Experience the beautiful music of local community choir, Lighthouse Voices, led by Parissa Bouas from The Hottentots at the Ewingsdale Hall on Saturday 27 August. The Bella Fontes feature the musical and theatrical genius of Nadia Sunde (vocals/guitar/percussion), Andrea Soler (vocals/guitar/ukulele), Parissa Bouas (vocals/drums/percussion/kazoozaphone) and James Ross (vocals/guitar). This multi-talented team of enthusiasm experts bring their love of world music, audiences and each other to the fore in this exciting ensemble. The setlist is crafted from the best of vintage Calypsonian music, (Harry Belafonte being the hero!), contemporary songs (performed in a Calypso feel) and original compositions from an multi-awarded songwriting quartet.
A runaway success at recent Woodford, Bleach and Wintermoon festivals! Not to be missed! Doors open and delicious Brazilian food available from 6pm. Show starts 7pm. Tickets at door: $20/ $18 concession. Book online: www.stickytickets.com.au/38478
Chris Fisher recently returned from gigs in Berlin and the UK with Monkey & the Fish. Chris Fisher will be presenting his songs and some favourite classics in solo mode at the Bangalow Hotel Saturday 20 August from 7.30, including the recently released single Change Is Good.
Kathryn & Steve’s award-winning Little Gypsy
Golden Guitar recipient Steve Passfield and award-winning songwriter Kathryn Jones were recently honoured at the Australian Celtic Music Awards and the Triquetra Awards held during the Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes. Passfield, a seasoned musician/producer, was gracious in his acceptance of the Triquetra Ambassador award. With tours to Europe, Germany and most recently New Caledonia for St Patricks celebrations, Steve is a perfect recipient of this coveted award, which pays honour to those who carry on the Celtic tradition through music, dance or performance by actively weaving it into the fabric of modern Australian society. He also received the gong for Celtic Producer of the Year in the Australian Celtic Music Awards with the infectious album he produced for northern rivers songwriter Kathryn Jones. Jones embraced the luck of the Irish on the night as she joyously accepted the Wendy Watts Best New Celtic Talent award. Their nominated song, Gypsy on the Wrong Side of the World, was written for the album by Steve, after discovering Kathryn’s European roots and her restless gypsy soul. She really is a Gypsy influenced by those Celts who moved east to places such as Romania and Turkey. At the Ballina RSL on Friday.
GANGgajang for City Hall
Rock band GANGgajang will be playing at Lismore City Hall on Friday 9 September. GANGgajang have been around since late 1984 when they released their first single Gimme Some Loving after getting together via the ABC TV show Sweet and Sour. By mid-1985 their official lineup was complete, and what a lineup it was: ex-Riptide Cal, ex-Angels Chris and Buzz, ex-Alien Geoff and brand-new unheard-of-before guitarist Robbie, with Kay Bee on backing vocals. Their debut self-titled album was released, featuring the singles Sounds of Then (This is Australia), Gimme Some Loving, Giver of Life, House of Cards, and The Bigger They Are, and they were on their way. More albums and compilations followed: GangAGAIN, Lingo, The Essential, Oceans and Deserts, This is Australia… and their wonderful DVD (all four hours of it!) The Complete GANGgajang. These singles climbed the charts to become part of the music revolution reinventing the Australian sound: a sound based on our stories, our places. GANGgajang is now regarded as one of the all-time classic Australian albums, while Sounds of Then (This Is Australia) has reached near mythical status and continues to connect with new generations of Australian music fans to this day.
Lismore City Hall. Doors 7.30pm. 18+. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door if available. On sale now from NORPA Box Office.
Beards Come to say goodbye
Declaring that their pro-beard movement has achieved all it can through the medium of live performance, The Beards will be calling an end to their hard-touring ways and have announced a huge Farewell Tour. While the band have stated that they will continue to actively propagate a pro-beard agenda, they will be hanging up their touring hat indefinitely, and fans in all states and territories will have one last chance to get a dose of pro-beard activist rock.
For those who don’t know the Beards, the concept is simple: They are a rock band that exclusively perform songs about just one subject: Beards.
Saturday at the Ballina RSL at 8.30pm. $30
Blood Sweat and Beers
The Blood Sweat and Beers concert is a four-part show featuring a blistering two hours plus with members from AC/DC, The Angels, Screaming Jets and Rose Tattoo. This assault features the cream of rock’n’roll outfits. These music industry legends have performed to millions of people, had dozens of hit singles in the ARIA charts, sold millions of albums and been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. This concert features classic Bon Scott AC/DC songs bettered only by AC/DC themselves, a set of The Angels and Screaming Jets favourites featuring members of these iconic bands, and to bring it home a blistering set of Rose Tattoo classics fronted by the great man himself Angry Anderson.
Ballina RSL on Saturday 3 September. Doors 8pm Show 8.45pm. Tickets at the venue.
In a country that boasts an ever-growing and internationally acclaimed electronic music scene, Tora have earned their place as one of Australia’s most promising young acts.
For the last six months, the boys from Byron Bay have been touring in northern-hemispheric summer, performing at Glastonbury, Fusion Festival, and more than 70 other festivals and headline shows across Europe, America, Mexico and Canada. They have now returned to Australia to start writing their debut album, and support RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL on their Australiawide tour. This will then be followed by their national Australian headline tour in August.
Tora’s music has been described as a ‘blend of ambient harmonies, layered rhythms and pulsing soundscapes’, which has had them compared to Little Dragon and James Blake. Tora’s soothing three-part vocals are prominent on most of the tracks released to date but are not always the feature as the instrumental sections often tell the story.
The music as a whole is spacious and dynamic keeping the listener constantly engaged with intricate, catchy melodies and rhythms.
Byron Community Centre, 27 August.
Dancing for the Light
Two dance floors, tipi, bonfire, visual sensory wonderland and delicious food. Find yourself at the eighth edition of Lightbody, an all-ages community dance celebration!
Featuring the tunes of DJs Nick Taylor and Magu, 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.
Enjoy a delicious and healthy feast or turmeric chai around the bonfire. Gluten-free and vegan options available thanks to the Dosa Deli. This event supports and hosts local DJs, production companies and artists. Lightbody is about keeping the heart and soul of community alive and connected. It’s an open invitation to express through movement, art and being together. Come dance!
$25 contribution. Saturday