Gigs listed here are on from tonight (Thursday March 6) through to Sunday March 9, 2014.
It’s been six long years since Jon Cleary last brought his legendary band The Absolute Monster Gentlemen to Australia (despite a quick lap of the map with his trio The Philthy Phew and alongside Allen Toussaint and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on the Legends Of New Orleans Australian Tour in 2011). Described by many as the funkiest band in the city that has the funkiest musicians in the world, Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen are the gem in the New Orleans crown – a four-piece riot of gospel harmonies and foundation-rocking grooves – a southern soul band like no other. Running the full gamut from second-line street beats to old-school rhythm and blues, the party is propelled by Cleary’s vocals and dazzling piano chops, skills learned as a teenager in New Orleans directly from the old masters who invented the style. In the hallowed ranks of New Orleans ‘piano professors’, Jon Cleary is on the tenure track. Born in England and bred in New Orleans, Cleary is a triple treat, combining soulful vocals, masterful piano skills, and a knack for composing infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics. He balances a career performing on solo piano, playing with his power trio The Philthy Phew, and the aforementioned, and celebrated, funk band The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, with a career as a notorious hired gun for artists such as Bonnie Raitt and John Scofield. (Cleary is featured on vocals and keyboards on Piety Street by John Scofield and The Piety Street Band.) Jon has toured with Bonnie Raitt since 1999, and has appeared on the albums Silver Lining and Souls Alike. On these recordings, Raitt covered the Cleary originals Fool’s Game, Monkey Business, Unnecessarily Mercenary and Love on One Condition.
Thursday at The Great Northern
Brisbane 6-piece Kingfisha have been laying down weighty reggae and dub to eager audiences for going on six years now, and in the process have cemented themselves as one of the undisputed must-see acts on the Australian roots scene. This is no small achievement. It was a reputation further solidified when late last year national broadcaster Triple J added Piece of the Puzzle, the second single from their self-titled debut album, to national rotation. Aside from the impeccable musicianship and pulsating live shows for which the band are renowned, what tends to set Kingfisha apart within their genre is a crafted modern reggae style that couples the band’s love of Jamaican rhythms with the inherent depth and innate melody of frontman Anthony Forrest’s songwriting.
Saturday at the Byron Brewery. Show 8.30pm. Tix: $15 (+bf) Pre / $20 Door. Available: kupromotions.com.au and the venue.
Time for Simes
The Cath Simes Band is a dynamic four-piece that captivates audiences wherever they perform. This band plays all your favourite songs. Hits from the 60s through to current chart toppers, they are the party band to get you up dancing! Fronting the band with excellent delivery and vivacious presence on and off stage, it is no surprise singer Cath Simes is surrounded by such a high calibre of brilliant musicians. Some of the east coast’s finest are Jamie Sullivan on bass and male lead vocals, Tim Corcoran on guitar/vocals and Scott Hills on drums/vocals. All are highly respected accomplished players with degrees in music, in high demand for work with Australia’s leading artists in fields as diverse as jazz and country to pop and hard rock. Friday at the Ballina RSL River Cafe Stage.
Dynamic vocalist Leigh Carriage will be launching her album Mandarin Skyline at the Platinum Lounge at the Lismore Workers Club. Reviewed by Chris McNulty of New York Australian Jazz with: ‘A wonderfully realised, collaborative effort by an outstanding ensemble headed by a gifted vocalist. This album has an almost seamless flow and ethereal quality to it. It’s an outstanding, creative accomplishment.’ Leigh – vocals, Steve Russell – piano, Matt Smith (Thirsty Merc) – guitar, Helen Russell – double bass and Scott Hills – drums. From 3pm on Sunday.
Goldfrapp on Film
The 8th Byron Bay Film Festival’s international spotlight has caught the sights of Grammy award-winning artist Alison Goldfrapp. In an exciting announcement, the festival, which runs until Sunday, has been selected to screen the exclusive Australian premiere of the worldwide release to Goldfrapp’s music film Tales of Us.
Inspired by their most recent album of the same name, this never-before-seen music film will reveal a 30-minute narrative that follows five stories woven into featured songs from the EP. The audience will then witness an intimate pre-recorded performance by Goldfrapp at London’s Air Studio featuring songs from the new album as well as the Goldfrapp classics. Friday at 10pm, Byron Community Centre.
Don’t miss the incredible lineup at Byron Bay Film Festival 2014. For program information, trailers and news, visit www.bbff.com.au.
