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2004-2005 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
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Mon, 7 April 2014

Nick Charles @ The Famous Blue Raincoat

Filed under: acoustic music, blues music, Live Music Venues, Gigs — site admin @ 4:56 pm

Nick Charles…
A lovely little gig out west…
SATURDAY APRIL 12th, 8.30PM
THE FAMOUS BLUES RAINCOAT
25B Vernon Street, South Kingsville, Ph 9391 8520 (right near Newport)
www.famousblueraincoat.com.au

It’s rare that I play in the west. Hope to see you there!
Cheers
Nick Charles
www.charlesguitar.com

The King of Pop Show Starring TJ

Filed under: contemporary music, pop music, rock music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs, General — site admin @ 4:24 pm

The King of Pop Show Starring TJ

Royal Easter Show Sydney
17.4.2014 - 21.4.2014
Sydney Showground
Homebush

NABBA/WFF International Championships
Sunday May 18th 2014
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Center
Bell St Preston

Cairo Club@ Flying Saucer Club

Filed under: jazz music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 4:18 pm

Cairo Clubbers: more dates for you lucky people!
Sunday 11th May is at the Flying Saucer Club
Also, on Sunday 25th May your favourite band is playing for the Williamstown Jazz Club at the Williamstown RSL
from 4-7pm.
Have feet, will dance!

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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Ross Wilson on Tour/Gigs

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Norfolk Island Country Music Festival
Dance The Night Away - Party Night
Party Night Norfolk Island AU
Price: refer to website
Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks are very excited to be visiting & performing on Norfolk Island for the first time.
The Norfolk Island Country Music Festival features a great lineup of Australian & New Zealand artists as well as NI locals

Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Greenbank RSL
Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks
54 Anzac Avenue Hillcrest Qld 4118 3800 7746

Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
Broadbeach Blues Festival
SuperBand Gold Coast Broadbeach Qld AU
Price: FREE Public Event

The Time Of My Life SuperBand are at it again. Daryl Braithwaite, James Reyne & Ross Wilson and their killer back-up band are on the bill of this burgeoning annual free 3 day Festival. You can see the full festival programme at their website (use the link). Others appearing include Russell Sharkmouth Morris and Diesel.

Ross Wilson - catch Ross and band @
Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Millicent War Memorial Civic and Arts Centre
Mayoral Ball
Millicent SA
Price: $60

Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks at the Mayor of Millicent’s charity ball
Funds will assist the Leukaemia Foundation to build further accommodation in Adelaide for country people who need to go to the city for treatment and facilities for children at the Millicent and Penola hospitals will also be boosted through the annual Give Me 5 For Kids Appeal staged by Mount Gambier radio station 5SE.

Friday, June 20th, 2014
Eaton Hills Hotel
Mondo Rock CHEMISTRY 33 1/3 Anniversary Tour - Doors 6:30 Show 7:00
646 South Pine Road, Eatons Hill Brisbane QLD
Price: GA $66.85 / VIP $122.95

Iconic Australian rock band, Mondo Rock are hitting the road this June for the first time in 24 years with the classic line-up not seen since the Summer of ‘81. Ross Wilson, Eric McCusker, James Black, Paul Christie & Gil Matthews are reuniting for this very special run of national shows. The tour coincides with the 33rd anniversary of the bands breakthrough album, Chemistry, which spawned four massive hits.
First part of the night - MR plays the entire CHEMISTRY album live. Then after interval everything else - Come Said The Boy, No Time, Primitive Love Rites - the lot.

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
Thebarton Theatre
Mondo Rock CHEMISTRY 33 1/3 Anniversary Tour - 8:00pm
Adelaide SA
Price: GA $74.90 / VIP $146.73

Iconic Australian rock band, Mondo Rock are hitting the road for the first time in 30 years since the 1981 line-up. Ross Wilson, Eric McCusker, Gil Matthews, Paul Christie, James Black & Paul Christie are reuniting for this very special run of national shows. The tour coincides with the 33rd anniversary of the release of their critically acclaimed album, Chemistry, which spawned 4 massive hits State Of The Heart, Cool World, Chemistry & Summer Of 81
The concert will be an all Mondo affair, the first half being a performance in full of the Chemistry album, including the four Top 40 singles listed above. The second half will cover other highlights of the band’s career including album favourites, rarities and of course, more hits such as No Time and Come Said the Boy.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
Regal Theatre
Mondo Rock CHEMISTRY 33 1/3 Anniversary Tour
Perth W.A. AU
Price: $69.50 / 79.50 + VIP 139.50
Iconic Australian rock band, Mondo Rock are hitting the road for the first time in 30 years since the 1981 line-up. Ross Wilson, Eric McCusker, Gil Matthews, Paul Christie, James Black & Paul Christie are reuniting for this very special run of national shows. The tour coincides with the 33rd anniversary of the release of their critically acclaimed album, Chemistry, which spawned 4 massive hits State Of The Heart, Cool World, Chemistry & Summer Of 81

