Festival Favourite hits town: Dustin Thomas
We love and adore Dustin Thomas, because he’s, well, lovable and adorable! Dustin is just oe of the great acts lined up for this weekend in the north…
After wowing Australian crowds this April on a national tour with Nahko and Medicine for the People (including their inaugural main stage appearance at Blues Festival), and also with some powerful solo headline performances including the Bali Spirit Festival and the Sydney Spirit Retreat in March, USA’s singer/songwriter/author/activist Dustin Thomas returns to Australia for one week of intimate shows before returning to the States for a national summer tour. In just two years, this energetic young performer’s storytelling prose has captivated audiences at premier festivals and venues across the globe, with soulful depth through reggae/rock, beatbox-folk tunes.
Thomas’s instant notoriety has catapulted him on stage with some of the world’s biggest names in the industry, including Xavier Rudd (Australia), Matisyahu (USA), Keller Williams (USA), The Dirty Heads (USA), Trevor Hall (USA), Beats Antique (USA), SOJA (USA), Cas Haley (USA) and Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA). Wednesday at the Rails in Byron from 6.30pm, Saturday at the Brewery and Sunday at the Sphinx Rock Cafe.
Kellie Knight and the Daze are performing a special Mothers Day show at the Beach Hotel this Sunday for the funky dancing mamas of Byron Bay.
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 retro funk, soul, nu jazz and rock music. Influenced by artists such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and the like, this band show their might with guitar (Steve Mcleod) and keyboard improvisation (Alan Park) that will blow your mind, a rhythm section (Paul Brewer on bass and Keith Hammond on drums) that holds the solid groove and the powerful and versatile voice of Kellie Knight.
Special guest backing vocals by Rebecca Ireland and Belle Hendrik. Not to be missed!
Cornucopia of song, story & sound
Shivakti bring their magical brand of music, story, song and psychopop to town again at the boutique little venue Creative Intuitive in the Byron A&I Estate on Friday.
An eclectic mix of guitar, humming harmonium and mellifluous vocals, and the heart-tugging strains of the Indian dilruba, and groove-driving bass and hand drums. Featuring Russell Hibbs, the Bard of Byron Bay; Mayinda Mayi, the Swedish Diva from Skane; Mitsuo Hanafusa, the Samurai from Fukuoka; and Anando Bharti, the Buddha of Toowoomba. Supported by Nyck Jeanes and Sonyck Kirtan. 7.30pm at Creative Intuitive, 2/12 Bayshore Drive, Byron A&I Estate. Call 6685 5921 for details.
Daniel Champagne first picked up a guitar at five years of age and he’s never really put it down since. Following in the footsteps of a musical father, he began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today.
At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road. Over the past five years, Daniel has shared the stage with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler and Ani DiFranco – all while writing, recording and independently releasing two EPs, My Own Design (2009) and Wide EyedandOpen (2010), his first long player Pint of Mystery (2011) and the Real Live offering in 2012.
He is joined by fellow troubadour Shaun Kirk, also hot off the heels of a Bluesfest performance, at the Bangalow Bowlo on Sunday 18 May. Tix: Pre $18 (+bf) / Door $22. Available www.kupromotions.com.au, and at the club. 7.30pm show.
Slim Pickens’s fate was sealed when, as a crawling bub, he disappeared one day only to be found asleep inside his dad’s guitar case.
He reckons that he sometimes gets stuck in the 1930s and loves all that old Depression-era music. He plays No Depression at the Gollan in Lismore on Thursday.
Going to Churchill
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Kim Churchill’s new albumWindow to the Sky heralds a slight shift in this young musician’s direction, capturing a new sense of freedom. A nomadic and hypnotising guitarist, Kim is recognised internationally as he is in Australia for his dynamic multi-instrumentation. He plays the Hotel Great Northern on Thursday 15 May.
Rob Yeatman brings his ballsy band DarkLight to the Nimbin Hotel this Friday, performing a selection of powerful originals and popular covers. Bassist Jeremy Whitehead (Mullumbimby) and acclaimed guest drummer Rex Carter (Round Mountain Girls) complete the band lineup.
Beautiful songs with solid bottom end, fuelled by Rob’s street-cred voice and stunning amplified 12-string guitar. Described as a classic songwriter with powerful delivery and stage presence, Rob has developed his unique approach to songwriting built around open guitar tunings and hypnotic keyboard drones. From 7.30pm.
Babies on the Beach
North coast favourites Shybaby, notorious for their good vibe and tasteful selection of great rock ’n’ pop covers, return to the Beach Hotel this Friday. With their high-energy show big on audience interaction and party-rock fun, it’ll go off like a frog in a sock – from 9pm.
Pink Zinc are a five-piece local covers band fronted by the dynamic Sarah Grant. Delivering classic tunes from the swinging 60s, soulful funk from the Motown era right through to modern hits. Ballina RSL on Friday.
Cavo and Pigeon boy will be flying over the area this weekend, first landing at Pottsville Sports Club on Friday at 7pm, then taking off for Cabarita Sports Club on Saturday for a 7pm show. Finally on Sunday they will be coming into roost at Ocean Shores Country Club for Mothers Day lunch at 12 noon.