ISSUE 0024 / March 26th - April 1st 2015
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on Saturday 28 March. And it’ll be a deluxe evening of blues on Saturday 4 April when Blues Deluxe perform at the pub. Free entry too! Returning home from yet another European jaunt, much-loved bearded Adelaide band The Beards play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 28 March with crazy Melbourne duo The Stiffys as special guests. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue.
The British Hotel, 13 North Pde, Port Adelaide, is now hosting a monthly Sunset Sessions. Held on the last Saturday of the month from 5-8pm, the first one will be held on Saturday 28 March and will boast Nancy Bates and Hannah Yates, while Saturday 25 April will feature Kelly Menhennett. Then it’s Koral Chandler on Saturday 30 May, Matt Ward and Max Savage on Saturday 27 June and Brenton Manser on Saturday 27 July. Free entry and the hotel is also a great dining experience. World music collective Gypsyjunkies will be playing Hindmarsh Sq’s Nepalese Festival from 1pm on Saturday 28 March and from 7pm at Kirkcaldy Reserve’s Earth Hour at Grange later that evening. The talented outfit will also be playing Brompton’s Organic & Sustainable Markets, Fifth St, Brompton, from 9am until 1pm on Saturday 11 April and also Saturday April 25. It will be a diverse array of rock when The Chance Elective, The New Yorks and The Clangers get set to undertake a free entry show from 8pm at Glenelg Backpackers on Friday 27 March. There will also be an array of drink specials all evening.
Friday 27 March and Corpus, The Union Pacific, Millimetre and Featherweight from 9pm on Saturday 28 March. Adelaide rock band The Motive have announced a free entry show from 9pm at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, on Friday 27 March with Dirty Frank as special guests. The hard rockin’ Wicked Empire will be undertaking a free entry front bar show from 9pm on Saturday 28 March at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh. Adelaide singer songwriter Sasha March has scored a Monday evening residency from 7.30pm at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, for the mad month of March at which she will have special guests each evening. Jump Daddies and The Satellites will be undertaking a bluesy rock’n’roll evening at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 27 March. Tickets will be a lucky $13 at the door.
Zero Days, Dead West and Gun It are set to play a free entry show at Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William St, from 9pm on Thursday 26 March with drink specials all evening.
Tom West, Olivers Army and Packwood are all launching new singles on the same day so why not to it all in the one spot. Catch them at relatively new live music venue Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Place, on Saturday 28 March with tickets now available via OzTix.
With Fleetwood Mac announcing an Australian tour but not including Adelaide, you can go your own way and catch tribute band Rumours when they cruise Port River on Saturday March 28. Tickets via <stickytickets.com.au>.
Fresh from touring around the nation with Ry Kemp, singer songwriter Heath Anthony has announced a free entry Monday evening April residency at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, from 7pm commencing on Monday 6 April.
Following their recent sold out CD launch for Country Music In A Bottle, local country rock band The Sloe Ruin will make a return to The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, to play a free entry show from 4pm on Sunday 29 March with special guests Adie Haines and Emily A Smith. Sound & Vision is an exhibition of live music photography by Kristy Delaine and Andreas Heur who helm AK Photography. The exhibition, sponsored by Little Creatures and Wirra Wirra Wines, opens at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, in the dining room from 6pm on Thursday 26 March and continues for several weeks. Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, has lots of goodness happening in its band room with Chasing Claire, Mervin and Loud Street from 9pm on Thursday 26 March, Dead Farmers, XY Clinic, The Yabbies, Stink Lines and Adolf Sasquatch from 9pm on
As well as Uncorked, National Wine Centre’s Friday evening event every fortnight with the next one to take place on Friday 27 March to showcase Adelaide Hills winery Howard VIneyard, the North Tce establishment now has announced Sunday Sessions from 2pm on Sundays with live acoustic music from an array of local performers and a particular local winery showcased at each event. Adelaide-based hip hop act Allday should really be recording his next album but instead has announced a huge national tour that in his hometown will have him performing at HQ on Friday 29 May. As his shows usually sell out quick smart, grab a ticket as soon as you can from OzTix. The Old Bush Inn, 51 High St, Willunga, will host an evening of ska and reggae beats when it presents Fistful Of Trojans and Reno & The Reggaenators from 8.30pm
The Sloe Ruin have organised a free entry Rock Vs Country gig on Thursday 2 April at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St and invited The Scarfs to play some rock. Also playing will be the appropriately named The Last Supper seeing as the following day marks the very beginnings of Easter. Before heading off on an Australian tour, award winning local blues outfit Lazy Eye are set to launch their third album, Single Malt Blues, at The Promethean, 116 Grote St, on Saturday 18 April. Tickets are now available via OzTix and doors will swing open at 8pm. Presented by Ramblin’ Promotions, the rootsy Ramblin’ On The Riverbank will feature The Hushes, The Heggarties and The Cherry Pickers and will take place from 8pm on Saturday 25 April at The Adelaide Rowing Club (on the riverbank behind Adelaide Convention Centre). Tickets are now available via Moshtix. Before heading off on tour to Sydney and Melbourne to promote new single, Visions, Battlehounds will be battling it out at a late afternoon show from 5pm in the lovely beer garden of the Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, on Saturday 28 March with Miss Fellows as their special guests. Chunky Custard, who seem to have been around for ages, have announced their 25th Anniversary show which will have them performing at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 13 June. Put your spandex in the wash, book tickets via OzTix or the venue and prepare to boogie the night sway. Boutique bar Nook Nosh, 111 Unley Rd, Unley, will be awash with the acoustic sounds of Red Willow on Sunday 29 March. Pop in for sips ‘n’ nibbles. The Badhaus record label will present Electric Exiles, Cosmo Thundercat and The Luke Louie Trio alongside DJs Presido, Bill Meegan and The Badhaus DJs at Rocket Bar, 142 Hindley St, on Thursday 26 March. Put your red dress on. Award winning blues band Benny C & The Associates have an album launch coming up for Red Dress which was mixed by Andrija Tokic (who works with Alabama Shakes) and it will take place at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 11 April. Entry is a mere $5 and Charles & Joy Starling will be among the special guests. Big Daddy’s Discotheque, The Systemaddicts and Tom WayArmy are getting set to undertake a huge gig at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Friday 17 April. And it’s a free show from 9pm in the band room.
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ISSUE #0024 2
March 26th April 1st, 2015
Following the release of their much-awaited new album, Melbourne’s Augie March are hitting the road on a huge national tour that will bring them to Grote St’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on Friday 27 March. Book quickly at BASS.
Perth-based progressive rockers Karnivool will celebrate their 10th anniversary by touring their now classic debut album, Themata, and will do so at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 19 May. Book quickly via OzTix or the venue. Jeff Martin, of Canada’s The Tea Party, has announced a show at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Sunday 19 April. Book very, very quickly via Moshtix. This year’s Blenheim Music & Camping Festival will feature the huge international line-up of USA music legend Tony Joe White (US) the UK’s Z Star and Kiwi Marlon Williams as well as Timberwolf, Jay Hoad, The Shaolin Afronauts and so many, many more. It takes place at Blenheim (Clare Valley) on Friday 3 April with tickets now available via <events.ticketbooth.com.au/ event/3911458/listing>. Clint Boge is quickly returning to our town for another solo acoustic tour and you can catch the former frontperson of The Butterfly Effect when he plays some songs of a delicate nature at The Royal Oak, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, on Thursday 7 May, Slug & Lettuce, 130 Martins Rd, Parafield Gardens, on Friday 8 May and Ramsgate Hotel, 328 Henley Beach Rd, Henley Beach, on Saturday 9 May. Expect things to go up in smoke when American legends Cheech & Chong come to town on their greatest hits tour and hit Thebarton Theatre, Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, on Sunday 21 June. Book quickly at Ticketmaster. Mild Manic, a funk and punk band from the far south coast of New South Wales, are coming to town to play a free entry affair at Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William St, from 9pm on Friday 27 March with Pink Noise Generator, A Loose Trust and Fyoogs. Californian hip hop legends Jurassic 5, with Cut Chemist back in the fold, are heading to Byron Bay’s Bluesfest at Easter but have unfortunately cancelled their scheduled show at HQ Complex, cnr North and West Tces, on Thursday 2 April. Refunds are now available via point of purchase.
to play Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Saturday 28 March. WA’s Jebediah are celebrating a 20th anniversary by leaving home and heading out on a national tour with a new compilation album, Twenty, that will have them playing HQ Complex, cnr North and West Tces, on Thursday 25 June with Red Jezebal as special guests. Tickets via OzTix. Kasey’s dad, Bill Chambers, will undertake a show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 26 April as which he will be joined by his old band, Four Crying Out Loud, for the first time on stage in over 20 years. Tickets via OzTix or the venue. Brian Kennedy, one of Ireland’s finest singers and one who has worked with Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, is bringing his acclaimed Joni Mitchell tribute show to Trinity Sessions, Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, on Wednesday 3 June. Book via <dramatix. com.au>. Roscoe James Irwin, trumpeter and multiinstrumentalist with Cat Empire, will be playing the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Friday 27 March with Delia Obst as special guest to launch his new EP, The Wild, with tickets only $10 at the door. Urban troubadour Darren Hanlon has announced a national tour to launch a new vinyl album, Where Did You Come From?, which will have him heading to Adelaide to play Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Thursday 2 April. Book at Moshtix. Legendary US soul singer Mavis Staples is making her way to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for a Bluesfest sideshow and you can catch her on Tuesday 31 March. Tickets on sale now via OzTix or at the venue. Three of Australia’s Americana, folk and country musicians have joined forces to hit the road. See Josh Rennie-Hynes, Caitlin Harnett and Liam Gerner play Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Friday 27 March with tickets on sale now via Moshtix.
