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INTERVIEW producer David Kahne, whose client list boasts the like of Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor and The Strokes. Kahne was impressed by the track’s “haunting vocal, great groove, surfy guitars and strong lyrics,” and soon enough the boys from rural NSW found themselves laying down tracks in Kahne’s New York studio.

THE ONE ON TWO INTERVIEW A typical dreary Melbourne day set the scene for PEARL’s meeting with The Rubens’ front man Sam and brother/keys player Elliot Margin. Escaping the persistent showers of rain within the Mushroom Group Offices in Albert Park, Matilda Heggie sat down with the boys from Menangle NSW, who’ve come a long way in the short time since nabbing a Triple J Unearthed spot on the 2011 Homebake bill and charting #57 in the same year’s Hottest 100. Throwing back to the days when Sam would wait for his brothers to return home from school to work on a new song he’d penned, the vocalist shakes his head when asked if he could have ever imagined where the band would be today. “We couldn’t fathom anything that’s happened to us, it’s been far beyond anything we ever expected. I think our original goal – which was a long shot - was to get played on triple j at least once, to just hear ourselves on the radio. Anything that has happened after that has been crazy for us.” Whilst the track My Gun was thrown online with modest ambition, the band’s bluesy sound quickly fell upon the ears of New York based, Grammy Award winning record





Recalling how excited they were to embark on a careermaking trip, Elliot admits; “we were so naïve! We just kept saying ‘this is mad, this is awesome!’ and we really went into it headfirst, not realizing what could go wrong.” Similarly, Sam reflects; “I should say that if I had known what I know now about the industry - how fickle it is and how many things can go wrong – I probably wouldn’t have taken that chance…we didn’t realize what it took to make a record, we didn’t realize how it happened. You hear that people go into a studio and make an album and just go ‘okay’, but in reality there’s so much more to it in terms of technique.” Working with Kahne proved to be a huge learning experience for the band, who Elliot points out, had played around 16 shows before heading overseas, with suitcases containing penned tracks that had never actually been performed live. Arriving in New York the band went into a huge preproduction phase, which Sam notes, isn’t too common for bands in a digital age. “In the digital age, you can afford to make mistakes and fix them up, but back in the day you couldn’t because it was all recorded to tape. So artists would spend months just rehearsing the songs and playing them together and that’s what David had us do which was great because we were pretty bad before that! (Laughs)” Indeed, the product is a solid and cohesive album that not only sounds like it should come from a more mature band, but additionally, an album that translates exceptionally into a live rock performance. 2012 saw the boys tour with St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and more recently, a month long

stint in Europe and the US saw The Rubens playing debut headline shows and South by Southwest. The boys are back on the road again in April for their Never be the Same tour, which will hit up the Forum Theatre in Melbourne in May. After receiving some heavy exposure at SXSW, the boys are keen to deliver a killer performance for their Australian fans, in what will be the last national tour of their debut album. “It’s just really exciting to think about the possibilities we now have to put on a really awesome, big show for people. We know some people have seen us two or three times before, it’s exciting to see what we have to do to keep people coming to the shows.” With three shows sold out and extra dates added to the tour, it’s pretty clear that The Rubens are doing something right, their Australian fan base continuously growing, however with the band’s management and musical production based in America, there seems to be a steady pull for the boys to uproot and truly try to make a name for themselves on an international scale. With Sam having said in various SXSW interviews that 2013 seems like ‘an American year’ for the band, we are forced to wonder; where does that leave Australian fans? “We’ve always said we’re not going to bail…as much as I’m sure the American label would like us to leave for a little while its not going to happen because I think that’s really the kiss of death for an Australian band…the one sure thing we have in our career is that Australia is going well, our shows are really fun here, our fans are great and triple j provides us with a lot of support.” Rubens fans can sigh in relief with the knowledge that the Never Be The Same tour will not be the last we see of these bluesy lads. Find out more info and get your mittens on tickets to their Melbourne gigs at MATILDA HEGGIE


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This month, we shed the light on a brand new exciting festival, coming to Mornington in June, which sees some of the country’s finest Jazz artists and local talent get together to perform at various venues around the area for The Winter Jazz Festival. In it’s first year, the roster boasts acts like James Morrison, Vince Jones, Andy Cowan, Wilbur Wilde, FLAP! and the one and only Frank Bennett, plus over 30 free and ticketed acts across the festival. The event will also welcome the 2013 Archibald Prize to town, with winner Del Kathryn Barton, who spoke with our very

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own Arts Editor, Andrea Louise Thomas. Also in Arts, we speak to Belinda Nye, hear about the upcoming Flinders Art Show in our Art By Postcode section, catch up with Gordon Studio Glassblowers and look ahead to some great little theatre productions at both Shirley Burke Theatre and Frankston Arts Centre. In Festivals, we get a wrap up from a couple of our writers who attended the Byron Bay Bluesfest over Easter, preview again the forthcoming Kingston Harvest Festival, hear about a small fundraiser from the folks that brought your the RAW Festival and get the usual round-up of news from Heidi in the Festival Pass. Something that people are enjoying is the added dash of quirk in PEARL’s pages, with our Strange But Tasty web facts, Extra Extra section and cartoon caricatures (done by the very talented Adam Thomas - www.artiztic1. com). We add a little more this month with our Hung Up On Retro page, curated by

Donna McCosker. It’s great to have Donna on board, having created her own blog/ presence and featured stacks of great (& totally hilariously daggy) retro stuff, over the years. I suppose I should mention our interviews?! Well! We speak with Lee Kernaghan, puppet master David Strassman, Dylan Boyd & James Childlow (of The Faux Fighters and Rearview Mirror) and The Rubens, who our very own Matilda got to spend time with recently, one on one. (or one on two, rather) Plus we have a very tasty preview of Good Beer Week, and look ahead to the Portsea Snow Party, over Queens Birthday weekend. Add to that Reviews, Industry News, a look at what’s happening Uptown, our Live & Local updates & May Gig Guide & Arts Listings. Catch you on Facebook, for some giveaways! SIMON IMREI (Editor, PEARL Magazine)


Come the end of May we will be forced to bid farewell to one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most loved and hard working bands; President Roots. The self-described ‘roots – rock’ four-piece have been entertaining local crowds for years with their soulful bluesy anthems and infectious live charisma, but the relocation of front man Simon Dodd back to his homeland in the UK means big and exciting changes for the band. Speaking to PEARL on the eve of their last shows, Dodd explains, “The idea is to finish the new album there and hopefully it’ll be ready by the time the guys come over to the UK in September.” The album currently in production is the band’s third. Their debut album, Migration, distributed by Vitamin Records, was released in 2009 and promptly followed by the five track EP Shark Den Blues in 2010, recorded live at Sorrento Football Club. Their second full-length album, Feeling Fooled, came last year and continued the band’s local and Melbourne based success. The move comes off the back of what Dodd calls their “lucky streak”, featuring a stellar line-up of recent shows including the Apollo Bay Music Festival two years in a row, Queenscliff Music Festival and Between The Bays Festival. Add to that their East Coast tour and there’s no denying they guys have been busy over the last couple of years. Following this local success, it seems it’s time for President Roots to dip their toes in International waters. The band plans to take their new release on tour throughout Europe but Dodd emphasises that nothing is guaranteed once he relocates. “What happens after that is anyone’s guess,” he said. “We’re wrapping it up in a way.” For loyal followers, fear not because there will be a number of

INTERVIEW President Roots farewell gigs throughout May, promising to be a fitting send-off for the much-loved locals. First up, on Saturday May 4, is Baha in Rye followed by a Bob Dylan Tribute at Rose GPO in Rosebud on Friday May 10. Then they’re showing them how it’s done at Penny Black in Brunswick on Sunday May 19 before the final hurrah at Sorrento Portsea RSL on Saturday May 25. When asked if the band plans to make it back home post European tour, Dodd gives away little. “Hopefully. Watch this space.” For all the latest info prior to the band’s departure, and to keep up with their overseas exploits, make sure to keep your eye on www. and find them on Facebook. AMY DILLON

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I caught up with Jimi Hocking, ex Screaming Jets lead guitarist at the Bay Hotel in Mornington the other Sunday. Talk about performer, dynamo, extraordinaire! The dude literally sang tune after tune without stopping and I lost count after 10 songs, straight. With traces of fab musician, Steve Vai, in Hocking’s sensational firm but nimble guitar plucking, and looking fit, healthy and slender in his tight jeans, I couldn’t help but ask what he attributes his stamina to. “I don’t do drugs or smoke,” he said. “Every day I stretch and workout, and attend Tai Kwon Do training once or twice a week.” Very impressive; I could take a page out of his book. Over the years, Hocking has had his fair share of fame. Having toured as the lead guitarist with the Screaming Jets in the 90s, he also stepped in for Bob Spencer – of ‘The Angels’ fame - and toured on their Live Line. It’s Hocking’s large body of solo work (13 albums) from electric rock and blues to contemporary folk/blues mandolin that had built up his profile as master musician. Winning prestigious awards like International Blues Challenge in Memphis USA, three-time CAV-Best Acoustic performer, Victorian/Tasmanian Male Blues Artist of the year along with numerous other awards, his talent is widely regarded and well respected.


Hocking is currently working on his 14th album, To The Moon So Blue, heavily stripped back and featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin and a selection of special guest artists. Having achieved so much after 34 years in the music industry, I asked this perky Gemini what he hoped to achieve in the future. “In terms of ultimate goals, that in itself is a hazy question,” he replied. “I’ve ticked a lot of personal boxes already, and really just want to keep evolving as a musician. I’d like to explore new instruments, as I practice Guitar, Mandolin and Sitar at home currently... and would love to explore the Bouzouki and perhaps the Oud.” How fascinating, I mused, as I watched Hocking pack up his stuff and rush out to his next gig. The Oud, a timeless instrument originating from the Middle-East and Northern Africa, belonging to the lute family. Now that will be something worth watching, when Hocking does master it. For more information of Hocking and his music, visit TERRI LEE FATOUROS


For some, Easter equates with music, dancing, drinking and having a cracking good time at the annual Bluesfest in Byron Bay. With a sensational line up this year including Santana, Iggy & The Stooges, Steve Miller Band, regular favourite Ben Harper playing with Charlie Musselwhite, veteran legend Rodriguez, Beasts of Bourbon, Paul Simon and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame and so many more, it’s no wonder punters were in party mode from day one. Added to the usual back drop of the five big stages, stalls, coffee and drinking tents was the intimate performance space of the Lotus Palace, where guest musicians like Russell Morris, Christine Anu and Jon Anderson - to name a few - delighted punters with short sweet intimate sets. I chatted to, and interviewed, many incredible human beings and being amidst so many incredible artists, it’s almost impossible to emphasise which gigs stood out. Santana’s fusion of voluminous music genres, percussion, electric guitars, horns and showmanship delighted punters with favourites like Black Magic Woman, and Oye Como Va, while the sexy, no bullshit, cool man of dirty hard rock Tex Perkins and Beasts of Bourbon made their Bluesfest debut, with his gutsy, gravelly voice still able to reach the high notes. Perkins and the band did not disappoint as he belted out songs like Black Milk and Finger Lickin, to name a couple. Standing out more than anything else was the discovery of many musicians individually and collectively creating, organising and putting into motion ideas, events, performances, fund raising to help humanity in many ways. Each month, alongside Up Close & Unplugged, Terri will bring readers exciting and interesting things musicians and those in the industry are doing. Whether it’s saving the world, doing things weird or wonderful, or simply chilling in places you can meet them, Terri will pass it on to PEARL readers. Until next month... TERRI LEE FATOUROS

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Country hero Lee Kernaghan is no stranger to the road. Since releasing his debut record more than twenty years ago, the singer songwriter has toured relentlessly in support of his massive commercial hits such as Boys from the Bush, Spirit of the Bush and recent single Ute Me. This May, Kernaghan returns to old haunt The Hallam Hotel as part of his Beautiful Noise Tour. “I hit the gym a lot”, Kernaghan explains, when asked how he maintains his rigorous schedule, “mainly to make up for all the partying…the boys bring their own moonshine up from Tasmania”. The boys he’s referring to are Tasmanian Country Rock buzz-band The Wolfe Brothers, whose rise to fame began with an appearance on the Grand Final of the 2012 season of Australia’s Got Talent. Kernaghan witnessed their performance on the television and was, in his own words, “blown away”. He convinced his own manager to sign the new act up, before arranging to get together in Sydney. “We jammed for a while in a rehearsal studio” recounts Kernaghan. “I offered them the chance to come out on my tour…they not only accepted, but also became my backing band”. To celebrate the touring collaboration between industry veteran and exciting up-and-comers, Kernaghan and the brothers have recorded a version of Slim Dusty’s 1973 hit Lights On The Hill. The classic trucking song has been covered by artists from Keith Urban to Mental as Anything, but particularly resonates with





INTERVIEW Kernaghan’s (and for that matter, The Wolf Brothers’) audience. “We never really intended it as a single” says Kernaghan, “but one of the boys edited a video together and we put it up on YouTube and it got such a great response. Now CMC (the Country Music Channel) have asked us for the clip causes they want to play it. It’s amazing what you can do these days with a $1000 HD recorder!” Kernaghan is something of a commercial phenomenon. Whilst his fellow country stars have drifted in an out of mainstream consciousness, the former Australian of the Year has continued to sell records

by the shed-load (over 2 million of them at last count). Twenty-eight Golden Guitar Awards and thirty-three number one singles are further testament to his success, and it seems Kernaghan has no plans to slow down. He cites the ever shifting musical landscape as a major motivation. “What drives me is my passion for the genre – I love it”, says the singer. “It’s like a huge wave…the music keeps changing and you’ve got to keep riding the wave to stay ahead of the curve”. Another driver is surely the response from his fanatical fans. Kernaghan recalls one particular incident on a 1996 visit to The Hallam, which just so happens to be one of his favourite venues. “I had a song out called Skinny Dippin,” he laughs, “and in the spirit of the song a couple of girls decided to get up on stage and rip their gear off – they were just about the most beautiful creatures you’ve ever seen”. It’s little wonder Kernaghan is looking forward to his return to the venue, with The Wolfe Brothers. Perhaps a new generation of country music maidens will step up to the Skinny Dippin challenge? “If so, I’m definitely willing to play the song!” he confirms. Lee Kernaghan plays The Hallam Hotel, in a standing room only gig, on Wednesday May 22. Tickets are available from, with Beautiful Noise out now through ABC/ Universal. LACHLAN BRYAN


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Please read the following article in the Movie Guy Voice. “This season…an event is coming…that will blow…your… mind. From the hotel that brought you the Spring Wine Festival and the Easter Hunt, comes the much awaited sequel from last year’s blockbuster party…

Snow Party 2013 The party you have come to love is now bigger and snowier than ever before. The DJ’s music will be more pumped, with a special appearance by Melbournian disk jockey Ben Hornstein. The giveaways will be bigger (much much bigger). The promo girls will be hotter (maybe, did you see the chicks last year?). The guys will be marriage material (probably not). Okay, you can probably read the rest in a normal voice. Nearly ten years after the first Snow Party in 2004, the annual Portsea Hotel event has gained a huge local following. They have over a thousand people at each bash, so frankly there is no excuse for people not to find a new beau, best friend or hairdresser in the sea of people that will make this year’s party come alive.

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Local businesses help sponsor the wintery event, including Trigger Bros (the makers of surf and snow gear AND those pastel coloured track pants), Lion Nathan (the makers of food and drink), Electric Visual (the dudes who make rad eyewear for every occasion, on and off the snowboard), and our favourite snowy destination, Mount Hotham. Block out the Queen’s Birthday weekend for some Hammer Time. The partay (yes I meant to spell it with a second ‘a’) starts at 9pm on Sunday June 9. There is a $10 door charge BUT, and this is a big butt, if you are dressed in your snazzy fur-lined boots, fleecy beanie and tinted goggles (aka. snow gear) you will be granted free entry. Get to the Portsea Hotel early and beat the line and even the door charge! The Queen’s Birthday long weekend is known as the opening of the Victorian snow season, so it’s a fabulous chance to party for those who are unable to check out the slopes. Let’s face it, you could snowboard on fluffy sheets of white whilst wearing thermal underwear, or you can go down to the beach, party with your homies, have a few drinks and play with the type of snow that is made out of some sort of polycarbonate. (Okay that’s not true, I’m pretty sure manmade snow is not made out of polycarbonates. I don’t actually know what polycarbonates are, so if you’re a science major don’t lynch me, it just sounded imperturbable… I should probably stop using words I don’t know.) Portsea Hotel will be open for lunch, so you can come early and nibble on fresh calamari, pumpkin salad and be a little

naughty with some spiced potato wedges. But be prepared, by night, the venue will undergo a transformation whereby 18 – 30yr olds will be dancing, laughing and having loads’a snowfun. The giveaways are going to cause some jealousy amongst friends. This year, Snow Party 2013 will be giving away two snow boards, two pairs of Electric goggles, two Mount Hotham weekend lift passes and plenty more giveaways which include Trigger Bros. and Electric clothing. But the mind-bomb doesn’t stop there, no sir’eey. There will be an evaporative snow machine in the Nepean Room where the DJs will be spinning tracks. You can enjoy the most magical weather in the world without having to put on a turtleneck sweater and Pikachu earmuffs. Also, word on the street is, the beer garden will be filled with snow, transforming the outside area into a Portsea Lapland. So come on down to the land of Portsea, dress up in your most magnificent snow clothes, the best dressed snow bunny will even earn a prize. There will be more giveaways than ever before, new faces, drink specials and laughs by the snowball full. But let’s remember to drink responsibly, because no one wants to forget a night like this! Guys, I’ll see you there. You might see me; I’ll be the one who is dressed in my mother’s Fuschia snow Jacket and Spandex dungaree ski pants, circa 1980. The good times will not be missed on this snowcasion. ALEXIS COLLIER


The summer festival season, it would seem, has come and gone. For some that simply means packing away the fluro t-shirts and denim cut-offs for another six months, whilst for others it’s time to start saving up the twelve or fifteen hundred required to book a tent, two tickets and transport to one of the big ones like Bluesfest or even Golden Plains. For country fans, however, the festival season runs all year and often the events are relatively cheap and cheerful. The Kingston Harvest festival, with its entry by gold-coindonation policy, is no exception – and this year it is bringing a strong and eclectic line-up to our local area. As the name suggests, the festival is not just about music, but with many of my favourite locals booked it’s unlikely I’ll stray far from the stage (particularly in the middle of the day). One highlight of the bill is the Canadian-born, now fairly long time Australian resident Tracy McNeil. Tracy and her band


fall under the rather inclusive banner of ‘Americana’ – mixing alt-country, country-soul and rock n roll into a set of dynamic, meaningful songs. I’ve always enjoyed Tracy’s voice and her writing – but I’m even more impressed whenever I see her live. For me she is a prime example of a chick that rocks. Sal Kimber and her band The Rollin Wheel have also carved a niche in the Australian music landscape. Hailing from country Victoria, Sal is undoubtedly the real thing – a country girl with a strong Australian accent, telling stories about the people and places she grew up amongst. Two other acts on the bill fall under the bluegrass umbrella – The Stetson Family and Nigel Wearne (pictured right) and the Cast Iron Promises. The Stetsons have been rocked by illness over the past year and it’s great to see the band back on the road. Unlike most bluegrass acts, their history can be traced back through the Melbourne rock scene. If you listen hard enough, you’ll hear the remnants of sticky carpets and late night vodka shots in their banjo driven country tales (but then again, late nights and parties are possibly even more synonymous with bluegrass than rock n roll anyway). Wearne on the other hand sounds like a bluegrass purist – a virtuoso on acoustic guitar and dobro with a wide repertoire of original and traditional songs. Make sure you catch both sets! Other artists such as Lloyd Spiegel, Shaun Kirk, Lot56 and Rocky and the Two Bob Millionaires round out the Harvest bill, bringing strains of blues and folk to the program. Mainstream acts Adam Brand (of Dancing With The Stars fame) and Carter and Carter will end proceedings after 10pm. Harvest Festival 2013 takes place on Saturday, May 13 at Roy Dore Reserve, Carrum. Entry is by gold coin donation and it is a family friendly event. Visit http://www.kingston.vic. for more details.

