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Sun, 20 September 2015

Out on the Weekend

Melbourne sat 17th October Seaworks Wiliamstown
Sydney sat 24th October Bella Vista Farm Bella Vista
OUT ON THE WEEKEND, MELBOURNE
Presented by Time Out & Triple R
11:30am – 10:30pm
Saturday 17th October 2015
Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown
Starring:
Dawes * Tex, Don & Charlie (Exclusive Melbourne Performance)
Sam Outlaw * Robert Ellis * Jamestown Revival * Jonny Fritz
Ruby Boots * Mustered Courage * Suzannah Espie * Barna Howard
Shelly Colvin * Leah Senior * Big Smoke * Lost Ragas * T Bones
And the Out on the Weekend House Band led by Robert Ellis with Josh Hedley, Will Van Horn, Kelly Doyle, Michael “Tank” Lisenbe & Geoffrey Muller
Also featuring:
Porteno * Taco Truck * Mary’s
And much more to be announced soon!

Chopped 2015 Live Music gig guide

Live on the CHOPPED Stage*

Friday 2nd October

11.00am – No Class

1.00pm – White Fang

3.00pm – The Persian Drugs

5.00pm – The Yard Apes

6.30pm – Batpiss

8.00pm – The Cherry Dolls

9.30pm – Mammoth Mammoth

11.00pm – Fireballs

Saturday 3rd October

9.00am – The Mary Goldsmiths

11.00am – James Grim Woodcutters

1.00pm – Los Tones

3.00pm – Shiffting Sands

5.00pm – The Rechords

6.30pm – The Fumes

8.00pm – Steve Smyth

9.30pm – Jackson Firebird

11.00pm – C.W. Stoneking

Sunday 4th October (daylight savings kicks in overnight)

10.00am – Mightiest Of Guns

12.00pm – Doubleblack

2.00pm – Phesant Pluckers

4.00pm – The Pretty Littles

* Live on the Wolfman’s OMB Truck*

Boss Christ

Bad Evil

Dr Bumface

Hot Food Five

Fri, 16 January 2015

Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies

Filed under: bluegrass music, rockabilly music, acoustic music, blues music, CD Launches, Gigs — site admin @ 12:30 pm

Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies are pleased to release their debut single Fighting Mad which they will be playing for your listening enjoyment from 4pm every Sunday in January at Yarra Hotel Abbottsford!
Fighting Mad is unashamedly a love song, but it’s not a sugary confection about sunshine and lollipops.
Mix equal parts confession, devotion, desire, jealousy and insecurity. Then stir in a little self destructive behaviour - you know, the kind that only love can provoke - and you’ve got it.
i’m, fighting mad
you’re, you’re bleeding blue
i can keep you up all night
chase you round until i’m right
cos i’m, mad for you
i’m mad for you

Although Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies wear their hearts on their sleeve, they are more than the sum of their parts and a surprisingly ambitious lot. Not one of
them actually resides in a trailer.Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies started life as Jemma & Her Wise, Young, Ambitious Men, a longwinded and slightly ridiculous name derived from Lefty Frizell’s classic song Saginaw Michigan. They’ve played around Melbourne since 2012 in various guises and this year have renamed themselves and added a few new members to create The Clifton Hillbillies.

Featuring:
Jemma Rowlands - singerwoman & hands on hips holder
Sean McMahon - guitar & vocals
Ben Mastwyk - banjo & vocals
Cal Walker - bass & vocals
Josh Duiker - drums
Jason Bunn - fiddle

Their much-anticipated first album has a lively jamboree feel and features lusty singing, rich instrumentation including twanging pedal steel, harmonies aplenty and a guest appearance by Ben Franz.
The album also features Kate Alexander and Flora Smith.
Here’s the link to Fighting Mad: jemmacliftonhillbillies.com
Tell ya mates!

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

Mon, 1 September 2014

Conan (UK) Miyakazi CD launch The Tote

The Tote Hotel Gigs
71 Johnston St Collingwood
Thursday 4 September

• Upstairs
SUNXIETY
MEDICINE MONEY
EGYPT LIES

Friday 5 September

• Band room
THE PINK TILES (LP LAUNCH)
SUGAR FED LEOPARDS
PLAGUE DOCTOR
THE SMB

• Upstairs
BEWARE! BLACK HOLES

Saturday 6 September

• Band room
DICK DIVER (LAST SHOW BEFORE USA)
MOON RITUALS
GUY & MARCUS BLACKMAN
EXPERIMENTATION PROJECT

• Upstairs
BREVE
MAGENTA VOYEUR

Thursday 11 September

• Band room
SPECTRAL FIRES
MYYTH
INITIALS
THE APPROACH

Friday 12 September

• Band room
HARRY HOWARD & NDE
(LAST SHOW BEFORE USA)

