Cyndi Boste is a soulful country/roots singer/songwriter from rural Victoria. Her latest album Nowadays, recorded with Jeremy Edwards and the Dust Radio Band, explore Cyndi’s personal journey during the past seven years. ‘Nowadays is a positive reaffirmation of the road so far… dimensional, nuanced, reflective, optimistic, opinionated and passionate.’ Cyndi’s strong alto vocals ‘tell a story with the feel of a village elder’.
Join Cyndi Boste and Sara Tindley for an intimate, fully acoustic house concert in Mullumbimby, Sunday 3–6pm. $15. Enquiries: Mary 0421 550 478.
Getting your FX of Opiuo
Worldwide loop station artist DubFX and fun-fuelled electro-music genius Opiuo announce a co-headline tour of Australia and New Zealand in March and April touching down at The Northern on Sunday. After seven years of performing in clubs, at festivals and on street corners all over the globe DubFX has released a new album, Theory Of Harmony. Designed to take listeners on an eclectic journey through conscious, soulful bass music, and drawing on inspiration from his endless performances worldwide, the album stays true to the unique DubFX live sound. Opiuo is a funky electronic wonder. Native to New Zealand, residing in Australia, he’s been rocking the wildest dance floors in every corner of this ever-changing musically obsessed planet. His unique gift sees him spending every spare nanosecond creating detailed, playful and sonically powerful audible treats that he has become so well known for.
If you like the sound of Bowie meets The Black Keys, Radiohead meets The Radiators or maybe Kings of Leon meets Queens of the Stone Age (all via The Clash, Pearl Jam and The Angels) then get yourself down to the Middle Pub in Mullumbimby this Saturday night to witness the rare event that is a Shake Appeal show. These four local lads were raised on a diet of pub rock at its finest and their dynamic, authentic and downright rockin’ performance draws on this privileged heritage as they belt out hit after monster hit. Don’t miss your chance rock out to great tunes delivered with passion and chops.
Drumming Up Business
Senegalese drumming sensation Sabar brings his drumming to Ewingsdale Hall on Sunday at 2pm. The Drum workshop is 2–3.30pm The Dance workshop is 4–5.30pm.
For workshop information contact 0421 664 074.
Kellie Knight and the Daze fuse old-school funk and urban groove with catchy rock licks and jazz-oriented lead, topped with powerhouse vocals to serve up eclectic music with a message to move people to dance together. Influenced by artists such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis and the like, this band show their might with guitar and keyboard improvisation that will blow your mind, a rhythm section that holds the tribal beat and one of the most powerful voices you’ll hear. Catch them at The Rails this Friday. It’s free!
Byron Vibes Launched at Brewery
Bryon Vibes launch their first album this Saturday at the Byron Brewery. From psychedelic rock through to funk and reggae, the musicians will be presenting an incredible interactive live jam, the awesome Funmaker silent disco and a selection of market stalls. Cofounder Robert Paton is excited about what is in store. ‘It will be a fantastic day where artists showcase their amazing musical talents with live performances and others get to walk away with their very own copy of the album.’ Saturday from 2pm until midnight. Tix are $20 online or $25 at the door.
Go to byronvibes.com for tix and more info.
Having performed at this year’s inaugural Byron Falls Festival and at the recent Mullum Music Festival, Bill Jacobi will be bringing his one-man band to The Rails this Wednesday night and then onto the Brunswick pub this Friday. As a solo artist, Bill uses foot percussion, open-tuned guitars, lap-slide and banjo with a combination of fingerpicking and bassline-driven rhythm that snakes and rattles around songs both evocative and passionate. The result is a repertoire of engaging material that runs the gamut from folk to funk to hillbilly stomp and beyond.
After living and studying with giants of jazz in New York City for the past three months, Elly Hoyt is back and is bringing a new sound to the Blue Kat Byron. Featuring a fantastic lineup of exceptional musicians including resident trio Steve Russell, Thierry Fossemalle and Dave Sanders, this will be a night not to be missed with new compositions inspired by America with a big emphasis on the blues. Elly will also be joined by established saxophone player Martha Baartz, whose resume includes jamming with some of biggest names in jazz and blues including Motown legends The Funk Brothers and The Temptations. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes! Wednesday at the SOHO Lounge, upstairs at 9 Fletcher St, Byron Bay. doors open at 6.30pm for $8 sunset cocktails; show runs 8–10.45pm. $12 on the door. www.facebook.com/thebluekatbyron.
If you have ever thought about playing the ukulele, this month’s Uke Mullum is for you. Come down to The Court House Hotel this Thursday for Miss Amber and Stukulele’s Uke Night – themed Four Chords or Less. An entire book of great easy-to-play tunes with special guests Chris Mallory, Misty Henderson and featuring The Mullum Uke Club’s debut performance of Randy The Rooster! 6.30pm. Join the mailing list at www.ukemullum.com for the link to the songbook.
Jazz Legends in Trio
Appearing as a trio for the first time for the Lismore Jazz Club will be Martha Baartz, Sharny Russell and Greg Lyon. Don’t miss these legendary players at the Lismore City Bowling Club on Sunday from 2pm. Admission is $10 members and students and $15 for everyone else.
The true-blue, acoustic roots and reggae troubadour returns to Australia after a solo year’s tour in 2013 across five countries and a soul-searching pilgrimage through Cambodian jungles, Himalayan mountains and far-eastern shores. Jesse returns for a series of shows playing new material and celebrating songs from the last 10 years across three albums and two EPs.
Now a resident of the northern rivers, Jesse can be seen playing foot percussion and loop pedals with his east coast band – a raw mix of trumpet, melodica, flute, bass, guitars, drums and percussion, featuring Andrew Hutchings on drums, FBI’s foreign dub airways host Lucille Wilson on melodica and flute, plus a plethora of guests on bass, percussion, horns and guitars. You can enjoy Jesse Morris and his band at the Sheoak Shack in Fingal Heads on Saturday.
A Man called Earl
Warren Earl is a favourite on the Australian dance scene. He began studying guitar at age 10 and specialises in 20s to 50s rockabilly, swing and blues with his unique style. Captivating audiences with twin guitar harmonies and ‘take off’ guitar solos, Warren Earl Band is a household name to those on the Australian roots music scene. Performing as a three-piece, Warren Earl Band specialise in a range of styles from pre-war blues and western swing to 50s rockabilly / rock ’n’ roll. Warren Earl is re-creating the lost sounds from the likes of Bob Wills to Blind Boy Fuller with a diverse setlist and dynamic approach! At the Treehouse in Belongil on Thursday, featuring as the band for the Rock ’n’ Roll Swing Dance at the Bangalow Bowlo on Saturday, and Sunday at the Eltham Hotel.
Memories of Music
Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra celebrates their 20th anniversary with their new concert Memoirs on Sunday. The NRSO was founded by original conductor and artistic director Mr Barry Singh. Over the last 20 years the orchestra has performed with many great names including pianist Simon Tedeschi, soprano Liza Beamish, tenor Yu Jixing and cellist Louise King. Since Mr Singh’s retirement in 2012, the orchestra have worked tirelessly to keep the dream alive.
Memoirs is a People’s Choice concert conducted by Chen Yang and performed on Sunday at 2.30pm at Tweed Heads Civic Centre.