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Fri, 25 January 2013

Tony Joe White Goddess Grooves @ Thornbury Theatre

The Thornbury Theatre
Tony Joe White is starting to sell quickly. Anyone who has been to a show of his knows how great he is. And with Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk supporting it will be a Southern night to remember.
Young Guns is a showcase for young bands. Every month we will be holding an event so get registered or come down and see some new talent.
Thornbury and the local area is full of performers. Be it musicians, actors, street performers, burlesque artists, cabaret, artists et al. Please email us with your specialties. We are looking for performers to pitch to event organisers and for us to put events together.
Goddess Grooves
Saturday January 26
Featuring Michelle Parsons, Ruth Katerelos & Monique Kenny, Freya Hanley and Di Watson
Now in its seventh Midsumma year, Goddess Grooves is Midsumma’s premiere music event, celebrating contemporary female musicians, by showcasing some of our community’s finest. This year we plan to pack out the luxurious Velvet Room at the Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 26th of January as five local lesbian musicians join forces to give Midsumma audiences a real treat.

Amrit Varsha
Thursday January 24 to Sunday January 27 2013
Anandmurti Gurumaa - A Modern Day Mystic
An embodiment of love, grace, compassion, and empowered with the wisdom of the times, forward thinking and dynamic in her approach and outlook, Anandmurti Gurumaa stands as a constant source of inspiration for all. She is a source of light to those looking for an answer, peace, wisdom, and unconditional love. Defying definitions, pragmatic, realistic, of liberal views, she is open-minded like sky and intense like space.

Grand Wazoo
Sunday February 3
GRAND WAZOO is a legendary 13 piece band, which provides the most authentic and entertaining Soul Music experience in Australia—featuring the great hits & dance tunes, rare gems not performed by other outfits, along with Grand WaZoo originals in that same big brassy style. .It is also a quality reading backing outfit of 10 musicians + 3 singers, who can perform any style or genre, in the vein of the extraordinary Funk Brothers. And not only does Grand WaZoo sound musically wonderful, but it also looks like ‘Soul’, with a multi-generational, multicultural line up — with wide appeal to all ages.

Suitcase Rummage
Sunday February 17
Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled with giant rewards; It is aimed at supporting emerging artists, crafters and second-hand marketeers and is focused on fostering entry-level entrepreneurs and their locally produced handmade, recycled and up-cycled products – all from a suitcase (or three)!
You can be a part of the Rummage experience by selling wares or by coming along to check it all out. You might find anything from brilliant vintage, artwork, hand-made, craft, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper, ……you name it!

Heather Peace
Tuesday February 19
Heather, who plays the popular DS Sam Murray in lesbian drama series Lip Service, has just enjoyed the most successful 18 months of her music career. She released her debut album, Fairytales, in May and watched it shoot straight into the number 7 position on the UK’s Independent Album Charts as she travelled around the UK on a sell-out tour.

Pushy Women
Sunday February 24
Like women?
Like bikes?
Like a cracking yarn, a good cack and a talk fest?
You’ll love Pushy Women….
They’re smart, sharp, dirty, hot and hilarious and they’re going to hit you with tales of two wheels.
WARNING! May include town bikes, speed freaks, lycra lasses, dykes on bikes, pedal pushers, dinkers and BMX bandits.
Eight of Melbourne’s most prominent writers, comedians, thinkers and performers present their take on being a pushy woman.

Yana Alana - Award winning chanteuse, feather ruffler, rabble-rouser and cabaret provocateur. Author of ‘If You Were A Carrot I Would Have Cum By Now’.
Aleisha McCormack- Comedian, axed Circle girl and zombie invasion/apocalypse expert.
Fiona Scott Norman-Writer, performer, life model, swing dancer and chicken fancier.
Geraldine Quinn- Musician, songwriter, writer, Bowie nut, bookworm, actor. Once touched Morrissey.
Bridie O’Donnell - Doctor dropout, champion cyclist, skilled track-stand singer, parlo italiano.
Kelly Parry - Storyteller, lezzo mum, budding slacktivist, mental bitch.
Kate Holden - Writer. Good girl gone bad gone good again. Apparently.
Geraldine Hickey - Funny, filthy and endearing all at the same time.
Hosted by Catherine Deveny - writer, comedian, atheist postergirl and commuter cyclist evangelist.

LARRY MALUMA Bakaindi (Ancestors) CD Launch
Saturday February 23
Larry Maluma was born in Zambia and moved to Australia in 1985, where he now resides permanently in Melbourne. An accomplished African musician, composer and performer, he sings in a combination of Zambian and English languages, and adopts styles which blend to create his individual brand of roots music. The resulting unique sound has put many of his songs at the top of the charts in Zambia, where he is recognised as a popular music star. Since arriving in Australia, Maluma has produced nine albums and broadened the Australian perspective of African Reggae and World Music.

Tony Joe White
Friday March 8
You may know him as the Swamp Fox, you may know him by his birth name, you may just know his timeless music, but it doesn’t really matter how you know him – the main thing is that you’re acquainted at all with the one-and-only Tony Joe White.
This bona fide legend of the music game has been honing his craft now for the best part of 50 years. He 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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