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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

Sun, 6 April 2014

The Future Postal Service FEDERATION SQUARE

Filed under: Literature, children's entertainment, Festivals & Major Events, General — site admin @ 2:19 pm

The Future Postal Service FEDERATION SQUARE
By Maybe Together (AUS/DENMARK)
7 – 11 April FREE
This school holidays, bring the kids to Fed Square to become postmen for The Future Postal Service, a high-energy, big-thinking mail delivery game. From 7 – 11 April children can join a game of writing letters to adults and delivering them to new friends in Fed Square.

Hosted by artist collective Maybe together, children are asked, “what do you want to thank adults for?” They can write or draw their thankful answers as letters. Children will move through a series of stations where they will be writing, stamping and finally becoming postmen. With blue paper postal hats on, and under the supervision of the game’s coordinators, children will deliver the letters to passing adults who delight in receiving the postal surprises.

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Sat, 19 October 2013

Bellcity Ballroom Hire

The Bell City Ballroom is a contemporary multi-purpose open-space for hire.
Bell City Ballroom is located in the Bell City Complex.
215 Bell St Preston. (cnr of Hotham & Bell St)
Just 5 mins from High St Thornbury, Darebin Arts & Ent Center, Opposite The Panch Health Centre
Ideal for Performing Arts, Comedy, Theatre, workshops, Book & CD launches, Master class presentations , Children’s shows and community events. Live Music.
One floor above the Chill Restaurant Bar. 600 space car park.
Bell City Ballroom hire enquiries: Phone 03 9486 1771 @ Entertainment Depot
Email: enquiries@entertainmentdepot.com.au
Bell City Ballroom for inner North & Northern suburbs shows & events

Thu, 13 June 2013

Mick Thomas, Mikelangelo, Talei Wolfgram - Brown River – Yarra Songs

Brown River – Yarra Songs at the Yarra Hotel Curated by Jon Von Goes – Part of Leaps & Bounds Music Festival
The clock on the silo says 11 degrees.
On the opening night of the Leaps and Bound Music Festival the Yarra Hotel will be home to all that is the City of Yarra in song and spoken word.
RRR’s Jonnie von Goes will present a night of variety extravagance not unlike one of his BBQ Days or his Stopping All Stations Except East Richmond gigs.
Featuring -
The man who has penned more Yarracentric songs than anyone else bar nobody, the stately Yarra Hotel publican Mick Thomas.
Australasian / Balkan TV wrestling leisurewear model balladeer Mikelangelo.
Talei Wolfgram free of the shackles of her sisters. Brown River soul diva.

James Stewart, Liam Stewart and Stewart Farrell. Stewie, Stewie and Stewie.
The king and queen of Melbourne spoken word, Sean M. Whelan and Emily Zoe Baker.

Born and bred above a shop in Brunswick St Fitzroy, rejected from civilised mainland society decades ago. Assumed dead. All the way from a shipping container in Nowhere Tasmania, Anthony Morgan.
The human super glue that binds the Rockwiz Orkestra Mark Ferrie Bruce Haymes, Ed Bates, Nathan Farrelly, Big Cal McAlpine and more to be announced.
$15 on the door.
Friday 5th July at the Yarra Hotel, Johnson St Abbotsford.
Show starts around 8, doors open in the morning.
The inaugural Leaps and Bounds Music Festival kicks off on Friday 5 - Sunday 21 July.
Check with your favourite City of Yarra venue to see what special treats they have in store during Leaps & Bounds and keep an eye on www.leapsandboundsmusicfestival.com for a full program, more details and information as the event nears.
Find your way around the festivals’ venues with Music Victoria’s free Melbourne Music City app available on iTunes or Google Play.
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is proudly presented by City of Yarra, Music Victoria and media partners Inpress, PBS and themusic.com.au.

