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Thu, 28 July 2016

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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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.

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

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.

Thu, 17 March 2016

The Tarantinos present: Pulp Fiction AUS

The Tarantinos present: Pulp Fiction AUS
Brunswick Town Hall
Friday, 18th March @ 9:00PM
$27 + BF
A night of surfer rock, blues, country, soul & spaghetti western.
PULP FICTION, the most iconic cult films of all time recently turned 21 and we’re throwing a bash as memorable as the film itself! Bringing the film to life, the sharp shooting musicians of The Tarantinos embody all the hard hitting styles of the films that inspire them – films by Quentin Tarantino – Expect a night of surfer rock, blues, country, soul & spaghetti western.

**Dress as your favourite Pulp Fiction character to win a prize in our best-dressed costume competition
**Get your dancing shoes on for the Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest

The Tarantinos playing the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack live from start to finish followed by a set of all your favourite Quentin Tarantino soundtrack hits!!

Sun, 20 September 2015

The Riptide Movement Aussie Tour

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Max Watt’s Melbourne
24th October 2015 8pm

Thu, 26 February 2015

Bar Open Gig list

Bar OPen Gigs
317 brunswick street fitzroy 3065
Wed 4 Mar: The Attractor Beams, Lanewaves, Plebs
Thurs 5 Mar: Brando’s Island, Italianz, The Shifters, Fruit & Nut
Fri 6 Mar: Alárìíyá, Jawa Pitu, Galax
Sat 7 Mar: James McCann & The New Vindictives, The Paul Kidney Experience, Garry David (SYD)
Sun 8 Mar: Sammy Owen Blues Band, Justin Yap Band + Melbourne Blues Society guests
Mon 9 Mar (arvo downstairs): The Sugarfoot Ramblers
Mon 9 Mar (evening): Halt Ever, Prison (Denmark), Stations, Diecut
Wed 11 Mar: Bosko & Honey, Strum Rebellion, Priestessa and Dash, Fujiyama Mamas
Fri 13 Mar: Quantum Milkshake, Edema Ruh (SYD), Lake Minnetonka
Sat 14 Mar: Whipped Cream Chargers, Bonnie Doom, Sadults, Loobs, Lazy Tits
Sun 15 Mar: MisSstA, Thrasher Jynx, The Descenters, Kat O (from Kill TV)
Wed 18 Mar: Andy Jans-Brown and Cozmic, Stellafauna, SiB
Thurs 19 Mar: Pickpocket, Yarra Banks
Fri 20 Mar: Soma Coma (LP Launch), Straight Jacket Nation, Lucid Castration, Subjects
Sat 21 Mar: Kattimoni (single launch), Tee and the Refugees, tunes by Manchild

Fri, 16 January 2015

Bar Open Gig List Jan 2015

Melbourne sextet The Gun Barrel Straights are set to release their first double a‐side single ‘She’s Moving Home’ / ‘Murder Blues’ at Bar Open, with supports from Goatpiss Gasoline (featuring Van Walker) and The Drunken Poachers. She’s Moving Home is an ode to small towns and the past that comes alive when you set foot back in the place after years away. It’s all wrapped up in a tasty country‐pop morsel with mandolin strut and sunset harmonies. Found somewhere on the shoulder of Highway 61, Murder Blues sends vibrations to the feet and bow‐legged shaking to the legs. Someone’s gotta die, but who’ll eat the lead?

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live from downstairs in the beergarden

The Scrimshaw Four are a high energy, jazz/bluegrass band from Melbourne, featuring Banjo, Guitar, Violin and Double Bass their live show will make your feet fall off from dancing so hard. Described as “Gypsy Doof Doof” The Scrimshaw Four have been busking and performing almost in every location possible, up and down the coast of Australia, there isn’t a show where The Scrims wont get everybody up and jiggin’ around. Come see them at Fitzroy’s Bar Open for a rare two sets in the beergarden on a Saturday arvo. Perfect.




Whether it’s an electro-glitch soundscape to a juggling act, bombastic brass to an aerial routine, or good ol’ fashioned rock’n’roll to a BMX tearing up the stage, the multi-skilled, multi-genre Circus Oz Band has a riff for every occasion. Having travelled the globe clowning around and rocking out, the Circus Oz Band returns to Bar Open, this time minus the acrobatics but with a full dose of ROCK!

And then… Holy hole in a donut Batman, it’s Johnnie and the Johnnie Johnnies. Surfariffic, you say? Hotter than a flambé of flaming flamingos, these cats jive like a sack of coconuts in the groove yard. With boss skins, bass that’s cherry, and guitar solos to explode your eyeballs and bamboozle your eardrums, it’s Hammond cheese on toast, Daddy-O. The forecast? Gnarly, with a chance of overdrive. Johnnie and the Johnnie Johnnies, with the Circus Oz Band. You’ll dance like a Berocca in a Soda Stream.




Sunday sessions is a big night of Hip Hop and reggae at Bar open this Sunday night, feature hot young Melbourne things Saki, Bastian Killjoy, Seeka, New Dub City and Ree Jay. Armed with DJ and live drummer, Saki’s true abilities excel with an infectious stage presence proving that his work does not end in the studio. The perfect way to ease your way out of the weekend.




Wed 21 Jan: Sweet Decay, Beautiful Beasts
Thurs 22 Jan: Morpheme, Fierce Mild, Also, Dragons
Fri 23 Jan: Fortunes (EP Launch), WZRDKID, Urban Problems, Emerse
Sat 24 Jan: Beaten Bodies (SYD), Up Up Away, The Let Your Hair Down Girls
Sun 25 Jan (Australia Day Eve): The Underscore Orkestra (USA), Horns of Leroy, Funkalleros
Wed 28 Jan: Plymouth, Charlie’s Officer, Avenues
Thurs 29 Jan: Spiral Arm, Pink Harvest, Vulpix, The Walnuts
Fri 30 Jan: Lamarama, Humans As Animals
Sat 31 Jan: The Executives, Alone With Tiger, Gossamer Pride
Fri 13 Feb: Broozer, Roundtable + guests

Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence
Every Saturday in February

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