A Very Glassy Night
Two dance floors, tipi, bonfire, visual sensory wonderland and delicious food. Welcome to the 8th edition of Lightbody, an all-ages community dance celebration! Dance under the stars on the tipi dance floor to DJs Nick Taylor and Magu or inside to Slinky, Asaf and Short Circuit. This dance event is historically known for its mesmerising visual art installations. Zakay Glass, Coda Installations and Crystal Grid Productions will transport you to an enchanting and mesmerising world of wonderment and discovery. The weaving of sound and visualisation is an intricate art and these world-class designers are leaders in their field. Durrumbul Hall on Saturday 20 August, $25. 6pm.
Falls Festival Gets Childish
The 24th annual Falls Festival is forecasting sunny with a chance of rave this summer! Bringing music, art and light to the rolling amphitheaters, streets and shores of Australia. With the Byron Falls scheduled from Dec 31–Jan 02 and featuring Childish Gambino,
The living definition of a ‘slashie’, Childish Gambino / Donald Glover is a rapper / actor / writer / superstar. Initially taking his high school yearbook crown with ‘person most likely to write for The Simpsons’ as career advice, Glover came to prominence as a writer for seminal sitcom 30 Rock. He then effortlessly transitioned into a beloved character actor, playing Troy Barnes on Community. Beneath the slick, talented veneer of Donald Glover though, lives Childish Gambino.
As a rapper with a knack for infectious hooks and a distinctive self-aware flow, Gambino has released several brilliant records, so get ready for dance-floor slammers V.3005, IV sweatpants and Sober, just to name a few.
Holding Court with The Walrus and Carpenter
Walrus and the Carpenter are back on home turf at the Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby on Saturday.
After a brief winter hibernation the quartet are kicking into spring early with a show at their favourite local.
Walrus will perform two life-affirming sets, followed by a DJ set from Morris Boy.
Tickets are $15 at the door. Doors open around 7.30pm.
Big Band at Ballina RSL
The Northern Rivers Big Band is performing at the Ballina RSL this Sunday from 2pm.
Band leader Royden Ainsworth has chosen some great tunes for you starting with George Gershwin’s famous Strike up the Band, followed by many of the very best foot-tapping moments in jazz history, such as It Don’t Mean a Thing by Duke Ellington, American Patrol by Glenn Miller, original New Orleans jazz with Muskat Ramble, One O’Clock Jump by Count Basie, a great arrangement of the Funky Chicken, and Golden Wedding by Woody Herman. The band members are very happy to perform these exciting and sublime melodies for you, as they are examples of the best music created in the 20th century. Tickets are $15 at Ballina RSL Box Office, Phone: 6686 2544 or at the club on the day.
Music in the Gallery
The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina invites the community to support the continuation of their exciting exhibition program with a wonderful evening of Music in the Gallery with Shelly Brown on Sunday surrounded by the stunning artworks of local artist Susan Jacobsen. Shelly Brown is a force of nature. Subtle, but powerful like the tides. Be sure to experience Shelly’s mesmerising vocals at least once in your life. Shelly’s jazz band featuring Dan Brown, Thierry Fossemalle and Pete Wilkins perform a stunning rhythm and deep groove. The set will build, from intimate and poetic, to a powerfully heartfelt alchemy of soul music.
This special Gala performance on Sunday runs from 4pm till 7pm. Tickets are $40 per person and bookings are essential. Call the Gallery on 6681 6167 or book online at nrcgballina.com.au.
Totally Stoked about new album
Byron Bay-based singer/songwriter Tim Stokes is releasing the In life thou art EP, an uplifting coastal folk and soulful blues collection. Stokes hosts a smooth, powerful voice, writing and delivering folk and blues songs that range from soft heartfelt ballads to raspy, energetic, shake-your-booty tunes. Coupled with vivid storytelling and lyrical imagery, his music is like the ocean – wild, fun and refreshing. Saturday at the Byron Theatre at 8pm.
Elvis to the Max
Elvis Presley was one of the most important figures of 20th century pop culture. A cultural icon, widely known by the single name Elvis, who is often referred to as the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ or simply ‘The King’. Now the memory and legend lives on in a very special concert event titled The King in Concert, starring one of the world’s first and most successful Elvis impersonators, Max Pellicano, whose uncanny resemblance and equally chilling performance has mesmerised Australians over the last two decades. His recreation of The King’s looks, moves, vocal style, impressions and humour is so accurate that it’s awe-inspiring. There are lots of Elvis impersonators around, but Max Pellicano is considered as the best. In addition, the costumes worn by Max Pellicano are exact replicas made by Elvis’s personal tailor Bill Bellow.
Elvis to the Max at the Ballina RSL on Thursday 18 August. 8pm Tickets $50, kids under 16 $35 – available online or at the club.
Spinnakers ‘A Taste of Asia’ dinner and show: $73.50 (Adults).
Harmony at the Poinciana
Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, trumpet and shared lead-harmony singing is the backbone of the Victoriana Gaye sound.
The songs themselves are drawn from a broad musical knowledge that includes jazz, classic movie soundtracks, sunny psychedelia and their own blend of indie/folk/rock.
Vicki Gaye Philipp and Jeff Raglus come from Aireys Inlet on the southwest coast of Victoria and have packed a lot into the six years since they formed. They play Saturday at the Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby from 4pm.
Mullum Music Fest welcomes Skunkhour!
Back in the 90s Skunkhour swam against the grunge tide, breaking through as stellar exponents of funk and hip-hop. They didn’t just capture the imagination of the groove minded; they transcended boundaries to take rock and indie lovers hostage as well with their mongrel funk. One of Australia’s unique and most dynamic live acts returns to get Mullum moving when they appear at Mullum Music Festival this year. Also appearing is Yirrmal. There are some musicians so profound that they can still a room in a heartbeat. Yirrmal Marika is one such artist. His voice is ethereal and earthbound at the same time, with spirit that stirs something so deep that, for days afterwards, the goosebumps return every time you recall his concert. A Yolngu man from Yirrkala in NE Arnhem Land, he hails from a rich musical lineage. Yirrmal is the son of Witiyana Marika, a singer and dancer with Yothu Yindi, and is related to Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. His unique sound blends the ancient with the new, never failing to engage the hearts of all those lucky enough to hear him. There is also Jules Jacklin. She’s wry and funny and quick to catch a joke. In fact, Julia Jacklin thought she’d be a social worker. And in a way she is; her songwriting is coloured by a blunt honesty and prickly insight, somewhat disarming for people who’ve never talked about their feelings. Jacklin’s all feeling, with a voice that has The Guardian raving: ‘Every now and then you hear a new voice and little else seems to matter. Julia Jacklin’s is one such voice.’ And from South Sudan, Ajak Kwai. Ajak Kwai’s music is inspiring and soulful, infused with funky afro-beats representing the depth and richness of her South Sudanese roots.
Singing in Arabic, Sudanese or English, Ajak conjures a vivid picture of her Dinka heritage. Ahe is a compelling storyteller, and her music tells the extraordinary tales of being exiled from her Upper Nile home, to gospel singing in Cairo, to starting afresh in Melbourne in 2007.
Skunkhour join Eilen Jewell (USA), The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (CANADA), Julien Baker (USA) Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), Lior, Tash Sultana, Olympia, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, and others as part of a genre-busting lineup that offers something for everyone.
Now in its ninth year, Mullum Music Festival is a whole-town event that takes over the pubs, clubs, halls and streets of Mullumbimby over 17–20 November 2016.