Bendigo Au Go Go #9

Bendigo Au Go Go #9

Local roots rockers Four Lions have something special lined up for their hometown Hard Days album launch early next month.

The band’s eight-date metropolitan and regional Victorian tour will culminate in a bumper show at the Golden Vine on Saturday, June 1. In a one-night-only performance, Four Lions will be playing the Hard Days album in full, accompanied by some of the guests who lent their talents in the studio. These include pedal steel guitarist Dave Moore, singer Mariah McCarthy, and horn section Brendan Bartlett (trombone) and Harry Godfrey (saxophone), along with Midweek Blues guitarist Paul Robins.

Hard Days is the band’s fourth album, independently released on their own label Verse Chorus Verse – and they say it’s their best work yet, and the band are thrilled to have the musicians who played on the album on stage with them at the Vine.

“The time we spent, the labouring with songwriting, the value of everyone who was part of this record, their opinion and expectation of an exceptional performance, translated into this album,” frontman/chief songwriter Shann Lions says.

Heathcote singer/songwriter McCarthy will open the night with her own solo set, followed by Melbourne-based protest punk quartet The One Twos. From 8pm; $5 entry.

There are plenty of musical reasons to hit a venue near you this fortnight.

Castlemaine R+B singer/songwriter Maya Rose launches her new single See You Again at the Golden Vine on Friday, May 24. Support from Sparrow and jazz duo Strawberry Jamz. From 9pm; $5 entry.

The Flannos will be rocking out at the Golden Vine on Saturday, May 25 – so don your favourite shirt and head on down! From 9pm; free entry.

Singer and pianist Erica Hawkey joins forces with guitarist David Turpie for a night of funk, soul and blues at Rocks Underground (Rocks On Rosalind) on Friday, May 31. From 7pm; free entry; dinner packages are also available at www.opentable.com.au

Heavy-hitting local quartet Dero are supporting Melbourne-based thrash-punk trio Wolfpack at Entree Music Bar on Friday, May 31. From 8pm; free entry.

Ramble Town bring their classic rock, rockabilly and country boogie to The Golden Vine on Friday, May 31. From 9pm; $5 entry.

Written by Lynette Walker, a journalist who also manages Verse Chorus Verse. Contact: nettee136@gmail.com