Nexus Arts, located at North Tce’s Lion Arts Centre, has announced its eclectic lineup for its Nexus Live series which kicks off on Friday 17 April with The Joseph Tawardros Quartet with Oscar Key Sung and Swimming on Friday 24 April, Paul Grabowsky and Gian Slater Trio on Friday 1 May, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks and Kylie Audist & The Glenroy Allstars on Friday 8 May and Beat Spacek (Steve Spacek of Ninja Tune), Julien Dyne and Inkswel winding up the series on Friday 15 May.
Conveniently Canadian singer songwriter Steve Poltz, who co-wrote the huge, worldwise hit song You Were Meant For Me with Alaska’s Jewel, has announced a return to the historic SA railway township of Peterborough on Saturday 28 March which will have him marching into Peterborough Football Club for the evening as part of The Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival. Poltz, who once went nuts in Adelaide, will also play a gig in the big smoke on Sunday 29 March at The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St.
Swedish pop visionary Markandeya is in town to play Trinity Sessions, Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, on Thursday 26 March as special guest of Heather Frahn.
Country combo The McClymonts, who recently won a nice pair of Golden Guitars at Tamworth, have announced a national tour which will bring them to SA to play shows in Whyalla and Port Pirie before coming to Hahndorf’s Old Mill Hotel on Saturday 28 March with Kristy Cox as special guest.
Fresh from supporting Kingswood last week, Melbourne’s Lurch & Chief have announced their own national tour which will have the chaotic indie rockers playing Rocket Bar, 142 Hindley St, on Friday 19 May. Sarah Carroll, the ukulele queen of the Bellarine, has teamed up with Aine Tyrell and The Peppercorn Queen as The Elles Have It and will play Naracoorte Hotel, Naracoorte, on Friday 10 April, The Manse, Norwood on Saturday 11 April and Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 12 April with The Yearlings as special guests. Renowned Irish group Heartstring Quartet have announced another Australian tour which will have them visiting South Australia
Melbourne’s Dave Graney & The mistLy will return for two big shows at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Anzac Day and from 4pm on Sunday 26 April to promote a new album, Play mistLY For Me. Book via OzTix. Megadeth’s bass player and founding member David Ellefson will greatly amuse fans and others with tales from the road and the recording studio as part of a spoken word tour that will bring him to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 29 March. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue.
launch which is to be held at Pirie & Co Social Club on Friday 10 April. Tickets are now available via Moshtix.
Country outlaw Justin Townes Earle will make a welcome return to the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Thursday 9 April and will have very special guest Sam Outlaw from the US with him. Tickets are available now via Moshtix.
Sydney-based soul and funk outfit Stylus were the first Australian group to be signed to US label Motown back in the ’70s and are still a going concern. So much so that they are touring and will bring some cool summer breezes to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 6 August. Book at OzTix or via the venue.
Perth metal band Voyager are making a voyage around the country with French heavyweights Klone as special guests. Catch ’em at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Thursday 21 May with tickets via Moshtix.
Dallas Frasca, currently touring Europe, will return to Australian soil in a few months to play Pirie & Co Social Club, Pirie St, on Friday 5 June with special guests to be announced soon.
Barefooted troubadour Xavier Rudd has announced a new band, The United Nations, and that they will play songs from their Nanna album at HQ Complex, cnr North and West Tces, on Friday 27 March.
Byron Bay metal band In Hearts Wake will bring their new Skydancer album to HQ Complex, cnr North and West Tces, on Thursday 4 June with Detroit band We Came As Romans also on the bill alongside fellow US band Beartooth.
Sydney band Fenrir are coming to town to play an all-ages show at The Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, from 7.30pm on Saturday 18 April. The metal band, deeply rooted in Nordic folklore, will be joined by local combos Stoved, Sedulous Rouse and Isolation Valve all for an entry free of only $15. Lanky Melbourne person Stan Skyscraper is heading to town with his band, The Commission Flats, to launch their rootsy new album at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, on the evening of Saturday 4 April. Sydney duo Uncle Jed are heading back to town to undertake a very special early evening farewell show at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St. The gig, will which mark their final tour, will happen from 7.30pm on Sunday 19 April with tickets on sale now via OzTix or the venue. No bull! Sydney’s Andy Bull, who had three entries in triple j’s recent Hottest 100 and who sold out his late Adelaide show, is embarking on a national tour to further highlight his most recent album, Sea Of Approval, which has won a sea of approval from fans and critics alike. Catch him when he plays the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 15 April. It will also mark Andy’s last big tour before he begins work on a new studio album. Tickets are now available via OzTix or at the venue. Popular British artist Ed Sheeran has announced that UK singer songwriter Jamie Lawson, who has previously shared the stage with Martha Wainwright, Damien Rice, Van Morrison, Glen Hansard and Katie Melua, and up and coming Aussie singer Conrad Sewell will be his special guests when he plays Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 1 April and Thursday April 3. Decimatus and Envenomed, two ferocious metal bands from Melbourne, are joining forces to spread chaos and evil across the nation and will do so at Enigma Bar, 173 Hindley St, on Saturday 30 May. Extra tickets have now been released for US singer Taylor Swift’s upcoming sold out shows with Vance Joy at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Monday 7 December and Tuesday 8 December. Book swiftly via Ticketek. Melbourne hardcore outfit Deez Nuts are now based in New York but have announced a return to our shores to play Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Thursday 11 June with New Zealand’s Antagonist AD as well as Relentless and Earth Caller. Tickets via OzTix. Melbourne-based hard rock band Tragic Earth will be playing The Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka, on Saturday 9 May at a huge gig from 6pm that will also feature local bands Burn Collect, Letters To Amy, Mind Remover, Azzurra and Puritan. Blues On The Parade at Norwood Hotel, Norwood, will take place from 4pm on Sunday 12 April with US act Donavon Frankenreiter as the super guest headliner with Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers, Gab Hyde, Craig Atkins and China Doll also on the bill. Tickets via Moshtix or at the venue. Grungy Adelaide pop quartet Moonfaker, who formed in 2013, have invited Melbourne’s Destrends and locals Valkyries to play at their upcoming CD
KISS (now featuring Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer) will play Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 6 October with Dead Daisies as special guests. The Kill Devil Hills are heading back to town to play Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Friday 10 April. Supports will be in the from of local country rockers The Sloe Ruin and Timberwolf. Don’t be so reckless and downhearted. James Reyne has announced a national greatest hits tour that will bring him to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for two shows on Friday 11 August and Saturday 12 August with Pseudo Echo as special guests. Book via OzTix or at the venue. The UK’s Dylan Moran, of television’s Black Books fame, is heading to town and will be performing at Thebarton Theatre, Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, on Bastille Day (Tuesday 14 July). Tickets are on sale now via <ticketmaster.com.au> but be quick. May the fourth be with you and eternal rains will come. Sweden’s Opeth have announced a tour that will bring the much-respected progressive metal outfit to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Monday 4 May. Book quickly via OzTix or at the venue. The Heartache State, a raggedy arsed rock’n’roll band from Melbourne featuring Nick Barker on guitar and vocals, Justin Garner on guitar, Venom on drums and Michael Hubbard on bass, are heading over the border to launch their self-titled debut CD at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Saturday 23 May. It will be a free entry show too!
