Grown and Sexy
Friday 2nd May 2014
Rise Nightclub, 1 Leicester square, London, WC2H 7NA, United Kingdom
This is a personal invitation for YOU to come have a drink and shake a leg at London's FINEST nightclub. GROWN and SEXY is more than a rave! It is a gathering of London's SEXIEST people who love to party to GREAT music, sip QUALITY alcohol and experience UNFORGETTABLE vibes. Party connoisseurs see you there!

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Your DJs giving you a GROWN and SEXY vibe playing the best in; Sexy RandB, Hip-Hop, House, Dancehall, Vocal Garage, Afrobeats, Soca, 80/90s Walkman Classics and Slow Jams will be


ADMISSION and DRESS CODEStandard tickets £10: More on the door: Valid government I.D essential: Last entry 2am with or without ticket

Absolutely no Denim, Hats, Hoods, Sportswear, Designer Trainers, Pradas, Guccis, Vans, Converse

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It's said we have the best party packages in London so if you're celebrating anything between the 27th April, 10th May then look no further!

Celebrate in STYLE with our exclusive packages which include? V.I.P Table: Booth: Personalised Cake: Champagne: Wine: Spirits: Nibbles: Sweets: Chocolates: Professional Photography: Disposable Cameras: Personal Hosts: Helium: Balloons: Decorations: Card: Poppers: Sparklers

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Wild Life
Saturday 3rd May 2014
Queen Of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London
On the ground floor expect pure party jams from the likes of: Biggie, Prince, Michael Jackson, M.I.A., Salt N Pepa, Fleetwood Mac, Metronomy, SBTRKT, Azealia Banks, LCD Soundsystem, Jay Z and much more! In the basement things get a little darker: house, disco, electro, techno past, present and future. Plus themed events, giveaways, photobooth, disco balls, visuals, party poppers, lasers, babes and ballers!


Temwa Presents Monsterpiece at Big Chill Bar Brist
Saturday 12th April 2014
Big Chill Bar, 15 Small Street, Bristol, United Kingdo
Two floors of Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Rare-Groove and Disco featuring ?

Bedmo DiscoThe Disco TwoBashmoneyPlus many more special guests.

£3 suggested donation on the door 100% of the profits from the night will go towards Temwas community development projects in northern Maiawi.


Book Slam
Thursday 24th April 2014
Book Slam returns once again to The Tabernacle, with a stellar line-up of musicians and literati for a fantastic night of entertainment.

Guests include one of our founders, his Lordship Ben Watt of Notting Hill (prince of pitch perfect pop, doyen of the DJ, maestro of the memoir and the dude from Everything But The Girl) to read from his brilliant new book, ?Romany And Tom?.

Joining Ben Watt are London?s most gifted young artists in the form of the exquisite musical talent that is Anoushka Lucas and Will Burns, recently announced as one of the Faber New Poets for 2014.

Doors open at 6:30 for a 7:30 start. There will also be good food available and signed books for purchase.

About the Performers:
One half of Everything But The Girl, English musician and writer, Ben Watt, has set up independent record labels Buzzin? Fly and Strange Feeling Records, is the co-founder of West London nightclubs Neighbourhood and Cherry Jam, published his autobiographical memoir in 1996 and recently set up imprint and production company, Unmade Road.

Anoushka LucasHailing from Hammersmith, jazz, pop singer-songwriter Anoushka Lucas has released a self-titled EP featuring 5 original tracks and a second EP in 2011 and has seen her career soar after winning a slot at the Love Supreme Festival 2013

Poet-In-Residence at Caught By The River and Festival No.6, Will Burns? poetry has graced the likes of Structo Magazine, South Bank Poetry, Illustrated Ape and the Independent Online and been read live at Glastonbury, Port Eliot, End of the Road and many more.

About Book Slam:
Book Slam is the UK?s best known, best attended, best dressed and, frankly, best regular literary event (?The daddy of London book clubs? ? Time Out).


Hits From The Pong
Saturday 5th April 2014
Bounce, 121 Holborn, London, London
17 ping pong tables, UV light, a fully licensed cocktail bar and smashing tunes right through the night. Hits From The Pong delivers an eclectic mix of sounds and stunning visuals. No where in London will you have a night out with this much fun.

What's more? It's free! Bounce always reserves a few walk-in tables, so if you fancy having a game and a boogie, join us every Saturday for the funkiest night in town.



