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Music Roundup February 19

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Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.

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Tweed council adopts Jack Evans Boat Harbour plan

The Tweed Shire Council has announced that they have adopted the Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

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Interview with Dave Callan

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Better Late Than Never: Lisa Hunt is Back!

Well the tracks may be closed but the soul train is stopping in Mullumbimby this Saturday. Lisa declares that she is ready to party. ‘It’s been long overdue but we were playing Byron for New Years Eve and had to lay low locally when I got back from overseas but now I am ready!’

Lisa-Hunt-AfroMullumbimby has always been up for a soul, disco and funk party so dust off your platform shoes and throw on some glitter for Friday night at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services with Lisa Hunt and her band. (Please note this was wrongly advised as Saturday in Byron Shire Echo).

Who needs Zumba when you’ve got soul!

Mushroom Music

Infected Mushroom is the world’s biggest psytrance act creating absolute mayhem with their legendary high-impact live shows across the globe. Performing 150 shows yearly and with nine albums under their belt, expect nothing but one of the best electronic live music shows ever!

Sunday at the Byron Brewery from 3pm.

Happy Uke Night

Guess who is celebrating a birthday? Uke Night falls on the very day that Miss Amber was born – not so many years ago – so she gets to choose her favourite songs for this month’s book.

Stukulele has also included some tunes from pivotal moments in her life… (did someone say Nirvana?) and to top it all off we will be paid a visit by the wonderful Clelia Adams. All of this from 6.30pm. Songbook is available for download now. Make sure you are on the mailing list at ukemullum.com for the link. Thursday 26 at Court House Hotel. Adults under 15 $10, kids $2.50

Byron Music Society

The Byron Music Society presents its first program for 2015 – Threads. A stunning and unique combination of dance, music and visual effect that captures the essence of Byron Bay.

The principal architect of the program is Argentinian composer and multiskilled musician, Dr Gerardo Dirie, head of music studies at Queensland Conservatorium. This is a ground-breaking collaboration inspired by fibre artist Mirra-Winni, dancers from Byron Ballet and Dr Dirie.

So come to the Byron Community Centre on Sunday at 2pm to meet the artists and enjoy the program at 3pm. Enjoy a celebratory champagne after the show. Tickets: 6685 6807 or at the door.  Adults $30, members $25, children $10.

TijuanaCartelTijuana Cartel Giants in the Making

Support your local footy club – the Mullum Giants – with a special fundraiser at the Hotel Brunswick this Friday.

World music giants Tijuana Cartel played New Years Eve in Byron to huge acclaim.

These guys pump out fat beats on a fat sound system with Middle Eastern scales rolling through hypnotic dance music.

They are playing a free show at the Bruns with the pub promising to match gold-coin donations for the club dollar for dollar, up to the tune of $10k!

The club is looking for players and members, or perhaps you just want to come and enjoy the wonder of Tijuana Cartel – joined by Kallihad from 6.30pm.

Getting Belligerent in Byron

The Belligerents are a five-piece band from Brisbane. Their newest single is called In My Way. The track was produced and mixed by their bass player, Konstantin Kersting, at Airlock Studios in Brisbane.

In 2012 they won a spot playing at Parklife in Brisbane from Triple J / Triple J Unearthed propelling this band into the spotlight.

Over the past two and a half years they’ve toured with and supported some pretty impressive customers, proving the Belligerents are a headline in their own right. Some of those acts include international and local acts, including Metronomy (UK), Neon Indian (USA), Breakbot (France), Van She, Last Dinosaurs and San Cisco.

They play the Hotel Great Northern on Saturday.

Courtneys at the Northern

Drifting back to the sound of the early 90s, while reflecting a fun-in-the-sun west coast mentality,
The Courtneys deliver a special blend of fuzzy slacker pop that draws comparisons to Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and The Clean. Musicianship is tight, the hooks are sharp and the songcraft is dynamic. Courtneys play the Northern on Friday.

My Nimbin Queen

The forthcoming album My Queen by alt-rock musician Diana Anaid resumes the eccentric and dynamic singer/songwriter’s nearly two-decade-long career, a career that already includes five ARIA nominations and a legion of fans both in Australia and abroad. Anaid’s acoustic-based songs have always been recorded with a progressive rock sound, and the new album My Queen is no exception.

Reminiscent of many strong female artists and yet brimming with individual style, the album already has industry buzz.

Friday at Nimbin Hotel.

Gypsy Music for the Soul

Ku Promotions are proud to present BANDALUZIA – an acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble led by ARIA-nominated virtuoso guitarist Damian Wright. He’ll be performing original compositions from his upcoming album release and will have two brilliant flamenco dancers.’ Friday at the Drill Hall, Mullumbimby. Doors open at 7.30 pm and tickets are available from www.kupromotions.com.au/?p=1542.


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