The Australian Burlesque Festival 2014 is touring the country and offering a unique opportunity to learn the ‘class tease’ from the best in the biz.
Workshops are open to both men and women at all levels of experience and are taught in a fun and supportive environment.
Don’t miss out on your chance to strut your stuff! Book now as class sizes are limited. Tickets $50 + $3.75 booking fee.
Private classes available upon request. Tuesday 10 and 12 June.
For more information about workshops go to www.australianburlesquefest.com.
A Lyrical Brew
The Lyrical (aka Karl Smith) has become the rising star of the music scene in Brisbane.
The Sunshine State capital has always been Australia’s hotbed for new talent in a variety of genres and the acoustic-hip-hop/reggae scene is now no exception to that tradition.
Following in the footsteps of Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Michael Franti and Xavier Rudd, The Lyrical reflects the ingenuity and musical aptitude it takes to be a great artist.
Friday at the Brewery from 8pm. Free.
Movement are a trio from Sydney, building steam from a grain of salt with their seductive nocturnal music.
Composed in a bedroom somewhere in the suburbs at night, their lucid, spacious and engagingly rhythmic body music will soon see the light of day.
Come down to the Beach Hotel on Friday at 9.30pm.
Middle Music Comp
This is a call to any aspiring musicians to put yourselves out there in the Middle Pub Band Comp. Entries close this Friday so time is running out for the chance to perform at the Mullum Music Fest (+ 3-day tix for the band) or record your demo single at the Byron SAE. There are still plenty of spots open, so go to www.themiddlepub.com.au/entertainment or grab an info sheet at the bar for entry details.
Andy Jans-Brown and COZ*MIC are an indie rock outfit who have been making a bit of splash lately with their song Dressed in a woman’s clothes.
The song made it to number one of the Triple J Unearthed indie chart. It was also nominated for a Music Oz award (2013) and the filmclip stars seven-time TV Logie award winner Paula Duncan.
Andy’s music has been described as being uplifting, and in the vein of those classic bands and songwriters from the past who wrote songs you remember the words to and want to sing along to.
Sunday at the Byron Brewery from 7pm. Free.
The Lennox Brew
Martha Baartz and her Brew will be drawing on the inspiration of the life and times of Maceo Parker and Ernest Ranglin, a couple of her favourite artists, at Club Lennox this Sunday.
This show will be about fun, frivolity and musical explosion with some of the most memorable grooves in the history of these fine players – musical technique and finesse personified.
Renowned crowd-pleasers Shybaby return to their favourite stomping ground this Saturday night when they let fly at Mullum’s Middle Pub from 7.30.
Promising cool tunes, sassy attitude and chops galore, a Shybaby Middle show is always an experience to be relished. Come on down, grab a $15 meal and party at the home of live music in the biggest little town.
Kuepper seeing Stars
Australian music industry legend Ed Kuepper has just released The Return of the Mail Order Bridegroom.
This latest album features acoustic rewordings of earlier Kuepper classics spanning material by the Saints, Laughing Clowns and of course Ed’s lengthy solo career.
Kuepper says, ‘I decided to go out solo again, this time on a totally request basis, meaning no set list. I’d just play what was requested. The tour went better than expected and I wanted to capture how things had changed musically in what was essentially the same format. I am pretty happy with how it turned out.’
Ed Kuepper plays the Star Court Theatre in Lismore on Saturday.
Hailing from the burbs of Brisbane, indie/alt-rock band Faleepo Francisco are making their way into the ever-growing music scene, with their take on bringing bluesy riffs and bouncy indie groove to listeners all over the country.
Coming together back in August 2012 with members Rhys Roberts, Aaron Muscat and Jack Dean, Faleepo Francisco have been playing big shows and recording a debut EP, which is due to be released mid-year.
Come check out the boys together with support act Dane Adamo at The Byron Bay Brewery, Saturday, 8pm, free entry.
Web of Thieves represents a re-birth for Drawn From Bees. Not a new beginning, but a re-connection with the sounds from their earlier records – sounds that excite and connect. Luscious Harmonies, guitars to die for and beautiful, crisp production from front man Dan James.
The brand new single, Calling You Out, begins with a beautiful guitar and vocal introduction from Dan James – and when the rest of the band kick in, the rhythm section show you why they are among the best in Australia.
Tight, purposeful and can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head-for-days, the track then segues into what the band does best and oh-so-effortlessly – four -part harmonies backed by big-time drum patterns and soaring guitars.
Supported by Grand Pavilion, Drawn for Bees play the SoundLounge Currumbin on Friday
Doors open from 7:30pm, show begins at 8:30pm
Tickets $10 online, or $12 at the door unless sold out.
Queen’s Birthday Party
It’s always been a sort of tradition to dance your buns off on the Queen’s Birthday. This Monday, Essential Intentions present Andhim from Germany to play an impressive super house set.
It was spring 2010 when the Cologne natives decided to kick their butts and get out of their studio to show their beats to the world. Less than 12 months later Andhim made it to the top ten German newcomers of Groove and Raveline magazines (two of the most respected electronic music media in Germany).
Their records could be found in the cases of famous DJs and remix requests followed from all over. The boys’ grassroots flow from hip-hop, and they work mainly with samples, which makes their tracks one of a kind.
