Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Saturday 25 May | 8pm | $32.50
Conceived by local muso and songwriter Steve Banks, The Sidemen uncovers the prodigious talent and staggering careers of the musicians behind some of the world’s best musicians.
Jeff Burstin (Black Sorrows and Jo Jo Zep, Renee Geyer and the Hornets) and Bruce Haymes (Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, and Renee Geyer) team up with the drummer from the John Butler Trio, Grant Gerathy, along with the exceptionally talented Rick Fenn (token Englishman) from the hugely successful and influential 10cc; Rick also played with a number of the players from Pink Floyd, Tears for Fears, early Fleetwood Mac (Peter Greene) and the like.
The hub around which the band gravitates is man about town and awesome bassist Mr Greg Lyon, whose list of achievements beggars belief. A founding member of the jazz fusion outfit Crossfire, a go-to session bassist and a member of Georgie Fame’s Australian Blue Flames, Greg, also an academic, (musically) describes himself as a sideman. And thus, the name of the band came to be – Steve Banks and the Sidemen. The show comprises songs they have either written or contributed to and a mixture of favourites that influenced them in the ‘old days’ like Oh Well from early Fleetwood Mac.
Steve Banks brings it all together in the intimate setting of the Byron Theatre. This one is not to be missed. Tickets are selling fast for this show, which is for one night only… this time!
Saturday 25 May, 8pm byroncentre.com.au
Byron Brewery | Saturday | 7pm | Free
Hailing from southern California, Jamie Allensworth and his eponymous musical collective fuse rock and soul with true-life anthemic songwriting. His playbook dives deeply into the soul tradition of James Brown, Otis Redding, and Curtis Mayfield, and updates that tradition along the lines of Alabama Shakes, Michael Kiwanuka, with an added psychedelic twist.
No stranger to these shores, Allensworth is making the journey to Australia this May to launch the ingeniously titled album Albumsworth with shows and festivals up and down the east coast. The tour features his longstanding Australian band, which includes members of Hussy Hicks, Cheap Fakes, and Band of Frequencies to name a few.
‘No song should last much more than two minutes,’ was the initial idea for Allensworth’s new album, and it was recorded at a cracking pace over three late-night sessions at Lovestreet Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The two-minute rule stood true for a few tracks but evolved and lengthened as the final versions were put to bed. This ethos has resulted in a lean album that cuts straight to the song, and to the groove.
The tour includes stop-offs at Gumball, Culburra, and Broadbeach Festivals along with some of the best live music venues in the country… stopping in for a show.
Saturday at the Byron Brewery! 7pm. Free!
Kings of Country
Ballina RSL | Thursday 23 May | 7pm | $45
Direct from the USA and after sellout shows in North America, Abstract Entertainment is proud to announce the return of The Kings of Country tour – playing across the east coast of Australia from May 2019 and bringing back the music of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and John Denver.
Phillip Bauer as Johnny Cash has been recreating the sound and the look since 1985. This with Phillip’s uncanny natural resemblance and his stage presence leaves his audiences spellbound as he recreates the era of Jackson, Folsom Prison Blues and all the songs that made Johnny Cash the king of country music.
Michael Moore as the outlaw Willie Nelson is the world’s leading Willie tribute artist. Identifying with his music and style from an early age, Michael developed an affinity with Willie that has led to a lifelong career as a tribute performer and has seen him travel the world performing songs such as On The Road Again, Always On My Mind and To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before.
Ted Vigil as John Denver has just been awarded the Rising Legend award by the American Country Music Association. He is an accomplished drummer and singer but has made a career performing as John Denver. He has been asked to perform at John Denver’s own Windstar Foundation on two occasions – a unique honour for the Denver fan and tribute artist. Audiences will hear the songs we most remember – Take Me Home, Country Road, Annie’s Song, Thank God I’m a Country Boy and so many more.
The Kings of Country show is a unique opportunity to experience the music of three amazing artists in one night.
Ballina RSL on Thursday 23 May for $45 at 7pm.
Tix at ballinarsl.com.au