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Sun, 20 September 2015

John McLaughlan & The 4th Dimension Tour 14 Oct

Filed under: blues music, Tours — site admin @ 9:02 pm

For those in the know, guitarist John McLaughlin’s name is uttered alongside those of Hendrix, Richards, Santana and Clapton.
14th October 2015 @ The Recital Center Melbourne
A former protégé of Miles Davis and the true pioneer of electric jazz, McLaughlin wields a fiercely virtuosic style that straddles everything from R’n’B groove to rock’n’roll skronk to the razor-sharp rhythms of traditional Indian music.
Renowned for technically precise and blisteringly fast guitar work, McLaughlin’s live shows have become a thing of legend—bursting with improvisational energy, unexpected textures and moments of transcendent beauty.
Now in his 70s, McLaughlin has lost none of his passion or power, as he draws on almost five decades of experimentation and creative reinvention to continually push at the boundaries of sonic possibility.
Alongside his acclaimed 4th Dimension trio, McLaughlin returns to Melbourne for the first time in more than five years to showcase the remarkable, genre-defying compositions from his new album Black Light—a globe-spanning journey to the frontiers of sound.
The 4th Dimension
McLaughlin’s latest creative venture with The 4th Dimension reflects a slight, yet significant, alteration of the dynamic, specifically the recruitment of powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot. Cameroon-born/Paris-resident bassist Etienne M’Bappe is back from To the One, as is keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband. This 8-track set of McLaughlin originals, recorded at Studio 26 in Antibes, France, testifies to the guitarist’s decades-long fascination with Indian music, through his effortless virtuosity, and relentless lyricism, even when the guitarist is shredding at near-light speed.

BAHAMAS (Canada)

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BAHAMAS (Canada)
8:00pm, Wed 30th September, 2015
Howler, MELBOURNE, VIC

You need to be 18+ to attend this event
Interestingly Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He is actually a Finnish-Canadian from the freezing cold working class town of Barrie in rural Ontario but his chosen epithet is fitting because since 2009 he’s been making music under the name Bahamas - writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out. Through his simple arrangements, deft delivery and direct approach he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs. Across three ridiculously good albums (Pink Strat/Barchords/Afie is Bahamas) Afie has consistently delivered glorious, perfectly crafted and played songs with a charm, cheek and finesse that’s impossible not to love. For those yet to bump into these musical delights, Bahamas is a joyful blend of all the good bits of indie folk, pop and rock that should absolutely not be missed live or on record so we are very pleased to announce that Bahamas will tour Australia in September/October 2015 with his full band for the first time.
They will be appearing at three of Australia’s best regional boutique festivals, the prestigious Brisbane Festival and a string of headline shows. Joining Bahamas for the headline shows is the indelible, incredible and edible Fraser A Gorman with his band who’ll be touring his excellent new long player Slow Gum.

Out on the Weekend

Melbourne sat 17th October Seaworks Wiliamstown
Sydney sat 24th October Bella Vista Farm Bella Vista
OUT ON THE WEEKEND, MELBOURNE
Presented by Time Out & Triple R
11:30am – 10:30pm
Saturday 17th October 2015
Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown
Starring:
Dawes * Tex, Don & Charlie (Exclusive Melbourne Performance)
Sam Outlaw * Robert Ellis * Jamestown Revival * Jonny Fritz
Ruby Boots * Mustered Courage * Suzannah Espie * Barna Howard
Shelly Colvin * Leah Senior * Big Smoke * Lost Ragas * T Bones
And the Out on the Weekend House Band led by Robert Ellis with Josh Hedley, Will Van Horn, Kelly Doyle, Michael “Tank” Lisenbe & Geoffrey Muller
Also featuring:
Porteno * Taco Truck * Mary’s
And much more to be announced soon!

Chopped 2015 Live Music gig guide

Live on the CHOPPED Stage*

Friday 2nd October

11.00am – No Class

1.00pm – White Fang

3.00pm – The Persian Drugs

5.00pm – The Yard Apes

6.30pm – Batpiss

8.00pm – The Cherry Dolls

9.30pm – Mammoth Mammoth

11.00pm – Fireballs

Saturday 3rd October

9.00am – The Mary Goldsmiths

11.00am – James Grim Woodcutters

1.00pm – Los Tones

3.00pm – Shiffting Sands

5.00pm – The Rechords

6.30pm – The Fumes

8.00pm – Steve Smyth

9.30pm – Jackson Firebird

11.00pm – C.W. Stoneking

Sunday 4th October (daylight savings kicks in overnight)

10.00am – Mightiest Of Guns

12.00pm – Doubleblack

2.00pm – Phesant Pluckers

4.00pm – The Pretty Littles

* Live on the Wolfman’s OMB Truck*

Boss Christ

Bad Evil

Dr Bumface

Hot Food Five

Chopped 2015 October

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Chopped 2015 October 2-3-4
Three Days of Dirt Drags, Hot Rods, Customs, Bobbers, Choppers, 25+ Bands, Tiki Palace, Cocktail & Cabin Bars, and More…
Chopped is drag racing where it started in the dirt!
A throw back in time to a 1950s/60s HopUp Carnival! Hundreds of cars and bikes rattled by the sounds of 25+ bands belting the roots of rock music to thousands of Rockers, Petrol Heads, Hipsters & Greasers.
Head to head two-lane Dirt Drags with Pre ‘65 style Hot Rods, Customs, Bobbers & Choppers. Island infused drinking among tiki’s, palms, bamboo or the smoky sipping style of a rustic wood fire cabin.
“This is ‘Chopped’ the only festival of it’s kind in the world.”
* Chopped Rod & Custom *
- Rain - Hail - Shine -
Performances by:
C.W Stoneking | Fireballs | Jackson Firebird | Steve Smyth | Mammoth Mammoth | The Fumes | The Rechords | many more.

Chopped 2015

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Chopped 2015 October 2-3-4
Three Days of Dirt Drags, Hot Rods, Customs, Bobbers, Choppers, 25+ Bands, Tiki Palace, Cocktail & Cabin Bars, and More…
Chopped is drag racing where it started in the dirt!
A throw back in time to a 1950s/60s HopUp Carnival! Hundreds of cars and bikes rattled by the sounds of 25+ bands belting the roots of rock music to thousands of Rockers, Petrol Heads, Hipsters & Greasers.
Head to head two-lane Dirt Drags with Pre ‘65 style Hot Rods, Customs, Bobbers & Choppers. Island infused drinking among tiki’s, palms, bamboo or the smoky sipping style of a rustic wood fire cabin.
“This is ‘Chopped’ the only festival of it’s kind in the world.”
* Chopped Rod & Custom *
- Rain - Hail - Shine -

Phil Para

Filed under: roots music, blues music, rock music, Gigs — site admin @ 8:40 pm

Prince Public Bar
St.Kilda 6pm
no door charge

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