This is the second ‘Frack Off the Rig Gig’. Last year everyone enjoyed a night of great music and more than $12,000 was raised to fund specialised chemical testing of the children of Tara, who are suffering the effects of the surrounding gasfields.
This year the gig was planned three months ago and the proceeds are to defend the northern rivers against invasive gas mining and all health and environmental impacts, plus continued support for Tara and the Western Downs communities.
We had no idea what would be happening at this time; we could have been hunkered down at Bentley, fighting Metgasco still!
As it is we have a reprieve and we all need to come together to celebrate the wonderful community spirit that has won this battle.
The gig will feature special performances by Kevin Borich, Marshall Okell and the Pride, Bourbon Street, The Black Star Band, The Swamp Stompers and Hussy Hicks.
Get on down to Lismore to let your hair down and party at the Workers Club this Saturday from 7pm. Doors open 6.30pm. Entry is $20.
The Billinudgel Hotel’s Sunday jam session returns.
This long-running popular jam always has great talent and this weekend special guests are Belle Hendric and Lez Karski.
Belle Hendric has an exceptional voice and is one funky bass player; she was recently a finalist in the 2014 Chain Awards (Australian blues music awards). Lez Karski is best known for his stint with popular Aussie band the Bondi Cigars.
Lez has a relaxed smooth voice and he is an awesome guitarist. Staged in the backyard, hosted by Lyne Davis and Grant Robertson, all jammers are welcome to get on down to this great venue for an afternoon of splendid entertainment. 3pm kick-off.
Bay FM dinner
Bay FM is holding a Dinner Club fundraising event that will help support Byron Shire’s own and only independent radio station this Thursday at 7pm at Fins Restaurant and Bar in Kingscliff. $100 per person includes a welcome canape and glass of wine, a fabulous three course meal in an innovative fine-dining atmosphere. You’ll be in great company, as well as contributing funds for Bay FM! Call the station on 6680 7999 to make a booking for this special night and help keep your radio station up and running in Byron and beyond.
Tijuana Cartel bring their dubbed gypsy dance caravan to the GLO dance floor at the Uki Hall this Friday.
With the extraordinary flamenco guitar playing of Paul George, the funky beats of Carey O’Sullivan and driving percussion the band create a unique and infectious dance sound.
Their sound has had them play major Australian festivals and feature on national radio.
The night will also feature the global beats of DJ Pulse. 8pm. Tickets at www.GLOdance.com.
Boom Faya Goodbye
Dancehall / reggae DJ crew Boom Faya, led by DJ Oren Selecta and singer / MC Dougy, made their mark in Byron Bay with their high-energy dance parties.
This Saturday Boom Faya will be throwing their last party as a goodbye party to Dougy before he heads back home to France. Featuring all the who’s who of the dancehall scene including producer Mista Savona and MC Baptist, as well as fire-twirlers, artistic dance shows and more!
Friday at 6pm at The Brewery. Free entry.
Victor Marsh will be launching his new book, his autobiography, The Boy in the Yellow Dress, at the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre this Friday.
In 1950s Western Australia a sissy boy is rejected by his father. He stumbles through a confusing sexual awakening into the hippie haze of the early seventies, when his spiral into psychedelic oblivion is interrupted by a rude encounter with the police.
Soon after, a meeting with a young guru shows him that what he has been looking for can only be found within.
The author will introduce his book and read some excerpts, and sign your copies. Drinks, nibbles, books and good company. 5.30–7pm at the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre, Level 1, 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay (above Witchery). RSVP 0408 447 264.
Each person has their own sound and voice, as well as their own movement. You can discover yours this Sunday at a fun and physical Connected Voice playshop with local actor Sally Guildford.
Extended voice is a fairly new technique discovered by a soldier suffering shellshock in WWII who experimented with mimicking the sounds of shells and explosions to see if that would help his recovery.
In a kind of audio homoeopathy, the procedure worked. Later, Roy Hart from Pan Theatre in London continued the exploration and the resulting ‘connected voice’ became part of a course for actors. This is where Sally discovered it.
One of the benefits of the practice is that it can expand your kinaesthetic awareness. Other benefits include increased vocal range and confidence. Sally says, ‘if you can change the range of your voice you can change your range of humanity’.
The playshop is suitable for all from shy beginners to experienced professionals, singers, performers and those wanting to explore their natural sound and to transcend fears around expression. Sunday at Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall. $45/40. Call 0402 289 202 to book.
The New Groove Jazz Ensemble is a community big band providing the opportunity for players young and less young to express their musical passion through the medium of big band swing, latin, blues, funk and rock. The New Groove Jazz Ensemble is doing one show only at the Ballina RSL Club this Friday, so don’t miss out on your chance to see this Brisbane big band in full swing. Tickets are $15pp and may be purchased online at www.ballinarsl.com.au, or phone the box office on 6686 2544. Box office transaction fees apply.
