That Girl Got Grace
Hayley Grace is a singer/songwriter, presenter, model, DJ and yoga teacher who started singing professionally at 15 and has never looked back.
Upon arriving in Sydney 10 years ago, she took up residency with one of Sydney’s premier bands Everyday People and spent five years as their lead singer, playing at functions in every 5-star hotel across Sydney including Westin, Shangri La and the Sheraton on the Park and as well as events such as Melbourne Cup at Randwick Racecourse and New Years Eve celebrations in Darling Harbour, Sydney.
In 2008 Hayley left Everyday People to became a solo artist and has spent the last four years touring the east coast of Australia. Hayley’s rich, soulful, unmistakable sound has made her a popular artist both in Australia and Internationally.
She plays the Byron Brewery on Saturday from 8pm. Free.
Jazz it up in Bellingen
The vibrant town of Bellingen plays host to a three day Jazz Festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
This year’s line-up includes performances from local, interstate and internationally acclaimed performers including Trisha Evy performing direct from France, illya Szwecs groove depot – featuring Pat Powell from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, appearances from Carl Dewhurst, rising young Jazz star Sammii O’Rourke performing with Levingstone, Big ol Bus Band with a swing/burlesque theatre show and local favourites Aunty Huhu amongst others.
With intimate exclusive sessions, big concerts, street parties and lots of gigs throughout town, expect a little bit of New Orleans… both night and day!
Having recently supported one of Australia’s biggest bands, Birds of Tokyo, along with a huge 44 date sold out Pete Murray acoustic tour under his belt, as well as starring in the full length feature film, One Less God, Nathan Kaye is leaping from strength to strength.
An inspirational part of the Australian blues and roots scene, Kaye is the globe-trotting, energetic one-man-band who thumps out songs on slide guitar, slide-didge and electronic foot-drum.
Unlike other 1-man-bands, Kaye defies the normal genre pigeon-holing with routines like his adroit, yet hilarious beatbox act. But really, at the core of his music and multi-tasking abilities lies a big-hearted man with a powerful mission to inspire people to make the most of the gift of life.
Having the discipline of being a Black belt martial artist, he’s maintained a focused independent DIY approach to his original music. Kaye’s music will draw you in and make you think, laugh and make you move.
It’s the best sweaty, dirty, sexy, good-vibed foot-stomp you’ll get from one man, or even a band for that matter. Nathan Kaye is a talent-packed show that has to be seen to be believed.
Friday at the Rails and Saturday at Hotel Brunswick.
In the Dub
The 4’ 20’ Dub are Byron Bay’s local dubwise crew. This colourful new outfit was created by the core members of the Boom Faya family that have been successfully running the best reggae parties in Byron Bay for the past year and a half. The band’s signature and identity is a mix of electronic beats combined with live instruments and live singers.
Their style flows between reggae, dancehall, steppa and dubstep as well as classic reggae song covers during their amazing performances. The show will feature: Oren Selecta (Boom Faya Crew), Tom Kelly (Fyah Walk), Baptist (Boom Faya Crew), MC Falcor (Andrew from The Doobies), Leo Da Silva and Dub Princess.
Friday at the Byron Brewery at 7pm. Free.
The musicians Stephanie Widmer (vocals, didgeridoo, jaw harp, drums) and Alexander Köck (vocals, guitar, synthesiser) met at Alexander’s EP-release show.
Stephanie performed as their support act. Soon after Stephanie left the country to head to Australia for six months, and returned with a didgeridoo and jaw harp in her bag, they spent the summer in a house by the seaside recording the album to be released this spring!
Come witness the joy of the sound of music that is Cari Cari at the Byron Brewery on Friday from 8pm. Free.
The second life of Mike McClellan
Two years ago Mike McClellan decided to return to writing, recording and performing full time. Mike released Song and Danceman in 1974 with the title song topping the charts and bringing him to national recognition.
Mike McClellan, enjoying standing ovations from Brisbane to Perth, touches in for a show at the Byron Community Centre on Friday at 8pm. Tickets at the venue
Proudly carrying on his family’s rockin’ musical legacy, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jake Clemons embarks on his first Australian tour in support of his debut self-released EP Embracing Light.
Fresh from completing the Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Tour with The E Street Band, Clemons embarked on a number of sold-out dates in the US and two weeks of performances in Ireland to coincide with the release of his debut EP.
After debuting three songs from his EP on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (accompanied by The Roots) and performing his single You Must Be Crazy on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jake is now announcing a string of exclusive intimate shows along Australia’s east coast as part of his Embracing Light Tour.
The multi-talented singer/songwriter, saxophonist and guitarist is the nephew of the late legendary E Street saxophonist Clarence (The Big Man). Described as ‘the mysterious, rugged side of Johnny Cash [mixed] with the soulful down-to-Earth love child of Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons’, Jake Clemons’s sound is reminiscent of some of our greatest musical talents – yet Jake brings something to the table that is solely his own. Jake studied jazz performance at the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and has already shared the stage with a multitude of incredible artists including The Swell Season, The Roots and Eddie Vedder.
‘I need to be where I engage people,’ says the constantly performing artist. ‘That’s where I flourish.’ Jake’s much-anticipated tour of Australian cities is something he has wanted to do for some time. ‘I cannot wait to get to Australia and play these songs to an appreciative audience. I had such a great time there with Bruce and The E Street band.’
Sunday at the Byron Community Centre. Tickets at www.byroncentre.com.au.
Sultans of Sing
This Sunday sees the return of Josh Taylor and the Sultans to the back stage of the Billinudgel Hotel. Hailing from Warrnambool, Victoria, and currently recording in the northern rivers the band plays a mix of original and rock / blues classics with emphasis on the soaring guitars of Josh and David Bell, powered by the rhythm section of Kevin Watkins (bass) and Warren Sparke (drums).
Fine food, fine liquid refreshments and great music add up to a great way to spend your Sunday. 2pm.
Ten years on from its release, Eskimo Joe’s classic second album A Song Is A City has given lead singer Kav Temperley the inspiration to share the stories from the album on an intimate and extensive solo acoustic tour throughout Australia from July to September.
A Song Is A City was the breakthrough album for the multiple ARIA Award winning Eskimo Joe, taking the Fremantle based band to the #2 position on the ARIA Album chart and reaching sales of more than double platinum. At the time of its release, Temperley described the recording as an album really about me, my friends, the people I love, and Fremantle. It’s the stories that go on between us.
Now Temperley will be sharing those stories on stage to celebrate the 10 year anniversary, both in song and as a story-teller. In addition to performing the hit songs from the album, Temperley will discuss with the audience the stories that influenced the songs. He will also play covers of some songs that influenced the album.
Kav Temperley will be at SoundLounge Currumbin Thursday August 14 – Doors open from 7.30pm, show begins at 8pm
Tickets $25 online, or $30 at the door unless sold out.
He’s won coveted spots at the Byron Blues Festival, the Mullum Music Festival and at the inaugural Falls Byron Festival, and now north coast singer/songwriterBill Jacobi teams up again this August with drummer Frank Corby of The Bondi Cigars.
They join forces for a Method gig at the Sphinx Rock Cafe on Sunday from 1pm.