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Darebin Music Feast's new hub, The Bain Marie - 18 to 29 Sep 2013

BY Lila Cumming | 19-Aug-2013
The Bain Marie is the sizzling new hub of the Darebin Music Feast. Housed in the Northcote Town Hall Civic Square, The Bain Marie will present a broad selection of music, kid friendly lunchtime gigs, open decks vinyl sessions, community participation events, guest speakers and music comedy. Here are just some of the many performance highlights to look forward to in this exciting new FREE venue.
Venue: Northcote Town Hall Civic Square
Date: 8 to 29 Sep 2013
Web: www.musicfeast.com.au
: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Darebin-Music-Feast/103459693035119

THE ROYAL JELLIES

Wed 18 Sep OPENING NIGHT - FREE

This rabble snaps a hyper-coloured homage to the polyphonic sounds of an era when jazz was king. Modern Melbourne meets New Orleans old school in The Royal Jellies. Frontline horns duke-it-out while the rhythm section cooks up raucous grooves in a neo-vintage stew of pop hooks, trad jazz and straight-up songwriting. Currently touring their new debut album "Burrows St. Poolside", this consummate eight-piece band delivers a sound that is brash, brassy and infectious; modern-dapper songs textured with horns, Hammond, banjo and stride piano

QUARRY MOUNTAIN DEAD RATS

Wed 18 Sep OPENING NIGHT - FREE

Taking it back to a simpler time, where the pickin' was fast and the banjo was king, this five piece bring their raw & gritty version of bluegrass kicking and hollering into the modern day. Quarry Mountain Dead Rats establish an 'old mate' affinity with their audiences while delivering a kick-you-in-the-face live show, setting the tone for a sing along, drink along, foot-stomping good time. QMDR's instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, double bass and washboard fits the bluegrass mold, but the influence of old- time mountain-music combined with rock'n'roll sensibilities, give way to something altogether different. Revellers are no doubt drawn to QMDR's humour and anything goes attitude, but what stands out is their ability to tear into their songs with an intensity that's rare for an acoustic band.

THE TIGER & ME

Fri 20 Sep - FREE

Melbourne sextet The Tiger & Me weave a rare mixture of styles and sounds as three lead vocalists exchange and merge tunes from whispered ballad to fevered maelstrom, from charming pop to explosive, dirty rock. In 2012 they signed to ABC Music's imprint label "Four|Four" (Tim Rogers, Boy in a Box), before collaborating with ARIA-nominated producer Steven Schram (Little Birdy, The Cat Empire, Little Red) to create their second full-length album, The Drifter's Dawn. The Tiger & Me's ascension to prominence commenced with the release of their critically-lauded debut album From a Liar to a Thief in 2010, which in turn led to breakthrough appearances at Port Fairy and Apollo Bay Music Festivals. 2011 left no rest for the wicked as they toured Australia whilst releasing two EPs of a planned 3-part series, The Howling Fire and The Silent City. The series reaches a climactic conclusion with the new album The Drifter's Dawn. The Drifter's Dawn will be released by ABC Music's Four | Four on October 19, 2012. "As fun as it all is, the Tiger & Me is a band of emotional breadth and it shifts effortlessly through the gears from brass-bright exuberance, ambivalent, Gypsyish energy and a delicate-to-the-point-of delicious sombreness." 4 Stars THE AUSTRALIAN

BOGAN BINGO

Sun 22 Sep - FREE

Bogan Bingo is best described (by themselves) as 'half game show-half party'. It is a game of bingo, but throw in some 80's rock anthems, DJ and washed up rock star of a bingo caller and you'll see why Bogan Bingo has sold out every year at Adelaide Fringe for 6 years in a row. Expect to win meat big, and don't be shy when called upon for the air guitar comp for bingo party animals who want to rock out that little bit more.

ELECTRIC GUITAR CIRCLE WITH KIM SALMON

Mon 23 Sep FREE

Join Kim Salomon for a special Darebin Music Feast produced event where he will share his iconic electric guitar skills with a small group of participants in the festival hub bar on Monday 23 September at 8pm. A select group will plug in and learn grunge and punk rock cords, progressions and licks in this unforgettable group lesson, followed by a Q&A with Kim on his song-writing and new projects.

