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Thu, 2 July 2015

Ross Hannaford Benefit Concert

Saturday 18th July 2015
CONCERT FOR
ROSS HANNAFORD - ‘ Dance if you want to ! ’
Memo Music hall
90 Acland St St Kilda ( entrance via Albert St )
Doors 7.30 Show time 8.15pm with interval.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday 2nd July 2015 via www.memomusichall.com.au
A Benefit concert for the much loved guitarist extraordinaire Ross Hannaford is to be held on SAT 18th July at MEMO Music hall in Acland St, St Kilda.
Ross is unfortunately battling some serious health issues now, so Memo Music Hall and many of his musical friends will gather together to pay tribute to his mighty creative spirit and amazing talent and to raise much needed funds to assist him in his fight.
Photo : www.guitarsoflove.com
The night will be hosted by Brian Nankervis from ROCKWIZ
featuring
ROSS WILSON BLACK SORROWS
ROCKWIZ ORCHESTRA (Peter Luscombe, James Black & Mark Ferrie)
MIKE RUDD WAYNE DUNCAN GARY YOUNG
BART WILLOUGHBY LINDA BULL TRACEY MILLER
MARGOT BARRETT BRUCE HAYMES KERRYN TOLHURST
STEVE HOY RAY PERERIA
RUSSELL SMITH (keys) with more special guests to be announced soon!

Ross is adored and respected by Melbourne and Australia’s music loving audience and fellow musicians alike. He’s brightened many a stage in his brilliant sartorial style accompanied by his rainbow starburst painted guitar.
An Aria hall of fame inductee as a founding member of Daddy Cool, Ross’s musical history spans 50 years. Beginning in the mid 60’s at age 16 with the Pink Finks, then Party Machine, Sons of the Vegetal Mother, Daddy Cool, Mighty Kong, Bambu, Billy T, One Foundation, Lucky Dog , Small Axe, Dianna Kiss (10 year residency at the Espy) to last year’s Critters. Back in the 90’s when Paul Kelly was asked why he lived in Melbourne, his reply was “Where else in the world can you see Ross Hannaford play for free every Monday night?’
Ross has also added his distinctive magic to many recordings and bands over the years such as Mark Gillespie, Goanna, Black Sorrows, Paul Madigan, Ian Moss, Renee Geyer and so many more.
Ross recently discovered a love of busking. On the suggestion of good friend, indigenous musician songwriter Bart Willoughby (No Fixed Address) they took to the street and recorded two CDS. Ross loves the immediacy of playing on the street and revelled in the anonymity of it. As Ross said in an interview with the ABC last year…
” if you want to pull in some attention, you’ve got to do something interesting or different.
“It means I’m connecting afresh, not relying on anything in the past.”
There will be an auction of some terrific items, including some great music memorabilia.
Sat 18th July -
CONCERT FOR ROSS HANNAFORD
‘dance if you want to !’

Memo Music hall
90 Acland St St Kilda ( entrance via Albert St )
Doors 7.30 Show time 8.15pm with interval.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday 2nd July 2015 via
www.memomusichall.com.au

Fri, 16 January 2015

Bar Open Gig List Jan 2015

FRIDAY 16th JANUARY
THE GUN BARREL STRAIGHTS (single launch)
GOATPISS GASOLINE
THE DRUNKEN POACHERS
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?

https://www.facebook.com/events/1518028111796700/ .

DOORS 8.30PM
SATURDAY 17th JANUARY
(early)
THE SCRIMSHAW FOUR
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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1555463858026892/

DOORS 4PM / FREE ENTRY

JOHNNIE AND THE JOHNNIE JOHNNIES
CIRCUS OZ BAND

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1530316330586725/

DOORS 10.00PM

SUNDAY 18th JANUARY
SAKI
BASTIAN KILLJOY
SEEKA
NEW DUB CITY
REE JAY

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1405393476420263/

DOORS 7.30PM

COMING UP

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

Tue, 3 June 2014

Bar Open Fitzory Gig guide

WEDNESDAY 4th JUNE
A SUBURBAN CRUSADE
THE UNKIND
IGOYA
HOPE IN HELL

Once again your favourite Melbourne rockers hit Fitzroy, this time at Bar Open, where they will destroy everything in sight with a series of sonic booms, nun chukkas and wooden dolls. They cleaned out the Laundry last time…this time we will pound the taps at Bar open. THE UNKIND will be joined by HOPE IN HELL, IGOYA and A SUBURBAN CRUSADE, for a night of dirty rock n roll, make up and blood…. FREE entry so that leaves you with more drink money. We are considerate!