Playing his own originals and some well-known tunes, Milo Green’s music has a fun, folky feel that makes you want to move. With masterful guitar work, a smooth voice and a whole lot of love, Green’s own powerfully crafted acoustic tunes, which are etched in blues, folk and rock tradition, could easily have come from a previous era like the swinging 60s. He also puts his own twist on great songs by Neil Young, Paul Kelly, Bob Marley and more. This fun-loving entertainer is a fiend for demon-like harmonica solos and foot-stomping breakdowns. Sit back and let your ears be treated to a smooth and memorable solo performance. Saturday at the Ballina RSL.
Melbourne’s visionary songstress Wendy Rule returns to northern NSW for one night only to celebrate the release of her new album Black Snake. Wild, passionate and empowering, Wendy weaves together music, mythology and ritual to take her audience on an otherworldly journey of depth and passion. Highlighting her extraordinary voice, her maturity as a writer, and her willingness to explore all facets of the emotional world, Black Snake has once again proven that Wendy Rule is one of Australia’s most uniquely gifted and prolific artists. With an ever-growing international following, this is a rare opportunity to experience her latest work in this intimate acoustic show at the beautiful Castle on the Hill in Uki before she sets out once again for a busy year of touring in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Saturday at the Castle on the Hill in Uki. Tix are $20, show at 7.30pm. Tickets: trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=72271.
Mi Casa Su Casa
123 Agency is excited to announce that six of their artists will join forces for the mighty March Mi Casa Su Casa tour! To cap off what’s been a huge summer of music, the indie heavyweights – all armed with infectious new tunes – will hit the road for a series of animated shows across the country. The tour will celebrate 123’s sweeping landscape of genres – from dance-infused rock to indie-folk and pop – as Tales In Space, the Pierce Brothers, Stillwater Giants, Blonde on Blonde, Yeo and Gena Rose Bruce unite to share the stage.
With all acts having already earned the support from radio, critics and hoards of fiercely loyal fans, this a chance to catch some of Australia’s hottest artists on the live music scene in front of your very eyes for the celebration that is Mi Casa Su Casa! at the Brewery on Sunday.
Known for his work with The Wilson Pickers and Bernard Fanning, Andrew Morris has released The Situationist on his own new label – Soul Arch Recordings. Inspired by Tom Hodgkinson’s counter-consumer-culture manifesto How To Be Free, Morris summoned as many of the members of The Gin Club as he could muster and put on the beers at his newly set up northern rivers home studio. His new album The Situationist is what ensued, a collection of warm and spontaneous gems.
Reflecting his current solo shows, The Situationist includes live favourites such as Dylan’s It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry, Gillian Welch’s Look At Miss Ohio and Tim Rogers’s (You Am I) Heavy Heart.
It is completed by an acoustic reworking of Lover from Morris’s Needs & Wants album and a handful of new originals, including The Uplift, featuring some of Banjo Paterson’s writing set to music.
Sheoak Shack in Fingal Head on Saturday from 7pm
Once best known for his tenure in the rap unit House of Pain, Everlast successfully reinvented himself in 1998 with the best-selling Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, a largely acoustic, hip-hop-flavoured effort in the genre-crossing mould of Beck. Born Erik Schrody, Everlast first surfaced in Los Angeles as a member of Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate Cartel, issuing his debut album Forever Everlasting in 1990. In 2000, Everlast won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Put Your Lights On from Santana’s vaunted comeback album Supernatural. Everlast then began work on a follow-up album with an eclectic group of guest artists. Titled Eat at Whitey’s, the album was released in late 2000, and enjoyed critical notice (still peaking at #20 in the USA even if it wasn’t quite as successful as Whitey Ford ). Everlast joined his House of Pain alumni DJ Lethal and Danny Boy in a hip-hop supergroup named La Coka Nostra. The group’s debut album A Brand You Can Trust was released in July, 2009. The album features guests such as Snoop Dogg, B-Real, Bun B, Immortal Technique, Sick Jacken and Q-Unique. That same year, Everlast issued his fifth studio album, Love, War and The Ghost of Whitey Ford, on his own label Martyr Inc. The album featured a cover of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues, which was lifted as a single.
Everlast hits Byron Bay Brewery on Friday, 8pm start, $30/$40.
Aussie rocker and famed songstress Diana Anaid spends a weekend away from preparing her latest album (recorded, produced and mixed by legendary English producer Steve James during 2013 in local Mullumbimby studio Phat Majik), to bring her unique, wild and emotive tunes to two north coast venues – the Bangalow Hotel on Friday and The Channon Hotel on Sunday (daytime show after the markets).
She’s heading to the USA in late March, so catch this opportunity to see why this talented activist, vegan and mum has also captured hearts worldwide with her recordings such as I Go Off, Perfect Family and the US chart topper Last Thing.
