THURSDAY 23RD JANUARY
THE PUTBACKS 9PM-11:30PM (2 X SETS)
The PutBacks have performed as part of PBS 106.7 fm Live Music Week (2008/9), at Melbourne’s premier funk night ‘Soul-A-Go-Go’ and have opened for Australian premier funk outfit The Bamboos, ‘The Menahan Street Band featuring Charles Bradley’ during their Australian tour in 2009, and have just recently opened for Booker T Jones in Sydney and Melbourne.
The PutBacks instrumental funk-killer-floor-filler ‘The Diamond Cutter’, released March 2009 as a split 7” 45 on Hope Street Recordings, has received healthy rotation on Australian, US and UK radio, featured on Canadian DJ Double K’s “The New Funk Mix” available at www.parkdalefunk.com and profiled on DJ Prestige’s blog page .
The PutBacks strengths are a deep funky groove with a raw, melodic sound.
"The PutBacks lay down a groove exactly how I want to hear it: With super-heavy authentic tones, attitude and feel…" - Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos/Lanu)
”Diamond Cutter is fresh — it’s cheesy enough to make white people dance but it’s not cheesy at all… it’s got the same kinda swinging feel as Tighten Up or Razor Blade, but still grooves hard like a JB/Pee Wee Ellis 45. Party starter! CAUTION: May induce white man’s overbite!” (R)
Rex (Northside Records)
"If the JB’s had their own monorail, the Putbacks have a steam train that runs right from Australia directly to every record player in the world" – DJ Prestige
FRIDAY 24TH JANUARY
PASSERINE 9PM-11PM (2 x sets)
A little bit dub, a little bit trip hop and a LOT disco. That pretty much sums up this dynamic, 7-piece band fronted by vocalist Phoebe Dubar.
Passerine first appeared in July 2013 with the debut single ‘Ready To Begin’, an infectious, band-driven disco number that dragged listeners out of the depths of winter and onto the dance floor, and was voted #52 in "It's My Kind of Scene" top 113 tracks of 2013.
"This makes me want to take out my hair and twirl around the dance floor." (Katie Langley, It's My Kind of Scene)
They returned with ‘Paris Morning’ featuring a remix by Sydney producer GLOVES which caught the attention of The Aston Shuffle ("This is a Gem"), and the original version being named as one of the “Top 25 Genre Benders of 2013” by influential Canadian blog, Hilly Dilly.
“Paris Morning is definitely a switch up from the mass-influx of pop we see today.“- Hilly Dilly
With the launch of their self-titled, debut EP in February imminent, along with a string of shows including a coveted spot at "The Hills are Alive" festival and "Live on the Lawn" alongside Bernard Fanning, Claire Bowditch, Pete Murray and Josh Pyke, Passerine will bring some disco deliciousness to summer 2013/14.
+ HAYLEY COUPER
SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY (AUSTRALIA DAY EVE)
HAYLEY COUPER 9PM-9:45PM
Melbourne soul/pop group 'Willow' have been busy of late writing for their new EP (out late March). They will preview some of these songs and more at a special Australia Day eve show at The Spotted Mallard, Sydney Rd Brunswick on the 25th of January.
Come on down to catch their last Melbourne show before they head off again on tour to release their brand new single!
FLAP! (residency) AUSTRALIA DAY SHOW
+ THE TWOKS
SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY
THE TWOKS 4:30PM
After a long year away from Melbourne, Flap! return to perform a series of FREE Sunday afternoon shows at The Spotted Mallard. They'll debuting new material every week from December 29th till the end of January. It's just their way of saying "thanks melbourne, and sorry for being away so long, we really do love you."More...
Let's Get Trivical!
Tuesday 28th January
Come! Be fascinated by the wonderful world of music. Win booze. Win meals.More...
+ THE SHOTGUN WEDDING
WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY
THE FURBELOWS 9:30PM-10:10PM
THE SHOTGUN WEDDING 8:30PM-9:10PM
Two of Melbourne's favourite harmony groups are coming together to perform a special show at The Spotted Mallard! The darlins of trad jazz, The Furbelows will be joined by Melbourne's newest country crooners, The Shotgun Wedding and we'll travel back in time to hear the great traditional numbers of two different genres.More...
"BRUNSWICK HONKY TONK" W/ THE B-BENDERS
THURSDAY 30TH JANUARY
THE B-BENDERS 8:30PM
The B-Benders formed spontaneously after Julian Abrahams (Mustered Courage) brought a green B-Bender Telecaster home after an intimate romance with the Nashville Honky-Tonk circuit.More...
+ JACK HOWARD & THE LONG LOST BROTHERS
FRIDAY 31ST JANUARY
FREE ENTRY, 9PM
Heralded as both the “baddest band” in the land and a “Melbourne blues supergroup”, Three Kings sound like an old 45 found in the bottom of an abandoned shed. So real you can practically hear the record crackle and the needle pop when they are onstage.More...
SATURDAY 1ST FEBRUARY
PRESALES: FULLPRICE $22 CONC. $18 GROUPS 10 + $20 ( + BF)
TICKETS AVAIL HERE
Goddess Grooves is a showcase and a celebration of some of our community's finest female singer/songwriter musicians brought together in one evening of scintillating entertainment. This year these musical dykes are collaborating on an acoustic jam; playing originals and covers; and joining together to play, and sing each other's music - and to have a shit-load of fun. Prepare to be impressed by Michelle Parson's gutsy and passionate originals, and her renditions of popular covers. Be entertained by Rosie Burgess' vibrant tunes and gorgeous spirit. Be captivated by Emma Wall's urban guitar and fun stage presence, and enjoy Lara Travis' weird and pretty songs and enjoy her poignant lyrics. Along with their guests they will present a brilliant night's entertainment. Expect spontaneous harmonies, hilarity and some awesome music at one of Melbourne's most vibrant live music venues - The Spotted Mallard - with great meals available - though bookings are essential. This night has something for everyone - don't miss it!More...
MORELAND CITY SOUL REVUE
SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY
2 X SETS FROM 4:30PM
"Keeping Moreland sweet” The Moreland City Soul Review (MCSR) was conceived when founding members Jed Pickett (guitar) and Adrian Whitehead (hammond organ) attended a protest rally at Trades Hall, and had the sudden realisation that the way to reach the masses was not through marching, but music. Applying the maxim ‘charity begins at home’ to protest, they investigated the local council, and discovered that they “needn’t worry about Moreland City, they know what they’re doing.” Using this for inspiration, they started the search for other musicians who would share their passion for accountability at all levels of government, similar to that they had found in their local area. Their first port of call was the brothers Keegan, Tim (bass) and Andy (drums), who were quick to jump on board. They enlisted Damian Slingsby (electric piano). These three newcomers were excited about the potential of this group in promoting the community spirit that their council embodies. What started out as a protest band, a vehicle to voice their concerns with the global political climate, took an interesting twist when they approached former Pornland frontman and vocalist Slatty D, who pointed out “The people don’t want to hear about our disillusionment with the inadequacies of government, local or otherwise. What they really need is soul.” The MCSR was born! MORELAND CITY SOUL REVIEWMore...