• Upstairs
MF JONES
NEIGHBOURHOOD YOUTH
THE CORSAIRS
THE LAUGHING LEAVES
BNASH

Saturday 13 September

• Band room
CONAN (UK)
YANOMAMO
CLAGG
HORSEHUNTER
WATCHTOWER
AGONHYMN

• Upstairs
MIYAKAZI! (LP LAUNCH)
GEORGIA MAQ
DEL LAGO
THE BEGGARS’ WAY
SHUT UP JACKSON

Sunday 14 September

ROCK FOR CATCHMENT 2014
DEAD CITY RUINS
THE LOVE BOMBS
CHILD
THE UGLY KINDS
PLASTIC SPACEMAN
POISON FISH
HYPERDRONES
SORDID ORDEAL

Friday 19 September

• Band room
MYRIDIAN
FERALIAN
BLACK SPEECH (SA)
SARSPELL

Saturday 20 September

• Band room
BLACK JESUS (CD LAUNCH)
RORT
SEWERCIDE
PISSBOLT

Sunday 21 September

STOCKADES
FGWMWS
JXCKXLS
DISPARO
DIPLOID
EMPLOYMENT

Thursday 25 September

• Band room
TOMORROW’S TULIPS
THE BABE RAINBOW
ROSS DE CHENE’S HURRICANES

• Upstairs
ALPHA WOLF (TAS)
FAILURE (NSW)

Saturday 27 September

• Band room
LIQUID ARCHITECTURE PRESENTS
THE DAMAGE BEGINS AT THE MOUTH

• Upstairs
SLOW GRIND FEVER #17

Tue, 3 June 2014

MIKELANGELO IS THE BALKAN ELVIS

Filed under: Live Music Venues, rockabilly music, rock music, Theatre, Gigs, General — site admin @ 6:00 pm

MIKELANGELO IS THE BALKAN ELVIS - GRAND OPENING OF COLLINGWOOD TOWN HALL FRIDAY 11 JULY!
Acclaimed around the world for his voice, charisma and quiff, award winning singer Mikelangelo is The Balkan Elvis!
Join him at Leaps and Bounds Music Festival for the grand opening of Collingwood Town Hall on Friday 11 July for what will be an incredible tour de force!
Speaking from his luxurious estate on the shores of the Black Sea yesterday, Mikelangelo said, “I am honoured and delighted to play in this splendid ballroom. It is truly a venue fit for The King.”

Imagine, if you will, that Elvis had grown up in the Balkans and that his musical instrument of choice, aside from an impossibly lush voice, was the piano accordion.

Backed by a seven piece brass Balkan band and Eastern Bloc Go-Go Dancers, Mikelangelo sings the hits as you’ve never heard them before, sprinkling hilarious tales of his rags to riches story throughout the show like so much glitter.

This is Elvis as you’ve never seen or heard him before, overflowing with emotion, romance and animal desire, telling the history of the birth of rock’n'roll behind the Iron Curtain.

Mikelangelo is thrilled to be the first artist invited to perform at the Collingwood Town Hall, which has recently had a once-in-a-century refurbishment that has revealed and restored the art-deco delights of the ballroom.
This iconic building’s ballroom was playing host to live music long before punks were thrashing about on the floor of the Tote.
The crowds that arrived for the weekend dances in the mid-20th Century ensured that the ballroom’s well-worn timber floor became the fastest dancefloor in Melbourne.

Live music continued to light up the town hall’s stage until the 1990s.
The stage is set for a musical renaissance and who better to usher in the new era than our very own Balkan Elvis, the aptly named Mikelangelo!

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is proudly presented by City of Yarra, Music Victoria, Beat Magazine & PBS FM with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.
www.leapsandboundsmusicfestival.com

Mon, 21 April 2014

Jeff Lang, Sun Rising The songs that made Memphis

Thornbury Theatre Gigs
FRIDA PEOPLE
Fri May 30
Not fitting safely into any genre, her work is a revolutionary blend of performance poetry, storytelling and social commentary. Candy’s words are spun with potency, passion, truth, and are quintessentially human, reminding us of both our frailties and tenacity and of current social affairs that bind us as global citizens.
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Sun On The Moon
Fri July 4
Join us for a soulful celebration of James Taylor’s music as ‘Sun on the Moon’, a dedicated 10 piece band of long time JT fans, perform the songs of this iconic, 5 time Grammy award winning, singer-songwriter and guitarist. As musicians we rarely get the opportunity to play these great JT tunes on gigs, so we decided to create a band whose sole (soul?) purpose was to do just that. James Taylor has enriched our lives musically for over 3 decades and has proven to be impervious to the vagaries of musical trends.
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Jeff Lang album Launch
Sat July 5
“In a world where music is diluted by money and plasticine, give thanks that Jeff Lang is out there… He paints pictures in sound.” Beat Magazine

“Jeff Lang is one of those people who has music dripping from his fingers.”
Courier Mail - Brisbane, Australia

“He explores sonorities as eclectic as they are stunning…Lang’s only reference point is himself, a unique singer-songwriter-guitarist who follows his own path.”
Le Soleil - Quebec, Canada

“Jeff Lang is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure, a truly gifted songwriter and an outstanding guitarist. He has been inspiration to countless Australian and internationally renowned roots artists and surely has a place in history as one of this generation’s finest.
He has really touched me and musically, I had a kind of revelation…”
John Butler, John Butler Trio

“We’re treated to moody atmospheric textures, ripping electric lap-steel riffs, delicate acoustic picking, trippy backwards leads, oddball percussion, throbbing tremolo, and unconventional lyrics – all of which Lang blends like some crazed sonic alchemist. “
Andy Ellis, Guitar Player Magazine, USA

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Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis
Sat October 4

Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Rufus Thomas Jnr, Howlin’ Wolf and many more… all had one thing in common. They all launched their careers at the famous Sun Records in Memphis.

