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Wed, 8 June 2016

Bastille Day Gala

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Bastille Day GALA
Royal Queensland Golf Club
15 July 2016
A glamourous evening to celebrate Bastille Day at the Royal Queensland Golf Club! Fine French Food and Wine, Jazz Music, special guest speakers, in a magnificent venue… Make sure you book early for this not-to-be missed special celebration! During the night, you will tantalise your tastebuds with fine French product experiences and we will keep you entertained with French Jazz Music and more.
Time: from 5pm
Cost: $85 | $95

Smith Street Dreaming Free Event 16th July 2016

One Street: Many Mobs: One Community.
Now in its fourth year, Smith Street Dreaming continues to celebrate the First Nations footprint in Fitzroy and Collingwood. featuring local community band
Stray Blacks, hip hop & jazz artist Lady Lash, traditional & contemporary artist Yirrmal Marika and high energy hip hop dance group Indigenous Hip Hop
Projects. MC Shiralee Hood will facilitate a special Q&A discussion with the Smith Street Parkies.
Traditional dance by Jindi Woraback Dancers and Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder.
More than a festival, Smith Street Dreaming fosters deadly relationships ensuring greater cultural and historical empathy for our community.
Smith Street Dreaming is an alcohol free event.
WHERE Corner Stanley and Smith Streets, Collingwood

Sat, 21 May 2016


Filed under: jazz music, CD Launches, Gigs — site admin @ 2:16 pm

Piano jazz trio Refraction will launch their highly anticipated second
release ‘Inerrant Space’ at Bennett’s Lane on 19 May at 8pm.
Drawing inspiration from the sensibilities of pop lyricism and melody, Refraction
melds the various colours of contemporary jazz composition and improvisation
together into a compelling musical soundscape. Centred around drummer and
leader Chris Broomhead’s compositions, the trio celebrates the sanctity of
simplicity, upholding the primacy of a song’s melody while leaving space for
collective ensemble interaction and improvisation.
The band draws inspiration from influences Tord Gustavsen, Esbjorn Svensson,
Robert Glasper and Weather Report with original pieces that hold a clear vision
that makes the journey the very destination the music is seeking.
Their live performance has been perfected at Melbourne venues including The
Paris Cat, Bennetts Lane (including a three-week residency), Uptown Jazz Cafe
and Open Studio.
‘Inerrant Space’ features 10 new contemporary jazz compositions all written by
Chris Broomhead, pianist Brenton Foster (Max Savage, Independent) and
double bassist Jordon Tarento. It was recorded at Burwood Sound Studios,
Melbourne over two days in December 2015 and engineered by Allan
Neuendorf and Chris Broomhead , edited and mixed by Chris Broomhead
and mastered by Lachlan Carrick.
Refraction – ‘Inerrant Space’ Album Launch
•ticket purchase includes a copy of the new album and CD Baby download
Thursday 19 May, 8pm
Bennetts Lane, Melbourne
$18 General Entry

Thu, 25 February 2016

Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

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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

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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.

Sun, 4 October 2015


Melbourne based publicist and committed feminist Karen Conrad has decided to put her money where her mouth is and fix the gender pay gap for women who need PR in Australia.
Karen is offering *SHE* RATES for female artists and artisans - 20% off new publicity campaigns from now until January 30th for new female-driven arts, fashion, theatre and music pr campaigns.
“Women have to live in the same world that men live in and pay the same prices men do for accommodation, basic essential services, food, drink, fun - everything - while earning nearly 20% less. I don’t think that’s fair.

“For this reason, I’m glad to offer to offer quality PR campaigns for women at 20% off my regular fees until January 30th. I have long been committed to the feminist cause and I think this is a practical way to help bands, artists, designers, producers, service providers who earn a female dollar make the most for it in terms of their PR and marketing,” says Karen.

The gender pay gap has hit a record high of 18.8 per cent according to Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, prompting calls for the Federal Government to reverse the upward trend.

Men now earn almost $300 more dollars per week based on the average weekly earnings for full-time workers.The latest figures represent the biggest gender pay gap since the ABS began collecting the data in 1994.
All campaigns must be booked in between today and 30 January 2016, but you can advance book any project with an end date before 30 May 2016.
If you’re a woman with a new project to promote, book it in now on 0400 527 365 or email Karen@karenconradpublicity.com for *SHE* Rates.