SUNDAY 26 APRIL Dave Graney & The mistLY (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Bill Chambers (Sydney) and Four Crying Out Loud at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 1 MAY Paul Grabowsky (Melbourne) and Gian Slater Trio at Nexus Arts Sam Smith (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre Thundamentals (Blue Mountains) at Fowler’s Live Courtney Barnett (Melbourne) & Teeth & Tongue at Governor Hindmarsh Baby et Lulu (Melbourne) at Trinity Sessions THURSDAY 26 MARCH Markandeya (Sweden) and Heather Frahn at Trinity Sessions (Church Of The Trinity) FRIDAY 27 MARCH Josh Rennie-Hynes, Caitlin Harnett and Liam Gerner at Jive Augie March (Melbourne) at Her Majesty’s Theatre Xavier Rudd & The United Nations (Melbourne) at HQ Complex David Liebe Hart (US) at Crown & Anchor Roscoe James Irwin (Melbourne) and Delia Obst at Wheatsheaf Mild Manic (NSW), Pink Noise Generator, A Loose Trust and Fyoogs at Crown & Sceptre SATURDAY 28 MARCH Jordie Lane (Melbourne), Clare Reynolds and Rowena Wise at Wheatsheaf Hotel Steve Poltz (Canada/US) at Peterborough Football Club The McClymonts (Sydney) and Kristy Cox at Old Mill Hotel (Hanhdorf) The Beards and The Stiffys (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh SUNDAY 29 MARCH Steve Poltz (Canada/US) at The Jade Monkey Rod Stewart (UK) and James Reyne (Melbourne) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre David Ellefson (US) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 31 MARCH Mavis Staples (US) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL Ed Sheeran (UK), Jamie Lawson and Conrad Sewell at Adelaide Entertainment Centre THURSDAY 2 APRIL Ed Sheeran (UK), Jamie Lawson and Conrad Sewell at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Darren Hanlon (Sydney) at Jive Winterbourne (Central Coast) at Wheatsheaf FRIDAY 3 APRIL Blenheim Music & Camping Festival: Tony Joe White (US), Z Star (UK), Marlon Williams (NZ), Timberwolf, Jay Hoad, The Shaolin Afronauts and so many, many more at Blenheim (Clare Valley) SATURDAY 4 APRIL Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats (Melbourne) at Grace Emily Captives (Melbourne), Release The Hounds, Mayweather and Young Offenders at Crown & Anchor SUNDAY 5 APRIL Counting Crows (US) at Thebarton Theatre Horrorshow (Sydney) and MC Tuka (Blue Mountains) at Governor Hindmarsh MONDAY 6 APRIL Jimmy Cliff (Jamaica) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 7 APRIL Mariachi El Bronx (US) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (UK) at Adelaide Uni Bar THURSDAY 9 APRIL Justin Townes Earle (US) and Sam Outlaw at Grace Emily Mobb Deep (US), DJ Skibeatz (New York), Delta, Dialect & Despair and more at HQ Complex FRIDAY 10 APRIL Jake Shimabukuro (Hawaii) and Daniel Champagne at Governor Hindmarsh Architects (US), Stick To Your
Guns (US), Being As An Ocean (US) and Stories at HQ Complex Moonfaker (CD launch), Destrends (Melbourne) at Valkyries at Pirie & Co Social Club The Kill Devil Hills (WA), Timberwolf and The Sloe Ruin at Crown & Anchor The Elles Have It (Victoria) at Naracoorte Hotel (Naracoorte) SATURDAY 11 APRIL Miss Quincy (Canada) at Governor Hindmarsh John Farnham (Melbourne) and Olivia Newton-John (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Gypsy Kings (US) at Thebarton Theatre Norma Jean (US), Louis Blanc, A Ghost Orchestra, Life Pilot and Disaster Path at Fowler’s Live The Elles Have It (Victoria) at The Manse (Norwood) SUNDAY 12 APRIL The Elles Have It (Victoria) and The Yearlings at Wheatsheaf Hotel Blues On The Parade: Donavon Frankenreiter (US), Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers, Gab Hyde, Craig Atkins and China Doll at Norwood Live Serena Ryder (Canada) and Matt Andersen (Canada) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 14 APRIL Taylor Henderson (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 16 APRIL Andy Bull (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Nana Mouskouri (Greece) and Alfredo Malabello (Sydney) at Festival Theatre (Adelaide Festival Centre) The Ocean (Germany) and Caligula’s Horse at Jive Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders (Melbourne/NZ) at Grace Emily FRIDAY 17 APRIL Atilla (US) at Fowler’s Live Super Best Friends (Melbourne/ACT) at Crown & Anchor Joseph Tawadros Quartet (Sydney) at Nexus Arts Centre SATURDAY 18 APRIL The Rumjacks (Sydney) at Crown & Anchor Laura Jean (Melbourne) and Aldous Harding (New Zealand) at Wheatsheaf Hotel British India (Melbourne), Grenadiers and Tired Lion (Perth) at Governor Hindmarsh Fenrir (Sydney), Isolation Valve, Sedulous Rose and Stoved at Gaslight Tavern SUNDAY 19 APRIL Citizen (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar Short Stack (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Jeff Martin (Canada) at Jive Benny Walker (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Uncle Jed (Sydney) at Grace Emily THRUSDAY 23 APRIL Funeral For A Friend (Wales) and Vices (Sydney) at Fowler’s Live FRIDAY 24 APRIL Oscar Key Sung (Sydney) and Swimming at Nexus Arts SATURDAY 25 APRIL Mick Pealing’s Stars (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh Groovin’ The Moo: A$AP Ferg, Ball Park Music, Broods (NZ), Carmada, Charli XCX (UK), The Delta Riggs, DMA’s, Flight Facilities, Hermitude, Hilltop Hoods, Hot Dub Time Machine, Meg Mac, Northlane, One Day, Peace (UK), Peaches (Canada), The Preatures, RL Grime (US), San Cisco, Saskwatch, Sticky Fingers, Tkay Maidza, Wolfmother and You Me At Six (UK) at Oakbank Racecourse Dave Graney & The mistLY (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf
SATURDAY 2 MAY The Australian Doors Show (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh MONDAY 4 MAY Opeth (Sweden) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 5 MAY Ricky Martin at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Metalum Manifestatione MMXV: Suffocation (US) and Decapitation (Poland) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 6 MAY Ace Frehley (US) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 7 MAY Everclear (US) at Fowler’s Live Clint Boge (Brisbane) at Royal Oak FRIDAY 8 MAY Microwave Jenny (Sydney) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Anastacia (US) at Festival Theatre The Angels at Governor Hindmarsh Red Fang (US) and Beastwars (New Zealand) at Fowler’s Live Lurch & Thief (Melbourne) at Rocket Bar Clint Boge (Brisbane) at Slug & Lettuce Emma Donovan & The Putbacks (Melbourne) and Kylie Audist & The Glenroy Allstars (Melbourne) at Nexus Arts SATURDAY 9 MAY Silverstein (Canada), Dream On Dreamer and Young Lions at Fowler’s Live The Angels at Governor Hindmarsh Tragic Earth (Melbourne), Burn Collect, Letters To Amy, Mind Remover, Azzurra and Puritan at Bridgeway Clint Boge (Brisbane) at Ramsgate Hotel SUNDAY 10 MAY The Spoils Duo (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf MONDAY 11 MAY America (US) at Thebarton Theatre THURSDAY 14 MAY Paloma Faith (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre FRIDAY 15 MAY Beat Spacek (UK), Julien Dyne and Inkswel at Nexus Arts King Parrott (Sydney) at Fowler’s Live SATURDAY 16 MAY Infinity Broke (Sydney), Matthew Hayward and Blush Response at Hotel Metro SUNDAY 17 MAY Riblja Čorba (Serebia) at Governor Hidnmarsh MONDAY 18 MAY Nickelback (Canada) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre TUESDAY 19 MAY Karnivool (Perth) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 20 MAY Enter Shakira (UK) at HQ Complex THURSDAY 21 MAY Mötley Crüe (US) and Alice Cooper (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Brad Butcher (Mackay) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Voyager (Perth) and Klone (France) FRIDAY 22 MAY Shaggy (UK) at HQ Irish DeMent (US) and Pieta Brown (US) at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 23 MAY Diesel (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Nick Barker & The Heartache State (Melbourne) at Grace Emily
BLENHEIM MUSIC AND CAMPING FESTIVAL
BLENHEIM MUSIC AND CAMPING FESTIVAL By Robert Dunstan
Highways] about different cities and singer songwriters he likes so he called me up and he came to Nashville and spent a couple of days together.
to say that Elvis did pretty good versions of I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby and For Old Time’s Sake. And he did a pretty cool version of Polk Salad Annie as well.
The Clare Valley’s Blenheim Music & Camping Festival, which has become affectionately known as BlenheimFest, is now in its sixth year after beginning as a small party on a private property at Easter.
“And then about four months later he called me from New York and said, ‘Hey, we’re doin’ the Letterman show and want you to come up and play Pol Salad Annie with us. So I said, ‘alright, I can be there’, and we had a great time because it got real wild and swampy up on stage. We just went off into the swamp and every thing just got real.”
“And Elvis was gettin’ ready to record Rainy Night In Georgia before he went away,” Tony Joe softly continues. “And I think it would have been good because I heard him sing a piece of it while he was sittin’ in the back seat of a limousine in the film This Is Elvis.
Those attending had such fun it was decided to do it again the following year and the oneday, BYO camping festival has continually expanded over the years with the ticketed event now boasting three international acts, national acts and a plethora of top local acts along with a market place filled with craft and food stalls as well as a bar. Proceeds for this year are going to New Hope Cambodia, a grass roots, rapidly growing non-government organisation with a focus on ‘free education for all’ in recognition of the vital role education plays in helping break the cycle of poverty. Performing at this year’s festival, to be held on Friday 3 April, will be American swamp music legend Tony Joe White, the UK’s Z Star, New Zealand’s Marlon Williams alongside Timberwolf, Max Savage & The False Idols, Melbourne’s Echo Dram, The Kite Machine, The Shaolin Afronauts, Local Revolution, Zeequil, Voice Of Trees, Nuvo, Abbey Howlett, Chris Finnen Los Trios Bentos, Jay Hoad, Kaurna Cronin, Headphone Piracy, Alice Haddy, Ciaram Granger, Littlefish, Carpy, Urtekk and Gorilla Jones. As well as undertaking some club on pub dates on his current tour, Tony Joe White has three festivals coming up including Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, Boogie Fest in rural Victoria and BlenheimFest here in South Australia. “I did Boogie Fest last time I was here and it was great,” he says from his hotel room in Melbourne mid-way through his current tour. “Boogie Fest a real wild festival out in the country and it’s like the old pop music festivals because it’s all about people camping out and just gettin’ into the music.” Tony Joe is pleased to hear that BlenheimFest is in a similar style and that it’s in the wine country of Clare Valley. “Well that’s good, man, because I like a good red wine and it’s usually an Australian one,” he says. “And red wine and beer is about all I can drink these days.” Speaking of Australian products, Tony Joe has told me in the past that he always like to pay a visit to the RM Williams outfitters store at Prospect. “Yeah, man, I usually go by him and get me something,” he drawls. “I might get a hat or a nice vest or some boots. There’s always something there for me to buy.” Tony Joe recently appeared on television’s Late Show With Dave Letterman with Foo Fighters and together they played a horndrenched version of Polk Salad Annie. “Dave, from Foo Fighters, has been doing this HBO documentary series [Sonic
