Scene briefs

Soul Reference is a vivacious young band fronted by seductive smooth operators Chang Po Ching and Alicia Todd. They'll perform old school classics with fresh and playful originals to get those Motown, funk, soul and blues vibes buzzing when the band plays the Lennox Point Hotel this Sunday, February 5, from 4pm. Soul Reference features Sam Besmehn on guitar, Dylan Johnstone on bass and Donoval Lee slapping the skins.


The H Gang is a contemporary Australian soul/funk band. They've taken the raw ingredients of soul-funk music from the 60s and 70s and added inspired original music. Combined with storytelling, hip melodies and contagious grooves, this outfit will deliver soul and funk energy when they play the By The River Restauarant in Ballina this Sunday, February 5, from 3pm ($5 gets you in) and at The Rails in Byron next Thursday, February 9, at 6.30pm. They've just recorded their debut EP The Natural Bridge so you can grab yourself a copy at the gig.

Byron soul singer Richie Williams is currently recording his latest solo album Soul Burning at Byron's Studio 301. His original songs touch on universal themes of love and loss and living in a small town. You can hear some of Richie's new songs when he plays the Brunswick Hotel this Friday, February 3, at 7pm; and the Lennox Head Bowlo this Saturday, February 4, at 7.30pm.


Sabotage is a covers band - a bloody good one whose members have been playing in the North Coast music scene for many years. Sabotage has been rockin' the area for seven years. With gorgeous Lu out front and a classic rock three-piece set up behind her, you'll enjoy songs from Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Nickelback, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Pink and many more when Sabotage rock the Shaws Bay Hotel this Sunday, February 5, from 2pm.


The Postmortemists have been gigging hard up and down the east coast this summer and they'll thump out a few sets at the Lennox Point Hotel this Friday, February 3. For this gig the lads'll be joined by guitarist Steve Reynolds from North Coast punk outfit Slug filling in on bass and guitar. The Postmortemists have added another dozen songs to their swag and will rock till they drop from 9pm.

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