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Fri, 21 October 2016

The Rebelles annual christmas spectacular

tHORNBURY THEATRE UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat Oct 22: Into The Mystic The Music of Van Morrison

Sun Oct 23 : Men of Letters

Fri Nov 4 : The Celibate Rifles live (2 Sets – acoustic + electric)

Fri Nov 11 : The Pigs (Bluegrass)

Sat Nov 12 : An Audience with Jack Gatto (Elvis Tribute Artist)

Fri Nov 18 : The 19th Australian Nation Northern Soul Weekender

Fri Nov 25 : Rumours presented by beyondblue + The Thornbury Theatre

Sat Dec 3 : THE REBELLES ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!

Sat Jan 7 : Bowie Festival - Bowie Unzipped

Fri Mar 10 2017 : Midge Ure Something from Everything

Wed, 17 August 2016

Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie

Filed under: contemporary music, acoustic music, blues music, rock music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 5:22 pm

Max Crowdaddy & Cherry Bar Present
Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie at Cherry Bar on Sunday 21st August along with bluesman Ivan Zar opening up the night. Doors open at 2pm with tunes starting at 3pm.

Also starring delicious vege chilli and dj sets by Max ‘Son Of’ Crawdaddy.
Steve’s new EP Healers and Howlers will be on sale at the show for $10.
Entry $5 at the door.
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Thu, 28 July 2016

Satellite Lounge Opens with Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks Aug 2016

Sat 6th August 8.40pm
Rosw Wilson & The Peaceniks.
Welcome to the Satellite Lounge
Beaming live entertainment into your suburb.

Once upon a time, every Melbourne suburb had a hotel with live music. It was a way of life: you watched Countdown, listened to the radio, and headed off to the pub with your friends to see Australia’s best bands. Live music has always been one of life’s great pleasures, with the exhilaration of the crowd dancing and singing along.

Times have changed, and you now have to go into the city (mostly) to get your fix of live music. It’s not just a thing you can do on a whim, with taxi fares and parking costs adding up very quickly, not to mention standing up for hours trying to get a decent viewing position.

Well now you have another choice … and it’s much closer to home.
The Satellite Lounge is opening at the Wheelers Hill Hotel in August. It’s a venue with a long history of live entertainment and it’s easy to get to, with plenty of free parking. Just a short drive from both the Eastlink and Monash Freeway exits, The Satellite Lounge sits right on the corner of Jells & Ferntree Gully Roads, featuring a large outdoor terrace with views of the Dandenong Ranges and promising patrons an experience above and beyond the expectations of normal “pub” style entertainment.

Industry stalwarts Mark Burchett (Flying Saucer Club) and Neil Wedd (Thornbury Theatre) will be programming the entertainment. Having many years of experience in running venues and promoting live music, Mark and Neil know what makes a great night out. The Satellite Lounge will offer an exciting and diverse program of live entertainment playing host to a wide variety of music including high profile local and international artists, the best up and coming acts as well as outstanding tribute shows.

Adjacent to The Satellite Lounge is the main Wheelers Hill Hotel complex, where the bistro will offer 10% discount to Satellite patrons seeking pre-gig dining. On offer are a superb variety of food styles, with craft beers and wines, fostering an atmosphere of old school sophistication.

Where?
Cnr Ferntree Gully & Jells Rd Wheelers Hill

Gig list…

Sat 13th August Wendy Stapleton Presents ‘The Dusty Springfield Story’

Sat 20th August The Black Sorrows

Sat 27th August Bob ‘Bongo’ Starkie presents ‘Million Dollar Riff’

Fri 2nd September Dylanesque – The Bob Dylan Story

Sat 3rd September The Chantoozies 30th Anniversary Show

Fri 9th September The Amy Winehouse Show Feat. Atlanta Coogan & The Little Big Band

Sat 10th September Jam The Funk

Sat 17th September Inxsive – pay tribute to ‘The Swing’ & ‘Kick’

Sat 24th September Raw Brit

Fri 30th September Purple Revolution – A Tribute to Prince Feat. Andrew De Silva

Wed, 8 June 2016

Lloyd Spiegel Solo Tour and Signature Guitar Giveaway

Filed under: acoustic music, contemporary music, CD Launches, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 4:38 pm

Lloyd Spiegel Solo Tour and Signature Guitar Giveaway
After a wildly successful year in 2015 on the back of his award-winning ‘Double Live Set’ album, Aussie acoustic blues master Lloyd Spiegel is headed back on the road in June/July for his first solo tour in 7 years.
This tour celebrates the launch of Spiegel’s new Cole Clark signature model guitar - an instrument designed with these new solo shows in mind. Spiegel has worked alongside Cole Clark Guitars for the past 15 years and has had a hand in every advancement in technology and design at the company in that time. Says Lloyd: “I received the honour of my first signature guitar in 2012. It served me well, but now that I’m returning to solo performing I needed something different to evolve with.

