What’s On In Newcastle? The Smith Street Band, Twelve Foot Ninja & Newcastle Charity Bootcamp
Dewayne Everettsmith @ Lizottes
“…as a support act on this tour, a Tasmanian, Dewayne Everettsmith, a uniquely gifted singer with hints of the soul of Marvin Gaye and the sunny beauty of Johnny Nash. His short opening set, full of memorable songs and glorious harmonies, was spellbinding” Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald, August 2011
High praise, indeed, from Australia’s pre-eminent music critic. But, typical of the praise heaped on Dewayne around Australia during a recent national & international tour with Gurrumul Yunupingu. And audiences were even more enthusiastic when Dewayne repeated this support role for eight shows across Europe during October 2011 - with the promoter, Dramatico Entertainment’s managing director Andrew Bowles, saying, “we’ve never before had such an amazing audience response to a support act.” His debut album won’t be released until late 2013 and he’s not backed by a major label or big-league promoter. And yet - on his stage presence, song writing and the beauty of his voice he’s spoken of as a rising star, a future great, of the Australian music industry. Even without the album Dewayne’s been places and done things most Australian performers only dream of: Supported Gurrumul Yunupingu nationally and in Europe; Performed a private show for Oprah Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King, and her entourage; Starred in a Tourism Australia video, receiving over 560,000 hits on Youtube; Supported artists of the calibre of Archie Roach, John Farnham and Guy Sebastian; Wowed audiences in two shows with the prestigious Black Arm Band including a duet with Paul Kelly during the Melbourne International Arts Festival; Performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York as part of G-Day USA; and Been appointed national ambassador for the offical Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal. Young Australian of the Year (Tasmania) Finalist 2014 Topping all of these, he’s recently become the voice of Australia as his song ‘Its Like Love’ is the centrepiece of the new $250M global TV advertising campaign for Tourism Australia. This international marketing drive centres around Dewayne’s song and has received over 20,000,000 views since June 2012. None of this is surprising, though. From his childhood appearances within his own Tasmanian Aboriginal community, through many festival stages around Australia and across the Pacific, his audition for Australian Idol, one thing has become very clear - Dewayne’s a very special performer. One of those rare performers with a gift, a presence, Dewayne simply tells his story to a crowded room and most individuals listening feel he’s singing just for them. He can’t explain it and he’s not consciously trying to use it; it’s just there, it’s just him. He’s an Aboriginal man, descended from both the Aboriginal community of Cape Barren Island and the Gunai/Kurnai people of Victoria, but his music can’t be neatly pigeonholed as Indigenous. It’s been influenced by his heritage, then shaped by his tough early years and love of so many musical styles and great singers. While he doesn’t use his heritage to promote his musical career, Dewayne has recently been recognised with a Human Rights Week award - for bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and language to the broader community, educating children and working to protect his Aboriginal heritage. Aside from the popular “It’s Like Love”, the other available song is significant. One of them, ‘ Make it feel so right’, Dewayne wrote for the official Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal. This amazing marsupial is heading towards extinction because of a very rare infectious facial cancer, with around 80% of the population already lost. Dewayne has been appointed one of the two national ambassadors for the Appeal. Proceeds from this song go directly to funding efforts to save the Tasmanian Devil. Never doubt it - Dewayne Everettsmith, a name and a voice you’ll be hearing much from for years to come.
1984 @ Civic Theatre Newcastle
Created and adapted by Shake & Stir Theatre Co.
Strap yourself in for this terrifically frightening theatrical event set against a towering wall of plasma screens.
Oceania: a nation perpetually at war, where cameras watch every move and Thought Police roam the streets. A place Winston Smith calls home. By day he re-writes history to conform to the agenda of the ruling party and its elusive leader, Big Brother. By night, he pursues a forbidden love with the mysterious Julia in an attempt to retain some independence in a life where, through sickening torture, he is expected to reject dreams of liberation and understand that free thought and logic are the enemy. A triumphant return for shake & stir!
