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Scatter Scatter Tropical Disco is here to stay

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Scatter Scatter is back this Saturday night, Feb. 1 – and will become a monthly fixture at Boney on the second Saturday of every month, starting March 8. If you have a taste for the tropics and a passion for the sounds of afro, cumbia, latin, soca and island disco, Scatter Scatter is the only place to be… Non-stop tropical disco from dusk ’til dawn.

This Saturday features live band Jaspora playing their soca-reggae-island sounds, along with Jumps (Cat Empire), DJ Manchild,  Julien MF Love, Medhi (fresh from the steamy tropics of Adelaide), some guy called Jimmy Caution and The Public Opinion Sound System.

The Public Opinion Sound System features DJ Manchild, MC 1/6, N’fa Jones & Future Roots. Turntables, live percussion, chants and rapping will take you on a trip though the tropical and tribal rhythms of Africa and South America, weaving through the hip-hop and beat driven sounds from the blocks of Melbourne.

Doors open around 9pm – band on stage around midnight. Arrive early if you please – or come late and dance until 7am!

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Australia Day Soundclash

soundclash-A6-v3Get ready – It’s almost time! Australia Day 2014 sees the first ever performance in the country by DJ Shacho (Japan). As the front man of Japan’s most adventurous jazz band SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS, Shacho is one of Japan’s most in demand DJs. Shacho has been DJing since 1996 and centres his selection in the same jazz/techno genre mixed with a bag of funk and hip hop. Uplifting dance floors and staging a performance rarely exhibited by contemporary DJs.  An experience not to be missed. Truly one of Japan’s great DJs.

Joining Shacho are an ALL STAR TEAM of Melbourne DJs including:

Kano (Red Bull Music Academy)
JPS (The Operatives)
Ennio Styles (RRR FM)
Matt Radovich (Stable Music)
Mike Gurrieri (Equinox Recordings)
Blair Stafford (Straightup)

Find out more here, including set times and some tasty mixes from the featured DJs : SOUNDCLASH

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DO NOT MISS THESE TWO BIG GIGS – BACK 2 BACK!

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Wednesday 8th January –> then the following night

MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO
Thursday 9th January 

Both gigs at THE CORNER HOTEL

Make sure you are on the dancefloor next to my freaky self as we get set to welcome in the new year the right way….

Also playing on Wednesday, are the band ZILLANOVA who have NEVER performed live before, just cut only what has been described as one of the best ever Aussie soul 45′s.

Thursday brings out one of the most fun live funk bands you will ever see – MMK! The last time they played they have influenced lots of local bands who have copied a few of their moves and Shin assures me they will be coming with some fresh ones this time. Supported by THE CACTUS CHANNEL this will be a super fun party! See you on the floor freaks!

MMK

 

 

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FIRST TIME EVER IN AUSTRALIA

There aren’t too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to give the drummer some. Lee Fields, however, is one such artist–or maybe he’s better labeled a phenomenon. Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice, it’s mind-blowing that the music he’s making today with Brooklyn’s own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.

With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Today, with The Expressions–Truth & Soul’s house band, Lee Fields continues to evolve, enmeshed into the group’s sweeping, string-laden, cinematic soul sound.

LEE is in town to play a solo show at THE CORNER hotel on Wed 8th Jan. Do not miss this opportunity to see this man play! He will also be doing the MOSSVALE SUMMER OF SOUL (just outta town). Support comes from incredible local soul outfit, playing their first ever gig! Check out their HOPE STREET RECORDS 45 “Suicide”.

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WANNA PARTY? ——THIS SATURDAY——

There is a new venue on the way in town, from the peoples who bought you Ferdy Durke, Section 8, The B.East among others and their new place is nearly ready. First up we gotta test it out with some serious getting down. African drummers lead by Lamine Sonko, called ONE AFRICA will lay down the groove, to make you move. MC’s, Monk and 1/6 will be there as will the African Dance crew ASANTI DANCE THEATRE.

Northside’s own, Chris Gill, will be spinning platter that matter and YOU will be dancing fools. See you there.

RYTHM GROOVE

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Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble at MIJF

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Straightup and Melbourne International Jazz Festival are proud to present for the first time in Australia, quite possibly one of the most important and influential musicians in the United States today, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

Brought to the attention of the international music world in 2009 by his incredible, critically acclaimed, tribute orchestral album for the transcendent modern hip hop producer, J DILLA, “Suite For Ma Dukes” recorded live for album and DVD by Mochilla.

Atwood-Ferguson will be performing works from this album as well as many others in a very special ONE OFF PERFORMANCE. Guest vocalists are Sophia Brous and Ni Palm, with support from Myele Manzanza Trio (NZ), Silentjay (The Operatives), Amin Payne (The Operatives) & Edd Fisher (PBS), not to mention an allstar band (ensemble) featuring Australia’s finest. June 1 at The Hi-Fi . Also appearing in Sydney –> Check the websites for more info

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