I read that Dave Grohl’s fingers were bleeding after the performance. “They were, they were,” Tony Joe laughs. “And it really shook up Dave Letterman because I don’t think he’d ever experienced something quite like that and he usually just sits behind his desk but this time, and we didn’t know it was going to happen, he came over onto the stage. “And then Dave Letterman gave me the best publicity in the world by grabbing me and saying, ‘If I could do what this man just did, everybody could all go kiss my ass’. I think [our performance] really shook him up. “It’s been goin’ really good, man,” Tony Joe then says of his Australian tour. “I’m enjoying it but I always enjoy it whenever I’m down here,” he quickly continues. “It’s like the people really appreciate me comin’ down to play for ‘em.” Hoodoo, Tony Joe’s most recent album, has performed very well and ended up on several notable Top 10 lists of 2014. “Yeah, Hoodoo has really stirred up a lot of dust and got a lot of traction,” Tony Joe says of the nine-song album of his signature, swampy blues. “It’s done well everywhere – it’s sold really well in the US and Europe. “And it’s been a real surprise because, at this stage of the game and with so many albums, all of a sudden people are sayin’, ‘Hey, man, this is the best album you’ve ever done’,” the 71-year-old musician says. Do you feel that way yourself about Hoodoo? “Oh, I think it’s right up there with the best of them,” Tony Joe announces. “I always felt Closer To The Truth was a cool album. But I like Hoodoo because it was so spontaneous. I would write a few songs and go into the studio with just my guitar and call up my drummer and bass player. “And then I’d play maybe 15 or 20 seconds of each song to ’em and then say, ‘Okay, now we are going to hit the record button and let’s see what comes out of your heart’. “So they were both just playing blind and it’s amazing what comes out of a person sometimes,” he adds with a laugh. “There was no practicing or anything.” Many artists have covered Tony Joe’s songs including Elvis Presley, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner and John Mayall along with Australian acts The Cruel Sea and Celibate Rifles. Tony Joe suggests he likes them all. “It’s always good to hear someone do one of your songs,” he reasons. “I love to hear people’s interpretations. And I would have
“But Boz Scaggs has just done a pretty good version of Rainy Night on his latest album,” he says of Boz’s Memphis release of 2013. “I really like his version.” It was Roger Davies, an Australian who now manages P!nk but who started out in the music industry as a roadie for Company Caine before going on to manage Sherbet and later an assortment of overseas acts, who hooked Tony Joe up with Tina Tuner. “Roger had said he’d been a fan of mine from the early days, but I’m not so sure about that,” Tony Joe muses. “And at the time he was managing a bunch of big acts – everyone from Sade and Tina Turner through to Joe Cocker – and Roger had heard this little demo of a song my wife, Leann, and I wrote called Undercover Agent For The Blues which he thought would be good for Tina to record. “So they flew me out to Los Angeles to play some guitar on it and Tina ended up cuttin’ four of my songs for her album.” That release was Turner’s Foreign Affair of 1989 which topped the UK charts. “What was so good about it was that Tina was not only singin’ a bunch of my songs that went on to be big hits for her, but I was also playin’ my guitar on ’em,” Tony Joe says. Do you find it easier or more difficult to pen songs these days? “I don’t even think about it,” he says. “I’ve always been someone who’s like a receiving station because I’ve always got some kind of guitar lick or something else goin’ on inside my head. And If it stays with me for a few days, I’ll get myself a few cold beers and my
guitar and head on down to the river and light myself a little campfire, “And eventually it’ll come by,” Tony Joe adds. “So I never think about it being easier or harder. It’s just what it is.” The musician, who reasons that he has written 95% of his songs while sitting around a campfire, goes on to say that another album is almost ready. “We probably cut about 20 songs for Hoodoo and only half of them ended up on the album,” Tony Joe states. “And since then I’ve written a few more songs. So there’s probably another album in that same vein. “And Leann, my wife, and I wrote a couple of cool songs about three weeks ago,” he adds. “So it’s just a matter of gettin’ back to ’em because we got a lot of stuff on the back burner. And some of them are pretty much recorded already.” Hoodoo was issued on vinyl. “They pressed up about 5,000 copies at first and they were sellin’ more than the CD,” Tony Joe reveals. “And I’ve still got a turntable but I have to get me a new needle,” he then says. “And I need to do that because I’ve got a lot of really cool vinyl albums from the old days – people like Sly & The Family Stone and The Allman Bros and things like that. Some of ’em still have the plastic wrappers they came with. “And I like to hear that needle hummin’ away on those old records,” he laughs. “But when I’m home I usually go to my CD collection because I’ve got lots of everything. Everything from RL Burnside and Lightnin’ Hopkins through to Sade.” Blenheim Music & Camping Festival takes place on Friday 3 April. For tickets and more information, please visit <blenheimfest.com.au>. Front Cover Photo: Alex Kwong Photography
AUGIE MARCH By Robert Dunstan
Adam then goes on to say it’s a disappointment that Augie March didn’t get much overseas traction.
Following the release of their fourth album, Watch Me Disappear, and a trek around the country in 2006, Melbourne band Augie March did just that and apart from the odd gig here and there, quietly disappeared from the scene.
“It was always a struggle,” he sighs. “In fact it was impossible because of the structure of the music business back then. Legally, our label here in Australia was obliged to let us go if their overseas company didn’t want to pick us up.
The band, known for their endearingly ramshackle live performances, never officially broke up, however, and recently reconvened to record Havens Dumb and have embarked on a national tour which has the five-piece playing theatre shows rather than pub venues.
“And some overseas labels at the time were pretty interested but not just in releasing one album,” Adam says. ‘It wasn’t worth their time and effort to do that but it ended up being non-negotiable.
Indeed, on Australia Day eve Augie March played Sydney’s Opera House and guitarist Adam Donovan suggests it was a great gig. “That went really, really well and was the last show we did on this tour,” he announces over the telephone. “So the next stop is actually Adelaide and then Perth the next day. So it’s actually going to be the most grueling leg of the tour. “But the good thing is, the shows have mostly been quite spread out with lots of time in between so it’s not that grueling,” Adam adds. “But, nonetheless, it is a proper tour. And whenever people have asked me how the tour has been going, I always just say, ‘Well I’m on it right now and have been since the beginning of the year’.” Augie March formed in Shepparton, Victoria, almost 20 years ago after some members had attended school together. Taking their name from Saul Bellow’s novel, The Adventures Of Augie March, of 1954, news of their talents spread like wildfire and they were quickly signed to major label BMG. The band’s debut album, 2000’s Sunset Studies, was met with much critical acclaim, while the song One Crowded Hour, from their 2006 release Moo You Bloody Choir, topped triple J’s Hottest 100 for that year and was named Song Of The Year by APRA with Glenn Richards also receiving the association’s Breakthrough Songwriter award. The band have since enjoyed a very loyal following who were dismayed when the band seemingly ceased to be following the release of Watch Me Disappear. “So it’s been quite amazing how fans have embraced us again,” Adam says. “The amount of people who still turn up to see us has been incredible. And we get a lot of people who come long distances to see us.” This writer saw the band when they first came to Adelaide and undertook a quite intimate show at Crown & Sceptre with many punters sitting on cushions on the floor. “Yeah, I remember that show as well,” Adam recalls. “Everyone was packed in and it was quite an intimate one. But most of the times we’ve been to Adelaide, we’ve played the Governor Hindmarsh.” The band’s current tour, known as the Lap Of Luxury Tour, has them playing in theatres rather than pubs. “It was just to do something a bit different for the new album,” Adam suggests.
“So basically our hands were tied,” he adds with a further sigh. Was it a surprise when singer Glenn Richards made contact to suggest he had some songs that would suit a new Augie March album? “It was always in the pipeline,” Adam suggests, “and was just a matter of when. But it wasn’t like we were all waiting around for it to happen as everyone in the band went off and pretty much did their own thing.” Keyboard player Kiernan ‘Boxer’ Box, who replaced original keyboard player Rob Dawson after he was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident, continued to play with The Blackeyed Susans, bass player Edmondo Amendola played with assorted Melbourne bands anddrummer David Williams gave drum lessons.
will happen – but we’re not sure what form that will take just yet. “For the moment though, after being away for so long, we are really just concentrating on the new album and taking all the positives and the good times from that,” he says. We quickly breeze over any talk of the band being unhappy with how Watch Me Disappear turned out (“I always have to be very, very careful about what I say about all that,” Adam sighs) and quickly turn the discussion over to the fact that the 50-minute long Havens Dumb is available at shows and on the band’s website as a double vinyl album. “I think vinyl has made a real comeback,” Adam says. “Mot of the new young bands know seem to only be releasing vinyl. The standard release seems to be vinyl and a digital download with no one releasing their stuff on compact disc. “And vinyl is a very warm listening experience,” he then suggests. “But I’m hoping that one day quarter inch reel to reel tapes will make some kind of comeback,” Adam laughs. Back in the ‘60s, many albums were officially released on that format due to the booming popularity of open reel tape players.
At the time of our interview, Adam was unsure who would be opening for Augie March in Adelaide. “We’ve been using different people all the time,” he concludes. “But, yeah, not sure yet who it will be in Adelaide.” Augie March play Grote St’s Her Majesty’s Theatre with a special guest on Friday 27 March with tickets via BASS. There’s No Such Place When Augie March were to play Adelaide at the Governor Hindmarsh some years ago with Dan Kelly, I was set to head along with an old school friend, Steve Benger, and his partner, Jo, as they were one of his favourite bands. I still recall chatting to him about the gig on the telephone some days before and we had finished our conversation with, ‘See you at Augie March in a couple of weeks’. Sadly, that was not to be as Steve quickly and shockingly passed away several days later due to a massive heart attack.
Fortunately, prior to the band taking to the stage, I had bumped into bass player Edmondo and put the request in and he said he’d let Glenn know.
Adam says he kept busy during Augie March’s hiatus by working with other bands.
“The Night Terrors are quite amazing,” Adam explains further. “They’re led by Miles Brown who plays Theremin and it’s a mixture of doom punk pop with synthesiser but it’s Miles’ Theremin that makes it so unique.
“And these days you can even transfer a CD onto quarter inch tape,” Adam says.
Jo had then contacted me and asked if there was any way Augie March might play her late husband’s favourite song, There’s No Such Place, from the album Sunset Studies, and I could only say that I would try.
Singer Glenn Richards released a couple of EPs, with one being under the name GA Richards & The Dark Satanic Mills Brothers, and the solo album Glimjack which he recorded with guitarist Dan Luscombe and drummer Mike Noga of The Drones.
“I was also doing some work as a sound engineer but I went overseas and played bass with Ned Collette’s band and also played keyboards with The Night Terrors,” he says.
“I have no idea where the actual tape has gone,” he then continues. “But I still have a reel to reel tape deck – an old Akai – and the tapes I still have sound fantastic.
“Yeah, I’ve got a mono version of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on tape,” Adam says before admitting that it’s actually only the box.
The band later performed the song and dedicated it to Steve. Following the show, Jo thanked Glenn profusely and said it had been a very special moment for her. Glenn then acknowledged this by saying to Jo that it had been pretty special for the band given that they had never played that song live before.