Friday 28th March
The Smith Street Band @ The Small Ballroom
“We’ve never done as much as we did this year,” says Wil Wagner of a year that saw The Smith Street Band play shows in Europe, the UK and America, appear on the Big Day Out, Falls Festival and Meredith line ups and release a 10” inch EP, Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams. As their profile has catapulted, it has afforded the fiercely independent Melbourne four-piece the luxury of booking their own tours and most notably, hand picking supports. Their latest tour and first of 2014 is no exception, this time sharing their little slice of paradise with Scranton raised, Philadelphia based punk rock outfit The Menzingers. Needing no excuse to return, this will be The Menzingers third Australian tour in as many years, having previously been on the Soundwave 2012 bill and supporting Pennywise in April of this year. “Australia’s the best,” says Menzingers guitarist/vocalist Greg Barnett, “seriously! We’re really excited to play some cool club shows and I’m also really excited to go to Tasmania for the first time.” Sharing mutual friends and crossing paths at their performances at Gainesville’s annual punk gathering The Fest, the two bands are yet to grace the same stage, making the Australian tour even more special. “We’ve only briefly met the guys in Smith Street Band but everything I hear about them as people is amazing. It also helps that their band is fucking awesome too,” says Barnett. While both bands rode a new wave of success in 2013, the New Year signifies a further onward trajectory, with an Australian tour just the beginning. “We’ll be releasing a new record in the American spring of 2014,” says Barnett on the follow up to their Epitaph debut and critically acclaimed 2012 release On The Impossible Past, “and we’ll play anywhere that will have us.” Wagner is equally as motivated. “I’d love to do two Australian tours, one American, one European tour, a Smith Street release and a solo release every year,” he says, “which we’ll achieve next year!” Adding further excitement to the tour, support on all shows will come from Western Australian off kilter pop-punk band Grim Fandango, fresh from the release of their second full length LP Flicker Noise on Poison City Records.
Tickets: Kingdom Sounds
Newcastle City Night Markets
Head to Hunter Street Mall for a great night with interesting food, beautiful eclectic products and free entertainment. A number of local business, restaurants and cafes will be open as well! The night markets are on the 2nd and 4th Friday night of every month.
King Street and the old DJ’s car park will be open until late so off street parking is available.
Time: 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Twelve Foot Ninja @ The Cambridge Hotel
Twelve Foot Ninja broke crowd funding records when they raised $52,600 to make their new video clip - successfully crowd funding the highest financial target for a music video. As the controversial anti-cyber bullying video spreads like wildfire online, the band have announced an Australian headline tour aptly named ‘The Troll Burger’ tour in March/April, before making their grand return to the U.S. for a handful of festivals including Rock On The Range and Carolina Rebellion.
The Australian ‘Troll Burger Tour’ will take in QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, SA & WA - and they will be joined by a very special international guest.
With the promise to create an action-packed and gory tale of retribution against an internet troll, the Australian group turned to fans in an effort to crowd fund $45,000 for the making of their latest video - and true to their form of outstanding music videos, Twelve Foot Ninja delivered the goods.
The band pulled out all of the stops for their highly anticipated video, calling on a prosthetics make-up artist who worked on the film The Hobbit, a 7ft Alaskan brown bear and Penthouse Magazine “Pet” Madison Rhys. Also appearing in the video are members of American metal band Periphery.
Twelve Foot Ninja’s debut album Silent Machine received its official North American release in October 2013, and crept into the Top 20 of Loud Rock music charts. SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal quickly jumped on board, and their listeners awarded Twelve Foot Ninja the titles Best Artist Discovery of 2013 and Best Song Discovery for the album’s opening track Coming For You. 2013 also saw Twelve Foot Ninja embark on their first ever tour of North America as support to Periphery, Born of Osiris and Dead Letter Circus. “Twelve Foot Ninja are basically one of the best live bands I have ever seen in my life,” proclaimed Periphery’s Misha Mansoor. In addition to the Periphery seal of approval, other notable U.S. endorsers include Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory),Chris Broderick (Megadeth) and Wolf Van Halen (Van Halen/Tremonti).
Galapagos Duck @ Lizottes
Join us for Brian’s famous chilli crab with entertainment brought to you by the incredible Galapagos Duck!
