Musicians Rise Above the Floods
After seeing the devastation caused by the floods of 2017 in the northern rivers, a few musos got together because they wanted to help. Rise Above the Flood was formed to act as an umbrella organisation for fundraising to help with direct support in affected areas.
This Friday sees musicians come together at the Byron Community Centre to use their talents to raise much-needed money to rebuild communities in our region.
Featuring Gyan, Dustyesky, Hussy Hicks, The Button Collective, Abbie Cardwell, Ben Wilson, Fingal and The Cassettes and emceed by the Shire’s own salacious Mae Wilde! There will be a silent auction and the theatre will be filled with the most beautiful people in the Shire, so join us! 6pm. $33.
Indie guitar and drums two-piece This Way North are Leisha Jungalwalla (Jungal) and Cat Leahy (Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, Miss Quincy, Lisa Miller). They are launching their new single Pressure at Club Mullum this Saturday from 7.30pm. Don’t miss your chance to catch them before they head over to North America for the festival season.
Kings of Country
After sellout shows in North America comes an unforgettable tribute to the biggest names in country music this century. Phillip Bauer as Johnny Cash has been recreating the sound and the look since 1985. His uncanny natural resemblance and his stage presence leave his audiences spellbound as he recreates the era of Jackson, Folsom Prison Blues and all the songs that made Johnny Cash the king of country music. Michael Moore steps up as the outlaw Willie Nelson. He is the leading Willie tribute artist and, as well as working with the Kings of Country, he also does his own show extensively in the United States. Completing the holy trinity is Ted Vigil as John Denver. Vigil has just been awarded the Rising Legend award by the American Country Music association. The Kings of Country at the Ballina RSL on Friday at 8.30pm. Tickets $40.
Are you a singer/songwriter looking for somewhere to ply your craft? Pete C and Dr Baz have the evening for you. Be there from 7pm to secure a spot to perform some tunes for a respectful and supportive audience in the lounge at The Mullum Ex-Services on the second Thursday every month (Thursday 11 May).
Jazzing it up
Saturdays are officially for dancing when Ali McGregor’s all-ages show Jazzamatazz! hits the Brunswick Picture House on Saturday at 11am. This hour-long non-stop rollercoaster of jazzy beats and early 90s musical numbers is guaranteed to get everyone dancing. Sundays also just got a whole lot better, with a 5pm adults-only sumptuously sexy treat from Ali called Decadence. Groove by moonlight in the garden. Tickets at brunswickpicturehouse.com.
Brunswick Picture House presents a new spin on Sunday brunch – every Sunday from 10am! Breakfast and live music served in the surroundings of our beautiful garden, with music this week by Elena B Williams. Free.
Experience sweeping dramatic Russian melodies, thunderous Germanic passion, pastoral English folk song and calming minimalism artfully blended with reflective French impressionist miniatures. Hear legendary music by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Delius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Saint-Saëns, Arvo Pärt, Fauré, Ravel, Gliére and Shostakovich. Heartfelt, virtuosic and thrilling. An internationally renowned musician, Louise King has performed in four continents, and is a competition-winning, award-winning and highly prized graduate of both the Royal College and Royal Northern College of Music in London and Manchester. She is joined by Catherine Guinevere Lynagh, who studied at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with Oleg Stepanov. First-prize winner of the Queensland Piano Competition, the Charles and Motee Rogers Memorial Piano Competition, and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Margaret Nickson Prize.
Louise King with Catherine Guinevere Lynagh on piano presenting Cello Ballade on Sunday at the Byron Theatre. Followed by Canapes by Nadine Abensur. 3pm.
Established in Brisbane in 2007, Champion Sound strike the perfect balance between being a forward-thinking community organisation and a truly authentic heavyweight reggae sound system. Promoting justice, positivity, love and unity, Champion Sound aim to provide a platform for not just the marginalised, but to give the whole community a voice – a LOUD voice.
