The Power of Paul the Not So Simple Simon
For an entire generation Paul Simon has been creating musical masterpieces that have had a ripple effect felt for decades.
By influencing music and culture, creating a soundtrack for people’s lives and childhoods, and following his own path, Simon has been challenging conventions and challenging the establishment is his own peacefully quiet way.
To honour the masterful musician, the Byron Theatre is holding a tribute concert to raise funds for the refurbishment of its Model D Steinway Piano – a piano once described by David Helfgott as the best he’s ever played on in regional Australia.
To pump out this tribute will be Steve Russell (keys), Guy Dutton (guitar), Thierry Fossemalle (bass), and Pete Wilkins (drums).
Joining them will be a host of guests performing unique interpretations of some of Simon’s most classic tunes: Ash Bell, Judd Brennand, Julie Oliver, Guy Kachel, Luke Vassella, Mookx Hanley, Liora Claff, and Louie and Patrick. Byron Theatre this Thursday.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start: $25 / $20.
Hip-hop and punk
Mullumbimby is in for a special treat when local 3-piece (and band comp standouts) Soy Division team up with their mates Drop Legs for a punk-reggae versus hip-hop–reggae slam-down of potentially epic proportions!
After killer shows at Falls, Indo and Byron, the place may never be the same again so get down to the Middle Pub this Saturday from 7.30pm to bear witness and support free live music in the Shire.
Return of the Stoneking
Following on from his wildly successful national tour and the release of his much-lauded new album Gon’ Boogaloo, CW Stoneking is all set to bring his tunes to Byron Bay on 15 February at the Byron Theatre.
Gone are the sepia-toned tales of marooned adventures in the tropics of his last release, the ARIA Award-winning Jungle Blues, this time replaced with the latest invention in the world of CW Stoneking, electricity!
CW has stashed his afore-favoured vintage National guitar and banjo combo for a shiny gold Fender and an extra large helping of rock ’n’ gospel dancehall blues to deliver 12 tracks recorded directly to tape with his full band, his very own hokum wall of sound.
Gabriel and Cecilia Brandolini’s music has immediate impact, drawing listeners in with their soulful and seamlessly layered vocals.
Gabriel possesses a full three-octave range while Cecilia sings a multitude of complex harmonies as well as lead vocals that they perform with passion and energy!
Their magical presence taking audiences on a journey with subtle shades of light and dark, at just 16 and 21 Gabriel and Cecilia possess a keen awareness beyond their years as musical storytellers with intelligent compositions, imaginative and quirky arrangements and a natural love of the beauty of music.
Sunday at Club Lennox from 4.30pm.
Can I have your Autograph?
DJ Autograph’s interest in music began at an early age. He grew up in Jamaica and spent much of his youth learning how to play different musical instruments such as the drums, piano and the guitar. During high school, he attended a party and the DJ’s performance caught his attention.
A passion for DJing was ignited. In 1999, DJ Autograph relocated to the United States to attend college. Transitioning to American DJ culture was difficult but Autograph persevered. With the help of friend and mentor DJ Playtime, he was able to learn and master the art of versatility: being able to cater to the taste of diverse audiences.
After graduation, DJ Autograph moved to New York City and continued working as a DJ. Networking in NYC led to a chance meeting with famous HOT 97 DJ, Cipha Sounds.
The meeting turned into a two-year stint working with him, rocking various venues around the tri-state area,even as DJ Autograph maintained monthly residences in Philadelphia. Currently, Autograph can be found at Brand New Machine (the NYC leg) with Max Glazer and Kenny Meez (Thursdays) in addition to multiple other venues around NYC.
He is at the Brewery on Sunday for Bassline Sessions and is joined by Kakhand, DJ Golden (NYC), Basslines and Oren Selecta. Starts at 3pm, $5/10.
With his heart on his sleeve and a fire in his bones, Dan Hannaford swaggers between acoustic guitars, bottleneck slide, jaw harp and backyard-built stompboxes. Born the son of a preacher, his musical heritage journeys back to childhood gospel performances growing up in Ballina.
Now based in Currumbin Valley on the Gold Coast, he has spent the last three years playing hundreds of east coast pubs, festivals and venues. Hannaford’s love of the land and sea comes through, never more so than on his latest release (and debut LP), Rust & Dust.
Recorded at the Hannaford family fishing shack in Red Rock on the NSW north coast in July 2011, Rust & Dust is songs about love, life and fishing according to Dan Hannaford. Via eight tracks, Hannaford leads you down country roads, across oceans, through the minds of friends and into his own kitchen.
Recorded with noted musician and producer Mike McCarthy, it sees Hannaford bring to life some older tunes along with some fresh ones; it sees him flesh it out from acoustic and stomp via backing vocals, junk percussion and McCarthy on second guitar; it sees a man realise where he’s at as a musician, build a platform from which to jump, and go for it.
Songs from the heart delivered with over- (and under-) tones of blues and country with a bit of good ol’ rock ’n’ roll thrown in for good measure. Hannaford plays the Hotel Brunswick on Thursday and Saturday with his band. Both gigs start at 7pm and are free.
Get the Brevil out
Dale Stephen – aka DJ Brevil, founder of Electric Larry Records and creator of best tempo moments to infuse your soul no matter the occasion! Dale is an Australian DJ, producer, musician, promoter, and electronic music enthusiast, currently based in Byron. His style is similar to Sir Norman Jay’s and Greg Wilson’s, both of whom he’s supported on a number of occasions. His music experience is complemented by his 20 years as a professional double-bass player starting out in the 80s rockabilly scene and going on to tour for years with Australian legends such as Jimmy Barnes, Doug Parkinson, and Glenn Shorrock. He spins some soul, funk and disco at the Brewery on Saturday. 7.30pm. Free entry.