Galapagos Duck appears in the pages of many jazz history books and has received awards both in Australia and internationally. With its unique approach and extraordinarily wide popular appeal the group has become a household name all over this country and has had a significant influence on young musicians over the years through its many recordings, volumes of original music scores, performances in night-clubs, in concert halls, on TV, in jazz festivals, in various movies, with dance groups, and in a variety of other settings and also particularly through its frequent school concerts and workshops all over the country and overseas.
Michael Jackson: HIStory 2 @ Civic Theatre Newcastle
Michael Jackson HIStory II starring Kenny Wizz is a musical biography that will take fans right back to the Jackson 5 era before continuing on a thrilling journey to the current decade.
Hit after hit tells the story of one of the greatest pop icons the world has ever known; in all, HIStory II features over twenty songs performed live by World #1 Impersonator Kenny Wizz.
True to Michael Jackson’s own ethos, HIStory II brings to the stage a level of production that will exceed all expectations. With a live international band, fully choreographed dancers, authentic costumes and a light and screen show, HIStory II is the recreation of what fans want but can never again see – a Michael Jackson concert experience.
Recently touring the US, Canada, Dubai and Indonesia – and now returning to Australia - this international hit showshould not be missed!
Saturday 29th March
Newcastle Charity Bootcamp @ Newcastle Foreshore
Newcastle personal training & weight loss studio WellFit Personal Training will host the 3rd annual Newcastle Charity Bootcamp on Saturday March 29, at Newcastle Foreshore.
Newcastle Charity Bootcamp 2014 is an annual outdoor group fitness event held for the sole purpose of raising funds for the John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Local fitness professionals will be facilitating a range of fun-filled exercise stations in what will be a challenging 2 hour workout for those who can last the distance.
The John Hunter Children’s Hospital in New Lambton is a 114 bed tertiary referral facility. It is one of only three children’s hospitals in New South Wales and the only such facility in Australia located outside of a capital city. The John Hunter Children’s Hospital treats over 8,000 children each year. Newcastle Charity Bootcamp has raised over $14,000 for the John Hunter Children’s hospital since 2012.
Event participation is a donation of $17.50 per person with all proceeds going to the John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Attendees are also welcome to make further donations on the day or by contacting event organisers.
Visit Newcastle Charity Bootcamp for more detailsor contact Brendon Osborne at WellFit Personal Training on (02) 4969 8478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Stonefield @ The Small Ballroom
Riding the momentum of a soaring radio and video favourite (Put Your Curse On Me), a string of sold out shows across August and a massive BIGSOUND campaign that saw the band partner with Red Bull to throw a packed-out launch party for their album on the first night of the Brisbane industry conference, Stonefield are poised to make their mark on 2014. Produced by acclaimed Band of Skulls producer Ian Davenport and mixed by Grammy-nominated Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam), ‘Stonefield’ is a contemporary take on classic rock ‘n’ roll. A heavy, raw and startlingly mature collection of songs with an overt blues influence, a trademark of the band.
Tickets: Kingdom Sounds
Palmarama feat. Palms & The Gooch Palmss @ The Cambridge Hotel
Supported by The Sufferjets & The Beach
It’s something both bands have been talking about for a long time but it’s finally happening… Palms and The Gooch Palms are hitting the road together for a big fat national tour from late February all through March.
They not only share a common word in their bands’ names, but also a love of touring and great friendship to boot! So it was a no-brainer when they got together to arrange the long awaited Palmarama National Tour.
Both Palms and The Gooch Palms released their debut albums in late 2013 (Step Brothers and Novo’s respectively) to rave reviews and played to eager crowds during their album tours.
Palmarama is shaping up to be an even bigger tour than both bands have done previously with this double headliner stretching the length of Australia and back.
Over the past couple of years both bands have played the Big Day Out, featured on the Aussie remake of the Nuggets comp, each toured the country up and down, shared beers, laughs and lounges to crash on, they’ve even shared a member (Leroy from The Gooch Palms was once the bass player in Palms and contributed a bass line or two on Step Brothers)but these guys have somehow never shared a stage or played on the same bill, so it’s a big deal!!!
The nine date tour will see Palms with the hometown advantage beginning the tour in the sunny city of Sydney and will wrap up with a warm Novocastrian welcome in The Gooch Palms’ steel city of Newcastle.
