Scene Briefs

Songstress Ella Mingaye will feature some of her original tunes along with some of her favourite jazz and soul standards when she plays at the Jazz-Bah in Ballina on Saturday night. Displaying a fragility and a ferocity beyond her years, Ella will be joined by Gary Watling on guitar, Fred Cole on piano, Richie Rose on bass and Jamie Pattugalan on drums.


Jim Kelly’s Healin’ Feeling Band will play the Lismore City Bowling Club on Tuesday from 8pm. The band features Jim on guitar, Martha Baartz on sax, Greg Lyon on bass and Dave Sanders and Scott Hills on two drum kits! (Anybody for an extended drum solo?) Entry is $10/7 from 8pm. This will be the last Tuesday Bowlo gig until the end of June.

The Live Poets will return to the stage at the Rous Hotel next Wednesday, May 19. The night will feature two of the region’s most popular poets: the current holder of the Lismore Poetry Cup, Jane Treasure, and Daevid Allen (pictured). Daevid is the guitarist and poet with seminal space rock band Gong who spends his time between Byron and London when he is not touring. As always there will be open and invited readings and new and visiting writers are always welcome. Doors open at 8pm and entry is free $6/4.

This Friday, May 14, Welcome To Our Planet at the Uni Bar drops the tempo for some feel-good hiphop, soul and funk action. Funky hiphop specialist Mud brings his choicest cuts, soulful songstress Tess Latu performs “guitar and b” and funk with a live ensemble, and local lynchpin Sista Ray plays a special set with tracks from some of hip hop’s finest female vocalists. The roof gets raised from 9pm, $5 cover charge.

The Rainforest Information centre is holding a Tasmanian Forest Fundraiser at the Goanna Bakery Cafe on Sunday, May 16, from 4.30-8pm. Music will be provided by Jarrah (pictured) and Terri Nicholson, and there will be an update on the campaign to save the Florentine Forests. Entry is $12/8 and there will be pizza and drinks available.

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