armchair party times. There’s 5 bands and it’ll only cost you a ten

Friday 27 February
• band room • 8:00pm • $10
OPPRESSOR (Wollongong)
+ Vicious Cycle + Sick Machine + The Approach + Crooked Path

Oppressor are a heavy band from Wollongong, NSW. Heading out on their first tour to hit a bunch of cities around Australia including Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle and more. The release of their first EP titled ‘The Forgotten’ is expected mid 2015 on Deadlocked Records. Oppressor’s 2013 demo and 2014 single ‘The Condemned’ can be heard here;: www.oppressorhardcore.bandcamp.com

Saturday 28 February
• front bar • 4:00pm • free
FLOUR Residency
+ Green Tin + SMB
FLOUR live in the Tote front bar every Saturday arvo in February. New 7″ OUT SOON and LP later in the year. Different t-shirt available at every gig!

Saturday 28 February
• band room • 8:00pm • $10
CHOOK RACE Album Launch
+ The Pink Tiles + Wet Blankets + Silver Moon (Lucas)
Local strummers Chook Race launch their new LP, About Time, at the Tote this February. The long awaited first album for the chimey trio presents works from as early as 2011 to as recent as 2014 - all recorded on a single summer weekend by Tom Hardisty (NUN, Woollen Kits) and mastered by Mikey Young. Joining them are pop geniuses Pink Tiles, Geelong brats Wet Blankets, and the one-and-only Lucas performing solo as Silver Moon.
Saturday 28 February
• upstairs • 10:00pm • $5
SLOW GRIND FEVER #22
Slow Grind Fever returns to it’s spiritual home above The Tote for more slow swaying, low dipping, neck kissing and all that good stuff. We play the slowest, spookiest, sweetest, swinginest old records we can find, and people dance real slow in a haze of smoke and dim red lights. It’s a good time. This month our man Mohair Slim returns from his trip to the U.S. and Jamaica with a suitcase full of all things slow and moody for your grinding pleasure. And mine too…
Sunday 29 February
• front bar • 5:00pm • free
ALBERTS BASEMENT Residency
The Curse + Charles Ives Singers + Secret Valley + The Ether
The Alberts Basement label is curating a weekend of Sunday afternoons in the front bar, starting the month off with The Curse, Charles Ives Singers, Secret Valley and The Ether.

Sunday 29 February
• band room • 7:00pm • $5
TRENCH SISTERS
+ Bloodrule + Contaminated (first show) + Faceless Burial (first show)

TRENCH SISTERS inexplicably got back together despite no one missing them or their haphazard brand of grinding metallic hardcore blended with the ‘comedy’ stylings of Doug ‘Oscar Wilde’ Susman, but they’re playing this show and you should come down, if for nothing other than to heckle. Joining in are BLOOD RULE, who mix blasts and beatdowns in equal measure. Handsome cunts playing heavy heavy shit.

Two new death metal bands from Melbourne are making their first live appearances here: CONTAMINATED released a monstrous demo as a solo project and have now expanded with a lineup consisting of jerk-offs. Heavy and filthy old school doomy death metal. FACELESS BURIAL plays chunky and choppy grinding death metal. Folks from White Walls, Backwards Zombie and Max from Agents Of Abhorrence is finally back to blasting behind the kit!

Lia Mice Tour

Filed under: acoustic music, contemporary music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 12:14 pm

France based Australian experimental pop solo artist Lia Mice is set to embark on a tour of Australia. Fresh from album release tours of France, Japan and USA, this will be Lia’s first Australian tour since her Aussie debut at BIGSOUND 2014, and the recent success of her 2nd solo LP I Love You, which came out on Rice Is Nice Records last November.
For this tour, Lia Mice will be unveiling her new not-to-be-missed audio-visual live show in which she reinterprets songs from her two solo albums, Happy New Year (2012) and I Love You (2014), via live-programming her electronics with self-directed interactive visuals.
LIA MICE AUSTRALIAN DATES!
Thursday 16 April – Blackbear Lodge, Brisbane TICKETS.
Friday 17 April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney TICKETS.
Saturday 18 April – Grace Darling Bandroom Melbourne TICKETS.
The 3 date tour includes shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne featuring local bands from each city TBA.

Chris Campion from Multiple Man recently directed Lia’s recent music video for ‘Saint-Malo’
“Her newest single, “Our Heavy Heart,” is a love ballad with a ‘80s styling – a soundtrack fit for 1986 rom-com, Pretty in Pink while maintaining relevance amid indie modernity” - Life And Times.
“Something quite otherworldly live. There’s this calm stage presence that she has that really holds over a room.” - We All Want Someone To Shout For.
See you there…

STREAM STEVE GRADY’S “GO AWAY AND MISS ME” SINGLE on SOUNDCLOUD

Filed under: acoustic music, country music, CD Launches — site admin @ 12:10 pm

STEVE GRADY RELEASES SINGLE
‘GO AWAY AND MISS ME’ AND ANNOUNCES EP RELEASE DETAILS + LAUNCH SHOWS
STREAM STEVE GRADY’S “GO AWAY AND MISS ME” SINGLE on SOUNDCLOUD
TRIPLE J UNEARTHED
GRAB ‘GO AWAY AND MISS ME’ AT AIRIT
‘Go Away & Miss Me’ Single Launch
Thursday 12th March
The Junk Bar - Skukum Lounge
Supports: Megan Cooper
Tickets at the door. $10
Brisbane’s Steve Grady has had a career so far full of accolades, amazing connections, innovative tours and universal praise for his records. Secreting himself away to write and record his return EP, “A Year’s Gone By” which will be released in April, he wants the world to have a taste of it with his new single “Go Away and Miss Me”.

Grady, noted for his alt-country tones and carefully-crafted lyrics, is launching his brand new single ‘Go Away & Miss Me’ at Skukum Lounge at Brisbane’s Junk Bar on March 12.

Still only in his twenties, the “son of a preacher man” born in Papua New Guinea, has led a full life traipsing around this sunburnt country playing well over 300 live shows and winning the admiration of both punters and industry folk alike.

For Grady the process is just as important as the product. Hiring a one hundred year old community hall in Kallista in regional Victoria, Grady bunkered down will fellow acoustic troubadour Dan Parsons to record his latest release.

So far Grady has released ‘Hotel Chelsea’ LP in 2009 (SK Records) and ‘Youth Skin’ LP 2011,”one of the best singer songwriter albums you’ll hear this year”Youth Skin**** (Noel Mengel, Courier Mail).
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson even covered Grady’s painful ditty, ‘She waits ’til I’m Asleep’, featured on their ‘Wreck and Ruin’ duet album (2012). After completing the a mammoth 50-date tour of Australia in 2012, Grady spent time abroad playing shows in LA and UK, and began writing his 7- track ‘Blue River’ EP, released independently later that year.

With an upcoming national tour to be announced for May 2015, perhaps the last words should be left to Kasey Chambers herself, “Why the hell don’t more people know about Steve Grady?” Why indeed.

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