So, it looks like Melbourne keyboardist Simon Mavin is starting to turn heads overseas, seriously. Simon plays with many bands around town, his main focus being Haitus Kaiyote at the moment, but his sound is spread around The Bamboos, Kirkis, Quarter Street Orchestra, The Putbacks, Swooping Duck and I am sure many more. (he can fill me in later…)
Last weekend he played in the band for Miguel Atwood-Ferguson at the HiFi bar. This show was reviewed for The Guardian in the UK and Simon’s performance caught the ears of reviewer David James. In it he says….“Especially impressive was keyboardist Simon Mavin, whose playing would not have been out of place in the electric bands of jazz legend Miles Davis.” You can read the rest of the review here.
Make sure you check out this local player while you can. He is not alone too, there are many players who are right up there with Simon, its just that David James hasn’t heard them yet. You be the judge and go out and see the crazy talent we have in this town.
Deep Street Soul hit the Workers Club this Saturday for their final show in Melbourne before taking off to tour the UK & Europe, which includes an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. Deep Street will also be flying the flag for Funky Melbourne at Floripa London, ‘Band on the Wall’ (Craig Charles’ Night) in Manchester, The Yardbird Jazz Club in Birmingham, as well as shows in Bordeaux, Toulouse and culminating July 6th at St Paul Soul Jazz Festival. Wow!
Deep Street Soul aren’t the only Melbourne band heading off to Glastonbury either! Saskwatch and The Bombay Royale are also on their way.
You can support the bands and Melbourne Soul by checking out Satuday’s gig at the Workers (also featuring Up Up Away, Karate Boogaloo and Peirre Baroni) – PLUS - hit the bands POZIBLE pages and kick in a few bucks to help the bands reach their totals.
Congratulations to Saskwatch who have already hit their target and will NOT be pawning their equipment in order to fly back to Melbourne. Props for a great show at the John Curtain Hotel on the weekend just passed. Glastonbury LOOKOUT!
And props to Chris Gill and Lance Ferguson who featured these 3 bands on “THE SOUL OF MELBOURNE” compilation. Their upcoming appearances at Glastonbury are testament to the thriving Melbourne scene. If you don’t own this comp - you need it.
Youngblood REMI launches his first single / filmclip off his upcoming mixtape FYG: Act 1.
Featured in this clip is Northside, the record store and the side of town. Looking gooooood.To check out more REMI hit THIS.
That’s right IT’S NEARLY HERE!!!
NORTHSIDE RECORDS will get a two week exclusive on selling the HIATUS KAIYOTE “Tawk Tomahawk” vinyl in AUSTRALIA
The record will be in store on this FRIDAY - 3rd May. With only 200 copies for AUSTRALIA make sure you get on the good foot and step down to the store.
Good times people - GOOOOOOD times.
We all know that going out midweek is a lot finer than the super messy weekend, well you can taste the proof. Check out these selections…
MONDAY - Cactus Channel tie down the EVELYN. With a month of Mondays, the funk will hit the fan. I will do a DJ support once as well.
TUESDAY - OPEN MIC at CAPE LOUNGE. Hosted by NFA with a band headed by CHOI, this is it. Babes on Grill every second week, serving the food!
WEDNESDAY - its WONDERCORE Wednesdays at JOHN CURTAIN HOUSE. Featuring, KIRKIS, Clever Austin, and more - see poster for details..
THURSDAYS -well you always got SOUL IN THE BASEMENT, or KICKIN THE “B” AT 303 + Many options.
A big thanks from all here at Northside for coming down to celebrate International Record Store Day with us yesterday. The day was INCREDIBLE. We definitely felt loved! The big winner on the day was SOUL MUSIC (again).
Extra thanks to members of HIATUS KAIYOTE and THE PUTBACKS and also LANCE FERGUSON for all coming down and doing their thing. Here are some pics I took, feel free to send any more if you have them.