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Thu, 28 July 2016

Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton 50th Anniversary

Filed under: blues music, Live Music Venues, Gigs — site admin @ 7:49 pm

Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton 50th Anniversary
Friday August 26
@Thornbury Theatre.

In 1966, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton released what would become the seminal British Blues album.
This incarnation of The Bluesbreakers lasted only 12 months and no video footage exists of them playing together.
To celebrate 50 years since its inception, a one off supergroup of Melbourne’s finest blues musicians will perform the album in full including Chris Wilson, Jimi Hocking, Pat Carmody (My Dynamite), Leigh Maden & Sean Johnston (Palace of the King) and many more.

Ding Dong - 4 DJ’s

Ding Dong is proud as hell to present the return gigs of one of Melbourne’s most loved DJ’s in 4 special performances that add up to a mini residency of sorts.

The kid known as Dexter is about as respected as it gets in parts all over the world, ever since putting himself on the map by being Australia’s acknowledged DJ master as 4 time Australian champ and coming 2nd in the world DJ championships, only being knocked out of first place by DJ Craze.

It was no surprise those savvy cats Bobby Dazzler scooped him up to join their band The Avalanches and take the ride with them to international superstardom. He played a significant role in the sound of their album Since I Left You which has become one of the most loved Australian albums of all time.

It was a bumpy ride but one the world was a better place for and after eventually going back out on his own Dexter continued on his way knocking people’s brains out with the awe inspiring brilliance of his DJ sets.

Pretty much anybody living in Melbourne into class DJing would have come across him at some point and enjoyed the vibe that happens when Dexter spins.

After a little hiatus he’s back and over 4 nights in August you get the chance to come hang and enjoy where Dexter is at right now, fresh and ready to rock and kick some ass xxxxx xxxxx’s
Fridays 5,12,19 & 26 August.
From 12.00am
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The Tarantinos @ The Spotted Mallard

Filed under: pop music, contemporary art, punk music, Live Music Venues, rock music, Gigs — site admin @ 7:20 pm

The Tarantinos at The Spotted Mallard
Sat 6th August 2017. 7pm.

Inspired by the Writer/Director Quentin Tarantino, 5 musicians from Melbourne formed The Tarantinos based on their fascination with the incredible versatile soundtracks accompanying his films.
They play the best known, (and some lesser known) songs from the films Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Dusk till Dawn, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and his latest hit Django Unchained.
The Tarantinos embody all the hard hitting style of the films in which they play the supporting soundtracks. With audio samples from the films, sharp costumes and an attitude to match, The Tarantinos bring their energy across the various musical genres that accompany films that have inspired them for many years.

The Surf/Rock clasics like Dick Dale’s “Misirlou”, The Lively Ones “Surf Rider”, George Baker Selection’s “Little Green Bag” and April March’s Chick habit are just a few of the amazing selection The Tarantinos have to offer in their always growing repertoire of songs from these amazing cult status films.

Wed, 8 June 2016

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Filed under: jazz music, Live Music Venues, Gigs, Tours, General — site admin @ 5:15 pm

Melbourne International Jazz Festival
3 to 12th June 2016
The Wilbur Wilde Quartet Friday 10th June 2016 @ Lido Jazz Room, Hawthorn
Jose James: The music of Billy Holiday. USA 11.6.2016
More information see website: http://melbournejazz.com/program

Venues:
ArtPlay
Birrarung Marr (behind Federation Square)
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
100 St Kilda Road, Southbank
Bennetts Lane Jazz Club
25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne
Bluestone Church Arts Space
10A Hyde Street, Footscray
Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St, Carlton
Dizzy’s Jazz Club
381 Burnley Street, Richmond
Federation Bells, Birrarung Marr
Behind Federation Square
Federation Square - Main Stage
Corner Flinders Street & St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Footscray Community Arts Centre
45 Moreland Street, Footscray
Forum Melbourne
154 Flinders Street, Melbourne (corner of Russell Street)
Italian Institute of Culture
233 Domain Road, South Yarra
Lido Jazz Room
Lido Cinemas - 1, 675 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Littlefoot
223 Barkly St, Footscray
Melbourne Recital Centre
Corner Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank
Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse
113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Monash University Music Auditorium
55 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University, Clayton
Queen Victoria Market
Corner of Victoria and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne
Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Corner Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank
St James
555 Bourke St, Melbourne
The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Southbank
The Collins Square Cat (Jazz Club)
727 Collins Street, Melbourne
The Curtin
29 Lygon St, Carlton
The Dancing Dog
42A Albert Street, Footscray
The Pavillion, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Southbank
The Reverence Hotel
28 Napier Street, Footscray
Uptown Jazz Café
Upstairs, 177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Victoria University at MetroWest
138 Nicholson Street, Footscray

Mon, 25 April 2016

Tarantino Ball Northcote

Filed under: Live Music Venues, roots music, rock music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs, General — site admin @ 9:22 am