NIGEL WEARNE Lachlan Bryan is primarily a singer/songwriter, with his debut album Shadow Of The Gun out now through Core/ Sony. He also moonlights as a gifted observer and music journalist, writing monthly for PEARL Magazine on all things folk/country/bluegrass. If you’ve got a new release, upcoming show or you’d like to get in touch with Lachlan, drop him a line at LACHLAN BRYAN










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This May, Foo Fighters tribute band ‘The Faux Fighters’ and Pearl Jam tribute ‘Rearview Mirror’ will come together, with support from local band Sky Pillar, for a very special show at Pier Live on the May 18. Jessica Taylor from PEARL chats with Dylan (aka. Dave Grohl) and James Chidlow (aka Eddie Vedder) about their upcoming gig and why tribute bands are becoming more popular. PEARL: How did the Faux Fighters get together? BOYD: Funnily enough I was touring with Bjorn Again, which is an ABBA tribute band – the biggest in the world pretty much – and I was on a plane with their manager. He showed us a photo of him with Dave Grohl, a few years back, and we got chatting about Foo Fighters music and and how they were coming to town. He said we should put together a side show for those who wanted to see them but couldn’t (because it was sold out) and that’s where it all started. PEARL: How did Rearview Mirror come about? CHIDLOW: Well, Dylan and I have been playing music in cover bands since 2003/4 and I’ve known him for a while. He’s always told me in the past that my voice is best suited to Pearl Jam, so after a while I thought about it and decided to put a Pearl Jam cover band together. PEARL: Does the ‘Tribute Band’ title put pressure on you to look like the real thing? CHIDLOW: We don’t wear wigs like The Faux Fighters, because with the fan base that Pearl Jam has you can’t get away with things like that. We just wanted to put something together that was a pretty true representation of Pearl Jam. BOYD: The funny thing is, they don’t look physically anything like Pearl Jam, but when you close your eyes and you listen to James sing on stage, it’s JUST like listening to Eddie Vedder singing.


PEARL: Why do you think tribute bands are so popular? CHIDLOW: Honestly, I think a lot of it is to do with the geography of where we live, all the way down here in Australia. Bands like Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters don’t come here regularly, but have a huge fan base and so I think we almost fill that void. Playing in a tribute band you have to really love and respect the

music you can’t just put on a wig, jump up there and play a song the way a cover band would. It’s another level of commitment. BOYD: I think for both of us it’s always been about maintaining good continuity in the music and the most important thing is sounding like them. Plus it’s cheaper too (both laugh). CHIDLOW: The gear is important too, sometimes. Our bass player went all the way to America and had a guitar made to the specifications of the bass player of Pearl Jam! PEARL: Why the local support, and how did you find Sky Pillar? CHIDLOW: James is from Langwarrin and I’m from Skye, so we are both Peninsula based. The whole purpose of local support, again, is giving something back to the local music community and I’m very big on that. Sky Pillar are an 80s glam metal band and they’re sensational! At a gig there is nothing worse than seeing a show and its three bands and they’re all exactly the same so they bring a different element. We are really looking forward to the gig. It’s going to be a great night. The Faux Fighters and Rearview Mirror play the Pelly Bar, at Pier Live, on May 18, with local support Sky Pillar. Tickets are $15 (presale) or $20 (on the door), with doors open at 8pm. For more info, visit JESSICA TAYLOR


At PEARL, it’s pretty safe to say that we love local talent. Whether it’s in the form of musicians, actors, artists, athletes or food and brewing delights, we get a little proud when we see born and bred Bayside and Peninsula kids kicking goals. One such talent is multidisciplinary visual artist Thom Russell, and while his title is rather ambiguous, it is necessary to encompass the wide range of work he is capable of churning out. Working within a range of disciplines such as illustration, graphic design, animation and installations, Russell’s real forte comes through his work in projection video art and digital art. Psychedelic and hypnotic, many of his productions reflect the human consciousness though a philosophical exploration of life itself. Russell creates an organic flowing visual experience though the integration of low-fi and new technologies. If you’re the kind of person who might be impressed by the swirling patterns of a classic ‘Microsoft Windows Visual Equalizer’, Russell’s work will blow your expectation of music visual relationships out of the water. Working with artists such as Snakadactal, Chet Faker, The Jezabels, Hiatus Kaiyote and Owl Eyes, Russell’s work takes live music performance to the next level, warping the audience’s sensory experience through the use of colour, movement and pattern in conjunction with sound. In addition to working on a projection level with bands, Russell is also the creative talent behind album artwork for the likes of Rat&Co, The Ovals and Flyying Colours. Outside of the music scene, Russell creates playful and memorizing installations, such as You Are Environment, featured in the most recent Gertrude St Projection Festival and 2013 Sugar Mountain Festival, and Infinite Wild Flower, on show at last year’s Sugar Mountain Festival. May 11 will see Russell’s work take form at the Malthouse Theatre, as part of Insomnia Cat Came To Stay, a monologue by Fleur Susannah. Originally performed in the 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Russell has created over half an hour of hand drawn ink stop frame motion to support the theatrical performance. We highly recommend checking out some filmic representations of Russell’s pieces and other work at MATILDA HEGGIE


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PORTSEA HOLDS THE GOOD BEER BATTLE People love a good battle. Just think of The Voice, which (as we go to print) is in the midst of its ‘Battle Rounds’. For those who enjoy a duel of a different kind, Saturday May 18 will see one of the Good Beer Week official venues, Portsea

Hotel, hold a head-to-head battle of the brews between Western Australia and Victoria to decide who deserves to wear the crown of ‘King Of The Craft Brewers’! In the blue corner, so to speak, will be the WA representative, Margaret River’s Colonial Brewing Company brewer Justin Fox, pitted against the Peninsula’s own Red Hill Brewery specialist Dave Golding in what’s shaping up to be a fun family event for locals and beer lovers alike. The best part; you get to decide who walks away with the crown in a five-round taste off! The day will run from 12pm until 3pm, with tickets available for $20 (+bf), per head. So get your best derogatory (but diplomatic) WA jokes together and come support Peninsula brewing and the Red Hill team as it goes up against the might of the Margaret River. The VIC vs WA Smackdown will take place on May 18 at The Portsea Hotel, 3746 Point Nepean Rd in Portsea. For further info, visit either the Red Hill Brewery website ( or the Portsea Hotel website ( Book your tickets now through the Good Beer Week site at www.goodbeerweek.


It will be a unique opportunity for beer lovers from across Victoria to head to one of the brewing jewels in the Peninsula’s crown to enjoy the huge selection on offer. During the GBW, you’ll find the brewery open Thursday and Friday from 3-11pm, Saturday from 12-5pm and Sunday between 12pm and 7pm The Mornington Peninsula Brewery Aussie Showcase will take place during Good Beer Week from May 23-26. Find the Brewery at 72 Watt Rd, Mornington and for more information, visit www. or phone 5976 3663.




For the Mornington Craft Beer Festival ‘Aussie Showcase’, Mornington’s own brewery will dedicate its taps to showcasing some of their favourite beers from around Australia. There’ll be a variety of styles and flavours on offer from Western Australian, Victorian and New South Wales breweries. Included in the showcase will be Feral Hop Hog IPA (WA), Colonial Kolsch (WA), Murrays Icon 2IPA (NSW), Temple Saison (VIC), Bridge Road Saison (VIC), Illawarra Brewing Company Kolsch (NSW), Illawarra Brewing Company Rust Amber Ale (NSW) and Cavalier Brown Ale (VIC).



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72 Watt Road, Mornington, Victoria 3931 Australia




with toasty vanilla overtones generated from the complex oak additions and stands as a beer to drink now or age for many years to come. With May comes the Good Beer Week, with events to be held across Victoria and Melbourne. The seasonal beer that we, at Hickinbotham, will be offering throughout May is a Vienna style Lager; malty, clean tasting and well suited for the Autumn months. There is plenty to try so come down to check it out. Other beers to enjoy while you are down here are the Hix German-style Pilsner, the acclaimed Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout and the seasonal Summer Ale that has now made its way onto the permanent beer range. Look forward to seeing you down at Hickinbotham, and writing every few months in the pages of PEARL.

Cam Turner Since establishing the brewery at Hickinbotham’s winery, six years ago, we have developed and grown our concept of an integrated approach to beer and wine making. For example, the water used to chill the beer down is reused to heat up the wine to help finish its fermentation. It also ensures an environmental friendly

and cost saving approach. This has also extended to a beer and wine combination of our vintage, dated 2012, Barleywine. This beer is brewed at wine strength - 9.3% using French and American oak. It is a big beer with 100% English malt, as the style originates from the UK. It has characteristics of rich caramel

CAMERON TURNER Brewer, Hickinbotham


For all those who love beer, It was again time to slip down to Majestic Cellars for the annual Brewfest! There is something to be said about having a few samples of god’s finest on a lazy Saturday afternoon, and Meg and her loyal crew certainly did not disappoint, attracting some of Australia’s finest brewers and special guests. This event is not about size, but more of an opportunity to get some one on one time with some of the experts. Matt Bebe from Mornington Brewery, Jules Hancock SEN Radio’s resident beer chick and the crew from Broo Beer were all on hand for a friendly chat and, of course, that quiet sip. Worthy mentions to Four Sisters, Mildura Brewery, Flynns Cider and Beach Avenue are warranted as there was an abundance of the fine stuff flowing and all unique in their own right. Majestic Cellars - once again a great day out. MITCH LACY

OPEN BREWDAY, READY AND GOOD TO GO FOR GOOD BEER WEEK With Good Beer Week on the horizon, the women of beer are back and feeling black! Late April saw an open day held at Red Hill Brewery, with locals heading down to mingle with the gang while they brewed up and prepared stock, bound for both The Fox Hotel (in Collingwood) and the Good Beer Week festivities. The ‘Babes On The Grill’ were on hand all day, providing the food in a rare opportunity for the public to enjoy the Brewery. All eyes turn now to the forthcoming VIC Vs WA Smackdown event, to be held at Portsea Hotel during GBW! For more info, visit

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LOCAL BROO, NOW AROUND THE COUNTRY Local beer baron Kent Grogan’s dream of bringing his Broo Premium Lager to Australia has fast become a reality. “Welcome To Broo Country,” says the sign, and it’s now a sign you’ll be seeing all over Australia. From humble beginnings and deliveries made by Grogan himself using a borrowed van, Broo is now distributed around the country in quantities that two years ago were only a dream, with the iconic kangaroo road sign and gold cartons making a bold statement in bottle shops around Australia. “The Australian public and beer drinkers alike have got right behind us,” says Grogan, “and I think Broo have the most loyal and passionate supporters of any beer in the country!” Australia Day 2011 saw Broo embark on one of the most ambitious awareness campaigns ever seen in this country, with Grogan giving away 10 shares in his company with every carton of Broo purchased over the month! The result was staggering and now thousands of





Australians own legitimate shares in the Australian owned company. What’s more, it’ll stay that way with Broo boasting another first when it wrote into its company’s constitution “Broo can never be sold to overseas interests.” It’s a topic that Grogan is passionate about and a decision he’s proud of, as Broo is now guaranteed to stay 100% Australian owned forever. Broo’s passionate stand is timely, with the Fosters Group take over by UK giant SAB Miller and popular Lion Nathan brands such as Tooheys and Boags already in Japanese hands, this means that over 90% of Australian beer brands are overseas owned and controlled. “We have plans to list on the stock exchange in the near future in order to realise our future expansion plans, but we won’t be selling out,” Grogan assures. “We’ll be an Australian owned company that Australians can be proud of.” Plans to expand the product range into draught beer and mid strength are all expected to come to fruition in the near

future. Broo Premium Lager has already hit the USA, with the iconic Broo Lager in cans taking the big USA beer drinking states by storm. The company has also initiated its own distribution franchise network with the aim to get Broo brands in as many licensed venues as possible. In particular, Sports clubs will benefit from the franchisee’s ability to provide flexible, on demand deliveries. For more information on Broo, it’s franchise network and where to find it, visit

The Franchisees that can help you stock Broo… Broo have three franchisees that service the Bayside and Mornington Peninsular region, passionate and keen to talk to any retailer interested in ranging a 100% Australian owned beer. The franchisees are also interested in talking to local clubs regarding self-funding sponsorship deals and any similar function or event that requires Broo Premium Lager expertise and assistance. Contact the Broo Direct Crew now! Cheltenham Simon Micallef (Broo2U) or 0410 276 628 (0410 BROO-2-U) Frankston Daniel Shadlow or 0407 801 840 Mel Grainger – 0410 404 072 Tony Burton – 0417 674 415 Sharni Burton – 0416 944 415 Sorrento Mark Stokes or 0417 549 204 If you are interested in joining the Broo Direct team, visit the Broo web site at and click on the ‘Beer Franchises Available’ button.


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FOUND IN Nibbles & Naughties... FOOD…? with Louise Plant (Holistic Nutritionist & Herbalist – Raw on Rye Tea House)

W H AT ABOUT SOMETHING FOR WEIGHT LOSS? “Do you have any coconut oil?” The elderly couple asked. “I have many kinds, depending on the quality and the amount you have to spend.” I replied. So off I went, directing them to the different coconut oils. The couple meandered off and chatted amongst themselves. I could see they were not the usual live raw food shoppers. The eventually returned to the counter, the lady nudging her husband and saying, “Go on… ask her.” “So do you have anything for weight loss?” He said. I could see there was a question like this coming. People see something on the TV or they read something in the paper and they want to know more. People always believe what they see on the TV, which is a bit sad. We don’t watch conventional TV in our house, we communicate with each other, but I imagine that they have seen or read something along the lines of, “Coconut Oil helps reduce body fat” or a “Coconut Oil helps us to lose weight” story. There could be some validity to this, with many reporting benefits of taking two spoons of oil straight from the jar, daily. It is believed to kill sugar cravings and give you a sense of feeling full, so you will not want to eat more, as well as speed up metabolism. Anyway… So I said, “Well, we gain weight

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Have you ever found a human hair in your food and instantly been turned off your meal? Try to imagine the disgust of these people when they found the following...



1. Dead mouse found in a jar of curry paste A woman from Cornwell, UK, bought a jar of Extra Special Tikka Masala sauce from her local supermarket and later discovered a rodent in it after she emptied the jar and noticed that the sauce was “a bit lumpy”. for so many reasons and I would look at why, and what you are eating. We sometimes eat for comfort, sometimes for boredom or we eat too much. Sometimes because we don’t exercise enough or because we are lacking in vital nutrients.” Theyed look at me confused. Vital nutrients? What are those? I could see him asking in his eyes. “We eat such dead food, our food does not have any goodness in it. There are fewer vitamins and minerals in the foods we are eating and the more packaged and processed foods we eat, the less nutrients we are consuming. We get hungry because we want more vitamins and minerals, not food. Are you wanting to eat because you are starving for goodness or because you are hungry?” They both looked at me blankly. I thought to myself, “I think I will just plant that seed and leave it there.” Raw on Rye Tea House the place for real Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free and Diary Free Foods. Come visit us for foods, organic veggies, information, health consultations, raw food classes and more. Find us on Facebook, email or ring 0418 940 653.


2. Frog in a bag of frozen vegetables An American couple found a small frog which had thawed out overnight, standing perched atop a hill of peas, carrots and corn with its mouth slightly open.

3. Human Poo found in ice-cream Sydney’s Coogee Bay Hotel was accused of serving poo in their ice-cream to a family of five who had complained about noise during a football match

4. Finger found in frozen custard A man chewed on part of a severed finger that was found inside his frozen custard thinking it was a piece of candy. Officials later confirmed it belonged to an injured worker who had lost the finger in a food-processing machine accident.

5. Oven Glove baked into a loaf of bread A woman in Northern Ireland had just bitten into a piece of toast when she noticed furry material sticking out of it. It turned out to be shreds of an oven glove that had been baked in to the entire loaf. Source: most-disgusting-things-ever-found-in.html



1. The average fast food patron eats 12 pubic hairs in a given year. We all get rare occasional hair in our food, but ingesting unwanted hair is more likely to occur at fast food restaurants.

2. Shellac is an important ingredient in some jellybeans. As well as making your nails burst with colour, Shellac can also be used to improve the shine of certain foods, such as jellybeans. And where does this shiny jellybean coating come from? It’s secreted by the tiny lac insect on certain trees, found in India and Thailand. 3. If not for one ingredient, drinking a can of coke would make you vomit. Coca-Cola adds phosphoric acid to cut the sweetness of Coke to a manageable level. In normal circumstances, the 10 teaspoons of sugar that is in a single can would immediately cause you to vomit uncontrollably. 4. Processed cheese is less than 51% cheese. Any cheese product labelled as processed or pasteurised includes up to 49% of nasty chemicals and additives, which gives it just enough real cheese to allow companies to call it cheese. Source: http://www.unbelievable-facts. com/2012/09/10-creepiest-food-facts.html












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This month, the Cove Hotel is extending its amazing offer, by popular demand, and showcasing mouth-watering premium wines not found anywhere else by the glass. In a true experience not to be missed, the featured wine for April, Penfolds St Henri, will be available through May for just $19, with world renowned wines Saltram No.1 & Penfolds BIN 389 touted for sale in coming months. The featured selections are proving popular with Cove patrons looking to enjoy their Wine Bar, but also wanting to sample the wine with the venue’s signature dishes, including the ‘two-tired seafood platter’, 800g Rib Eye and their famous Jambalaya! Also famous for delicious seafood, chef Justin introduced monthly menu changes, but also creates weekly specials to melt in your mouth. One his latest creations has been ‘Rottnest Island Jumbo Scallops’, baked in the shell, with house-made creamed corn, chorizo crumbs, charred peppers and chipotle salsa. The scallops, seized by Justin from under the noses of some of the top restaurants in Melbourne and across Australia, add to the menu’s fine locally sourced quality ingredients. The weekends also feature their famous Sunday live music afternoons, with full a la carte waterside dining on the deck. The Cove Hotel is located at Patterson Lakes Marina, on McLeod Rd in Patterson Lakes. For all the info on the menu, wine list and for any membership enquiries, phone 9773 3733 or visit www.

CROSSWORD QUESTIONS ACROSS 4 Country music star interviewed this edition 6 Beer Festival coming up, with events both locally and around Melbourne (3)

7 Headline act for this year’s Winter Jazz Fest (2) 12 Classic Cuts’ Ray owns this store (2) 11 The winner of the 2013 Archibald Prize, featured this edition & here in June (3)


DOWN 1 Artist interviewed this month in ‘Arts’ (2) 2 Production coming up at Shirley Burke Theatre 3 Local band moving overseas (2) 5 QLD Festival reviewed this month 8 International ‘-----’ Championships, coming up at Bunker Skate Park 9 Tribute act coming to Somerville Hotel 10 Venue for Queens B’day Snow Party 11 Final heat location for South Eastern Skate/ BMX Competition 13 New PEARL Retro writer, ‘------’ McCosker * Each month, we’ll post the completed Crossword on the PEARL Facebook Page. ( 24


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Harba Oyster Bar & Grill is now open six days a week for lunch and dinner, with plenty of popular menu choices on offer. Proving popular is their new two-course Tuesday-Sunday Winter Warmer lunch special, giving you two courses, plus a glass of wine or beer, for just $30. Those dedicated Harba fans could even stick around on a Tuesday for the famous Steak Night, with $21 Porterhouse and $29 Wagyu. Special events and public holidays also don’t disappoint, with headchef Brad Holtz having prepared a stunning three-course Mother’s Day Menu for $65pp. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, Harba is well worth a visit, especially as a Harba VIP with those who sign up to the mailing list receiving a free main course during the month of their birthday. The Facebook ‘likers’ don’t miss out as well, getting the latest news on upcoming events and specials, including freebie offers, so make sure you log on and like! Upstairs, in the sunset lounge and restaurant, Harba’s Sunday Sessions still attract a generous and loyal crowd, with live music kicking off every week from 4pm, while for ‘Harba Tuesdays’, Budha and the boys bring live music – and some pretty retro video games – to town from 8pm. Pizza specials, live music, Mario Kart Nintendo on the big screen; what else could you ask for on a Tuesday night? Also on offer this month is a ‘Date Night’, Thursday May 9 from 7:30pm, perfect for those singles (or social people) looking to meet new people in a relaxed and fun environment. At $20 per person, with a complimentary drink and some finger food, why not make a date with Harba and listen to the sweet sounds of Sarah Gardner while you’re at it! When it comes to Harba and their restaurant, bookings are not just recommended but essential so make sure to organize your next lunch (Mother’s Day or otherwise) or dinner now. For more information, visit or phone 5975 1183. For any enquiries regarding Date Night, phone Michelle on 0400 590 220.



