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Mon, 29 August 2016

DigiTree Media

Filed under: Television, performance art, CD Launches, Festivals & Major Events, Tours, General — site admin @ 10:21 am

DigiTree Media for your Social Media services. Entertainers, managers, production companies this is for you.
Clare will advise you on how to get started, if you don’t have the time to handle your tweets Clare does. Yes, she has always been a talker. And then…social media arrived, she tweets all day long for her favorite people. Chatty, funny and interesting, Clare will put herself out there for you in the world of entertainment and social media - one can’t get enough exposure. Not a publicist… a social media consultant.

Wed, 17 August 2016

Simple Minds & B52’s 4th Feb 2017 in Melbourne

Filed under: pop music, contemporary music, rock music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 5:07 pm

In one of the upcoming summer’s more captivating tours, the majestic
Simple Minds will team with the party vibes of the B-52s for a huge tour in February 2017.
Both bands who are much-loved by Australian fans will roam through a day on the green wineries nationally. Simple Minds and the B-52s will be joined by two of the 80s most innovative and eclectic bands Models and Machinations.



2nd February 2017 Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth WA
4th February 2017 Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley VIC
5th February 2017 Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale SA
11th February 2017 Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley NSW
12th February 2017 Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton QLD

Thu, 28 July 2016

The Monkees 50th Anniversary Australian & NZ Tour

Filed under: pop music, Gigs, Tours, General — site admin @ 8:20 pm

The Monkees 50th Anniversary Australian and NZ Tour
November 2016
The Monkees’ Greatest Hits! All the songs you remember!

On September 8, 1965, when producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider placed a classified ad in The Hollywood Reporter seeking “4 insane boys,” they had no idea that they were about to unleash Monkee-mania! But that’s exactly what happened the following year when the first episode of “The Monkees” debuted on NBC on September 12, 1966.

50 years later and The Monkees anniversary show is coming to Australia and New Zealand. After sell-out North American shows, and with a brand new album “Good Times!” in the charts, Micky and Peter are bringing the Monkees magic downunder.

The Monkees 50th Anniversary show is a unique concert experience. Times may change but infectious pop hits and wonderfully charismatic characters stay in our hearts and memories forever.

‘Last Train to Clarksville’, ‘Theme from The Monkees’, ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’, ‘She’, ‘Saturday’s Child’, ‘Mary, Mary’, ‘The Girl I Knew Somewhere’, ‘For Pete’s Sake’, ‘Randy Scouse Git’, ‘Your Auntie Grizelda’, ‘Words’, ‘Papa Gene’s Blues’, ‘Porpoise Song’, ‘Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?’, ‘Goin’ Down’, ‘Listen to the Band’, ‘Shades Of Grey’, ‘Daydream Believer’, ‘What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘round’, ‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone’, ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’, ‘Circle Sky’, ‘I’m a Believer’

When four young men were cast in the television roles of a struggling rock band inspired by The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, few could have predicted the impact The Monkees would make on music and pop culture at large, an impact that still reverberates 50 years later.

Assembled in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the television series The Monkees, the quartet of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones brought a singular mix of pop, rock, psychedelica, Broadway, and country to their music. The show itself, meanwhile, paid tribute not only to The Beatles, but also to the comedy stylings of The Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy as well as the pop-art sensibilities of Warhol and the emerging San Francisco psychedelic scene.

The Monkees’ first single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” was released in August 1966, hitting #1 and serving as advance publicity for their series, which debuted on September 12. When the group’s self-titled debut album arrived in stores a month later, it quickly headed for the top spot of the Billboard charts, where it would ultimately sit for 13 of the 78 weeks it remained in the Top 200. (Two decades later, in the midst of a new burst of Monkee-mania, The Monkees popped back onto the charts, bringing the total number of weeks to 102.)

By the time the group’s TV series aired its final new episode on March 25, 1968, the Monkees had seen three further albums top the charts – More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., all of which were released in 1967, staggeringly enough – while racking up several more hit singles, with “I’m a Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Words,” “Daydream Believer,” “Valleri,” and “Tapioca Tundra” all finding their way into the Billboard Top 40.

After the series’ two-season run, the group went on to star in the cult feature film HEAD (co-written by Jack Nicholson) and a TV special (33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee) while also continuing to record new material, but much as the ‘60s gave way to the ‘70s, the members of the Monkees eventually gave in to their individual musical interests and went their separate ways… for awhile.

In February 1986, after MTV broadcast a marathon of The Monkees, Dolenz, Jones, and Tork reunited for a 20th anniversary tour, with Nesmith joining them onstage for the Los Angeles date of the tour, and in 1996, all four members of the group reunited for a new album (Justus) and TV special (Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees).

In the wake of Jones’s death on February 29, 2012, the surviving members of the Monkees reunited and performed a series concerts. The shows were greeted with sell-out response and phenomenal reviews. Now, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork carry on that tradition with a full evening of magic music and multi-media splendor, including clips from their Emmy Award winning series. Their new show features all of the Monkees hits, plus an intimate acoustic set and solo spots for each of the singers. This Evening With The Monkees is sure to please every fan of the band.

Thu, 23 June 2016

Ska Legend Neville Staple (ex The Specials) on East Coast Tour

Filed under: pop music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 1:06 pm

Ska Legend Neville Staple (ex The Specials) on East Coast Tour
Presented by Tone Deaf and Big Apachee

Whether you remember a time when 2Tone was king, or you’ve discovered ska much more recently, you don’t want to miss the original Rudeboy - legend Neville Staple - as he hits Australia on tour this winter.
The toastmaster of UK icons The Specials and FunBoy3 is back to skank East coast audiences through a massive catalogue of classic hits, alongside new tracks from latest album Ska Crazy.

