The Hotel Great Northern | Sat 27 Oct | 9pm
Bootleg Rascal are gearing up for their second album, two years in the making. The margarita-sipping Rascals are serving up ghetto-dub tracks, dipped in cajun spice and sizzled on a hot pan. Taking cues from Fat Freddy’s Drop and Gorillaz, while still pushing the Bootleg sound with hypnotic synths and bouncing beats inspired by 90s West Coast Rap, Bootleg’s second studio album features their more recent single Mercy, and a previously released track, Back to You and With You.
See them Saturday at The Northern from 9pm.
Club Mullum, Mullum Ex-services club | Thurs 25 Oct | 6.30pm | $2.50-15
This month Miss Amber and Stukulele asked for everyone’s favourite songs to strum ’n’ sing – the resulting Uke Night songbook is based on what the Uke Mullum community asked for. This Thursday you can join in on Uke Night with 22 easy-play favourites with a few challenges here and there, including Turkey in the Straw, which is an old Americana fiddle tune. Chris Aronsten will be joining the band for some fiddle and mandolin action and as always there will be surprise appearances from local legends.
BYO uke or just join in the singalong. A great community evening for the whole family. Songbook access through www.ukemullum.com. Entry $15, Youth (5–16) $2.50 | Kids under 5 free. Club Mullum From 6.30pm
Byron Bay Brewery | Friday 26 Oct | 8pm | $18-20
When you think of Aussie punk rock, you think Hard-Ons right? Well if you don’t then you really should. The Hard-Ons have been rocking out since 1981 and are Australia’s most successful independent band, with over 250,000 records sold worldwide.
The Hard-Ons’ humble origins can be traced back to Western Sydney’s Punchbowl Boys High School, where all founding members were students. They started out as a three-piece with Keish De Silva on drums and vocals, Peter ‘Blackie’ Black on guitar, and Ray Ahn on bass. Now a four-piece with Murray Ruse on drums and De Silva up front on vocals, they’re still one of the most diverse, explosive and best ‘bang for your buck’ bands you’ll ever see.
Having just returned from tours in Japan and Europe, The Hard-Ons will be kicking out the jams in Byron for the first time since their 30th anniversary tour way back in 2014. Joining them are Brisbane’s rock’n’roll sweethearts Port Royal, who have been making waves and winning fans with their revivalist blend of 60s and 70s rock.
Gold Coast shredders The F1-Elevens and Byron Bay art punk outfit No Parade complete this awesome lineup that you won’t want to miss!
Friday at the Byron Bay Brewery, 8pm. Tickets on sale at www.oztix.com.au or $20 at the door.
Electro-pop with RnB vibes with Jay Power
Byron Brewery | Sunday 28 Oct | 7.30pm | $18 online
Singer/songwriter Jay Power brings her fresh vibes to Byron Bay this weekend.
The name Power describes her work perfectly, driven by hip-hop-inspired beats, straight-up lyrics and a big voice.
Rhythm is where Jay is most comfortable, layering melodies over beats your body won’t want to ignore. Her love for lush vocals shows in her arrangements, filled with the harmonies and beauty that come from an artist who lives to sing.
In her first tour to the area she performs with her electro setup and is joined by experienced RnB guitarist, Mikey Chan. Chan has lent his formidable talent to heavyweights like Grammy award-winning hip-hop producer M-Phazes, Roots Manuva and Kimbra.
Together, they sound like hip-hop, pop, neo soul, jazz – you won’t be sure, but they will keep you on your toes.
See them Sunday at the Byron Brewery from 7.30pm with special guest Andrea Kirwin.
Mikelangelo farewell Cave, Waits and Cohen
Brunswick Picture House | Sunday 28 Oct | 5pm | $10-25
It’s been six years since Mikelangelo first performed the songs of Cave, Waits and Cohen as part of his Classic Albums series in Melbourne.
This early idea formed into a show and has since toured from Sydney to Townsville to Alice Springs to Edinburgh, clocking up a huge number of shows and delighting fans around Australia and the world.
But all good things must come to an end, and the final Cave-Waits-Cohen show will play at the Brunswick Picture House on Sunday 28 October.
See his interview on Echonetdaily. www.echo.net.au/2018/10/mikelangelo-farewells-cave-waits-cohen/.