International Blues Music Day has come and gone (August 2), yet there is no need to fret that you’ve missed out on the celebrations because at Pistol Pete’s Food n’ Blues, Blues Music Day stretches out for a whole month. Since opening in March, Pistol Pete’s has become a cult music venue in the Geelong music community.
G’day live listeners (wherever you are), Dan here with a rundown of what’s to come at our leading live original music venues here in Rat Capital. The Eastern kick off with this month’s resident host of Open Mic Thursdays, with James Ramsay opening it up to the public with a little MCing and an amount of tune playing, before passing it on to whoever is up on the list next.
LAST MINUTE: Sydney metallers Flaming Wrekage have a date with Bendigo’s Music Man Megastore tonight, August 7. The band kicked off their Bring the Riff Back tour on July 10 in Baulkham Hills in support of their debut album Catharsis. If you feel like getting a little more familiar with the band, vocalist Dave Lupton recently spoke with Mandy Craig over at musicmayhemwithmandy.com about the album and tour.
The Queenscliff Music Festival has announced another round of acts for its bonza 2014 outing. To recap first, we already have The Bombay Royale, The Church. D.D Dumbo, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Jezabels, Kasey Chambers, Stonefield, The Waifs and Xavier Rudd; now, you can add soulful rocker Dan Sultan, WA’s blues and roots outfit Blue Shady, a trio of songbirds in Dyson Stringer Cloher…
Do you know Allday? If not, you probably should. Hailing from Blackwood (that would be the home of the Hilltop Hoods for those playing at home), Allday (Tom Gaynor) is part of Australia’s new era of hip hop. He began rapping at the age of ten, recorded his first track as a teenager, and would build his case winning battle after battle in his hometown.
Hi there, guys! OK, so the dead of winter can be pretty boring, am I right? The nights are long, dark and cold – and the days aren’t much better. Sometimes all you want to do is tuck up at home beside the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and your favourite movie on DVD. But sometimes that’s not enough, and you want to get out and do some stuff to take your mind off the cold. Well fortunately for you, there are still plenty of things happening in the Surf Coast region to keep you entertained over the next couple of weeks.
The Geelong Small Business Festival was launched today by Mayor Darryn Lyons and Minister for Small Business Russell Northe at City Hall. In Geelong, small businesses account for up to 90 per cent of all businesses and the Festival is about celebrating this.
Brisbane four-piece Babaganoüj are feeling the love these days. The band recently took out the Amplify competition, scoring some studio time with Magoo in the process. Says Magoo: “… Babaganoüj just seem to have the best consistency and show great development.” The Gasometer – August 16; The Catfish – August 17; and The Old Bar – August 18. The band’s new single is ‘Bluff’. It is the follow-up to ‘Too Late for Love’.
For a long time now Geelong locals have become used to making the lengthy trip to Melbourne to seek inspiration from creative-based festivals. Now your myki needn’t suffer, as Deakin is hosting Australia’s largest festival showcasing non-fiction literature over three days from August 15 to August 17.