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Rock/Britpop Review: Elbow-The Take Off and Landing of Everything


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Write A Music Review: Rock/Britpop Review: Elbow-The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Music Reviews & News Release Date: March 11, 2014 Label: Concord Website Elbow is another case of a band that is extremely well known in the UK, but is relatively unknown in the US. The band has released six studio albums dating back to 2001, all of which have been in the top 15 on British album charts. In 2008 they won the Mercury Prize for The Se...

Jazzgroove presents ......8pm&l
29th May 2014
Foundry616 Jazz Club, 616 Harris Street Sydney NSW 2007
the likes of John Zorn and Sonic Youth, have shaped a remarkable career. This quartet explores new forms within a contemporary jazz context. Following Jazz‚€™s groundbreaking and lively history they stride out in bold new directions. Elements of Fuhler‚€™s experience

Making her Foundry616 debut is the stunning vocalist†Evelyn Duprai. Australian born of African heritage, Evelyn is renowned for her versatility, flowing in and out of musical genres with effortless ease. As a testament to this ability, Evelyn has toured with rock band Silverchair, electro-pop artist, Paul Mac, iconic jazz legend, James Morrison as well as funkster Larry Braggs of acclaimed ‚€˜Tower Of Power‚€™.†

And now Evelyn Duprai has come into her own!

With a sensational band comprising Gerard Masters (piano/MD),†David Holmes (guitar),†Brett Hirst (double bass), Peter Drummond (drums) and Mare (violin), brace yourself for a tantalising musical feast as Evelyn Duprai delivers her luscious tone with the captivating, passion, style and class she has become so well known for!

In collaboration with Gerard Masters, Evelyn has created some stunning arrangements of jazz classics covering artists such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and even Edith Piaf, together with a sprinkling of original compositions that subtly fuse her African heritage together with that recognisable old school jazz diva style often attributed to the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Thursday May 29th 2014 will definitely be a night to remember as Evelyn Duprai brings her style and her sound to FOUNDRY 616!

Sharing the evening with Evelyn Duprai will be Sydney based vocalist and saxophonist ‚€“ Nic Jeffries. Nic is admired the world over by both audiences and musicians alike for his big, warm vocal tone which is often described as being just ‚€˜like chocolate‚€™. He‚€™s worked with some of the greats in the Australian and international music scene, and is himself greatly respected and admired as one of the finest band-leaders in Australia. With a voice influenced by greats such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and James Taylor he has an ability to interpret and create music that is both soulful and emotional. Nic will be accompanied by Marcello Maio a musician & composer who has become somewhat of an underground celebrity in the Sydney music scene. Marcello is accomplished in piano, piano-accordion, keyboards as well as flute, and often can‚€™t be categorised as he slips from Jazz to more Brazilian and other Latin influenced music with astonishing confidence and facility.

With Nic Jeffries and Marcello Maio kicking off the night, expect spontaneity, expect excitement, expect ANYTHING as one of Australia‚€™s finest voices combines with the soul, beauty and musicality of one of the most exciting musicians you‚€™re likely to hear anywhere!

Be one of the first 40 people to book tickets online for this night exquisite entertainment and receive a free complimentary drink to the value of $8.00.†

There‚€™ll also be an opportunity for everyone who attends on the night to win an exclusive group wine tasting experience courtesy of Peiroth Wines!†

√Ę€˜WALK ON THE WiLDSIDE√Ę€™: The music of Lou Reed, Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop,feat
14th June 2014
Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road Marrickville NSW 2204

Variously described as Garage Cabaret, Gypsy Punk, and Gangster Jazz, Waiting for Guinness has been playing the Sydney pub/club scene for years. They may be one of the best dressed too. The band features up to seven pieces including banjo, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, accordion, guitaron (Mexican bass), flute, guitars and drums.

In the tradition of artists such as Tom Waits, Calexico and The Pogues, Waiting for Guinness take their nourishment from ‚€˜old music‚€™ and hot-wire the styles of Berlin Cabaret, Mariachi, Vaudeville, Spaghetti Western and Swing-Jazz into their own surreal vision.

In concert, Waiting for Guinness‚€™ spontaneous and anarchic performances are truly engaging. The theatrical element is as strong as ever, harking back to their busking origins. A fan once said ‚€œWFG make old music sound new somehow,‚€ and they may have a point. The band are not traditionalists trying to re-create the past, but write contemporary and original music influenced by the styles they love.†

Tix are $20 +bf presale and $25 on the door.

Doors ‚€“ 7.30pm, show 9.00pm

Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only ‚€“ email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked‚€¶

Delicious food (including pizza!) available.