The concert will be an all Mondo affair, the first half being a performance in full of the Chemistry album, including the four Top 40 singles listed above. The second half will cover other highlights of the band’s career including album favourites, rarities and of course, more hits such as No Time and Come Said the Boy.
VIP tix include a meet & greet with MONDO ROCK

Friday, June 27th, 2014
The State Theatre
Mondo Rock CHEMISTRY 33 1/3 Anniversary Tour - 8:00pm
49 Market St sydney NSW 2000
AU (02) 9373 6852
Price: $139.50 + b/f

Iconic Australian rock band, Mondo Rock are hitting the road for the first time in 30 years since the 1981 line-up. Ross Wilson, Eric McCusker, Gil Matthews, Paul Christie, James Black & Paul Christie are reuniting for this very special run of national shows. The tour coincides with the 33rd anniversary of the release of their critically acclaimed album, Chemistry, which spawned 4 massive hits State Of The Heart, Cool World, Chemistry & Summer Of 81

The concert will be an all Mondo affair, the first half being a performance in full of the Chemistry album, including the four Top 40 singles listed above. The second half will cover other highlights of the band’s career including album favourites, rarities and of course, more hits such as No Time and Come Said the Boy.

Saturday, June 28th, 2014
The Palais Theatre
Mondo Rock CHEMISTRY 33 1/3 Anniversary Tour - 7:30pm
Lower Esplanade St Kilda Vic 136 100

Iconic Australian rock band, Mondo Rock is hitting the road for the first time in 24 years with the classic line-up not seen since the Summer of ‘81. Ross Wilson, Eric McCusker, James Black, Paul Christie & Gil Matthews are reuniting for this very special run of national shows. The tour coincides with the 33rd anniversary of the bands breakthrough album, Chemistry, which spawned four massive hits: State Of The Heart, Cool World, Chemistry & Summer Of 81.

The concert will be an all Mondo affair, the first half being a performance in full of the Chemistry album, including the four Top 40 singles listed above. The second half will cover other highlights of the band’s career including album favourites, rarities and of course, more hits such as No Time and Come Said the Boy.

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Gallipoli Cruise 2015
Embark Fremantle, 26 March 2015 W.A.
Price: Various
That’s right 2015! The cruise is being advertised on TV already & you can book using the link above.
Retrace the voyage of the original ANZAC troops from Australia to the battlefields at Gallipoli, Turkey, to arrive in time for the 100th ANZAC Day commemorations April 25th 2015.

On board entertainment from Australian stars Ross ‘Eagle Rock’ Wilson, Vietnam veteran Normie ‘Shakin All Over’ Rowe, Daryl ‘Howzat’ Braithwaite, John ‘True Blue’ Williamson, Kate ‘Pash’ Ceberano plus tribute bands Rubber Soul & BABBA. Opening Night Ball to be MC’d by Bert ‘Moonface’ Newton AM MBE.
Check out the full itinerary at the cruise organisers’ website.

Sun, 6 April 2014

Byon Bay gigs Sat 19th April 2014

Filed under: Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 3:13 pm

Sat 19th April
Byron Bay Blues Festival Gigs

Mojo
21.30 Dave Matthews Band
19.40 John Butler Trio
18.10 Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
16.40 Iron & Wine
14.55 Devendra Banhart
13.25 Kate Miller - Heidke
12.00 Skunkhour

Crossroads
22.15 Jeff Beck
20.15 Gregg Allman
18.15 Govt Mule
16.30 Aaron Neville
14.45 Jimmie Vaughan
13.15 The James Cotton Blues Band
12.00 Lime Cordiale

Jambaya
22.30 Morcheeba
21.00 Larry Graham & Graham Central Station
19.30 Playing For Change
18.00 The Black Sorrows
16.30 The Soul Rebels
14.00 Rockwiz

Delta
22.30 WAR
21.00 Ozomatli
19.30 North Mississippi Allstars
18.00 Robben Ford
16.30 Devon Allman
15.00 KT Tunstall
13.30 Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges
12.00 Hat Fitz & Cara

Cavanbah
22.30 Saskwatch
21.00 Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes
19.30 Grandmothers of Invention
18.00 Nikki Hill
16.30 The Beards
15.00 Taste of Boomerang - Glen Skuthorpe
13.30 Chris Tamwoy, Troy Cassar-Daley
12.00 Terrance Simien - Creole for Kids

Juke Joint
22.30 The Mojo Webb Band
21.00 Music Maker Foundation
19.30 The Backsliders
18.00 The Paladins
16.30 Eric Bibb
15.00 Glenn Cardier

13.30 Daniel Champagne
12.00 Claire Anne Taylor

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

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