An acoustic evening for Nepal
Musicians and Byron locals coming together to support the rebuilding of Nepal. The lineup will include locals Kyle Lionhart and Luke Morris, Brisbane artist Angaharad Drake and Uki artist TJ Quinton. This all-ages alcohol-free acoustic fundraising concert will be held at the Byron Bay Scout Hall on Sunday 4–9pm. Tickets will be sold on the door for $10 Adults, Under-12s free. All profits will be donated to Karuna Shechen, a Kathmandu-based organisation founded by Matthieu Ricard. Funds will be used for the continued disaster relief.
Uke have been poisoned
Miss Amber and Stukulele look forward to seeing you tonight for Name Your Poison Uke Night at the Court House in Mullumbimby on Thursday. Special guest vocalists Clelia Adams, Ash Bell and Parissa Bouas lead the fray in kid-friendly tunes about alky, reefer and blow… The monthly songbook is available through the mailing list at ukemullum.com.Bring your uke and singing voice or just enjoy the show. Adults $10 and kids under 16 $2.50.
More music for Nepal
Nepalese people are in urgent need of shelters in the wake of two devastating earthquakes. The small community of northern rivers Nepalese organised a fundraising event specifically to raise money to provide waterproof shelters to 1,000s of needy families through GMIN Nepal. Corndale Hall will host a night of Nepalese food with entertainment by two great local bands, Monkey & the Fish Band and Bassix, on Friday. Nepalese traditional food from 6pm, music from 7pm.
Symphony and Song
NRSO is delighted to welcome guest conductor Nicholas Routley. Mr Routley is an accomplished pianist, composer and conductor. He is well known to the Byron Music Society. He will be joined by soprano Lecia Robertson, who has performed the title role in Salome and Leonora in La Forza Del Destino with State Opera of South Australia, and the role of Micaela in Carmen for Opera Queensland. Sunday 12 July at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre. Tickets: General $40, Concession $35, Students $15, Children 15 years and under free; available at www.nrso.com.au or phone: 0466 819 154 or at Murwillumbah Music 6672 5404.
A midwinter concert
Enjoy a cosy evening featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Parissa Bouas and her trio with James Ross on guitar and Thierry Fossemalle on double bass. The night will also launch Byron’s newest choir, Lighthouse Voices, and showcase upcoming talent with performances by Shannon Van Der Draay, David Roland, Yasmin Honeychurch and Saige Sujecki. Multiple Dolphin award-winning singer/songwriter and author Carl Cleves will also share a few tunes. Sunday at Kulchajam on the Byron Arts & Industry Estate, 6.30pm. Tickets at the door $15/ $13 concession or https://www.stickytickets.com.au/26485.
Back to the swamp
The Swamp Stompers sound like the musical lovechild of John Butler Trio, Led Zeppelin and Red Hot Chili Peppers, while searing slide guitar, contrasting dual-lead vocals, catchy guitar riffs and dubstep-inspired didgeridoo soundscapes give this original blues-rock band an irresistible flavour combination that will leave you with an insatiable hunger for more. Friday at the Byron Brewery from 7.30pm. Free entry.
From Barry to Buckley
JaFFer is the brainchild of charismatic frontman and funky bass player Luke ‘JaFFer’ Ferguson. Blessed with an amazing five-octave vocal range and a love of all things soulful, JaFFer takes you from warm, low Barry White tones to soaring Jeff Buckley highs. JaFFer’s music is fresh, funky and exciting! Combining a fusion of rock/funk/pop around well-crafted, heartfelt and soulful songs. Saturday at the Byron Brewery from 7.45pm.
It’s a gift
John Gift entertains with an afternoon of hits at Club Lennox next Sunday arvo. He performs originals and hits from the likes of Credence, The Eagles, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens. He describes himself as acoustic, folk and blues. John has travelled all over the country and has many travel stories and original songs. From 4pm at Club Lennox this Sunday. Free.
Director of Raise the Roof Community Gospel Choirs, Jessie Vintila, has just returned from running her annual Sing the Camino tours in Spain and is opening a new weekly gospel choir in Lennox. Raise the Roof Choirs are open to all, bringing groups of regular folks together to sing glorious four-part harmonies that are surprisingly easy to master in a fun, supportive group. Find your voice and let loose at Raise the Roof Lennox, Wednesdays 11am–1pm from 3 July. Queries to 0417 277 211 or [email protected] Other weekly sessions are Suffolk Park Tues 11am–1pm, Bruns 6.30–8.30pm, Mur’bah 7–9pm. First session is free until 15 July.
Cannons in court
Starboard Cannons are back on deck, with a comprehensive east-coast tour spanning mid June until late August. The Aussie pubs and cosy little bars are where the boys are in their element. Sunday at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby from 3pm. $12 at the door.
Is that untapped talent in your pocket?
The Byron Youth Service is relaunching the Pocket Rocket youth music/band competition for 2015 this Saturday at the Youth Activities Centre. The competition starts at 1pm and goes until they find a winner. Prizes are: $1000 cash + six three-day general admission tickets to Splendour in the Grass 2015; one-day recording session at Hydrofunk Studios (with Dave Atkins and Kram); a branding and mentoring session with Nat and Carlo from Blue King Brown; and a paid headline gig at The Lennox Hotel.