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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 14th February 2017

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!



MAX SHARAM presents her breakthrough album, ‘A Million Year Girl,’ on its 21st Anniversary at The Toff in Town this coming Thursday night.

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d woken from a coma to see this ARIA-award winner headlining the stage yet again in 2017, performing ‘A Million Year Girl’ in its entirety along with some new material.

Reaching Number 8 in JJJ’s Hottest 100 in 1994, the hit song ‘Coma’ launched Sharam’s recording career after many years as a visual artist, from the humble beginnings of the country town of Beaufort in Western Victoria. After an almost 20-year hiatus from the Australian music industry, Sharam returns to rapturous fanfare in the form of 90’s nostalgia.

Melting Pot’s own Kate Finkelstein has secured the support for this show, and is one not to be missed – hence it is the top of our list for this week!

GENRE: Alternative Rock, Pop
WHEN: Thursday, 16/2 @ 7 PM
WHERE: The Toff in Town – Level 2, Curtin House –
252 Swanston St, CBD
COST: $25.80 (incl. bf) or at the door if available



//sunday// let’s dance with rrr’s chris gill

Host of RRR’s ‘Get Down,’ CHRIS GILL presents a dancefest this Sunday afternoon at the ambient and picturesque Fairfield Ampitheatre as part of the Fairfield Summer Series for 2017.

He’s invited NEIL MORRIS to open the show, followed by a Latin injection from SAN LAZARO. You’ll be given the ins-and-outs of salsa dancing by the group at BINDAAS SALSA before being funktified by Melbourne’s newest groovin’ soul group, THE DO YO THANGS to close out a memorable afternoon of boogie!

The best thing is that it’s all free, in the outdoors, and you’re encouraged to pack the picnic goodies!

GENRE: Soul, Latin
WHEN: Sunday 12/2 @ 4:30 PM
WHERE: Fairfield Ampitheatre – Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield


//saturday//  go get mum, ashbury medicine show, brett franke

Lo-fi monsters, GO GET MUM take to the stage at The Brunswick Hotel’s beer garden for a late Saturday afternoon session to get your bones rattlin’ for the night ahead.

Combining a now familiar grunge undertone with the jangly yet clean indie-rock sentiment seen from acts such as Courtney Barnett and Teeth and Tongue, Go Get Mum take this mould and shape it into their own simplistic, yet utterly dancable melodically-driven style.

They’ll be backed up by political rockers Ashbury Medicine Show and Blues/Southern rock solo machine, Brett Franke.

GENRE: Indie-Rock, Blues Rock
WHEN: Saturday 18/2 @ 5 PM
WHERE: Brunswick Hotel (Beer Garden) – Cnr. Weston St & Sydney Rd, Brunswick





//friday// the fitzroy roller jam

A disco inferno is set to light up Johnston Street this Friday night as The Foreign Brothers present The Fitzroy Roller Jam at the fabled Night Cat!

After raging successes in 2014 & 15 at Melbourne Music Week, the demand for another Roller Jam has been high on the Melbourne retro dance scene agenda, and The Foreign Brothers have been working hard to nail down the date at such an iconic venue!

BYO or hire your skates on the night and move around the legendary central stage to the sound of our tightly curated – Roller friendly – line-up featuring:

Animal Feelings (NY)
Sugar Fed Leopards
Dj Hussey

GENRE: Roller Disco
WHEN: Friday 17/2 @ 8 PM – 3 AM
WHERE: The Night Cat – 141 Johnston St, Fitzroy
COST: $20 + bf


…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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