With stops all over the place along the way. And to keep it exciting, the bands will battle it out with a thumb war each night to see who will play last.
Tickets: $10 at the door
Ms Murphy @ Lizottes
Having first come to our attention on the second season of The Voice 2013, Ms Murphy - the fiercely talented stage persona of Karen Andrews - was hand-picked by coach Ricky Martin to be part of his first ever Australian team. After a spine tingling rendition of Etta James I’d Rather Go Blind, Ricky was locked into an all-out battle with fellow coaches Seal, Joel and Delta, who all turned their big red chairs to coax her onto their team. Ms Murphy advanced through to the semi-finals, proving her musical finesse and overcoming her instinctive shyness.It is true that when I step onto the stage I become somebody else, she laughs. I’m not usually that brave in everyday interactions. I am very shy and very quiet that’s just who I am. But when I sing I’m very open and very exposed. I’m Ms Murphy. After months of writing and recording with Melbourne soul/funk band The Bamboos, with front man Lance Ferguson adding his signature sound to the recording, Ms Murphy has now announced the release of her brand new five track EP White Dress And The Spirit on January 24th. Not diverting too much from the style of music that made us all fall in love with her, the first single to be lifted from the EP is Ritual Union, a cathartic and passionate cover of the 2011 hit from Swedish four-piece Little Dragon From her childhood kicking around a housing commission outside Sydney, to the flashbulbs of national primetime TV, Ms Murphy has been on an inspiring and persistent musical journey her whole life, consistently drawing from her childhood influences of Motown, soul and old-school R&B.
Sunday 30th March
PULSE Amazing Race Around Newcastle
Get your team together to solve a range of mental and physical challenges in a race around Newcastle!
Be the first to out-wit your competitors and cross the finish line while raising funds for the Hunter’s early career medical researchers.
Race registration and the starting line are at Nesca Park . To register for this great event visit HMRI. The cost is $160 for a team of four, which includes a BBQ at the final destination!
Mi Casa Su Casa Triple Headline Bill @ The Small Ballroom
123 Agency is excited to announce that six of their artists will join forces for the mighty March Mi Casa Su Casa tour! To cap off what’s been a huge summer of music, the indie heavyweights – all armed with infectious new tunes – will hit the road in March for a series of animated shows across the country. The tour will celebrate 123’s sweeping landscape of genres – from dance-infused rock to indie-folk and pop – as Tales In Space, the Pierce Brothers, Stillwater Giants, Blonde on Blonde, Yeo and Gena Rose Bruce unite to share the stage. With all acts having already earnt the support from radio, critics and hoards of fiercely loyal fans, this a chance to catch some of Australia’s hottest artists on the live music scene in front of your very eyes for the celebration that is, Mi Casa Su Casa!
Tickets: Kingdom Sounds
Amber Lawrence & Jason Owen @ Lizottes
For the first time, award-winning country artist Amber Lawrence and label-mate, X-Factor 2012 runner-up, Jason Owen join together for the Islands in the Stream tour, the title of their duet single released last month. Their youthful interpretation of this all-time classic by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton is the perfect inspiration behind their joint national tour. It also marks the release of Jason’s debut album Life Is A Highway which debuted at #5 on the ARIA Album chart and #1 on the I-Tunes Country Chart first week out. It’s both their love of country music and the audiences that have brought them together while both coming from different “islands in the stream”. Amber hails from Sydney and Jason grew up in small town of 12 called Albert in regional NSW. This two-hour show will feature Jason and Amber performing with their touring band, their own hits and songs as well as special duets throughout the show. Amber is known as one of the hardest working artists in the industry and it has certainly been paying off with 13 single releases all of which have been Top 5 radio favourites including seven #1’s. She has more than 10 awards to her name including the Tamworth Telstra Horizon Award at the 2011 Golden Guitars and was nominated in the Female Artist of the Year category at this year’s Golden Guitars. Amber will perform some of her fan favourites such as Wrecking Ball, Good Girls, Don’t Do Lonely Well, Women Like Me and from her latest album “3”, Everybody’s A Mess, Man Across the Street and Try. Throughout the tour Amber will continue to promote her 3rd album which will see the fourth single released in August. At 19 years of age, Life Is A Highway marks the start of a new journey for Jason, who has moved from his small country town to Sydney and is now ready to embrace a full-time career as a recording and performing artist. Life Is A Highway features songs such as Always On My Mind, Against The Wind, If Tomorrow Never Comes, and Sweet Home Alabama to name a few. The album’s collection of songs - which are eclectic in genre - are all connected by the beauty of Jason’s unique voice, and fans will now be able to experience it live.