“So I’ve been doing some shows with them at Melbourne Town Hall using their huge pipe organ,” he adds. For the current Augie March tour, I understand that fans have been asked to provide some kind of set list of their favourite songs. “Yes, they have but it would be a happy coincidence if a full set list was ever played,” Adam laughs. “There would be at least one song in there that we wouldn’t want to play. “So it’s always some songs from the new album [Havens Dumb] along with songs from all the other albums,” he adds. Will Augie March now once again disappear? “There’s nothing locked in but we have a few rough ideas,” Adam reveals. “There’s talk of recording again – and I’m pretty sure that
LE NOIR - THE DARK SIDE OF CIRQUE By Catherine Blanch In partnership with Tim Lawson and Simon Painter, the Adelaide Festival Centre is excited to present Le Noir – The Dark Side Of Cirque at the Festival Theatre. In what promises to be a unique theatrical experience, Le Noir will present more than 20 world-class aerialist, specialty acts, athletes, comedians and acrobats. The performers within Le Noir’s surreal and seductive production explore emotions through the pureness of white, the passion of red and the darkness of black.
“They definitely lean back in their seats,” she chuckles, “but there’s no chance of me hitting them at all.” Tell us about some of the other performers in Le Noir. “I’ve worked with quite a few of them before,” Jessica says. “Generally artists stay with the touring cast, but there are always those that come and go. Chilly and Fly were here the last time we toured to Australia. They are a Canadian couple who do what is called ‘The Russian Aerial Cradle’ where he is harnessed into his apparatus and is swinging her between his legs and she flips and turns.
The Clothesline speaks with 24-year-old roller-skater Jessica Ritchie, who is originally from Mackay in North Queensland, but now tours the world as part of the Le Noir cast. Jessica, who has been with the cast since April 2014, is currently enjoying her first visit to Adelaide.
“Their act is just beautiful; I love the music, the intention that they have and the story that they’ve created. It’s very artistic and is actually is one of my favourite acts in the whole show.”
“Le Noir is an amazing circus show; a sexy, burlesque, cabaret-styled performance filled with a lot of amazing raw talent,” Jessica begins. “Everybody has a different act and their own specialty which makes the show extremely interesting. It’s a high-energy production, the people are great to work with and it’s a really fun show to do.”
“It’s a very scary act; those guys are really crazy!” Jessica exclaims. “It’s basically a giant hamster wheel and as it goes around and around, they are running on the outside of the while, on the inside while using skippingropes and doing crazy stuff!”
Jessica and her Mexican skating partner Jeronimo [pronounced Heronimo] Ernesto are partners in life as well as in work. “We’ve been together for about five years now and roller-skating together for two,” she says. “The skating act itself we put together so that we didn’t have to be separated by a big ocean [laughs]. “Previous to this, neither of us had done anything like this before; Jeronimo was an aerialist using aerial straps and silks, and I was a dancer. So, I ran away with the circus, we put the act together… And here we are today.” Billed as a 360-degree performance, the audience will be seated on the Festival Theatre Stage around the specially-designed Le Noir stages. “The stage we all perform on is basically like a runway; the raised circular part of the stage is about 3.5 metres in diameter,” Jessica explains. “The seats will then surround the stage so some will get that up-close-and-personal feeling while others will be further back in the more traditional theatre seating. Some will be so close to the stage they can see my foot come past their head.” Do you have to try not to laugh when you see people duck?
What is the Colombian Wheel Of Death?
The table-top stage that these skaters are performing on is only two metres in diameter, which begs the question has anyone fallen off? “Yes, it has happened; its part of the package I suppose. My mum freaks out a bit when she comes to watch and thinks that I’m going to get hurt, but the falls are far less frequent than when we first started together.” Is there anything else that you would like to say? “We just want everyone to come and see the show and enjoy what is the raw talent of the performers,” Jessica concludes. “It’s a great show and those that have seen it comment on how much they really liked it. Our last time we performed in Australia the audiences were amazing so we’re really looking to getting started again. It’s going to be a lot of fun!” Le Noir runs at Festival Theatre Stage, Adelaide Festival Centre, at various times on Wednesday 22 April until Saturday 2 May. Book at BASS. For the full interview, head to theclothesline.com.au
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN By Bobby Goudie The Hills Musical Company is known for producing excellent amateur musical theatre, which is well worth the trip to the beautiful old Stirling Community Theatre. For their next production the theatre group are bringing the world’s favourite Peanuts comic strip to the stage in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip ran continuously from 1950 until 2000 and is considered to be one of the most influential and beloved comic strips of all time. With original book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown was first performed on Broadway in 1967 and ran for almost 1600 performances. The show was given a major Broadway revival in 1998 by the authors and producers of the original production together with additional dialogue by Michael Mayer and additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The revival won two Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. ‘Charlie Brown’ will run for nine performances only, backed-up by a capable production team that includes awardwinning Director Hayley Horton, Musical Director Peter Johns, Choreographer Vanessa Redmond and Assistant Director Ellis Dolan. The Clothesline speaks with Hayley Horton via email. “The show is about a day in the life of Charlie Brown and friends, based on the popular comic strips and cartoons of Peanuts by Charles M Schultz,” Hayley begins. “Although he has many things to do, including feeding a dog and writing a book report on Peter Rabbit, Charlie manages to discover what it means to be a good man with the help of his friends Linus, Schroeder, Lucy, Sally Brown and Snoopy.” With a cast that includes Gareth Wilkes (Charlie Brown), Mim Sarre (Sally Brown), Fahad Farooque (Snoopy), Buddy Dawson (Linus), Amy Nagesh (Lucy) and Omkar Nagesh (Schroeder), we ask Horton about the cast, the auditioning process and how the performers are enjoying bringing out the playful side of their characters? “The cast are a collection of some of Adelaide’s best amateur theatre performers,” she explains. “We are thrilled with their skills and experience, and each of them is so well suited to their roles. Plus they’re lovely people and a joy to work with.
“There was a very high standard of auditionees for these roles, which was demonstrated by the number of people called back for the roles; 12 people in all to fill only six roles. It also meant that we had the luxury of choosing a great ensemble that are not only great performers in their own right, but also blend and work well together. “It is so much fun rehearsing these characters,” Hayley continues. “We’ve had lots of moments of identifying with certain traits and observations of children and the ways in which they act, with an added layer of adult understanding and observations. Plus they get to have a boogie, throw tantrums and generally be self-indulgent in the most enjoyable way!” Apart from The Hills Musical Company’s great reputation for quality community theatre, why should city dwellers make the trip to the hills for this production? “It’s a great cast with fun, up-beat, toetapping music which is definitely ‘hummable’ and keeps the pace moving. It’s a great show for everyone from kids to adults. The kids will love the colour and fun and the adults will enjoy the dry observational humour. It’s a fun, bright couple of hours at the theatre that will ensure you leave with a big smile on your face!” Which parts of the show you are excited about watching every night? “I love the Act I, she replies. “It’s the number Book Report, which shows the various characters writing a book report about Peter Rabbit; it’s such a cute number and a beautiful moment capturing each of the differences between the characters… Plus it’s really funny!” How is the revival different from the 1967 original musical? “Some of the characters are different. For example, Peppermint Patty was replaced by Sally Brown and there are some different musical numbers,” Hayley explains. “It’s quite a different show. I think the revival is more acceptable to modern audiences and a tighter script.” Is there anything else you would like to add? “If anyone loves the cartoons, loves dry observational humour and toe-tapping tunes, then they are going to love Charlie Brown. Bring the whole family, from the grandkids to the grandparents!” You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown runs at Stirling Community Theatre from Friday 24 April until Saturday 9 May. For the full interview, head to theclothesline.com.au
THE DECEMBERISTS By Libby Parker January 20th 2015, has officially been named The Decemberists Day in Portland to honour the band and mark the release of their new record. The five-piece American indie folk rockers dropped their new album What ATerrible World, What A Beautiful World last week while their hometown celebrated the group’s many achievements. The much-anticipated album, since their previous record The King Is Dead went to the number one spot on the US Billboard Album chart, definitely lives up to expectation. Each of the band’s signature narrativedriven tunes hits the mark, either making comment on current events or telling a character-driven tale. Front man, Colin Meloy told BSide Magazine, in writing this record, they avoided considering the success of the previous one, or even developing a concept. “Ideally you’re never influenced by the commercial success of a record. If you’re always considering your audience or how many records you’re going to sell, you are going to be creating some kind of disingenuous music,” he says. “I think with this record, we were trying to create something as removed from the rest of our discography as possible that it would stand on it’s own and not be influenced by the success or lack of success as previous records.” Produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine (Mudhoney, REM and My Morning Jacket), The Decemberists’ seventh offering, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World allowed the songs to go in their own direction. “We really wanted to come at this record with no pre-conceived notion about what the concept would be, or if there would be any concept,” Colin says. “The concept was no concept. Once they came along, we let the songs decide the concept; the songs dictated the structure of the record. I don’t know that it has one overt, singular influence like The King Is Dead or The Hazards of Love.” The title of the album is drawn from the track 12/17/12, which is a poignant piece inspired by watching President Obama address the nation following the Newtown school shootings.
PHIL JAMIESON - LIVE
Colin Meloy (vocals, guitar, bouzouki and harmonica), Chris Funk (guitar andmultiinstrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (Hammond organ, accordion, melodica, piano, keyboards, synthesiser and harmonica), Nate Query (bass guitar, double bass and cello) and John Moen (drums, backing vocals, melodica and guitar) were honoured by Mayor Charlie Hales in their collective hometown of Portland.
PHIL JAMIESON - LIVE Village Tavern, Golden Grove Wednesday 19 March Reviewed by Rob Lyon
“I think it’s very surreal,” Colin says. “We’re very flattered; it’s very sweet but I have a feeling it’s going to be very surreal.”
