What: The Detonators with special guests Greg Dodd and The Hoodoo Men.
Formed in August 1997, and based in Melbourne Australia the hard working quartet known as The Detonators have become Australia’s kings of roots rock n roll.
Their original music to which all members contribute is best described as a lethal combination of rockabilly, blues and early rock n roll. The Detonators have toured to all corners of Australia and through all the major blues and roots festivals nationally and throughout Europe.
With six CD’s in their arsenal they have recently had their music on the film “Charlie and Boots” as well as the Australian TV series Underbelly and American TV series De Grassi High. Cold Chisel have labelled The Detonators as their favourite band and have used The Detonators as support act at their sold out Rod Laver arena gigs. Dancing shoes, listening ears and drinking arms are compulsory for any good time Detonators show.
Where: Grand Hotel, 124 Main Street Mornington
When: Friday 17th June 2016, 8:00pm
Tickets: $15 BF Online | $20 at the door
For all enquiries & bookings: Grand Hotel, (03) 5975 2001 or email@example.com
What: The Pretty Little’s with special guests Guerrilla Funk & Kite Machine
We really like The Vasco Era, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Pixies, they are probably responsible for our attempt at rock, garage and indie music. In 2012 after our second EP we played 113 gigs. But we sold out Ding Dong/Tote shows and supported the likes of Vasco Era, The Mess Hall, The Cribs, The Fumes and The Datsuns…Then we got a little burnt out and took a break for half a year. Everyone went overseas or did uni and it was a nice little time for thinking. In the end it lead to our first LP called ‘Mash’.
We recorded ‘Mash’ with the great Alex ‘Rudie’ Markwell of The Delta Riggs. He once wrote a song for Keith Urban, but Kief didn’t like it. (Suck eggs Rudie). We called our baby Mash because she was a big ol’ mix of scrappy rock and roll, a bit of scrappy punk, some scrappy ballads and some other genres that I can’t think of right now. We then toured her round Australia (even Darwin) and some people said some nice things, including FasterLouder – “The Pretty Littles have a knack for penning catchy economical songs that end before they outstay their welcome”. We love em.
In 2014 we started recording again, this time with Neil “The” Grey. Rather than doing everything over a couple of weekends, we took a little longer and ended up with 8 tracker, ‘Gospel’. Lyrically, it plays on a concept that moves somewhere between being a kid in control and being an adult lost. It is about the transition from being self-centered, to self-aware, and back again. It’s about what actually means something, but what doesn’t. The music is reminiscent of every other release as it moves somewhere between dumb shit punk, rock and roll and pop. Once released, ‘Gospel’ had plenty of nice people saying nice things, Kill Your Stereo – “songs that throw punches without losing the Australian edge that characterises their swings”, which in turn has made feel nice. Right On!
When: Friday 8th July 2016, 8:00pm
Tickets: $12 BF Online | $15 at the door
What: Grand Live Stand Up Comedy & Open Mic Night Featuring Queenie, Katie Breheny and CJ Fortuna – 4 slots available register your interest now please apply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
CJ Fortuna – with five Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows under his belt, including a Moosehead Award in 2000 for his comedy musical Rockothello, CJ has firmly entrenched himself in the Australian comedy scene. CJ made his television debut in 1997 playing a nerdy ventriloquist on Neighbours. Since then he has worked on a variety of short films, TV commercials regular guest roles on Blue Heelers and Stingers most recently writing and performing on channel seven’s Hamish and Andy.
In Melbourne, his dry wit has featured on local commercial radio stations including Nova breakfast with Hughsie, Kate and Dave. CJ is also the 2006 winner for The Comedy Channel Short Film Festival with his film “Jonathan Livingston C.E.O.
One half of the glamorous duo Ron and Queenie Kent (of “Some say we Can, We say we Kent” circa 1950’s) Queenie is a showgirl, she may or may not have worked in the following places: the West End, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, off & on Broadway and lastly The Swagman, Ferntree Gully
Queenie tells it like it is and often with more information than is necessary – in her own words, she’s an “Over Sharer”. She’ll sing, dance and give advice, whether you want her to or not!!
When: Thursday 28th July 2016, 8:00pm
Tickets: $12 BF Online | $15 at the door
What: Mick Thomas & the Roving Commission with special guests Rich Davies & The Low Road. Balladeer and poet, folk and pub-rock hero Mick Thomas continues to ignite the party with his unique mix of folk, roots and country. Along for the ride on his ‘Mid Winter Hit Out’ shows this July are mainstays of The Roving Commission: fellow Weddings Parties Anything piano-accordionist Squeezebox Wally, drummer to the beat Dave Folley, and hot new kid on the block bass-player Michael Hubbard.
Special guest is Rich Davies and The Low Road will peel back the skin of rock’n’roll to expose Old-Time Folk, Americana and Celtic bones.
Anyone who has witnessed just how quickly a ticket to Mick’s shows can sell out will know to get in quick!
When: Friday 29 July 2016 @ 8:00pm
Tickets: $30 BF Online | $35 at the door