The days are starting to get slightly longer and we are not far away from seeing the tail end of winter.
Spring will bring us a damn fine array of artists and the BOAA (Biennale of Australian Art) Music Festival running from 21 September to 6 November sounds like a feast for music lovers in Ballarat. Featuring Dallas Crane, Motor City Sounds, Dan Brodie and Los Locos, just to name a few…there will be gigs midweek and on weekends. All you need to do is check out the info page at boaa.net.au/boaa-music.
Karova Lounge is still providing artists and DJ’s to entertain the locals and Benson will make his way to Ballarat on 25 August to spin tracks from his latest records Resolution and Hold Ou. Benson has a solid reputation in Australia and was triple j’s resident mix-up DJ in January. So if electronica is your thing…you had better get down to this show. Only $15 to get in.
The Lost Ones Bar and Basement not only have a new chef, but the legendary Broderick Smith will play there on Saturday September 15. The former chief dog of The Dingoes is considered a consummate performer by many of his fellow musicians. 2018 sees Broderick release a new book and another solo album. Keyboardist Richard Tankard will accompany him, who is also an accomplished songwriter and apparently a very funny man. This could be a great way to spend a Saturday night if your footy team has missed out on the finals!
I may have stumbled across a hidden gem on a recent day out with a friend in Hepburn. The Old Hepburn Hotel is a classic old school pub with a lovely country atmosphere and real top notch food on the menu. I had a Chicken Kiev that had enough garlic in it to ward off any oncoming virus for the next five years! I have heard a whisper that you can get the odd band that will do a gig here on a Sunday afternoon and apparently it is very hard to extract yourself from the clutches of the venue.
Here is a great gig to get along to…Kim Salmon will play at The Eastern on Sunday 26 August. Salmon has been around for a long time and has real charisma and personality as a performer.
Get down to Athletic Brewery and try the Brown Ale which has just been put on tap. They are really making some lovely beers that are truly delicious. Always a laugh and a friendly ear when Pete is behind the jump. I’m heading there now…Adios amigos!
Written by Glen Anderson