The Rolling Stones Experience
Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Saturday 16 Feb 8pm | $28.80
Get ready for The Rolling Stones Experience as it pays homage to the band that was at the forefront of the British invasion in the mid-1960s. The Rolling Stones Experience is a rock’n’roll band that really rocks out and recreates that Stones sound and the songs you know and love with absolute authenticity, professionalism, and a band that has over 150 years of combined experience between them. They like it, live and breathe it, and they do it well. It’s what they’ve been doing all their adult lives. Fronting the band is John van Zyl – a seasoned entertainer with an uncanny look and eerily similar vocal style that makes him an instantly recognisable Jagger. Saturday 16 Feb at the Byron Theatre. 8pm. byroncentre.com.au
Lighthouse Band hits the Rails
The Rails, Byron | Saturday | 7pm | Free
Byron Lighthouse Band is launching its first CD, Sort of Enlightened. Last year they released a single protesting the overdevelopment at West Byron. The CD covers topics such as looking after yourself, enjoying one of Byron’s laidback pubs, loving someone so passionately you want to tie them to the bed, and living in a stressful world but maintaining a warm-hearted attitude. Geoff Wright (Late For Woodstock) engineered and mixed, and Slim Pickens mastered the tracks. The band is Julie Haschemeyer on vocals and harmonies; Roy Geiger (Richard Clapton) guitars, vocals; Dave Costello bass; Tai Lonergan drums; Raphael Lee Cass (Paul Kelly, Bon Scott) vocals, guitar. There’ll be intelligent lyrics, political comment, and great rock music to dance to.
Byron Lighthouse Band plays Sat at The Rails, 7pm. therailsbyronbay.com
Song Dynasty Music
Song Dynasty Music has been awarded a small grant from a program delivered on behalf of Create NSW by Regional Arts NSW and jointly administered by the Regional Arts Development Organisations throughout NSW.
The grant will support singing workshops for children and young adults which will be conducted by professional counter-tenor Tobias Cole from Canberra at the end of May 2019.
Song Dynasty Music groups start up again next week and they move into their fourth year in the Shire, with the morning Big Sing at the Brunswick Picture House on Monday and Saturday mornings 9.30am till 10.30am and the Bowlo Choir on Monday nights 6.30 till 8.30 led by Loveys diva Janet Swain and Dustyesky bassman Adrian Williams Brett. Rebel Rebel Girls Choir (for girls who love to sing) starts again Tuesday. Music will save the world, people, so come and join in and celebrate humanity, the planet, and your own good self.
For more info go to [email protected]
Andrew De Silva as Prince in Purple Revolution
Ballina RSL | Friday 22 Feb 8pm | $40
Australian singer Andrew De Silva plays homage to Prince in Purple Revolution, a show that presents all the hits and reminds the audience just what an amazing musician and songwriter Prince was.
Andrew, an obsessed Prince fan, brings to life the songs Prince performed with Sheila E and Sheena Easton.
When it comes to an artist performing Prince’s material, then Andrew De Silva is confidently placed to do so. There is little he can’t do – from fronting R&B supergroup CDB in the 1990s, to pub rock icons Boom Crash Opera nowadays, Andrew is also an established singer/songwriter, winning the 2012 Australia’s Got Talent.
At the Ballina RSL on Friday 22 Feb at 8pm. ballinarsl.com.au
Wendy Matthews: the Woman’s Got to Have It
Byron Theatre | Thursday 28 Feb | 8pm | $44/42
She was a breath of fresh air in the early 90s – Wendy Matthews has an expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it. Her music is an unhurried journey of clean melodies, infectious energy and simple grace.
This is exemplified by the reality that Wendy’s music is now in more than one million homes in Australia and all her albums to date have multi-platinum status.
Wendy takes songs from every genre and makes them her own; from jazz to blues, from rock to gospel, from soul to outright infectious pop and then, of course, there are the beautiful ballads.
Her album Émigré (double platinum) spawned the hits Token Angels, Let’s Kiss and Woman’s Gotta Have It and earned Wendy the Best Female Artist and Best Debut Single (for Token Angels) at the 1990 ARIA Awards. In fact Wendy went on to bag herself a swag of awards including Best Female Singer in the 1990 Rolling Stone reader poll, 1992 and 1993 ARIA for Best Female Artist and Best Single. The Day You Went Away was the ‘highest-selling single’ of 1993 and won the Single of the Year. Wendy Matthews will be with her band presenting a smorgasbord of her greatest hits and new songs from her most recent album The Welcome Fire.
Thursday 28 Feb at 8pm at the Byron Theatre. byroncentre.com.au
Mullum Ex-Services | Saturday 2 March | $35
She’s back! For years we were lucky enough to have the super-talented Grace Knight living in our midst, so it’s a real treat when she returns to town for a show! Grace Knight is one of the most enduring talents in Australian music. With ARIA awards and nominations and chart-topping recordings in each of the past three decades, her career spans 40 years. One night only with Sam Leman on guitar, Andrew Shaw on bass, and Dave Sanders on drums!
Sat 2 March for $35.
Tix at mullumexservices.com.au.