Byron Theatre | Saturday March 30 | 7pm | $35-$15
A composer and piano virtuoso of a unique and rare nature – Nuwanda brings his warm and brilliant show Piano in the Deep to the Byron Theatre for its fourth run.
It’s easy to see why he is compared to composers like Michael Nyman and Phillip Glass, yet Nuwanda is a stand out in his genre with his gift for improvisation and mysterious connection to the piano, being intimate with the listener, evoking a felt tangible quality when he plays – something truly unique, and simply melty.
‘Genius’ and ‘Breathtakingly Beautiful’ are just some of the responses.
Saturday 30 March at Byron Theatre.
Tix at byroncentre.com.au
Loveys for St Patricks!
Brunswick Picture House | Sunday March 17 | 3pm | $28-$65
Picture a Sunday afternoon in the glorious Picture House garden, enjoying an amazing afternoon tea in true style prepared by the grand dames of the Brunswick Heads CWA.
Imagine a rare opportunity to move to the astonishing grooves of Broken Levee Brass Band, featuring some of Lismore’s very best musicians.
Float into the Picture House for the unique and original high jinx of the much-loved local band, The Loveys – new songs, new costumes – find your very best green outfit, and join us to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!
After standing ovations at Woodford Folk Festival, The Loveys can’t wait to share their new songs, as well as old favourites.
Sunday at The Bruns Picture House at 3pm.
Book now at brunswickpicturehouse.com
Hotel Great Northern | Saturday March 16 | FREE
An unassuming scruffy bunch with a penchant for dogs, chooks, the beach and pizza. Don’t be fooled by their chilled demeanour; once they hit that stage, these girls play hard. A fierce femme-fatale foursome with a knack for picking the shittest camper van to tour in; Tommyhawks is a loveable rogue of a band who will intoxicate your every sense and leave you wondering whaaaat?! Perhaps it comes from all their time on the road sharing toothbrushes and tinnies, but there’s a magic that happens when these women let loose on stage that’s earned them a reputation of being one of the best live acts in Australia.
Saturday at the Hotel Great Northern with Pineapple Lazer, Nicole Trophy and Ladyslug.
Indigenous boomerang Bluesfest
Bluesfest | Thurs 18-Mon 22 April
From folk to hip-hop and timeless classics, the Indigenous music circuit is incredibly strong right now. And Bluesfest are excited to announce eight fantastic Indigenous acts performing at Bluesfest along with Boomerang Festival this Easter long weekend. Acts include Baker Boy, Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project, Mojo Juju, Benny Walker, Mission Songs Project, Dallas Woods and Brotherhood of Blues. Commenting on the announcement, Festival Director Peter Noble OAM said, ‘We have had the honour of being able to give some pretty big Indigenous musicians a slot on the Bluesfest stages over the years. Our Indigenous festival within Bluesfest – Boomerang Festival – is being called “A line-up of the best Indigenous artists” by some and we are extremely proud to announce that they will all rock the house across our stages at Bluesfest this Easter.’
‘We believe that not only is it critical we present an Indigenous festival, but also that we present these artists across the biggest stages of the festival. Their music and dance is an imperative part of all of us, whether we are aware of it or not, and at this time, when Indigenous Australian music is breaking through on so many levels. The talent coming through with Indigenous Australian musicians is incredible. We will be rocking the house all over at Bluesfest’s 30th Anniversary this Easter – have your dancing shoes ready!’
For full line up and tix go to bluesfest.com.au
Celebrate the 70s
Ballina RSL | Saturday March 16 | 7.30pm | $39
It’s time to pop on your platforms, pull on some polyester, slip on some sequins and brush up on your best ‘70s dance moves.
Alive In The 70s, a Sydney-based band that celebrates all the groovy hits of the seventies, is coming to town.
They’ll be playing at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club this Saturday – with dinner as part of the ticket package for the show.
This six-piece bunch of groovers are known for their rollicking, high-energy shows that quickly pull an audience from their seats and fill the dance floor.
The band is fronted by soulmate vocalists, Mama Cath, a child of the ‘70s who has lived, loved, lost, turned a few heads and now sings all about it alongside soulsamatic vocalist, Papa Pan, larger than life and guaranteed to rock you to your roots.
From ABBA to ACDC, Boz Scaggs to the Bee Gees and Hot Chocolate to Hush, Alive In The 70s covers the full spectrum of hits from the ‘70s.
At the Ballina RSL on Saturday at 7.30pm. Tix $39 at ballinarsl.com.au.
Vampires in town
Byron Theatre | Friday March 15 | 7.30pm | $10-$25
Two years on from their highly praised work The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke, The Vampires return with a new offering: Pacifica.
The Vampires are trailblazers for a new generation of creative jazz talent from Australia, having gained critical attention worldwide by pushing the genre into new realms. Creating a distinctive sound that is undoubtedly their own, Pacifica sees The Vampires return to the classic chord-less quartet format. The new album is an evolution of the band’s sound, leaning further into recording production. Fourteen new tracks feature the band’s primary compositional voices of saxophonist Jeremy Rose and trumpeter Nick Garbett, whilst adding exciting new tracks for the first time by bassist Alex Boneham and drummer Alex Masso.
Over 53 minutes, Pacifica extends what’s gone before, weaving the band’s diverse world-roots jazz stylistic influences together with subtle delicacy, bringing together moments of spontaneity and composition to dramatic affect. ‘Our music has always been about creating snapshots: places we’ve been to, people we’ve met, musical cultures that fascinated us, drawing from all corners of the world,’ says Jeremy Rose. ‘I feel now that this process is merging, becoming more of the same thing, more authentic for us. In some ways, we are just starting to find our own voice, and this album gets closer to that.’
The album also expands their use of instruments with prominent features of Alex Masso’s percussion, Alex Boneham’s electric bass, with small doses of piano and drum machine. Masso says, ‘We followed our instinct on this album, often letting the group decide creatively, leading us into unexpected places. It’s as though we weren’t making decisions on our own; rather, the band’s concept led the music rather than ourselves. We felt more comfortable taking advantage of the production too, using effects, different sounds and extensive multitracking. This has become part of our compositional process now as much as writing a good melody.’
With the band now living in different parts of the world – Alex Boneham is an established presence in Los Angeles whilst Nick Garbett lives in Lampedusa, Italy (where the eerie yet beautiful cover art images of the shipwreck yard were taken), Pacifica is as much a celebration of the band coming together as it is about their deep, long-standing musical kinship.
They play the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Friday at 7.30pm. Tix at byroncentre.com.au.