It’s been a lovely summer in Ballarat and there has been plenty of things to get out and see.
Joyride will bring his unique DJ style to Karova Lounge on February 16. His debut album Sunrise Chaser was released in late November of 2018, and what better way to keep the ball rolling than to roll on with an intimate show at one of Ballarat’s great venues.
No Age will follow on the next weekend with their dynamic sound. Dean Spunt and Randy Randall will have your ears ringing for a week or two when they bring their punk sound that is mildly sanded down with pop sensibility. Tickets are around $35, so get in early as this one could be a sell
Here’s an event worth putting into your diary. Rock the Block will be a ripper afternoon on Sunday March 24 from 3-7pm. The only locally organised street party led by young people to celebrate our diverse and rich culture here in Ballarat. Word is, there will be some fine artists trekking up the Western Highway from Melbourne to join local artists. Food vans, cultural arts, giant lawn games and a chill-out area and much much more will make for a very pleasant Sunday afternoon. The best thing about this event is that it is free entry! Federation University SMB Campus on Lydiard Street Sth is the location to get on down to.
Keep Saturday March 30 free as one of Australia’s quiet achievers Bob Evans comes to town for a show. Better known as the front-man for Jebediah, Evans certainly holds his own and his latest release Full Circle (A Best Of) has 25 tracks on it in and hopefully a large handful will be ripped from it on the night. Very Beatlesque at times and his lyrics are very easy to relate to. Get along to this one!
Up on the highway at Cabaret Club, a unique event will occur on the following evening when the Second Great Southern Cigar Box Festival twangs its way into Ballarat. Blues guitarists in particular have picked up the cigar box guitar in an attempt to play Delta Blues in its purest.
Make the most of the sunshine as the days are starting to get shorter and before we know it,the winter woollies will be coming out. Fortunately, our beautiful city has a warm,friendly watering hole nearby to go and wash away the worries of the day. Coffee of the week goes to Arch Views café as you come in from the West of Ballarat.
Written by Glen Anderson