Find out what the fuss is about at one of these intimate, acoustic shows; you’re guaranteed an uplifting night of intriguing and enjoyable lyrics and melodies with well-crafted songs and on-stage banter that touches your heart.
Moon in Billi
Last warm days before summer ends and the cool of autumn begins with Moonstone playing at the beautiful historic Billinudgel Hotel on Friday. If you still haven’t caught these local faves, Petra on vocals, Bobbe on bass, Rainer lead guitar, and Gil on drums, do yourself a favour and come on down to the rocking strains of Moonstone, which boasts a repertoire of songs from the 70s till now – ‘something for everyone’. So if you want to dance or even just sit and listen, the Billinudgel is the place to be this Friday night.
The good, the bad and the fricking funny!
It’s all very well watching the big guns strut their stuff at the big theatres and arenas, but how did they first set foot on the road to comedy stardom? Answer: open-mic nights. Here you can see fresh, raw comedy hopefuls honing their first few minutes of material. Some will be great, some will be terrible, and some you may help to become the household names of tomorrow… Open Mic Comedy at the Court House in Mullumbimby on Thursday at 8pm. Mandy Nolan MC. Entry is free.
After a long and seasoned career as a bassist and sideman to many, clocking up an impressive list of albums and international tours along the way, Bill Jacobi has more recently been settling into the north coast life style and embracing the roll of singer songwriter, solo performer and one-man band.
As a solo artist, Bill uses foot percussion, lap slide and open tuned guitars, and a combination of finger picking and bassline driven rhythm that snakes and rattles around songs both evocative and passionate.
See Bill on Friday at Twin Towns Juniors, 5pm, and at the Riverview Hotel Murwillumbah, Sunday 2pm.
Everyone of us is called upon many times to start a new life or set off in a different direction. Whether out of adversity, or driven by the desire to attain a cherished goal, we find ourselves starting over – be it a new career, relationship, time on our own or forging a new sense of ourselves.
What are some of the times in your life when you had to, or chose to, start over? What brought you there? Desperation? The excitement of beginning a new adventure? How did you find the inspiration and determination to keep going? Who and what supported you on the way?
Come and share your stories of Starting Over, and see them brought to life in sound and movement by Cape Byron Playback Theatre. Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby on Saturday at 7.30pm.
Hitting the Gas
GASLAND PART II, the explosive follow-up to Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox’s groundbreaking documentary GASLAND, that exposed the truth, lies and corruption in the natural-gas industry and inspired communities worldwide to act, is barrelling towards the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival for its Australian premiere with a screening at the Star Court in Lismore on Saturday at 5pm. This will follow a screening of our local CSG protest sensation, The Knitting Nannas at 2pm. For tickets and more information visit www.bbff.com.au.
Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens are a nu-folk band created by singer/songwriter Julia Johnson, hailing from Canberra. Combining a menagerie of traditional folk instruments with a heavy dose of pop sensibility, the band’s second album Family Pets was released to critical acclaim in Australia and overseas in 2013. The two singles Little Surprises and Adeleine which were lifted from the album have both received national airplay on community stations and Triple J.
Find Julia at the TreeHouse on Belongil, Byron Bay on Friday.
Uke Workshop with the Man
After headlining the Melbourne Uke Festival, Manitoba Hal is performing a few dates along the east coast: a mini-tour that ends in Mullumbimby at The Court House Hotel. Manitoba Hal is a hot guitarist, songwriter and ukulele player. Using a combination of looping technology and effects he creates a performance that is one of a kind. His combination of finger picking and strumming creates an instantly accessible sound that complements his fresh and inventive originals and arrangements of soulful and gritty blues. Sunday March 16 3–6pm at the Court House.
Go to www.ukemullum.com for more info.
Get your pencils ready for Dr Sketchy’s Burlesque Life Drawing at the Byron Brewery this Thursday. Art-monkeys and bohemians will be enthralled by the stunning Miss Lila Luxx and the statuesque beauty of flame-haired Jacqueline Furey! Both models are legends of the Brisbane burlesque world, and will treat our artists and audience to a darkly elegant evening of sultry tease and artistic inspiration.
As a special treat, our guest MC for March is the one and only, the luminous and captivating Miss B B Le Buff! 6pm for just $15.
Follow the Leader
What does it mean to be a leader? Are you happy with your leaders? What is leadership in democracy? Are politicians irrelevant?
Come and rip into the topic at the next meeting of the Byron Philo Café, Friday at 6pm at Succulent Café, 8 Byron St. $15 entry gets you tea or coffee and a plate of Patrick’s gourmet canapés. But pre-booking at the cafe would be appreciated.
Among other things you get to puzzle over Benjamin Disraeli’s conundrum, ‘I must follow the people. Am I not their leader.’
