Lift Your Voices
Local choir director extraordinaire Jessie Vintila has just returned from her sold-out Spanish Sing the Camino tours and has her five weekly choirs up and running once more. Group singing is a wonderful way to connect with people, enhance your health, and generally get happy! Her newest project, the Bay Singers Community Choir, is a singalong group for seniors (younguns also welcome), Mondays 10.30–11.30am, at Byron Theatre. Raise the Roof Choir are going stronger than ever after five years, with their glorious gospel, eco-soul, and bluegrass repertoire (plus occasional outlandish musical tangents), meeting in Bruns, Mur’bah, Lennox and Suffolk, with harmonious bliss guaranteed every week, as well as awesome mass-choir performances such as the upcoming Bangalow Bluegrass Festival Old-Time Variety Show (performing is optional but extremely popular). Try the website: www.raisetheroofsinging.com for details.
Kulcha Fiesta finale!
Get yourself along to Kulchajam on the Byron Arts and Industry Estate for live music, workshops, jam sessions, art installations and performances featuring Peter Hunt of Kooii, Shai Shriki, Gypsy Jam, Essie Thomas, Josh Arent, Madhu Honey, Danidoo Butterfly, Trizz, Daniel Hend and more!
Indian banana-leaf banquet from 1pm. Midday till midnight on Sunday.
Tix just $25 or $40 with Indian banana-leaf banquet lunch.
Change Is Good
This Friday Monkey and the Fish release their new single Change is Good online – with performances around the region. Catch them on Sunday at the Bangalow Markets. Change Is Good is an upbeat folk rock/pop song that celebrates the growing people’s movement calling for change to sustainable and clean energy sources. Songwriter Chris Fisher describes this tune as ‘a positive affirmation countering the negative, incorrect and self-serving rhetoric of fossil-fuel companies and their political puppets’. Penned and inspired during the Bentley Blockade against CSG.
Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Portraits
Renowned conductor John Curro AM MBE takes the orchestra to new heights with Brahms’s Symphony No 4 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Hugh Won. Mr Curro is the founder and director of the Queensland Youth Orchestra. He has inspired thousands of young musicians throughout his career as a conductor, teacher and performer and, under his leadership, the QYO is regarded as one of the world’s finest youth orchestras. Presenting Musical Portraits on Sunday 10 July at 2.30pm at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre.
www.nrso.com.au. Call 0466 819 154 or Murwillumbah Music: 02 6672 5404.
All aboard for Boogie Nights
Firmly positioned on the dance floor calendar is the annual BAY FM winter discotheque Boogie Nights. Your most valid excuse to beat the winter chills is on the dancefloor at The Bangalow Bowlo. We’ll take you to Funky Town and Burn Baby Burn all night long. It’s about retro glam, style master fashion and music as Byron’s best retro DJs smother you with seven hours of sexy disco hits and deep dirty funk. Ride the disco shuttle and make brand-new friends on the way, coz everyone gets lucky at Boogie Nights! Saturday at The Bangalow Bowlo from 6pm till 1am. Tix at: www.bayfm.org or at the station.
Radio Jupiter to Poinciana
North coast music industry award winners Radio Jupiter hit the garden stage at the Poinciana this Saturday, with front singer/songwriter and founding member Si Jupiter on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, with Music Hall of Fame member Willie Hona (Herbs, NZ) on lead guitar and the always effervescent and intoxicating Bluey Morgan on drums, and original lineup member and heart of the groove Don (Evo) Peterson on bass. Take the journey you will never forget. Music for the soul – Saturday at the Poinciana.
Thursday 30 June from 6.30pm, Miss Amber & Stukulele’s Uke Night will present two riotous sets of novelty tunes: Does you Chewing gum Lose its Flavour, Hello Muddah Hello Fuddah, something from Monty Python and, for the first time, Tiny Tim, plus heaps of double entendre and quirky ditties. To help out with their remarkable presence will be Country Music Queen Clelia Adams in comedic mode and the exceptional and notable Jimmy Willing. What a hoot! Bring your uke and best singing voice and prepare to have unbridled fun. Club Mullum in the Ex-Services – adults still only $10, kids under 15 $2.50. Join the mailing list for the link to the songbook at www.ukemullum.com. He he ho ho hah ha burp fart wheeze!
Cutting loose with Russell Morris
Enjoying unprecedented success in his musical career, Russell Morris has just released Cut You Loose, an up-tempo guitar-driven second single from Red Dirt – Red Heart, the third and final instalment of the Australian blues-roots album trilogy. The single was inspired by the story of the Wild Colonial Boy, Jack Doolan. But rather than write from the point of the Wild Colonial Boy himself, Russell penned the song in a different guise: from the viewpoint of the man who introduced the traitor into Doolan’s inner circle. Morris plays Twin Towns on Saturday 9 July at 8.30pm. Tickets are $35 at the club.