Monday 31st March
Women Of Wisdom @ Newcastle Museum
Women of Wisdom is a celebration of Aboriginal women in the Hunter community. Women of Wisdom shows images of local women and includes their stories, musings and advice. It demonstrates the strength of Aboriginal women in our community and gives voice to the things they have learned and value.
Women of Wisdom is a project by The City of Newcastle Community Development team for International Women’s Day 2014 and involved photographs at a Hunter Family Fun Day in September and follow up workshops in December 2013.
Photographs by Lee Nichols. Workshop support by Dr Sarah Wright.
Phone: (02) 4974 5327 for more information
We have loads of other weekly Monday night options for you to pick from, check out our guide
Tuesday 1st April
In The Name Of Style @ Lizottes
Understanding styling and fashion is one thing. Having a super-natural flair for making everyday people look incredible is another. Once you’ve met Sam Woods, it’s hard not to catch her infectious passion for dressing to match your own lifestyle, personality and charisma. It’s why she’s shared the limelight alongside the likes of Gok Wan, Sally Obermeder and Westfield to name a few. Through her consultancy ‘Vibrant Concepts’, Sam has transformed the lives of hundreds from everyday legends to corporate giants.
Let Sam & Jordi show you how to look and feel fabulous everyday – learn the art of illusion dressing, colour matching, styling, translating fashion trends and savvy shopping with our unique styling systems and services that are truly personal and really work!
-What’s Hot -What’s Not AW14: Colours, Shapes & Must Haves
-Look Good For Less! Wardrobes Under $500
-Live Makeovers Ft. On the “Style Couch” with Sam as she answers style, colour and body shape concerns live.
Visit Sam Woods for more details
Wednesday 2nd April
IWRESTLEDABEARONCE @ The Cambridge Hotel
It has been two years since IWrestledABearOnce tore apart our country with their utterly unique blending of grind core, metal, jazz and electronica and they are set to return to Australia in April 2014. In November 2012, we were among the first to witness the now not-so-new vocals of Courtney LaPlante who replaced Krysta Cameron abruptly on Warped Tour in that year. They have since released a record featuring LaPlante and while the quick change caught the band by surprise; they couldn’t be happier with what fate delivered them.
“Courtney is just the perfect fit for us. We met for the first time when she arrived at Warped Tour, and we played a few hours later. It just clicked. Not only is her vocal style perfect for all of our material, but she’s also a total weirdo like the rest of us are. We’re happier than we’ve been in a long time. Courtney is a source of positivity and this creative energy, and that’s contagious as hell,” says guitarist/keyboardist Steven Bradley.
2013 marked a big year for IWrestledABearOnce with the recording and release of their third album titled ‘Late for Nothing’. On a whole the record is a step up for the band as they experiment with some new styles and genres especially with some more spacey and melodic parts whilst still retaining their metal/jazz inspired time signatures. One thing that automatically makes the record awesome is the guitar solo in ‘Carnage Asade’ by the legendary Steve Vai.
“We didn’t want to make another weird IWrestledABearOnce album or whatever people were expecting. We set out to make something different and better than anything we’ve ever released. It’s a more evolved version of the band. We explored new styles and genres as well—especially in terms of the more spacey, epic, and beautiful parts. It’s got the most melodic moments of our career as well as the heaviest.”
Joining them for the tour is Sydney’s own Caulfield. Since releasing their EP ‘Clarity in the sea of confusion’ in 2010 Caulfield have supported some of the biggest names in the hardcore/metal genres like Parkway Drive, Vanna, Northlane, Demon Hunter, Confession, Silverstein and more. Armed with their most recent release and first full length ‘Vanity’ which was recorded with Sonny Truelove at STL studios it captures the band’s passion and intensity to life, Caulfield are a must see on this tour.