Fully licensed ‚€“ NO BYO

Please book carefully - as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!

All ages welcome (but under 18‚€≤s must be accompanied by an adult)

Jazzgroove presents 8.00pm Grey Wing Trio
6th May 2014
Foundry616 Jazz Club, 616 Harris Street Sydney NSW 2007

Jazzgroove presents ......

8.00pm -†Ben Panucci Trio

The Ben Panucci Trio comprise of three of Sydney‚€™s most talented and versatile musicians who together blend and stretch around their own colourful and dramatic original music, making for inspiring and entertaining listening. Ben‚€™s music reaches into the depths of the Jazz and Blues tradition whilst also bringing it forward into an open space where anything could happen. Influences include Lester Young, Bill Frisell, John Lee Hooker and The Dirty Three.

Ben Panucci (guitar)

Alex Boneham (bass)

James Waples (drums)

9.30pm -†Matt McMahon Trio

‚€œ...waves of invention pick you up and transport you with their ardour and grace but all the while you‚€™re aware of a keen intelligence that knew what it wanted in advance ‚€¶ the music is as good as any current piano-trio jazz‚€†- John Shand SMH

Long-time Jazzgroove stalwart and Australian Jazz superstar, Matt McMahon and his trio have been together for seventeen years performing all over Australia and the world. Matt‚€™s compositions reflect a broad interest in music from many sources ‚€“ Jazz, Irish traditional, classical and pop, and the trio‚€™s performances focus on combining these influences into a personal brew.

Matt McMahon (piano)

Jonathan Brown (bass)

Simon Barker (drums)

What is Jazzgroove?

Jazzgroove is a not for profit organisation presenting high-quality original and improvised music from various jazz related cannons. Our focus is on musicians who are in the early stages of forming a national and international career. Jazzgroove's purpose is to nurture upcoming musicians by allowing a platform and performance opportunity to an established audience through our weekly Tuesday double bill events, marketing/ promotion support while also providing a dialogue and mentorship between past Jazzgroove performers and more experienced musicians.

Jazzgroove at Foundry616

Rising Stars + Targeted Performer Series

ZACH! Singer-songwriter performing or iginals and soulful uplifting acoustic pop!
The Blue Rock Cafe, 5827 Darrow Road (Route 91)
Learn more about ZACH www.zachmusic.net www.facebook.com/zachm usic   Music is why I'm here. Music and Peace. And Love. A near-death bout of appendicitis brought me to the path of music when I was 16, and I hav en't looked back since. As soon as that wood and steel was in my hands, I began writing songs, and within three months, I had a number of regular gigs at coffeehouses all over Northeast Ohio. After attending a Jewel con cert, I decided music was what I wanted to do forever. Music is who I am. By the time my second CD came out in 2000, I was performing 100+ shows a year, and I had begun touring around the region. In most places I played , I found myself the youngest one in the room, especially in the venues I wasn't even legally allowed into. When my 21st birthday rolled around, my 3rd CD was coming out, and I had jumped up to 200 shows a year. As 201 1 clicks in, I just released my 10th official CD and tour coast- to-coast . In fact, my van (The Buffalo) and I are on the move someplace in the co untry more often than not. Nothing makes me happier than writing songs and singing them for people. Everything from house concerts to amphitheaters to charities to cafes to theaters are on my touring schedule.   The last f ew years, I have been in the midst of a spiritual and personal quest that lead me to the works of Gandhi, Tolstoy, and in turn, Martin Luther Ki ng. A new door opened inside me as I read about the work for nonviolence w ithin and without. With a friend, I created the Akron Peace Project to sp read nonviolence in the self, the home, and the community. It has made l eaps and bounds in its short existence. Coupled with my Love Initiative mo vement, my music which is naturally very hopeful and optimistic has been able to lend its voice to the power we all have to change ourselves and th e world. Blue Rock Cafe Click here to see us on Facebook! Click here to se e our full music schedule at www.BlueRockCafe.com 5827 Darrow Road (Route  91) Hudson, OH  44236 (between Zeppe's & Brubaker's) www.BlueRockCafe.com   330.650.2222

