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Thu, 25 February 2016

Comedy Allstars Supershow

Filed under: Comedy — site admin @ 2:14 pm

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Wednesday, 23rd Mar 2016
The Palais Theatre St.Kilda
Show: 7:00pm - Venue Opens
REST TBA - please check back closer to the date of the show for full running times
All times are approximate and subject to change by the artist.

It’s big, its bold and it kicks the Festival off with a bang – it’s the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow!

Comedy’s finest from Australia and overseas will take to the stage at the legendary Palais Theatre for this one-off mega show, ringing in our 30th anniversary with all the laughs, bells and whistles an audience can handle.

The Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow is the perfect taster of what’s to come over the huge month of comedy ahead. It’s laughs aplenty with a huge line-up of top-shelf performers – a proverbial pick ‘n’ mix to plan your Festival of funny. Don’t miss out – it’s your one-stop-shop for comedy excellence!

Duncan Phillips

Filed under: acoustic music, contemporary music, folk music, CD Launches, Gigs — site admin @ 2:05 pm

Scottish born Duncan Phillips is pleased to launch his new single The Wilderness online today!
Duncan has been playing his excellent alt-country Americana tunes all around town for the past few years after stumbling upon Melbourne during his holiday travels and deciding to stay and explore the massive music scene here.
Originally from the village of Scalloway in The Shetland Islands, Scotland, his accent is heavy in conversation, but if you can understand him, you’ll love his lyrical tales.
“I was lucky to grow up in household where music was part of everyday life. My mother was the booker for the world-renowned Shetland Folk Festival and my stepfather was lead singer in a popular local blues/rock band.”
“I was constantly exposed to a wide array of musical styles. There could have been anything from traditional Scottish music to the Ramones blasting from the stereo. I also had the benefit of meeting and interacting with highly accomplished musicians from an early age.”
“The Wilderness came around shortly before pre-production for the album began. I’d been listening to a lot of Springsteen and that influenced the overall feel of the song. The Wilderness is metaphorical for being emotionally lost after watching friends fall victim to lifestyle choices, and ‘home’ in the song is symbolic of wanting to return to a healthy state of mind.”
Download The Wilderness here: https://soundcloud.com/duncan-phillips-music/the-wilderness-single-master/s-T3E81

Recorded and produced by Alics Gate-Eastley and Duncan Phillips at Appleby Studios, The Wilderness is the first single from his soon-to-be-released debut album of the same title.
Please play this on the air for your fine listeners and let them know they can catch Duncan Phillips & The Long Stand at these upcoming dates:
Here’s the Facebook event for the single launch:

Visit Duncan at https://www.facebook.com/duncanphillipsmusic.

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Grant Gronewold’s (aka HTMLflowers) solo debut exhibition

Filed under: art, contemporary art, General — site admin @ 2:00 pm

Fort Delta is pleased to announce artist Grant Gronewold’s (aka HTMLflowers) solo debut exhibition ‘No Visitors’ on view at the gallery from February 5th - 27th. An Opening Reception for the exhibition will be held at the gallery on Thursday 4th February from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Gronewold’s long-form narrative comic work-turned-exhibition No Visitors consists of coloured drawings in the form of limited artist proofs and editioned prints. The work attempts to show the complex, painful and often isolating reality of living with a life threatening illness while still favouring and revealing this through a more intimate approach. Rooted firmly in real life experience, Gronewold uses his avatar, Little, to recount the embarrassing, demeaning compromises that often define the lifestyle of the disabled.

Drawing from his time as a chronically ill child visiting Ronald McDonald House, Gronewold uses the logic of insomnia to question the true function of corporate charity; often designed to aid the chronically and life threateningly ill, namely children.

Frequenting the exhibition are looming depictions of Ronald McDonald stalking wandering children in hospital gowns – revealing him as a kind of talent scout in search of new mascots to join him in McDonalds’ ongoing PR crusade to image themselves as a force of good. This major theme of the exhibition – the formation of corporate identity coercively appropriating the plight of others less fortunate - is presented alongside images of negligent doctors practicing paternal procedures on their patients - their faces hidden and disguised behind bright surgical masks.

Gronewold’s style and philosophy for the exhibition deceptively blends Injury, punishment and violation into colourful images, abundant with motifs and bright settings rendered in the waxy, porous textures of coloured pencils – a medium often associated with child’s play and bold imagination. Images of ripe, engorged strawberries being split with enormous razorblades, pop-up flying windows circulating the outskirts of hospital rooms, and wooded allotments appearing as feverish apparitions all ambivalently contribute to a fantastical and renewed picture of the sterile utilities and institutions; seemingly born from tides of contemplative, mindful insight and maddening boredom.

Fort Delta, Shop 59 Capitol Arcade (Basement Leevel) 113 Swanston Street. Enter via Howey Place, Melbourne Australia 3000

Eilen Jewel in Melbourne

Filed under: pop music, contemporary music, rock music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 1:57 pm

Date:Wed March 30 2016
Doors:7:00 pm
Show Starts:8:30 pm Cost:$33 + booking fee General Admission $38 + booking fee Reserved Seating $73 + booking fee Dinner and Show $40
Doors open – 7.00pm
Dinner served – 7.15pm
Dan Parsons – 8.30 – 9.00pm
Eilen Jewell – 9.30 –

Superb singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell and her band have announced a return to Australia.
Hailing from Boise, Idaho, Eilen Jewell is a remarkable singer/songwriter whose honesty, confidence, and respect permeate her music dating back to her self-released ‘Boundary County’ album in 2006.