They are still Queensland’s only custom-built sound, and one of a steadily growing handful in Australia. Specialising in reggae, the wholesome and upbeat vibes at any of their sessions is nicely peppered with dancehall and jungle. And it is not only about the chest-thumping basslines, heart-warming mids and shimmering tops. With their strong focus on community, Champion Sound have assisted youths around the country, from NSW to Cape York, employing local workers, running workshops, programs and events that assist to uplift the marginalised. Champion Sound aim to put into practice the message of the music that they play – unity in the community. Join the family for uplifting forward-thinking music. Authentic Caribbean food will be served. Saturday 20 May at Durrumbul Hall. 6pm. $20 on the door.
As soon as Matty Rogers begins to sing, his husky emotional voice will win you over. As a singer/songwriter, Matty has been creating and performing his original music for the past 12 years. His unique blend of blues, folk, and rock has seen him perform alongside some of the best in business. He is an established songwriter with deep lyrics and catchy melodies, which you will find hard to get out of your head. Matty has recently received some well-deserved recognition for his music. 2016 saw him take out Song of the Year and Best Male Vocal at the NCEIA Dolphin Awards. On top of that, he won the Foster A Band Competition, which gave him the amazing opportunity to perform at Falls Festival, Byron Bay. Catch Matty Rogers when he brings his award-winning talent to the Byron Bay Brewery, this Friday from 7pm. Free entry.
Soul Sangeet is a new-style concert based on Indian classical combined with world music. Sangeet is sound or music in Sanksrit and follows a deep belief of spirit in sound – hence Soul Sangeet. NadaBrahma, a famous Sanskrit proverb, underlines the ancient and now modern belief that the world/universe is created, sustained and made from sound. Soul Sangeet attempts to bridge this ancient belief fusing the highly evolved form of Indian classical with modern-day music. Since diving into the world of sound, Shivam blends a unique 22-string slide guitar/sitar (known by his teacher as the chattarangi) with a crystal slide. Sunday 21 May at Studio 93 Byron, 93 Centennial Circuit. 4pm Raga workshop. 7pm Concert. Tickets $30/25 (workshop OR concert).Pre-bookings $5 off.
Sometimes you can just tell the artists that grew up on the coast. Their music and their lyrics all seem to reflect the smoothness of the sea breeze or the relaxed pace of coastal life, transporting the listener from where they are to wherever they would rather be. This capability is the heart and soul of Pete Allan’s latest EP Ripples. Pete is a Noosa local, and his blend of effortlessly cool vocals and hypnotic, swaying rhythms is the musical epitome of the paradise he grew up in. Catch Pete and his summer sounds at the Byron Bay Brewery on Saturday from 7pm. Free.
Felix The Cat
Felix Riebl is one of Australia’s unique and most accomplished songwriters and musicians. As singer and percussionist with his legendary live band The Cat Empire he has spent the last decade-and-a-half performing on some of the world’s most illustrious and exciting stages.
For the In Your Arms national tour, he will be joined onstage by some of the country’s most celebrated musicians, weaving songs from Paper Doors, Into the Rain, new works, and re-imagined material from his extensive catalogue with The Cat Empire. He is a spellbinding performer, and this show promises to be intimate, sublime, and highly dynamic – not to be missed.
Supporting Felix is Byron Bay singer/songwriter Sam Buckingham. 7pm Saturday 3 June, Lismore City Hall. $30–35 + booking fee.
Tickets: www.lismorecityhall.com.au or 1300 066 772
Plant one on Mum
Do something for your planet on Mothers Day and plant a local native tree for your mum – celebrating all mums everywhere! This year will see the 6,000th tree planted by the Mullum Music Festival team and its incredible supporters and planting organisers. With free entertainment provided by Mullum Music Festival featuring Aine Tyrell and Andrew Morris.
Brunswick Valley Landcare will be providing a delicious barbeque brunch (gold coin donation).
Planting commences at 9am until 10am. Music and refreshments from 10.30am to 1pm. Previous plantings took place at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, Mullumbimby ‘Horse paddock’ and Showgrounds, Tyagarah Crown lands, and Shearwater, Mullumbimby.
Come and join landowners, land carers and land users to plant 1000 plants at the DURRUMBUL HALL site, Main Arm. The site will be special location with the planting of trees for all mothers, past, present and future.
Bring drinking water and wear gloves, long sleeves and long pants, with protective footwear. Trees will be provided and laid out ready for planting at the site.