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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 7th February 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!

 //WEDNESDAY// sam brittain w/meg lagrande, oliver’s army & ariela jacobs

The striking tones of Alt-Country superstar SAM BRITTAIN return to Australian shores after a whirlwind European tour over the past 6 months took him to places he never dreamed he’d see.

The Toff in Town hosts the Adelaide native’s return to the Melbourne stage, as he’ll be shadowed by a blessed troupe of support acts including the incomparable Ariela Jacobs the unique Oliver’s Army and the rising star of Irish-based violin busker Meg Lagrande who has experienced some recent viral YouTube success.

Brittain and his comrades will be sure to wrench out your heart with their strongly emotive songs, yet also cover it in a lacquer which leaves it richer as they softly return it to your body within the confines of their set.

GENRE: Alt-Country/Folk
WHEN: Wednesday 8/2 @ 8 PM
WHERE: The Toff in Town – Level 2, Curtin House –
252 Swanston St, CBD
COST: $13 (incl. bf) or at the door if available



//sunday// cathouse canary w/windari & josh forner

CATHOUSE CANARY are a name not too unfamiliar with Melting Pot fans over many years. Having performed with us back in the day of some more elaborate and loud events, they have gone on to forge a strong relationship with Melbourne’s indie rock scene, mixing hints of punk and hard rock with ambient and melodic elements brought by alternative and folk influences.

Launching their EP, ‘The Dirt and the Sky,’ they balance out the night this Sunday at Bar Open with some very different sounding creatures – with opening by solo folkster Josh Forner and the middle set from a four-piece that describes their own music as ‘wilderness jazz,’ Windari.

Entry is $5 at the door and promises to be a great nightcap for those heading home or suffering claustraphobia from St Kilda Fest.

GENRE: Indie Rock/Alternative
WHEN: Sunday 12/2 @ 8:30 PM
WHERE: Bar Open – 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
COST: $5 at the door


//FRIDAY//  Dave graney & the mistly w/victoriana gaye

The captivating return of ARIA award-winning DAVE GRANEY is set to dazzle and reap the rewards of the nostalgic 90’s on Friday night at Oakleigh’s Caravan Music Club.

Did he really ever go anywhere? Rock ‘n’ Roll is where he hides, presenting ‘Banana Lounge Broadcasting’ on RRR radio since 2009 and materalising in and out of character to perform in the meantime.

After the reformation of The Coral Snakes in 2015, Graney’s earlier work has returned to the fore, however with new set up, Dave Graney & The MistLY, recent material will also be explored and intertwined into the cavernous repertoire of Graney’s formative, ARIA-nominated years.

Support by the incredible harmonic and diverse Victoriana Gaye.

GENRE: Blues Rock/Folk Rock
WHEN: Friday 10/2 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Caravan Music Club – Oakleigh RSL – 95-97 Drummond St, Oakleigh
COST: from $23 (+bf) or $25 on the door if available





//sunday// st. kilda festival 2017

As always, a massive lineup awaits at Australia’s biggest free music festival: St. Kilda Festival!

Featuring a host of local acts and some of the biggest names you can imagine as well, there will be something for everyone on the St. Kilda waterfront this year.

From DARYL BRAITHWAITE to EMMA LOUISEPHIA to BUSY KINGDOMTINY LITTLE HOUSES to DELSINKI RECORDS & BROOKE TAYLOR; BUSY KINGDOM and so many, many more – make sure the sunscreen is lathered and your hydration plans are in order, because a day in the sun listening to these hot acts is ahead of you at this year’s FREE St. Kilda Festival on Sunday.

Or, conversely, your raincoats and umbrellas… Melboure… *shrug*

GENRE: Festival
WHEN: Sunday 12/2: 10 AM – 10 PM
WHERE: St Kilda Waterfront Precinct


…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.

Author Details

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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