You’re promised an unforgettable night as ‘Sun Rising- The Songs That Made Memphis’, brilliantly relive the amazing music and classic stories of Suns early years. Paying homage to both the artists and Suns owner/producer, Sam Phillips, this critically acclaimed show has been selling out across the country leaving audiences yelling for more!
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ADRIAN EDMONDSON AND THE BAD SHEPHERDS
Nahko and Medicine For The People
Date:Sun April 27 2014

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Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds
Fri April 18

ADRIAN EDMONDSON’S celebrated folk-punk outfit THE BAD SHEPHERDS return to Australia to celebrate the release of their third album, “MUD, BLOOD & BEER”. After the rapturously received 2013 tour, Adrian (Vyv from the Young Ones/Bottom/Bad News), along with old comrade Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and new recruit Terl Bryant (percussionist for John Paul Jones and Peter Murphy), hits the road nationally for 12 dates in April.Mud, Blood and Beer is another beautifully crafted album of classic punk and alternative songs loving reimagined by The Bad Shepherds in their distinctive folk style. Featuring re-workings of classics such as Madness’ Our House, The Jam’s Going Underground and a fabulous rendition of No More Heroes by The Stranglers, this is by far the most accomplished and diverse Bad Shepherds album to date.
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ADRIAN EDMONDSON’S celebrated folk-punk outfit THE BAD SHEPHERDS return to Australia to celebrate the release of their third album, “MUD, BLOOD & BEER”. After the rapturously received 2013 tour, Adrian (Vyv from the Young Ones/Bottom/Bad News), along with old comrade Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and new recruit Terl Bryant (percussionist for John Paul Jones and Peter Murphy), hits the road nationally for 12 dates in April.
Mud, Blood and Beer is another beautifully crafted album of classic punk and alternative songs loving reimagined by The Bad Shepherds in their distinctive folk style. Featuring re-workings of classics such as Madness’ Our House, The Jam’s Going Underground and a fabulous rendition of No More Heroes by The Stranglers, this is by far the most accomplished and diverse Bad Shepherds album to date.

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Seth Lakeman with special guest Carus Thompson
Saturday April 19
Virtuoso fiddler & multi-instrumentalist, Seth Lakeman will be returning to our shores in 2014. His undeniably compelling and energetic performances captured audiences around Australia over the last 2 years.Things move quickly for Seth, his second album, “Kitty Jay”, was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2005, and his follow up album “Freedom Fields” went gold and saw him branded the ‘Poster Boy of Folk’ (much to his exasperation). But there’s so much more to his music than the ‘poster boy’ tag allows. For his latest album, “Tales from the Barrel House”, Seth has not only written all the songs for this album, but played every musical contribution himself as well as producing and mixing it in its entirety.With 6 albums under his belt, “Tales from the Barrel House” underlines Seth’s innate knack for writing both foot-stomping, sing-along songs and more tender, thoughtful ballads. His playing is breathtaking and Seth’s trademark, soaring vocals are at the forefront of this album, as beguiling and haunting as ever. As well as the cello, banjo, guitars, bouzouki and viola, there are the unusual sound effects on this album of a Salvation Army drum, clanking chains, an anvil, bellows and a railway track being thumped.
Credited with bringing his own brand of indie-folk to a whole new audience, Devon born Seth Lakeman’s talent is undeniable onstage. His charisma and energy will entrance and enthral his growing army of present-day fans and undoubtedly captivate lovers of heartfelt music. The celebrated folk singer-songwriter and virtuoso fiddler will be returning to Australia with his seventh album in tow Word of Mouth set for release in February this year.
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Damian Howard CD Launch ‘Once in a While’ with ‘The Band of Brothers’
Thu April 24
Damian Howard is probably best known as front man and songwriter for The Ploughboys and has recently been forging a solo career both here in Australia, throughout Europe and the USA. Damian’s songwriting includes takes on life, Australian history and narrative streams.
On stage Damian returns back ‘home’ to the Thornbury Theatre with his band ‘The Band of Brothers’ featuring Lee Morgan, James Rust, Declan O’Neil and Jon Emry plus special guests to launch his new album release ‘Once in a While’.
Join Damian, the Band of Brothers and special guests including Ed Bates (Pedal Steel), Peter Fidler (Dobro), Marcia Howard (Vocals), Rose Bygrave (Vocals), Anthony O’Neill (Mandolin/ Fiddle), Richard Tankard (Keys), Kathy Mikklesen (Vocals) and more for this special night on ANZAC Day eve.

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