It will be all white
Byron Bay Records & Productions presents The White Party 2016 at Durrumbul Hall.
Anyone with a love for techno, tech-house, deep-house or dance music in general, come and listen to some of the most exciting DJs Australia has to offer, including LeOCh, Shazay, Nick Taylor, Pumpernickle and Liam Kiernan.
Enjoy some slick grooves, dance your arse off and experience the universal language of music expressing the crystal-clear message of WHITE. There will be a bonfire outside, a laser lightshow inside and fluorescent lighting just about everywhere so make sure to wear something white! Food and drinks will be available. Bring your friends and enjoy this event that only happens once a year, here in Mullum!
Saturday 2 July, Durrumbul Hall. 5pm–midnight. $25 at the door.
Keith Potger and the seeker
The founding member of the internationally famous group The Seekers, Keith Potger is coming to Ballina RSL to perform a Morning Melodies for Seniors on Thursday at 10am.
The concert is a solo show by Keith and it features songs from his three solo CDs, some of his all-time favourites as well as his own version of a few Seekers’ hits. Throughout his concert, he shares some amusing anecdotes from more than 50 years on the international music scene.
He accompanies himself on his 1967 Maton 12-string guitar, which is the guitar that has made The Seekers’ instrumental sound unique. He also has taken up the ukulele and features a couple of new songs that he has co-written specially for this instrument. Audiences love this new material and sing along after only a few bars of each song.
A blend of folk and country with lyrics that matter and melodies that ‘melt the heart’.
Tickets $15. 6686 2544.
Violin and piano duo recital
Violin virtuoso Attilla Sautov will join guest pianist from Germany, Oleg Poliansky, to present a world-class classical performance at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina on Sunday at 3pm.
Sautov has resided in Australia for ten years following a successful solo career across more than forty countries. The Southport concert will precede an extensive tour of New South Wales and regional Queensland, which will extend as far as Cooktown and Mount Isa. Together with equally acclaimed pianist Poliansky, Sautov will perform masterful duets, including Massenet’s Meditation from the opera Thais plus works by Bach, Handel, Gluck, Mozart, Paganini, Bazzini, Brahms and Kriesler. Poliansky will also showcase solo piano pieces by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, plus one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions, the Moonlight Sonata. In a brief interlude, violinist Anna Moores will join the pair for an arrangement of Handel’s Passacaglia for Two Violins, as well as duets by Shostakovich.
These musicians are of the highest calibre, and bring unique personalities to the stage to ensure a most entertaining and enjoyable performance.
Solstice for a sorceress
The solstice is upon us, and there’s no finer way to celebrate than on Saturday at Kohinur Hall with DJs sure to move you into a whole new dimension. Sorceress has refined her tech house style consisting of intricate rhythms and soaring melodies with a soulful and uplifting edge. DJ Pob is without doubt a first-call DJ in the region with a wealth of experience and style known for keeping a solid upbeat vibe on the dance floor. A regular guest at Electric Forest events, DJ Pob is back by popular demand dishing up a two-hour set of grooving electronica and alternative beats. DJ Ben Abrahams is one of Australia’s seminal house and techno DJs. His years of experience playing Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne speak volumes for the man epitomising positive dancefloor energy. DJ Reseteser has been dishing up deep bass dancefloor space-time benders for many a good year now back behind the decks with a super-fresh sound.
Winter Solstice Festival on Saturday at Kohinur Hall. 6pm–12am.
Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s live performance is nothing short of spectacular, sometimes tipping the 30-player mark. Led by the enigmatic Nicky Bomba, the national album-launch tour is on the road, packing hotel rooms and the stage at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Saturday.
Tickets A$32 +BF &cc / Y$26 +BF &cc / C$20 +BF &cc / under 5yrs free – from www.redsquaremusic.com.au. Doors 7pm.
Ash Grunwald is one of Australia’s most popular performers. Blistering live sets on a the festival circuit throughout Australia, Japan, Canada, America, Europe and the UK have had critics and fans raving about him for more than a decade. He has teamed up with Coopers After Dark to bring you three exclusive gigs in an iconic live music venue, and one of them just happens to be our beloved Hotel Great Northern. These one-night-only shows are for Coopers After Dark winners only. This is a chance for you and three friends to see Ash Grunwald and band perform live. For the After Dark shows, Scott Owen and Andy Strachan from the The Living End will be performing with Ash as apart of his band. Wednesday at the Hotel Great Northern. Enquiries to the venue.