Blues aficionados – get ready for it! American bluesman Chris Cain is coming to Australia and playing the Thornbury Theatre on Friday 10th May, with special guest Phil Para. Cain concocts a soulful stew of Memphis style electric blues accompanied by powerfully deep vocals and jazz inspired blues guitar riffs that are uniquely his own, a fine brew that pays homage to his heroes, sometimes reminiscent of the legendary BB King and Joe Bonamassa, but always with his own inimitable seasoning. A formidable talent and multi-instrumentalist, his expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother’s Greek ancestry and his father’s soulful black heritage. In 1987 he burst onto the blues scene with his award winning debut album, he soon found himself sharing the stage and trading licks with a few of those legends, including Albert King and Albert Collins. Chris has released a dozen albums, each filled with soul-stirring songs pulled from his own blues drenched heart. His latest album, simply titled ‘Chris Cain’ has been nominated for Contemporary Blues Album of 2018 and he’s also nominated as Male Blues Artist of The Year at this year’s Blues Music Awards in Memphis.
On Saturday 11th May the Thornbury Theatre will host the 50th anniversarycelebration for Australian music legend Mike Rudd featuring music from both of his classic groups, Spectrum and Ariel. Great music and nostalgic memories. Mike’s music has become a legacy within the Music Industry, influencing many and gaining respect from all his peers. His creativity never diminishes, with some 25 albums later and still going strong. “I’ll Be Gone” is a national anthem to the “baby boomers” and charting for 25 weeks, including number one position. So many more favourites that have special memories. Mike has finally been submitted to be inducted into the 2019 Aria Hall Of Fame. Don’t miss this Spectrum and Ariel retrospective. Special guests friends Madder Lake and Chris Stockley & Band.
Yana Alana and her Greatest Tits return to the Thornbury Theatre on Friday 17th May. Queen of queer cabaret and determined to never be a national treasure; Yana Alana is a multi-award winning punk, anti-glamour, cabaret artist. Yana Alana and her all rockin’ live band the Paranas (Louise Goh and Bec Matthews) bring you her greatest tits from award winning shows. With songs like ‘Pussy Wussy Wussy’, ‘Back Door Blues’ and poetry excerpts from her book ‘If you were a carrot, I would’ve cum by now’. This show is a finger up to the idea of normality and a celebration of difference and diversity. Winner of the Sir Robert Helpmann Award and eleven time Green Room Award winners, this is world class queer cabaret.
San Francisco based singer-songwriter Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek) returns to Australia for a very special east-coast tour including the Thornbury Theatre on Sunday 19th May. Sun Kil Moon continues to command a firm reputation for prolific, profound recorded output and exemplary live capabilities. The Guardian hailed Sun Kil Moon’s live offering “utterly magnificent”, Brooklyn Vegan declaring it “one of the most surprising and fulfilling show-going experiences I’ve had in years.” Take a seat and strap in for over two hours of Sun Kil Moon who is set to deliver an unparalleled, unforgettable live music experience.
A celebration of good food, booze, music and community, for a good cause, will be held at the beautiful Thornbury Theatre on Monday 20th May. The Northside Charity Ball is an event and party hosted by a range of local businesses in the Thornbury area, to raise funds for Free to Feed, a local organisation that provides employment pathways for new migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. There will be live music from dynamic duo The Twoks and big band Horns of Leroy plus a DJ set by Fee B Squared (Triple R). Feast over a massive spread of incredible food made by the gorgeous people at Free to Feed. Tickets include arrival drinks until 7pm, catering by Free to Feed and all entertainment. Doors 6pm. Book through Eventbrite.
Blues legend Eric Bibb has a full bag of stories to tell from around the world and here he comes, bringing his new album ‘Global Griot’ and full band with him when he performs at the Thornbury Theatre on Thursday 23rd May. A leading bluesman of his generation, two time Grammy nominated Eric Bibb will take to the stage with his sensational band for an evening of uplifting and inspiring folk and blues. Eric has released 37 albums and enjoyed a non-stop touring career spanning five decades. Carving his own musical destiny with honesty and power, Eric Bibb is a remarkable live performer who has performed for Nelson Mandela and with renowned artists such as Charlie Musselwhite, Toumani Diabaté, Glen Scott, Larry Crockett, Habib Koité, Jools Holland and many more.
Venezuelan comedy legend Luis Chataing will appear at the Thornbury Theatre onSaturday 25th May. Luis Chataing was born with an overdose of talent and authenticity. It is provocative, irreverent, witty, intelligent and biting verb. A multiplier of ideas. A genius capable of crossing the limits, of walking in the opposite direction, of filtering his “reality”, that spontaneous way of capturing life. With a loyal audience that has made him the most influential Venezuelan comedian on social networks, with more than 4.5 million followers on twitter and another 3.3 million on Instagram, Chataing returns to theatre with his fourth show, with which he hopes to captivate “NuevaMente” to the millions of Venezuelans and Latin Americans who are scattered around the planet, while continuing to lead their new television project, “Conectados “, through their own Digital channel on youtube Nitantarde.