Thu, 26 February 2015

Iris DeMent USA Pieta Brown USA Tony Joe White

Thornbury Theater Shows
The Beggars Sing The Seekers
Sat April 18
The Beggars Sing The Seekers is The Beggars Tribute to The Seekers wonderful fifty year career. Can an Adelaide Folk trio in 2014 be the 1960’s London based international hit making machine? Of course they can.
“The best Australian vocal band since the Seekers” Normie Rowe [Australia] 2011
From their early days in the Melbourne cafe scene to London, swinging centre of the 1960s pop universe, The Seekers rode a rollercoaster of pop/folk hits! In 1968 their BBC TV breakup special Farewell The Seekers broke TV viewing records and their popularity has not faded with the years. Following in the great Aussie tradition set by Dame Nellie Melba and John Farnham, The Seekers have broken up and reformed countless times.
Iris DeMent (USA) with special guest Pieta Brown (USA)
Thu May 28
Considered “one of the finest artists of her generation”, Iris DeMent has established herself as one of the most beloved and respected writers and singers in American music. Her debut album ‘Infamous Angel’ was deemed an “essential recording of the 90s” by Rolling Stone and the NY Times said it “distills love, heartbreak, disillusionment and humour in songs that go straight for the heartstrings.” Its 1994 follow-up, ‘My Life’, earned a Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category. 1996’s ‘The Way I Should’ addressed political as well as personal themes and also earned a Grammy nomination. 2004′s ‘Lifeline’ was a collection of traditional gospel songs that she sang as a child growing up in a Pentecostal household. In 2012, she released the critically acclaimed ‘Songs From The Delta’ twelve self-penned compositions that the Boston Globe called “a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power”.
Gordie Tentrees (CAN)
Thu March 5
International touring award nominated Canadian artist Gordie Tentrees is coming to perform at The Thornbury Theatre on the 5th of March, 2015. Tentrees performs 200 concerts in 11 countries each year and has toured with Kelly Joe Phelps, Steve Poltz, Fred Eaglesmith, and Mary Gauthier.
“Tentrees delivery is so relaxed and unpretentious it’s impossible to not get drawn into his world. Sounding like a younger John Prine” No Depression (US)
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, and raised on his family farm in Bancroft, Ontario, Gordie Tentrees has spent the past 15 years working on his craft while hiding out in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Melbourne Ukulele Festival
Fri March 13 - Sat March 14
Yes, the sixth annual M.U.F is just around the corner and ready to storm the Thornbury Theatre with a happy riot of ukuleles! Presented by Melbourne Ukulele Kollective, this two day festival features performances by The Nukes (NZ), Funkalleros, Victoria Vox (US), Ralph Shaw (Can), Ukulele Russ (Alaska), Ukulele Ladies, The Pockets, Tyrone and Lesley, Black Orchid Stringband and Melbourne Ukulele Kollective.

Tony Joe White
Wednesday March 18
The Swamp Fox, Tony Joe White, is a bona fide legend of the music game that has been honing his craft for the best part of 50 years. And it will be on display once more as he returns to Australia for an 18 date tour that will see him play shows in Sydney, Dee Why, Cronulla, Hurlstone Park, Coogee, Bulli, Kincumber, Newcastle, Medlow Bath, Devonport, Melbourne and Newport. The tour will also include appearances at Boogie Festival, Forth Valley Blues Festival, Blenheim Festival and Byron Bay Blues Festival. Tony Joe White was literally born for the blues, the part-Cherokee musician being brought up as part of a big brood on a cotton farm in Louisiana, raised on a diet of Lightnin’ Hopkins and local bluesmen, an upbringing reflected to this day in his evocative, haunting music and adding a veneer of authenticity to everything that he touches.
Z-Star (UK) and Jay Power
Saturday March 21
Z-Star (UK)
A molten core of Rock & Roll born in the flames of some ancient Soul, the wildest she-manic blues woman on the planet, Z-Star, will lead you into temptation with her electrifying collective. Expect to rock the funk out with dirty basslines, phat blues beats, raucous rock n roll guitars and soul soaked vocals. Zee’s raspy blues tones unleashed in her passionate delivery fill the skies with a buzz that seems to flow on tap from the source.
Jay Power
Combine slick beats and sassy vibe with vocal prowess and Jay Power is what you get. If you like soul, wrapped in pop, driven by funk and laced with Hip-Hop, then this show is for you. Jay’s new album is the kind of music the soul singer known for – with strong grooves and soaring vocals. This time though with an enigmatic twist that can only be experienced live.
Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart - ‘The Rushing Dark’ Single Launch
Sat March 28
Lucie Thorne’s new album, ‘Everything Sings Tonight’ is set for release on 1st June 2015. And to give us a taste of what’s in store, Lucie returns to The Velvet Room in duet with long-time collaborator & legendary drummer Hamish Stuart to launch the first single from the album, ‘The Rushing Dark’. The duo recorded most of this new album in Berlin late last year, and it marks a bold and musically adventurous new direction for the pair. They’ll be playing a selection of this new material alongside a swag of old favourites. Very special guest for this evening’s concert is troubadour sweetheart Jimmy Dowling.
The Waifs
Wed April 1
The Waifs hit the road again with tastes from their recently recorded forthcoming album.
It’s rare to have all members of The Waifs in the same corner of the world for such an extended period of time.
Having finished a string of dates at the end of 2014, Vikki, Donna, Josh, Ben and Dave have seized heir geographical togetherness to do what they love the most – write and play music.
G. Love & Special Sauce
Sat April 4
All the way from Philadelphia USA with their eclectic mix of laid back Blues, Hip Hop and R&B; the original line up of G. Love & Special Sauce are making their triumphant return! 20 years after the release of their self-titled debut album and 8 years since their last live performance together, the original line up of G. Love & Special Sauce arrive on the back of their 2014 album Sugar, breathing new life into their groove-heavy, Chicago-Blues infused brand of stripped down Rock and Roll. With the influences of Elmore James, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker and Lou Reed, the band has stripped themselves back to the old-school air of their first record with a mature and developed instrumentation without losing any of the unique, funky American Blues vibes that were the foundation the bands success.

Benny Walker ‘Through The Forest’ Album Launch
Fri April 10
Victorian Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people and laid back grooves, all elements that emanate through his velvety vocals and sensitive delivery.
Join Benny as he releases his album #3. ‘Through The Forest’ is out March 6th independently through Black Murphy Records. The first single ‘Will there be a light’ has been getting steady airplay nationally since it’s release in November 2o14, with the follow up single ‘The Fool’ released in Feb.

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