The Essential Intentions party movement has been causing big waves in Byron Bay over the last year, paving the way with banging monthly day parties and random popup events showcasing top-shelf electronic music across tropical locations in Byron Shire. From 1pm at the Brewery on Monday.
There is a certain circularity to Wall of Love’s gig at Sphinx Rock Café this Sunday.
It was two years ago almost to the day that three of the band members first came together to jam at this glorious little creekside venue at the foot of a majestic rock formation in northern NSW.
Wall of Love formed from an unlikely but easy compatibility between a Sydney musician whose roots lie in post-punk, disco and inner-city country rock and three friends from Brisbane with a proclivity for folk, who all now hail from northern NSW.
The music they make together is unsurprisingly eclectic, delightfully melodic but always about the love.
Wall of Love play Sphinx Rock Café, Mount Burrell, Sunday at 1pm.
Soccer, Grinspoon & Banga Bowlo
Bangalow’s first ever Soccer Festival is on this long weekend so check it out. And while you are there, catch Grinspoon’s Pat Davern DJing on field all weekend, pumping tunes from the 60s right through to modern-day classics.
Check out the funky happenings at ArtWomb, a coming together of music and poetry by Phil Frea, Drow Smith and Muana. It’s a little off the grid and you may need a good GPS to find it but, like most wombs, I am sure it’s a nurturing place. Paradise One, 139 Newes Rd, Coorabell. Sunday at 5.30pm.
Following his exciting production of Richard II in 2013, Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s history plays with Henry IV Parts I and II, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil, in which Shakespeare muses on the consequences of actions, the roles of princes and the realities of wielding power.
Henry IV Part I screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema on Saturday at 1pm. Tickets $15–$24. Part II screens on Saturday July 12.
Art at the Goat
The Blythe Cipher is a series of seven paintings on balsa wood using specific handmade herbal, plant and mineral preparations. The work, which is alchemical in nature, was two-and-a-half years in the making by artist Marci Lutken.
No paint was used in the artworks. Instead Marci wild-crafted plants and sap from different areas of the Byron shire.
The end result is art that has a medicinal quality to it. Marci draws on her Anthroposophical studies, esoteric training, inner work and love of working with nature in the creation of this art.
Her exhibition The Blythe Cipher opens on Thursday at 6pm and runs until June 26 at The Lone Goat Gallery, which is located in the Byron Bay Library on Lawson Street.
It’s Dr Sketchy’s fifth birthday and the crew welcome three of the amazing headliners from the Australian Burlesque Festival!
From the fleshpots of Berlin comes the hot pin-up in from the cold, the eye-popping and heart-attack-inducing Lada Redstar!
From the USA is the gorgeous international icon, Miss Coco Lectric! Straight from Texas to Byron, Coco is set to melt hearts and inspire arty greatness with her killer curves and smouldering beauty!
And as though that’s not enough, festival founder and the lady bringing these world-class performers to our country, Australia’s wonderful Dolores Daiquiri, will dazzle the art-monkeys with her classic elegance and lush costumes!
Join the girls in various states of undress with the wild and wacky Miss Mae at the Byron Brewery on Wednesday 11 June at 6.30pm. $15
So you can’t get to the British Museum? Never mind, grab a seat in the Palace and it will come to you.
This special British Museum cinema event offers an exclusive private view of the exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend. Introduced by British Museum director Neil MacGregor and presented by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood, the exhibition will be brought to life by curators Gareth Williams and Tom Williams.
Filmed live at the British Museum this special cinematic event has been organised with cooperation from the National Museum of Denmark and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Palace Byron Bay Cinema at 1pm on Sunday and Wednesday June 11, tickets $15–$20.
Following the success of Byron Youth Theatre’s performance of PASH for the North Coast Regional
Positive Adolescent Sexual Health Conference held in Byron this April, director Lisa Apostolides has been inundated with requests to hold a public performance for those who missed out.
This project was funded by Northern Rivers Community Foundation Grant and PASH Consortium which comprises more than 30 regional health organisations.
The company are also celebrating the pledge from well-known actor Steve Bisley to be one of their patrons.
Saturday at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby at 6.15pm followed by Q&A.
For more information on how to join, how to donate, or the public performance please contact Lisa Apostolides at [email protected]
Byron Philo Café time has come again and we are moving out of Byron CBD for this meeting into the industrial estate to Luscious Foods in Tasman Way.
The topic is ‘Experiencing Cinema: Psychological and philosophical implications.’ Friday from 5.30 for a Luscious meal, a drink (BYO) and a lively discussion. Luscious is at 6 Tasman Way.
Turn into Centennial Circuit near the BP servo on Bayshore Drive and Tasman Way is second on the right. You can register your interest in the meeting at www.meetup.com/byronbayphilocafe.
Enjoy a night of glamorous classic tease and modern neo-burlesque that will dazzle, delight and stimulate the senses! The Australian Burlesque Festival Tour Showcase will consist of some of the best and most entertaining international and local burlesque performers.
Join in a celebration of traditional bump ’n’ grind, vintage-flavoured tease and sizzling cabaret. Thursday 12 June at the Byron Community Centre.