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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Christmas Week 2016

December 21, 2016 by Josh Forner
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Hello and welcome to another installation of ‘Melting Pot’s Top 4’ – where we 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!

Even Christmas isn’t time to rest from your musical bones in this town – check out these spots to get your right into the Christmas spirit!

, famous for his co-writing for country/pop act Jewel in the 90’s, returns to Australia for the second time this year, touring his new album: ‘Folksinger.’

After a whirlwind of shows and festivals in March, Poltz returns playing his intimate solo shows in which he delves into the world of a songwriting contributor, relives a rampant and interesting past and most notably, delivers his songs with a keen amount of emotion and a hint of humility.

Playing for you this Christmas Eve at The Flying Saucer Club.

GENRE: Folk, Adult Contemporary
WHEN: Saturday, 24/12 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Flying Saucer Club – 4 St. Georges Rd, Elsternwick
COST: from $23 +bf


ceres_800x533-755x503CERES perform a rollicking headline show this Friday at The Evelyn Hotel.

For the 5th year running, they play their annual Christmas Show with special guests, the incredibly talented Alex Lahey and Barking Spiders.

After a huge 2016, being named in Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Aussie Albums for 2016, Ceres give their own twist on and emo & post-punk blend that is distinctly a Melbourne sound, and their energetic live show is something not to be missed.

GENRE: Punk, Alternative
WHEN: Friday, 23/12 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Evelyn Hotel – 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
COST: $20 +bf



jimi-gregshed72JIMI HOCKING is one of Melbourne’s best names in blues music and his name is hitting the bills again around town, continuing with Wednesday Blues Roulette at The Catfish on Wednesday night.

Having worked in the mid-90s for The Screaming Jets, Hocking has also forged a formidable solo career on the side, playing both his original-written songs alongside crowd-pleasing blues classics.

His skill with both acoustic and electric guitar are something to behold; so grab yourself a drink down and let yourself be blown away by Jimi Hocking at The Catfish.

GENRE: Blues, Rock
WHEN: Wednesday, 21/12 @ 8 PM
WHERE: The Catfish – 30 Gertrude St, Fitzroy



pugsley-buzzardStride, boogie, honky-tonk & blues – they’re still alive and kicking in 2016, and it’s time for you to meet one of Melbourne’s biggest kept musical secrets: PUGSLEY BUZZARD.

This larger than life character will transport you back in time to a place where the piano was the king instrument and the stage was filled with the heavy, hard-hitting sound of grown men and women wailing in a frenzy of full-blooded emotion.

Armed with a trio including drums and a sousaphone – the sounds of the blues and New Orleans jazz come to life with Pugsley Buzzard at Open Studio this Thursday night!

GENRE: Blues, Jazz
WHEN: Thursday, 22/12 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Open Studio – 204 High St, Northcote


…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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