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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 11th April, 2017

April 12, 2017 by Josh Forner
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Hello and welcome back to another installation of ‘Melting Pot’s Top 4’ – thanks so much for sticking with us as we continue to bring you the 4 absolute must-see gigs in Melbourne this coming week.

We’re scouring deep and hard to find you the cream of the crop that live music in this town has to offer!

 //saturday// zoe k ‘it’s just what i like’ album launch

One of the most remarkable voices you will ever have the privilege to hear is Melbourne-based ZOE K. This sometimes saltry yet sublime singer brings material full of deep soul, mesmerising jazz and breathtaking blues.

Her album, ‘It’s Just What I Like,’ has been much anticipated within the Melbourne soul scene and she descends upon one of Melbourne’s finest stages, The Spotted Mallard, this Easter Saturday to do so.

Featuring a star-studded cast of collaborators from a project that has transcended oceans, with the recording process shared between Melbourne and New Orleans, the R&B and soul sounds you hear will be as authentic as the day is long. Loretta Miller opens the show in what will be your last chance to see Zoe K before her return to New Orleans to continue work on further collabs.

GENRE: Soul; Traditional R&B
WHEN: Saturday, 15/4 @ 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Spotted Mallard – 314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
COST: $16.90 (incl. BF) or at the door if available



//wednesday// the mountain goats + oh pep!

American folk/rock champions, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS return to Australian shores for a national tour, following the release of their daring concept album, ‘Beat the Champ,’ and ahead of their next concept album, ‘Goth,’ coming to shops in mid May,

Their lo-fi, indie-folk sound has become somewhat of a signature, and you can expect more of the same signature sounds from the Mountain Goats on this upcoming tour. They stop by The Corner Hotel on Wednesday night with our very good friends Oh Pep! playing support.

Tickets for this one are selling fast so get in as soon as you can!

GENRE: Folk Rock; Indie Folk
WHEN: Wednesday, 12/4 @ 8 PM
WHERE: The Corner Hotel – Corner Swan & Stewart Sts, Richmond
COST: $53.46 (incl. BF) or at the door if available


//thursday// jacob diamond + james teague

Little known West Australian singer/songwriter, JACOB DIAMOND, brings his Alt-Folk power show to Melbourne. He has been making waves since returning to his folk routes in 2015 and winning various awards across his home state and taking his creative and deep songs through festivals across the nation.

He lands upon the Wesley Anne with another poetic and wonderfully thorough songsmith in James Teague, this is one show you absolutely must have on your list for this week – we insist!

GENRE: Folk; Singer/Songwriter
WHEN: Thursday, 13/4 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Wesley Anne (Band Room) – 250 High St, Northcote
COST: $8 on the door




//friday// ROCKWIZ live! another really, really good friday

The team from ROCKWIZ are back and at it again! After a sold-out show on Good Friday last year, Julia, Brian and Duglad return to Hamer Hall for a night of laughs, legends and maybe even a little bit of learning!

Guests for the night include Kate Cebrano, Billy Bragg, Mick Thomas, Kylie Auldist, Hailey Cramer and comedians David O’Doherty and Anne Edmonds.

You can expect all the usual RockWiz fare with a bit more flair, as it all goes down LIVE right in front of you. Treat yourself this Good Friday, and make it a Really, Really Good Friday!

GENRE: Variety Night; Gala
WHEN: Friday, 14/4 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Hamer Hall – Arts Centre – St. Kilda Rd, Melbourne CBD
COST: From $30 – check link for more details


…and that’s a wrap for this week’s gig guide from us here at Melting Pot! Keep your eyes peeled for more news and gig guide updates weekly. We’re looking forward to bringing you next week’s MELTING POT TOP 4.

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.

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Josh Forner

Josh Forner is a folk/pop songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA. Forner was born in Melbourne on July 2 1988, and spent the first 18 months of his life there before moving with his parents to the town of Reston in Virginia, USA. At the age of 3, Forner and his mother returned to Melbourne, where he has stayed ever since.

Josh sings of love, primarily (wow, what a shock right?), but also on his list of ‘hot topics’ are politics, famine, poverty and - of course – landscapes: the folk writer’s favourite.

He’s played with some of Melbourne’s stalwarts including Timothy Cannon, Bridget Pross, Mr Brady, Pro Rata, Gabriel Lynch & Kyle Taylor, and has contributed two of his tracks to non-profit compilation CDs in the past.

Josh’s repertoire continues to grow. He released his first album, a 10-track LP entitled ‘Leading to Nowhere’ at The Workers Club on May 28th, 2013. Forner has since returned to the studio to begin work on a 5-track solo EP to be released by the end of 2013. Following that, he has plans for album number two in 2014.

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