Damian Lazarus
16th May 2014
Monarch, 101 Sixth St., San Francisco
Since the moment he spun his first record, Damian Lazarus's mission has been a clear and urgent one: to blow away the mediocre, the overinflated, the obsolete; to seek out and celebrate the energetic, the important, the new. Always rebelling, always going places, "?and to have fun in the process. Playing around with different styles and ideas is what I do best," Lazarus explains. Driven by an almost childlike curiosity, a vivid imagination and wicked sense of humor, he's used his role as a DJ, label owner and now musician to nurture and share the most exciting and experimental music on the planet. Drawn to the darkness, but buoyed by the light, ever ready to embrace new ideas and different perspectives on music and the dancefloor, Lazarus is always ahead of the curve, with a wry smile on his face and a neat trick up his sleeve, How many DJs do you know who've played 'Reviewing The Situation (from the Oliver! soundtrack, no less) half-speed to a jubilant crowd at DC10 in Ibiza. How many DJs do you know who've received a sitting ovation on the dancefloor? Lazarus was born in London, where he lived until last year, when he relocated to Los Angeles. During childhood, Damian was naturally drawn to classic pop music, and inherited from his grandfather an affection for showtunes which continues to exert itself in the strangest of ways. He spent his teens immersing himself in the sounds of hip-hop, electro, soul and funk, before discovering house, hardcore and jungle at university - sparking a love of twisted, innovative dance music which endures to this day. After working as Music Editor then Assistant Editor at Dazed & Confused, Lazarus joined London Records and in 2001 became head A&R of the City Rockers label. Here he helped sign and release some of the biggest tunes of the era, including Felix Da Housecat's 'Silver Screen Shower Scene' and Tiga & Zyntherius's 'Sunglasses at Night'; his Futurism and Futurism 2 compilations remain the definitive documents of electroclash, not only providing a snapshot of the underground at that crucial moment in time, but mapping its future too. Damian received a major Djing break in 2002 when he was invited to spin at Barcelona's Sonar Festival and by 2003 he had residencies at some of the best club spaces in the world. His tenure at Circo Loco (DC10 Ibiza) has become the stuff of legend and found him consistently breaking boundaries of sound and stamina, freaking out the dancefloor and taking those on it to places they never knew existed, and may never get to again. "I thought a lot about these dj sets when pre-producing the album; especially the idea of placing off and strange melodies within a 4/4 dance music structure. It's amazing what you can achieve when you're into weird stuff", he says. Inspired by the new energy and possibilities in international club culture and music, Lazarus founded Crosstown Rebels in 2003, the label's records offering all kinds of unique and twisted angles on cutting edge electronic music. Recent releases on Rebels from Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler and Riz MC have found the label consistently breaking new ground and the new imprints CDR (a digital only label) and Parkside Rebels (a more leftfield pop label) are set to change the rules once again. A year ago, Damian began Lazpod (http://www.lazpod.com), a monthly excursion into weird and wonderful sound, a radio show that draws influences and inspirations from all corners of the musical spectrum and is delivered in a fun and laid back style. With many thousands of fans across the globe, Damian uses the show to let listeners in a little closer to his experimental and eclectic tastes. "Lazpod is a great entry point for new listeners to my music", he says, "and has been setting off warning signals of what might be coming on my album for some time". A number of popular and critically acclaimed mix CDs have appeared in the last five years, charting Damian's personal development as DJ, listener and supporter of new artists: Rebel Futurism (2004), Rebel Futurism (2005), Bugged out presents Suck My Deck (2005), Get Lost (with Matthew Styles, 2006), The Other Side (2006) and Sci:Fi:Lo:Fi 2: Night of The Dark Machines (2008). Damian's hotly anticipated debut artist album, Smoke The Monster Out, is another expectation-confounding gesture from this restless musical mind. Released via Get Physical, the album boldly steps outside the realm of what one might hear in a Lazarus DJ set. Featuring his own vocals and riding a vast plain of influences - Neil Diamond to Photek, Bjork to Jeff Buckley - Lazarus demonstrates his keen ear and meticulous attention to detail in a collection of heartfelt, grievously honed tracks delivered straight from the soul. It's a sensitive record, a bold record and above all a celebratory record - one which revels in the pure pleasure, healing quality and dream-potential of music. "It took me a while to start producing", he says "but once the juices started to flow I knew immediately that this was to be the best musical project I ever created". A groundbreaking live set to accompany the album has been built from scratch, enhancing different elements and including new club versions of the more introspective album material. Featuring decks, effects (no laptops) and a live visual show, this club tour will debut at the legendary SXSW festival in March 2009, continuing onto Miami WMC with a DJ session at his own Crosstown Rebels party at Electric Pickle, and culminating in a live set for Get Physical's event at the Winter Music Conference. A subsequent live tour featuring onstage collaborations with producers Luke Solomon, Arthur Jeffes and vocalists Taxi Taxi is being developed for later in the year. Damian Lazarus is a believer in giving people something exciting, unusual and idiosyncratic. He lives life to the limit, always rebelling, always moving forward: that's Damian Lazarus.