The 2016 LS signature model is built with Australian Blackwood top, back and sides. The extremely hard top was picked to suit my aggressive, hard hitting style and withstand the tour schedule I keep.”
Thanks to the good people at Cole Clark, audience members attending shows on the tour will have the opportunity to win Lloyd’s signature guitar (RRP $3299) fresh out of the workshop.
Tour Dates
Thursday 16th June
The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Doors 7:30pm
$25 + bf online, $30 door
Tickets: http://oldmuseum.org/?p=4124

Friday 17th June
Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi, QLD
Doors 7:30pm
$20 presale, $25 door
Tickets: 07 5442 8144

Saurday 18th June
The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Doors 7:00pm
$30, $25 concession
With Marshall Okell
Tickets: www.byroncentre.com.au

Thursday 23rd June
The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Doors 7:30pm
$20 + bf online, $23 door
Tickets: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/heritagehotel/book/event/42032

Friday 24th June
The Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Doors 6:30pm
$20 online
Tickets: https://theagresticgrocer.yapsody.com/event/index/38453/live-at-agrestic-lloyd-spiegel

Saturday 25th June
The Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW
Doors 7:30pm
$25 + bf
Tickets: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/10322/lloyd_spiegel_@_camelot_lounge.aspx

Sunday 26th June
Canberra Blues Society, The Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Doors: 4:30pm
$20 + BF Online, $22 door, $15 CBS Members
Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?eventId=62269

Friday 1st July
The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Doors 7:30pm
$20
Tickets: 03 5255 1566

Saturday 2nd July
Baby Black, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Doors 6:00pm
$20 presale, $25 door
Tickets from the venue

Friday 8th July
Hickinbotham Winery, Mornington, VIC
Doors 5:00pm
$20
Tickets: 03 5981 0355
Dinner and show available

Friday 15th July
The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Harbour Town Docklands, VIC
With special guest Cass Eager
Doors 8:00pm
$25 + bf
Tickets: https://www.wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au/whats_on/event/196f6ce2-fb94-4bf9-896b-f62de4521bf9

Friday 29th July
The Gold Dust Lounge – Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo, VIC
Doors 7:00pm
$20 online, $20 door
Tickets: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/37967

Win A Lloyd Spiegel Signature Guitar.
To win a new Lloyd Spiegel signature model guitar - lovingly christened ‘FL2EC-LS-BLBL’ - all you have to do is put your name and contact details on an entry form available from the box office or merch table at each show. Place your entry form in the barrel at that show. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received at all shows and the winner will be notified on July 31, 2016.

Deborah Conway Gasometer July 10th 2016

Filed under: acoustic music, contemporary music, rock music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 4:29 pm

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival’s Living
Legend series honours Deborah Conway at
the Gasometer on July 10
Through and through, Deborah Conway is undeniably a Melbourne musician.
Reaching her musical maturity as punk raged around her, Conway’s effortless
musicality saw her song-writing and instrumental prowess recognised early in
The Benders. Her lawyer Father was so concerned with his daughter rubbing
shoulders with the pilled up, reactionary punks and blank-faced new wavers of
the day that he promptly packed her off to a psychiatrist.
But history shows it was to no avail. The music bug had bitten Conway hard –
it’s never gone away. Conway has rubbed shoulders with Australian music
royalty, ever since. And it’s gladly and deservedly rubbed shoulders right back.
Before her nationally recognised solo success, Conway fronted the chart-shaking
Do Re Mi, a band she formed with Helen Carter and Stephen Phillip in Sydney,
in 1981. Do Re Mi are still best-remembered for 1985’s number five ARIA chart
hit Man Overboard, a bass-driven room shaker that announced Conway’s
powerhouse vocals and somewhat undeniable charisma to the nation’s living
rooms. In the mid 80s Conway also supplied
vocals for actor Tracy Mann who fronted the screen band, The Takeaways in the
ABC TV series Sweet and Sour.
After Do Re Me split in 1988, Conway trod various boards in Melbourne pubs
with the acoustic-based Drawcards (a team of champions containing Vika and
Linda Bull, Stephen Cummings, Tim Finn and the late Peter Jones and Ross
Hannaford) and the pub-rocking Rose Amongst Thorns (also comprising
several Drawcards members).

Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra

Filed under: acoustic music, world music — site admin @ 4:16 pm

Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra. Open to all guitarists of any ability (ability to read music not essential), the SCGO draws its repertoire from musical traditions from around the world: Spanish, Appalachian, Irish, Africa, Australian and more. Directed by Andrew Veivers, the SCGO is a People’s Orchestra project, a community orchestra model created by Andrew Veivers and performing arts company Red Chair. The SCGO is supported by The Events Centre.
Rehearsals - Caloundra & Noosaville
The Events Centre (Caloundra): st & 3rd Wednesday of every month
Central Qld University (Noosaville): 2nd Monday of every month
Times: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $12 - $15 per rehearsal

Rory Ellis Rah Rah Tour

Filed under: roots music, acoustic music, CD Launches, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 3:51 pm

Master Australian songwriter Rory Ellis will hit the road this June to welcome his new 5-track release ‘Rah Rah’ into the world.
An underground hero in alt-country and Americana circles, Ellis has released seven independent albums to date and is a veteran of the hard road of tough trails across Australia, The UK and Europe. ‘Rah Rah’ is classic Rory Ellis and brings magically crafted lyrics, taking the listener to places of sensuality, life awakenings and the dark side.
Rory has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, alongside Richie Havens, Robert Cray, Canned Heat, Seth Lakeman, and many others. Seven acclaimed albums, seven countries of extensive touring, and hundreds of festivals later, Rory is looking forward to concreting his return to his homeland and catching up with his Aussie fans on the road.
The Rah Rah Tour will take in the East Coast including Tasmania.
“His is one of the most distinctive voices in Australian folk and country music, rich and full and emotive.”
Jeff Glorfeld: The Melbourne Age, 2015

“Rory Ellis is one of those singer/songwriters, like Leonard Cohen, who makes the hairs on your arms stand up by simply opening his mouth and uttering a few throaty words.”
Brett Callwood: Acoustic Magazine UK

“Rory Ellis is one of the great storytellers on the Australian roots scene. A big man with a huge voice, with a trove of outstanding material at his disposal, he immerses us into his world… His huge, deep voice is a remarkable instrument of rich and raw emotion. It is that voice, the absolute quality of the musicianship and incomparable song writing talent that really sets him apart as an artist.”
Mick Griffin: Live Review, Bendigo Weekly

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