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Bluesfest 2011 – Day Four, Featuring: The Blind Boys of Alabama, Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples & Her Band, and The Snowdroppers. – Live Review

It was Easter Sunday, the sun was shining over Bluesfest and the Crossroads tent was gearing up to celebrate with a solid block of gospel, soul and blues, kicked off by the enigmatic, effervescent powerhouse Mavis Staples and Her Band.

This year’s festival boasted an array of music a legends, not least of which was the incomparable Staples, who either solo or together with The Staple Singers has been >performing for over 60 years. Returning to Bluesfest with material from her Grammy Award winning CD You Are Not Alone, Staples is loads of fun. She’s got the moves, she’s got the attitude and that voice – a rich, raw, rip your guts out and make you happy sound that only improves with age.
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Live Review | Bluesfest 2011 – Day Two, Featuring: Rodrigo y Gabriela, B.B. King, Fistful of Mercy, Jack Thompson & the Original Sinners and RocKwiz Live

Review By: Pepa Wolfe
Photos by: Silvana Macarone
Early birds and trivia buffs rocked up to the Jambalaya Tent on Friday to test their skill and perhaps earn a place on the panel of RocKwiz Live. Cracking the proverbial whip and vetting the various hopefuls was producer and co-host of the SBS series Brian Nankervis who after seven years with the show has it down to a fine art. Appearing across four days of the festival, Friday’s first taste had host and improv queen Julia Zemiro in top form, and featured musical guests Tim Rodgers (You Am I), Marcia Hines and Glenn Richards (Augie March), as well as a couple of impressive punters whose extensive music trivia knowledge was bested only by their brazen karaoke efforts, one contestant whipping out a harmonica and riffing with the impeccable RocKwiz Orkestra. A highly entertaining start to the afternoon, Richards, Hines and Rogers blasting Kiss’ I Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite, the icing on the cake.
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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011 – Photo Gallery by Silvana Macarone

Photographer: Silvana Macarone

Photographer: Silvana Macarone

Artists: ZZ Top, Jack Thompson & The Original Sinners, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Fistful Of Mercy, Funky Meters, Grace Jones, The Hands
Event: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011
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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011 – Day 3 [Photo Gallery]

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Photos from Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011 – Day 3
Artists: Mavis Staples, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Imogen Heap, Tim Robbins, Wolfmother, Kasey Chambers, Leah Flanagan, Indigo Girls, The Blackwater Fever
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FINAL artist announcement for Bluesfest 2011’s outstanding lineup of star performers!

March 16th 2011 – Here it is folks, the final artist announcement for Bluesfest 2011. As you can see, we’ve definitely saved some of the best till last with these stellar talented musicians, so if you weren’t excited before, you will be now! Tickets for Thursday 21 and Tuesday 26 April are still available – don’t miss out, the clock is ticking and it’s only a bit over a month until Bluesfest finally kicks off!

The whole lineup has become picture perfectly clear with the official downloadable Bluesfest Playing Schedule now online at www.bluesfest.com.au .

That means you can now make all those big decisions and plan your complete Bluesfest itinerary. Check it out for all artist times and stages – download it, print it out, circle your options – whatever you need to do to make sure your Bluesfest 2011 experience is all set to go in glorious fashion!

Please note that on Tuesday April 26 Bluesfest will open its doors at 11am, music starts at 2pm and finishes at 10pm, allowing everyone to get home in plenty of time for work the next day.
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MGMT headline as The JD Summer Set heads back to Byron Bay for 2011!


Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au
 
THE JD SUMMER SET IS BACK FOR 2011!
MGMT HEADLINE AS JACK HEADS BACK TO BYRON IN MARCH!

Jack Daniel’s are starting the New Year with their biggest announcement yet with MGMT heading to the legendary Beach Hotel in iconic Byron Bay for their very own JD Summer Set show on Thursday, 3 March, 2011, with support from ¾’s of Tame Impala in the form of Pond!

Into its fourth year on the live music calendar, THE JD SET (www.facebook.com/thejdsetau), is one of the most anticipated events around the country with shows over the past two years in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Whyalla, Busselton, Townsville as well as last year’s final, and spectacular, show with The Living End on Rottnest Island.
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BOB DYLAN touring Australia in April 2011! [Tour News]

Recent acclaim for Bob Dylan:
“A performance filled with gusto, never afraid of restructuring the classics, Dylan succeeded in delivering another stellar live show in his ‘Never Ending Tour’.” – Hot Press live review July 2010

“Dylan’s voice is actually the star.” – New Musical Express (NME)

“The album’s a gas, a riot, a hoot.” (LP Together Through Life) – Uncut Magazine
“His third straight masterwork.” (LP Modern Times) – Rolling Stone – ☆☆☆☆, and ranked #1 album of 2006

Mr Bob Dylan – celebrated poet, artist, singer, writer, actor and radio announcer – will send legions of fans back once more to all those wonderful songs and albums, as he returns after close to four years for a tour taking in Australian capital cities and festival appearances in Byron Bay for Bluesfest and Fremantle for West Coast Blues & Roots.
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Deep Sea Arcade + Surf City (NZ) Australian Tour – February 2011 [Tour News & Tickets]

  Its surf music Jim, but not as we know it… Deep Sea Arcade are pleased to announce theyll be hitting both the road and the beach this summer in a co-headline tour with fellow surficianados Surf City from New Zealand. The two bands will duel it up along the east coast throughout February 2011 and with both bands drawing inspiration from classic surf music its only fitting that the majority of the shows will take place by the beach.

