Festival of The Stone: Alex Lahey, Alice Ivy, Lisa Hunt, Dustyesky, Bunny Racket
Stone & Wood Brewery | Saturday 8 June | 3–10pm | $45
As the first-ever event inside the new space, Festival of the Stone 2019 will take over a new brewery in Byron Bay on Saturday 8 June from 3pm till 10pm, with live bands, food trucks, and fresh beer.
Alex Lahey will be bringing her pop-punk energy to the stage, alongside artist-producer Alice Ivy and soul singer Lisa Hunt – an awesome ticket of female headliners.
Melbourne-based songwriter Alex Lahey played an epic gig at Splendour last year following her Triple J Unearthed success, while her album I Love You Like A Brother landed on several ‘albums of the year’ lists around the country. Energetic, super fun, and with a new album, The Best of Luck Club, under her belt.
With her ethereal voice and funky neo-jazz electronica, artist and producer Alice Ivy has supported major international acts including Foster the People, Billie Eilish and Flight Facilities, and has performed at our favourite festivals around the country, including Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival. Her dreamy tracks will set the ultimate backdrop to a starry festival night.
Local favourite soul queen Lisa Hunt, who’s worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Tina Arena, and Macy Gray, will also light up the stage with her soaring vocals and funk and soul tracks. Once a closing act for Byron Bay Bluesfest, Lisa makes light work of pulling people onto the floor.
Also on the lineup is the 28-man ‘Russian’ choir from Mullumbimby, Dustyesky, and for the kids, the head-banging Bunny Racket!
Jo Jo Smith Songwriting Class
Studio One29 SC | Thursday 30 May | 10am–noon | Free
Jo Jo Smith is one of Australia’s greatest musical treasures, drummer, singer/songwriter, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force and 2017 marks her 50th year in the business. A radical exponent of the power of love and music – and certainly under-known given all the heavyweights from across the decades and genres whom she’s worked with and influenced – Jo Jo Smith has a somewhat cult status, deeply revered by fans and peers alike. The first woman to ever perform at the Byron Bay Blues Festival, she’s a songwriter of great depth and beauty – as her 2013 album Standing in the Lovelight attests; not to mention one of the grooviest nylon-string guitar players and drummers you’ll ever encounter… Come do a free masterclass with her.
Thursday at 10am–noon – Studio One29 at Southern Cross Uni! Free
Miss Amber & Stukulele’s Uke Night
Ballina RSL | Thursday 13 June | 7.30pm | $15
Club Mullum, Mullum RSL | Thursday 30 May | 6.30pm | $15
Mullumbimby Thursday 30 May from 6.30. The songbook is available through www.ukemullum.com. Adults $15; under 16 $2.50; and under five free.
Great news, Ballina! Miss Amber & Stukulele’s Uke Night is coming to town. It’s the most fun you can have with a ukulele!
Stu Eadie was gifted a ukulele for fathers day around 10 years ago and was instantly hooked. Stu had been a professional muso for years. Amber Weedon, Stu’s partner, is a great singer though lacked confidence in her ability as a lead vocalist. The friendly forgiving nature of the world of uke made it possible to overcome fears.
They are pumped to be bringing their joyous brand of self-made interactive music making and entertainment to Ballina this June. All welcome… players or non-players, even guitarists.
Meanwhile, back in Mullum…
To celebrate the release of Rocketman, the Elton John movie, Miss Amber and Stukulele are presenting two sets of Reginald Dwight’s finest well-crafted pop songs.
Come on down to Club Mullum at the Ex-services Club ready to belt out classics like Bennie and The Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Crocodile Rock and more.
There is a songbook that caters for all levels of uke players and people available through www.ukemullum.com
You can see them at Club Mullum on Thursday 30 May from 6.30. Adults $15; under 16 $2.50; and under five free.
Ballina RSL Thursday 13 June at 7.30pm. $15 at ballinarsl.com.au