Since then, she has recorded five studio albums with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers, which includes that well-oiled band at its core. Her work has won many fans including multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks who included ‘Heartache Boulevard’ in his ‘must listen to’ list.

Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

Filed under: jazz music, world music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 1:52 pm

Thursday March 10 2016
Thornbury Theatre

Based on traditional material – mainly from the Mediterranean Area and the Balkan – Savina Yannatou and the group Primavera en Salonico offer an open sound without borders or labels, from simple songs extending to contemporary music forms.
Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico have been giving concerts all over the world since 1996.
This includes the whole of Europe, the United States, Australia, Israel, South Korea, China and Taiwan, in venues like the Queen Elizabeth Hall (various times sold-out), the Barbican in London, UCLA in Los Angeles, the Melbourne Concert Hall, BELEN Cultural Centre in Lisbon and various WOMAD festivals in different parts of the world, as well as numerous other world music and jazz festivals – to name a few: Stern Grove in San Francisco, Taipeh World Music Festival, Fiesta des Suds in Marseille, Moers new Jazz Festival, Music Meeting in Holland, Etnosur Festival in Spain, Musicas do Mundo in Portugal, International Jazz festival Muenster, London Jazz Festival, New Directions Festival in Umea, Sweden, Oct-Loft Jazz Festival in Shenzhen and TCC Jazz Festival in Guanzhou, China, Ulsan World Music Festival in South Korea and many others.

Vince Jones with Strings Attached

Filed under: jazz music, Gigs — site admin @ 1:51 pm

Vince Jones - With Strings Attached
Friday March 8th 2016
Thornbury Theatre
Following the acclaimed “Provenance” album and concert collaboration with Paul Grabowsky, Vince will continue to showcase the breadth and textures of his cross-genre musical palette by joining forces with The Silo String Quartet for one magical night at the Thornbury Theatre on Friday March 8th.
This concert will see three of the country’s finest jazz musicians joined by the wonderfully edgy classical colour of one of our finest String Quartets. The beauty of these rare gigs is the joy the musicians draw from the opportunity to enjoy each other’s musical company. This is a night that shouldn’t be missed in this delightfully intimate theatre.

Vardos gigs March 2016

Filed under: acoustic music, world music, folk music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 1:44 pm

Sunday 28 Feb 11am-2pm Dandenong Market Cleeland/ Clow St Dandenong. The Market is the centre of community life, bringing together 150 different nationalities under one roof. It’s here you will find an amazing variety of fresh local produce, fruits and vegetables, spices, rices, lentils, beans and nuts. Dandenong Market is a haven for bargain hunters, a utopia for treasure seekers and paradise for food lovers of any description.
Sat 5 March 3pm
Mesopotamia Festival, Belle Ville, Globe Alley, Melbourne, Australia 3000 . With Vulgargrad, Smadj (France), Bashka, DJ Systa BB and more!
Thurs 10 March 6.30pm Coburg Library, Corner Victoria and Louisa Streets, Coburg Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma musicians. Local Moreland band Vardos bring their energetic music to Coburg Library. Driven by Alana’s wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing. Free event.Public transport: Sydney Road tram Jewell and Brunswick Stations on the Upfield train line are ten minutes walk. Bus routes 504, 506, 508 and 509 have bus stops on nearby side streets off Sydney Road.

Thurs 10 March 6pm
Women without Borders’, International Women’s Day event. Eltham Community Reception Centre 801 Main Rd Eltham Tickets are $30 (dinner and drinks).Bookings are essential; tickets are available for purchase throughwww.trybooking.com/176502 by 26 February 2016. Vardos play 9pm.

Friday 11 March 6.30pm Várdos Trio & Folk Dancing Korona Csárda 760 Boronia Road, Wantirna VIC 3152, Australia. This has proven to be a very successful event at Korona Csarda with Vardos playing live and Gyöngyösbokreta dancers (along with improvised performances by the waiting staff) ensuring it will be an outstanding night. Dinner: Buffet $55 p/p / No BYO Event / Seats are Limited!!! To book please call 9801 8887

Sunday 13 March 6.30pm Dandenong World Fare Dandenong Market, Cleeland/ Clow St Dandenong. Delight in market classics and exotic new tastes when Dandenong Market transforms into an outdoor pop-up food bazaar showcasing the best of our region’s delicious multicultural cuisine and street food. With 25 delicious street food traders outside, and 15 inside. The live music will keep visitors entertained and kids will love the face painting and craft workshops.

Easter 2016, 23-28 March
Szászcsávási Dance Camp Canberra, Birrigai, Block 10 Paddy’s River Road Tharwa, ACT Australia.
Come and learn the beautiful and wild Hungarian and Romanian dances from the village of Szászcsávás. Guest teachers all the way from Hungary: Kovacs Norbert and Lorincz Hortenzia. Dance to Live Music from the Transylvaniacs and Vardos.

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