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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 27th September 2016

September 28, 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!

arthur-penn-the-funky-ten-web_1Cure your Grand Final hangover this Sunday with a matinee show from ARTHUR PENN & THE FUNKY TEN to get you back into the groove, or perhaps, awaken you from a zombie-like state.

The name says it all, these barons of brass and senators of soul will inspire your dancefloor best with their astonishing and infectious performance that couples the swift and clever musicality echoing through the halls of The Workers Club.

Tickets will sell fast, so get in quick! (We warned you…)

GENRE: Funk, Soul
WHEN: Sunday, 2/10 @ 1 PM
WHERE: The Workers Club – Cnr. Brunswick & Gertrude Sts, Fitzroy
COST: $7/$12


frangonFRANCESCA GONZALES gives the world a glimpse of her forthcoming solo recordings with the launch of her first single, ‘Hope’ on Sunday night at The Evelyn Hotel.

After a strong band career in Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, the young and exceptionally talented Gonzales began forming the basis of a solo career in recent times, including a special performance at Melting Pot’s own Songwriters in the Round.

She brings a unique blend of sounds to form the nu-soul and pop blend that is distinctly hers.Nasty Mars and Matteo will join her on stage.

GENRE: Pop, Electronica
WHEN: Sunday 2/10 @ 8:30 PM
WHERE: Evelyn Hotel – 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy


rd_aoRICH DAVIES & AYLEEN O’HANLON, are Melbourne’s very own Americana power couple. Bringing a range of influences from country and folk styles, adopted Australian Rich Davies recounts in a powerful and energetic storytelling nature, whilst Ayleen O’Hanlon’s angelic and whispy voice reveal the bygone era of classic country stars.

Performing as a duo Thursday night at Fitzroy North’s Tramway Hotel. There aren’t a lot of details floating around for this one – but we reckon these two are in the ‘can’t be missed’ category.

GENRE: Folk, Country
WHEN: Thursday 28/9 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: Tramway Hotel – 165 Rae St, Fitzroy North


the-rechords-228x300THE RECHORDS have a long history of being one of Melbourne’s finest rockabilly exports. This tradition and reputation continues to grow as they gather plenty of steam with support slots for legendary international acts such asThe  Reverend Horton Heat throughout 2016.

The Retreat Hotel, long-time favourite venue for The Rechords, gives you a rare chance to get down and boogie to their quintessential American roots revival racket, this Grand Final Eve for nothin’!

Support by Dogsday with DJ’s spinning tunes into the late evening. This one’s for a bit of fun.

GENRE: Rockabilly, Rock ‘n’ Roll
WHEN: Friday 30/9 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: The Retreat Hotel – 280 Sydney Rd, 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.

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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