A Taste of Hudson favorite!CONTRABANDGREAT MOTOWN, ROCK & MORE!Featuring Gwen Mainelis & Bennie Jackson on voc
The Blue Rock Cafe, 5827 Darrow Road (Route 91)
LIKE ContraBAND on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theContraBANDba nd More on the ContraBAND at www.theContraBAND.com ContraBAND plays Motown , R&B, Rock, Funk, and Pop - Come out and Get Caught Having Fun with C ontraBAND!! Members include Dan Rose, Dan Watkins, Caylee Watkins, Bria n Adams, Jim Dzurilla, Greg Boehnlein, Benni Jackson, Gwen Mainelis Bl ue Rock Cafe Click here to see us on Facebook! Click here to see our full music schedule at www.BlueRockCafe.com 5827 Darrow Road (Route 91) Hudson , OH  44236 (between Zeppe's & Brubaker's) www.BlueRockCafe.com   330.650. 2222

√Ę€˜WALK ON THE WiLDSIDE√Ę€™: The music of Lou Reed, Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop,feat
28th June 2014
Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road Marrickville NSW 2204
CAMELOT LOUNGE - Marrickville - Saturday 28-Jun-2014 7:30 PM

"In a world where music is diluted by money and plasticine, give thanks that Jeff Lang is out there... He paints pictures in sound.‚€ Beat Magazine

Australian-based musician Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuosic guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly unique live performer. With a back catalogue of 14 studio albums, Jeff has been featured at major festivals, pubs, clubs, arts centres and venues internationally for the past decade. Blending rock, roots, folk, blues, ballads, instrumentals, improvisation and a devastatingly high level of musicality, Jeff Lang is a singularly unique performer in our world.

Jeff Lang‚€™s newest record, ‚€œI Live A lot In My Head These Days‚€ will be released in Australia via ABC/Universal on May 16th 2014.

Throughout his career, Jeff has been showered with achievements and awards - the most outstanding would be his seven ARIA award nominations, as well as his three wins in 2002, 2010 and 2012.

His last album, ‚€œCarried In Mind‚€ (ABC/UNIVERSAL) won the 2012 Aria award for ‚€œBest Blues & Roots‚€, was awarded ‚€œAlbum of The Year‚€ by Australia‚€™s roots music bible, Rhythms and won the ‚€˜National Folk Recording Award‚€™ presented by Australia‚€™s National Film and Sound Archives. Always one to experiment with genres and instrumentation, Jeff‚€™s world music project Djan Djan won the 2010 ARIA for ‚€œBest World Release‚€.

With his music released in China, Europe, USA and Japan, Jeff has toured the globe for years playing the world‚€™s major festivals, clubs, venues and major performing arts centres. He‚€™s repeatedly graced the many stages of Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan, China, India, Reunion Island and many countries in Europe.

Over the years, Lang has built up a devoted, almost cult-like following with his live performances. Working without a set list and allowing the unique energy of each night to shape the songs, Lang‚€™s live shows have become much talked about, always taking the audience along for the ride, has seen word of mouth bloom into a successful career.

It‚€™s been widely acknowledged that Jeff Lang is an extraordinarily individual musician. What enhances his unique nature is his steadfast adherence to a prolific and diverse musical palette and output. A songwriter, a collaborator, a guitar virtuoso and a stunning lyricist, Jeff Lang crafts songs as novellas - rich with depth and vision, yet with an open breathe for individual interpretation.


And the media says‚€¶

‚€œJeff Lang is one of those people who has music dripping from his fingers.‚€

Courier Mail, Australia

"He explores sonorities as eclectic as they are stunning...Lang's only reference point is himself, a unique singer-songwriter-guitarist who follows his own path." Le Soleil, Quebec

‚€œJeff Lang is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure, a truly gifted songwriter and an outstanding guitarist. He has been inspiration to countless Australian and internationally renowned roots artists and surely has a place in history as one of this generation‚€™s finest.