DOORS 8.30PM / FREE ENTRY

THURSDAY 5th JUNE
PREMIUM FANTASY
FEVER SEEDS
DIAMONDS OF NEPTUNE
SAVAGE NOBLES

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Mon, 7 April 2014

CECIL B. DEMENTED (John Waters, 2000)

BAR OPEN gig guide.
317 brunswick street fitzroy 3065
03 9415 9601 www.baropen.com.au

MONDAY 7th APRIL
CECIL B. DEMENTED (John Waters, 2000)

SCREEN SECT is a film society night devoted to rarely seen, obsessively loved and criminally neglected cult classics of cinema. Revisit old favourites, uncover hidden celluloid gems, indulge guilty pleasures, or just get yourself an education.

CECIL B. DEMENTED - A later Waters work which is still developing its cult status, stars Melanie Griffiths as an A-list Hollywood actress who is kidnapped and forced to star in a movie by terrorist underground director, Cecil B. Demented (Stephen Dorff). Dorff leads an insane group of up and coming actors including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, and Waters regulars Ricki Lake and Mink Stole are back for an essential watch for all budding filmmakers who fantasised about kidnapping actors and anyone who cares to know what Stephen Dorff is all about.
DOORS 7PM

TUESDAY 8th APRIL
MAKE IT UP CLUB
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance, every Tuesday night at Bar Open.

This week’s guest are:
• Tim Coster (Synthesiser)
• Jonathan Nokes (Modular Synthesiser, Voice)
• Kristian M. Roberts (Objects, Microphones, Mixer)

http://makeitupclub.blogspot.com/

DOORS 8.30PM / 9.00PM START $5 / $10

WEDNESDAY 9th APRIL
EVIL BEAVER (USA)
SPEW’N’GUTS
TEEN KONG

Hold on to your heartache Fitzroy cause LA’s queens of sleaze punk EVIL BEAVER are coming back to Australia… Last seen on our shores touring with Peaches, Evil Beaver are a 2 piece garage-punk onslaught led by the powerhouse banshee that is Evil Evie on vocals & bass. DD on drums is unstoppable and always gives a top notch pounding and together they are very happy to be performing a free show at Bar Open on Wednesday 9th April for the Melbourne rock posse. Don’t miss the killer EVIL BEAVER live show that has taken the band all over the world with stellar support on the night from Whisk & Key Records favourites TEEN KONG and Melbourne drunk punx legends SPEW’N'GUTS.
The good times are guaranteed, bands kick off at 9pm and entry is free… Boom!
DOORS 8.30PM / FREE ENTRY

THURSDAY 10th APRIL
LUNAIRE
CHINESE HANDCUFFS
APOLLO APPLES
SPARROW & THE SPARK

LUNAIRE, CHINESE HANDCUFFS, APOLLO APPLES and SPARROW & THE SPARK are proud to present a menu of local ambient instrumental rock goodies for you to savour at Bar Open on Thursday April 10. LUNAIRE’s first full-length album, ‘Dreams and Inbetweens’ was released in January to critical acclaim locally and overseas. Their dreamy post-rock shoegaze sound will have you drifting on a wave of sublime aural ambience. Instrumental outfit CHINESE HANDCUFFS released their debut album ‘The Shaku Bend’ in August 2013, receiving radio play locally, in the US and Canada. CHINESE HANDCUFFS dynamically blend soft and slow with something dark and noisy. Fellow instrumentalists APOLLO APPLES are a fruity band. Their psych-rock jams combine tasty elements of blues riffs, rock and funk. And to open the night’s proceedings are Bendigo-based drum and guitar duo SPARROW & THE SPARK. They’ll be bringing thumping originals and surprising covers to the table.
DOORS 8.00PM / FREE ENTRY

FRIDAY 11th APRIL
SOUL SAFARI
KINGSTON CROWN

As another festival season comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on some of the amazing shows and musicians that have graced the stages and live music venues across Melbourne. But before you hang up your dancing shoes and festival hats, it’s not all bad news! After hugely successful shows at The St Kilda Festival, The Australian Blues festival, Wangarratta Jazz Festival and Beers By The Bay Festival, Melbourne neo soul/funk Band SOUL SAFARI have announced the release of their “Live @ BarOpen series”. Including 4 video clips and a full length live EP, the series is dedicated to keeping the summer vibe alive and inviting fans to enjoy part of what has been a stella year for SOUL SAFARI! The “Live @ BarOpen” EP features some of Soul Safaris older tracks as well as new ones that will be on their upcoming album, including their latest single “The Weather”. You can catch the guys live for the official launch of the “Live @ Bar Open” Ep on Friday 11Th of April at Bar Open where they will be giving away a bunch of SOUL SAFARI “summer” merchandise! Also in the spirit of spreading the summer love, everyone through the door will receive a FREE copy of the EP!! It just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it! Joining them will be good pals KINGSTON CROWN.

