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Thu, 19 March 2015

Midge Ure Tour Australia April 2015

Filed under: acoustic music, Live Music Venues, rock music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 9:36 am

Australian dates
8th April Showroom @ HBF Stadium
10th April Milanos Hotel Melbourne
11th April Shoppingtown Doncaster
12th April The Basement Sydney
15th April Lizottes Newcastle
All tickets will go on sale on Monday Feb 2nd.
Buy online from the venues.

The legendary MIDGE URE will return to Australia in April to perform five shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle.
The voice of Ultravox and co-writer of the historic, blockbuster hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (in collaboration with Bob Geldof) last visited our shores two years ago with his three-piece band, selling out venues and earning high praise from critics and fans.
More recently, he has been touring Europe and receiving standing ovations for his one-man acoustic concerts, mesmerising audiences with intimate versions of his cherished hits from Ultravox, Visage and his solo career. It is in this mode, Australian fans will be treated to a rare, up-close-and-personal experience with Midge Ure.
Scottish-born Ure has been fearlessly innovative over the years - through creative production and songs like Fade to Grey (Visage), Vienna and Dancing With Tears in My Eyes (Ultravox) and his solo gems including “If I Was” and “No Regrets” - all of which will be performed in stripped back form … just the man himself, his guitar and THAT voice.
Ultravox was a major influence on the new romantic and electro-pop movements of the early ’80s, and continue to be so today. Their successful trademark was combining Midge’s powerful guitar riffs with sweeping synthesiser motifs and state-of-the-art visuals.
Ure’s 1984 co-songwriting effort with Bob Geldof, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ was a heartfelt contribution to Ethiopian famine relief, and a worldwide fundraising phenomenon resonating stronger than ever in Christmas 2014, when the song reached the No. 1 chart position in 65 countries with a new version and revised lyrics to help fund the fight against the Ebola virus.

Thu, 26 February 2015

Iris DeMent USA Pieta Brown USA Tony Joe White

Thornbury Theater Shows
The Beggars Sing The Seekers
Sat April 18
The Beggars Sing The Seekers is The Beggars Tribute to The Seekers wonderful fifty year career. Can an Adelaide Folk trio in 2014 be the 1960’s London based international hit making machine? Of course they can.
“The best Australian vocal band since the Seekers” Normie Rowe [Australia] 2011
From their early days in the Melbourne cafe scene to London, swinging centre of the 1960s pop universe, The Seekers rode a rollercoaster of pop/folk hits! In 1968 their BBC TV breakup special Farewell The Seekers broke TV viewing records and their popularity has not faded with the years. Following in the great Aussie tradition set by Dame Nellie Melba and John Farnham, The Seekers have broken up and reformed countless times.
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Iris DeMent (USA) with special guest Pieta Brown (USA)
Thu May 28
Considered “one of the finest artists of her generation”, Iris DeMent has established herself as one of the most beloved and respected writers and singers in American music. Her debut album ‘Infamous Angel’ was deemed an “essential recording of the 90s” by Rolling Stone and the NY Times said it “distills love, heartbreak, disillusionment and humour in songs that go straight for the heartstrings.” Its 1994 follow-up, ‘My Life’, earned a Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category. 1996’s ‘The Way I Should’ addressed political as well as personal themes and also earned a Grammy nomination. 2004′s ‘Lifeline’ was a collection of traditional gospel songs that she sang as a child growing up in a Pentecostal household. In 2012, she released the critically acclaimed ‘Songs From The Delta’ twelve self-penned compositions that the Boston Globe called “a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power”.
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Gordie Tentrees (CAN)
Thu March 5
International touring award nominated Canadian artist Gordie Tentrees is coming to perform at The Thornbury Theatre on the 5th of March, 2015. Tentrees performs 200 concerts in 11 countries each year and has toured with Kelly Joe Phelps, Steve Poltz, Fred Eaglesmith, and Mary Gauthier.
“Tentrees delivery is so relaxed and unpretentious it’s impossible to not get drawn into his world. Sounding like a younger John Prine” No Depression (US)
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, and raised on his family farm in Bancroft, Ontario, Gordie Tentrees has spent the past 15 years working on his craft while hiding out in Whitehorse, Yukon.
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Melbourne Ukulele Festival
Fri March 13 - Sat March 14
Yes, the sixth annual M.U.F is just around the corner and ready to storm the Thornbury Theatre with a happy riot of ukuleles! Presented by Melbourne Ukulele Kollective, this two day festival features performances by The Nukes (NZ), Funkalleros, Victoria Vox (US), Ralph Shaw (Can), Ukulele Russ (Alaska), Ukulele Ladies, The Pockets, Tyrone and Lesley, Black Orchid Stringband and Melbourne Ukulele Kollective.