He has really touched me and musically, I had a kind of revelation‚€¶‚€
John Butler, John Butler Trio

‚€œWe‚€™re treated to moody atmospheric textures, ripping electric lap-steel riffs, delicate acoustic picking, trippy backwards leads, oddball percussion, throbbing tremolo, and unconventional lyrics ‚€“ all of which Lang blends like some crazed sonic alchemist. ‚€œ

Andy Ellis, Guitar Player Magazine, USA

CD RELEASE PARTY with MICHAEL McFARLAN Dwriter-rocker-biker-geekwith special guestKEVIN CONAWAYMichael is on tour from
17th May 2014
The Blue Rock Cafe, 5827 Darrow Road (Route 91)
Friend Michael on Facebookk at https//www.facebook.com/Michael McFMusic More info on Kevin at http://michaelmcfarlandmusic.com/Listen to and 'LIKE' Kevin on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KevinConawayMusic More info at http://www.reverbnation.com/kevinconaway Blending 90s altern ative rock, modern acoustic pop, and elemental rhythmic grooves, Michae l McFarland‚€™s EP A Failed Breakup showcases the Asheville, North Carolina singer/songwriter‚€™s range. McFarland assembles a tightly crafted song cyc le relating the tale of how his attempts to end a romantic relationship we ren‚€™t meant to be. A Failed Breakup captures the essence of McFarland‚€™s st ripped-down live acoustic performances while delivering a polished studio recording. Intimate lyrical word pictures are layered on top of irrepressi ble melodic hooks, delivered with rock & roll fervor, to relate how McFa rland discovered that some stories aren‚€™t meant to end. Kevin Conaway is a daydreaming office worker with witty songs and catchy hooks, a music arr anger, songwriter, and multi media composer. A self professed daydreamer , joker, and Clevelander with a beard, Kevin uses his honesty, passion and his influences to create an array of melodic, textured compositions with catchy hooks. Kevin Conaway delivers individualized media composition , arranging and scoring for TV, Film, Radio and any other media format. MICHAEL McFARLAND writer, rocker, biker, geek Blue Rock Cafe Click her e to see us on Facebook! Click here to see our full music schedule at www. BlueRockCafe.com 5827 Darrow Road (Route¬†91) Hudson,¬†OH¬†¬†44236 (between Z eppe's & Brubaker's) www.BlueRockCafe.com ¬† 330.650.2222

