Festa Junina – DJ Paprika, Trio Mandala Forro | Byron Brewery | Fri 20 july | 6pm | Free
Don’t let winter go past without celebrating Festa Junina, a festival that happens all over Brazil, and the world. This Friday the Festa is coming to the Brewery in Byron Bay. There will be traditional live music by Trio Mandala Forro and guests, as well as DJ Paprika – playing the traditional music called Forro.
Get your Brazilian outfits sorted for Festa Junina. Kicks off at 6pm this Friday at Byron Bay Brewery.
Seven Years Uke
Mullum Ex Services | Thurs 26 July | 6.30pm |$15, kids under 16 $2.50 & under 5 free
Join Miss Amber & Stukulele as they celebrate Uke Mullum’s 7th birthday – their 83rd consecutive UKE NIGHT. The theme is Lucky 7 (7th birthday – 7th month… gotta be lucky right?). Special guests Joel Salom and everyone’s favourite soul singer the amazing Jo Jo Smith. Plus Ash Bell, Sara Tindley, Shelly Brown and more
Club Mullum Thursday 26 July from 6.30pm. Entry $15 kids under 16 $2.50 (under 5 free). Songbook available through www.ukemullum.com. If you can’t make it to Club Mullum you can tune in and watch the night streamed online. To help that happen, pledge as little as one dollar at www.patreon.com/ukemullum
Biggest Little Choir Fundraiser & Indian Dinner
Mullumbimby Uniting Church | Thurs 26 July | 6–9pm | $12/28
Mullumbimby’s Biggest Little Town Choir is heading off to sing it up at Sepik River in PNG as part of a cultural exchange. The choir are raising money to take gifts for school-aged children – towels, kitchen knives and basic medications such as analgesics for the adults. While they are over there they will also make a film to raise awareness of the unique local culture and environment, which is endangered by mining and 21st-century pressures.
To raise money come and enjoy the show, Indian Feast included! Show and dinner $28, show option only $12 – BYO wine. 0419 180 997. Tix: 0419 180 997
Bangalow is alive… with the sound of music
Bangalow | 10–12 Aug 2018
Now in its 17th year, The Bangalow Music Festival has been delighting audiences from around the country with a sublime program of chamber music and the highest calibre of soloists and chamber musicians from around the world.
Teddy Tahu Rhodes returns for a magical Black and White Champagne Gala Night at the Opera with young soprano Alexandera Flood. As well as mesmerising the audience with glorious opera arias from Don Giovanni, La Traviata and The Magic Flute, he will sing songs from his best-selling album I’ll Walk Beside You, including many old-time favourites such as Raglan Road and Shenandoah.
Highlights of the weekend include the ever-popular schools concert in a new comical rendition of Prokofiev’s timeless tale renamed Peta and the Wolf featuring a female Peta; a special recital overlooking the rolling hills of Zentveld’s Coffee plantation in Newrybar, and a Festival Prelude on Thursday 9 August that combines the talents of local artists performing alongside festival stars in a concert of fun and drama. The opening night on Friday 10 August features masterworks of both boldness and virtuosity with Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim, Bernstein’s Glitter and be Gay and Ravel’s devilishly difficult violin showpiece Tzigane.
On Sunday 12 August Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Alexandra Flood perform songs by Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein with Southern Cross Soloists and Bangalow Festival Artists. These masterworks for wind and strings include a recent quartet by the young American composer Caroline Shaw and From the Heart features Iain Grandage’s haunting string sonnet The Wild Geese. Alex Raineri performs one of Mozart’s most sublime concertos in the final concert with violinist Amalia Hall and conductor Sarah-Grace Williams. Internationally renowned cellists, Meta Weiss and her partner New York-based David Requiro will explore the sounds and movement of Bartok, Brahms and Bernstein’s dance music. Meta performs on a rare Gioffredo Cappa cello, circa 1690.
First-time visitors to the festival include NZ violin soloist Amalia Hall, US cello soloist David Requiro, and leading contemporary dancers Rebecca Hall and Riley Baldwin, who will perform in the festival’s first-ever dance program. We also welcome back conductor Sarah-Grace Williams, violinist Susan Collins, violist Greg Daniel, percussionist Angus Wilson, and bassoonist Matthew Kneale, alongside Southern Cross Soloists and our 2018 Festival Quartet: Zoe Freisberg, Rollin Zhao, Martin Alexander and Robert Manley.
This year features an outstanding group of emerging professionals, a visiting wind quintet from the University of Western Australia, and the 2018 SXS Next Gen Artists, including the 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition first-prize winner Oscar Wong.
Full program and tickets available: www.southernxsoloists.com
Jeff Martin’s Stars in the Sand
Kingscliff Hotel | Sat 28 July | 7pm | $24.90
The Stars in the Sand tour will bring an exciting element for fans with a release of an EP available exclusively at the shows. The show will feature some of these tracks along with a few other fresh additions to the set. Joining Jeff on all shows will be exciting 23-year-old multi-instrumentalist Mitch King.
Tix on oztix.com.au
Bello Winter Festival ’18 OMFG – The best festival in the world! (outside of the Byron Shire) by Marcus OMullane
Way up in a little valley, a few hours south from here, not far from the coast, and just before you cross over into The Promised Land is a fabled and rusted town nestled on a ridge, backed by a river, amongst the trees, the open space and green rolling fields, a town so beautiful it’s best not to mention its name for fear of increasing the rate of its discovery and ruining it!
In just its fourth year, this festival draws you in with its deep, diverse and fascinating lineup, with a cluster of big names focusing on diversity, rootsy, quality musicians and musicianship of all shapes and sizes.
So the highlights?
Z-Star Trinity – If Led Zep came back as a three-piece comprising a female lead with Trinidadian roots, a crazed pint-sized and dreaded drummer (Beck Flatt) with the energy and exuding the same passion as Bohnam and a driving rhythmic bass machine in human form (Boi Crompton GC), it would be Z-Star Trinity, a mind-blowing wall of sound that starts at level 100 and launches skyward from there.
Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier, homegrown epic singer/songwriter duo, craft songs rich with meaning, metaphor and prophecy, drawn together with expert lyrical simplicity. Incredible, captivating and riveting every time…
Thando – The richness, the passion and the style are unbounded with Thando, a new voice and powerhouse in the Australian music scene.
Moussa Diakite – A legend of the 1970s and 80s Malian music scene, now residing in Australia, Moussa Diakite is a stylish gentleman with an equally stylish, tight and legendary band that balances youth and experience.
The Morrisons – Yes! These guys are the best! Six-piece, fully acoustic, rigged only with oldtimer compression mics, their passion-strained voices and instruments. Its foot stomping, knee slapping, audience voices yelling bluegrass!
Burger Joint – Two exceptional musicians, funky soulful guitar and on-point drums funkin’ it up with the quirky twist of seemingly random off-the-cuff song lyrics in their songs such as Chicken Parmigiana and Taking the dog to the dog beach.
Special mention for Mullum’s own Rebecca Ireland and her three-piece band crafting rich and deep, ethereal musical soundscapes – the perfect musical bed for Bek’s beautiful haunting and mystical lyrics.
Totally can’t wait till next year…