Scene Briefs

Three of Australia's finest jazz musicians will join forces with their powerful way of making jazz and Latin standards sound fresh with original arrangements and rich stylistic blends, when Sharny Russell (vocals/keys), Jim Kelly (guitar) and Martha Baartz (sax) hit the By The River Restaurant in Ballina this Sunday, January 22, at 3pm. (Is that a long sentence or what?) Entry is $5.

Delicious, Lismore's monthly dancefloor extravaganza, kicks off the new year with a huge gig at the Lismore City Bowling Club this Saturday, January 21. Gracing the Delicious desks is DJ Syikom. With over 20 years experience in the music industry (DJ, muso, producer) you can expect a range of fresh flavours from his DJ set. Joining Syikom is Craig Wilson (aka 1iSAMURAi). It starts at 9pm and goes till 2am. Entry is $12 before 11pm; $15 after.

Aboriginal singer/songwriter Tom Avery (aka Blakboi) is a one-man band. Blakboi mixes guitars, bass, keys, voice and drums through his loop pedal to create original sounds, scapes, colours and shapes. Groove to Blakboi's original tunes as well as songs by The Presets, Coldplay, JayZ, and Smashing Pumkins at Mary Gilhooley's in Lismore this Sunday, January 22, from 4.30pm.

The Avocado Theory will bring only the most palatable guac rock to the Richmond Hotel in Lismore this Saturday, January 21, from 9.30pm. These blokes and girl will dish up classic hits from the 70s to today. Brenda-Lee Heathcote-Shelly (lead vocal and guitar), Scott Shelly (lead guitar), Peter Leighton (drums) and Duncan Savage (bass) will have you dancing to the avocado groove.

Beth n Ben got together (musically) in Canberra and their musical fusion has resulted in two EPs, Boarding Pass and Economy Pass (they have a train thing going on), and a swag of gigs where punters have enjoyed their particluar brand of rootsy blues folk. Check them out at the Lennox Point Hotel this Sunday, January 22, from 4pm.

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