Gizmo at The New Parish, Thu, May 1 9:00p
1st May 2014
The New Parish, 579 18th St.,
Most musicians wait a lifetime to share stages with their musical heroes. Hoping to accomplish such a feat while still racking up college credits would be considered nothing more than a pipe dream. But having performed with such esteemed artists as Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, and Victor Wooten as well as serving as music director for such acclaimed artists as Bilal and Lalah Hathaway, it's safe to say that 21-year-old bassist Kenneth "Gizmo" Rodgers has been living that dream for quite some time now. With a wealth of experience that belies his years touting a vast array of musical influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, Latin, and hip-hop, Gizmo is set to unveil his debut sonic masterpiece Red Balloon. Produced by bassist Derrick Hodge (Robert Glasper Experiment, Kanye West, Common) with glints of spoken word and soul, Red Balloon is a wondrous 13-track odyssey through the multi-faceted human experience. "When you see a little kid let a balloon go at a carnival, everybody kind of looks up at it as it floats away," explains Gizmo of the project's captivating central theme. "The balloon seems to float around, trying to find its way. I feel like that's how most people are. We're all trying to figure out who we are, what we want to do, and what we stand for. All striving to be special, loved, or valued in some kind of way. And everybody's kind of watching you as you float around this life. But if the pressure gets too high, it pops at some point." A labor of love recorded over the course of three years in Boston between gigs and classes at Berklee College of Music, the deeply personal album features an impressive cast of thousands including Casey Benjamin of the Robert Glasper Experiment, accomplished pianist/ Berklee professor George Russell, Jr, Downbeat magazine Rising Star drummer Jamire Williams and more. Reared in Philadelphia in a household brimming with the influences of his Puerto Rican and African-American heritage, Gizmo was introduced to the sounds of salsa and soul at an early age. Though his spectacular bass facility evokes the promise and the prowess of legends such as Jaco Pastorious and Stanley Clarke, the instrument was actually the Philadelphia native's second choice. "When I was in elementary, I wanted to play drums," says Gizmo. "But they said I had big hands, so I started playing bass. I just went from there." Yet it wasn't until being accepted into the highly competitive statewide Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts program at the age of 16 that Gizmo began to seriously contemplate music as a fulfilling career. Instructed by professors from Berklee and Julliard at the 5-week program, Gizmo was inspired to hone his talent and stretch out in the fertile musical environment. "I had five weeks where I practiced, played, and did music everyday. I was studying seriously. Compared to my peers, I always felt like I was behind because I started late. So I worked extra hard to get where I needed to be. From that point, all I did was play in jazz groups and hip-hop cover groups in Philly." While at the program, Gizmo was instructed by pianists Russell and George Burton (Ornette Coleman, Christian McBride, and Wayne Shorter). Burton recommended that the young jazz hopeful get in touch with his close friend Hodge for further tutorship. The two hit it off immediately. "I went over to Derrick's house for a lesson and was there for like three hours. We just had a really good connection. He's been like a big brother to me since that point." While his iPod playlist consisted of the illustrious catalog of jazz giants such as Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, he was also introduced to the music of recording artist and fellow bassist Meshell Ndegeocello during this formative period. "That blew my mind. Her music helped me to start paying attention to lyrics. On a deeper level, her music helped me to be a more open human being. It helped to break down the stigmas that I had in my mind in terms of what type of music you're supposed to play if you're black." After a semester spent in the jazz program at the University of Miami, Gizmo set sail for the more expansive halls of higher learning at the Berklee College of Music. During his first semester at Berklee, Gizmo developed a rapport with Ndegeocello who came to the school for a musician's clinic. The two solidified a friendship while performing at a subsequent concert in Los Angeles with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble. By his second semester, Gizmo had assumed the role of music director of Berklee's Neo Soul Ensemble, began gigging across the globe as a music director, and became an in-demand musician at venues such as the world famous Blue Note. During his travels, he performed and developed bonds with such accomplished musicians as Benjamin, Marcus Strickland, Dana Hawkins, and Marc De Clive-Lowe. In addition, Gizmo managed to secure endorsements from an impressive list of bass equipment and accessories companies such as Aguilar Amplifications, Mono Case, Dean Markely Strings, and Levy Leathers. By the end of his first year at Berklee, Gizmo had broadened both his resume and his musical horizons exponentially. "Everything started picking up," he says. "It became more than just about playing bass at that point. It was about learning how to write parts for horns, strings, and harmonies for background vocals." As music director for the Neo Soul Ensemble, he'd successfully music directed shows by Bilal and Lalah Hathaway. Being surrounded by such an awe-inspiring group of successful artists and musicians, Gizmo was inspired to begin putting his experience and education to use by sketching out sonic ideas of his own. Three years and countless ideas later, Red Balloon is the grand result. "When I first started, it wasn't about me making a record. I was just recording stuff. I was just trying to write music for myself." Beginning his journey with the funky spoken word-influenced "Sleepblah," Gizmo eventually amassed an impressive collection of tunes culled from demos recorded in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Red Balloon also includes a little help from Berklee friends such as Nick Hakim, Darien Jovan, Derrick Cobbs, and BET's 106 & Park Wild Out Wednesdays featured artist Gwen Bunn. The album's expansive and mesmerizing title track will serve as the lead single. "That was one of the last songs I ended up recording," reveals Gizmo. "It's about shedding the anxieties and judgements we have about each other. It's about overcoming obstacles and accepting that seasons change. And above all that, continuing to try and fly." Hip-hop artist/ Berklee professor Brian "Raydar" Ellis drops rapid-fire verses on the funky head nod excursion "Invalid." Singer-songwriter Nick Hakim is featured on the album's brilliant second single "Lift Me Up." Penned by Hakim and co-produced by Gizmo, "Lift Me Up" exemplifies Gizmo's ability to condense his disparate influences into a soulful marvel of a gem. "The song is reflective of a place where most of us have been, in terms of questioning what decision to make and where we're going to end up," he explains. In addition to his own bass prowess, Red Balloon finds Gizmo contributing percussion, keyboards, and stepping behind the microphone for the first time as a singer. "My concept at first was to write these songs and have other people sing them," he admits. "But because of Meshell and Derrick saying, 'Nobody's going to have the same amount of emotional connection to the song as you will,' I just let myself go and recorded it." Following the advice of his mentors, Gizmo is featured singing lead vocals and reciting spoken word on cuts such as "Dancing," "Insane," and his enthralling rendition of the 2008 Kings Of Leon hit song "Use Somebody." Red Balloon will be released in association with progressive jazz boutique brand Revive Music. At the helm of the album's artwork is Roland Nichol, graphic designer of jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding's 2011 Grammy-winning album Chamber Music Society. Buttressed by the contributions of a vibrant collective of mentors, colleagues, and classmates, Red Balloon stands firmly as a dynamic undertaking by a promising young artist. Coalesced by Gizmo's own unique talent, it is a brazen statement from a new cadre of artists seeking to meld their formal jazz training with new sounds and modalities. It's clear that Gizmo and Red Balloon are representative of this group of artists in a chapter of change with an allegiance to the groove. "I definitely see it as a movement," says Gizmo. "It all stems from the idea of going with the moment. I've been struggling what to call my music, and I really don't know what to say. To me, in my heart, I feel like it's jazz - although we're not swinging. Some people might say it's alternative because I have some pop and some dubstep influences on there as well. But I feel like I'm just trying to make honest music, not doing something just because it's in style. I just let me influences fly free. It wasn't a conscious thought; it's just naturally what's inside me. There's just so much music in the world. But underneath all that, there's a solid groove."


