The Bay Collective is a gathering of high-quality professional musicians from the northern rivers area and the brainchild of one of Byron Bay’s most entrepreneurial songstresses and performers, Hayley Grace. This 8-piece group of shredders serves up tasty funk, reggae and trip-hop covers and originals with sAsssssssss! The Big Band are absolute hotties too and not your typical musos. Making their first public appearance on Friday at the Byron Bay Brewery with a coupe of special guests on the night. Free entry and the fun kicks off at 7.30pm.
Eagles have landed
Raised By Eagles’ entrance onto Melbourne’s musical landscape in July 2013 immediately garnered the attention of Americana music aficionados across the country, their debut release scoring the band a nomination at The Age Music Victoria Awards that year for Best Country Album.
They released their widely acclaimed follow-up LP Diamonds in the Bloodstream in May 2015; it bagged a slew of award nominations and went on to win Best Country Album and Best Emerging Artist at The Age Music Victoria Awards. It also scored them an invitation from the prestigious Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, where they delivered a stellar run of international shows. After a big year on the Australian festival circuit, which included Port Fairy Folk Festival, Bigsound, Bello Winter Music Festival and Dashville Skyline, the band took a break to start writing and recording their third album, I Must Be Somewhere, which has already scored four stars in Rolling Stone Australia and is now available through ABC Music and at all good record stores. Raised By Eagles is a band of integrity and a generosity of spirit. A band who remains unaffected by the smoke and mirrors of music in the postmodern era, and encapsulates the art of storytelling at its heartfelt finest.
Raised By Eagles at Club Mullum on Saturday 26 August at 7pm. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door or from clubmullum.com.
Knight, Daze & Rails
Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Kellie Knight and her 7-piece jazz/funk ensemble The Daze once again play Byron’s funkiest original music venue, The Rails, this Friday. Expect to hit the dancefloor with their unique blend of soul, funk and jazz that celebrates improvisation among musicians, and is topped with gritty powerhouse vocals that deliver Knight’s catchy original tunes.
Swing dance fans listen up! A live band featuring two ridiculously talented singers will be playing for your dancing pleasure this Friday at the Bangalow Bowlo from 7.30pm. Singers Rhydian Lewis and Emily Turner cover repertoire from Sinatra and Dean Martin to Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s called That Swing Thing, and in the rhythm engine room are Dr Fred Cole (piano), Hans Lovejoy (double bass) and Ben Cox (drums).
Last Stage Outa Town
Abbie Cardwell was born to be on the road. This young Aussie girl, raised in Singapore and England has gypsy blood, daughter to revered 60s country music icon, and grand daughter of ‘Gypsy’ a cherished local songstress, Cardwell is a master of acoustic roots and alt country performer. Resplendent in her vocals, with guitar, banjo ukulele and harp, she gives it her all, with her dedication to her craft and her live touring making her one of the most captivating performers to put her well travelled foot on stage! Thursday at the Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby.
Byron Bay Guitar Festival!
Get ready to tune up, because the first Byron Bay Guitar Festival is on its way. The festival will be held over two days (11–12 November). Saturday will feature more than 30 live performances on two stages at the Brewery from some of Australia’s best guitarists, including Kevin Borich, Jeff Lang, Fiona Boyes and Steve Edmonds! The venue will be dressed with vintage and new guitar displays amongst the exposed brewing tanks and there will be seminars and presentations in the Pighouse Flix theatre.
Sunday will be a market day held in our carpark with a long list of activities from a massive sale to entertainment provided. Festivities will continue at the Brewery into the evening with a guitar jam and more music from the likes of Phil Emmanuel and Paul George (Tijuana Cartel). Byron Bay is Australia’s third-largest tourism destination, famous for our arts and cultural events and natural surroundings. The area is home to a long list of professional musicians and a hub of activity for all music enthusiasts – it really is the perfect destination for a guitar festival!
Giants among musicians
With their Triple J feature album Quiet Ferocity out today, The Jungle Giants are pleased to announce they’ve added second and final show dates to their national album tour in Brisbane and Melbourne. Racking up more than 35 million Spotify streams, The Jungle Giants are the poster people for creative risks in the studio. Recorded at Empire Studios in Brisbane, Quiet Ferocity was a result of frontman Sam Hales’s ‘5 days a week, 9–5’ approach to the creation of album number three. Recorded and produced entirely by the band, the 10-track album features new singles On Your Way Downand Feel The Way I Do, which combined have accumulated more than three million streams and numerous appearances on Triple J’s most-played-tracks list. Recently whipping crowds into a frenzy on Australia’s favourite regional touring festival Groovin The Moo, The Jungle Giants have played played shows in LA, New York, Toronto, Austin, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.
With sold-out headline dates and appearances at all major Australian festivals, audiences can expect performances filled with charging dance hooks and contagious scream-your-lungs-out choruses. Their new album marks a key stylistic and musical evolution for the band, creating a genre-bending universe that’s entirely their own. Quiet Ferocity is infectious. So get ready – it’s coming for you, too. At the Hotel Great Northern on Saturday.