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It’s one of the age-old issues that can halt a good night in its tracks; how to get home after a meal and a few drinks. Depending on exactly where you are and when you’re looking for transportation, the Peninsula can prove difficult with taxis, often leaving people outside in the cold, fighting over the first yellow vehicle they spot. To tackle this issue, Shane Williams, General Manager of Coast Restaurant & Bar and The Point On Nepean, in Blairgowrie, has decided to extend his service beyond his venues’ walls and provide a courtesy bus to ensure his patrons get home safely. Established, in his own words, “due to lack of transportation issues on the Peninsula… ie. Taxis”, Williams has serviced up an eight-seat Tarago, providing the service to any patron who’s booked dinner and within approx. 10km of either restaurant, from Rye to Sorrento. For those further afield, the courtesy bus will be available to those between Rosebud and Portsea, for bookings of 6 diners or more. Williams instituted the courtesy service as a means of helping out patrons who couldn’t enjoy their evening because someone had be the designated driver. “Now couples or groups are able to dine out without the concern of driving, if they had a few wines, or not being able to get a taxi, which is a major issue,” Williams says. Minimum numbers are not required, with pickups for two diners on offer as well as multiple pickup for booking over seven. All of these options are available to patrons of either Coast or The Point, with plenty of specials on offer to tempt people. At Coast, between Monday and Friday, you can get a two-course dinner for just $22.50 per person, and a three-course option for $29.50. Up the road, at The Point, any three tapas options (excluding Raciones) are on offer for $25.00, between 4pm and 7pm, Wednesday to Sunday. This, in addition to the hugely successful Paella Thursdays which feature a choice of traditional, seafood and vegetarian paella at just $20.00 per person. You’re spoilt for choice in Blairgowrie, with Coast Restaurant & Bar and The Point On Nepean both providing quality food and wine, and great atmosphere within which to spend a low key weeknight and weekend wind down. Find them both on Point Nepean Rd in Blairgowrie, and for more info and bookings phone Coast on 5988 0700 or The Point on (03) 5988 8325.

WEIRD & WONDERFUL FOOD COMBOS We went out and about in Frankston to speak to some of our PEARLers and find some of their favourite foodie combinations! “Peanut butter & vegemite sandwiches” (Mary, Frankston) “Milk, poured over apple pie” (Sarah, Mordialloc) “Ham, piccalilli and salt & vinegar chip sandwiches” (Cazz, Frankston South) “Peanut butter and cheese on toast” (Ryan, Frankston South) “Philadelphia cheese spread & raspberry jam on digestive biscuits – instant cheesecake!” (Helen, Frankston) “Hot chips dipped in McDonald’s ice-cream sundaes” (Kristen, Black Rock) “The top of a chocolate egg bitten off and the egg filled with milk. Then you break off little pieces of chocolate and stir in the milk for a chocolate milkshake” (Jenna, Sandhurst) “Ice-cream scooped in to half an avocado” (Paris, Rosebud) “Salt and Vinegar Sakatas, dipped in Hummus” (Ang, Mt Eliza) “Fried Dim Sims covered in sugar” (Adrian, Frankston Heights)








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WITH 2 BROTHERS With the accolade of Best Victorian Beer, two years running, 2 Brothers Brewery in Moorabbin regularly showcase their passion and skill to the taste connoisseurs of the Peninsula. Thursdays and Fridays at the brewery, local musicians sooth the air, as you take in the unique flavours of the home brews. May 3, Sean Marchetti will be serenading the crowd, while on May 9, 17, 23 and 30, in-house favourite Simon Phillips will be there with his acoustic, indie tunes. With a number of other musicians featuring at the venue throughout the month, it’s definitely worth a visit so head down for a cheeky brew! Happy hour is Friday afternoon, while free tours of the brewery take place Thursdays at 6:30pm. Jump on to to find out more, or like them on Facebook. BRHODY WALLIS

BRINGTHEGOLDAT THE SOMERVILLE HOTEL On May 10, Australia’s best Cold Chisel cover band Gold Chisel comes to The Somerville Hotel. Bringing together some of the finest musicians in the country including frontman Andy Lutze, Gold Chisel don’t just capture the sound of Cold Chisel, but they also recreate the very same energy and excitement that made them one of Australia’s great live bands. During each performance the band cover classic songs including Choir Girl, Flame Trees, Khe Sanh and many more, keeping die-hard fans happy.

Gold Chisel come to The Somerville Hotel, 84 Station Street in Somerville, on May 10. The show starts at 8:30pm, with presale tickets available for $25 ($30 on the door). For more information call 5977 5241 or visit KIERA STEPHENS

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SEE SPEIGEL Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel has toured relentlessly for the past 20yrs, quite literally growing up in the music scene and touring the world while most kids were at school. That dedication has resulted in a unique story and a life-long connection to the blues, now one of the most influential bluest artists going round, with a signature Cole Clark model guitar, as well as many awards and accolades. Don’t miss Lloyd Spiegel as he stops into Hickinbotham Winery in Dromana on Friday May 31, for a 6pm ‘Dinner & Show’. It’ll be an evening of great food & wine, as well as diehard blues. Tickets are $20, available from the venue. For more info, visit or

ROBBIE WILLIAMS TRIBUTE AT THE RANELAGH CLUB Mount Eliza’s Ranelagh Club is set to host Paul Hogan’s internationally renowned Robbie Williams Tribute Show, The Ego Has Landed, in May. The show, a visual spectacular, is so close to the real thing you might not be able to tell the difference during Williams classics like Rock DJ, Supreme and Angels, just to name a few. Plus, if you book now for the Ranelagh Club’s Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch or dinner, you go in the draw to win tickets to the show! It promises to be a great night out with friends or family, so book now for The Ego Has Landed, coming to The Ranelagh Club on May 25. The show will kick off at 7pm and include a three-course set menu for $65. For more info, or to book, call 9787 0265. The Ranelagh Club is located at 3 Rosserdale Crescent, Mount Eliza. KIERA STEPHENS


Pier 10, in Shoreham, is one of the Peninsula’s rosé gems. What started out as a destination for the weekender, branched out into a beautiful retreat, any day of the week. Throughout the month of May, Pier 10 are not only serving up their range of Pinots and Chardonnays, but exhibiting the smooth sounds of local musicians like the Mojo Pearls and James Vincent. In addition to that, every Saturday sees Renee Prue take centre stage to perform sessional jazz classics and easy listening ballads. It’ll be a relaxed candle lit dining experience. And, for that person you should be remembering on Sunday May 12, Jay McLean will be the special musical guest, to be enjoyed with Pier 10’s three-course Mother’s Day menu. Bookings are essential. So remember, Mum’s the word! Head down to Pier 10, located at 10 Shoreham Road, Shoreham. Phone them now for any further information or bookings on 5989 8848, or visit au BRHODY WALLIS

Friday nights at the Rye Hotel have relaunched with ‘Ladies & Tradies Night’! Hosted by Misty, who dresses as either a tradie, nurse or lady, the night gives those wanting a place to wind down after the working week the opportunity to enjoy cheap pots between 4:30pm-5:30pm, with some great prizes are on offer, including a beer slab, meat traysand even a weekly ‘mystery prize’. Raffle tickets are available for $2 each (or three tickets for $5), with all the proceeds going to the Rosebud Hospital’s 2013 appeal, as they raise money to buy a new CT Scanner. It’s an initiative where the whole community can benefit, and already the locals have shown their support with over $500 being raised in the first two weeks. The venue is also offering a courtesy bus, running from 8pm-9pm (conditions apply). The Rye Hotel is located at 2415 Point Nepean Rd, Rye. For more information, phone them on 5985 2277 or visit www.


PRESIDENT ROOTS, BOUND FOR THE UK Much loved local boys President Roots have decided to relocate overseas, with frontman Simon Dodd being the first to return to his ‘homeland’. Before they head off, however, there’ll be a select few shows for loyal followers and Peninsula friends. First up is a Baha show on May 4, before the boys head to one of their favourite venues the RoseGPO on May 10 for the final in a series of hugely successful Bob Dylan Tribute Shows. Following a city soiree at the Penny Black in Brunswick on Sunday May 19, the band will bid farewell with a show at the Sorrento Portsea RSL on Saturday May 25. Make sure you head down to at least one of the few shows, before the boys take on the UK and overseas audience. Keep in touch with the band via www.

The revolving door of great party cover bands continues at Beaches, with all the local favourites in May. Whether it’s Hard Cover, Shazam, Copyrite or $ingle Income taking the stage on any given Friday or Saturday, patrons are guaranteed a night out filled with energy, dancing and all the classics to sing along to! Added into the mix, of late, are Melbourne music stalwarts Munster Terrace, who are set to appear on Friday May 10, and the familiar faces of Pete Carroll and Trevor Bowers – aka. Two Phase – who are returning for select dates over the next few months. Following the establishment of ‘Tres Hombres’, Carroll’s other successful outfit, the 19yrs strong duo are only doing the odd cameo, so make sure you don’t miss the show! Also coming up, the return of Size Matters, on June 1. We here at PEARL are fans of Size Matters, given Gary from Rock On Photography (who has done much work for us) is their drummer. Beaches is located at 55 Barkly St, Mornington. For enquiries and function bookings, phone 5975 0966.




MELBOURNE MUSOS HAVE THE VOICE This year, the Channel 9 reality music sensation The Voice has some local artists who Peninsula viewers would recognise, and not just because we may have seen them around town. Some have already made a name for themselves in the Melbourne music scene, including Peninsula boy, Michael Paynter, who’s been in the industry for years, enjoying success with his 2011 hit Love The Fall. Recorded with Sony Music, and featuring pop sisters The Veronicas, Paynter’s hit single is now a distant memory, with the artist joining the show and enjoying the experience under the coaching of Good Charlotte vocalist Joel Madden, with the hopes of reigniting his music career. Another contestant, seasoned veteran Michael Stangels, has been working in the

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music industry for 25yrs, having written songs for some of Australia biggest artists and gathered a loyal and strong following in Gelling, where he performs regularly. Rounding off this years Melbourne based contestants is former ‘Trial Kennedy’ front man Tim Morrison. After 10 years, the band parted ways, but when Morrison wanted to continue his career in music, the show was the perfect avenue to test the waters as a solo artist. At the time of print, these contestants are going strong through the Battle Rounds. It remains to be seen just how far into the show they travel, but for now it’s great to have some of the fine talent from around the Peninsula represented. KIERA STEPHENS


MORE MORDY TALENT IN MAY Mordialloc’s ‘Mordy Sporting Club’ is keeping the 80s alive and well, continuing to present regular gigs from experienced and talented musicians and party bands. This month, the Sporting Club welcomes two bands back to the fold, as well as some newcomers to Level One. Joyride produce ‘kick-arse’ renditions of the 80’s classics as well as the slightly obscure, care of well seasoned, high energy musicianship and stage presence. The members are so ‘well seasons’, many have shared the stage with rock legends like Marc Hunter (Dragon), Deborah Conway, the Baby Animals and more, playing on many of Melbourne’s stages over the years. Establishing itself as another of Melbourne’s premier rock bands, 80s On The Edge continues to attract an enthusiastic and growing following, playing the powerful music of some of rock music’s greats. Aiming always to create ‘the party to end all parties!’, their lineup includes members of some of Melbourne’s most successful bands including Scarecrow, White Man Can’t Reggae, Relax with Max, Money Penny and more, meaning they’re no stranger to working a crowd into a fun frenzy. Mordy Sporting Club are also welcoming back an act that needs no introduction; Mae Parker & the King Beats. Bringing RnB, funk, high-energy rock and more, the unconquerable Jerome Smith, Mark Tonelli, Richie Mawer, Chris Wilson and Mae Parker are one hell of a bunch of musos, again with a zillion years of combined experience and gigs under their belt. Sundays continue to bring awesome talent to Mordialloc, so make a habit of heading upstairs to see some great music to end the weekend with. Joyride play Level One at Mordy Sporting Club on May 12, 80s On The Edge playing May 19 and Mae Parker & The King Beats appearing on May 26. All acts start at 3:30pm. For more info, visit


(QUEEN’S) B’DAY AT BAY Queen’s Birthday Eve is just around the corner and the Bay have a great night line-up planned for the occasion. Peninsula boys Azmac will be headlining upstairs in the club, along with Darkfrance. Both these guys are amazing at what they do and will surely bring in a huge crowd, so make sure you get in early as they’re definitely a ‘must see’! For that added little incentive, come in before 11pm and pay $8 entry to receive a $21 drink card! Downstairs, the stage will be set for live band The Pulp, performing from 10:30pm till late. Having firmly established themselves as one of Melbourne’s best acoustic acts, The Pulp’s repertoire includes classics from Cat Stevens, James Taylor and John Lennon, as well as great Australian classics by John Stevens, Jimmy Barnes, James Reyne and many more. The Social, next door, will be turning back the clock and going Old Skool with 2 DJs spinning vinyl for all those classics tunes and party favourites. Also on offer will be their $10 cocktail special, available all night long. In addition to this huge weekend, May will see resident favourite DJ Mark Bolger hang up his headphones for a career change, handing over to the more than capable Kid Kodi. Local legend Scott Gardner will also hand the reins to Matt Horner in the Social for the Saturday night residency so make sure you catch these guys early in May and bid them a fitting farewell. So come down to enjoy a huge Queen’s Birthday weekend at the Bay Hotel and Social. For more information, phone 5976 2222. Also, don’t forget to check our Winter Jazz Festival preview for all the info on The Bay and their Sunday entertainment for the festival.






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THURSDAY MAY 2ND 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Live Music. 7pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Funky Bunch Trivia. 7:30pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), ‘Plugged In’ Showcase (w Harry Storm, Al & Em & Black Water Riff). 8pm Flanagans (Frankston), Flanagans Thursdays (w Bedrock ,DJ Ontime & DJ Chris P). 8pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Karaoke Kool. 9-1 Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Fudge Duo. 6pm Sandringham Hotel (Sandringham), UNI Thursdays. 8:30pm Strike Bowling (Frankston), PLAY Thursdays. 8pm Rye RSL (Rye), Tru Tones. FRIDAY MAY 3RD 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Sean Marchetti. 7pm Backyard Bar (Mornington), Karaoke. 5pm Baxter Tavern (Baxter), Rob Foenander. 8pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Every Avenue. 9pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), FriBays ‘RnB Room’ (downstairs) & ‘Some Blonde DJ & Zac de Petro’ (upstairs). 9pm Beaches (Mornington), $ingle Income. 9pm Berettas Hotel (Langwarrin), Rob & Tarquin. 9pm Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh), Daniel Champagne CD launch. 8pm Continental Hotel (Sorrento), Live DJs. 9pm Daveys Hotel (Frankston), Bayside Over 28s. 9pm Flanagans (Frankston), Party People Karaoke. 8pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Loren. Grand Hotel (Frankston), Chris Griffiths. 7pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Eyespy & DJ. Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), REZ. 9pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Live Entertainment. 5pm Mordy Supper Club (Mordialloc), Bryan Fantana. One Fourteen (Mentone), Mid Life Crisis. 9pm Pier Live (Frankston), Cherry Red Fridays (w John Course, Steve Mink & More). 9pm Rosebud Hotel (Rosebud), Jordan & The Boys. 10pm Rose GPO (Rosebud), Rob Amato & Lorenzo Ianotti. 8pm Rye Hotel (Rye), Ladies & Tradies. From 4:30pm Rye RSL (Rye), Line Dancing. Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Sydney Hotshots. 8:30pm Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Karaoke Friday. 8pm Seaford RSL (Seaford), Peter Thackrah. 8pm Social (Mornington), Friday 5’s with Simon Imrei (57pm) & DJ Matt Horner from 10pm Trimms Restaurant (McCrae), The Warrains. 6:30pm Twelve (Frankston), Soul Night (w Dj from 11pm). 7pm Vesbar (Somerville), Santiago. Westernport Hotel (Hastings), Karaoke & PK DJ (in Formula Bar). 9pm SATURDAY MAY 4TH Backyard Bar (Mornington), Karaoke. 5pm Baxter Tavern (Baxter), Dons Party. 8pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), ’23 Past. 9:30pm

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Bay Hotel (Mornington), DC Saturdays (with DJ Marky Mark & Benny Watt upstairs) and Rob & Tarquin live (downstairs). 9pm Beaches (Mornington), DJ Liz. 9pm Canadian Bay Hotel (Mt Eliza), Live Music. 8:30pm Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh), Chris Wilson & Sandi Thom. 8pm Chandelier Room (Moorabbin), Roesy, Ealey & Tyers, The Mike Haynes Trio. 8pm Chelsea Heights Hotel (Chelsea Heights), Over 28’s HQ Saturdays (w DJ Chris G). 9pm Continental Hotel (Sorrento), Live DJs. 9pm Cruze Club @The Grand Hotel (Mornington), Local DJs (w LEFTY & Canadian Club Party Crew). 9pm Daveys (Frankston), Daveys Saturdays, Rusty Clothing launch party, (Sammy Dred & Shane Martin). 8pm Flanagans (Frankston), Saturday Shenanigans (w Fudge Live & DJ Craig). 9pm Frankston Arts Centre (Frankston), Ian McNamara. 8pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Frankie Stevens. 7:30pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Sonic Expedition. Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), (w Isiym & guests & Rock Robots) Hickinbotham (Dromana), An evening with Geoff Achison & Adrian Keating. 6pm Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Rough Honey. 9:30pm Lucky 13 Garage (Moorabbin), O’Neill Brothers (w Straight 8’s, Flying Saucers and Billy O’Neil & The Headliners). 8pm Maquay Restaurant (Hastings), Crescendo. 7pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Live bands & DJs. 9pm Moonah Links (Fingal), Liz Bradley. 1:30pm Mordy Supper Club (Mordialloc), Oisin Kelly One Fourteen (Mentone), The Vague Sensations. 9pm Pier Live (Frankston), Pelly Bar, King Parrot. 7:30pm Rosebud Hotel (Rosebud), Dan M (in Bistro). 7pm Rose GPO (Rosebud), Simon Dodd & Josh Roydhouse. 8pm Rye RSL (Rye), Cover Up. Seaford RSL (Seaford), Lloyd Poole. 8pm Social (Mornington), DJ Matt Horner. 9:30pm T’Gallant Winery (Main Ridge), Calmer Miles. 12:30pm Vesbar (Somerville), Paul Barry. Westernport Hotel (Hastings), Colin Dodds (Bistro from 6pm) SUNDAY MAY 5TH Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Sunday Sessions. Live acoustic sets. 5pm (w The Machine from 8:30pm) Bay Hotel (Mornington), Blues Sundays (w Michael Spiby). 3pm Box Stallion (Merricks North), Pete Miller. 1pm Coast (Blairgowrie), Pete Miller & RJ Kirk. 3pm Cove Hotel (Patterson Lakes), Paul Chox. 2pm Daveys Hotel (Frankston), Sunday Soultrain (w Mae Parker). 2pm Frankston Arts Centre (Frankston), Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. 8pm Frankston Bowls Club (Frankston), Peninsula Folk Club Jam. 6:30pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Joe Galea Band. 2:30pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Rhys Crimmin.


Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Tara. 5-8pm Harba (Mornington), Acoustic Cats. Heritage Tavern (Balnarring), The Detonators. 3pm Hickinbotham (Dromana), Marty Williams. 1pm Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), The Sunday Traders. 3:30pm Longbeach Hotel (Chelsea), Dylan Boyd. 2pm Maquay Restaurant (Hastings), Paul Mercieca. 1pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone),Sunday Sessions (w Itchy Fingers). 3pm Mordy Supper Club (Mordialloc), Thunder Road- Bruce Springsteen Tribute. (w Lu & Kopp) Mornington Peninsula Brewery (Mornington), Blueshead. One Fourteen (Mentone), The Lazy Boys. Pier 10 (Shoreham), Mojo Pearls. 12:30pm Red Hill Bakery (Balnarring), Silly Sunday, Live Jazz. 1pm Seaford RSL (Seaford), Rob Foenander. 8pm T’Gallant Winery (Main Ridge), Lindsay Fields. 12:30pm Twelve (Frankston), Live Bands. 7pm Vesbar (Somerville), Lovely Linda MONDAY MAY 6TH Strike Bowling (Frankston), LOADED Mondays (w Karaoke). TUESDAY MAY 7TH Harba (Mornington), Harba Tuesdays. 8pm Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Trivia Night. 7pm WEDNESDAY MAY 8TH Baha (Rye), Peninsula Songriders Club Jam Night. Chelsea Heights Hotel (Chelsea Heights), The Hump Day Project (w Resident DJs). 9pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Trivia Night. 8:30pm THURSDAY MAY 9TH 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Simon Phillips. 7pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Funky Bunch Trivia. 7:30pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), ‘Plugged In’ Showcase (w Jake Payne, Bec Campbell & Black Water Riff). 8pm Flanagans (Frankston), Flanagans Thursdays, (w Bedrock ,DJ Ontime & DJ Chris P), 8pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Karaoke Kool. 9-1 Rye RSL (Rye), Silhouettes. Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Fudge Duo. 6pm Sandringham Hotel (Sandringham), UNI Thursdays. 8:30pm Strike Bowling (Frankston), PLAY Thursdays. 8pm FRIDAY MAY 10TH 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Milan Perkins. 7pm Backyard Bar (Mornington), Karaoke. 5pm Baha (Rye), The Brad Martin Project & Reverend Bode & The Trouble Makers Baxter Tavern (Baxter), Mat Dalrymple. 8pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Every Avenue. 9pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), FriBays presents ‘RnB Room’ (downstairs) & ‘Joel Fletcher & Guests’(upstairs). 9pm Beaches (Mornington), Munster Terrace. 9pm Berettas Hotel (Langwarrin), Rob & Tarquin. 9pm Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh), The Best of Bon Scott,

8pm Continental Hotel (Sorrento), Live DJs. 9pm Daveys Hotel (Frankston), Bayside Over 28s. 9pm Flanagans (Frankston), Party People Karaoke. 8pm Grand Hotel (Frankston), Chris Griffiths. 7pm Frankston Arts Centre (Frankston), Leading Man. 10:30 & 1:30pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Sonic Expedition. Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Eyespy & DJ. Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Pete Miller & Stuart Fraser. 9pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Live Entertainment. 5pm Mordy Supper Club (Mordialloc), Grant Camov Pier Live (Frankston), Cherry Red Fridays (w Slice N Dice, Tigerlily & More). 9pm Rosebud Hotel (Rosebud), Cornerpocket (w DJ Jordan). 10pm Rose GPO (Rosebud), Bob Dylan show with President Roots. 8pm Rye Hotel (Rye), Ladies & Tradies. From 4:30pm Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Karaoke Friday. 8pm Seaford RSL (Seaford), Richard Evans. 8pm Social (Mornington), Friday 5’s with Simon Imrei (57pm) & DJ Matt Horner from 10pm Somerville Hotel (Somerville), Gold Chisel. 8:30pm Trimms Restaurant (McCrae), Simon Trist. 6:30pm Twelve (Frankston), Soul Night (w Dj from 11pm). 7pm Vesbar (Somerville), Steve Romig. Westernport Hotel (Hastings), Karaoke & PK DJ (in Formula Bar). 9pm SATURDAY MAY 11TH 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Live Music. 7pm Backyard Bar (Mornington), Karaoke. 5pm Baha (Rye), The Hello Mornings. Baxter Tavern (Baxter), Take Cover. 8pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), ’23 Past. 9:30pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), DC Saturdays (with DJ Marky Mark & Benny Watt upstairs) and Rob & Tarquin live (w DJ Chris P downstairs). 9pm Beaches (Mornington), Hard Cover. 9pm Canadian Bay Hotel (Mt Eliza), Live Music. 8:30pm Chandelier Room (Moorabbin), Backyard Funk, Tash Sultana & Dale Gannan. 8pm Chelsea Heights Hotel (Chelsea Heights), Over 28’s HQ Saturdays (w DJ Chris G). 9pm Continental Hotel (Sorrento), Live DJs. 9pm Cruze Club @The Grand Hotel (Mornington), Amazing local DJs (Nick Kennedy vs, Luke Montgomery). 9pm Daveys (Frankston), Daveys Saturdays (w Some Blonde DJ, Sammy Dred, Shane Martin & Guests). 8pm Flanagans (Frankston), Saturday Shenanigans (w Fudge Live & DJ Craig). 9pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Yellow. 7:30pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Rhys Crimmin & The Toms Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Live sessions & Rock Robots. Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Fused. 9pm Lucky 13 Garage (Moorabbin), Firebird Trio & Buzz Campbell. 8pm Maquay Restaurant (Hastings), Crescendo. 7pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Live bands & DJs. 9pm Moonah Links (Fingal), Maddison Wilson. 1:30pm


Mordy Supper Club (Mordialloc), Sarah Rzek Mt Martha House (Mt Martha), RAW IAPF Fundraiser (w Ricki Wood & Dave Walker). 7pm One Fourteen (Mentone), Joyride. 9pm Pier Live (Frankston), Something for Kate. 8pm Rosebud Hotel (Rosebud), Dan M (in Bistro). 7pm Rose GPO (Rosebud), Steve Romig Duo. 8pm Roy Dore Reserve (Carrum), Kingston Harvest Festival. 11am Rye RSL (Rye), Legend. Seaford RSL (Seaford), Ian White. 8pm Social (Mornington), DJ Matt Horner. 9:30pm T’Gallant Winery (Main Ridge), Calmer Miles. 12:30pm Vesbar (Somerville), Ben Jansz. Westernport Hotel (Hastings), Colin Dodds (Bistro from 6pm) SUNDAY MAY 12TH – MOTHER’S DAY Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Sunday Sessions. Live acoustic sets. 5pm (w The Machine from 8:30pm) Bay Hotel (Mornington), Blues Sundays (w Jimi Hocking). 3pm Box Stallion (Merricks North), The Hornets. 1pm Coast (Blairgowrie), Tony Byrne. 4pm Cove Hotel (Patterson Lakes), Paul Chox. 2pm Daveys Hotel (Frankston), Sunday Soultrain (w Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers). 2pm Frankston Library (Frankston), Lucy Nicholson. 2pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Ian Rickard. 2:30pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Brad Martin Project. Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Joyride. 3:30pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Al & Em. 5-8 Harba (Mornington), Sarah Gardner. Heritage Tavern (Balnarring), Mamma Sass. 3pm Hickinbotham (Dromana), Mamma’s Mountian Jug Band. 1pm Longbeach Hotel (Chelsea), Dylan Boyd. 2pm Maquay Restaurant (Hastings), Paul Mercieca. 1pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Sunday Sessions (w Collards Greens & Gravy). 3pm Moonah Links (Fingal), Jason Dean. 12pm Mordy Supper Club (Mordialloc), Walkin Walter Imlach Mornington Peninsula Brewery (Mornington), Blueshead Mountain Trio. One Fourteen (Mentone), Kooyeh. 2pm Pier 10 (Shoreham), Jay McLean. 12:30pm Red Hill Bakery (Balnarring), Silly Sunday, Live Jazz. 1pm Seaford RSL (Seaford), Ian Duchesne. 8pm T’Gallant Winery (Main Ridge), Chris Fatouros. 12:30pm Twelve (Frankston), Live Bands. 7pm MONDAY MAY 13TH Strike Bowling (Frankston), LOADED Mondays (w Karaoke). TUESDAY MAY 14TH Harba (Mornington), Harba Tuesdays. 8pm Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Trivia Night. 7pm WEDNESDAY MAY 15TH Balnarring Hall (Balnarring), Balnarring Musos Night.





7pm Chelsea Heights Hotel (Chelsea Heights), The Hump Day Project (w Resident DJs). 9pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Trivia Night. 8:30pm Pier Live (Frankston), Funeral For A Friend. 8pm THURSDAY MAY 16TH 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Bridget Pross. 7pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Funky Bunch Trivia. 7:30pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), ‘Plugged In’ Showcase (w Matt Clarke, Jimi Gowans & Black Water Riff). 8pm Flanagans (Frankston), Flanagans Thursdays, (w Bedrock ,DJ Ontime & DJ Chris P), 8pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Karaoke Kool. 9-1 Rye RSL (Rye), Chordettes. Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Fudge Duo. 6pm Sandringham Hotel (Sandringham), UNI Thursdays. 8:30pm Strike Bowling (Frankston), PLAY Thursdays. 8pm FRIDAY MAY 17TH 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Simon Philips. 7pm Backyard Bar (Mornington), Karaoke. 5pm Baha (Rye), The Groves. Baxter Tavern (Baxter), James Vincent. 8pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Every Avenue. 9pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), FriBays presents ‘RnB Room’ (downstairs) & ‘Reece Low & Guests’ (upstairs). 9pm Beaches (Mornington), Shazam. 9pm Berettas Hotel (Langwarrin), Rob & Tarquin. 9pm Continental Hotel (Sorrento), Live DJs. 9pm Daveys Hotel (Frankston), Bayside Over 28s. 9pm Flanagans (Frankston), Party People Karaoke. 8pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Australian Bee Gees Tribute Show Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Carus. Grand Hotel (Frankston), Chris Griffiths. 7pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Eyespy & DJ Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Feelin Groovy. 9pm Lucky 13 Garage (Moorabbin), The 4 Peace Band. 8:30pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Live Entertainment. 5pm Pier Live (Frankston), Cherry Red Fridays, Guests Ricci & Dan from Geordie Shore (w Slop Rock & Joel Fletcher). 9pm Rosebud Hotel (Rosebud), Jordan & The Boys. 10pm Rye Hotel (Rye), Ladies & Tradies. From 4:30pm Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Karaoke Friday. 8pm Seaford RSL (Seaford), Rob Kirk. 8pm Social (Mornington), Friday 5’s with Joe Laf (5-7pm) & DJ Matt Horner from 10pm Trimms Restaurant (McCrae), Mojo Pearls. 6:30pm Twelve (Frankston), Soul Night (w Dj from 11pm). 7pm Vesbar (Somerville), Santiago. Westernport Hotel (Hastings), Karaoke & PK DJ (in Formula Bar). 9pm SATURDAY MAY 18TH Backyard Bar (Mornington), Karaoke. 5pm Baha (Rye), Brow Horn Orchestra. Baxter Tavern (Baxter), Club Tequila. 8pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), ’23 Past. 9:30pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), DC Saturdays (with Kid Kodi &

Benny Watt upstairs) and Rob & Tarquin live (w DJ Chris P downstairs). 9pm Beaches (Mornington), $ingle Income. 9pm Canadian Bay Hotel (Mt Eliza), Live Music. 8:30pm Chandelier Room (Moorabbin), James Southwell, Brooke Taylor & Tobias Moldenhauer. 8pm Chelsea Heights Hotel (Chelsea Heights), Over 28’s HQ Saturdays (w DJ Chris G). 9pm Continental Hotel (Sorrento), Live DJs. 9pm Cruze Club @The Grand Hotel (Mornington), Amazing local DJs (Check facebook for details). 9pm Daveys (Frankston), Daveys Saturdays (Slice N Dice, Sammy Dred, Shane Martin & Guests). 8pm Flanagans (Frankston), Saturday Shenanigans (w Fudge Live & DJ Craig). 9pm Frankston Arts Centre (Frankston), Tommy Fleming. 8pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Sonic Expedition. Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Metal @ The Bridge (w Rock Robots) Hickinbotham (Dromana), Rooted in Rock. 1pm Lazy Joes (Rosebud), Elvis Tribute (w Rob Papp). 9pm Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Vaughn & Young. 9:30pm Lucky 13 Garage (Moorabbin), Little House of Godz & Cyclone Diablo. 8pm Maquay Restaurant (Hastings), Crescendo. 7pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Live bands & DJs. 9pm Moonah Links (Fingal), Jason Dean. 1:30pm One Fourteen (Mentone), Carbon Copy. 9pm Pier Live (Frankston), The Faux Fighters. 8pm Rosebud Hotel (Rosebud), Dan M (in Bistro). 7pm Rose GPO (Rosebud), Simon Dodd, Josh Roydhouse & Micky J. 4pm Rye RSL (Rye), Replica. Seaford RSL (Seaford), June Newman. 8pm Social (Mornington), DJ Matt Horner. 9:30pm T’Gallant Winery (Main Ridge), Christo & Andrew. 12:30pm Vesbar (Somerville), Paul Barry. Westernport Hotel (Hastings), Colin Dodds (Bistro from 6pm) SUNDAY MAY 19TH Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Sunday Sessions. Live acoustic sets. 5pm (w The Machine from 8:30pm) Bay Hotel (Mornington), Blues Sundays (w Phil Para). 3pm Box Stallion (Merricks North), Rob Papp. 1pm Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh), Ross Hannaford’s Critters 3pm & Stan Ridgway 8pm Coast (Blairgowrie), Wendy Stapleton & Paul Norton. 4pm Cove Hotel (Patterson Lakes), Paul Chox. 2pm Daveys Hotel (Frankston), Sunday Soultrain (w Jimi Hocking and the Blues Machine). 2pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Tim’s Myth. Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Tara. 5-8 Harba (Mornington), Acoustic Cats. Heritage Tavern (Balnarring), Phil Manning. 3pm Hickinbotham (Dromana), Stephan McCulloch. 1pm Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), 80’s on the Edge. 3:30pm Longbeach Hotel (Chelsea), Dylan Boyd. 2pm

Maquay Restaurant (Hastings), Paul Mercieca. 1pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Sunday Sessions (The Hornets ft. Jell Burstin & Craig Horne). 3pm Mornington Peninsula Brewery (Mornington), Greg Dodd and the trail-daggers. Mornington RSL (Mornington), Mrs Sippy Jazz Band. 12:30pm One Fourteen (Mentone), The Mick Pealing 4. Pier 10 (Shoreham), James Vincent. 12:30pm Red Hill Bakery (Balnarring), Silly Sunday, Live Jazz. 1pm Seaford RSL (Seaford), Andrew Rigo. 8pm T’Gallant Winery (Main Ridge), Sergio Ercole. 12:30pm Twelve (Frankston), Live Bands. 7pm Vesbar (Somerville), Lovely Linda. MONDAY MAY 20TH Strike Bowling (Frankston), LOADED Mondays (w Karaoke). TUESDAY MAY 21ST Harba (Mornington), Harba Tuesdays. 8pm Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Trivia Night. 7pm WEDNESDAY MAY 22ND Baha (Rye), Peninsula Songriders Club Jam Night. Chelsea Heights Hotel (Chelsea Heights), The Hump Day Project (w Resident DJs). 9pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Trivia Night. 8:30pm THURSDAY MAY 23RD 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Simon Philips. 7pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Funky Bunch Trivia. 7:30pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), ‘Plugged In’ Showcase (w Chloe Turner, Ruby Whiting & Black Water Riff). 8pm Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh), Reverend Horton Heat. 8pm Cube 37 (Frankston), Muckheap. 11:30am & 6pm Flanagans (Frankston), Flanagans Thursdays, (w Bedrock ,DJ Ontime & DJ Chris P), 8pm Rye RSL (Rye), Rainbow. Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Fudge Duo. 6pm Sandringham Hotel (Sandringham), UNI Thursdays. 8:30pm Somerville Hotel (Somerville), Sports Comedy Show (w Jacko & Capper). 7:30pm Strike Bowling (Frankston), PLAY Thursdays. 8pm FRIDAY MAY 24TH 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Jame Forbes. 7pm Backyard Bar (Mornington), Karaoke. 5pm Baxter Tavern (Baxter), John Cosgrove. 8pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Every Avenue. 9pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), FriBays presents ‘RnB Room’ (downstairs) & ‘Pirate Party feat. Seany B’(upstairs). 9pm Beaches (Mornington), Two Phase. 9pm Berettas Hotel (Langwarrin), Rob & Tarquin. 9pm Continental Hotel (Sorrento), Live DJs. 9pm Daveys Hotel (Frankston), Bayside Over 28s. 9pm Flanagans (Frankston), Party People Karaoke. 8pm


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Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Sonic Expedition. Grand Hotel (Frankston), Chris Griffiths. 7pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Eyespy & DJ Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Double T-Rubble. 9pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Live Entertainment. 5pm One Fourteen (Mentone), 80’s on the Edge. 9pm Pier Live (Frankston), Pelly Bar- British India. 8pm Pier Live (Frankston), Cherry Red Fridays (w Samual James vs JDG, Midnight Sleeze & more). 9pm Rosebud Hotel (Rosebud), Cornerpocket (w DJ Jordan). 10pm Rose GPO (Rosebud), Rob Amato & Lorenzo Ianotti. 8pm Rye Hotel (Rye), Ladies & Tradies. From 4:30pm Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Karaoke Friday. 8pm Social (Mornington), Friday 5’s with Simon Imrei (57pm) & DJ Matt Horner from 10pm Somerville Hotel (Somerville), The Australian Rihanna & Lady Gaga Tribute Show. Trimms Restaurant (McCrae), Jay McClean. 6:30pm Twelve (Frankston), Soul Night (w Dj from 11pm). 7pm Vesbar (Somerville), Steve Romig. Westernport Hotel (Hastings), Karaoke & PK DJ (in Formula Bar). 9pm SATURDAY MAY 25TH Backyard Bar (Mornington), Karaoke. 5pm Baha (Rye), Bonjah. Baxter Tavern (Baxter), Dons Party. 8pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), ’23 Past. 9:30pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), DC Saturdays (w Kid Kodi & Benny Watt upstairs) and Rob & Tarquin (w DJ Chris P (downstairs). 9pm Beaches (Mornington), Copyrite. 9pm Canadian Bay Hotel (Mt Eliza), Live Music. 8:30pm Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh), Into the Mystic- Songs of Van Morrison (w Joe Creighton). 8pm Chandelier Room (Moorabbin), The Kite Machine, Meg & Paul & Ilana Charnelle. 8pm Chelsea Heights Hotel (Chelsea Heights), Over 28’s HQ Saturdays (w DJ Chris G). 9pm Continental Hotel (Sorrento), Live DJs. 9pm Cruze Club @The Grand Hotel (Mornington), ONESIE PARTY & local DJs (w AZMAC). 9pm Daveys (Frankston), Daveys Saturdays (w Polyfonik, Sammy Dred, Shane Martin & Guests). 9pm Flanagans (Frankston), Saturday Shenanigans (w Fudge Live & DJ Craig). 9pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Round the Block. 7:30pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Rhys Crimmin Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Rock Robots & DJ Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Michael& Lucinda. 9:30pm Longbeach Hotel (Chelsea), Dylan Boyd. 2pm Maquay Restaurant (Hastings), Crescendo. 7pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Live bands & DJs. 9pm Moonah Links (Fingal), Joe Laf. 1:30pm One Fourteen (Mentone), Takin’ Cover. Rosebud Hotel (Rosebud), Josh Roydhouse. 7pm

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Rose GPO (Rosebud), James Vincent Trio. 8pm Rye RSL (Rye), The Dalton Gang. Social (Mornington), DJ Matt Horner. 9:30pm T’Gallant Winery (Main Ridge), Calmer Miles. 12:30pm Vesbar (Somerville), Mike Rudd of Spectrum. 7:30pm Westernport Hotel (Hastings), Colin Dodds (Bistro from 6pm) SUNDAY MAY 26TH Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Sunday Sessions. Live acoustic sets. 5pm (w The Machine from 8:30pm) Bay Hotel (Mornington), Blues Sundays (w Shanakee). 3pm Box Stallion (Merricks North), The Warrains. 1pm Coast (Blairgowrie), Lisa Edwards & Michael Cristiano. 4pm Cove Hotel (Patterson Lakes), Paul Chox. 2pm Daveys Hotel (Frankston), Sunday Soultrain (w WIRED & Jimmy Cupples from The Voice). 2pm Frankston Arts Centre (Frankston), David Strassman. 6pm & 8:15pm Frankston Library (Frankston), Adi Sappir. 2pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Captain Spalding. 2:30pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Rhys Crimmin. Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Al & Em. 5-8pm Harba (Mornington), Sarah Gardner. Heritage Tavern (Balnarring), Phil Para. 3pm Hickinbotham (Dromana), Holycow. 1pm Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Mae Parker & The King Beats. 3:30pm Maquay Restaurant (Hastings), Paul Mercieca. 1pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Sunday Sessions (w Dean & Carruthers). 3pm Mornington Peninsula Brewery (Mornington), Blues Deluxe. One Fourteen (Mentone), Kooyeh. Pier 10 (Shoreham), Roma Janko. 12:30pm Red Hill Bakery (Balnarring), Silly Sunday, Live Jazz. 1pm Seaford RSL (Seaford), Paul Varney. 8pm T’Gallant Winery (Main Ridge), Chris Fatouros. 12:30pm Twelve (Frankston), Live Bands. 7pm Vesbar (Somerville), Bev & Leigh Fraser. MONDAY MAY 27TH Strike Bowling (Frankston), LOADED Mondays (w Karaoke). TUESDAY MAY 28TH Harba (Mornington), Harba Tuesdays. 8pm Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Trivia Night. 7pm WEDNESDAY MAY 29TH Balnarring Hall (Balnarring), Balnarring Musos Night. 7pm Chelsea Heights Hotel (Chelsea Heights), The Hump Day Project (w Resident DJs). 9pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Comedy Gala Night (w Greg Fleet, Paul McCarthy & Harley Breen). 8:30pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Trivia Night. 8:30pm THURSDAY MAY 30TH 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Simon Philips. 7pm


Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Funky Bunch Trivia. 7:30pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), ‘Plugged In’ Showcase (w Matt Harrison, Daniel Jenkins & Black Water Riff). 8pm Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh), The Break. 8pm Flanagans (Frankston), Flanagans Thursdays, (w Bedrock ,DJ Ontime & DJ Chris P), 8pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Karaoke Kool. 9-1am Rye RSL (Rye), The Kingston’s. Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Fudge Duo. 6pm Sandringham Hotel (Sandringham), UNI Thursdays. 8:30pm Strike Bowling (Frankston), PLAY Thursdays. 8pm FRIDAY MAY 31ST 2 Brothers Brewery (Moorabbin), Simon Wright. 7pm Backyard Bar (Mornington), Karaoke. 5pm Baha (Rye), Dallas Frasca. Baxter Tavern (Baxter),Rob Foenander. 8pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Every Avenue. 9pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), FriBays presents ‘RnB Room’ (downstairs) & ‘Melbourne Dj’s on rotation & resident DJ’s (upstairs). 9pm Beaches (Mornington), $ingle Income. 9pm Berettas Hotel (Langwarrin), Rob & Tarquin. 9pm Continental Hotel (Sorrento), Live DJs. 9pm Daveys Hotel (Frankston), Bayside Over 28s. 9pm Flanagans (Frankston), Party People Karaoke. 8pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Ross Wilson. 7pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Sonic Expedition. Grand Hotel (Frankston), Chris Griffiths. 7pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Eyespy & DJ. Hickinbotham (Dromana), Lloyd Spiegel. 6pm Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Rob Kirk Duo. 9p Mentone Hotel (Mentone), Live Entertainment. 5pm One Fourteen (Mentone), Mid Life Crisis. 9pm Pier Live (Frankston), Cherry Red Fridays (w Tommy Trash & Will Sparks). 9pm Rosebud Hotel (Rosebud), Nat Allison (w DJ Jordan). 10pm Rye Hotel (Rye), Ladies & Tradies. From 4:30pm Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Karaoke Friday. 8pm Seaford RSL (Seaford), Richard Evans. 8pm Social (Mornington), Friday 5’s with Simon Imrei (57pm) & DJ Matt Horner from 10pm Trimms Restaurant (McCrae), Live Entertainment. 6:30pm Twelve (Frankston), Soul Night (w DJ from 11pm). 7pm Vesbar (Somerville), Santiago. Westernport Hotel (Hastings), Karaoke & PK DJ (in Formula Bar). 9pm SATURDAY JUNE 1ST Backyard Bar (Mornington), Karaoke. 5pm Baha (Rye), The Mountains & Achoo! Bless You. Baxter Tavern (Baxter),Dons Party. 8pm Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), ’23 Past. 9:30pm Bay Hotel (Mornington), DC Saturdays (with Kid Kodi & Benny Watt upstairs) and Rob & Tarquin live (w DJ Chris P (downstairs). 9pm Beaches (Mornington), Size Matters. 9pm Canadian Bay Hotel (Mt Eliza), Live Music. 8:30pm Chandelier Room (Moorabbin), La Nouvelle, Wild Honey Pie & Alexis Naylor. 8pm

Chelsea Heights Hotel (Chelsea Heights), Over 28’s HQ Saturdays (w DJ Chris G). 9pm Continental Hotel (Sorrento), Live DJs. 9pm Cruze Club @The Grand Hotel (Mornington), Amazing local DJs (w Steve Lako). 9pm Flanagans (Frankston), Saturday Shenanigans (w Fudge Live & DJ Craig). 9pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Frankie Stevens. 7:30pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Rock Robots & DJ. Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), Joe Matera & Damon Stone. 9:30pm Maquay Restaurant (Hastings), Crescendo. 7pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Live Bands & DJs. 9pm Moonah Links (Fingal), Live Music. 1:30pm One Fourteen (Mentone), Joyride. 9pm Rosebud Hotel (Rosebud), Josh Roydhouse. 7pm Seaford RSL (Seaford), Lloyd Poole. 8pm Social (Mornington), DJ Matt Horner. 9:30pm T’Gallant Winery (Main Ridge), Christo & Andrew. 12:30pm Vesbar (Somerville), Paul Barry. Westernport Hotel (Hastings), Colin Dodds (Bistro from 6pm) SUNDAY JUNE 2ND Bay Hotel (Mordialloc), Sunday Sessions. Live acoustic sets. 5pm (w The Machine from 8:30pm) Bay Hotel (Mornington), Blues Sundays (w Jules Bolt). 3pm Box Stallion (Merricks North), Sim Martin. 1pm Cove Hotel (Patterson Lakes), Paul Chox. 2pm Frankston RSL (Frankston), Joe Galea Band. 2:30pm Hapenny Bridge (Frankston), Tara. 5-8pm Hickinbotham (Dromana), The Warrains. 1pm Level One @Mordialloc Sporting Club (Mordialloc), The Sunday Traders. 3:30pm Longbeach Hotel (Chelsea), Dylan Boyd. 2pm Maquay Restaurant (Hastings), Paul Mercieca. 1pm Mentone Hotel, (Mentone), Sunday Sessions (w Geoff Achison). 3pm Mornington Peninsula Brewery (Mornington), Backyard Brow. One Fourteen (Mentone), The Lazy Boys. Pier 10 (Shoreham), Rob Papp. 12:30pm Red Hill Bakery (Balnarring), Silly Sunday, Live Jazz. 1pm T’Gallant Winery (Main Ridge), Calmer Miles. 12:30pm Twelve (Frankston), Live Bands. 7pm Vesbar (Somerville), Ani & Leigh Fraser - Raw Sylke MONDAY JUNE 3RD Strike Bowling (Frankston), LOADED Mondays (w Karaoke). TUESDAY JUNE 4TH Harba (Mornington), Harba Tuesdays. 8pm Sands Hotel (Carrum Downs), Trivia Night. 7pm WEDNESDAY JUNE 5TH Balnarring Hall (Balnarring), Musos Night. 7pm Chelsea Heights Hotel (Chelsea Heights), The Hump Day Project (w Resident DJs). 9pm Gods Kitchen (Mornington), Trivia Night. 8:30pm




DAVID STRASSMAN AT THE FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE The world’s most famous ventriloquist, David Strassman, returns to Australia with his brand new show Careful What You Wish For, which promises plenty of laughs and jaw-dropping theatrics. I spoke to him about his neurotic puppets, controversial humour and filming the new show’s DVD in Frankston. PEARL: You’re performing in Frankston on your upcoming tour. Have you been there before? STRASSMAN: I sure have! In fact, I’m filming this show’s DVD in Frankston! That’s how damn good the show is down there. When I’m in Frankston, I’ll hang shit on Geelong. On the other hand, when I’m in Geelong, I’ll probably hang shit on Frankston. PEARL: What sort of innovative features can we look forward to seeing in these shows? STRASSMAN: This show is mostly traditional hand-up-the-bum ventriloquism. People want to see the artistry, the magic. There’s one routine where I do six different voices in rapid succession without moving my lips. But I’m also introducing brand new wireless technology, where I operate Chuck Wood with a hand-held device. His voice and movements are live, but he’s sitting five feet away. It revolutionises ventriloquism.


PEARL: Does the audience gasp when he moves unaided? STRASSMAN: Yeah, from the first moment he starts moving. It’s a definitely a ‘holy shit’ moment. PEARL: Do you see your characters as a way of making fun of the twisted human condition? STRASSMAN: Definitely. Every day, I am shocked by the dichotomies in society. I have to praise you Aussies, though. You don’t really drink and drive. In America people do it all the time, it’s just stupid. And I’m able, with my puppets, to have biting social commentary, which is hopefully funny but true. PEARL: Do you ever perform your voices in a public place to mess with people’s minds? STRASSMAN: Rarely. But I can do a mean police siren if you’re driving home after having a drink! And I can do crickets in a lift; I might do that once in a while. PEARL: What’s the weirdest thing that has happened at an Australian show? STRASSMAN: I was on stage with Ted E. Bare in Geelong, and suddenly the audience gasped in the middle of a routine. It sounded like some massive lighting beam was swinging down and was gonna kill me. I look around and saw that his leg had fallen completely off and landed on stage (laughs). So I had to do this little routine revolving around his leg being gone. PEARL: So you covered for that spontaneous amputation well? STRASSMAN: That’s the beauty of the show; it morphs with every


Daveys Hotel in Frankston re-launched their iconic ‘Sunday Soultrain’ after nearly twelve years on March 10. Their goal; ‘to change the face of Sunday music sessions forever.’ The management went allout spending big on acts such as Wired (starring Jimmy Cupples from The Voice), rock legend Mick Pealing, Angels Guitarist Bob Spencer, diverse singer Anthea Juwels and soulstress Mae Parker and an extra two hours were even added to opening





single performance. Two are never alike. PEARL: Are you ever shocked by the irreverence of your material? STRASSMAN: Nothing really shocks me. There’s a fine line between being Rodney Rude and being clever, but I hope my show is clever despite being profane cause, let’s face it, it’s not for the Wiggles crowd. The characters swear, there are some adult themes, I take digs at society, Chuck tells jokes about priests, you know. But I never cross the line. Chuck the naughty boy, or Grandpa Fred who is completely senile, they can say the things we all wish we could say. PEARL: Your characters have developed fully-fledged humanistic personalities. Have you grown to despise any of them? STRASSMAN: (Laughs) Well they’re not real, how can I despise anything that doesn’t exist! What fascinates me is how the characters have grown, and have become more real to me, the actor relating to them, and the audience watching them. Their conflicts, neuroses, aspirations have all grown over the years. It’s really a trip that I’m a grown man standing on stage, playing with dolls for a living. Strassman is playing two shows at the Frankston Arts Centre on Sunday 26 May. Too book, call 9784 1060 and for show times and further info, visit CLAUDINE MARIE

time to give customers a taste of what was to come over the next few months. A free BBQ and free entry also enticed people through the doors along with the added chance of winning a cash prize with the Chase The Ace competition. Daveys have continued supplying big-name artists throughout March and April, with a star-studded line-up confirmed for May. Jimmy Cupples and Mae Parker will return on May 5 and 26, along with 2007 Chain Blues Music Award for ‘Group Of The

Year’ winners Geoff Achison and the Souldiggers (May 12) and internationally accredited Jimi Hocking with Blues Machine (on May 19). Make sure you get down to Davey’s for a soul-searching Sunday session soon because this is a line-up worthy of any music festival, and one not to be missed. The afternoon kicks off at 2pm until late, at 510 Nepean Hwy, Frankston. Phone them for more info on 9783 7255. Membership benefits are also on offer. SIMON BURKE


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Pier Live is set to welcome two big names in music this month with the arrival of Funeral for a Friend (May 15th) and British India (May 24th). British India’s Controller tour has been extended by ten dates to focus on major regional locations, allowing the band’s extensive fan-base to see them performing songs from their new album, live. The album, also named Controller, debuted at number ten on the ARIA Albums Chart and features the popular single Can Make You Love Me. A hit with Australian audiences, their first record Guillotine saw them win the AIR Award in 2007 for Best Independent Artist and receive a J Award nomination for Album of the Year. With the tour starting in late March the group have already visited New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, having sold out shows in Melbourne and Sunshine Coast. Also making a return to Australia are Funeral for A Friend, with ten shows through five states. No strangers to our shores, they return in May for an extensive run of dates in support of their latest album Conduit featuring lead single, Best Friends And Hospital Beds. Their debut album Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation has long been upheld as a landmark punk album of the 2000’s and their return will no doubt bring a sense of teenage nostalgia, with the tour marking the 10th anniversary of the album. Funeral For A Friend come to Pier Live on May 15, with tickets available from Ticketmaster and the venue for $33 (presale) or $40 (on the door). British India stop by on May 24, with tickets for their show also available from Ticketmaster and the venue for $28. For more info, visit SIMON BURKE

Cruze, upstairs at The Grand Hotel in Mornington, has gathered and maintained a formidable reputation over the last couple of years for presenting some of the Peninsula finest DJs and most exciting special guests, each and every Saturday. Looking at what they have coming up on the cards, May is no exception. The month kicks off with headliner ‘Lefty’ on May 4, with the resident crew backing up and the Canadian Club Party Crew, in with plenty of giveaways and specials to get everyone pumped. Seven days later and it’s the battle of Nick Kennedy Vs Luke Montgomery which is set to provide the perfect party for those needing to let their hair down the night before their Mums should be. Late May, on the 25th, will see everyone’s favourite costume/ fashion accessory, ‘The Onesie’, turning up in droves for a huge Onesie Party with headliners Azmac! Then it’s into June with a CD and Stickers giveaway, drink specials and the one and only Steve Lako taking the helm. With an array of drink specials, themes, renowned guests and resident party animals in each and every Saturday, Cruze has your club needs sorted. All you have to do is turn up and have fun! Cruze Club is located at 124 Main St, Mornington. Phone them for any info on 5975 2001 and for more info, visit Find them on Facebook, and keep checking in for the latest updates.










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Riding a steam train really captures the essence of the Blues, and back in September 2012 a world first ever live recording took place on board a moving train. Not just any train, the iconic Blues Train in Queenscliff. The recording featured artists Mr Black & Blues and Chris Wilson, and people lucky enough to travel on The Blues Train that evening witnessed them recording what eventually became an album consisting of 17 tracks, named Blow These Tracks. According to Mr Black & Blues, the album “captures a special moment in time on the train…and is a great reflection of the quality of music on board.” Now, after months of editing and producing – as well as a roaring contribution from the audience – a one-off event has been created to celebrate the launch of the CD. Customers that subscribe, via the Blues Train website, can purchase special tickets to the very special Blues Train ‘Dinner & Show’ event in late May, to launch the Blow These Tracks CD. The ticket, normally valued at $160, is available for just $80 and includes a copy of the album and a $50 voucher to return and ride the train again. This very special event takes place on May 24 & 25, with tickets on sale through Ticketek and via the Blues Train website at www. SIMON BURKE




FROM EMPIRE TO THE WORLD FROM HEIDI TO HAXAN With their new album to be released in May, the Cat Empire have recently announced their biggest world tour to date; the Steal The Light World Tour 2013. The tour will see them play almost 70 shows across three continents in celebration of the release of their fifth studio album and comes off the back of over 10yrs overseas touring, performing almost 950 shows including headlining some of the worlds most prestigious festivals, and playing on entertainment shows such as Letterman and Leno. The tour will encompass shows in the US and Canada over June and July, before South American dates in August and UK/Europe shows in October/November. In the middle of the mayhem, the band will be back in Australia in September to do a run through their favourite theatres, with special guests Hiatus Kaiyote sharing the stage, as well as The Empire Horns and new addition to the entertainment troupe - Lenny and The Ela Dancers. Tickets for the Steal The Light World Tour are on sale now, while the band’s forthcoming album is set for release on May 17, on Two Shoes Records via Inertia. For all info and dates, visit

BOB EVANS ON THE GO Following last year’s Double Life EP acoustic tour and a string of festival shows in January, the always captivating Bob Evans returns with his full live band to continue the national Familiar Stranger album tour, through May. As Mr Evans prepares for the release of his fourth studio record, his new single Go - a fresh slice of summer that will have you humming along before every catchy lyric - is the follow up to the cheeky Don’t Wanna Grow Up Anymore, off the Familiar Stranger album. Joining Bob Evans and his full band as main support is triple j’s Unearthed band Tigertown (excluding Cairns and Darwin shows) and Melbourne’s Davey Lane for all shows. Evans will appear at the Yarra Hotel, in Geelong, on May 16, Corner Hotel in Richmond on May 17 and the beautiful Meeniyan Town Hall, in Meeniyan, on Saturday May 18. More info at www.





Renowned Melbourne songstress, and ex Killing Heidi founding member, Ella Hooper has released her new single, Häxan, and will celebrate with a launch gig at The Workers Club on Thursday May 9. Häxan is the sultry yet strident second single lifted from Hooper’s forthcoming debut solo album, In Tongues, set for a mid year release. The accompanying video clip was filmed by Hooper’s visual collaborator, Wilk and fittingly takes on a dreamy and hypnotic ‘under-a-spell’ theme, which follows suit with the entire In Tongues album, which tells stories of people being taken over by unseen forces, people slightly out of control. “The clip is Virgin Suicides meets the fairies at the bottom of the garden,” says Hooper. Stay tuned for Hooper’s debut solo album, In Tongues set for release on June 28. Stream the single at www.soundcloud. com/ellahooper and for more info on Ella Hooper in general, visit www.ellahooper. com or find her on Facebook.

PYKE PUTS FANS FIRST Multi ARIA Award winning singer songwriter, Josh Pyke, will release his fourth studio album The Beginning And The End Of Everything on July 5, but before he does so he will hit the ground running with a small run of intimate acoustic ‘Fans First’ shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, playing some of his new songs live for the very first time. Fans are able to pre-order their copy of The Beginning And The End Of Everything now, to receive an advanced download of Bug Eyed Beauty and for an extra $14.99, secure themselves a ticket to one of the ‘Fans First’ tour shows as well as receive a singed copy of the record. What a deal! Josh Pyke’s ‘Fans First’ tour hits Gertrudes Brown Couch in Melbourne on Friday May 3. This rare chance to see Josh Pyke play in such intimate venues will sell out, if it hasn’t already, so head to www.joshpyke. com for full details and to have the best possible chance of securing tickets.

MORE JC FOR YOU TO SEE Everyone remembers the huge 90s stage spectacular of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Kate Cebrano, Jon Stevens, John Farnham and a stellar supporting cast, right? Well the show is BACK, this time starring Australia’s own Tim Minchin as

‘Judas Iscariot’, former Spice Girl Melanie C as ‘Mary Magdalene’ and the critically acclaimed new-comer Ben Forster in the role of ‘Jesus’. Also on board, and proving that he’s still every bit the hard working rocker, is Jon Stevens who returns to the role of ‘Pontius Pilate’ for Australian dates, alongside and Andrew O’Keefe in the role of ‘King Herod’. Andrew Lloyd Webber says, “ We had an overwhelming reception when the show toured the country for an astounding 84 dates in 1992, and I hope this new production, which has been totally reconceived for the 21st century, will entertain a new generation of Australians as well as those who already love the show.” The Australian leg of the tour sees 5 performances take place, between June 14 and 16 (with a matinee on June 15 and 16). For tickets, visit au or phone 132 849. More info at www.




MUSIC THE SCIENCE OF SENTRY Melbourne rapper Seth Sentry recently made history when he because the first Australian rapper to perform on a US talk show. After the success of his Jimmy Kimmel appearance, Sentry returned to the country to join The Rubens, Flume and Ball Park music in Dubbo for triple j’s One Night Stand in April, but is now set to embark on his biggest national tour to date, in May. The Dear Science Tour is off the back of Dear Science, the third single taken from This Was Tomorrow, his latest album. See Sentry perform at The Forum on May 17, and the Ding Dong Lounge on May 18. More info at or on Facebook.


Aussie rockers You Am I are celebrating 20yrs since the recording of their debut album, Sound As Ever, with a series of reissues and album-themed concerts to raise a toast to the early years, two decades of friendship and many good times yet to come. The band’s first three album, Sound As Ever, HiFi Way and Hourly Daily are being remastered and will feature a ton of extra tracks including never-before-released live performances, demos, alternate versions and b-sides. Plus, during June and July, the band will present live performances of Hourly Daily and HiFi Way, back to back in a lush theatre styled extravanganza. Catch You Am I at The Forum Theatre on Saturday July 6. Tickets are available through More info at















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Killswitch Engage

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City & Colour

A powerful, dynamic and raw rock and roll release from Melbourne based outfit Kingswood, the deluxe version of their debut EP features eight tasty tracks of sonic awesomeness including their latest single Ohio and a remix of the original Change of Heart single. If you’re a first time listener of Kingswood like myself, then I recommend not listening in a public space. Twenty seconds in I was caught out head banging and tapping the table at the local café. That’s how good this EP is. A refreshing reminder that rock ‘n roll truly isn’t dead, Kingswood are a force to be reckoned with. Can’t wait for the full-length release! Check these guys out at Rod Laver (May 4), before they get too famous. Sounds Like: Elements of Kings of Leon, Soundgarden and Wolfmother.

(ROADRUNNER / WARNER) Big, loud drums, fast heavily distorted guitars, and vocals that sometimes sound like the devil is in my speakers. It’s metal/ hardcore (or one of the million of subgenres), and even though I’m not the worlds biggest fan, Killswitch Engage’s new album Disarm The Descent didn’t have me wanting to engage the killswitch (sorry). The Massachusetts based band welcomed back original singer Jesse Leach for this record, and even though it’s been a decade since they last worked together, he doesn’t seem to miss a beat. Disarm The Descent shows off Killswitch Engage’s talents as a tight heavy metal band, and of course it’s got some cool solos to melt your face off too.


Love Has Come For You is packed to the rafters with surprises. First of all it’s ‘Steve Martin’ on banjo! Yes the comedian is the banjo playing dark horse! The opening track When You Get To Asheville is a great hook to open the door to something warm and enjoyable. Edie Brickwell is no slouch either, having floated around for over 25 years in the folk scene. Love Has Come For You hints a little bluegrass Irish jig that seeps into the ears like nothing else. All along the journey of this fine album, the 5 string banjo just meanders around the way. I could banter on about every track but to perfectly honest this album that would suit a Sunday afternoon in the MATT RIPPON sunshine, or curled up inside with a fire roaring up the chimney, or a road trip winding through the country or sitting quietly with headphones on.