legal workshops for artists and arts organisations 14.6.2013

Filed under: Literature, Workshops, General — site admin @ 1:48 pm

Victorian Arts Law Consortium getting up to speed session times
Registration 8.00am
Session 1 8.30am - 10.00am
“If you really want to make it as an artist, you’ll do it
for free” – Employment issues in the Arts
Session 2 10.15am - 11.30am
Is your gallery in trouble? Why artists should register
their works under the Personal Property Security Act
OR
Session 3 10.15am - 11.30am
The Nuts and Bolts of Governance in the Not-forprofit
Sector
Session 4 11.45am - 1.15pm
Crowdfunding - fuelling your dream project
Lunch 1.15pm - 2.00pm
Session 5 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Click ‘Yes’ to proceed - publishing and distributing
your work online
Session 6 3.45pm - 5.15pm
Prizes and Competitions - the good, the bad and the
ugly!
date
Friday 14th June 2013
venue
DLA Piper
140 William St
Melbourne VIC 3000
cost
$25 per session
$100 for the day
bookings
http://www.artslaw.com.au/papers/
paper/victorian-arts-law-consortium/
a series of legal workshops for artists and arts organisations
Please contact Arts Law with any enquiries
email: artslaw@artslaw.com.au
phone: 02 9356 2566

Mon, 1 April 2013

The Light in Winter at Fed Square

The Light in Winter at Fed Square
People power lights up Melbourne in the midst of winter
The Light in Winter
Directed by Robyn Archer 1 - 30 June Federation Square FREE
This June Fed Square’s annual program of art, sculpture and events, The Light in Winter, will feature a new Australian work by renowned light artist Bruce Ramus. A huge steel and light structure representing life itself, the Helix Tree will be activated each night at dusk, by the voices of Melbourne, right in the centre of Fed Square.
Helix Tree will be equipped with advanced sound and light technology that responds to the voices of those who sing to its network of spirals and curves. A succession of community choirs will assemble at its base each night during the month of June and ’sing up’ the Helix Tree.

This year the power of the voice and the helix as the symbol of life resonate through the program. Taking their lead from the presence of the helix will be forums on science and democracy, offerings from Melbourne’s Indigenous and multicultural communities, a new project exploring the common ways of diverse groups and the special Solstice Celebrations from Thursday 20 June - Saturday 22 June.
Exploring these ideas of personal and collective power, Melbourne singer and composer, Lou Bennett of the Black Arm Band will work closely with a range of community groups to create an anthem for the Helix Tree, which will be sung by choirs to light up the Helix Tree throughout the month.

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Fri, 22 February 2013

The Fairytale Cookbook by Impro Melbourne

Filed under: children's entertainment, Literature, Fine Arts, performance art, Gigs, Comedy, General — site admin @ 12:40 pm

Impro Melbourne Presents The Fairytale Cookbook
From the company who brought you Theatresports™ and Celebrity Theatresports™, Impro Melbourne now presents The Fairytale Cookbook—a
Choose Your Own Adventure-style performance full of energy and imagination. A favourite in schools across Victoria, The Fairytale Cookbook is
a show for the entire family.

Open the cookbook, choose your ingredients, and let us whip you up an improvised fairytale you’ve never seen before. Start with a Hero, add a splash
of Pirate, or spice it up with a Witch… the choice is yours. And as each show is entirely improvised, you’ll never see the same show twice!
High on audience interaction and involvement, the story evolves as children choose each element of the story, allowing them to take part in the act of
creating a unique and entertaining show. It’s a great way to let kids explore their imagination, learn storytelling skills and work with others in an exciting
and generous environment.
Impro Melbourne have a long history of producing quality and entertaining performances for school-aged children, and work extensively with Regional
Arts Victoria and schools throughout the state. Veterans of the Comedy Festival for over 25 years, this will be an Impro Melbourne show your kids will
remember for years to come.
The Fairytale Cookbook is a fun and imaginative show for children of any age.

Venue:
Melbourne Town Hall, Powder Room
Dates: 9-­‐14 April
Tickets: All tickets $15, Groups 5+ $12
Times: 2PM
Bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au

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