Ballarat Blog #662

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Ballarat Blog #662

Daylight savings has ended and we have just had a massive downpour to wreak havoc in the streets of Ballarat. Locals don’t need a reason to go out and put a smile on their dial, and luckily there is plenty of talent on offer at local venues.

Karova Lounge have Good Boy coming down from Brisbane on Saturday 22 April. Playing their alternative psychedelic surf punk sound and fresh from playing at Splendour In The Grass, the dynamic trio have got quite a schedule ahead of them this year and will be busy touring this great land of ours. Catch them with super talented Melbourne quartet Jarrow. Both of these acts are renowned for putting on barnstorming live shows and co-incidentally, are both releasing singles in early April. This looks like a brilliant way to fire your weekend up big time and it’s only $10 to get in.

Down at The Eastern on Friday April 21, Sonny and The Sunsets are playing their beach pop songs that have a touch of goof-ball humour. The band have featured a revolving door line-up in recent times, and for this brief visit to Australia, the band will include esteemed Melbourne locals Steph Hughes from The Boomgates and Mark Monnone from Mighty Duke & the Lords. Obviously a first class act here folks and an incredibly polished sound. I might even get along to this one and shake some action!

If you haven’t had enough jumpin’ and jiving’ come Sunday the 23rd April, you can wander down to the Ballarat Jazz Club and see the Sugarfoot Ramblers who get rolling at around 1pm and play through the afternoon until 4pm. Matty Chap’s duo are on down at Irish Murphy’s from 3pm if jazz is not your thing. Remember possibly the best chicken parmi in town is served at this venue, so tuck into one if you end up here.

Funny man Carl Barron is on his Drinking With A Fork tour and will appear at Her Majesty`s Theatre in Ballarat on April 24 & 25. Carl’s non-threatening observational style of comedy appeals to everyone and his gentle, awkward, relaxed nature will have you in stitches in no time. The other event that is creeping up on us all is the Clunes Booktown Festival which is on over the weekend of May 6-7. Pencil this in to your diary. Plenty happening. Get amongst it!

Written by Glen Anderson