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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, April 6th, 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!

 //friday// jemma nicole/howl at the moon/brooke russell/maddy leman

Four of Melbourne’s gorgeously talented front-women will be leading the way to your heart this coming Friday night at the famed and iconic Old Bar.

JEMMA NICOLE headlines this all-star cast as her growing fandom goes from strength-to-strength. Her powerfully haunting and dark touch brings a refreshing edge to the ever-popular Americana style; HOWL AT THE MOON strikes in a similar vein whilst both BROOKE RUSSELL and MADDY LEMAN deliver some of the most body-tingling and beautiful country music voices you might ever have the pleasure of hearing.

It’s going to be a huge night tailor-made for this venue, and entry is a crisp tenner to get your long weekend off to the right start!

GENRE: Americana; Alt-Country
WHEN: Friday 9/6 @ 8 PM
WHERE: The Old Bar – 74-76 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
COST: $10 at the door


//thursday// peny bohan/faux phoenix/joni sheila

Generally found genre-jumping across many years, the impressive songwriter, PENY BOHAN returns with her new band to Northcote’s 303.

Winner of a number of songwriting awards, most recently the 2015 Roddy Reed Songwriting Contest, Bohan has delivered herself across a great variety of musical styles with near-effortless stylistic success. Jumping mainly between folk, pop, sultry soul and hints of jazz, appreciation of her songwriting craft can only be witnessed by being there at one of her shows.

For this occasion, it is her first foray into the ether with her new band, and will be supported dutifully on the night by the mysterious – yet inviting – Faux Phoenix and indie-pop sweetheart, Joni Sheila.

GENRE: Alt-Folk; Soul/Jazz
WHEN: Thursday, 8/6 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: 303 – 303 High Street, Northcote
COST: $5 at the door


// monday// rockdogs assemble

With the annual Reclink Community Cup growing ever-closer, the battle lines are being drawn this week at The Gasometer.

ROCKDOGS ASSEMBLE will feature a stunning bill of 18 acts from the musician’s side that will be running out on June 25th.

Including, but not limited to: RUBY SOHO, VICUNA COAT, A WHALE CALLED PHOENIX, TIM WOODZ, ASH NAYLOR, KATE LUCETTA and so many, many more!

Click on the info link below to find out more and be prepared for a full-on flat-out Queen’s Birthday of music!

GENRE: Gala Event
WHEN: Monday 12/6 @ 2 PM
WHERE: Gasometer Hotel – Cnr. Smith St & Alexandra Pde, Collingwood
COST: $10 at the door



//saturday// hue blanes ‘things that have been said’

Having seen what HUE BLANES can do first hand can pretty much ensure that he will be in my Top 4 picks of anything, ever. And generally in this section, too, because his music is somewhat indescribable at times, yet so pretty, so melodic and so absolutely thorough.

Blanes has been bestowed the honour of the 2017 Young Elder of Jazz Commission, and his show at this year’s Melbourne International Jazz Festival is a work inspired by speeches of the past.

But, not in a way you might have been thinking. Blanes’ ‘Things That Have Been Said‘ is an entirely instrumental interpretation, and you wouldn’t want anything getting in the way of missing this WORLD PREMIERE on Saturday, with support from Mark Newman and presented by PBS 106.7

GENRE: Jazz; Interpretational
WHEN: Saturday, 10/6 @ 6:30 PM
WHERE: The Jazzlab – 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick
COST: from $30 (see link below for more details)


…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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