Make sure you head to a show to witness IWrestledABearOnce play their new songs for yourself, along with old favourites from previous albums ‘It’s all happening’ and ‘Ruining It for Everybody’.
Doors: 7:30 PM
Jess Holland @ Lizottes
Powerhouse country starlet Jess Hollands new single Fine Lines from her forthcoming, highly anticipated second album is the perfect track to showcase this impressive musicians bluesy vocals. Picked as it is one of the singers favourite tracks from her new album “Whole Lot To Say” the single shows a more mature side to Jess Holland, aptly representing how she has grown in her career since the release of her debut album. Jess says it is the vibe and groove of the song that makes it one of her favourites. It has a storyline that I wanted people to relate to like I have, she says. It really reflects the overall sound of the new album. From the start Fine Lines was a stand-out. The drums set the song up with its groove and from there everything just fell into place. It really hit its straps when the steel guitar and fiddle were incorporated “the song really fell onto its own feet. It is about reminiscing about a wild and carefree relationship that grew to be unpredictable. Despite breaking the rules, it remained enticing and left you wanting more “kind of like being associated with a bad boy character that you just cant part with. When it came to writing and selecting songs for her second long-player, Jess wanted tough honest songs. All the tracks are hard-hitting. I haven’t held back in what I wanted to write about and this is no exception, she says. The album is pretty bold and sassy, but has those elements of country music that I love so much. I wanted to write songs that don’t tread on egg shells or hide behind meanings. It’s a pretty straight shooting kind of result. The songs certainly show a growth in Jess Hollands music. While her debut album Introducing Jess Holland was an exceptional release, the tracks on Whole Lot To Say have a definitely maturity to her earlier release. And the title, well that speaks for itself. I have learned so much since my last album, she says. Not just about performing and writing, but a lot about myself and my capabilities. I have definitely grown and evolved and I believe this is reflected in the way I have constructed the new songs. I felt as though I had a lot to prove when I was writing for this album. I didn’t want to hold back at all from what I wanted to say and each song really reflects this attitude. The title is actually one of the tracks on the album, but to me it represents the purpose for the album. The album, and single, were recorded with Rob Long at the Funky Lizard Studios in Newcastle and mastered at Love HZ Studios with Michael Carpenter. Jess says Rob was an absolute miracle worker and helped her take the visions of her songs to another level, and then some. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with some fantastic people for this album, she enthuses. In Fine Lines Rob not only played several instruments himself, but involved the likes of Sue Carson on fiddle, David Moore on steel guitar and Ben Elliot on drums. Jess Holland hasn’t really stopped working since the release of her debut album Introducing Jess Holland. The subsequent singles My Kinda Town, Iddy Biddy Pride and Cigarettes & Whiskey all received great radio support. Throughout her career, she has toured through central, western and northern New South Wales in support of the likes of Luke Dickens, Diesel and Adam Brand. She‘s also a two-time Toyota Star Maker finalist and has been earning acclaim from fans and critics alike. Earning the title of 2011 Voice of Urban Country was a great stepping-stone forward, the first of many accolades that have befallen this talented musician. The Fine Lines single is just the start of what will end up being a massive year for Jess Holland. She’s already considered a musician to watch and her forthcoming release will only consolidate this fact. Jess Holland is going to make a massive impact and she certainly has a Whole Lot To Say.
Happy Club w/ Bam Bam @ The Small Ballroom
BAM BAM “The Good Life Tour” After dominating the airwaves with his single Bags Packed, Melbourne hip hop sensation Bam Bam is back with The Good Life EP, out March, 28th 2014. Featuring Bags Packed, as well as the follow up single Feel Like I’m Alive, The Good Life EP is jam packed with super catchy, party bangers. Now this April it’s time to bring the party to the people, as The Good Life Tour makes 8 stops in 6 states around Australia. Don’t miss your chance to see Bam Bam in NEWCASTLE on April 2nd.+ Nhostic+ Sleepwalkers
Tickets: Kingdom Sounds