It is really great to see a ballsy promoter try something bold by bringing live music back to suburban pubs.
“There’s a quilt being made by 50 different artists and designers, and it’s inspired by the record and by the band itself. It’s pretty awesome. We’ve seen a few of the squares. There’s people I’ve known for a while whose work I’ve really respected doing pieces for the quilt.”
While the concept is nothing new, it’s much-welcomed and is something that will continue to grow as punters get a taste for it.
The Decemberists are about to head off on tour to UK, Europe, then USA. Although an Australian tour has yet to be announced, it is rumoured to be on the cards. The last time they were here, though was 2010 to play gigs at the Big Day Out which, Colin says, was a little strange for them. “My memories of the last time we were in Australia was that it was a super fun trip, but the Big Day Out shows were always a little strange; I don’t know that we necessarily fit in,” he says. “It was fun being around all those other artists, but I think our side shows were what I remember most; and it was fun playing in a place we hadn’t played before to a crowd who were definitely excited to see us. There’s something really nice about that.”
Rockin’ the suburbs!
Thus, Golden Grove’s The Village Tavern recently played host to Grinspoon front man Phil Jamieson in their recently upgraded beer garden. Much has been said about Grinspoon taking a hiatus given the band scope to do other things but it must be said that Phil Jamieson has really grown as a solo performer over the last 12 months proving that he can hold his own. It was a parochial crowd with plenty of Grinspoon loyalists in the crowd welcoming Jamieson to the stage who opened with Sweet As Sugar. Bad Funk Stripe was wellreceived as was Black Tattoo. Jamieson acknowledged that it was a Wednesday night and thanked everyone for coming out before reflecting on where he was staying
at Seaton which he noted was weird with all the porn and hardware shops which, ‘Can’t be good’. Repeat was awesome (and coincidently about a girl on a Ferris Wheel) with Jamieson commenting that was digging playing theatre in the round. Better Off Alone, Comeback were great additions as well as the Katy Perry cover Dark Horses which a lot of people didn’t pick. Hate, the forgotten gem off New Detention was a ripper and the hecklers were out in force with Jamieson indicating that he had the song list memorised up until now and that he heard about Tinder for the first time. Grinspoon fav’s Black Friday (including the moment he nearly split his pants) and More Than You Are went down a treat and the song about a douche bag, No Reason, got people singing along. Jamieson went to talk about going to Brashes back in 1987 to buy a vinyl, a shitty vinyl compilation at that because he was skint but it had a cover of a cover of cover... anyway the surprise Thompson Twins cover Hold Me Down was great albeit a little cheesy. Not one for doing encores, Jamieson brought it on home with the first song he wrote to get a girl back, and which worked. Just Ace and the bluesy 1000 Miles then wrapped up a great night.
For the upcoming tour, Colin says they have added two new members, which adds another layer to their already rich compositions. “It’s exciting because we have a couple of new touring members, Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor, doing backing vocals. So in rehearsal, not only have we been able to tackle the new songs on the record that have a lot of vocal arrangement, but also try vocal arrangements on the older songs as well,” he says. The Decemberists’ What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World is available now.
“I think, like a lot of people, after that tragedy, I found myself with that desperate feeling of wanting to do something but not really knowing what I could do and that hopelessness you feel in the face of something like that,” Colin says. “It wasn’t until a couple of days later that I actually watched President Obama’s press conference about it and he read the kids’ names out. My kid Hank was in first grade at the time; the same age as those kids. I think that’s when it really struck me, and something kind of burst. I’d been working on that song during the day and suddenly it took on a new form. What I found to be the most healthy thing to do at that time was to just gather the things you love close to you and take stock of them.” For many reasons, including the way they write profound, relevant music, The Decemberists will be immortalised through the naming of The Decemberists Day. The band is flattered by the gesture and by the gift fellow artists of the town will present to them.
THE GOOD QUESTIONS Light Place Reviewer: Tristan Newsome 4.5/5
JUNGLE CITY Jungle City II Reviewer: Matt Saunders 3/5
The arrival of Light Place by The Good questions put a smile on my dial. I’ve long enjoyed Marta Bayly’s vocals and guitar work from her other project, Andy & Marta, and have also enjoyed Simon Frank at the various live shows I’ve seen around the traps.
“I think I might kill myself today just to see what happens next.” So begins Jungle City II, and while they probably won’t be providing the backing track for any Beyond Blue advertisements anytime soon, Jungle City have self-produced a fine-sounding slab of unapologetic hard rock.
Light Place didn’t disappoint. Starting off with the happy and poppy “Springtime In My Mind” Mr Frank is in fine voice with his smooth but slightly gravely vocals stepping up to the plate straight away.
“I wanna smoke inside…I wanna piss in the street,” sings Brenton Wilson on “Fun Machine”, the straight-ahead, lockstepgrooving second track.
There are hints of Marta’s delightful harmonies at the edges but it’s track two “Frozen in Time” where she steps up to the mic proper, and what a treat it is. Beautifully picked out guitar and spartan accompaniment showcases the beautiful song writing and vocals. The standout track for me is “Hummingbird Heart”. I did have some prior knowledge of this song from hearing Simon perform it live and solo from memory. I remember liking the song the first time I heard it but in this format it’s even better and a very well worn song. It is almost impossible to fault this recording. Impeccable song writing from both Marta and Simon, brilliant accompaniment throughout – at no point does it feel that the songs have too much or too little going on…it’s just right. Awesome work, folks!
This power trio plays aggressive rock of all varieties, with Luke Wilson pounding the drums, Kaileb Rothwell ably grooving on bass, and Brenton Wilson riffing on guitar while overseeing the festivities with a capably-snotty wail on vocals. Palm-muted syncopated riffer “Nena Vamos A Tener Sexo” follows, which Google translates to, “Baby Come to Have Sex,” and adds a bit of metal just when a firsttime listener might have wanted to peg this album as a funky, bluesy hard rock exercise. As Jungle City II continues, further range is demonstrated, such as with the hammeron waltz “F# Dog”, the smoky, dimly-lit bar slink of “Live For Free”, and the funky stoner jam “How Do You Feel?”. The latter comes complete with a backwards-masked psychedelic breakdown, which gives way to a drum solo, which eventually leads to a Latin-grooved guitar freakout. Jungle City II gets better as it goes on, as the somewhat rock-by-numbers opening tracks give way to more experimental and eclectic tangents. It’s kind of juvenile and cartoonish, but with cover art featuring a charcoal sketch of a girl’s butt complete with thigh gap, it’s not like you weren’t warned. The songs are catchy and the amps go up to eleven, so if this sounds like your bag, check ‘em out on Bandcamp.
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REIGN Parachute Dreams Reviewer: Tom Gaffney 4/5 Local rockers Reign have something a little special about them. The five piece have recently released a fantastic new single “Parachute Dreams” alongside a music video, filmed on site at Thebarton Theatre. Reign describe themselves - as plain and simple as it sounds - as rock. Upon listening to “Parachute Dreams”, however, it’s easy to feel that they’re so much more than that. The dynamic, genre-crossing sounds that occur throughout the near four minute track illustrate that there’s serious talent involved. Unique post-rock choruses are intertwined with quieter, more poppy elements that add huge amounts of intrigue that, even after several listens, dissipates slowly. This distinctive instrumentation underlies solid lyrics that revolve around the idea of solitude. Overall, Reign have demonstrated that they have a solid ability to compose songs that are able to grab an audience’s attention. Expect to hear more about these guys in the near future.
THE VIOLET CRAMS Cram It In Ya Reviewer: Tom Gaffney 3/5 The Violent Crams is no doubt a punk band. The trio have just released Cram It In Ya, a six track EP that gives listeners hard hitting punk from start to finish. If it isn’t the alternative cover art that gives it away, it’s the track titles such as “Fucked in the Head” and “Mass Murder America” that do. They showcase Violent Soho-styled vocals mixed in with heavy influence from acts like Sonic Youth and Nirvana. Sounds pretty good, right? Punk is definitely not for everyone, but The Violet Crams do a pretty good job of making it interesting enough to listen to for those who may not usually be into the genre. Tracks like the ska-infused “Big Eyes” contrast pretty well with the aforementioned thrash tune “Fucked in the Head” to cover all bases of the ska-punkgrunge field. It’s easy to assume that those who want to listen to punk would probably want to crank it so loud that they feel the kick drum pound through their skull, and so it’s a shame that Cram It In Ya is just too lo-fi to make that easily attainable. The guitars are a little too well pronounced, overshadowing a lot of the percussion. Maybe the whole lo-fi thing is a recording style that goes hand in hand with entry level punk bands, but if you want the best of The Violet Crams, I’d recommend moshing to them live versus listening to this release.
