Zorba the Gypsy
The festival season has begun with The Zorba Mini Gypsy Festival at Durrumbul Hall on Saturday. A feast for the senses, this time there will be a full-day program of gypsy and world music, workshops, poetry, kids’ activities, body art, face painting, food and dancing. Featuring a stellar lineup with Shakshuka, The Imprints, DJ Chris Deckker, Shai Shriki, Greg Sheehan, Thomas Keily, Laura Targett, Emmuna Aloni, The Sea Gypsies, Si Mullumbi, Rachel Myra and Yael Mahler. There will be workshops for all ages on body percussion, bellydance, world music and sound dynamics. Body art and face painting will be running throughout the day and you can relax and sip tea among the musicians in the outdoor Bedouin chill tent.
12pm–12am. $20 all-day pass door sale including live shows and workshops. Kids entry FREE or by donation.
Abbott brought down by Beavis?
Did Jimi Beavis, quiet bluesman from Brisbane, have a hand in bringing down Tony Abbott?
Probably. It seems that our recently sacked prime minister’s nadir occurred at the very moment Jimi Beavis’s Python Squeeze, Cobra Strike / The Butcher double A-side leapt into the AMRAP Regional Chart Top 10. Coincidence? We think not. Lyrically, Beavis handpicked some of the ex-PM’s earlier verbal blunders as key points, cleverly weaving in the ‘most ridiculous’ moments. On the live music stage, however, Jimi Beavis, will be front and centre. Saturday at the Railway Hotel.
Tunes from the Tube
After their successful tour through Holland, The Kransky Sisters spent two weekends with Topology, who accidentally left a TV at the house in Esk. The girls quickly become addicted, and the result – a new show. No longer playing tunes from the wireless, now it’s Tunes from the Tube. The Kransky Sisters are joined by Topology in a very special show at the Byron Theatre on 21 October. Tix at the venue.
Boppin’ the Blues
Blackfeather are much more than their hits Seasons of Change, Boppin’ the Blues and three-album history suggests. Throughout the decades new material was always introduced into their shows; however, this newer material was never released. Their 2015 lineup performs a collection of both the old and newer Blackfeather songs along with material off Neale John’s forthcoming solo CD. Blackfeather lineup includes Stuart Fraser on guitar (Blackfeather/Noiseworks/John Farnham), Harry Brus on bass (Blackfeather/Renee Geyer/Kevin Borich), Paul Wheeler on drums (Ice House/Richard Clapton/Ian Moss) and top session player Gary Steele on keyboards, and continues the format of using the ‘who’s who’ of Australian rock. They play the Ballina RSL on Saturday.
Raising money with music
Saturday 17 October sees musicians and performers come together in a fundraiser at the Durrumbul Hall for Susie Wyld. Put on your dancing shoes and kick up your heels with Greg Sheehan, Willy McElroy and the Wild Zinnias, Shai Shriki, Danidoo Butterfly and Top Hat Tapestry, Josh Arent and friends, DJ Issey B, Milk and more.
Debra Cole will be weaving her magic and having a basketry/string-making etc space; a giant community weave will be happening all day and this Abundata basket will be auctioned late in the evening. Spaghetti circus will be on hand to engage this kids with hula hoops and other activities… Face painting and storytelling for the littlies. Raffle tix will be on sale and info about breast cancer will be available. 3pm–midnight Durrumbul Hall. Adults $15, Family $25, Teens (12–16) $5.
Trio at the Rails
Soren Carlberg Trio will be ripping it up at the Rails on Sunday. The lineup is a little modified since their last appearance in Byron but the music is more dynamic than ever with a bunch of new originals and of course, powerful blues covers with no ‘kid-glove’ treatment. The trio may have some unexpected guests dropping in to help out on a few tunes so there will be plenty of action on and off stage. Don your party hat, polish up the dancing shoes and come on down for a hootin’ good time with a real audio blast.
The Ocean Party party
The Ocean Party are a bunch of Melbourne-via-Wagga guys who Rolling Stone have said ‘sure know how to craft a refreshing pop song’. With a knack for writing feel-good pop the band have just released their second single Greedy from their forthcoming album Light Weight. Greedy comes courtesy of Curtis Wakeling, who says, ‘Greedy is a short, sharp song that looks at the way advertising is invasively pushed and incorporated into our daily lives’. This is the young Melbourne band’s fifth album in five years – showing that there’s absolutely nothing lightweight about this band. They are having an album launch party at the Treehouse in Belongil on Saturday and See Space in Lismore on Sunday.
Train at the station
Undisputed leaders of the dub/dance genre, Zion Train have been at the helm of the UK alternative and DIY underground culture during the 1990s. Known as one of the finest live dub acts on the planet, they fuse dynamic onstage dub mixing alongside acoustic instruments and the best vocalists. This show will see Zion Train’s Neil Perch (live dub mixing), The Mighty Asterix from Salmonella Dub on the mic, plus a very special lineup on horns.
Having amassed more than 2,000 live shows over the past 25 years, they are well known on the Glastonbury, Rototom and Rainbow Serpent festival circuits. This show celebrates the release of the new album Land of the Blind. Support from two of the hottest reggae and dancehall acts in Byron at the moment – Air Structure and The 4’20’ Sound. Integer will be on the decks.
Mullum Civic Hall on Saturday 24 October. Tickets on kupromotions.com.au.