Ballarat is growing by the day with plenty of growth out to the West. Surely in time, we are going to need some new venues to accommodate the growing population. In the meantime, our local establishments are doing a mighty fine job of putting on acts from all over the world.
There will be a magical night of music at Karova Lounge on Saturday April 20 when the venue will pay tribute to Prince. Purple Rain – The Life and Music of Prince. It will be a night to remember when DJ Salinger spins tunes from a career spanning set that will encompass hits from his 39 studio albums, as well as singles, lesser known tracks, and a few surprises. Doors open at 9pm and you can shake ya booty until 4am.
Over on the Western Highway at Cabaret Club, Aussie rock-God Diesel will perform on May 4. Stripping it back to just a guitar and his voice, the Give Me Saturday Night Tour will see Diesel perform songs from his 30 year catalogue.
Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission have been very loyal to the folk of Ballarat and will make another appearance on May 11. Coldwater Roadsongs Tour. His latest record was recorded in Memphis and the band is keen to get out on the road and play. As usual, it will be a ripper of a night and it’s only $30 to get a ticket. The show does start early according to the venue’s web page, so check details before you arrive. You don’t want to miss this hugely talented band.
Closer to town at The Eastern, you can see punk rockers Guttermouth with support acts Wolfpack, The Shorts and Agent 37. If you are around the area at lunch-time, drop into The Garage next door. It’s a groovy little café that has various bits and bobs for sale and does the most amazing toasties in Ballarat. Also some really cool T-shirts for sale with sizes for kids right through to adults. Say hello to delightful café owner Heidi and try their coffee which is also delicious.
Boss Burgers has finally thrown open their doors, and word has it that the loaded fries are to die for.
Album of the week is Melbourne songwriting maestro Charles Jenkins` new solo album When I Was On The Moon. Stripped back to just a vocal and some beautiful guitar work, Jenkins crafts songs like no other and there are many highlights on this record, his 17th studio album! My favourite track is ‘Fairfield In The Rain’. Available here at www.charlesjenkins.com.au
Written by Glen Anderson