There are limited VIP ticket packages available for serious fans who want a once-in-a-lifetime chance to connect with Neville back stage.
Ska Crazy is available thru Cleopatra Records, and at shows on CD and limited edition vinyl.

Thursday 28th July
Long Jetty Hotel, Central Coast, NSW
7:30pm, $45 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3262-neville-staple.aspx & oztix.com.au
Friday 29th July
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
8:30pm, $47.50 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3264-neville-staple.aspx & corner.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/5648-neville-staple
Saturday 30th July
The Basement, Canberra, ACT
8:30pm, $45 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3263-neville-staple.aspx & oztix.com.au
Sunday 31st July
The Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
7:00pm, $47.50 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3265-neville-staple.aspx & newtownsc.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/5649-neville-staple

Thursday 4th August
The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
8:00p, $45 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3267-neville-staple.aspx
Friday 5th August
Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast, QLD
8:30pm, $45 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3266-neville-staple.aspx & oztix.com.au
Saturday 6th August
The Wooly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
8:30pm, $47.50inc gst + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3268-neville-staple.aspx & mammothmanestage.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/5650/NevilleStaple
***** VIP Meet and Greet available at all shows - $95 + booking fee******


Neville Staple, also known as The Original Rudeboy, is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice.
Neville Staple’s thirty-five year career in the music business is well documented, from the early days with The Coventry Automatics, The Specials & FunBoy3 in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the ‘90s up to the present day.
Following on from the 2009 Specials reunion and Neville’s departure from the band in late 2012, he continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement, and continues to thrill audiences with his own excellent band, The Neville Staple Band, at venue and festival appearances worldwide.

“It isn’t hard to work out why The Specials lack energy on stage, it’s because Neville Staple took it with him” - Steve Oliver - Nottingham Post

Neville’s autobiography, ‘The Original Rude Boy’, was published by Aurum Press in the UK in May 2009. It is an amazing story that tells of Neville’s interest in music in the early ‘60s, his relationship with Pete Waterman (record producer, songwriter, radio and club DJ and television presenter) who he met at a club in Coventry and his rise out of hell into stardom.

Neville’s latest album with his band ‘Ska Crazy’ was released in May 2014, ahead of an extensive tour, which includes new material and some old ska classic covers. The album also features guest vocals from his wife Christine Staple and long time friend, DJ and Artist, Daddy Woody.
2015 was a very exciting year for Neville with relentless touring up and down the UK and playing many festivals including a headline slot on the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

2016 sees Neville hitting hard into the festival circuit again with yet another performance at Glastonbury Festival as well as many others. He continues to tour tirelessly across the UK, Europe and beyond including Australia and America and has plans to release a new album in the autumn.
Neville has a way with people, he cares about his audience and wants to give them a good time. In return, the crowd are word perfect on every song and each event turns into a party.

“Nothing came close to the sensational Neville Staple Band who really got the party started and had the masses dancing along” - Anita Merritt - Exeter Express & Echo

Neville has also worked on various collaborations over the years, including with The Talks, Flipron, Duplex, co-writing 4 tracks on The Mutants album ‘Rhythm and Punk Review’, tracks with The Dub Pistols and there are many more collaborations in the works.
“Out on his own, still pretty special” - Record Collector


Filed under: contemporary music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 12:52 pm

Melbourne Tour Dates July 2016
Thursday 14th July at Yarra Hotel, 295 Johnston St,
Abbotsford, 8pm , $10
https://www.trybooking.com/LYVI (for Leaps and
Bounds Music Festival)
Friday 15th July at the Richmond Theatrette, 415 Church St,
Richmond supporting Leah Flanagan, 8pm, $25
(for Leaps and Bounds Music Festival)
Saturday 16th July at the Lomond Hotel, 225 Nicholson St,
Brunswick, 9pm
Sunday 17th July at Yarra Hotel, 295 Johnston St, Abbotsford,
2pm, $10 *Brendan Gallagher solo supporting Jenny Taylor &
Kutcha Edwards
(for Leaps and Bounds Music Festival)
Sunday 17th July at the Standard Hotel, 293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy,
(for Leaps and Bounds Music Festival)

Tay Oskee Releases Shelter EP

Filed under: CD Launches, Tours — site admin @ 12:49 pm

Tay Oskee
After only a short time on the scene Oskee has put together a masterful collection of beautiful ballads of love and hope, fireside sing-alongs, dynamic playing and rich and brilliantly produced sounds.
The new five-tracker treads a line between Nick Drake-esque folk and punchy riff driven roots music and conjures vivid images of those camp trips on the beach, singing around a fire and enjoying the simple life with friends.
To support the release Oskee is playing a handful of winter shows over the month of July.
‘Shelter’ EP is available at all good online retailers.

Sunday 10th July
Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach, QLD
1:00pm, Free entry

Saturday 16th July
The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, QLD
with special guests Alice Night, Fresco
Doors 8:00pm
$10 presale $15 on the door
Tickets: http://zoo.oztix.com.au/

22-24 July
Splendour in the Grass - Busking stage, Byron Bay, NSW
Info: https://splendourinthegrass.com

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

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
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

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