Hotel Great Northern | Sun 19 August | $50
Skunkhour celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their game-changing, self-titled debut album with a gig at the Hotel Great Northern.
A true fusion of Aussie indie ethos with the relatively unknown and unheralded genres of hip-hop, funk, and soul. Other bands and artists such as The Rockmelons, Sound Unlimited Posse and Renee Geyer had made a mark commercially in these areas separately, but no-one had fused all these elements together successfully into one sound. A sound that was immediate, honest, raw, groove laden and yet still held a uniquely Australian perspective.
The band was Skunkhour and they are one of Oz music’s truly ground-breaking musical groups.
To mark this occasion the band have decided to take their seminal brand of mongrel funk rock back to the stage, featuring a horn section and special guests, with a series of three live shows playing their self-titled debut album track for track, to be followed by hits from their later catalogue. This is an opportunity to see one of this country’s truly innovative and original acts celebrate a significant time and place in the Australian music story.
Tix at www.oztix.com.au
Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club | Fri 24 August | 8pm | $10-25
Fresh from Paris via New York City, Hetty Kate is looking forward to joining legendary jazz guitarist James Sherlock, Thierry Fossemalle on bass and Dave Sanders, for a special concert at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on Friday 24 August at 8pm. Described as ‘the real deal’ and ‘one of the best swing vocalists on the current scene’ (Will Friedwald – author and critic, USA), Hetty performed with James Morrison’s touring bands for three years, and can now be found on stages large and small from New Zealand to New York. Don’t miss her. www.mullumexservices.com.au
Byron Theatre | Fri 17 August | 7.30pm | $12-25
Award-winning songwriter Matt Hill will be launching his new album Stars and the Moon and Satellites at the Byron Theatre on Friday 17 August. Best known for his delicate and beguiling keyboard parts with the group Amphibian, Matt has put together a new band to present a collection of carefully crafted and heartfelt songs. With echoes of Nick Drake and Bon Iver, this music lies somewhere between the worlds of ambient post-rock and contemporary folk.
For tickets go to www.byroncentre.com.au
Bangalow Bluegrass Festival
Bangalow A&I Hall and Showgrounds | Fri 17 and Sat 18 August
Warm up this winter in the Byron hinterland at the Bangalow BBQ Bluegrass Festival Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August, Bangalow A&I Hall and Showgrounds.
You will be the judge as more than 50 teams battle it out for the Firebrand BBQ competition bragging rights. The bluegrass lineup is headlined by festival favourites The Mid North and featuring The Cartridge Family, The Long Yard and more as curated by the incomparable Ash Bell (Starboard Cannons). Pickers and pickle comps and kids’ entertainment makes this event a family favourite with locals.
Plus, for those in the know, the Old Time Variety show (MA15+) – on Friday 17 August 6–10 pm at the A&I Hall returns with the promise of a night of riotous fun as more than 70 artists perform music and comedy in an old-time radio show format. Warning: seating is limited and will sell out.
The Bangalow BBQ Bluegrass Festival is a not-for-profit community event funding regional arts and cultural initiatives.
Earlybird tix $78 for a family and $58 for an adult
Drill Hall, Mullum | Sat 25 August | 6.30pm | $12-$15
Don’t miss Bethanie Jolly’s homecoming when she launches her debut album Woo me from my sleep alongside a painting series she has created. Joining Bethany in support on the night are Peter Hunt and Chris Mallory.