The Transparentsea Voyage
A movie screening of A Modern Voyage with Ancient Creatures, with music by Band of Frequencies, will play this Friday at the Soundlounge
The Transparentsea Voyage, like the marine mammals that swim in the sea and communicate through sound and song, this documentary takes the viewer on a sensory journey of the making of 23 songs in 23 days all while exploring by sea and land, one of the most populated coastlines in the world, Southern California…
The Transparentsea Voyage highlights the efforts of a group of athletes, musicians, celebrities and artists on a campaign aimed at focusing attention on coastal environmental issues. Witness the trip unfold through the creation of song as this ‘behind the music’ look at focused activism revealed how our connection to the planet changed and educated the participants involved as well as those that followed the journey from around the world.
Experience the voyage from start to finish as the crew traced the southern migration of the California Grey and Blue Whale from Santa Barbara to the US border in six tandem kayaks. It all started with a goal of engaging key coastal communities and ended with a big helping of self-discovery for everyone involved.
Staring Dave Rastovich, Shannon Sol Carroll, and Oj Newcomb from Band of Frequencies with special appearances by Angus Stone, Chris Del Moro, Isabel Lucas, Lauren Hill, Hilton Dawe, Will Conner, Catherine Clarke, Denny Auberg, Rusty Miller and Al Hicks.
Check it out Friday at the Soundlounge, Currumbin
Doors open from 7:30pm, show begins at 8:30pm.
Tickets $20 online, or $22 at the door unless sold out.
Qld-based foot stomping blues rock band Cleveland Blues will be getting feet tapping at the Sheoak Shack in Fingal Head on Saturday. Enjoy this vibrant and unique dirty swamp rocking blues and the impressive selection of resonator guitars, three-string cigar box, acoustic Cole Clarke, electric slide violin and banjo. From 7pm.
Cavo and Pigeon Boy
Cavo and the Pigeon Boy is a duo with Dave (Cavo) Cavanagh and Michael (Pigeon Boy) Farmer.
Cavo’s talents lie in an accomplished entertainer playing acoustic guitar and harmonica. Starting at a young age he has crafted his talents playing solo, duos and bands across multiple genres of music throughout Australia. Dave has formed and played in his own successful bands such as the Kelly Gang, and Tattered & Blue which gave him the platform to write his own music and songs to be able to perform to the multitudes.
Dave has supported acts such as Bob Geldof, Tommy Emmanuel, Kevin Borich, Blues Legends USA, Billy Thorpe and Cold Chisel to name a few. Dave’s journey has come full circle as early on in his music career he met Michael Farmer and they played venues in and around Sydney together.
Michael Pigeon Boy Farmer learnt his drumming skills from his talented father who was a drummer in the big band era. Michael has played and recorded in many bands such as XL Capri, Motervators, Tactics, Chris Turner Band and his claim to fame playing on the Hoodoo Gurus first album plus other sessions. Michael has supported Australian and overseas bands on tour within Australia, the likes of Ian Dury and the Block Heads, The Cure, Eric Burdon and the Animals, John Mayall, Jimmy Barnes, Midnight Oil, Bob Geldof, AC-DC and many more.
Cavo & Pigeon Boy Duo and are making their mark around the northern NSW region playing to crowds a mixture of cover and original songs. If you are looking to hear songs that set the rock’n’roll era then this duo is a must see. You will definitely be left with yelling out more, more, more.
Ocean Shores Tavern Friday from 8pm.
One of Byron’s favourite and long-standing female artists Deya Dova brings her soul soaring dance set to Glo Dance at the Uki Hall this Saturday. Get ready for an earthy and transcendental dance floor experience. From 8pm.
Betty & Oswald
Betty & Oswald are the sound of a shadowy alley – in a distant city, where you once fell in love, lost all your possessions and danced with tall, dark strangers. It is the music that comes from the pavement beneath your feet, filling the warm night air. Betty & Oswald make you want to drink red wine, ramble beneath the moonless sky and slip back into a time that you never even knew you were nostalgic for.
Formed in January 2013, Betty & Oswald have had a tremendous and wild first year. Supporting the likes of Ash Grunwald, Jeff Lang and Caravãna Sun and performing at the Sydney Writers Festival, Newtown Festival, The Smallest Gig and 505. In February they released their first eponymous EP, marked with signature red paint and wax seals. Over the last year they have played at numerous festivals, markets and bars around Sydney, making a name for themselves and immersing their tunes in the secret happenings of the city they call home.
Their music encapsulates the colourful world – that homeless lady in Naples and her daily adventure to drink tea with the mattress man, or that wine-filled night of lucid jungle dreaming spawn from sleeping under the trees on a wild, windy night. They are currently planning tour dates for 2014 and working on their second EP which is set for release in early 2014. As they gain momentum, the duo continually leave their audiences charmed and enthusiastic to re-adventure into their world of uniquely European, gypsy, summer sounds.
Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay Saturday 7.30pm.
