A stellar weekend of awesome entertainment begins on Thursday at the Treehouse on Belongil with Hoy and at the Tatts Hotel Lismore with King Of The North and your chance to save the planet at the Gigs Not Rigs event at Bentley on Friday.
Saving the Planet while you groove
The next Gigs Not Rigs event will be held this Friday May 16 at the Bentley Hall – the show kicks off a weekend of workshops and preparation for the expected following week. We are all needed to be there en masse.
Get down there on Friday to dance, get informed and inspired, engage with the community spirit in action happening out at Bentley.
Incredible hip-hop artist and spoken-word poet, Luka Lesson, high-energy dance band The Link, well-loved singer/songwriter and The Voice contestant, Dallas James with the Badlands, Kodi Twiner and the Filthy Fingers, local legend Murray Kyle, Loa (Chocolate Strings), the soulful songs of Chad Wilkins, Mana Aloha hula dance troupe, Steve Andrews and the Bentley Music Collective, Arte Gitano – Flamenco dance. Speakers will include Ian Gaillard (LTG), ten-year-old activist Holley Sommerville-Knot and plenty more.
Bentley Hall, Kyogle Road 3–10pm. Delicious food, cakes and chai available.
Entry to this event is by donation; the suggested donation is $15.
All artists and contributors are donating their time and skills; all proceeds go directly to the campaign.
Aquaslum is the debut album from Melbourne band Hoy. After three years of writing, performing and touring, the founding members Liam Linley, Felicity Cripps and Cecilia Dowling expanded the trio into a six-piece band for album recording.
The collaboration between Liam, Felicity and Ceci brings varying influences into the band and their songs. As a collective their material is endless through the arranging of songs, re-writing lyrics, adding or subtracting chords or adding sounds to make it a distinctively Hoy song.
Collaboratively, the band’s musical principles often start out as conversations about how elements of music can make you feel. Repetition can turn something new into something familiar within the space of three minutes, with songs that stem from personal experiences or abstract feelings including latest single Wild Dog.
Hoy play the Treehouse on Belongil on Thursday and they are at the Beach Hotel in Byron on Friday.
Local musicians Rohin Knight and Zahlu will be hosting a Brackets and Jam on Sundays though May at the Ginger Pig from 6pm till 10pm.
Calling out to any bands or musicians whom you like to be a part of this awesome showcase event please contact Zahlu at www.facebook.com/zahlu.
It’s sure to be a blast as both songwriters love to express many styles of music including funk, roots, reggae, rock and old-school Byron Bay goodtime jamming.
Music on the Glenn
Glenn Massey has been playing guitar since he was seven years old. He’s played with Doc Neeson from the Angels, Dave Faulkner of the HooDoo Gurus and even done a short stint in The Beatles tribute band The Beatnix. Catch him when he plays solo at the Eltham Pub on Friday.
King Of The North play the Tatts Hotel in Lismore on Thursday and Friday at The Northern Hotel in Byron Bay on their Sound The Underground album tour. Supported by The Dead Love, Ezekile and Ox, King are guaranteed to rock the house.
All Hail Young Mr Churchill
Kim Churchill picked his first guitar when he was four years old when his father promised him a guitar if he did well in school.
He was trained in classical guitar for ten years. He accompanies his guitar with blues harp, stompbox, drums and percussion, and he also plays lap steel and tambourine.
I guess you could say this is a bloke who’s built his career on multitasking! He started singing and playing front of crowd early, writing songs and experimenting while busking. He continues to build his musical prowess with national and international appearances and tours.
He plays the Hotel Great Northern on Thursday.
The wonderful Murray Kyle returns again to Sphinx Rock Cafe on Sunday at 1pm, bringing his Earth-honouring groove and lyrical melodies straight from the heart.
The powerfully tender performances of this esteemed songwriter have launched him into the Australian roots music scene as a highly respected and established troubadour of alternative culture and spirit work.
His fourth album, Mountain Song, was written, recorded and produced in northern NSW, blending a mystical shamanistic sound with devotional soul, traditional chanting, and positive roots vibes.
Dancing with the duo
Since its formation in 2011, Clark Black Duo’s popularity has led to regular gigs all over the region. With the talented Dan Clark strumming away on his acoustic guitar and belting out the lead vocals, and Stu Black on electric guitar, backing vocals and foot percussion. Saturday at Ballina RSL from 6.30pm.
