Blundell in Ballina
Back in 1987 James Blundell rose to prominence when he was named ‘best new talent’ at the Australian Country Music Awards. Born in Stanthorpe, Blundell brings his love of country to the stage and has been seen as single-handedly responsible for turning a younger demographic of Australians onto country music. Combining the storytelling ethos of Slim Dusty with a rock approach likened to John Mellencamp’s, on stage Blundell delivers something a little special!
He appears with Lou Bradley at the Ballina RSL on Friday 17 July. Ticket price is $30.
The Zorba Gypsy Party
Get your flowing skirts, gypsy bling, gold teeth, hats, moustaches, dancing shoes and come down to celebrate at The Zorba Gypsy Party!
Another great lineup this time with ShakShuka a well-loved local gypsy band, The Imprints, Happy Africa drumming sensation, Shai Shriki, Rachel Myra and Yael Mahler bellydance, Thomas Kelly poetry, MC Dancin Dan and the legendary DJ Chris Deckker. Great food by Open Table served from 6pm. Saturday, Durrumbul Hall 6pm to midnight. $20 (kids by donation).
Symphony and Song
The Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra brings together conductor Nicholas Routley and soprano Lecia Robertson for their Sunday concert Symphony and Song, to be held at the Tweed Civic Centre at 2.30pm. NRSO is delighted to welcome guest conductor Nicholas Routley. Mr Routley is an accomplished pianist, composer and conductor, having conducted Sydney and Darwin symphony orchestras, and was the founder-director of the Sydney Chamber Choir. The program will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5 in E Minor Opus 64, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Strauss’s Four Last Songs. Tickets: General $40, concession $35, students $15, children 15 years and under free. Tickets via www.nrso.com.au.
Rocking back with Rob
Rob Csokas’s casual warm style, comprising rich vocals, acoustic fingerstyle guitar and harmonica, evokes a sense of self-taught folk and is a joy to listen to. He has an enormous repertoire of upbeat melodies and warm heartfelt ballads, performing both original songs as well as unique covers of songs that many will recognise. Rob Csokas plays Club Lennox on Sunday from 4pm. Free.
The old timbers of Ewingsdale Hall will groan with delight when local singer/songwriter Evelina Piga launches her debut album, Angels, Gods and Demons on Sunday.
This soulful songstress lays bare her soul with songs inspired by her European roots, her strong sense of social justice, and personal stories of love and lust, lost and found.
The afternoon will feature an impressive array of some of the best musos our region has to offer, with special guest support from Ben Allan, in an ambient environment set to warm the hearts young and old.
This special event runs over 3–6pm, with tickets on the
door for $10.