Steve Earle deserves some sort of honorary doctorate in time management. How he managed to make this record in between touring, acting in film and TV, finishing his second novel, writing his memoirs, hosting a radio show and campaigning against the death penalty is anyone’s guess. That he made it so damned good is testament to the talent and intellect of one of Americana music’s most important and relevant figures. Earle, with full touring band behind him, covers all sorts of territory on this release - from love songs for his seventh wife to protest songs against corporate giants. Musically you’ll hear traces of folk-balladry, trad-authenticity, country rock and distortiondrenched grunge - all tied together by some fine production, potent lyrics and Earle’s aged growl.

This record will probably get put in some indie/dance genre, but the Blackchords new album isn’t really trying to get you to do the mash. Ok, maybe Dance, Dance, Dance is an exception. The second album from the Melbourne band is more interested in capturing you for the full listen with creating some cool atmospheres. Ten tracks longs and produced by David Oldum (The Frames), A Thin Line is an enjoyable listen, from start to finish and nothing feels out of place. The album starts of so sparse and distant - it’s sort of a machine clicking noise that the title track introduces us with - but it builds up nicely, and comes around full circle for a good opener. As Night Falls has some cool vocals, and sounds very Coldplay-esque.The upbeat first single Dance, Dance, Dance and the stripped back Wasting My Time were the LACHLAN BRYAN standouts.

(DINE ALONE) The Hurry And The Harm is the fourth album set to be released by the soulful Canadian, City and Colour. Dallas Green who goes by the Moniker City and Colour, delivers yet another beautifully warm and mellow album packed with easy listening melodies. Green’s voice is pleasant and familiar giving the album a comfortable and relaxed vibe. The album slowly transitions from light mid tempo tunes into more dark atmospheric numbers. The stand out track on this album is Take Care, Green’s vocals drips like honey over the intimately composed lyrics. Green seems to be in his musical comfort zone, offering up a non challenging album that borders on the too familiar. All in all, it is a complacently nice effort that is very easy on the ears. JESSICA SCUDAMORE



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Deep Purple are undoubtedly one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time. Having already achieved success in 1970 with their In Rock album and their 1971 follow up Fireball, the band totally redefined the standard of rock music with the release of their 1972’s Machine Head. Ritchie Blackmores’ guitar playing is outstanding. Along with Ian Paice, one of rocks great drummers, Roger Glovers’ hard driving bass, Ian Gillans’ powerhouse vocals and of course the amazing overdriven


From the opening track, Highway Star, the standard of the album is set and remains for the entire album - every track a gem! Other tracks include Lazy, Pictures Of Home, Space Truckin’ and of course the classic Smoke On The Water. Everyone who owns a guitar has played the Smoke On The Water riff and I’m sure that everyone who owns a copy of this album still plays it ... and loud!!! RAY MCGROTTY

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Out on the Vicious Bitch label, this Melbourne producer is keeping the techno vibe alive with an awesome sound that the electro heads will enjoy as much as the tech heads.

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A good solid track with a 90s feel to it at the start but it kicks in with punch and a catchy vocal hook that will get you pumped, the choobz mix works best for me and will work in most clubs. 4/5 Catch DJ Iceman at Mind Kandy & Melbourne events around town.

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TO BE LOVED Michael Buble 2 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX Bruno Mars 3 ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS Passenger 4 FLUME Flume 5 Bankrupt! Phoenix 6 Sharkmouth Russell Morris 7 THE HEIST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 8 GREATEST HITS Ricky Martin 9 #Willpower 10 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE P!nk

The lights are dimmed, rose petals scattered, candles are lit and the champagne is out, but no romance is complete without music. From teenage heartbreak love songs to epic stadium ballads, from awkward strummed guitars to magnificent nocturnes, music and romance have always gone lovingly hand in hand. This year, the PBS Radio Festival is asking you to ‘Romance Your Radio’. Turn the lights down (and perhaps turn the volume up a notch), pick up the phone and sign up as a PBS member. But don’t worry; the voice on the end of the line isn’t going to ask what you’re wearing. If you’re thinking of taking the step and making that commitment, consider that you will go into the running to win a sassy Red Vespa PX150 scooter, or a glowing Audiophile HiFi system, special edition PBS Radio Festival t-shirts or a CD featuring exclusive live material from PBS Studio 5 Live, faithfully brought to you by Coopers. The 2013 PBS Radio Festival runs from May 13-26, and with your support, this amazing community radio will continue its incredible programming and diverse mix of music another year. It’s all about the love at PBS – and the music is chosen lovingly by passionate volunteer DJs, who play sweet tunes for your ears 24 hours a day. Support them by phoning 8415 1067 or head to to show them how much you care. Love is in the airwaves… and it’s up to you to make sure it stays there. Become a PBS member this year and say, “I do”.



LET HER GO Passenger 2 GET LUCKY Daft Punk (feat. Pharell Williams) 3 I NEED YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris (feat. Ellie Goulding) 4 CAN’T HOLD US Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 5 THE OTHER SIDE Jason DeRulo 6 STILL INTO YOU Paramore 7 THANKYOU Mkto 8 POMPEII Bastille 9 HELLO Stafford Brothers (feat. Lil Wayne & Christina Millian) 10 CHANGE YOUR LIFE Little Mix


5. WHAT YOU’RE THINKING (Passenger feat. Josh Pyke) He’s pretty hot property at the moment, young Passenger. Track down his 2010 album Flight Of The Crow, featuring an array of collaborations. I love the simplicity of Josh Pyke’s addition, but the whole record is stellar. 4. STARGAZER (Paloma Faith) You may remember these guys from a track called Sober a few years back. This one is off Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful, and is one of their trademark dreamy ‘Duffy-like’ offerings. 3. FOUR ON SIX (Wes Montgomery) Guitar playing awesomeness, from someone that embodies jazz, embodies expression and oozes groove. 2. I GUESS I SHOULD GO TO SLEEP (Jack White) Jack White’s solo album reminds me of a washed up clown, shuffling through the door and falling in a heap on the couch after a month long bender, smeared makeup and broken dreams and all. In short, it’s a little crazy, but a lot good. 1. HELL YES (Beck) I like it when Beck goes funky. He has plenty of mid tempo ‘ambient’ ditties on the go, but this oneNext has a bit of step. Plus there’s a bass line that’s totally ‘Prodigy’, and some random samples. Gold





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- Groovin The Moo May 4, 2013 - Cherry Rock May 5, 2013

BYRON BAY BLUESFEST March 28 – April 1 @Byron Bay

- Kingston Harvest Festival May 11, 2013 - Good Beer Week May 18-26, 2013 - Melbourne Jazz Festival May 31-June 9, 2013 - National Celtic Festival June 5-7, 2013 - Melbourne International Singers Festival June 5-10, 2013 - Winter Jazz Festival June 7-10,2013 - Woodend Winter Arts Festival June 7-10, 2013 - Winter Wine Weekend June 8-10, 2013 - Laughing Lions Comedy Festival June 15, 2013 - Melbourne Cabaret Festival June 26-July 7, 2013 - Abundance Festival July 6-7, 2013 - Kilmore Celtic Festival June 28-30, 2013 - Melbourne International Film Festival July 25-28, 2013 - Winter Blues Festival July 26-28, 2013 - Kelly Country Pick Festival August 15-18, 2013


CASSANDRA MACKINNON! Cassandra was the winner, as announced on the PEARL Magazine Facebook page, of our Kingston Harvest Festival ‘Meet, Greet & Eat’ Competition! She’s won a double pass to the exclusive VIP area, front of stage on the day, a drink card for during the show to be redeemed at The Harvest Bar, complimentary camping chairs and your very own takehome festival esky for all your cool bevvies, dinner from one of the dozen festival vendors around the grounds, an exclusive meet & greet with headliner Adam Brand before the show and a prize pack of Adam Brand merch to take away as a memento. Thanks to everyone for entering the competition, and we’ll see you all at The Kingston Harvest Festival, Saturday May 11!

- Melbourne Fringe Festival September 18-6 October, 2013

Over the Easter weekend, thousands of punters travelled to the sultry shores of Byron Bay to witness a phenomenal line-up of musicians. Perennial favourite Trombone Shorty kicked off the proceedings with their brazen jazz/funk fusion and sexy showmanship. Chris Isaak’s slinky voice and bedazzled twopiece got pulses racing, and Tedeschi Trucks nailed that soulful sound that’s become the cornerstone of the festival. Ben Harper and Blues luminary Charlie Musselwhite’s harmonica and slide guitar parlance was heartfelt but underwhelming. Friday night: Steve Miller Band slickly dispensed their soft-rock hits, followed by headliner Santana’s self-congratulatory, stadium-tailored show. Latin heartthrob Manu Chao convinced the thousands of drunk stragglers they knew how to salsa. Saturday afternoon: Glen Hansard delivered a soaring (and sweat drenched) performance. His Oscar-worthy musicianship and vocals were matched that weekend by gravelly troubadour Ben Caplan, dreadlocked guitar/percussionist Newton Faulker, babyfaced soul singer Alan Stone, ethereal bard Rufus Wainwright, and cult icon Rodriguez; who rose like Lazarus to deliver an enchanting performance, particularly his liberal rendition of Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone. Bluesfest’s notorious scheduling conflict was flaunted when headliners Robert Plant and Iggy Pop were pitted against each

other. This resulted in a mass exodus from Mojo Stage (where Plant was swaying his aging hips and hammering the highs of Whole Lotta Love) to Crossroads, to witness Iggy defy the laws of nature. Remaining with Plant, I thought his Eastern renderings of Zeppelin classics were selfindulgent but mesmerizing. The Aussie contingent was impressive this year, with local bands like Saskwatch and Bomba delivering convincingly. Traditional soul acts (Ruthie Foster, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys) gave formidable performances, while the inimitable Jimmy Cliff, particularly in his rendition of I Can See Clearly Now, moved many to tears. Sunday was party night; with Fat Freddy, Cat Empire and Melbourne Ska Orchestra essentially having a groove-off, to see who could whip their audience into a bigger drunken frenzy. Monday had that usual anticipatory atmosphere, and fieryhaired Bonnie Raitt tore through it with blistering vocals and guitar. Paul Simon’s performance, spanning 25 years of his remarkable catalogue of work, was totally riveting. At 71, time hasn’t sullied his iconic voice or phrasing. Thousands of people simultaneously chanting the chorus of The Boxer was a spine-tingling moment, which brought a tear to this reviewer’s eye. Alt-rockers Wilco closed the festival with a typically frenetic performance, which jolted the tired punters awake for one last set. CLAUDINE MARIE

- Royal Melbourne Show September 21-October 2, 2013 - Guildford Banjo Jamboree September 20-22, 2013 - Mildura Country Music Festival September 27-October 2, 2013 - Parklife - October 6, 2013 - Anglesea Music Festival October 18-20, 2013 - Main Street Festival October 20, 2013 - Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Festival October 24-27, 2013 - Release the Bats October 26, 2013 - Cuban Jazz Festival October 27, 2013


Some people may think, as there was no RAW Festival this year, that the initiative might have fizzled out and disbanded. To the contrary, though, RAW is still supporting the community’s commitment to the environment, conservation and animal rights and has festivals and events planned for 2013. The first of these is an IAPF (International Anti-Poaching Federation) fundraiser at Mount Martha House, planned for Saturday May 11. Featuring headliner Ricki Wood, supported by local muso Dave Walker, the event will kick off at 7pm and feature silent auctions, raffles and games. Tickets are $25 for adults / $5 for kids, available from Garden Of Quasimodo. For more info, visit

- Whiplash Festival October 28, 2013

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In the mood for spiritual enlightenment? From May 18-19, head down to Federation Square to mark the beginning of Buddhist celebrations with Buddha’s birthday, known as Vesak (or Wesak). Buddha’s Day and Multicultural festival will incorporate traditions of Buddhist ceremonies, including “The Bathing of the Buddha”, daily Dharma ceremonies, the Wishing Bell, a vegetarian culinary tour of Asia and music. All welcome, see for details.

THE EPITOME OF SPLENDOUR – BIGGEST LINE-UP IN ITS HISTORY Get excited PEARL-ERS, the 2013 line-up for Byron Bay’s Splendour In the Grass has finally been released and, quite simply, there are no words to adequately describe the sheer magnitude of talent on this bill. Get ready for: Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men, Frank Ocean, Empire of the Sun, James Blake, Passion Pit, Flume – to name an absolute few. It all goes down from July 26-28 at North Byron Parklands, do not miss out. Tickets available May 2, see www. for details.

...with Heidi Bond

TOURING The Kooks (The Palais). Fri May 3 Example Live (Palace Theatre). Fri May 3 Six60 (Forum Theatre). Fri May 3 They Might Be Giants (Corner Hotel). Fri May 3 Aerosmith (Rod Laver Arena). Sat May 4 Deathstarts (Corner Hotel). Sat May 4 King Parrot (Pier Live). Sat May 4 Norma Jean (Corner Hotel). Sun May 5 Frightened Rabbit (Corner Hotel). Tues May 7 & Wed May 8 The Ten Tenors (Hamer Hall). Thurs May 9 Julian Marley (Corner Hotel). Thurs May 9 Whole Lotta Love-Led Zeppelin Show (The Palais). Fri May 10 28 Days (Prince Bandroom). Fri May 10 OM (The Hi-Fi). Fri May 10 Rachael Leahcar (Palms at Crown). Fri May 10 Cradle of Filth (Palace Theatre). Fri May 10 Jon Stevens (Trak Lounge). Fri May 10 The Rubens (Forum Theatre). Fri May 10 & Sat May 11 Something for Kate (Pier Live). Sat May 11 Dragon (Palms at Crown). Sat May 11 Jello Biafra (Corner Hotel). Sat May 11 & Sun May 12 Unida (The Hi-Fi). Sun May 12 The Gaslight Anthem (Palace Theatre). Tues May 14 & Wed May 15 Funeral for a Friend (Pier Live). Wed May 15 Tommy Fleming (Palms at Crown). Fri May 17 Seth Sentry (Forum Theatre). Fri May 17 Frankenbok (Pier Live). Fri May 17 Atari Teenage Riot (Billboard The Venue). Fri May 17






Deftones (Palace Theatre). Fri May 17 & Sat May 18 Tenancious D (The Palais). Fri May 17 & Sat May 18 Local Natives (Forum Theatre). Sat May 18 Stan Ridgway (Corner Hotel). Sat May 18 Vince Jones (Trak Lounge). Sun May 19 Lee Kernaghan (Hallam Hotel). Wed May 22 Birds of Tokyo (The Hi-Fi). Wed May 22 Songwriters in The Round (Hallam Hotel). Thurs May 23 Lita Ford (Prince Bandroom) Thurs May 23 Eluveitie (Billboard The Venue). Fri May 24 British India (Pier Live). Fri May 24 The Ghost Inside (The Hi-Fi). Sat May 25 & Sun May 26 Renee Geyer (Hamer Hall). Thurs May 30 Matt Corby (Palace Theatre). Fri May 31 The Beatles No. 1’s (Palms at Crown). Sat Jun 1 Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (The Hi-Fi). Sat Jun 1 Adam Brand (Hallam Hotel). Fri Jun 7 Killing Joke (Billboard The Venue). Fri Jun 7 Kamelot (The Hi-Fi). Fri Jun 7 Taylor Dayne (Chelsea Heights Hotel). Fri Jun 7 Taylor Dayne (Palms at Crown). Sat Jun 8 Dash Berlin (Peninsula Shed 14). Sat Jun 8 Chris Tucker (The Plenary). Tues Jun 11 The Beards (Pier Live). Thurs Jun 13 Something for Kate (Forum Theatre). Fri Jun 14 Outlawz (Trak Lounge). Fri Jun 14 Experience Jimi Hendrix (Palms at Crown). Fri Jun 14 The Black Angels (Palace Theatre) Fri Jun 14 Jesus Christ Superstar (Rod Laver Arena). Fri Jun 14 & Sun Jun 16 The Australian Bee Gees Show (Palms at Crown). Sat

FESTIVAL HOAX – SMOKESCREEN Curiosity has been building. Posters promoting “the most dangerous music festival on earth” were piquing interest from avid festival-goers, reluctantly winding down from an extraordinary summer of music celebration. But Smokescreen was just that – a complete hoax to promote an anti-smoking campaign and a somewhat brazen attempt to engage festival lovers to lead a healthier lifestyle. With rapper (M4-CEMA) and glam-rock band (The Coughin’ Nails) in tow, campaign managers almost had us convinced. Almost…


One for the singing enthusiasts, the Melbourne International Singers Festival will celebrate everything from choir to a cappella – with optional audience participation. Held from June 5-10, the festival boasts international and local music experts across many genres, who will run diverse workshops, master-classes and concerts for all those interested. An inspiring music experience for all, see for details.

ABUNDANCE @ MONTALTO Abundance and Chefs Hat do not usually go hand in hand. Throw in the revered Montalto winery and quite a paradox is formed. The

eleventh annual Abundance Festival, held July 6-7, will strip back pretense and celebrate the year’s olive harvest for all of the family. With free entry, all can enjoy market stalls, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, a well-stocked martini bar, and wine tastings – followed by a long table lunch & entertainment.


Unfortunately, due to a combination of schedule conflicts and visa complications with featured artists, the inaugural Movement Festival has been cancelled for 2013. Organisers are sincerely apologetic to all those expectant patrons & have guaranteed a full refund of the ticket price. Contact your ticketing outlet for details or visit for info.


Liza Minnelli would be proud Melbourne. The annual ode to cabaret is only months away and set to attract a bigger crowd than ever. The Melbourne Cabaret Festival will showcase up-and-coming cabaret talent from around the nation, with a variety of performances at many iconic Melbourne venues. With the Opening Gala at the Palais Theatre, featuring Motown Royalty Mary Wilson and New York cabaret icon Joey Arias, all are sure to be supremely entertained. See for ticket prices and event information.

THE WHO/WHAT/WHERE WITH TRACY COATES Jun 15 Boris (Corner Hotel). Wed Jun 19 Arturo Sandoval (The Palais). Sat Jun 22 Foster & Allen (Palms at Crown). Sat Jun 22 Baby Animals (The Hi-Fi). Sat Jun 22 Paul Thorn (Hallam Hall). Tues Jun 25 The Whitlams (Hamer Hall). Fri Jun 28 Kasey Chambers (Hallam Hotel). Fri Jun 28 A$AP Rocky (Palace Theatre). Fri Jun 28 A$AP Rocky (Festival Hall). Sat Jun 29 Indina Mezel (Hamer Hall). Sun Jun 30 You Am I (Forum Theatre). Wed Jul 3 & Thurs Jul 4 Ball Park Music (Forum Theatre). Fri Jul 5 P!nk (Rod Laver Arena). Sun July 7-17 [8 shows!] Engelbert Humperdinck (Hamer Hall) Mon Jul 8 Beccy Cole (Hallam Hotel). Fri Jul 12 Jonny Craig (Pier Live). Sun Jul 14 Todd Rundgren (Chelsea Heights Hotel). Fri Jul 19 Saint Vitus & Monarch (The Hi-Fi). Sat Jul 20 A Taste of Tamworth (Hallam Hotel). Fri Jul 27 Alt-J (Festival Hall). Tues Jul 30 Joan Baez (Hamer Hall). Thurs Aug 8 Eurogliders (Chelsea Heights Hotel). Thurs Aug 8 Buddy‘n’Roy-Together‘n’Alone (Palms at Crown). Fri Aug 9 & Sat Aug 10 Cory Band (Dallas Brooks Hall). Sat Aug 10 P!nk (Rod Laver Arena). Tuess Aug 13-23 [8 shows!] Flyleaf (The Hi-Fi). Fri Aug 16 Eivis If I Can Dream (Palms at Crown). Fri Aug 16 & Sat Aug 17 Don McLean (Hamer Hall). Sat Aug 17

Andrew Strong & The Commitments (Corner Hotel). Wed Sep 4 & Thurs Sep 5 The Cat Empire (Forum Theatre). Thurs Sep 12 & Fri Sep 13 Amanda Palmer (Forum Theatre). Fri Sep 20 Parkway Drive (Palace Theatre). Fri Sep 20 Foals (Palace Theatre). Fri Sep 27 Rihanna (Rod Laver Arena). Mon Sep 30 & Tues Oct 1 One Direction (Rod Laver Arena). Wed Oct 2-30 [8 shows]! Soilwork (Billboard The Venue). Fri Oct 4 Kim Wilde & Nik Kershaw (Chelsea Heights Hotel). Thurs Oct 17 Kim Wilde & Nik Kershaw (Palace Theatre). Fri Oct 18 Andre Rieu (Rod Laver Arena). Sat Oct 19 Enslaved (The Hi-Fi). Fri Nov 1 Olly Murs (The Plenary). Thurs Nov 14


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Mark Jackson and Warwick Capper will be back in town soon! Catch them ‘Live’ at Somerville Hotel Thursday May 23rd. Tickets on sale NOW from venue.