At long last, the time has come for local rockers Sheriff to launch their album onFriday 14th June. After almost a decade of showcasing their unique brand of Southern-Psychedelic-Horror-
After a sellout show last year performing at The Thornbury theatre, The Adele & Amy Songbook returns for one show on Saturday 22nd June. Amanda Canzurlo, aka Bloom, brings to you the songs of two amazing artists, Adele and Amy Winehouse. This superstar brings her soulful vocal resonance to cover two artists that have taken the music world by storm over the last decade. Adele and Amy Winehouse have amassed a legion of fans the world over, and have sold in excess of 20 million albums between them. Backed by an all-star band that boasts a former member of ARIA hall of fame band The Angels, and musicians from Damien Leith’s band. Bloom has recently returned from shows featuring John Farnham, John Paul Young, The Chantoozies, Eurogliders and many more, and she received accolades from some of Australia’s most successful artists with her voice.
Eric Bischoff is an American entrepreneur, television producer, professional wrestling booker, on-screen personality. His story is extraordinary: In the mid-80s, Bischoff entered the wrestling community as a “C-Team Announcer,” and a few short years later, he was President of Turner Broadcasting’s World Championship Wrestling. He signed Hulk Hogan and started Turner Network Television’s Monday Night Nitro, created the nWo, and beat Vince McMahon’s Monday Night RAW head-to-head in Monday Night Wars 83 consecutive times. He can now be heard on his weekly podcast 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff on the Westwood One Podcast Network. Come join Eric for some amazing story telling and a deep insight into the world of Professional Wrestling at the Thornbury Theatre on Sunday 23rd June. VIP packages are available.
Australian national treasure, Robert Forster is returning to the Thornbury Theatre onFriday 5th July, touring behind his new solo album ‘Inferno’. This is his first solo album in four years – his second album over the last eleven years. Forster only makes records when he feels he has the songs – on ‘Inferno’, he has nine songs he totally believes in. ‘Inferno’ was made in Berlin in 2018 during summer with producer/engineer Victor Van Vugt (Beth Orton ‘Trailer Park’, P J Harvey ‘Stories of the City, Stories from the Sea’), who engineered Forster’s debut solo album classic ‘Danger In The Past’ in 1990. Over the last four years Forster has been busy. He curated the acclaimed, Domino Records released, ‘Anthology Volume 1 1978-1984’ on his old band The Go-Betweens. His memoir ‘Grant & I’ was Mojo and Uncut’s Book of the Year. He continues to publish music journalism, play concerts, and he never stops writing beautiful songs.
Coming direct from Chicago for their first Australian tour to play the Thornbury Theatre on Sunday 7th July is Tammi Savoy and The Chris Casello Combo. They came together just a couple of years ago and have taken the roots and vintage worlds by storm with appearances at Viva Las Vegas, The Nashville Boogie, The New England Shake-Up and more. Vocalist Tammi Savoy is the 2019 winner of the Ameripolitan Award for “Female Rockabilly Artist of The Year”. Her influences include the likes of Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker and Esther Phillip. Guitarist Chris Casello is a 2nd generation inductee to The Rockabilly Hall of Fame, has been voted The Best of Nashville Scene’s “Honky Tonk Hero”, the Ameripolitan Award’s “Musician of the Year”, worked professionally with Wanda Jackson, Wayne Hancock, Marty Stuart, Rosie Flores and others, and enjoyed long working relationships with Johnny Powers, Jack Scott, Billy Lee Riley and Bo Diddley.
Progressive rock and metal genius Devin Townsend is bringing his all-acoustic ‘An Evening With’ tour to The Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 14th September. The show will feature songs across his entire discography in an intimate and ambient setting, along with Q&A sessions where fans will be able to ask the globally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist questions about his career and new album Empath. This will prove to be a unique & special experience for all in attendance.
Ultimate 80s Fluro Party on Friday 18th October at the Thornbury Theatre returns to the 80s with some of Australia’s most loved performers. In the ultimate throwback to the decade of big hair and Rubik’s Cubes, the Ultimate 80’s Fluro Party will bring back those much loved 80’s anthems with a superstar band featuring those who helped popularize the music that was the landscape of the 80’s in Australia. Performing their own hits and the hits of other 80’s greats, this Fluro Party is the ultimate mix tape of 80s hits. Featuring Uncanny X Men’s Brian Mannix, ex-Boom Crash Opera’s Dale Ryder, Kids In The Kitchen’s Scott Carne, The Angels’ James Morley, Chantoozies’Ally Fowler and Real Life’s Dave Sterry, this party also features a live DJ, Fluro body painters, best dressed prizes and a superstar light and staging show.
THE THORNBURY THEATRE gig guide:
Fri May 10 Chris Cain (USA)
Sat May 11 Spectrum /Ariel – Mike Rudd’s 50th Anniversary
Fri May 17 Yana Alana’s Greatest Tits
Sat May 18 Melbourne City Wrestling – The War to Settle the Score
Sun May 19 Sun Kil Moon
Mon May 20 Northside Charity Ball w/The Twoks and Horns of Leroy
Thu May 23 Eric Bibb with band
Sat May 25 Luis Chataing – Nuevamente
Sat Jun 1 Westgarth Idol
Fri Jun 14 Sheriff – The Album Launch
Sat Jun 22 The Adele & Amy Songbook
Sun Jun 23 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff -No Brag Just Facts Australian Tour
Fri Jul 5 Robert Forster
Sun Jul 7 Tammi Savoy and the Chris Casello Combo
Sat Sep 14 An Evening with Devin Townsend – solo – SOLD OUT
Fri Oct 18 Ultimate 80s Fluro Party