Join ballad-singing song-slinger Jimmy Dowling and his wonderful combo: Warren Earl – electric guitar, Matt Bone – standup bass and Grant Gerathy on drums, along with special guests, for a great afternoon of music at the Billinudgel Hotel this Sunday.
Dowling is emerging as an heir to Don Walker’s role as a true Australian poet of the people. 3pm. Free entry.
Tristing by the pool
Byron Bay-based roots/folk artist and multi-instrumentalist Tristan O’Meara has performed in several world-renowned festivals across Europe (Montreux Jazz, Isle of Wight, Sierre Blues, Fete d’theatre Avignon to name a few). Essentially, Tristan sees himself as a ‘professional busker’, which is what he has been doing for his living for the past seven years.
He states: ‘I feel like the atmosphere of a street show gives you the most honest audience possible; it creates an unexpected connection between artist and audience which is spontaneous and powerful, and it’s as raw and real as it gets for me’.
Saturday at the Byron Brewery from 8.30pm. Free entry.
Mrs Music by Renee
After obsessively thrashing her mother’s vinyl collection as a child, at the age of seven her mum caved in and put the record player in her bedroom where she could blast and sing along to jazz, funk and Motown day in, day out. Miss Renee Simone started her own vinyl collection with Pass the Dutchie in 1982 and the rest is history. From a beautifully designed feminine setting The MRS will spin a warm blend of sunset cocktail and garden party tunes from 70s soul and funk thru 80s pop and hip-hop to 90s acid jazz and UK trip-hop. Friday at the Brewery from 7.30pm. Free entry.
The crew behind Byron’s best underground dance parties – Essential Intentions – join forces with the Byron Bay Brewery to bring you a special night with an amazing lineup over two stages to welcome in 2015. From live organic electronica heavyweights Tijuana Cartel to Berlin’s deep house/disco producer Sean Patrick.
Expect a colourful showcase of uplifting vibes, music and visual spectacle. Tickets are running hot –earlybirds have already sold out! Second release are on offer for $65 (+bf). Grab them at https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/3867489.
Full lineup: Tijuana Cartel (live) + Sean Patrick (Slow Motion – Berlin) + Illya (Sydney) + Wild Marmalade (live) RifRaf (Sydney) + Webber + Ryan Crowe + Orion + Captain Kaine + Fernanda. For more info go to byronbaybrewery.com.au.
Getting Hammered at the Tav
Comprising four mates from the northern rivers, Hammers is more than a rock band, it’s an experience infused with all that is good in modern music. Taking influences from a diverse range of styles – stoner rock, metal, blues, and blended with the anecdotal lyrical style of country then spat in your face with the attitude of punk – Hammers aren’t reinventing the wheel, they’re just keeping it rollin’.
They play the Ocean Shores Tavern on Friday.
Uplifting Blockade Music
Part of the Music for Uplift’s Thursday program will feature NR artists who contributed songs to the recently released Songs Of the Bentley Blockade CD put out by Lock the Gate.
A compilation of songs that grew from the many dawn vigils at the Bentley Blockade, this album celebrates and promotes the chorus for change emanating from the creative songsters of our region and beyond, echoing and articulating our communities’ collective consciousness. The 1.30–3pm Thursday concert will include Steve Manoa Andrews, Chris Fisher, Jodi Jo, Terri Nicholson, Luke Vassella, Peter Lehner, Elen Evolove and more.
Happy Birthday, Ginger Pig
This Friday Ginger Pig Bar & Restaurant celebrate their first birthday. To help celebrate Ginger Pig’s first birthday there will be live music from Hot Sex Chocolate from 7pm and DJ Chris Bradley and friends from 9.30pm till midnight. And free tapas 6–8pm or while it lasts!
The thunderous iconic fat beats of The Samba-Blisstas, guided by the perccusso of Percussion Paul Barrett will be kicking off their Sunday sessions at The Rails on Sunday. If you haven’t seen this unique collective representing the community of this great region and guided by Paul Barrett for the past 12 years get on down to the Rails for a lesson on rhythm and fun! If you miss the Rails, the Samba-Blisstas will be headlining the famous Bangalow Street Carnival Xmas Eve, the Byron Bay Soul Street 2-Street Party New Years Eve and Friday 2 January 2015 from 11am for the first time at The Falls Arts and Music Festival.
Miss Amber and Stukulele’s No Depression
Miss Amber and Stukulele have been hosting the well-loved Uke Night at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby on the last Thursday of the month over three years. Earlier this year they recorded their debut self-titled album and spread their wings at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival.
They played a gorgeous set at Mullum Music Festival this year and are developing into a sought-after husband-and-wife duo and they’re not even married. Plenty of chemistry and dirty laundry here, folks, so don’t miss them with Warren Earl at NO DEPRESSION at the Gollan this Thursday.