It’s colder than a well digger’s arse out there at the moment. Fortunately, Martians Café has three warm and wonderful gigs to see out July that are sure to put a little colour back in your cheeks. On July 12 you have Dave Graney. You know Dave; we all know Dave. The songman has been playing and releasing music for over 35 years through various guises, his latest release being Fearful Wiggins.
On June 8, 2014, folk/acoustic quartet Sons of May launched their first official single, ‘Up Before Your Eyes’, at The Evelyn in Melbourne. Reports from the gig say it was one of the biggest Sunday crowds the venue has hosted. Despite it being their first official single, the band has been around the traps for a couple of years, playing a ton of shows around rural Victoria. They will be releasing their self-titled debut in November.
The Karova in Ballarat is one of the best regional live music venues you’re likely to come across and just around the corner it celebrates a milestone. We’re talking its 10th anniversary. Yep, ten years of hosting international and local acts. Ten years of supporting backyard artists. Ten years of quenching the musical thirst of locals and travellers. It’s one hell of an effort indeed and most certainly worthy of a get-together. And showing just how cool they are, the venue is making it a family affair.
If you love your Italian food you’re going to love this. Presented by Apra Productions, the first annual Ferragosto Festival serves up four amazing Italian courses and five hours of live entertainment. Ferragosto is an Italian and Sammarinese public holiday celebrated on August 15. Although technically running from August 15 through September 1, other than the national holiday on the 15th, it is left up to everyone else how they want to spend the period.
There remains a whole lot of love for the band that has given us such songs as ‘Electric Blue’, ‘Hey Little Girl’, ‘Crazy’, ‘Great Southern Land’, ‘My Obsession’ and ‘Man of Colours’. With their White Heat: 30 Hits compilation reaching Platinum status, Icehouse figured they would return the love by announcing a string of shows. Frontman Iva Davies: “Live is where we get to really know our fans better.
He can make ’em laugh in America. He can make ’em laugh in Amsterdam. He can make ’em laugh in the Middle East. He can even make ’em laugh in New Zealand. Indeed, Jimeoin can make people laugh wherever he goes. We fell in love with Jimeoin through his own TV show back in the mid-nineties. Later on came The Craic, his debut feature film. Following that, The Extra. There has also been Over the Top, his unique TV series that saw him take in hotels, theatres, swimming pools and cattle ranches “over the top” of Australia.
There are a couple of gigs at Bendigo’s Music Man Megastore next month that you may wish to check out. On July 11, The Caning will take you back to 1972. The band may have strapped on their guitars in 2012, but these riff-loving freaks feel at home in the progressive rock and proto-metal of the early 1970s. We’re talking Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Recently the band has been working on their debut with US producer Tim Gilles.
Death in July is a celebration of Australian women’s crime writing. Making its inaugural outing next month, a stellar line-up of authors will speak about a wide range of topics including the “CSI effect” and YA crime writing. The festival is the idea of Ballarat Writers, in partnership with Sisters in Crime. Guests include Angela Savage, Annie Hauxwell, Carmel Shute, Ellie Marney, Honey Brown, Judith Rodriguez, Leigh Redhead, Lindy Cameron, Liz Porter, Maurilia Meehan, Meg Tasker, Nansi Kunze, Shelley Robertson, Simmone Howell and Vikki Petraitis.
Heathen Skulls and Metal Obsession are the ones to thank for the Origins of Hate tour. In the blue corner you have Melbourne’s Mason. Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2011, the band has toured and shared stages with Havok, Primate, Forbidden, Hobbs Angel of Death, Blood Duster, King Parrot and Elm Street among others. They entered the studio in 2012 to record their debut album Warhead, a release that features an appearance from Jeff Loomis (Nevermore). In the red corner you have Harlott.