Former Light Activation and Suavemente guitarist Rich Bell plays Sunday at the serene Sphinx Rock Cafe at Mount Burrell. The cruisy songs, guitar atmospheres and organic laptop beats from the new album in progress will be embellished by singers Alys Hummingbird, Melanie Spears, Lou Van Stone and Amrita Devi.
Rich Bell & Friends, Sphinx Rock Cafe, Sunday 1–4pm.
A uniquely Australian comedy drama, 2 Doors Down, opens on Friday at Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium and continues over three weekends. The play deals with one family’s attempt to cope with life over the Christmas break. We’ve all been there – too much sun, alcohol and in-laws – but this family has an added stress: it’s one year on since a devastating tragedy. Kath, the unruly daughter, wants to talk, but not so the rest of her family. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and continuing Fridays March 14, 21, Saturdays March 8, 15, 22 at 7.30pm and Sundays March 16 and 23 at 2pm. Tickets: $15 from Murwillumbah Music Shop (02 6672 5402) and Destination Tweed 1800 674 414 or at the door.
Cabaret-style seating – BYO drinks and food. Enquiries Lesley 6672 6753, www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
It’s a classic, and if you have kids then it would be great for them to see it on the big screen. Join the Crabbes Creek community film night and enjoy a screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit on Saturday at the hall.
Under-12s are fee with an accompanying adult. Film society membership is $30 for the year, or guest membership of $7 for the night. Everyone welcome!
$8 Nachos dinner at 6pm, followed by the film at 7pm.
This Saturday the Bolshoi Ballet’s fabulous Jewels screens at 1pm at the Palace Cinema in Byron. Inspired by New York City’s famous Fifth Avenue jewellery shops, this triptych is a tribute to women and to the cities of Paris, New York and St Petersburg. Choreographed in 1967 in New York, this ballet, with precious stone and jewel-like costumes, celebrates the three cities and three dance schools that forged the elegance, aesthetic and style of choreographer George Balanchine.
Dancing the Don
Mozart’s sublime tragic comedy Don Giovanni offers boundless scope for directors, and Kasper Holten has chosen it to follow his directorial debut of Eugene Onegin. Shifting the emphasis from Don Giovanni’s sex life into a darker place, this production presents Giovanni’s womanising as an attempt to stave off his own mortality. Each woman he seduces represents a life he could have had. Don Giovanni screens at Palace Byron Bay on Sunday at 1pm and Wednesday March 12 at 11am.
Mad Mullum Mob
Catch the mad Mullum Mob at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on Sunday. Featuring Bush Poets such as Gary Fogherty, Australia’s leading bush poet, Ray Essery, our leading bush poet, and Clelia Adams, Kathryn Jones and Warren Earle, and the talented duo of Tracy and Luke Devine. Bookings 6684 2533 and proceeds to local schools for amplification systems to assist hearing-impaired students. From 1.30pm.
Essence of Woman
Essence of Woman exhibition explores the life works of seven local women artists, whose personal journeys form the individual inspiration and connecting threads of these diverse works, which reveal rich and complex, many-layered interpretations of the spirit, soul, sensuality, strength and passion of women’s business in a wide variety of media. Opening 6pm on Saturday, International Women’s Day, at the Lone Goat Gallery, corner Lawson and Middleton streets, Byron Bay.
Seabound is releasing their EP Hell or Highwater and to celebrate we are playing the EP in its entirety at the Tatts Hotel Lismore with best mates Moans like Lisa, Dethrone The King and Knuckle Children.
Head along and support local music and celebrate the release of Seabound’s debut release Hell or Highwater.
Seabound’s entire set is being filmed so everyone is encouraged to go crazy and be a part of a future music video.
Saturday 8pm at the Tatts.
Bay FM Dinner Club
Bay FM’s Dinner Club is the first of many FUN-raising initiatives that will help support Byron Shire’s independent community radio station. Come and be a part of the Bay FM Dinner Club on Thursday 6 March, 7pm at The Italian Diner in Bangalow. $100 per person includes a delicious 3-course meal from a fabulous menu as well as raising funds for our community radio station.
Call Bay FM on 6680 7999 to make a booking for this special night and help keep the station up and running in Byron.
Queens of the Outback
Glitz, glamour and a soundtrack of incredible music are just a few of the experiences in store for audiences attending the 2014 mash-up musical Queens of the Outback. This incredible musical inspired in the tradition of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, is an unforgettable drag show kicking up its heels at regional centres around the country.
Friday at the Lismore Workers and Saturday at Twin Towns Services Club.
Find this and many other great gigs in Echonetdaily’s North Coast Gig Guide.