Scene briefs

Shawsyfest (at the Shaws Bay Hotel in Ballina) is once again serving up a great line-up of rockin’ talent this Sunday, February 14. Bands include Marshall & the Fro (pictured), Birdy & the Random Few, Forest Road, Georgia O’Connor and Marissa Quigley. Grab your Valentine (or borrow one) and head down to the Shawsy for an Aussie arvo of love. And a beer. And a dance. Maybe a kiss...

Sweet harmonies, catchy originals and interesting arrangements of classic covers is what local band Monkey & the Fish will bring to the Billinudgel Pub this Sunday, February 14, from 3-7pm.

Cool, dynamic duo Cassie Rose and Alex McLeod will combine Cassie’s voice and Alex’s acoustic guitar for a mix of traditional, contemporary and Latin jazz when this young duo plays the Bang Thai in Bangalow this Friday night, February 12, from 7pm.

Flugelmeister John Hoffman’s nights are always a big hit at the Jazz-Bah (the weekly jazz club in the Ballina Hotel).Once again he’s importing some musical mates from Brisbane – vocalist Elly Hoyt and pianist Steve Newcomb to play this Saturday night, February 13, from 6pm. Will be a top night.

There’ll be some top tucker and delicious jazz when Steve Russell tickles the keys and Ben van Kleef blows sweet and cool on the muted trumpet at 561 Alphadale this Sunday, February 14, from 12pm (midday); and next Thursday, February 18, from 6pm. It’s jazz standards, good vibes and fine food. For more info or for bookings phone the restaurant on 6624 3441.

 

Kora, New Zealand’s favourite musical brothers (four of them), return to this wide, greenhouse-loving land and will play the Great Northern Hotel in Byron this Sunday, February 14. With a powerhouse rhythm section and multiple vocalists, Kora has built a solid fan-base in Australia over the past few years with their distinctive dub-based reggae infused with electro beats and thumping bass lines. Tickets are $33.50 from the venue or www.thenorthern.com.au. Doors open at 8pm.


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