Continuing the Birdland tradition, Melbourne will soon play host to its sister club, Blue Basement – a gutsy 200 seater that will run in line with the Birdland model of two dinner shows per evening and share international and local jazz talent with its dead-cool older sibling.
While the closing of Bennett’s Lane left a bloody great hole in Melbourne’s jazz scene, Blue Basement promises to make up for its absence and then some. “Bennet’s Lane was a small club where people came on admission basis to stand or sit and have a little drink if they wanted to,” says Albert Dadon, Melbourne jazz scene stalwart and Blue Basement’s proud owner. “Blue Basement is not the same, though – it follows the Birdland model where people come and have dinner and have a restaurant experience, and at the same time enjoy sublime music. That doesn’t exist in Melbourne.”
The hot, delicious and golden festival has pulled out all stops to celebrate double digits. Pick of the pack goes to the Violent Femmes (where better to listen to ‘Blister in the Sun’ than GP’s eternal afternoon), original riot grrrrls Sleater-Kinney, Black Cab (Melbourne’s own nod to Kraut Rock), old-school UK punk rockers the Buzzcocks and the ever bluestatic CW Stoneking.
Check out the listing for the full line-up. Your best chance for a golden ticket is via the subscriber ballot, which is is open until 10.10pm Tuesday October 20.
Mark the date for Kendrick Lamar’s headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney in 2016. The critically-acclaimed rapper who rose to mainstream fame with his 2012 record good kid, m.A.A.d city, has been added to the line-up for Bluesfest 2016 in Byron Bay, joining The National, The Cat Empire, Noel Gallagher, and Tom Jones.
Lamar surprised fans earlier this year with the politically-charged, and musically ambitious To Pimp a Butterfly, which featured the popular single ‘King Kunta’, a track that calls on influences as diverse as Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’, Ahmad Lewis’s ‘We Want the Funk’ and the character Kunta Kinte (of the novel and TV show Roots). The video clip tipped a hat to Lamar’s hometown Compton and Dr Dre’s ‘California Love’ music video.
Lamar’s signature blend of rap, funk, hip hop and soul will be brought to live on stage by a live band at Bluesfest and in both headline shows.… Read more
Prepare to have your senses stimulated. Sugar Mountain festival is planning to take festival dining to the next level with Sensory, a new immersive restaurant experiment taking place onsite at the Victorian College of the Arts that explores the relationship between sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.
The sensory experience will be an exciting collaboration between Melbourne design gurus Tin and Ed, electronic musicians Cut Copy and acclaimed tapas restaurant Bomba. These Melbourne locals are each known for pushing the boundaries in their different disciplines.
The restaurant will be open during the festival on Saturday 23 January at the Victorian College of the Arts. Sensory will host four sittings of 90 people in a brand new indoor space and provide a 50-minute, four-course set menu – but it’s not just about the ingredients on the plate.
During the 50-minute sitting, guests will be treated to a visual and interactive environment created by Tin and Ed where all senses will be stimulated.… Read more
Since its inception in 1997, the biennial Big West Festival has gained a reputation for championing surprising, incendiary and innovative works that speak to the concerns and everyday lives of the multicultural communities of the Inner West. This year, artistic director Marcia Ferguson has outdone herself with a program of nearly 70 events spanning visual art, theatre, dance, music and film over nine days.
At the heart of the festival is House: quite literally, a house designed by local architects and built by university students, located right in the centre of Footscray (cnr Paisley & French Sts). The building acts as a prototype for social housing of the future, and during the festival, will become a theatre, gallery and meeting place. Housing – in relation to its affordability, availability or lack of safety within – is a common thread for Inner West communities, and will became a major theme for many of the pieces.… Read more