Murwillumbah’s Country Roots
Aria- and Golden Guitar-nominated alt-country music artist Lou Bradley has put the guitar aside for a moment to program the first Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival to be held over the long weekend of 2–5 October. With an impressive lineup featuring Kasey Chambers, Archie Roach, Shane Howard, Renee Geyer, Busby Marou, Richard Clapton, Sara Storer and about 50 other acts local and national, this is certain to be an event of industry significance both nationally and internationally! For tickets and program lineup go to www.mbahcountryrootsfest.com.
Stepping Outa Babylon – reggae and dub sound system – showcasing Byron’s reggae crew is back in The Brewery’s beergarden to blast some fat beats and psychedelic dubs. Live reggae and dub sound system session delivered by The 4’ 20’ sound alongside special guests Groover (Elementary Hi Fi) Pon Di Dub Station, Iman Dan skanking and Katia. Friday at the Brewery with a 7pm start – free entry.
Queens Birthday Pelvis
This Queens Birthday long weekend Atypical and Sounddrop join forces to present an outdoor party like no other. Featuring SAMO DJ (Stockholm / Born Free records) currently on tour of Australia for Vivid Festival in Sydney, SAMO DJ delivers his very eclectic style of Swedish house and techno. He is joined by Sydney’s Pelvis – 3pm on Saturday at the Brewery. $10/15.
Where the Sun Shines
Natives of the road Caravãna Sun are setting forth on a short run of dates to celebrate the release of Ashes, the first single from their forthcoming album due for release later this year. It would be fair to say these boys don’t just write music and words; they tell stories. While touring the summer just gone they met an Indigenous man at a show in Western Australia. He approached the band afterwards to thank them for reigniting the fire he’d lost inside himself. He told the boys their music was ‘calling out all his ancestors from the ashes to that moment.’ His character captivated Caravãna Sun and they invited him to play with them when they were next in the area. His reply was as raw as it was inspiring: ‘I would love to but I have cancer and only a couple of months to live’. This guy was completely at peace with his fate. He left the conversation by saying he would play with them in spirit and to keep overcoming the obstacles throughout life. It was these words that sparked inspiration for their single Ashes. Caravãna Sun showcase tracks from their latest inspiring album at the Hotel Brunswick on Sunday.
Jazz By The Sea
This weekend sees Lennox Head come alive with the Jazz by the Sea concert held as part of the Love Lennox Festival. The jazz by the Sea concert will be held Saturday at Lennox Head Community Centre.
The evening will kick off with The Northern Rivers Big Band and then carry through with gypsy jazz in the form of The Clarence Jazzmen and then finish off with Martha Baartz, who is a brilliant saxophonist, and featuring the beautiful voice of Elly Hoyt.
Baby Et Lu Lu coming soon near Vu Vu
Baby Et Lulu are a truly magnetic musical partnership who have been seducing audiences since their debut release. Featuring much-loved artistes Abby Dobson – ‘Baby’ (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge – ‘Lulu’ (FourPlay) have recorded a second selection of classic and contemporary chansons, as well as, for the first time, a number of their own original compositions written in French. Baby et Lulu have enjoyed a new-found poetic freedom in writing in the language they both love so much. Perhaps best of all – for both audience and duo – Baby et Lulu allows Abby and Lara the exhilaration of stepping into two sassy and playful characters in a veritable celebration of la vie française. A heady combination of feminine couture – from elegant to va va voom, seductive and witty banter, romantic chansons sung exquisitely in French, and the extraordinary musicianship of the band, leaves them and their audiences, enraptured. With sellout shows around the country, their upcoming Mullumbimby Ex-Services show is sure to be no exception. Friday 12 June. Tix and info: www.mullummusic.com.au.
Melbourne band Kingswood has had a huge year. They debuted at number six on the charts with their Microscopic Wars record, secured two places in the Triple J Hottest 100 and have blitzed the country with a series of sellout shows and festival lineups at the likes of Falls Music & Arts Festival and Splendour In The Grass.They’re the embodiment of what is great about live Australian music, true craftsmen who value authenticity and hard work above all else. They play the Hotel Great Northern on Wednesday.
Make it a Knight at Club Lennox
Kellie Knight and the Daze sound like a blend of your favourite retro soul vinyl mixed with future gangsta funk back beat and topped with flickerings of jazz and hip-hop-flavoured lead, shaken together like a Sunday afternoon cool martini. Fronted by the impassioned powerhouse voice of Kellie Knight, the Daze weave and meander through a solid beat with mighty improvisation and then hone a catchy almost-pop chorus line. Fans of Sharon Jones and the Dapkings or Amy Winehouse will enjoy the energy of this live show with the lively banter among the musicians, while appreciators of singers such as Adele or Aretha will be swayed by Kellie Knight’s unique blend of full-strength belting and subtle jazz sensibility. Kellie Knight and The Daze at Club Lennox on Sunday from 4pm.
West African beats and rhythm have a unique impact on the body, mind and soul.
This ancient tradition has been used for centuries to bring community together, to heal and open the hearts of all people. Gabriel Otu is a master drummer and dancer, who has been welcomed ‘right way’ to Caldera Country by the Githabul-Ngarakwal Tribe, to share his culture with the people here.
This weekend he joins ‘happy forces’ with Wala-is-life, dear friends he grew up with in Ghana, who are also master drummers. These four teachers are going all-out with full power and passion, offering people of the Byron Shire the opportunity to watch live performances at Kulchajam in Byron Bay on Friday at 6pm, and/or join in classes all day at Wilsons Creek Hall on Saturday at 10am. Another show on Saturday night will heat up the Wilsons Creek Hall from 7pm, with ‘happy-vibes’, giving everyone from the classes an opportunity to perform to family and friends. What fun! Cost of watching performances is $20, children free. Choose a drum or a dance class for $60, or do both for $90! And just to make it more global, a sexy salsa class is also offered for those interested!
FB Happy Africa Community Page, and for bookings or more info call: 0452 191 657 or 6684 0081.
Diana At the Rails
With influences ranging from Joni Mitchell to Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain, Diana Anaid’s acoustic songs have always been recorded with a progressive rock sound. Come and hear the new tunes in a stripped-back intimate and acoustic vibe at the beautiful Rails hotel, a friendly all-inclusive venue and the perfect way to spend a Thursday evening.
Put on dem Boogie Shoes
BayFM will warm up your winter with Boogie Shoes this Saturday at the Bangalow Bowlo. A Studio 54 Retro Glamour Dance Party that will bring out the best in disco and funk. Seven of the Byron Shire’s finest DJs putting the R in Retro. Catch the Magic Bus from Byron Bus Stop 8pm, Roadhouse Cafe 8.10pm and Suffolk Park 8.20pm and get the party started in style. Get your tickets now online at bayfm.org or phone the station during office hours on 6680 7999.