Australia’s 5 pce Tarantino Band headlines The TARANTINO BALL. yes, its a costume party.
The Tarantinos perform their high energy show with (slightly) more attitude than usual.
Saturday May 14th, the annual Tarantino Ball is on from dusk til (almost) dawn paying tribute to one of the most iconic directors of our time.
Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Competition. Kill Bill show by Shirley Strumpet. Death Proof show by Butterfly. Vampire GoGo dancers. $5 Sailor Jerry shakes. Four Rooms lucky Zippo competition
PRIZES FOR BEST DRESSED!
Best dressed male: $100 Om Nom Kitchen & Dessert Bar voucher + $50 bar tab
Best dressed female: $100 Om Nom Kitchen & Dessert Bar voucher + $50 bar tab
Best dressed couple: $100 Welcome To Thornbury voucher, Burly Fellow care pack, voucher valued up to $70 from Miss Jay’s Nails And Beauty and $100 bar tab
Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday April 5th from Moshtix and 24moons.com.au or in person at Rose Chong’s
LIMITED GROUP PACKAGES AVAILABLE!
- Reservoir Dogs Package $100+bf - Admits 6 People - Includes 6 tickets at the price of 5 (so you get 1 free!)
- Hateful Eight Package $200+bf - Admits 8 People - Includes Entry, Table + 1 Bottle of Moet
- Jackie Brown Gold Package $350+bf - Admits 12 People - Includes Entry, Table + 2 Bottles of Moet
- Mr Wolf Package $750+bf - Admits 20 People - Includes Entry, Private VIP Area + 1 Bottle of Sailor Jerry + mixers
- Crazy 88 Package $2,500 - Admits 88 People - Includes Entry, Private VIP Room with Bartender and a $1,000 bar tab

Thu, 25 February 2016

Phil Para Live @ Prince Public Bar St.Kilda

Filed under: roots music, blues music, Live Music Venues, rock music, Gigs — site admin @ 2:34 pm

Phil Para Live at The Prince Public Bar 2016
from 6pm.Saturday nights. Residency.
Prince Public Bar 29 Fitzroy St.St.Kilda

Guitar legend Phil Para continues to deliver his classic Hendrix, Santana, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, and ZZ Top, plus originals, to his the legions of fans that have been making the trek to St Kilda every Saturday evening.

Phil Para’s brand of high-energy blues/rock with some Latin fusion thrown in has become a benchmark of what St Kilda means to the musical landscape of Melbourne.

This is an 18+ event.

* Over 18’s only unless advertised otherwise. * Photo ID is essential,­ acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport. Please check with the venue for any other acceptable forms of photo ID * All children under 18 not permitted including small children and babies * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.*Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.*

Ireland The Show March 2016

Filed under: Irish music, acoustic music, Live Music Venues, folk music — site admin @ 1:22 pm

The Irish are coming, and they are bringing the music with them!
GOLD COAST – Ireland The Show
Sunday March 13, 2016 at Jupiters Gold Coast
https://www.jupitersgoldcoast.com.au/ireland-the-show-march-13

BRISBANE – Ireland The Show
Wednesday March 16, 2016 at QPAC
https://www.qpac.com.au/event/ireland_the_show_16.aspx

Ireland The Show set to paint the town green: Gold Coast March 13 + Brisbane March 16 just days before the celebration of St Patrick’s Day!

From the country that has given us Bono, Liam Neeson, Niall Horan, Oscar Wilde and Van Morrison, comes the show that sets fire to the stage!

The Irish are headed our way and they are bringing all the colour, characters and high-kicks that have made the whole world fall in love with the emerald isle.
Ireland The Show is an exciting full throttle new Celtic production celebrating the very best of Irish heritage and culture showcased by a cast of world champion Irish dancers, musicians and singers. The show stars for one night only on the Gold Coast on March 13, before heading to Brisbane on March 16.

The show kicks off (literally) with a whirlwind of energy, as the musicians create lively, inspiring tunes, pushing the dancers to new levels of artistic expression, and transporting old traditions from the Irish fireside to the international stage. It’s the music that makes your skin tingle, and the dances that makes you want to join in. The expressive language of dance ranges from a gliding shimmer of subtle soft shoe choreography, to pounding dramatic hard shoe steps. The execution of seemingly effortless high kicks is married perfectly with modern polish, Irish charm and dazzling Vegas-style Celtic costumes.

The show is produced by Brisbane born talent, Ethan Walker who currently has stage productions playing all over the world. He is just 29. This will be the first time in front of his hometown audiences.

Now based in Las Vegas, Ethan Walker’s career curve is already extraordinary. He morphed from a Brisbane teen with a dream, to sleeping in the alleyways of Dublin, Ireland to world tours with renowned dancer, Michael Flatley’s spectacular Irish dance show, Lord of the Dance.

After randomly starting Irish dancing when he was 14, his talent shone and after just two years, he decided to join a show. His plan was devious and dedicated!!! “I had a pen pal in Ireland, and kind of forged a contract from this made-up dance company, posted it to her in Ireland, and asked her to send it back to my address in Australia,” he said.

“So when it arrived, my mum, being nosy, sees this contract that has arrived from Ireland, and opens it.” Bait taken!! After much cajoling his parents lent him the money to fly to Dublin for the “job”, still totally unaware that the dance contract was a ruse. “I arrived in Ireland, and had nowhere to stay, no job. I had told my parents accommodation was being provided. I think the hardest part was living in an alleyway with my suitcase, just huddled up for a couple of nights.” Walker laughs. “I would go to a pay phone, call my mother, and act like, ‘oh, it’s great, rehearsals are going fantastically,’ then go back to my alleyway.

“Luckily, there was a show in Killarney (population 13,000), that I tried to get into. They gave me an audition, and I got the job.” From here Walker snuck to Dublin, to audition for legendary Irish-American step dancer/choreographer/producer Michael Flatley, who promptly hired the now 17 -year-old for his newest dance extravaganza, “Celtic Tiger”. He then spent two years traveling the world, dancing in both of Flatley’s hit shows, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Tiger.

Performing wasn’t enough, Walker wanted to produce, and so he created IRELAND- The Show! Fast forward four years, and the show has toured the US, receives standing ovations at every performance and has an Irish Music Award Nomination.

Last year Walker launched his first ever Las Vegas production, Piano Man at the V Theatre, Planet Hollywood and he will open Alice in Wonderland in New York this coming July.

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