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The 80s: big hair, acid wash jeans and the Walkman. 1980 saw the introduction of the Sony Walkman into music markets across the world. The “affordable, portable stereo” meant you could carry your music with you anywhere, anytime, without carrying a big beatbox on your shoulder. My Walkman was a hand me down from my sister – a bargain basement white model with the orange foam headphones – nothing fancy like the yellow waterproof ‘Sports’ model that some kids had. The device was featured in many films of the decade reflecting it’s popularity in 80s

culture and every day life: Footloose, Flashdance, 48 hours, Sixteen Candles, The Terminator (it’s best to not make a midnight snack with your Walkman on when a cyborg killing machine is after your room mate), National Lampoons European Vacation, Pretty Woman (released in 1990 but it’s the “I just want your extra time and your...Kiss” bath scene so roll with me here), and featured heavily in the late 80’s Bond film The Living Daylights (Bond villain Necros used his Walkman cord as his weapon of choice to dispatch his enemies). But few of these scenes sum up the 80’s like the Back to the Future Walkman scene, when Marty McFly hitches a skateboard tow at the back of a pickup truck, then a jeep at the start of the film. Denim jacket (popped collar), tight jeans and white sneakers, Marty waves to the ladies working out in the aerobics studio as he cruises through the town square with The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News pumping through his headphones. Bitchin’! While the Walkman was awesome, it was not without a few small issues – the endless

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purchasing and changing of batteries, (the slow mo sound of your favourite tune being the first indication that your batteries were dying), and the odd chewed tape having to be untwisted & patiently wound back in with your finger or a pen. After 30 years of production, Sony have announced the discontinuation of it’s cassette Walkmans. So while time and technology move forward, a chapter closes on a beloved retro pastime. DONNA McCOSKER



Star Wars was first released this month 36 years ago, on May 25, 1977. I am a huge Star Wars fan, (let’s go ahead and use the word geek, I’m cool with that), so it was only fitting that my first ever eBay purchase was a 1977 ‘Star Wars Iron-on Transfer Book’. The book has 16 fantastic designs, and I bought it for a song. I can still remember that little rush of glee when I won the item, and I have been hooked on eBay ever since. I love that C-3PO and R2-D2 are listed as See Threepio and Artoo Detoo on these transfers. This is how they were originally named, and are listed as such on the end credits of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977, with the abbreviated names in brackets. Each consecutive movie (including the prequels) dropped the full name and simply used C-3PO and R2-D2. Little bit of STAR WARS trivia for your back pocket! DONNA McCOSKER

Hook up the Viscount or Franklin Caravan and head across our beautiful Bay for a break on the Searoad Ferries! EARLY BIRD CARAVAN SPECIAL TAKE THE CARAVAN FOR ONLY $22 Pay $22.00 for any size caravan on the 7am and 8am departures. The tow vehicle fee and passenger fare as per season is applicable. DONNA McCOSKER

TOP 5 RETRO ALBUM COVERS: THIS MONTH: Let’s hear it for the boys! Sharing the lost treasures & slightly humorous side of the retro album world...

“The hunter, or the hunted...?”




“Gotta say, Jim, we’re not convinced...?”


“What i wouldn’t give for a full-length shot of that jump suit!”

“No Mike Adkins, thank you...?”

Looking for Vintage & Retro wares and treasures? In a side street in Seaford, you’ll find Michael Shelley’s warehouse full of retro and vintage furniture, prints, kitchen-wares and more. The goods are really reasonably priced, which is not always the case with retro furniture and finds these days. And if you are looking for a particular piece of furniture or collectable item, let Michael know and he may be able to source it for you through his network of contacts. For larger furniture items, and depending on delivery distance, Michael can arrange delivery straight to your door! Head down and say g’day to Michael (or ” The Man” as he has been dubbed amongst me and my retro loving friends) this weekend! Dingley Bay Pty Ltd is located at 8/2 Apsley Place, Seaford (off Hartnett Dve, Just off Eastlink) Open Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-2pm

“Tino, por favor...?”

The Quick Quiz... 1) In Back To The Future, what speed did the DeLorean have to reach for time travel? 2) How many people in total were stranded on Gilligan’s Island? 3) Courtney Cox featured in which Bruce Springsteen music video? 4) What does the CHP in the 70s/80s TV series Chips stand for? 5) Which musician wrote and performed the soundtrack for the 1989 Warner Brothers film Batman? ANSWERS ON ‘EXTRA EXTRA’


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Nestled amongst the lush rolling hills and towering pines atop Red Hill is a gallery and workshop where magic is made from molten glass and the public is invited to witness the mesmerizing process. Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson of Gordon Studio Glassblowers are master artisans bringing a thoroughly modern flavour to this centuries old tradition. Partners in every respect, they have been creating one -of -a -kind pieces of art together for over 20 years.

“And the crowd went wild!” is usually an expression a commentator makes at a sporting event, but it aptly describes what happened at the Frankston Arts Centre in April when Gene Petersen and his 360 Allstars took the stage. Breakdancers spun at breakneck speed, the basketball freestyler juggled five basketballs at once and spun two one top of one another on his finger, the rapper MC gave an insight into live looping, a BMX flatlander did unimaginable tricks with his bike, an amazing Roue Cyr artist defied gravity and all that was accompanied by a killer backbeat and outstanding solos by Gene Petersen. Combined with a wildly enthusiastic audience, it was a very exciting night at the theatre. No need to be bored on the Peninsula - ever. We’ve got music festivals virtually every month. Our galleries and art shows are bursting with talent. Community Theatre is alive and performing well and now the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s arts blog is featuring regular poetry too. There is plenty to stimulate the imagination around our bays, so turn off your mobile, step away from the computer and dive into arts on the Peninsula! Enjoying it all, Your Arts Editor ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS

Eileen comes from a phenomenally talented family of glass artisans. Her mother and father are both worldrenowned glass engravers. Her brothers are also amazing glass artisans and each has a truly unique style in crafting glass. Grant came from a farming background. Love and reverence for the land is translated into his art as he finds parallels between the two. Each presents dangers, difficulties and surprises. He gave up farming in 1990 to join his wife and they have been working together ever since producing truly astonishing and magnificent art forms. From miniscule ornaments to monumental outdoor sculptures, their hot glass workshop is a wonder to behold and their hilltop gallery filled with beautiful art. Visit Gordon Studio Glassblowers at 290 Red Hill Rd. 5989 7073. ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS

FIND ART IN FLINDERS Every Queens Birthday weekend the annual Flinders Art Show features the finest painters, printmakers and illustrators from the Mornington Peninsula and beyond. This will be their 46th year offering affordable art to all. With over 350 entries and specialist prizes, such as, the ‘taste of wine’ prize and the new ‘equine’ art prize, the Finders Art Show is a little different. Every year the art committee strives to better their best. Reconfiguring the exhibition space and limiting entries to two pieces per artist has provided viewers with more room to move, stand back and enjoy the art. An impressive array of judges always preside over this show and this year is no exception with arts writer, publisher and curator, Susan McCulloch, OAM, equine artist, Lyn Beaumont and Acting Head of Faculty of Arts at Toorak College, Kimberley Mannix on the panel. In the true spirit of community, volunteers from Flinders kinder Mums to the local fire brigade all pitch in to make this show a great success raising considerable sums of money to donate to local Peninsula charities. Opening night is Friday, June 7 from 7 -10pm. The show continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and Monday from 10 am to 2 pm. ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS

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Frankston Arts Centre is looking for moving image or still projection installations to contribute to a major projection event in the city of Frankston in June 2013. In 1956 Bruce Gyngell introduced television to Australia with the words ‘Good evening, and welcome to television’. In 2013 the analogue television signal will be switched off. Frankston will celebrate, commiserate and investigate this transition from analogue to digital with the return of digital art festival, exURBAN SCREENS. In 2012 exURBAN SCREENS lit up the winter night sky in the streets of Frankston and the crowds saw their city in a new light. exURBAN SCREENS returns in 2013 to examine the end of an era, the end of analogue and the source of the discrete image. Digital technologies have fundamentally changed how we view the world and interact with one another. (Good evening, and welcome to)The Discrete Image proposes that we reflect on the nature of analogue and digital systems and what they mean to both our human condition and importantly our experience of the world. The presentation of contemporary large scale and site-specific installations will be filled by international and nationally renowned, emerging and established artists. The signature projections will focus on the Frankston Arts Centre fly-tower, Hoyts Cinema and the festival hub at Cube 37. There will be a myriad of smaller projection and screen sites at various locations including storefronts, laneways and car parks in the city centre. A highlight of the program is a series of after dark walking tours that take in multiple sites and provides an expanded experience of the installations. Artists interested in contributing to this event are invited to submit their creative ideas and examples of their digital/video artworks reflecting the theme (Good evening, and welcome to) The Discrete Image. For full details of how to submit your work, the format required and all other FAQ’s visit or contact Belinda Cook, Visual Arts Officer, au. Submission deadline is Monday 20 May. TAMMY RYAN

When visiting both community and professional theatre venues in and around the Mornington Peninsula, a vast majority of the audience demographic is older people. Why is this so? Does theatre not appeal to younger viewers? Is it because older people have more time and money to spend on the arts? Is it a result of a dwindling attention span due to the fast pace of modern technology? Are venues not offering enough youth based content? Food for thought… Ponder, discuss and share your views on our PEARL facebook page. If you have a hot topic you’d like to see addressed, send your topic to:





Don’t forget Art Red Hill this month. Opening night is Friday, May 3 at 7:30 with live music, canapés, boutique beverages and first chance to buy the best in local, national and international art. Show and sales continue Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Lovers of art are sure to find a thrill at Art Red Hill located at the Red Hill Consolidated School 341 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill. Enquiries: 5989 2321

3-5 MAY 2013 Opening Night

Fri 3 May 7.30 – 10.30pm

General Exhibition

Sat 4 – Sun 5 May 10am – 5pm


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LITERARY ARTS AND ARTS LECTURES: MORDIALLOC WRITERS’ GROUP Tuesdays at 8pm Mordialloc Neighbourhood House (Mordialloc) 9587 8757 SOUTHERN PENS Wednesdays at 1 pm @ Rosebud Library (Rosebud) Kaye 5985 6773 MORNINGTON WRITERS’ GROUP Fridays at 10 am & 7:30 pm @ Mornington Community House (Mornington) 5975 4772 PENINSULA POETS WORKSHOP MEETINGS Saturday, May 4 & June 1 at 11 am @ Mornington Peninsula Library Meeting Room Contact: Andrea 0435 120 297 or WRITER’S BLOCK MEETING Saturdays, May 11 & 25 at 10 am @ Cube 37 at Frankston Arts Centre (Frankston) Contact: Fran 0438 890 217 or seagull25@ AUSTRALIAN DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY LECTURE: BHUTAN – THE KINGDOM OF THUNDER Friday, May 17 at 5:30 pm @ Peninsula Community Theatre (Mornington) Bookings 9787 2092 or FELLOWSHIP OF AUSTRALIAN WRITERS: MORNINGTON PENINSULA BRANCH MEETING Sunday, May 19 at 1:45 pm @ Community Contact House (Mornington) Margaret 9781 1231 or peninsulafaw@yahoo. READINGS BY THE BAY Sunday, May 26 at 2pm Mordialloc @Neighbourhood House (Mordialloc) 9587 8757 MORNINGTON LIBRARY SERVICE’S LIVE ‘N’ LOCAL Thursday, June 6 at 5:30pm @ Mornington Library Meeting Room. Free, but bookings essential. 5950-1820

VISUAL ARTS: OAK HILL GALLERY PRESENTS OFF THE WALLS, ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION & LITTLE ARCHIES Off The Walls one day show and sale is Thursday, May 2 from 6:30 pm, Annual Photography Exhibition runs to May 30 & Little Archies opens Saturday, June 1 running until July 7 @ Oak Hill Gallery (Mornington) 5973 4299 MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL GALLERY PRESENTS: DAVID ASPDEN SURVEY & PENINSULA STUDIO TRAIL ARTISTS from Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, June 2 @ Mornington Peninsula

Regional Gallery (Mornington) 5975 4399 www.mprg.mornpen. BASICALLY BUSH EXHIBITION Opens Friday, May 3 at 6 pm runs through Tuesday, May 28 @ G3 Artspace Kingston Arts Centre (Moorabin) www.kingstonarts. ART RED HILL Opens Friday, May 3 from 7:30 (limited tickets) runs until Sunday, May 5 at 5pm @ Red Hill Consolidated School (Red Hill) Bookings: PENINSULA STUDIO TRAIL ARTISTS’ OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND & MORNINGTON LIBRARY FOYER EXHIBITION Open Weekend Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5 from 10 am to 5 pm @ various galleries around the Peninsula. For information visit: Mornington Library Foyer Exhibition on until May 31 @ Mornington Library 5950 1820 FROM WITHIN DIGITAL BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS FROM GEOFFREY SUMPTER Opens Thursday May 16 at 6 pm and runs until Tuesday, June 4 @ G1 Gallery Kingston Arts Centre (Moorabin) CUBE 37 GALLERY PRESENTS TOBY MATHESON’S PORTRAITS SET IN MELBOURNE Until May 18 @The Cube Gallery at Frankston Arts Centre (Frankston) 9784 1896 CUBE 37 ART AFTER PARK PRESENTS IDAHO (INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA) Until May 18 @The Cube Gallery at Frankston Arts Centre (Frankston) 9784 1896 MANYUNG AT MT. ELIZA PRESENTS NEW HORIZONS BY ANDREW ‘GRASSI’ KELAHER & WARREN SALTER & GROUP EXHIBITION FEATURING CONCHITA CARAMBANO, SUZANNA LANG & MARIA CHIRINOS LOPEZ Until Sunday, May 26 @ Manyung Gallery (Mt. Eliza) 9787 2953 FAC CURVED WALL PRESENTS 4 SEAS Until Monday, June 24 on Curved Wall, Main Foyer @ Frankston Arts Centre (Frankston) MCCLELLAND GALLERY PRESENTS MADE IN CHINA, AUSTRALIA & MOMENTUM Until Sunday, June 9 @ McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park (Langwarrin) 9789 1671


ART CLASSES WITH MARILYN RICHARDS AT DROMANA COMMUNITY HOUSE Wednesdays 10 am and 1 pm, Fridays 10 am. Other art classes & open studio time available@ Dromana Community House (Dromana). Contact: Michelle 5987 2631 or www. ACRYLIC ART CLASSES WITH SUSAN FARRELL Thursdays during school terms from 7 – 9 pm @ Bentons Square Community Centre (Mornington) Contact Susan 0410 056 865 or STUDIO SORRENTO ART UNTUTORED LIFE DRAWING CLASSES Thursdays at 6:30 pm during school term (Sorrento) Contact: Ngaire 0419 574 971 MC CLELLAND GUILD OF ARTISTS DEMONSTRATIONS: FIONA BILBOROUGH: OIL STILL LIFE & RON M. MULLER: WATERCOLOUR GUM TREES Saturdays, May 4 at 1:30 pm & June 1 @ Mc Clelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Studio Park, (Langwarrin) Bookings: Pat Ickeringill 8317 6540 MPRG PORTRAIT MASTERCLASS WITH GODWIN BROADBEER Monday, May 6 at 10 @ Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (Mornington) 5975 4399 DARTS (DIGITAL ARTS ON SATURDAYS) PRESENTS 3D ANIMATION Saturdays, May 11 & 18 at 10:30 Bookings: 9784 1896 PENINSULA ARTS SOCIETY DEMONSTRATION WITH BILL CALDWELL: OILS Monday, May 20 at 1pm @ Peninsula Arts Society (Frankston South) Contact: Ruth 9787 6103 PENINSULA WOODTURNERS EXHIBITION Tuesday, May 21 to Sunday, May 26 from 10 am @ Peninsula Community Theatre Contact Stephen Pratt 0414 156 105 http:// PENINSULA ARTS SOCIETY DEMONSTRATION WITH CATHY VAN EE: PASTEL Friday, June 1 at 1 pm @ Peninsula Arts Society (Frankston South) Contact: Ruth 9787 6103 IMPRO CLUB WITH CAROLE PATULO Wednesdays at 7:30 pm @ Southern Peninsula Arts Centre (Rosebud) Bookings: 5986 8204 SPACwhatson.html PROFESSIONAL ACTING CLASSES WITH HARRIET JAMES/THE ACTOR’S SHED Multiple days & times @ Dromana Uniting Church Hall (Dromana) Contact: Harriet 0487 918 015

THEATRE: MORDIALLOC THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS LOST IN YONKERS Saturday, May 3 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 pm @ Shirley Burke Theatre (Parkdale) Bookings: www. or 9587 5141 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL PRESENTS THE COMEDY FESTIVAL ROAD SHOW Sunday, May 5 at 8 pm @ Frankston Arts Centre Bookings: 9784 1060. POLYGLOT THEATRE PRESENTS MUCKHEAP Tuesday, May 14 at 11 am & 2 pm @ Kingston City Hall (free craft workshop 30 mins. before show) and Thursday, May 23 at 11:30 am & 6pm @ the Frankston Arts Centre Bookings: www. or /9784 1060. ROCK CITY EVENTS PRESENTS DAVID STRASSMAN IN CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH Sunday, May 26 at 6pm & 8:15 @ Frankston Arts Centre Bookings: 9784 1060. ENSEMBLE THEATRE PRESENTS FRANKENSTEIN Thursday, May 30 at 8 pm @ Shirley Burke Theatre (Parkdale) Bookings: 9556 4440/ POSSUM MAGIC Tuesday, June 4 at 11 am & 1:30 pm @ Kingston City Hall Bookings:

FILM: RYE WINE LOUNGE PRESENTS MASTERPIECES OF CINEMATOGRAPHY: ARTHOUSE CINEMA Thursdays fortnightly at 7:30 @ Rye Wine Lounge (Rye) RSVP & Bookings: 5985 8355 Contact venue for upcoming films. FRANKSTON LIBRARY CULT MOVIE: EASY RIDER Saturday, May 18 at 1 pm in The Frankston Library Long Room 9784 1020 FLIX FIX: MY FAIR LADY & THE BREAKFAST CLUB Sunday, May 19 @ 11 am Friday, June 7 at 8:30 pm @ Shirley Burke Theatre (Parkdale) Bookings: 9556 4440/ www. Listings are at the discretion of the Arts Editor and based on information available at press time. Listings need to be brief and current. It may not be possible to fit everything in, but we’ll try if we know it’s on. Send information to: artseditor@pearlmag. by the third week of each month. Also send to: http:// Advertisers are considered first for editorials. Ads in Pearl are inexpensive. Call 5906 5775.