Roots rock and folky to the core, with several ARIA nominations for her edgy pop rock tunes such as I Go Off and Perfect Family, critically lauded and loved by fans, Diana Anaid is also a hardworking independent artist whose originality has been embraced all over the globe.
Diana has headlined many national tours, also supporting the likes of The Eels, Cake, Joe Cocker, The Whitlams, Pete Murray and Xavier Rudd, and performing at Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Big Day Out and various other happening national festivals, including headlining Sydney’s Cruelty-Free Festival.
With countless accolades and awards and top-charting success in the USA and at home in Australia, it’s no wonder why Diana has become one of our favourite touring (and also local!) musicians.
In the words of Iain Sheddon: ‘There’s only one Diana Anaid’. She’s performing her addictive songs at a venue close by this weekend: Friday at the Gollan Hotel in Lismore and Saturday at the Rails in Byron.
Guy Kachel is a hugely experienced and widely respected singer/songwriter based in the Byron Bay hinterland. He’s just produced his first album, Innocent Screams, a work of timely, mature introspection that reverberates with the sounds of his varied and manifold influences.
There is the grace and soul of the blues interspersed with the country strains of his youth – and the tempering power of rock and roll. What emerges is a form of kicking country blues that esteems and embellishes the legacy of icons such as John Hiatt and Li’l Fi. He plays Sunday at the Eltham Hotel.
Turning on the Soundshower
Join Avishai Barnatan, musician, producer and sound therapist, when he ‘turns on the taps’ at his Soundshower at St Martin’s in Mullumbimby. The Soundshower combines Tibetan bowls, chimes, flutes and overtone singing. During the Soundshower you will be invited to lie down and immerse yourself in the soothing tones. These tones reduce the brain activity and slow the heartbeat, allowing a deep, expanded state where healing can occur. The healing frequencies enhance a physical, mental and emotional calibration to the human body and energy field. The Soundshower can shift and release stagnant energy and tension accumulated in the body, and is a very relaxing, rejuvenating and energising experience. Saturday from 4pm, tix $20 at the door. (Please come on time; bring mats and blankets to make yourself comfortable.)
Loonaloop at The Beach Hotel
Fondly referred to as ‘The globetrotting troubadours of genre-hopping cosmic electronica’, Loonaloop have been active on the international circuit for more than a decade, producing unique music that is a colourful sonic tapestry of genre-splitting dance music, drawing its influences from drum ’n’ bass, dub, tribal trance, electro and even a touch of folk.
Renowned for their vibrant and uplifting live shows, Loonaloop is fronted by dynamic vocalist Shiney Lefai and features a plethora of instruments including violin, didgeridoo, drums, percussion, synths and bass.
With five albums and 10 European tours under their belt, Loonaloop are excited to be bringing their music back to the Beach Hotel. Sunday at 4pm.
Folk roots duo Little Wise and hybrid-pop artist Megan Bernard are joining forces for a national tour, touching down with a show at the Sheoak Shack in Fingal on Saturday from 7pm.
Little Wise showcases precise female harmonies led by singer/songwriter Sophie Klein’s wistful but self-assured vocals.
While mostly a rhythm guitarist, Klein confidently throws in layers of banjo, mandolin and slide guitar, summoning the spirits of Lucinda Williams, Mia Dyson, The Waifs and James Taylor. Joining Klein is Megan Bernard on backing vocals, decorating Klein’s songs with her irresistibly lush electric guitar tones. Together, the pair share a palpable musical chemistry emerging from years of musical friendship.
Bernard is touring in support of her recently released single Bulldozing, a much-anticipated follow-up to this Melbourne hybrid-pop siren’s previous releases Big Dreams and Shifting Futures.
Bulldozing takes Bernard’s sound and songwriting to inspiring new places, filled with sensual and haunting vocals, aggressive sonic attack, elegant lyrical structures and instrument samples including an Indian sarangi from orchestral rock band BaK. Bernard’s sound draws its power from a John Mayer-inspired guitar style and the luscious vocal soundscapes of Imogen Heap.
You may have seen him last year on the 44-date sold-out tour with Pete Murray.
This year after recently supporting Birds of Tokyo to 15,000 people in Perth, Nathan Kaye will be continuing on a huge Australian tour, including returning to his local venue, The Rails; but not only that – he is currently acting the leading role in an Australian feature film, One Less God, an intense hostage terrorist drama.
With dates and venues in most states and in many cities and remote regional towns, Kaye intends to uplift and motivate crowds to embrace being alive and celebrate life’s gift. Who doesn’t love that vibe?
He’s funny, moving, got something relevant to say and he’s seriously good at multitasking on an impressive quiver of instruments, all while taking you on an inspiring musical journey.
Catch Kaye’s uplifting Byron vibes at The Rails in Byron on Friday, and Saturday at Mandala Organic Arts in Mermaid Beach!
