Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, April 18th, 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!
//SATURDAY// amarillo + james kenyon + mick daley
World Record Store Day is upon us again and that has given AMARILLO and JAMES KENYON the perfect opportunity to do yet another co-headline, co-release show as they did with their 2016 album launches.
This time, it’s single launches on the table for both artists – among the most captivating of Australia’s emerging songwriting talent.
Amarillo draws on Nick O’Mara’s time in Alt-Folk powerhouse Raised by Eagles, and Jac Tonks’ influence of jangly pop, eventually showcasing a subtle yet accessible Americana crossover vibe.
James Kenyon’s folk/blues hybrid sound has him shortlisted for the Vanda & Young song contest as well as winning a The Age Music Award, and touring with some mighty fine names like Jordie Lane, Marlon Williams and Liz Stringer. A star that continues to rise and one that we have always followed very closely.
Joined on the night by NSW-native Mick Daley.
GENRE: Folk; Blues
WHEN: Saturday, 22/4 @ 8PM
WHERE: Bella Union – Level 1, Trades Hall
Cnr Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton
COST: $15 (+bf) or $20 at the door (if available)
//WEDNESDAY// henry wagons + ruby boots + jonny fritz
The Sweet Creeps & Outlaws East Coast tour rolls into town this Wednesday as HENRY WAGONS, RUBY BOOTS & JONNY FRITZ bring their 5-date show to Melbourne’s Spotted Mallard.
Most of these artists would need no introduction, being Kings & Queens of Australia’s ever-growing Americana scene.
Henry Wagons has received critical acclaim and steady airplay since the release of his first solo LP in early 2016 and continues to host ‘Tower of Song,’ a weekly roots program on Double J, whilst Jonny Fritz is a US native returning to Australia for the first time in a number of years, playing his alt-country hits and new gems. Ruby Boots is finally homeward bound after a successful year travelling around America and releasing new material.
GENRE: Alt-Country; Americana
WHEN: Wednesday, 19/4 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Spotted Mallard – 314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
COST: from $42.00 (incl. bf)
//monday// skyscraper stan + baby blue + low talk
In a true ANZAC eve sentiment, The Curtin presents ‘Over the Ditch:’ a spectacle showcasing three bands who hold members from both sides of the Tasman – Australia and New Zealand; Down Under and Aotearoa; The Land of drought & flooding rains and The Land of the long white cloud; The… ok we probably get the point by now.
SKYSCRAPER STAN & THE COMMISSION FLATS headline this rockin’ and rollickin’ show, bringing their rare modern take on troubadour Rock ‘n’ Roll. At the staggering heigh of 6’6, you’ll keenly remember ‘Skyscraper’ Stan Woodhouse for his stage presence, but also his beautifully crafted and written tunes.
Retro queen Rhea Caldwell continues cutting a deep path through the rock scene with Baby Blue while the laid-back nonchalance of Low Talk provides a perfect opening to a celebration of stealing everything good from New Zealand since the dawn of time.
GENRE: Retro Rock; Pop
WHEN: Monday 24/4 (ANZAC DAY EVE) @ 8PM
WHERE: The Curtin (Band Room) – 29 Lygon St, Carlton
COST: $11.50 (incl. bf) or at the door (if available)
WHAT ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT…?
//thursday// the writers’ block at the lomond hotel
‘A Gigful of Great Songs’ is the catch cry of The Lomond Hotel’s monthly event, The Writers’ Block, which embraces the ’round’ format and gives it a little bit of a twist.
The performers on the night are subject to performing original songs based around a predetermined theme. This month, Flora & Fauna gets the nod, and the lucky acts scrambling to find old scribbles of songs are: SNEZ, LITTLE WISE, CIARAN BOYLE, FRANK JONES, SARAH CARROLL and DAVE WAYMAN.
It’s a free entry gig and a different way to enjoy some original tunes from Melbourne’s plentiful underground of unique songwriters.
GENRE: Singer/Songwriter; Acoustic
WHEN: Thursday, 20/4 @ 8PM
WHERE: Lomond Hotel – Cnr. Blyth & Nicholson Sts, East Brunswick
…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.
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