Music in the House
There’s nothing better than a cosy little house concert. This Saturday Gyan and Si Greaves host a Byron house concert with musicians Merryn Boller and Jules Hendrix. This is an intimate way to enjoy music in a very laidback and music-focused environment. Tickets are $25 and if you want to get a place email [email protected]
The band Sabotage draws on music from the 60s to today’s and includes covers from ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Pink, Green Day, Nickelback, Guns n’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Divinyls, Paramore, Cold Chisel, Melissa Etheridge, King Of Leon, Wolfmother, The Screaming Jets, The Choirboys and Jet. Lennox Hotel on Saturday.
Good Times at Twin Towns
On the back of last year’s sellout concert series, The Apia Good Times Tour has audiences rocking in their seats. Featuring music legends Joe Camilleri, Richard Clapton, Russell Morris and Leo Sayer and MC Denise Scott. Friday at Twin Towns for $60. 8.30pm.
Comedian Ellen Briggs has been infecting populations with her acerbic wit for well over seven years.
This national finalist in Melbourne Comedy Festival’s RAW competition has proved that she is more than up-and-coming talent; she is a force to be reckoned with.
Now a nationally touring feature comedian, Ellen is the MC at the Byron Brewery’s free open mic comedy night, BellyLaugh, on Thursday. Show starts at 8pm. Free.
Roll up and enjoy the fun. If you’d like a shot on the open mic to try your funny five minutes then email [email protected]
Local Indigenous performers are invited to get down to NORPA at Lismore City Hall for a free, fun workshop with actor/composer David Page and choreographer Frances Rings (both of Bangarra Dance Theatre).
Explore contemporary and hip-hop dance moves; learn vocal skills for acting and freestyling; connect with Bundjalung culture and language; and show it all off to an open floor.
These workshops are a chance to share some skills, collaborate and inspire each other. NORPA is also looking for local talent to be involved in a dance theatre work they are creating with Frances and David. Friday, 5–8 pm and Saturday, 10am–1 pm.
To nab a spot call the NORPA Box office: 1300 066 772.
Since his last Australian tour in 2011, Arj Barker has been touring constantly, both solo and with his old pals, The Flight of The Conchords.
He returns to Australia with his brand-new show, Go Time. According to Arj, Go Time is both ‘what audiences expect from me and the last thing they expect from me, which, if my calculations are correct, will make for a great show’.
Arj Barker is arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian. He performs Saturday at Twin Towns, 8.30pm. Tix are $41. And you can catch him in the celebrity race at the Billy Cart Derby alongside Steve Bisley and Mandy Nolan and later in the month at the Byron Theatre when he works up new material with his show Keeper or Crapper.
Singer/songwriter, radio and TV personality Ella Hooper has announced a national tour to celebrate her single, Low High, which is set appear on her forthcoming debut solo album In Tongues.
Produced and recorded by Jan Skubizewski (Owl Eyes, Illy, Way Of The Eagle), Low High is an exciting return for the Melbourne performer and Spicks and Specks team captain, combining Ella’s sweet yet smouldering vocals over a soundscape of spiky pop, earthy rhythms and a hypnotic beat. There’s an air of mystique surrounding the smoky, whisky-filled tale, as Ella sings of the wavering ‘low highs’ with a sense of beckoning intrigue and off-beat charm.
Ella has been at the forefront of the Australian music scene for close to 15 years. After exploding onto the airwaves at the tender age of 16 and winning multiple ARIA awards with her iconic rock group Killing Heidi, the singer made the progression to radio with ease. She was soon hailed by the industry, winning the Best Newcomer at the 2012 Australian Commercial Radio Awards.
Currently the co-host of The Aus Top 20 radio show, Ella has also recently be announced as team captain on the 2014 return of Australia’s favourite music quiz show, Spicks and Specks, which premiered this month on ABC to acclaim.
Don’t miss this chance to catch Ella onstage and in her element. Friday at the Currumbin Soundlounge, supported by Gena Rose Bruce.
Doors open from 7.30pm, show begins at 8.30pm. Tickets $20 online, or $25 at the door unless sold out.