Fabulous Flinders offers art inspiring scenic views along Westernport Bay on one side and verdant rolling hills on the other. It’s also a treasure trove of fine art and craft with four galleries and an annual art show. Galleries include: t5IF$PPL4USFFU$PMMFDUJWF





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Young dancers have incredible strength, stamina and flexibility. They exude boundless enthusiasm and perform with flawless grace. It’s a pleasure to watch. The Australian Ballet School turns out world-class dancers year after year performing unique choreography that is distinctively Australian. Frankston Arts Centre, as part of their Musical Matinees series, will feature the Australian School of Ballet’s exciting 2013 program including new works from Leigh Rowles and Simon Dow as well as Natalie Weir’s dynamic Jabula. See this program at the Frankston Arts Centre on Friday, June 7 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Tickets only $18: www.thefac. or 9784 1060. ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS

MAKING AN IMPRESSION Peninsula printmaker and fine artist, Belinda Nye won Best in Show at the Mornington Peninsula Art Show over the Easter weekend with her painting of the iconic red bluff between Mothers and Mills beaches in Mornington. Inspired by artist Fred Williams, she wanted to have a go at rendering her own impression of the place and clearly it made one on judge, Philip Faulks. Humble and self-deprecating, Nye actually didn’t believe it when her art mentor, Carole Foster, called her to say she’d won the prize. While she has always been a painter, Nye has a true passion and breathtaking skill in printmaking, which she took up in 2007. She loves the entire process. It’s labour intensive, but the product is nothing short of striking. In fact, that’s the very word she used when I asked her what she loved most about printmaking. “ I love the process, the striking boldness and simplicity of it,” she said. The contrast of the black and white in printmaking appeals to her, but she also loves colour. It’s what drew her to art in the first place. If she hasn’t printed a piece in colour, she’ll often hand-colour the print creating a beautiful hybrid product. Nye finds painting more frustrating and difficult than printmaking. “You have to let yourself go more and be in the moment. It’s





more freeing, but sometimes that’s difficult whereas printmaking involves more planning. It’s not as spontaneous,” she explained. That said, she also added, “With all art you lose yourself. It’s creative escapism.” Printmaking specifically involves artworks on paper using ink by hand or press. A plate is created from wood or metal on which an image is made then transferred to paper. It sounds simple, but having examined some of her metal etchings, woodblock and linocut plates, it’s actually incredibly complex and intricate. Watching her demonstrate a woodcut plate was awe-inspiring. Nye has a studio workshop in which the press is clearly the centerpiece. Printmaking is certainly her labour of love. Having completed a diploma in Visual Arts years ago, Nye is now working on a double degree in Fine Art and Visual Culture. She’d like to become more established as a printmaker and then move into education teaching secondary school students the painstaking process that so captivates her. View Belinda Nye’s artwork on www. or see her work in the upcoming Flinders Art Show at Flinders Community Hall from June 7 to 10. ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS


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Polyglot Theatre always presents amazing and engaging interactive plays for kids and families. Inventive play and the usefulness of simple materials to engage the imagination is the cornerstone of their philosophy. Drawing on the theme of recycling, Muckheap is the tale of two people preparing to move house, but just can’t bear to part with all the junk they ought to be pitching in the bin. Through physical humour, puppetry and one heck of a big mess, the characters create a story from the should-be discarded debris of their lives. Inviting the audience to join in just adds to the hilarity and the mess. Good fun for kids from 4-12 years old. Muckheap is at the Kingston City Hall, Moorabin on May 14 at 11 am and 2 pm and at Cube 37, Frankston on May 23 at 11:30 and 6 pm. For tickets: or


MAY 2 - JUNE 6 Drift (MAY 2ND) Sam Worthington, Xavier Samuel, Lesley-Ann Brandt The Hunt (MAY 2ND) Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp Miracle In Cell No 7 (MAY 2ND) Ryu Seung-Ryong, Park Shin-Hye, Gal So-Won A Lady In Paris (MAY 9TH) Jeanne Moreau, Laine Mägi, Patrick Pineau The Place Beyond The Pines (MAY 9TH) Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson A Place For Me (MAY 16TH) Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly The Call (MAY 16TH) Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut Dead Man Down (MAY 23RD) Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper The Hangeover Part III (MAY 23RD) Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms The Reluctant Fundamentalist (MAY 23RD) Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson, Riz Ahmed The Great Gatsby (MAY 30TH) Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Macguire


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Iron Man visited Dromana 3 Drive-In and caused quite a stir. He also brought his Iron Ladies for some moral support. Catch Iron Man when he returns on Saturday May 4, to sign some more autographs!

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Movie Releases

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Be warned…not for the faint of heart, Frankenstein is scary and sexy in ways never before explored. Mute creature meets blind man who mentors and educates him. Frankenstein finds his voice and he’s not afraid to use it articulating anguish and anger at being born an adult in grotesque form met with scorn. Modernizing Mary Shelley’s classic gothic tale unleashes all kinds of new horror. Directed by self-professed horror fan, Mark Kilmurry and acted out by Ensemble Theatre’s tour de force young cast this will be a spine-tingling night at the theatre. An original score written for solo cello adds atmosphere to Lee Jones haunting performance as Frankenstein. Doctor Frankenstein, played by Andrew Henry, get his comeuppance when his creature wants answers and an escape from the loneliness of his alienating existence. He wants to find love and that’s something his creator cannot give him. Don’t miss the Australian Premiere of a play by Nick Dear that took London by storm. It’s compelling, thought provoking, funny and sharp. Frankenstein speaks up and people should listen. Playing at the Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Thursday, May 30 at 8 pm. Bookings: 9556 4440 or ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS

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The Actor’s Shed is run out of a space conducive to serious acting work - literally a converted shed in Rye. Classes have the added value of providing highly fashionable Australianachic. Running lines surrounded by corrugated iron as birds squawk in the background and the ocean breeze floats in, is an experience in itself, but the teaching is also top notch. Harriet James has over 20 years industry experience and her approach to acting can be summed up in this quote from Meryl Streep: “Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.” James says: “Head off to Melbourne or New York if you want, but you can do the same here at The Actor’s Shed, the only difference is that it’s cheaper than going to NY.” A variety of classes for all levels are currently available. Keep up to date with The Actor’s Shed through their facebook page ( PENNY IVISON


This month I spoke with local TV star and Masterchef Professional Michael Demagistris. My first question was whether he fits the work-hard-play-hard stereotype that chefs are famous for and the answer was a resounding no. He works hard, yes, but prior to our conversation, he was out in the garden with his daughter picking strawberries and creating magic in the kitchen as he educated her about how these delights get to our plates. “It doesn’t stop. It always pretty much comes back to food, even on my day off, I am always researching and thinking about what I can do with different foods”. Demagistris grew up in Moe, which is not the obvious spot for raising foodies (last time I checked, their best restaurant was McDonalds). His final-four spot in the recent Masterchef series, reminds us though, not to write off the region that also just happens to be a Today Tonight investigation favourite. He is currently the Head Chef at the Sorrento Golf Club and he leaves the hard partying to his old friends in Moe as he follows his dream. Demagistris says that any chef thinking of auditioning for Masterchef should go for it “100%”. He acknowledges the stress the show puts on contestants but he wouldn’t change a thing. “Not every chef knows every recipe off by heart, they have their i-phones and recipes in the kitchen with them, so the challenges





on Masterchef are real. If you don’t know exactly what you are doing at the beginning then you are gone.” He loved being on TV but doesn’t aspire to be a TV chef “your creativity is limited because you need to appeal to the masses and

consider what people will be able to make at home.” His real passion lies with using science in the kitchen and pushing boundaries. He aims to open his own restaurant offering fine dining in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Like many, he is passionate about the quality fresh produce we have locally and loves to show it off. He is also busy making his own cheese and brewing beer, which he currently uses in his dishes at the golf club. I was a lot disappointed when I realised I wouldn’t be able to try Demagistris’ cooking unless I developed a sudden passion for golf, or started running in golfing circles (neither is likely and Sorrento Golf Club restaurant is only open to members and guests). My ears pricked up however when he told me about the Taste of Sorrento festival coming up in June. Demagistris will be running a cooking demonstration on day one, but more importantly, the Sorrento Golf club will be holding a set menu dinner open to the public. Tickets for this event are available now through the club. I have mine already. YUM. Penny Ivison writes monthly for PEARL on film & TV. If there’s anything you’d like to let Penny know about, happening in the Bayside or Peninsula area in 2013, you can find her on twitter on @pipsicedtea or email her at


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SKATE COMP HEATS UP AROUND TOWN The 2013 South Eastern Skate & BMX League heats continue this month, with the YMCA hosting four more heats before the grand final in June. Each heat will have BMX and Skate competitions divided into age divisions of 12 & under, 16 & under, and open, with registration times 11am for BMX competitions and 2pm for Skate competitions. Entrants can receive points and prizes at each heat, with a range of prizes for the overall series winners with the most points in their discipline and age division, to be rewarded at the grand final. The league has already hosted 7 other skate competitions in skate parks throughout Victoria, with the schedule for the rest of the competition as follows: May 4 – Elsternwick Skate Park May 11 – Knox Skate Park May 18 – Warrandyte Skate Park June 1 – Sorrento Skate Park June 8 – Junction Skate Park (*GRAND FINAL*) For more information, visit or phone 9663 0495. ALIYAH STOTYN



If you’d be keen to weigh in on the design of the upcoming Mt Martha Skate Park, there’ll be a design workshop, taking place at Mt Martha Community House on Wednesday May 22, between 4pm and 6pm. For all the info, contact the Chris Munro at Mornington Peninsula Shire on 5950 1765.


The Victorian qualifying leg of the International Scooter Association (ISA) Championships will scoot into the Bunker Indoor Skate Park on May 25, attracting some of the biggest name Pro Riders from Australia and overseas. Since opening its doors in early 2012, The Bunker Skate Park, located in Braeside, has become one of the most respected indoor skate venues in Victoria, attracting more than 8000 skaters, scooter and BMX riders each year. This event is just one of the 15 qualifying heats hosted across Australia, New Zealand and Europe with the winner being crowned Regional Champion and getting the chance to compete in the ISA World Championships in August. The ISA World Championship is made up of the 50 best riders who’ve qualified from competitions around the world and offers some pretty crazy cool prizes including cash and products from some of the world best brands like Born Extreme and Scooter Hut. Aside from the scooter action, the event has heaps of extra fun on offer for the whole family with brand exhibitors, food and drink stands, music and the chance to get a picture and autograph from some of the biggest and coolest Pro riders in the world. For lovers for extreme sports this is an event not to be missed. To get involved or find out more head to where you’ll find the answers to all your scootery questions. TAYLOR MCVEAN

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NAME: Cameron Stynes AGE: 32 LIVES: Mount Martha. Vic SPONSORS: Misfit shapes, Electric visual HOBBIES: Freelance Artist Dream Wave: Any right rip bowls JOB: Vans footwear, sales executive PEARL: Where was your first session? STYNES: First session would have been first reef, Point Leo. I was working at Trigger Bros and all my spare time was spent painting and skating until my boss at the time said I’d better start surfing or I may not be welcome back. I had a pink and yellow 6ft Garry Taylor Thruster, which I still own. I don’t really remember the surf, but I haven’t looked back since. PEARL: Tell us about the family? STYNES: Amazing wife and two kids. They make every day so special and the support I get from them is amazing. So much love, always and forever. I have a 6yr old boy, Kai, and a 3yr old daughter, Mya. They both started surfing at the age of 3 and love it. PEARL: Who were your influences, both growing up and now? STYNES: Growing up I looked up to so many different guys in surfing it was guys like Matt Archbold, the Fletcher brothers, Nick Wallace and Ozzie Wright. Not much has changed. I’m still drawing inspiration from these guys, but now my family and friends that push me daily are my main inspiration. Guys like Otis Carey, Nick Wallace, Mikey Barber, Mitch Hayes, the Scoot man and Nuts. PEARL: Tell us about your art? STYNES: A mixed medium of mess and





destruction; I love painting and drawing with and on anything. The majority of my works are canvases, paper or wood. Personally, I can’t stand white surfboards so all my boards have a touch of my artwork also. Lately I’m loving painting on fine paper with red wine and coffee. The way the liquids bleed with the ink and paper adds another depth and dimension to the pieces. I have a home studio, which means there’s no need to clean up after each session and I can work on pieces whenever I get the time. PEARL: What is “The Sailor’s Slum?” STYNES: The Sailor’s Slum is a platform for emerging surfing and a creative releases for my art, but it also incorporates the photographic touch of Hayden O’Neill. It’s an online creative which can be viewed at I have a small team of riders that bring inspiration to the brand, and for them it’s a platform to promote their surfing and themselves. PEARL: Tell us about your 75th birthday party? STYNES: 50’s style circus with sword swallowers, bearded ladies, knife throwers and creepy clowns all set on an old tugboat floating in the Caribbean Sea! It was family and friends, all indulging in spiced rum, wine, steins of beer and free tattoo’s for all. PEARL: Final Words? STYNES: Thanks to my wife Jules, Kai, Mya and all my friends and family for their ongoing love and support. Also like to thank Misfit shapes and Electric visual – it’s a killer group of like-minded fools. EDDIE WEARNE / SHED NINE


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S/E LEAGUE HITS LANGWARRIN On the last Friday of April, Langwarrin Skate Park was packed with young talent competing in the Scooter, Skate and BMX competitions, presented by the Engage Focus Group, supported by Frankston Youth Central. Youths headed down to the skate park at 4:30pm to register for the scoot competition, with the skate and BMX comps shortly after. There were noticeably more BMX competitors, who entertained on-lookers with tricks like tailwhips, no-handers, bar spins, and many more. Brooke Hunter from the Hangouts said, “We’ve listened to [the youths] and also incorporated BMX comps… and there was some really cool stuff, they’re pretty good at it.” The winner of the BMX open section, Leigh Mans, has been riding for about five or six years and rides BMX nearly every day in Frankston, but hadn’t competed for a while. He said, “It was a great scene and being able to compete and win, especially against

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WITH ALIYAH STOTYN my brother, it was a good feeling. I got handlebars and a helmet too so it was really great.” A panel of three judges, including YMCA Frankston Skate Park Coordinator, José Stevenson, judged each comp. José said, “The big thing is showcasing local talent… these are marginalised activities that don’t get much exposure but when you do showcase them in a structured environment you really see how hard it is to do the tricks they do, and the commitment and years of practice it takes to master their craft… and from our point of view at YMCA services that’s our focus, to promote that in a positive sense.” There was a large turnout for the night, with a cartoonist, temporary tattooing, a ‘WHAT? Truck’, sausage sizzle, snow cones, popcorn, sumo suits and music. The Hangouts are running two events per term so keep an eye out on the Frankston Youth Central website for updates on their next event at Full winners list on the YMCA website. Keep an eye out for an upcoming gig organised by Frankston’s Freeza group, Fresh Entertainment. The “Pop Punk” gig will be held on June 8 from 6:30-11pm. More information, including bands and event location, will be available soon on the Fresh Entertainment Facebook Page freshentertainment.frankston.





Bayside City Council will soon host their annual “Be Inspired” Youth Awards night to recognise young people’s contributions to their community and give them the opportunity to showcase their talents and achievements. The awards night will be held on June 5, where nominees will be presented with certificates for excellence in the four categories of community, creative, active and personal. The awards are for young people aged between 10 and 25, who live, study, work or have significant ties to Bayside and have made a difference to their community, in the last 12 months. People can nominate a young person they think is inspiring include teachers, youth workers or support workers, sports coaches and recreation leaders, community members and parents. Bayside City Council will contact nominees and nominators before the event with more information about the evening. The “Be Inspired” Youth Awards will be held at St Leonards College in Hampton from 6:30pm8pm. For more information on the event and how to make a nomination, visit www.bayside. or phone 9599 4444. Pictured: The Bayside Mayor and some of the Youth award recipients from 2012.

TAKE PRIDE ON THE PENINSULA Peninsula Headspace will soon host the Peninsula Pride launch on IDAHO Day, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Peninsula Pride is a youth-led initiative that will provide weekly drop in networking and socializing events for young people, as well as Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) camps every six months and an annual Queer Ball. The launch will exhibit performances by Peninsula Pride members, the Melbourne Queer Youth Choir, guest speaker Daniel Witthaus and an interactive art installation. IDAHO Day is celebrated in over 60 countries around the world with a goal to create awareness for fair and equal treatment of same sex attracted and gender diverse people throughout the world. Everybody is welcome to attend the launch on May 17 from 6:30-10pm at Cube 37 (Frankston Arts Centre). For more info and to RSVP, email au or visit the Facebook page




There are few things that get me genuinely excited about music these days, it happens a few times a year and when it does I savour it. Powderfinger front man Bernard Fanning has announced that he will be releasing a solo album in the coming months and I cannot wait. But then I thought, “Why am I getting so worked up over someone who is technically a ‘has been’ and most likely has his best behind him?” Well its got something to do with Australia and this feeling that I’ve been missing something in the years since Powderfinger broke up. Australia has a rich heritage in rock music and especially bands. A lineage that includes The Easybeats, AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, Silverchair and of course Powderfinger. They along with many others have been at the heart of Australia’s cultural consciousness. But I wonder who’s next?


I can’t see any truly great Australian bands emerging. The biggest Aussie band of the last five years would have to be the Temper Trap but much like INXS before them they seem more interested in attaining international success and distancing themselves from their Australian identity. I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing, but I’m looking for a band that is willing to sum up what it is to be a young Australian in this country. There is no checklist to convey such a feeling it’s something that’s inherently part of a band’s chemistry. Powderfinger never sang about sinking tinnies in the backyard but they somehow managed to encapsulate Australia so perfectly. Maybe I’m reading too much into this socalled ‘Australian identity’ thing but I recently got on to this band called The Rubens. It was the first time in a while that I actually heard someone sing about me. The lyrics from their song Best We Got made me throw my head back in agreement. “Slow down, don’t speak, say something/ Line up, don’t cheat, stop staring/ Sit down, shut up, start learning/ Time’s up, get out start working/ Yeah they say these days are the best we got/What a tragic thought/And I try and I try not to waste this time/But it just flies the more I try.”


The utter power and seemingly limitless reach of online sharing can be a marvel at times. This could not be more true for Melbourne singersongwriter Matt Walters, whose haunting ballad I Would Die For You reached cult status after a fan-uploaded video featuring a solitary image of a bearded stranger soared to over one million hits on Youtube. Walters stumbled upon the video boasting his song while facing financial & visa problems in New York with his faith in music all but gone after a deal with Universal Music in ‘09 had


You may not think that’s a lot to go by, but compared to a Lil’ Wayne song I also heard recently it’s at least something to go by. “Pussy-ass n-ggas stop hatin’/ Lil Tunechi got that fire/And these hoes love me like Satan.” Ummm what? Look up the rest. Trust me, it gets better. KOG RAVINDRAN Kog Ravindran is a writer, occasionally sings for Melbourne band, The Scarecrows and currently has his debut solo EP Barricades out in the world. Find out all about him at or check him out on Triple J Unearthed.

proved fruitless, Leaving Universal, Walters is now an independent artist living in Melbourne with tens of thousands of direct Internet sales under his belt. The beardy stranger within the fan-uploaded clip turned out to be a man from Paris, his photo nabbed from Flickr by one of Walters’ lady fans. Following up on the unprecedented success of the clip, an official video for the song has now been released for eager fans. Check out the video here: com/watch?v=Iulw1B8SGbE or watch the ‘fan’ clip here: watch?v=E6cTLc0rB4w MATILDA HEGGIE

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w/ MICK JANKOVIC The first time I saw Matt Jones’ guitar, it looked like a melted clock from a Dali painting; twisted strings and a detached neck pulled straight out of a backpack from the previous night’s Brisbane gig. He told me he had no amp, but still manages to tour and play his guitar with power and volume plugging directly into the house systems. I personally love the minimalist approach, as it reduces the chance for stuff-ups and unnecessary equipment cartage, without compromising on the sound quality, but then he is the Sound Guy and a studio engineer so he knows what he’s doing. PEARL: At what age did you get interested in music and what genres were your main influences? MATT : I started playing at 8yrs old, with rock guitar being the main influence. Eddie Van Halen and later Dimebag Darrell were inspirations. In fact, Van Halen’s album ‘Fair Warning’ and Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ were some of the records. PEARL: How did you fall into a job as a sound guy at Baha, in Rye? MATT: A band I had worked with in the past asked me to mix their gig. That led to Baha to asking me to fill in on a couple of gigs, here and there, and over time it became a regular thing. PEARL: You also work as a recording engineer for other bands and artists. Can you perhaps tell us who they might be and have they had any success on the airwaves? MATT: Well, I worked on Devoid Of All’s album ‘The Consequence Of Mayhem’, which was played on Triple M’s Heavy Show, Simple Creatures’ demo, which went to #1 on Triple J Unearthed Rock Chart, Jet Black Pope’s demo & current album and Overproof Groove. You can find all these bands on Facebook or Reverbnation. PEARL: Does your approach towards mixing a band vary

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much from band to band, or is your philosophy pretty well standard? MATT: Ha! Ha! My approach is always the same. Do whatever it takes to get the best sound possible, working with what you’ve got of course. PEARL: Who are some of your favourite bands that you have mixed and why? MATT: I’d hate to forget someone (laughs). I’m fortunate to work where there is all sorts of quality music from metal to acoustic to jazz. You name it; there is a place for it at Baha! The best bands to mix are the ones that think about their ‘whole’ sound, listen to each other and rehearse properly. A better sounding act will have a better sounding mix. PEARL: You also have your own band, OPG ( Overproof Groove), which I happened to mix on the SLAM DAY. I was very impressed with your guitar playing and the power your band delivered. It resembled an avalanche! Can you perhaps tell us where we can catch the band’s next live show and what’s happening on the recording front? MATT: We’re writing and recording a new album at the moment, then hitting Adelaide & Sydney mid-year to catch up with our interstate fans. People can keep up with us at www., or via Facebook. MICK JANKOVIC Artist / Musician / Weekend Sound Guy @ Baha, Rye


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PEARL Magazine (Issue 15 - May 2013)  

Presenting PEARL Magazine - A dedicated Music, Arts, Adrenalin, Events & Entertainment magazine for the Bayside & Mornington Peninsula. This...