STEVE POLTZ By Robert Dunstan Canadian-born but now San Diego-based troubadour Steve Poltz is back in the country for yet another tour which will once again have him plying his musical wares in the historic South Australian railway town of Peterborough as well as hitting The Jade Monkey. Steve, who co-wrote You Were Meant For Me with Alaskan singer Jewel and which remains one of the best-selling songs of all time, is looking forward to heading up to Peterborough again. “It’ll be my second time there,” he announces down the line from Sydney where Steve recorded his Live At The Basement DVD while touring here some years ago. “And going to Peterborough gives me a good taste of rural Australia,” he continues. “It’s far away [from the city] and I get to put on a songwriting workshop for a bunch of cool kids in the afternoon and then put on a big show later that night. “And, y’know, this is probably the best [Australian] tour for me so far and I’ve had some pretty good ones in the past,” he says of what must be his umpteenth visit. Steve’s current jaunt has included playing Blue Mountains Folk Festival as well as Port Fairy Folk Festival and he reasons that is possibly why some of his shows in the capital cities have sold out on this tour. “Playing festivals on this tour of Australia has certainly made a big difference in terms of my visibility here,” he notes. “When you play in front of 4,000 people at a festival and they like what you do, some of them are going to then show up when you play at club somewhere.” The musician says a highlight of Port Fairy Folk Festival for him was seeing UK legend Richard Thompson in action. “That was something quite special,” Steve says. “Richard Thompson’s gymnastics on the fretboard are really something to see.” Steve, who played some gigs with Tinpan Orange on one of his more recent visits, says Blue Mountains Folk Festival at Katoomba was also highly enjoyable. “It’s a really beautiful festival,” he says. “And I really bonded with Henry Wagons and did a version of Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe. I was Cher and Henry was Sonny. I just love Henry so much.
too hard although my instincts tell me to work hard. “So I don’t know what to make of it because they tell me I had small stroke,” he sighs. “So what am I going to do? But sometimes I think it doesn’t matter what you do because it can be in your genes. There’s certainly a history of it on my mom’s side of the family. “Maybe I’m not destined to live that long but it was certainly a life changing experience and one that makes you question your own mortality,” Steve muses. “it was definitely a wake up call but the problem is I don’t know what I’m supposed to do about it.” Could you not fall back on your political science degree you scored from the University Of San Diego prior to forming punk rock band The Rugburns? “No man, I’m a lifer,” Steve responds with a chuckle. “Music will always be the only thing I’ll ever do.” Steve, who has named his current tour In Sickness & In Health, provided the music for the 2013 Suzanne Mitchell documentary Running Wild: The Life Of Dayton O Hyde which chronicled the true story of a cowboy’s triumph in a quest to protect wild horses and the American West. “And I’ve just done the soundtrack for the film Hades Awaits,” Steve says of an independent film that was recently screened as part of a film festival at South By Southwest in Austin. “And I want to do more of that kind of stuff,” he adds. “When I come off the road, I just sit around playing my guitar anyway so it’s good to be working on a project. And being on soundtracks also helps get my name out there.” Steve, who recently toured US stadiums as a special guest of Jewel, concludes by saying that he’ll be heading back to Australia in November to play a big festival in Victoria at a picturesque seaside township. “So, maybe I could play a festival in Adelaide around that time,” he wryly suggests as I make mention of Gorgeous Festival, Deep South Blues & Roots Festival and Fleurieu Folk Festival which all happen around that time. Steve Poltz plays Peterborough Football Club up at Peterborough on Saturday 28 March and then marches into The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St, on Sunday 29 March.
Liam’s Back Ha, I note that Liam Gerner is back in town to play a couple of shows alongside Josh Rennie-Hynes and Caitlin Harnett and it has duly reminded me of when I first met him. A friend of mine, a school teacher, had said to me, ‘Hey, you gotta check out this Year 12 student of mine who is a great actor and also plays fantastic guitar’. He then told me that Liam, the schoolboy in question, was playing guitar in a band called FunkStar in the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel on a Thursday evening and that it was a free entry affair. And it must have been around the time of the 2000 Olympics as I was just informed of that by FunkStar’s funky bass player Corey Stewart, who works alongside me at BSide Magazine, who says that the band were also handing out gold medals at the gig to any audience members who had actually bothered to roll up rather than stay comfortably at home to watch the Olympics on their pre-digital television sets. Time passed but I do recall bumping into Liam again some time later who informed me he was working up in the hills at Jalna who fermented cow’s milk and then turned it into yoghurt. This pleased me no end as, at the time, I was a big fan of the local company’s one-litre fruity yoghurt drink which they seemingly no longer seem to produce. Either that or my local has ceased stocking it. Anyway, the next time I bumped into Liam may or may not have been when he was playing WOMADelaide with Mr Lucky Oceans, but I do recall bumping into him at a gig Vika & Linda Bull were doing at the Governor Hindmarsh. Backstage after the show and noticing the half pint of Coopers pale ale in my hand, Liam had asked if I would care for a whisk(e)y which I politely declined. He then proceeded to pour what seemed to be several shots of whisk(e)y into my half empty pint glass. This concoction, I must say, had me buzzin’ for the remainder of the evening – and there was plenty more of it to go – but not enough to dull my memory of somehow ending up in town with Liam as well as Vika and Linda and a few others drinking fine wine at The Apothecary 1878 in downtown Hindley St.
singer songwriter and somehow managed to tour with such artists as Paul Weller, Jason Isbell, Alanis Morissette, Paolo Nutini, Elton John and Drive By Truckers. He also befriended American country singer Ryan Bingham, who won an Oscar and a Grammy for the Crazy Heart soundtrack, and Liam ended up playing in his band, The Dead Horses, for a while. While in the UK, Liam was also offered a major label recording contract but after a year of negotiations, he walked away as he wasn’t liking the direction they were wanting him to travel towards. One of my funniest memories of my Liam adventures, however, is of bumping into him early one evening in the salubrious surrounds of the Grace Emily’s beer garden. I happened to be with Cameron Goodall, who has now been playing Zazu in stage production The Lion King for the last couple of years, and we had called into the Grace Emily for a drink before heading off to see Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at nearby Thebarton Theatre. Anyway, as Liam knew Cam from the latter’s days as a former member of multiple ARIA award winning group The Audreys, he asked after the band’s singer and inquired of Cam, “And how is Tash?” Cam kinda looked at him and then said, “Oh, it’s Taasha. She doesn’t ever like to be called Tash.” Liam then took another sip of his ale and cheekily said, “So, how is Tash anyway?” Some laughter ensued until Liam then offered Cam and I a ride down the highway of life to Thebarton Theatre in what I seem to recall as being a ricketty old Volkswagen station wagon of dubious vintage. See Josh Rennie-Hynes, Caitlin Harnett and Liam Gerner play Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Friday 27 March and McLaren Vale’s The Singing Gallery on Saturday 28 March. You can also read an interview with Liam, Caitlin and Josh online at <bsidemagazine.com.au>.
Liam then took off overseas where he quickly established himself as a notable
“And, oh man, I saw a really cool band called The Spooky Men’s Chorale at the festival,” he says of a group of Australian male singers who hail from the Blue Mountains region. “There’s about 15 of them and they sing a cappella and have these really well-written songs. They are just great.” Where are you up to as far as a new recording goes? “I have one done,” Steve says, “and then some health issues got in the way. But I do can it when I get back home after this tour and organise some artwork and think of a title for it. It’s really easy putting out albums these days so I’m also going to record another one pretty soon.” The health issues the hard working singer refers to came from late last year when he felt dizzy and then collapsed on stage. “It was horrible and really scary and they still don’t quite know why it happened.” Steve recalls. “Maybe I was stressed from working
JORDIE LANE & CLARE REYNOLDS
JORDIE LANE & CLARE REYNOLDS By Robert Dunstan Some 18 months ago, Melbourne’s Jordie Lane played a low-key gig at Thebarton’s Wheatsheaf Hotel which was recorded and released six months later as Live At The Wheaty. Jordie is now returning to the same venue accompanied by Clare Reynolds as well as Rowena Wise. “Clare and I have now been working as a duo and playing throughout North America for the last two years,” Jordie says of the former Queenslander who is now based in the US. “So we’ve been doing all the folk festivals over there but first met when we were in a play together about Gram Parsons,” he then says of the 2012 stage show Grievous Angel: The Legend Of Gram Parsons. “What happened with that is that I’d made an album I’d mostly written while staying in the same room as Gram Parsons did at the Joshua Tree Inn,” Jordie says, “and then I got contacted by a director who asked if I’d like to be an actor in a play about Gram. “So Clare was playing the part of Emmylou [Harris] and that was when she and I first started performing and singing together,” he continues. “And it was such a great training for us learning how to sing together like Gram and Emmylou did and do all the harmonies. “So we’ve developed that further into the duo shows we do,” Jordie, whose Sleeping Patterns album was recorded by Adelaide’s Mick Wordley and featured Jeff Lang, says. “And we first saw Rowena last April at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. She’s originally from over in the west but now lives in Melbourne and Clare and I did a show together with her last year which was the very last one we did before heading back to the US for a year.
The chatty banter between songs certainly adds to the album’s charm. “Yeah, that’s what I felt too,” Jordie agrees. “My studio albums have always been something different to what I do live. So Live At The Wheaty really shows what it’s like to be at one of my shows. “Wow, shit!” Jordie then suddenly yells out. “I’m at a beach café at Cronulla and a flock of seagulls just flew in a grabbed a big piece of bacon off Clare’s plate. “She’s just taken her dog for a quick walk and her breakfast has been put on the table and now some seagulls have swiped all the bacon from the plate,” he adds incredulously. “That was quite amazing. The ladies sitting behind me are gasping. “So, where were we?’ Jordie then laughs as he also tells the now returned Clare what’s happened to her bacon. Let’s talk about when you toured with UK troubadour Billy Bragg a couple of years ago and he got up on stage with you to sing The Flying Burrito Brothers’ song Sin City. “Oh that was great,” Jordie laughs. “I’d been talking to one of the guys in the sound crew and had mentioned Gram Parsons and Billy suddenly said, ‘Let’s do one of his songs together. Let’s do that Sin City thing’. “And Billy is a very giving person - firstly because he had me opening the shows for him, but to pop out to perform a song with me during my set on several nights was very special. I thought it was an odd thing to do for a headline act to come out like that. I just thought it was a very generous thing to do.” It seems Jordie was born to travel as he spent his early years on the road with his comedian mum, Denise Scott, and his father who was a circus clown. “That was only until I was three, so I was pretty young,” Jordie says, “but when I was about six or seven, dad ran a community children’s circus and we did a bit of travelling with that.
“But Rowena is a great young singer songwriter – she’s just put out a single – and is on the whole tour as the opening act,” he says. “And because we’ll have done a few shows by the time we get to Adelaide, I think Rowena will probably get up and do something with Clare and me.
“But, even at that young age, I liked the idea of getting into a car and travelling off somewhere and it’s stayed with me,” he decides.
“Well, The Wheatsheaf kind of chose me,” Jordie then laughs when asked how Live At The Wheaty had come about.