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Tony Joe White
Wednesday March 18
The Swamp Fox, Tony Joe White, is a bona fide legend of the music game that has been honing his craft for the best part of 50 years. And it will be on display once more as he returns to Australia for an 18 date tour that will see him play shows in Sydney, Dee Why, Cronulla, Hurlstone Park, Coogee, Bulli, Kincumber, Newcastle, Medlow Bath, Devonport, Melbourne and Newport. The tour will also include appearances at Boogie Festival, Forth Valley Blues Festival, Blenheim Festival and Byron Bay Blues Festival. Tony Joe White was literally born for the blues, the part-Cherokee musician being brought up as part of a big brood on a cotton farm in Louisiana, raised on a diet of Lightnin’ Hopkins and local bluesmen, an upbringing reflected to this day in his evocative, haunting music and adding a veneer of authenticity to everything that he touches.
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Z-Star (UK) and Jay Power
Saturday March 21
Z-Star (UK)
A molten core of Rock & Roll born in the flames of some ancient Soul, the wildest she-manic blues woman on the planet, Z-Star, will lead you into temptation with her electrifying collective. Expect to rock the funk out with dirty basslines, phat blues beats, raucous rock n roll guitars and soul soaked vocals. Zee’s raspy blues tones unleashed in her passionate delivery fill the skies with a buzz that seems to flow on tap from the source.
Jay Power
Combine slick beats and sassy vibe with vocal prowess and Jay Power is what you get. If you like soul, wrapped in pop, driven by funk and laced with Hip-Hop, then this show is for you. Jay’s new album is the kind of music the soul singer known for – with strong grooves and soaring vocals. This time though with an enigmatic twist that can only be experienced live.
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Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart - ‘The Rushing Dark’ Single Launch
Sat March 28
Lucie Thorne’s new album, ‘Everything Sings Tonight’ is set for release on 1st June 2015. And to give us a taste of what’s in store, Lucie returns to The Velvet Room in duet with long-time collaborator & legendary drummer Hamish Stuart to launch the first single from the album, ‘The Rushing Dark’. The duo recorded most of this new album in Berlin late last year, and it marks a bold and musically adventurous new direction for the pair. They’ll be playing a selection of this new material alongside a swag of old favourites. Very special guest for this evening’s concert is troubadour sweetheart Jimmy Dowling.
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The Waifs
Wed April 1
The Waifs hit the road again with tastes from their recently recorded forthcoming album.
It’s rare to have all members of The Waifs in the same corner of the world for such an extended period of time.
Having finished a string of dates at the end of 2014, Vikki, Donna, Josh, Ben and Dave have seized heir geographical togetherness to do what they love the most – write and play music.
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G. Love & Special Sauce
Sat April 4
All the way from Philadelphia USA with their eclectic mix of laid back Blues, Hip Hop and R&B; the original line up of G. Love & Special Sauce are making their triumphant return! 20 years after the release of their self-titled debut album and 8 years since their last live performance together, the original line up of G. Love & Special Sauce arrive on the back of their 2014 album Sugar, breathing new life into their groove-heavy, Chicago-Blues infused brand of stripped down Rock and Roll. With the influences of Elmore James, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker and Lou Reed, the band has stripped themselves back to the old-school air of their first record with a mature and developed instrumentation without losing any of the unique, funky American Blues vibes that were the foundation the bands success.

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Benny Walker ‘Through The Forest’ Album Launch
Fri April 10
Victorian Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people and laid back grooves, all elements that emanate through his velvety vocals and sensitive delivery.
Join Benny as he releases his album #3. ‘Through The Forest’ is out March 6th independently through Black Murphy Records. The first single ‘Will there be a light’ has been getting steady airplay nationally since it’s release in November 2o14, with the follow up single ‘The Fool’ released in Feb.

