Top 10 Melbourne Revelry On this week 03/01/2021

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5) Alive At The Bluebird Presents: Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman & Jim Photoglo 

8th January

What: Award-winning songwriter Gary Burr has been responsible for some of the greatest Pop and Country songs of the last three decades. His songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Faith Hill, Ringo Starr, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Carole King, Reba, Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera, to name a few.  One of Nashville’s most accomplished singer/songwriters, Georgia Middleman has had songs recorded by Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Joe Nichols, Maia Sharp and Sheila E., among many others. Jim Photoglo has musically spanned four decades as both a songwriter and artist, bringing his unique creative voice to the R&B, Pop and Country arenas. He has had cuts with Kenny Rogers, Marty Robbins, Gary Morris, Brenda Lee, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, The Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Leroy Parnell, Patty Loveless, Highway 101, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Neil McCoy, John Anderson and Kathy Mattea.  Experience a unique livestreamed concert combining all three of these brilliant talents in a special collaborative concert featuring original songs by these trailblazing artists.

Why: Knowing there was a brain capable of thought behind Christina Aguilera’s releases is one of the most depressing things we’ve learned this year.


4) Hanson: Listener’s Choice

9th & 10th January

What: January’s Hanson (the famous American pop rock band) concerts are flipping the script and putting you in the driver’s seat! You can engage in daily polls, with head-to-head song voting on Twitter putting you in the position to choose and steer the sound and shape of each concert. The concerts, broadcast live from the historic Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa OK, will feature 3 shows at different times designed to cater to different regions of the world.

Why: Choosing out of Hanson’s canon is like choosing between getting your head kicked in once or a tax audit every year until you die in that both are preferable to solo Robbie Williams.


3) Safety Net: Live

9th January

What: Formed in the rubble of a number of scene mainstays, Safety Net uses late-era punk “other” to tap into the space between acoustic and electronic music. With plenty of art project interludes on deck for the livestream, this will not be another jerk-off band practice masquerading as a show.

Why: Turns out there’s more than one Donny Tourette and mass sterilisation clearly has its merits.


2) Tape Deck Mountain: Live 

10th January

What: Tape Deck Mountain is an American shoegaze/indie rock band founded in 2008 by San Diego native, Travis Trevisan. Pitchfork Media dubbed them ‘dark surf’ and Wild Honey Pie said they were ‘brooding, shoegaze Nirvana’. Their song ‘Ghost Colony’ was featured in Season 2 of Sons of Anarchy. Experience them live.

Why: Nirvana, as brought to you by FX, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.


1) Year of October: Live 

8th January

What: Year of October is a fuzzed out rock band out of Nashville, TN. With their 4th album entitled ‘Wastelands’, the band has hit their stride combining Black Sabbath like riffs with Amy Winehouse vocals. With their explosive live performances this is not a band you want to miss. Experience them in a live virtual performance.

Why: Recapture the energy of that sweaty Manic Panic dyed teen still living inside you.



5) JAZZPARTY at The Night Cat

9th January

What: JAZZPARTY are an eight piece phenomena from Melbourne fronted by incomparable vocalist Loretta Miller and sporting the co-writing prowess of band leader/saxophonist, Darcy McNulty. JAZZPARTY erupts on stage and record alike as a living, breathing organism, fuelled by the fire of its own searing musicianship. Experience them live in their post-COVID comeback! Joining Miller and McNulty (both formerly of Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes) are colleagues Gideon Preiss (piano, vocals), Lachlan Mitchell (guitar, vocals), Donnie Stewart (trombone/trumpet, percussion), Eamon McNelis (trumpet), Dominic Hede (drums) and Jules Pascoe (double bass) whose collective credits range from work with Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Husky, Jaala and more.

Why: What makes a chaotic and oft impenetrable form of improvisational music better? Why, adding in more incongruous instruments, of course.


4) Translate X Cat House

9th January

What: Translate X Cat House are welcoming in 2021 with an extraordinary night of local Techno and Electro artists at Colour! Featuring: Chiara Kickdrum, KAYtseng, Lost Reflexion, Kazuma Onishi, ShadYman, Genki and more.

Why: With all the chaos of 2020, it’s comforting to know the grating mediocrity of club techno will remain unchanged.


3) Made in Melbourne 2021

8th January

What: Made in Melbourne is an indoor festival showcase of the best underground talent this city has to offer. This week, it finally returns! Experience Melbourne’s best DJ’s back together under one roof! Featuring: Orkestrated, Lockdown. Short Round, Duane Bartolo, Yror?, Aminos Kh, Combo, Jono Toscano, Heath Renata, Press Play, Eliza Brayshaw, Madeleine, Damo, Trouble, Alavate, Lochie Arthur, Eryk G, David Ylias, Tom Cooper, Andre J & Blckout.

Why: The rebellious underground, by Microsoft.


2) Together Again at the Palais Theatre: Pierce Brothers

9th January

What: Fans have a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy performances by some of Melbourne’s favourite artists, whilst seated on the Palais’s iconic venue’s stage.  This series will celebrate the return of live with a star-studded line-up of local talent. This iteration will feature Melbourne folk pop darlings, Pierce Brothers.

Why: If you don’t know who they are, just imagine “Melbourne folk pop” in human form.


1) Together Again at the Palais Theatre: Tim Rogers

8th January

What: Fans have a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy performances by some of Melbourne’s favourite artists, whilst seated on the Palais’s iconic venue’s stage.  This series will celebrate the return of live with a star-studded line-up of local talent. This iteration will feature Tim Rogers, a brilliant Australian musician, actor and writer, best known as the frontman of Australian rock band You Am I.

Why: The guy from the best band you can’t exactly remember anything about.

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