“Maybe we could mention that the Wheatsheaf has some kind of special album and ticket deal happening via OzTix,” Jordie says.
“I’d rolled up to do the gig and the sound people at the Wheaty had said they’d started recording stuff for archival purposes and asked if they would mind if they recorded the show that night. “So I agreed and as the gig progressed I started to tell the audience that it was being recorded and it became a bit of a game with them about their involvement and what was happening.
In wrapping up, I ask Jordie if there is anything we may have missed out.
Does the special deal include a ‘meet and greet’ component? “Oh, I suppose so,” Jordie laughs. Jordie Lane, Clare Reynolds and Rowena Wise play The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Saturday 28 March with tickets via OzTix.
“I didn’t think anything more of it after the show but a copy was sent to my manager who said, ‘Hey, this is brilliant. We should put it out’. He just felt the whole show had a kind of crazy spontaneity about it. “And, because I’d never even thought about a live album before, I agreed to put it out without editing anything out,” Jordie continues. “It was just such a fun, live experience that we decided to release it.”
WEDNESDAY I APRIL Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Ed Sheeran (UK), Jamie Lawson and Conrad Sewell Brecknock Hotel – Open Mic Night Crown & Anchor – DJ Tr!p Exeter – DJ Oisima Gaslight Tavern – SCALA’s Midweek Melt Grace Emily – Confident Asian Business Woman and Athletic Teenage Joggers Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Front Bar: Open Mic Night Kensington Hotel – Open Uke Night The Lion Hotel – Proton Pill
MARCH 26TH - APRIL 1ST THURSDAY 26 MARCH Brecknock Hotel – Breakaway Singalong Bridgeway Hotel – Northern Exposure (allages rock event) Crown & Sceptre – Zero Days, Dead West and Gun It Exeter Hotel – Strange New Folk, Genghis Cardigan, Stubby Gaslight Tavern – The Groove Factory Jam hosted by Stephen O’Malley All-Star Band Gilbert St Hotel – Otto’s Jacket (from 7pm) Governor Hindmarsh – Dining Room: Sound & Vision Photography Exhibition (6pm) and Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam with host Billy Bob Grace Emily – The Skeleton Club Hotel Metro – Chasing Claire, Mervin and Loud Street THE PUBLISHERS 110 FRANKLIN STREET LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC (8pm) LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC Rocket Bar – Electric Exiles, Cosmo Thundercat, The Luke Louie Trio, DJs Presido, Bill Meegan and The Badhaus DJs Trinity Sessions – Markandeya (Sweden) and Heather Frahn Vinyl – The James Muller Quartet (free entry from 8pm) Whitmore – Rainbow Jam FRIDAY 27 MARCH Arkaba Hotel – Dino Jag (Lounge Bar), Latin Dance Fest (Top Of The Ark) British Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – Harrison Crown & Anchor – David Liebe Hart (US) Crown & Sceptre – Mild Manic (NSW), Pink Noise Generator, A Loose Trust and Fyoogs (free entry from 9pm) Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: The Satellites and Jump Daddys, Saloon Bar: Irish Sessions and Front Bar: Appalachian Sessions TTHE JEST + KYRI CLASSIC ROCK COVERS (8pm) GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF STREET BROMPTON Grace Emily Hotel – The Motive and Dirty Frank Her Majesty’s Theatre – Augie March (Melbourne) Hotel Metro – Dead Farmers, XY Clinic, The Yabbies, Stink Lines and Adolf Sasquatch HQ Complex – Xavier Rudd & The United Nations (Melbourne) Jive – Josh Rennie-Hynes, Caitlin Harnett and Liam Gerner Little Pub Off Hindley St – Jamie K Acoustic Marion Hotel – Jackson Veitch Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – Buffalo Boyfriend from 5pm Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 8pm Tonsley Hotel – Flaming Sambucca Duo (Tavern Bar), Sean Robertson (5.30pm), Unknown To Man (9.30pm) (Chrysler Bar) Wheatsheaf – Roscoe James Irwin (Melbourne) and Delia Obst Woodcroft Tavern – Stonecrow SATURDAY 28 MARCH Arkaba Hotel – Triplescore British Hotel (Port Adelaide) – Sunset Sessions: Nancy Bates and Hannah Yates from 4pm Emu Hotel – Burn Collect, Perdition, Ben Gel & The Boneyard Saints Exeter Hotel – Battlehounds and Miss Fellows from 5pm Crown & Sceptre – Joypad: bands, chip tunes and video games Earth Hour (Kirkcaldy Reserve) – Gypsyjunkies at 7pm
GEOFF’S BIRTHDAY BLOW OUT CLASSIC 60’S AND 70’S MUSIC GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON
Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: The Beards and The Siffys (Melbourne) and Front Bar: East Texas (free) Grace Emily – The Bon Scotts (Melbourne) and Conchilla Hotel Metro – Corpus, The Union Pacific, Millimetre and Featherweight Marion Hotel – Franky F (5.30pm), One Planet (8.30pm) Old Bush Inn (Willunga) – Fistful Of Trojans and Reno & The Reggaenators Old Mill Hotel (Hanhdorf) – The McClymonts (Sydney) and Kristy Cox Nepalese Festival (Hindmarsh Sq) – Gypsyjuknies from 1pm Peterborough Football Club – Steve Poltz (Canada/US) Port River Cruises – Rumours Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL – The Sheikhs, The Dorkstain, Roymackonkey The Singing Gallery (McLaren Vale) –Josh Rennie-Hynes, Caitlin Harnett and Liam Gerner Tonsley Hotel – Swapsides (Tavern Bar) Vinyl – Tom West (CD launch), Oliver’s Army and Packwood Wheatsheaf Hotel – Jordie Lane (Melbourne), Clare Reynolds and Rowena Wise from 9pm SUNDAY 29 MARCH Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Rod Stewart (UK) and James Reyne (Melbourne) Arkaba Hotel – Vogue Duo Crown & Anchor – Sunday Rubdown Crown & Sceptre – DJ Samnation from 3pm Franklin Hotel – Vincent’s Chair from 3pm THE JAZZ HANDS (6pm) TRAD/FUSION/JAZZ GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON Gilbert St Hotel – Tara Carragher (from 2pm) Governor Hindmarsh – David Ellefson (US) Joiners Arms – Battle Of The Bands Grand Final Nook Nosh – Red Willow from 5pm Pretoria Hotel (Mannum) – Dark Horse (1.30pm) Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – Vic Conrad & The First Third from 4pm Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 4pm The Jade Monkey – Steve Poltz (Canada/US) Tonsley Hotel – AZ Kerwin (Chrysler Bar) Wheatsheaf – The Sloe Ruin, Adie Haines and Emily A Smith (free entry from 4pm) MONDAY 30 MARCH Crown & Anchor – Sasha March and guests from 7pm and free entry Governor Hindmarsh – Lord Stompy Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam The Lion Hotel – Brian Ruiz and friends Wheatsheaf – COMA Sessions (jazz) TUESDAY 31 MARCH Exeter – Bitches Of Zeus DJs Gaslight Tavern – Blues Lounge Blues Jam with special guests Gilbert St Hotel – The Airbenders Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room; Mavis Staples (US) and Front Bar: Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society Grace Emily – Adelaide Short Films Hotel Metro – Acoustic Club Tuesday Tonsley Hotel – Party Club Band (Tavern Bar)
MUSIC MARKETING CHECKLIST #2 - YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE By Corey Stewart Last week I mentioned that the primary source of marketing music online should come from your own website presence. Today I’m going to chat about which third party Social Media websites to use as your secondary source of marketing your music online. Social Media (as defined by Wikipedia) is defined as “... a group of Internet-based applications that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.” What this means is that through using these Social Media websites you can create, share, and exchange information, ideas, pictures and videos in virtual communities and networks and best of all, most of these websites are free to join up and use. Most social media can share content that is either text, image and video based (Facebook is a great example of a general social media website) while others specialize in certain formats such as Twitter (microblogging) YouTube (video), Instagram (images) and SoundCloud (audio) Below is a list of my personal top six Social Media websites for you to consider joining up and using to market your music online. 1. Facebook (General) The King and Queen of social media websites at this point of time. Facebook allows content of all types to be shared however the developers are prone to play around with the backend functionality and privacy setting without notifying users which can lead to some aspects of Facebook being less effective for the musician. 2. Google Plus (General) This site is Google’s attempt to compete with Facebook. It works on a very similar principle to Facebook, sharing of multiple formats is allowed however, it has some very nifty features such as Google hangouts (an online meeting space) that Facebook doesn’t have.
social media websites for musicians. YouTube allows users to upload and share their video creations and it’s this functionality that musicians love. An essential tool in your music marketing checklist as you can embed your videos onto your website. 4. Twitter (Microblogging) The underlying principle of Twitter is that it’s a microblogging site meaning that you can only enter up to 140 characters per message. It has the ability to include images however, Twitter is mostly a text based social media platform. It is however, a very effective viral marketing tool. 5. Instagram (Images) An image based social media website that allows users to upload and share their images in which the network can comment on, share with others and embed on your own website. BSide Magazine has only just recently joined Instagram and apparently we are gaining some serious momentum. 6. SoundCloud (Audio) This website works on the same principles as YouTube and Instagram but it allows users to upload and share their audio creations which then can be commented on, shared with others and embedded on your own website. SoundCloud is also great for songwriters as you can showcase your works in progress, hosting podcasts and allowing others to stream or download your music. If you’re already a user of these abovementioned websites then let us know how your experience has been or, let us in on any tips on how to get the most out of them. If you haven’t signed up to these websites as yet then I suggest you seriously have a look into it. If you do have any social media feedback, tips and tricks or questions regarding social media or anything else for that matter, please feel free to contact us at BSide Magazine either at info@bsidemagazine. com.au or 8346 9899 and we’d be more than happy to help you out.
3. YouTube (Video) This site (owned by Google) along with Facebook and Twitter are the top three