The Mark Ginsburg Band – Mark on saxes, Greg Coffin on piano, Karl Dunncliff on bass, and Tim Firth on drums – will play the Jazz-Bah in the Ballina Hotel this Saturday, March 20. This touring outfit is at times hauntingly and delicately beautiful then moves to an up-tempo melodic intensity that sends shivers up your spine. Get your seats early for this one. It all starts at 6pm and the gig is free.
Melbourne’s dub/reggae band The Red Eyes are promoting their new single, a cover of Talking Heads’ 1983 release I Get Wild/Wild Gravity (from their album Talking in Tongues). The seven-piece will play the Beach Hotel in Byron this Saturday (9.30pm) and Sunday (4.30pm), March 20 and 21. The single gives fans a taste of what is to come with the soon-to-be-released second album.
Nine-piece big band Babylon Circus has notched up over 900 concerts in 30 countries with their electric live shows. Their music is laced with ska, Gypsy, rock, vaudevillian antics, dancehall and reggae. This wild bunch of international larrikins will launch their new album La Belle Etoile at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron this Friday, March 19, from 9pm. Tickets are $24.75 from www.thenorthern.com.au.
Luke Vassella is the feature artist at this month’s Mullum Folk Club. With four Dolphin awards to his credit, Luke is a gifted singer/songwriter who is about to release his sixth album. He articulates love, loss, small town life and the tribulations and ecstasies of ordinary people. Luke plays the Old Drill Hall in Mullum next Wednesday, March 24. Show starts at 7.30pm. As usual chalkboard spots will be up for grabs from 7pm. Entry is $5.
The second Welcome To Our Planet event is on at the SCU’s Uni Bar this Friday, March 19. After the transition to the Uni Bar from the Tatts Hotel, Friday’s gig will be a selection of the finest in progressive psy and minimal trance from Hiatus, Foot-E (pictured) and the mysterious Ano. Music kicks off at 9pm.