By the Strands
The passion-driven, soul-drenched vocals of Trish Wilson, the guitar work of Neil Jeffs, who wears his heart on his strings, supported by the synergistic energy of rhythm section Jimmy Lieschke on drums and Jon DeLaurence on bass makes for a memorable night of fun with The Strands.
Although as a band they are only 12 months young, each of the members has years of experience playing in rock, soul and blues outfits up and down the east coast of Australia. They have already received airplay both on local radio ZZZ and ABC Radio National for several of their songs and plan to record a full-length album early next year because of regular requests at shows to be able to purchase a CD of their material.
The Strands effortlessly blend these influences and add a bit of pop and funk for good measure. This fusion is most apparent in their original material, the themes of which are personal, interpersonal and about matters of social conscience.
There is also a sprinkling of covers that find a home in their sets, which include songs from artists such as Powderfinger, The Divinyls, Baby Animals, Lincoln Park, Adele, Pink, Jet and Allanis Morrisette. Saturday at the Byron Brewery from 8pm. Free entry.
Summer of Love
At Uke Mullum this Thursday it’s 1967 again. Slip on your tie-dyed best and groove on down to the Court House Hotel for The Summer Of Love ukulele songbook.
Sunshine Superman, Hey Joe, Creeque Alley, San Fran Cisco, Snoopy vs The Red Baron … all the flower-power hits in glorious Technicolor.
Miss Amber and Stukulele with guest vocalist Kim Banffy and a crack band will lead you in songs of peace and love projected on the big screen with chords and lyrics so you can sing and strum along – join the mailing list at www.ukemullum.com for the link to the songbook.
Win prizes for the best dressed, be sure to wear flowers in your hair.
Natasha and Oleg
Renowned duo and solo pianists, husband-and-wife team Natasha Vlassenko and Oleg Stepanov are bringing their magical musical skills to the Byron Community Centre on Sunday at 2pm.
They will perform on the Steinway concert grand piano and have generously offered to donate their performance fee to the Steinway restoration fund. Your attendance will support this fund and you will enjoy an afternoon of exquisite music including works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel. (The last two works are for piano, four hands – fantastic!) Natasha and Oleg both come with the highest credentials from the unsurpassed and prestigious Russian music conservatories.
Now living in Brisbane, they both are involved in music education at the highest levels. A rare chance to see and hear these gifted musicians in Byron at amazingly low prices. Tickets $30, members $25, children $10. Phone 6685 6807, or purchase at the door. But be quick!
Livin’ La Vida Loca!
What better way to start your weekend than with the Gold Coast’s Tony Sierra’s Live Latin Dance Band. Put on the satin shirt and fire up your inner Latino and step on out to The Backroom at Mullumbimby’s Ex-Services Club on Friday. Brush up on some sexy moves with Salsa Caliente’s dance class at 7pm and hit that dance floor for a night of hot, hot, hot dancing at 8pm. DJ Libertad plays the latest latin tunes between band sets covering salsa, bachata merengue, cha cha cha and more. This will be a night for some serious dancing. Tickets $20 at the door on the night.
Ever wondered what you’d get if you crossed Italians with Indians; Scots with Samoans; or Jamaicans with New York Jews? You’d get one very cool dude. Sam McCool in fact.
Sam McCool is a unique commodity in the Australian comedy scene. A global comic, he has travelled to 50 countries, speaks several languages, and has performed characters from Invercargill to Inverness. He brings the best of these experiences to life each time he takes the stage. He’s a conceptual comic with a cross-cultural edge, with accents and voices that leave audiences both amused and amazed! No heckle too great, no audience too audacious, and no stone left unturned to squeeze the comic marrow from each morsel of material at his disposal.
He has cameoed recently on Channel 10’s Can of Worms, guest-written for ABC’s Glasshouse, performed at the Edinburgh and Melbourne international comedy festivals, starred as an Italian youth in Australian feature film Dags, played ‘Crocodile Man’ on an Indonesian soap opera, an Indian IT guru for Bovis Lend Lease, and a lisping Aussie marine biologist, Dr Skippy Scuba, for Disneyland Paris; it’s safe to say there are few more versatile comics around than Sam McCool. Watch, learn, and laugh along!
Sam is joined by support act Paul McMahon and Mandy Nolan at the north coast’s favourite comedy room: The Big Gig at the Ballina RSL on Thursday from 8pm.
Art at the Airport
Northern Rivers Community Gallery is currently presenting the second series of works for the Art at the Airport program, running from May through to June. The program features three major works by leading contemporary Australian artist Emma Walker. Walker lives and works in the northern rivers and her work is represented in various corporate and public collections such as Macquarie Bank, Lowenstein’s Arts Management, Lismore Regional Gallery and Tweed Regional Gallery, as well as numerous private collections in Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, Indonesia and Hong Kong. All artworks exhibited in Art at the Airport are for sale via the Northern Rivers Community Gallery. Walker’s work will be on show at the Ballina airport.