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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 20th September 2016

September 20, 2016 by Josh Forner
Article Series: Melting Pot's Top 4

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!

olidownesOLIVER DOWNES, originally hailing from Sydney, joined the Melbourne songwriting community in 2015 and has been keeping a low profile until now. His folk-inspired pop culminates in his new album, ‘Ultraviolet,’ of which the first single, ‘Never Let Me Go’ was premiered just a few weeks back, and he now moves to the album launch this Friday at the Wesley Anne’s iconic bandroom in Northcote.

He will be joined by Laura Marling-esque songsmith, Jess Locke.

GENRE: Folk/Pop
WHEN: Friday, 23/9 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Wesley Anne – 250 High St, Northcote
COST: $15/$20


rowena_wise_smallROWENA WISE is one of Melbourne’s most celebrated singer/songwriters, an she is bringing her album launch to the stage at Collingwood’s Grace Darling Hotel this weekend. On high rotation through the RRR & PBS airwaves, Wise has an all-too-recognisable voice and playing style.

Her new, self-titled album was created in conjunction with acclaimed indie producer Nick Huggins, and this launch show also kicks off her nationwide tour, with support by Banjo Jackson and the ever-busy Anna Cordell.

GENRE: Folk, Acoustic
WHEN: Saturday 24/9 @ 8PM
WHERE: Grace Darling Hotel – 114 Smith St, Collingwood
COST: $15


stonefield-web_1_origMelbourne’s sisterly rock darlings, STONEFIELD, are back with a new 10-track album, ‘As Above, So Below,’ which they are launching this Thursday night at The Worker’s Club. In a more intimate setting, Stonefield will still be rockin’ the house with their transcendent guitar licks, incredible melodies and psychadelia influenced style.

Destrends will be joining them in support in this unique opportunity to see one of Australia’s hottest rock acts in a close-knit setting.

GENRE: Psych Rock/Garage Rock
WHEN: Thursday 22/9 @ 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Worker’s Club – Corner Brunswick & Gertrude Sts, Fitzroy
COST: $20



asrcThe IN SEARCH OF PEACE benefit highlights the ‘International Day of Peace’ is a fundraising effort for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, hosted by Bennetts Lane Jazz Club with a whole host of incredible jazz musicians on the day.

You’ll be treated to the fine artistic works of Andrea Keller; Travis Woods; Chris Vizard and Danny Fischer to name a few, with many more acts tabled for what promises to be a showstopping event, including the ASRC’s own ‘Musical Journeys Ensemble.’

All proceeds from ticket sales go towards the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

GENRE: Jazz, Charity
WHEN: Wednesday 21/9 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: Bennetts Lane Jazz Club – 25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne CBD
COST: $20/$15 (conc.)


…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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