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Bluesfest 2011 consolidates supersonic line up with class 2nd artist announcement!

The Soul, the Funk and the Blues pumping up anticipation for 22nd Bluesfest happiness

Bluesfest from Byron Bay, Australia’s favourite counter-culture, family-orientated, artistically diverse music festival, today unveiled its SECOND artist announcement – and what an array it is of classic and contemporary blues, soul, funk, reggae and much more!

Tickets are on sale for Bluesfest, the 2010 Australian Event of the Year, and are selling very fast. The festival dates next year over Easter are from Thursday April 21 through to Monday April 25, 2011.
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Interview with Winston McCall of Parkway Drive [Part 3]

READ PART 1 OF THIS INTERVIEW HERE.    –    READ PART 2 OF THIS INTERVIEW HERE.

Winston McCallLMM – I also wanted to talk about the different producers on your last two albums and their contribution to the finished sound on both releases. What was the best thing about working with Adam Dutkiewicz on Horizons?

WM – With Adam?
 
 
LMM – Yeah. He’s had his fair share of musical experience. How did it first come about that he worked on the album with you?

WM – He worked on the first two albums we did which was absolutely wonderful. He came along at a time when we were still a young band and had no idea what to do and came up with the idea of either recording in Australia that would be a very national sounding recording or do something overseas that would really stand out in the international scene.
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Bluesfest 2011 unveils joy and wonderment with signature super 1st artist announcement!


Has the Australian Event of the Year just initiated the music Lineup of the Year?

November 04th 2010 – Bluesfest from Byron Bay, Australia‟s favourite counter-culture, family-orientated, ethnically and artistically diverse music festival, has today announced a whopper of a signature first artist announcement – and it’s the first of many! Tickets are on sale now for Bluesfest – which just won the Australian Event of the Year for Bluesfest 2010 – and festival dates next year over Easter are from Thursday April 21 through to Monday April 25, 2011.

Once again, Bluesfest 2011 offers its passionate fans a very tasty – almost holy – array of simply the best local and international blues and roots music with its renowned blend of multi-genre, multi-demographic and multi-generational sounds.

Let’s get the party started! The first Bluesfest announcement for 2011 includes:

  Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Cat Empire, Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Fistful of Mercy, Mavis Staples, Xavier Rudd, Trinity Roots, Kate Miller-Heidke, Washington,

Little Bushman, Tony Joe White, Indigo Girls, Eric Bibb, Ash Grunwald, Ruthie Foster, C.W. Stoneking, Jeff Lang, Saltwater Band, and RocKwiz Live.
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Parkway Drive – “Deep Blue” LP Review

Review: Lana Harris


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  There are lots of surprises in the musical world. Who would’ve thought that Billy Ray Cyrus would still be making money, that Ozzy Osbourne would still be alive, or that Parkway Drive – who mix hardcore and metal styles into brutal barrages of songs – could have emerged from the womb of hippiedom, Byron Bay? But it happens, and the success of Parkway Drive has recently been confirmed with their third album Deep Blue acknowledged at the Australian Music Industry Awards with the honour of ‘best hard rock/ punk album’.

The award for the album is not one of the music world’s surprises. Deep Blue is a masterpiece of jack hammering ear assault.

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Bluesfest 2011 Dates Announced!

After a successful Bluesfest’s 21st birthday celebration event during Easter 2010 – planning for Bluesfest 2011 is now in full swing.

The 22nd annual Bluesfest 2011 event will take place over five days between April 21 and April 25, 2011, once again at the festival’s new permanent site at Tyagarah, 12 minutes north of Byron Bay.

New awards and nominations for Bluesfest include: recognition as an international winner in The Greener Festival awards – for the fourth year in a row – a continuing tribute to the event’s long-term commitment to environmental sustainability. Bluesfest has also picked up a Silver Award in the ‘Major Festivals and Events’ category in the North Coast Tourism Awards. And lastly, Bluesfest has been nominated as finalists in the Australian Event of the Year Awards in two categories: ‘Best Cultural or Arts Event’ and ‘Best Achievement in Sustainability’.
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Fun In The Sun At Woodford, SPLENDOUR WRAP UP!

It’s been 10 years since SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS debuted in Byron Bay. Today, the festival wrapped up after three magnificent days at the beautiful site of Woodfordia in the QLD Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Featuring more than 80 of Australia’s and the world’s hottest artists and DJs, quality music acts alongside quirky arts and counter-culture this weekend has seen a spectacular collection of awesome artists from around the globe leave a permanent mark on the hearts and dancing soles of all 32,000 ecstatic music fans who heard and saw. With weary joy and tears of sadness at it’s end we reflect on a collection of new tales from the Amphitheatre, Mix Up and G.W. McLennan stages now permanently added to the pages of SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS history.
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