Byron Bay’s Queer Night is back this Friday at the Byron Brewery featuring live music, local DJs suave Kings, fabulous Queens, cabaret and dance performances. CC THE CAT will be headlining the live music side of the event with their booty-shaking, funky reggae and soul. Their music is upbeat, fun and groovy, with comparisons being made to Blue King Brown, Sade, and Bob Marley and the Wailers. After seven years of touring extensively around Australia, their experience and long musical relationship really shows onstage through their tight live performance.
Friday night from 7pm at the Byron Bay Brewery. Free entry.
Splendour sold out
Splendour in the Grass is sold out! It was reportedly a Hunger Games-like frenzy with music lovers panicking about missing out. But all may not be lost. If you are keen for a ticket, be warned: don’t buy tickets from Facebook, online trading sites or ticketing websites; it will end in tears. You need to have your name and date of birth on the ticket so it’s checked against your ID. Splendour has an official resale site open through moshtix.com.au from 8 May where you can purchase legit tickets for the 21, 22 and 23 July event.
Adam at Brewery
Adam Harpaz is a Byron-based indie folk multi-instrumentalist who paints pictures of peaceful coastal living through heartfelt performances and lyrical integrity. Harpaz has been busy writing and recording a new EP All For You, which is due for release later in the year.
He and his trio have found some time out of the studio to perform at the Byron Bay Brewery on Saturday from 7pm. Free entry.
Italo Aussie country
Italian-born Australian country singer Clelia Adams has an impressive CV. Finalist for Capital News 2016 Independent Female Vocalist of the Year at the Southern Stars Awards, with number one position on the Top 40 International Country Music in the Netherlands last year and number nine on the official Australian Country Tracks Chart last year.
She plays the Mullumbimby Country Music Club Day at Club Mullum from 12pm on Sunday.
Chitty Chitty Tim Tim
Touring non-stop around the world with Nahko and the Medicine for the People, Tim Snider (violin/vocals) and Justin ‘Chitty’ Chittams (drumkit/vocals) very rarely find a break in the schedule to tour their own music. Fortunately, however, they have found a small window of opportunity to bring their show ahead of the highly awaited launch tour for their new album HOKA. The duo recently completely a tour to Medicine fans across the US, which was a great warm-up for what they are bringing out here to Australia. Justin not only plays drums like an animal in the Medicine for the People, but he has a voice that will melt you down and writes songs that lift you up, playing both guitar and keys. Tim is renowned for his incredible violin playing but he also loops guitar, percussion and vocals into a sound that has been described as ‘a world folk hybrid aimed at the heart, the head and the feet’. They play the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Tuesday.
Tickets on byroncentre.com.au.
Hunt the Magic
Lisa Hunt began singing in that great African American tradition, the gospel church, where was laid the foundation of her soulful singing style. She went on to study voice at The City College of New York where she received a BFA in music.
Her debut album was A Little Piece of Magic for Universal/Polydor. She has had songs on numerous compilations around the globe, both as singer and songwriter, and has sold more than a million records. Strange for someone you’ve probably never heard of until now, but hey, that’s showbiz!
She plays the Ballina RSL this Friday.
See the doc
Dr Bob Walton is a seasoned musician of thirty-plus years’ experience, playing all your favourites from the 60s to NOW. You can rest assured there’s something for everyone (yes, that includes the kids). Dr Bob is as colourful as the shirts he wears.
Ballina RSL Bowling Club on Saturday at 6pm.
The Blues Club at the Bangalow Bowlo on Thursday
Blues are definitely in the air this weekend, and you can get your dose live and local at the Blues Club (fourth Thursday of the month) at The Bowlo in Bangalow.
Come on down and experience the cool grooves of Pat Davern and the Jonnie McCann Experience, the Dynaflows, and the FBI Band.
Music on the green from 5.30pm.
All that’s sacred
Sacred Earth are one of Australia’s musical success stories. Having sold more than a quarter of a million albums, they’re Australia’s top-selling artists in the sacred music genre and, the second you hear their sound, it’s easy to see why. Sacred Earth’s music is nothing short of spellbinding and truly is like balm for the spirit. Prem’s captivating vocals have an other-worldly quality, encapsulating the depths of human emotion with striking clarity as she sings sacred mantras and heartfelt lyrics that resonate with people of all ages and from all walks of life.
While Prem plays her keyboard with a gentle touch, Jethro adds vocal harmonies and soothing instrumental melodies, playing shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Indian bansuri, Irish tin and low whistles and acoustic guitar. This concert will be a sacred evening, showing gratitude for our beautiful world and a celebration of the union of our voices to become an instrument of peace and love. A night of gratitude and healing, friendship and growth. Bring those you love. A night to share the beauty of family, friends and send out some much-needed love to Mother Earth.
Sacred Earth at the Byron Community Centre on Saturday 29 April at 7.30pm. Tickets on byroncentre.com.au.
Doug Anthony All stars rescheduled
Owing to flood cancellations the Doug Anthony All Stars show at the Lismore City Hall has been rescheduled to July 14 and 15.
Existing ticket holders please contact Ryan at [email protected] or 1300 066 772 to transfer your tickets or refund if dates are not suitable.
Gareth Liddiard has emerged from a month-long sabbatical in Latin America just in time to hit the road for a run of solo shows. Aside from stories about his newfound South American gangster status, he will be playing a mix of solo bangas, Drones favourites, and a sprinkling of new jingles from the brand-new band (still to be named like all neglected kids who are left nameless for long periods after birth). He and fellow Drone Fiona Kitschin have been incubating in the Nagambie hills over the new year. More info to follow on that one.
At the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Thursday 20 April. Tickets are $25 + bf at byroncentre.com.au.
Rock’n’ Through the Ages
When the doors open and the audience enter the room, the big screens come to life showing original music clips and TV commercials from the 50s, 60s & 70s to set the nostalgic mood in the room. At Rock’n’ Through the Ages you hear the audience laughing and chatting with each other as they reminisce over the old footage that sparks the memories of the days gone by. The group enters the stage and kicks off the first song with the Bill Haley classic Rock Around the Clock and in an instant you see the crowd dancing in their seats and watching the original video clips on the big screen. This high-energy show encourages the audience to join in and sing along with some of the greatest number one hits of all times from Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and also great bands such as Daddy Cool, The Monkeys, Dr Hook and many more.
The show is performed and delivered by three seasoned professionals and cheeky entertainers in Greg (Bankxy) Bankx, David (Sprouty) Cail, and Steve Cummins, and is backed by the RTA Band. This show ticks all the bab-boomer boxes! Saturday at 8pm at the Ballina RSL. $25.