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23rd May 2014

1st May 2014
1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St.,
Warp records sensational band, DARKSTAR, make way to SF for a special live performance. Since their latest release, ?News From Nowhere,? they've been heralded as an instant classic across the board! "Every place warrants a story. No matter where it is, how quiet, remote or disconnected. There are moments in people?s everyday lives, no matter how subtle, that can be documented and talked about in great detail. The instances spiral and ascend and take on their own course, altering the perception of how even the slightest change in a day can be felt deeply." ? Darkstar Darkstar first coalesced in the underground, electronic thrum of London?s nascent grime and dubstep sphere in the middle 2000?s, growing from attending the now-fabled early FWD club nights to releasing a pair of game-changing 12? singles on Kode 9?s fledgling Hyperdub label. These were marked departures at the time, fusing unique sonic futurism with an avant-garde pop sensibility that immediately set the duo of Aiden Whalley and James Young apart from the glut of producers emerging at the time. What followed was a fitful and productive period culminating in a discarded album?s worth of tracks, the crucial introduction of vocalist James Buttery to the fold and, finally - the release of their debut full-length North, to wide acclaim.


Jazzgroove presents ......8pm&l
22nd May 2014
Foundry616 Jazz Club, 616 Harris Street Sydney NSW 2007

Foundry616 welcomes back this sizzling quintet, featuring some of Sydney's most dedicated jazz musicians, bringing to you an absolute classic music show of Charlie Parker that tributes the master saxophonist and genius mind who changed JAZZ music forever.

Charlie Parker - 'Bird', innovated a whole new approach to the way jazz music was played, not only on the Saxophone, but all jazz instruments. His approach to improvisation provided 'freedom' from the pop culture of swing music as Bird represented musicians for the first time as intellectual artists rather than entertainers.

This is an all star Bebop Quintet line up playing all your favourite tunes that are still cherished today - including 'Billies Bounce,' 'Ornithology,' 'Now's The Time' and more!

Will Endicott (Trumpet)

Stas Radzievskiy (Saxophone)

James Heazlewood Dale (Double Bass)

Daren Sirbough (Keys)

Phil Lombardo (Drums)

To suggest that Steve Poltz isn't normal is about as safe a statement as one could make. You would basically require th
13th June 2014
Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road Marrickville NSW 2204

‚€˜WALK ON THE WiLDSIDE‚€™: The music of Lou Reed, Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop,featuring Jeff Duff and Damien Lovelock and an all star cast!†

A gutsy and powerful night of very cool music - drawn from the New York and Detroit hot houses that produced the ground-breaking sounds that changed the nature of popular music forever. Camelot celebrates the very best of Lou Reed, Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop‚€¶

Join Jeff Duff, Damien Lovelock and a killer band featuring members of Celibate Rifles & Icehouse for a truly rocking Friday night.†

Tickets are $25 +bf presale, and $30 on the door
Doors 7.30pm, Show 9.00pm
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only ‚€“ email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked‚€¶
Bookings close at 6pm on the day. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability.†
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed ‚€“ NO BYO
Please book carefully - as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18‚€≤s must be accompanied by an adult)


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Free Acoustic Live Music: 6-9pm JESSE & GJ Pop | Rock | Hawaiian | Originals.

All Request Music | Video night 9pm-close; No cover.

Hula's Cafe by Ginniberries: 3:30pm - 9:30pm

All APRIL food special $8 Tuscan BLT Trio. Tuesday Only Special: $2 Tacos, Taquitos, or Mini Quesadillas! (Excluding holidays & special events: Subject to change)

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