www.soulsafarimusic.com
DOORS 10PM / FREE ENTRY

SATURDAY 12th APRIL
MANNY FOX
WILLIE WAGTAILS

On Sat April 12, Melbourne band MANNY FOX will bring their joyous live set to Bar Open with THE WILLIE WAGTAILS. Drums filled with locomotion and heat, steadfast bass, shimmering guitar and wailing horns combine with doo-wop backing vocals calling out catchy refrains as punters get to shaking. Featuring members from stellar bands: Sweets, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Papa Chango and Hello Satellites. Manny Fox spent 2013 wowing Victorian audiences and never fail to bring each dance floor to a frenzy with their RnB and Afrobeat inspired tunes. This year Manny Fox are gearing up to release their much anticipated debut 7″. The single, produced by Joe Hammond and accompanying film clip, produced by Brian Cohen at Umbershoot, will be released in July 2014. So come down and shake your rump to MANNY FOX at Bar Open.
DOORS 10PM / FREE ENTRY

SUNDAY 13th APRIL
ALONE WITH TIGER
LADY OSCAR
ARTY DEL RIO

Come burn the weekend to the ground in a blaze of glory with three exuberant and fiery Melbourne bands! ARTY DEL RIO will be kicking off, with a blend of indie pop and latin jazz with a dash of bolero and bebop in between. LADY OSCAR shall grace the stage with their expanding playful soul/funk band, two new backing vocalists have been added to the mix! Seven-piece soul band ALONE WITH TIGER will be releasing their old school sounds into the wild. Borrowing the bounce of Motown, the heat of soul and the beat of R&B and some serious quirking.

https://www.facebook.com/events/258148627697919/
DOORS 7.30PM

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Sun, 6 April 2014

25th Byron Bay Blues Festival 2014

The 25th Annual Byron Bay Blues Festival 2014
Easter Weekend 17.4.14 - 21.4.2014
Jack Jackson
John Mayer
Dave Mathews Band
Jeff Beck
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Buddy Guy
Doobie Brothers

Basement Discs 20th on Saturday 12th of April

Basement Discs is turning 20 on Saturday 12th of April so they will be throwing a giant party featuring Charles Jenkins, Sweet Jean, Chris Wilson, Ian Collard’s 3 Kings, Tracy McNeil, Lisa Miller, Raised By Eagles, Mikelangelo and more from 11am til around 5pm and a bit. There will also be goodie bags, a quiz or two with Brian Nankervis and Derek Guille and lots of giveaways.

The 20th Birthday Celebration Day is dedicated to a very dear friend Ian Bird who passed away suddenly a couple of weeks ago. Ian was a huge champion and supporter of Basement Discs and independent Australian musicians in particular. Ian’s son will also perform a special song for his dad on the day.

The very next week, Saturday 19th of April, Basement Discs will host their 7th annual Indie Record Store Day with MUCH musical fanfare!

Please get to the store early to enjoy the music of Eagle & The Worm, Georgia Fields, Mike Rudd, Jen Cloher and more more more tbc!

Celebrity MCs Neil Rogers and Ian Bland of Triple RRR fame will be conducting a music trivia quiz that will be dotted through the day between performances, lots of giveaways and prizes, discounts, free light refreshments and more!
Please join your friends in The Basement, Suzanne, Rod, Pat & Stuart for both of these wonderful celebrations.

Tue, 19 November 2013

The Age Music Awards 2013

RENEE GEYER, EG ALLSTARS plus guests Dan Sultan, Archie Roach, Linda Bull, Lance Ferguson & Kylie Auldist, Nkechi (Saskwatch) & Henry Wagons, Remi and more.
Wednesday 20 November 2013 (opening 8.00pm)
at Billboard The Venue 170 Russell St, Melbourne www.billboardthevenue.com.au
Starring:
Renee Geyer, the EG All Stars Soul Revue with
Dan Sultan
Archie Roach
Big Scary
Kylie Auldist
Lance Ferguson
Nkechi (Saskwatch),
Henry Wagons
Remi
Talei Wolfgramm
Linda Bull
Ella Thompson
and special guests

hosted by Chris Gill

plus
DJs Vince Peach, Pierre Baroni, Johnny Topper and Chris Johnston

This is an 18+ event.

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