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Thu, 27 August 2015

Millar Jukes & The Bandits EP

Filed under: acoustic music, rock music, CD Launches, Gigs — site admin @ 1:01 pm

Please join us for the official Sydney launch of Millar Jukes & The Bandits ‘Chase The Sun’ EP this Thursday, 27 August 7.30pm at OAF Gallery Bar!

Spectrum & Hey Gringo gigs

Filed under: bluegrass music, acoustic music, blues music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 12:59 pm

DATE: Sunday 6 September 2015
ACT: Daryl Roberts & Hey Gringo and SPECTRUM
GENRE: Blues & Roots Retro Prog and Funky Soul
VENUE: Way Out West Roots & Blues Club
Williamstown RSL 128 Ferguson Street, Williamstown
ENTRY: $15 (members $10)

Oz Music legends SPECTRUM led by creator Mike Rudd (I’ll Be Gone/Someday I’ll have Money) of the original Oz famous band SPECTRUM who’s songs have been covered worldwide together with renown Melbourne Soul/blues/funksters Hey Gringo launching their latest album Live @ Sydney Blues & Roots Festival dvd/cd brought to you by Way Out West Blues & Roots Club.

Women in Tourism Leadership program for 2015

Filed under: Workshops, General — site admin @ 12:57 pm

The date for the third and final lunch in the Women in Tourism Leadership program for 2015 has been announced.
The lunch will take place at View By Sydney (part of Dedes Group) at 12 noon for 12.30pm on October 30, 2015.
In this final event for the year, the panel will discuss ‘Mentors and Masterminds: do you need one, how to find one and how do they work?’

Three female panellists and a guest MC will discuss mentoring – not just from the mentee side but the benefits for a mentor as well – and discuss the hot topic of mastermind groups. Napoleon Hill wrote about mastermind groups around 75 years ago in his book, Think and Grow Rich, stating that, “A mastermind group is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others”.

Many leaders and entrepreneurs today link their success to participating in a mastermind group.
There will also be an opportunity to network and connect with other accomplished leaders across the travel and tourism industry.

Helen Ryder debut album ‘Someday Love’

Filed under: pop music, contemporary music, rock music, CD Launches, Gigs — site admin @ 12:53 pm

Helen Ryder is pleased to step into the spotlight to release her debut album ‘Someday Love’ at:
The Toff in Town, 2/252 Curtin Place, Melbourne, on Sunday 13th September at 7.30 pm.
Pre-sale $15
Long known by her fellow musicians for her note-perfect and emotive vocal abilities, Helen’s broad palette is revealed on this classy, classic album. Proving that she’s equally at home interpreting pop, country, soul, blues, gospel and jazz, she’s chosen 11 of her favourite tracks for ‘Someday Love’.
Helen will be accompanied by an all-star band on the night including Bruce Haymes on keyboards (Renee Geyer), Shane Reilly on guitar (Lost Ragas), Garrett Costigan on pedal steel (Don Walker), Jack Howard on flugelhorn (Hunters and Collectors), Biddy Connor on violin and viola (Jen Cloher), Steve Hadley on bass (Tex Perkins) and Peter Luscombe on drums (RocKwiz Orkestra).
Very special guest Spencer P. Jones (The Johnnys,The Beasts of Bourbon) will be singing with Helen on her debut single ‘Lady Bird’ and Jack Howard and Nicky Del Rey will open the show.
Before recording her own album, Helen performed at the ARIA Awards with The Whitlams, Jackie Orszaczky at the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, ARIA nominated Kerri Simpson, and opened for Vika and Linda Bull at the prestigious Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne.
“Recording ‘Someday Love’ was an opportunity to sing some of the best songs ever written with some of my favourite musicians,” Helen said. “I can hardly wait to show these tunes off to a live audience and I hope they’ll enjoy our interpretation of them.”
‘Someday Love’ also includes Kevin Bennett singing with Helen on the country classic ‘True Love Travels On A Gravel Road’ and the gorgeous ‘Hushabye Mountain,’ orchestrated with lush strings and creaky double bass, adding to the atmospherics.
Join Helen and friends at:
The Toff in Town, 2/252 Curtin Place, Melbourne, on Sunday 13th September at 7.30 pm.
Pre-sale $15


Filed under: roots music, contemporary music, rock music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 12:52 pm


Absolutely Live Doors Show recreate the energy that existed in a 1960s arena concert. They are dedicated to raising the energy of the room and sustaining that energy, so that the crowd can open their own doors of perception and thus feel a release of free and primal exhilaration through engagement with the music.

Only one woman in Australia Rock history commanded the attention, the controversy and the praise that found Chrissy Amphlett out front of the iconic Divinyls. In the ultimate tribute to her idol, renowned Melbourne rock-chick Drucindy Chin-Quan created Temperamental, the most authentic portrayal of Australia’s Queen of Rock Chrissy Amphlett and Divinyls ever seen.

A Concert for David Marama aka Mr Clean @ Howler on 11th October

Filed under: acoustic music, Fundraising, world music, contemporary music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 12:48 pm

Sunday Oct 11th
Howler, Brunswick
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
The Royal Swazi Spa

The Melbourne music family and African communities come together for a massive concert to celebrate David Marama’s brilliant contribution to live music in Melbourne. The event features The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Ray Pereira’s Afro-Lankan drum ensemble and the township jazz sounds of the Royal Swazi Spa with all proceeds donated to Marama as he recovers from a recent illness.

Highly regarded and well respected in the community, David is an accomplished multi-award winning artist originally from Malawi/Tanzania and has performed alongside some of the world’s best musicians in Africa and Australia. With an illustrious career spanning over more than three decades, his distinctive and ubiquitous guitar playing style can be heard on many fine African recordings.

Hosted by award winning journalist Santilla Chingaipe (SBS News), the soiree will commence with a sensational Afro-Lankan drumming performance led by percussion maestro Ray Pereira, followed by the laid back township jazz flavoured sound of Royal Swazi Spa. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will then take the stage as the final act for a grand performance reminiscent of Fela Kuti’s sound, followed by some of Melbourne’s greatest DJs, keeping the dance floor pulsing for the rest of the night!

Doors open at 4:00pm and tickets are available TODAY from http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/a-concert-for-david-marama-aka-mr-clean/80126

Don’t miss out on this huge night of African music and a chance to celebrate and support one of Melbourne’s most influential African musicians.

Sunday Oct 11th
Howler, Brunswick
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
The Royal Swazi Spa

plus DJs Manchild (PBS-FM)
Chris Gill (RRR)
Systa BB (RRR)
Mpaphi Nfandizo (Botswana)

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