For a great night of Jazz and Blues get yourself down to Byron Bay’s new weekly Jazz Club – The Blue Kat at Soho Lounge on Wednesday. Joining resident trio: Steve Russell, Thierry Fossemalle and Dave Sanders will be accomplished international seasoned performance artist Mohini Cox. Doors open at 6.30pm, arrive early for a good seat and $8 cocktail up until 8pm.
Show 8pm to 10.30pm. $12 on the door. Upstairs 9 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay. www.facebook.com/TheBlueKatByron
Underscore Your Music
This Friday night is your last chance to see five-piece Balkan gypsy, swing, New Orleans jazz band The Underscore Orkestra before they return to the US. Their sound has been likened to a mix between gypsy rock big guns DeVotchKa and Gogol Bordello, but not quite as manic! Enjoy their syncopated rhythm and original dance vignettes. Friday at Kulchajam in Byron from 8pm. $20 at the door or $15 presage from www.wildhoneyevents.com
A Little Province
Originally moulded from acoustic folk rock, then crafted into the funnest chunk of progressive rock you’ve heard, A Little Province have a sound that starts big and seemingly gets bigger. The rhythms are designed for dancing and testing your maths skills with violin soaring amid the fabric of heavily effected guitar, one angelic singing drummer and a very, very energetic live show. These four Byron Bay lads are now working on their third recording and are very excited about how it sounds. Catch them at the Beach Hotel in Byron on Thursday from 9pm.
The Elliotts are turning heads in the music industry with their intriguing stage antics and catchy tunes. They will be heading to Japan and returning to Singapore later this year where it all began! Catch them at the Byron Brewery on Saturday.
Shift your shape
Having performed sold out shows around the country in 2013, New Zealand’s Shapeshifter bring their explosive brand of heavy soul back to Australia. Shapeshifter’s highly successful, fearlessly experimental fifth studio album Delta was embraced by an army of music lovers, who took it to #1 on the New Zealand album chart and have kept it in the top 40 since its release.
Shift your shape this Sunday at the Hotel Great Northern, Byron Bay.
Brisbane’s searing shoegaze quartet Roku Music has had a meteoric rise since its inception last year. Blossoming from the core duo of Donovan Miller (No Anchor/Butcher Birds) and Innez Tulloch (Tiny Spiders/Pastel Blaze), this at-home experiment has supplanted its hard-edged take on the wall of noise aesthetic to become an immaculate construct of melody and sound. The ideas continued to flow and run away from the duo, which saw the necessary additions of Thomas Roche (The Rational Academy/O) on drums and Jody Gleeson (The Madisons) on bass. The line-up complete, Roku Music have continued to mine the depths of resonant noise with acuity and reverence (and more than a devilish gleam in the eye).
Catch Roku Music with support Dreamtime and Raygun Mortlock at the Back Room of the Tatts Hotel Lismore on Sunday from 8pm.
The Grandson of Reggae, Gappy Ranks comes to the Byron Brewery this Friday joined by a mega line up of dub and reggae dynamos. Gappy performed to over 600 people last year at the Hotel Brunswick and he’s only doing three gigs in Australia as part of his tour: Sydney, Melbourne and Byron! Of Jamaican and Dominican origin, British dance hall musician Gappy Ranks has performed at the same venues as BB King in New York, at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, The Jazz Cafe in London, and at worldwide festivals including Glastonbury, Summer Jam in Germany and the Best of the Best in Miami.
From 8pm and appearing with I-Fyah Jammingish, King Krazy, Kizzy, Lennox Dread, Baptist, Scotty Brimstone and Solidarity Sound.
Stoked about Tim and the band
With a pocket full of fresh songs and some well loved favourites passionate singer-songwriter Tim Stokes and band will be unloading in style at the Rails on Sunday. Stokes performs his fusion of acoustic blues and folk. Like his major influences Paul Kelly and Ben Harper he loves to share a variety of well-crafted songs complimented by smooth and powerful vocals.
Stokes last year performed at Splendour in the Grass and has a number of east coast tours notched into his belt from the last few years of touring after releasing his debut album MeXico which received airplay on radio stations all over Australia including Triple J and was the artist of the week ABC North Coast. The film clip for Ride On has been aired on Rage ABC and was a Flickerfest finalist. Stokes is preparing to record his follow up studio album and begins tracking in the upcoming weeks.
Railway Hotel, Byron Bay, Sunday.
Hunter & Smoke are blazing a new trail through the Australian music scene with their evocative original music played by real, raw musicians who live and breathe their craft.
Formed in early 2013, they have a combined performance experience of over 50 years.
Hunter & Smoke is local musicians Luke Horsfield on guitar, Alessandro ‘Sanj’ Berra on bass and keys, Dominic Rado on violin, Stafford Smith on keys, Troy McCarthy on drums and Kodi Twiner on vocals, this band is set to take the world by storm.
A bubbling cauldron of soul funk fusion, with a dash of gypsy blues, you’ve got yourself an ever-so-tasty musical broth. Over punchy percussive guitar riffs, haunting strings and smooth piano licks, Kodi’s poetic lyrics combined with her powerful yet, pristine vocals have been captivating audiences with every performance.
Hunter & Smoke are on one hell of a fast train.
Back Room, Tatts Hotel, Lismore, Friday 8pm.