Getting the vibe
There are some festivals that have to be on your bucket list. Island Vibe on Stradbroke Island is definitely one of them.
Appearing this year alongside the glorious Nattali Rize of Blue King Brown is New Zealand’s Tiki Taane. He is one of the country’s most well-known and diverse artists and producers, a pioneer in the NZ music scene, first rising to prominence as frontman of leading band Salmonella Dub before embarking on his solo career in January 2007.
Tiki is renowned for his abilities both as a gifted performance MC and solo acoustic performances. Affectionately known as ‘King of the Dubs’ in NZ, Tiki’s musical influences roam from dubstep, reggae, old-school drum’n’bass and hip-hop. Tiki’s power to unify, warm and wow punters is definitely going to make him one of the hot shows to vibe to.
Heartical Hi Powa represents the traditional medium of bass culture, featuring Dancehall Kings: Macky Banton and Stryka D. CEO of Dubforce Radio Macky Banton is one of the world’s most travelled sound-system MCs. A legend within the UK scene, Macky Banton is known for hyping up dance halls across the globe.
In 2002, Stryka D created a music scene when Heartical Hi Power formed Dub Club in Melbourne, bringing 50 years of Jamaican music culture to Australia. Stryka D believed purpose-built speaker stacks and equipment were essential to fast forward reggae and dub music. More than a decade later you get to check out Heartical Hi Power with correct weight and treble.
28–30 October at North Stradbroke Island. For tickets and program info go to islandvibe.com.
Giving charity a nudge
This Sunday at the Billinudgel Hotel Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, will be raising money for local not-for-profit Liberation Larder, who rescue good food that would otherwise end up in landfill, and ensure this food reaches people who need it, either as meals or fresh food parcels.
DJs Al Royale, Vinyl Junkie, Dale Stephen and Lord Sut will be enticing you with hot tunes to make your hearts sing and feet groove to the beat. From 2pm.
Once in a Blue Moon
Award-winning pianist and writer Jessica Roemischer combines music, storytelling and video for a unique concert experience. Greg Thomas of the New York Daily News calls Jessica’s events ‘a tapestry of sound textures that evokes peace because it comes from love’.
For her debut at The Byron Theatre, she’ll show Once in a Blue Moon, a video collaboration with Byron photographer Luke Taylor, which has received nearly two million views. You’ll experience this captivating video onscreen as Roemischer plays the soundtrack live.
8 October at 7.30–9pm, Byron Theatre, Community Centre. Tickets and Info: byroncentre.com.au. Phone: 6685 6807
It’s a swing thing!
Ladies and gentlemen, the swing is back! This Sunday will be a splendid night of swing and electro-swing madness with Mick Buckley & the Hepcats, Karen Minami’s Jive Cabaret, RADIO CYP on the decks and Rosie Miss Chief on the mic. Live swing band, dance choreographies with our local flapper girls, DJ and MC.
Let’s get swungover!
Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby on Sunday from 6pm.
Master uke player AJ Leonard fronts up for Uke Night
Arguably Australia’s best – master ukulelist AJ Leonard and his partner, cellist Jenny Rowlands, are dropping by to perform for and with Miss Amber & Stukulele and the Uke Mullum fans. You will be transported to lush and lovely destinations by the power of song and four little strings. Bring your uke or just your happy face and enjoy a community strum’n’sing.
$12.50 per adult, kids under 15 $2.50. Thursday from 6:30pm – Club Mullum at The Ex-Services Club.
Harry Manx has been one of the most successful international touring musicians ever to grace stages in Australia. He’s a worldwide festival favourite, and Harry’s 14 albums and ceaseless touring have seen him earn a slew of Maple Leaf, Juno and Canadian Folk awards, nominations, and accolades from musicians and fans worldwide. Harry’s created his own genre, often referred to as the ‘Mystissippi Blues’. His mesmerising sound is an organic fusion of eastern musical traditions with the blues. Harry Manx (Canada) with Clayton Doley on keyboards at Star Court Theatre in Lismore on Friday and at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Saturday.