Kirk Lorange and Michel Rose
Kirk Lorange and Michel Rose are two of Australia’s most iconic guitarists and they will be playing with Greg Lyon and the Hip Operation on Sunday 7 January at the Byron Golf Club.
Michael Rose is the king of pedal steel guitar, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and has worked with an amazing array of artists in the country, jazz and popular music fields. Canadian–born Kirk Lorange is a master of the slide guitar, singer and songwriter, and is known for for his work with Chasin’ the Train, Richard Clapton and many others. They’ll be joined by Greg Lyon on bass and vocal and Scott Hills on drums. The music is country-soul, blues and boogie, with music by Little Feat, Ry Cooder, BB King, Ray Charles and others.
The monthly Sunday Groove Sessions at the Byron Golf Club have become a favourite hangout for music-loving locals and musos. Guests often drop in for a few songs. Entry is free, music 2–5pm.
OKA & Oskee
Embracing the future without losing sight of the past, OKA draw upon their Indigenous connection to place and country to create their signature feelgood Australian earth sound, an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, roots, jazz and world music –a mashup of dance and downtempo electro beats marinated in the mystical spirit of the Dreamtime.
At the creative heart of the music is Stu Boga Fergie (aka DidgeriSTU), who connects you to earth with the deep subsonic pulse and resonance of his Yidaki (didgeridoo). He is the big man behind the electronic beats, keys and vocals inspired by his Aboriginal heritage.
The OKA collective includes captivating melody on guitar, sax, flute and woodwinds woven through organic juju beats of deep tribal fire. A sound and force that touch the heart and connects the soul.
OKA are heading to the Byron Bay Brewery for a free show in the garden, with support by 2017 Bluesfest Busking Competition Winner Tay Oskee. It kicks off at 8pm this Thursday night. Free entry.
Drop Legs Drop In
Byron band Drop Legs have attracted a solid following with their energetic live performances and fusion of heavy reggae and surf hip-hop. The band’s accelerating career has seen them recently complete their fifth east coast tour ending on another packed out show at The Great Northern, Byron Bay, as well as touring Indonesia for Sailor Jerry and supporting the likes of Opiou, Sticky Fingers, Bootleg Rascal, Bonjah, Band of Frequencies, Ocean Alley, The Bennies and more. Drop Legs have teamed up with BlackRat And The Bandits, as well as Dos Loona, for a big end-of-year celebration in the new band room at the Byron Bay Brewery. It’s free entry and kicks off at 8pm.
Ray Winter’s new band Freeway are playing their first gig at the Empire Café in Mullumbimby on Friday from 5pm.
‘I’m excited about playing there,’ said Ray, ‘It’s got the old relaxed Mullum vibe. We want to keep the feel of the 60s and 70s alive. Music was so creative then and all about self-expression. We prefer to put our own flavour into the tunes we play and change the grooves around so there is something for everyone.’
The trio is Ray Winter on vocals, guitar and slide, Paul Brewer on bass and Pete Davidian on drums.
Mal Eastick will be featuring a new special guest artist, Andrew Hegedus, at Mal’s Blues Bar at the Ballina RSL this month.
Andrew hails from Grafton, and is best known in the northern rivers as the singer and rhythm guitarist of the Lismore-based band Jabiru. Andrew has been performing in pubs and clubs for many years. In the 1980s and early 90s he was a member of the Grafton band Little Eagle.
Andrew has a wide repertoire and a strong voice to back it up. This month he and Mal perform together with Mal’s band for the first time.
They will be stepping out from the blues and rockin’ the house, performing well-known tunes from the 60s, 70s 80s and 90s for the summer holiday season.
Songs featured will be from artists such as Ray Charles, Tony Joe White, Eric Clapton, Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, Neil Young, Vince Gill, Paul Simon, Otis Redding and more. A good selection of Mal’s tasteful melodic instrumentals will be featured as well.
Come on board for the ride and have some fun at Mal’s Blues Bar at the Ballina RSL on Saturday.
Shai Shriki (Israel) vocalist, oud and guitar player, composer and writer of contemporary music with traditional sounds from the Middle East, Hebrew songs and Spanish guitar is one of the featured performers at the Zorba Gypsy Party at Durrumbul Hall in January.
World music to its wide variety is Shai’s passion, mostly writing in Hebrew as his first language but Shai also sings Arabic, Spanish, and Eastern European songs.
Shai believes that the unique sounds of traditional instruments and songs invoke deep emotions, and the fusion of cultures with sound similarities can be a meeting and bridging place for all people to live in harmony. You can see Shai Shriki at the Zorba Gypsy Party along with Shakshuka from Byron and the Imprints from Melbourne at Durrumbul Hall on Saturday 13 January. 6pm–midnight. Tickets on zorbaproductions.com
Tuning into the Frequency
Music sits at the core of the Earth Frequency experience! From their early days of electronic dance music focus, they have evolved over the years to the current form as a diverse live and electronic music festival. The lineups include a wide range of music styles ranging from live bands to original electronic producers and DJs, with an overall focus on quality, independent, positive and creative musical expression. Over the four days you can expect to hear a solid dose of reggae, dubstep, techno, glitch-hop, world music, progressive, hip-hop, psytrance, drum and bass, folk, funk and down-tempo, all sitting along side each other harmoniously in a 4-day mix of music that will satisfy all tastes and push the boundaries. 16–19 February at Ivorys Rock. For tickets and program info go to earthfrequency.com.au
Yakaty Yak at the Rissole
With ‘Danny Mayers’, former lead vocalist with the Delltones, joining Yakaty Yak in 2017, their show is fantastic, and brings back so many of the Delltones’ fabulous songs, and after many months rehearsing the new show they are now back on the road touring. Yakaty Yak in their own right have been a great harmony group, having always had past members of the Delltones in the group, and have been entertaining audiences over the last three decades, not only in Australia, but also overseas, and have entertained on many cruises.
Yakaty Yak is well known for its great harmonies and classic cover songs including rock, country, surf music and Aussie classics. They have a huge following and always have their audience asking for more at the end of their shows.
Ballina RSL Club
Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are in good company on their new UK booking agency, as they join the home of global heavyweights including Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and The Stone Roses on 13 Artists. The Brighton-based agency is also home to local heroes including Tame Impala, Alex Lahey, Big Scary, City Calm Down, The Jezabels, Montgomery and Pond.
Perth natives Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have had a head-spinningly busy 18 months. Not only have the psyche rockers dropped two core-rattling LPs, High Visceral Part One and Part Two, to rave reviews. They have sold out both national tours and supported the likes of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Murlocs, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, and Skeggs. Renowned for their crowd-surfing inducing, moshpit-embracing live show, the four-piece have announced a national tour including Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ curated festival Dr Noggin Floggin and the Cosmic Toothbrush, which brings together 12 blisteringly awesome local bands. And just because sleep is for the weak the band has announced the impending release of High Visceral B-side vinyl. The first single to drop via the band’s label What Reality Records is outta this world fuzz banger Little Moon. At the Hotel Great Northern on NYE.
Friday at 8pm. Tix are $30.