The Tatts is back

The Tatts Hotel in Lismore has had a make-over and re-opens its doors to live music tonight, Thursday, May 6, with a double bill that features two of the most popular funk ’n’ roll bands on the North Coast.

Invisible Friend (pictured) have been quiet lately while they put down the final touches on their new album, the follow-up to 2008’s Mysterious Maps. (They promise it will be out soon). Featuring sweet harmonies and some dazzling playing, Invisible Friend know how to work a groove into a frenzy.

They will be joined by last year’s winners of the National Campus Band Competition, The Downstairs Mix-Up.

Their music has been compared to Steely Dan and Frank Zappa (but I’m sure it was meant in a nice way!).

The Downstairs Mix-Up say they got together because of the economic turndown, (something about bad lending and needing strength in numbers). The band features Harry Nichols on vocals and guitar, ‘Jimmy T’ Taylor on keyboards, Mark Hoare on lead guitar and Owen Hogan on saxophone, with the rhythm section held together by Shay Henderson on drums and Luke Davies on bass guitar and the all-singing, all-dancing soul sisters Sarah Grant and Emma Davison singing harmonies.

It’s great to see The Tatts is back in action. Be there to support its revival. It kicks off from 8.30pm and $10/$8 will get you in.


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