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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

BRISBANE – Ireland The Show
Wednesday March 16, 2016 at QPAC

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.

Tue, 10 November 2015

The Tote gig guide

THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER — band room | 8:00pm | $8
Miss Destiny
Splinter Cell
THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER — upstairs | 8:00pm | $5
ASPS x Karlie White
Pare Ohm
FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER — whole venue | 7:30pm | $18+bf tix | $20 door
Sunbeam Sound Machine
The Dead Heir
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (WA)
The New Pollution
Full Flower Moon Band (QLD)
Masco Sound System
SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER — band room | 8:00pm | $10
T.V. ‘Life in High Definition’ Album Launch
Hollow Everdaze
Mark Monnone
SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER — front bar | 5:00pm | free
Ali E
SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER — band room | 5:00pm | $10
New Estate
Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters
Claire Birchall & The Phantom Hitchikers
WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER — band room | 8:00pm | $5 door
WORM CROWN residency
Worm Crown (playing Trauma LP)
Fierce Mild
WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER — upstairs | 8:00pm | $5 door
BJ Morriszonkle
Jennifer Aniston
THURSDAY 19 NOVEMBER — band room | 8:00pm | $15 door
Faceless Burial
Split Teeth
FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER — band room | 8:00pm | $15
CAPTAIN CLEANOFF ‘Rising Terror’ Album Launch
Captain Cleanoff
Super Fun Happy Slide
Internal Rot
Christ Crusher
SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER — band room | 8:00pm | $12
Half Mongrel
SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER — front bar | 5:00pm | free
Joe Neptune
Hills Hoist
WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER — band room | 8:00pm | $5 door
WORM CROWN residency
Worm Crown (playing upcoming EP/LP)
WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER — upstairs | 8:00pm | $5 door
Wet Lips
Dicey’s Pizza House Band
FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER — band room | 8:00pm | $12+bf tix | $15 door
SCREAMFEEDER ‘Rocks on The Soul’ Tour 2015
The 131s
The Sunset Club
Kill Dirty Youth
FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER — upstairs | 8:00pm | $10
Duet (Harry Howard & Edwina Preston)
James McCann & The New Vindictives
SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER — band room | 8:00pm | $10+bf tix | $10 door
Ghastly Spats (NSW) (’Spinozism Exorcism’ LP on R.I.P. Society)
Hierophants (’Parallax Error’ LP on Aarght)
Pronto (ProntoLP on Slovenly)
SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER — front bar | 5:00pm | free
Cool Sounds
Bermuda Strollers
SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER — band room | 4:00pm | $15
Party Vibes
Atomic Death Squad

Sun, 4 October 2015

Folk Horizons Queensland Multicultural Centre

Filed under: world music, contemporary music, Live Music Venues, Gigs, General — site admin @ 3:07 pm

Folk Horizons
Queensland Multicultural Centre (Kangaroo Point)
2 October 2015
A night of Eastern-European Music!

The beautiful vocals of Innessa and Anastasiya will leave you mesmerised. Innessa and Anastasiya are two renowned Eastern-European singers with extensive experiences performing locally and internationally. Eastern-European Folk songs will be performed by Innessa and her 4 piece band in a traditional yet fresh style, followed by Anastasia’s rendition of Folk Songs in a modern, up-beat style.

There will be Special guests, dancers and other surprises! Come as early as 5pm to have a drink and to try delicious european Pirozhki (pies) before the Show!

Sun, 20 September 2015

The Waifs

Filed under: Live Music Venues, acoustic music, folk music, Gigs, Tours, General — site admin @ 8:36 pm

The Waifs
At The Palais Theatre St.Kilda
24th October 2015 9pm

Into The Mystic - The Music of Van Morrison 2015

Filed under: roots music, contemporary music, blues music, Live Music Venues, Gigs — site admin @ 8:32 pm

Into The Mystic - The Music of Van Morrison 2015
Catch Jo Creighton @
•Sunday September 27th Ding Dong Lounge 18 Market Lane Melbourne Van Morrison’s Birthday Dinner
•Friday October 23 Caravan Music Club Oakleigh Vic
•Saturday October 24 Caravan Music Club Oakleigh Vic
•Friday November 20 Waverley Golf Club 82 Bergins Road Rowville Vic
Bookings: Raeline-0438 493 533, Samantha-0416 147 955

•Saturday November 28 ‘Moondance Over Alex’ The Unique Alexandra Hotel & Cafe
Cnr. Grant & Downey Sts, Alexandra. Bookings Susie 0411 600 850
•Friday December 11th Memo Music Hall St Kilda RSL (tickets on sale soon)

Listen & Slam

Filed under: Live Music Venues, General — site admin @ 8:19 pm

The music community takes the lead on combating sexual harassment as LISTEN & SLAM present policy guidelines at first meeting of
the sexual harassment task force.
Victoria’s music community has taken the bold step of tackling a social issue that affects every aspect of Australian life: sexual assault and harassment. A new task force will pilot programs in licensed music venues to create safer evenings out for music fans, performers and staff. It’s hoped that by taking this lead within the music scene, the broader industry will join the initiative.
Members of the LISTEN collective – a group committed to healthy discourse in music – and music advocacy group SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) have joined forces to work with the Victorian Government. Over the past four months, LISTEN and SLAM have been working on developing policy surrounding the reporting of incidents of sexual assault and harassment in licensed venues.

In July 2015, the Minister for Gaming & Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett announced the newly convened sexual harassment taskforce, the first of its kind in Australia, to address issues surrounding sexual assault and harassment in licensed venues and music festivals.

The new task force comprises representatives from the Live Music Roundtable, as well as LISTEN representatives Katie Pearson, independent academic Dr Bianca Fileborn, and Helen Marcou of SLAM. The taskforce is endorsed by Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley, who has dedicated a representative from his department to the task force.
At the inaugural meeting on Wednesday September 2, LISTEN and SLAM presented the draft Terms of Reference, which were positively received by the task force. This will help inform policy addressing sexual assault and sexual harassment with the goal to creating safer spaces for patrons, performers and staff in licensed music venues and festivals.
The task force is due to meet again in early October to consider the next steps of action.

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