Hailmary Announce WA,VIC & NSW Shows

Filed under: rock music, Tours — site admin @ 1:11 pm

Hailmary Announce WA / VIC & NSW Shows
With more Aussie kilometres to their name than the Leyland Brothers, the heavy rock’n West Aussie juggernaut that is Hailmary is set to hit the road again, today announcing their first shows for 2015.
WED 18 MAR ROSEMOUNT HOTEL, NORTH PERTH, WA
w/ The Brown Study Band, Still Frame Mind, Beyond Stone Rising
SAT 21 MAR ROCK THE BAY FESTIVAL, ESPY, ST KILDA, VIC
w/ Rook. Hine, Bushido, Palace of the King, Don Fernando, F*ck The Fitzroy Doom Scene
SUN 22 MAR FRANKIE’S PIZZA, SYDNEY, NSW
w/ The Mercy Kills, Lillye, Evil Wolks, Kaato

The three March dates will take in shows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney from March 18 to 22.
Kicking off in their home town of Perth on Wednesday 18th March at The Rosemount Hotel, Hailmary will be joined by The Brown Study Band, Still Frame Mind and newcomers Beyond Stone Rising. Door - Tix $10
Hailmary will then point the jet towards Melbourne for their 3rd appearance at the legendary annual “Rock The Bay Festival” where they will
rock the Espy Front Bar in St Kilda on Saturday 21st March. Killer lineup of 40 bands across 4 stages including Rook, Hinge, Bushido, Palace of The King, Don Fernando, F*ck The Fitzroy Doom Scene and fellow West Aussies Chaos Divine. Tix: http://bit.ly/1w0iLkM

On Sunday 22nd March, Hailmary headline an all-star line-up at the coolest Rock n Roll bar in Sydney, Frankie’s Pizza, sharing the stage with The Mercy Kills (VIC), Lillye (NSW), Evil Wolks (Hollywood US) & Kaato (NSW)
With a solid lineup now in place, featuring original Members Kevin Curran (LV/Guitar) and Vas Shevtsov (Drums) along with Mick Quee (Bass) and Paul Cush (Guitar), the band widely labelled as one of Australia’s hottest emerging hard rock acts is set for a huge 2015.
Their latest release, a 5 track EP titled “Navigate The Sunrise” released in May 2014 and promoted via a massive 26 date, 6 State National Tour continues to garner strong sales and media attention not only in Australia but across the USA and Europe too.

The Hailmary live show is simply slamming rock music coming at you, loud and proud, like a melodic fist to the face. Don’t miss one of the upcoming shows!!
DOWNLOAD EPK - http://onepagelink.com/hailmary/

Late night Impro

Filed under: cabaret, Comedy — site admin @ 1:07 pm

Late Night Impro Friday & Saturdays March 27th to April 18th 2015
Regent room Melbourne Town Hall cnr swanston and collins st Melb.
Time: 11pm
Tix $20 and $15
bookings www.comedyfestival.com.au

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

Spiegel Zelt Kate Ceberano,Jon English, Peter Cupples

Filed under: pop music, Circus, contemporary music, blues music, rock music, Gigs — site admin @ 12:57 pm

THREE PALMS PRESENTS:SPIEGEL ZELT
The circus is in town!
The lush Three Palms bar and restaurant in Sorrento will play host to a score of fabulous artists this summer, in a series of special one-off weekend performances in their very own spiegeltent, known as SPIEGEL ZELT.
For a few select shows in February and March, the Spiegel Zelt tent will come alive with performances from some of Australia’s greatest musical artists, all amongst the picturesque shores of Sorrento.
Friday March 6 - The Peter Cupples Band (ex-Stylus)
Saturday March 7 & Sunday March 8 - Jon English and Peter Cupples (Stylus)
Friday March 13 & Saturday March 14 - Kate Ceberano: Up Close & Personal
Aussie music icon Kate Ceberano will be performing four shows only at Spiegel Zelt 2015
Grab your tickets now for these never-to-be-repeated special events!
Three Palms Sorrento
154 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento VIC

Elliot Goblet Comedy Gigs

Filed under: performance art, Comedy, Gigs, General — site admin @ 12:52 pm

The Fundraiser comedy night coming up Sunday night (March 1), please book soon for an incredible line up of headliner comedians…Lehmo, Dave O’Neil, Rod Quantock, Russell Gilbert, Bev Killick, Bruno Lucia, Elliot Goblet plus quality support acts…all for $37 + BF. I can’t remember seeing better value ever in my 33.4 years in the industry.
The Comics Lounge in North Melbourne. Bookings via The Comics Lounge Events Page.”
Regards and cheers
Elliot Goblet
Reliable And Effective
0408397122
PS. For Interstate residents I’m doing a dinner show at Wisemans Hotel at Wisemans Ferry NSW on March 11. Bookings Margie Pratt 0419 155882.
Also Brisbane City Hall for a Daniel Morcombe Foundation Gala Dinner on March 21. MC Andrew Denton.
Bookings http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/events-calendar.html
That’s enough of the blatant plugging.

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