Join our Facebook Page and register for updates to find out how you can enter to win a place. Interested parties will need to be 18+, able to bring their own electric guitar and have intermediate skills.

THE HOUSE HOODS

Tue 24 Sep, Wed 25 & Fri 27 - FREE

Introducing The House Hoods! Where housemates and friends from your neighbourhood will be challenged to form a music act and compete at The House Hoods selection Heats on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 September. Outstanding collaborators will perform at The House Hoods Finals on Friday 27 September for domestic bliss prize packs. Special Guests include ManChoir (Tues 24, 9pm).

THE TWOKS

Wed 25 Sep - FREE

Rough and smooth, epic and sweet, The Twoks are Xani Kolac (electric violin/vocals) and Mark Leahy (drums). Together they make dark, electric dancing music. Their songs scream, soar and sail.

The Twoks have played St Kilda Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in pubs and clubs around Australia. "The Twoks are pretty unusual. Pretty and unusual." (Hilary Martha Donald, EdFest Magazine, 2011) "A force to behold." (themusic.com, 2013)

UKE FOR KIDS FAMILY ORCHESTRA & WORKSHOP

Fri 27 Sep- FREE

Yanai Morris of Uke4Kids, and now also The Uke Group, brings his incomparable capacity to remain calm in the face of potential chaos to this beginners' workshop for all comers. Yanai has been teaching instrumental music to people of all ages for 11 years, and in particular ukulele for the last 5 years. Co-founder and Director of Uke4Kids, Yanai is well known among Melbourne families as a patient, encouraging and totally chilled instrumental teacher. From its humble origins as Uke4Kids, the group is now branching out into the big wide world of adults as The Uke Group. From this workshop you will emerge joyous and eager for more, with at least 3 chords and 1 or more contemporary songs in your repertoire. From tots to totally mature, if you're just starting out, this is THE workshop for you. BYO ukulele – sheet music provided.

AFL GRAND FINAL - CHOOK RAFFLE & CHOOK BANDS

Sat 28 Sep - FREE

Come and watch all the pre-match shenanigans and game live on the big screen in our pop-up festival hub bar. Complimentary raffle tickets from the bar will put you in the running for Chook Raffle prizes like you've never seen at quarter time and it will all be followed up by performances from Melbourne bands Chris Russell's Chicken Walk and Chook Race.

Chris Russell's Chicken Walk play low down, down home, juke joint blues. Cementing their reputation as the hardest working blues combo in the country, 2013 has already seen Chicken Walk receive the famed golden boot at Golden Plains, tour the nation twice with Tony Joe White and Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes, as well as share stages with everyone from Jimmy Cliff to Santana to Gary Clark Jr. Somehow amongst all of this, the irrepressible combo found time to write and record album number two. Whereas the first album was famously built on the foundation of a mere handful of shows, the new album Shakedown sees a road-matured Chicken Walk displaying a newfound focus and heartworn confidence, propelled by the extramural themes of shining sun, pouring rain, rivers, roads and trains.

Chook Race are a Melbourne three piece. Their bedroom recorded sound references Australian and NZ indie classics, international outsider favourites and the 60s teen garage explosion. In layman's terms: they play a set of scrappy pop songs. The Chooks have been lucky enough to play with a bunch of international acts they really love and have released a 45 and a couple of tapes. They're hoping to put an LP out later this year.

OPEN DECKS BYO VINYL SESSIONS

Thurs 19 – Sun 29 (excl. Sat 28) - FREE

The Music Feast Open Decks – BYO Vinyl Sessions invites you to bring a few of your waxy music gems in and play them while kicking back and enjoying the festival hub environment for knock off drinks 5pm-7pm daily. Thursday 19 is Country & Bluegrass before Madeleine Paige, Friday 20 is Urban Gypsy before Tiger & Me and James Teague, Saturday 21 is Shoegaze before Pearls & The Stevens, Sunday 22 (special 12pm-3pm session) Crate Digger Record with your New Purchases then 70′s Rock before Bogan Bingo, Monday 23 is rebellious 90′s Grunge before Kim Salmon's Electric Guitar Circle, Tuesday 24 is Soul Singers before ManChoir and House Hoods Heat #1, Wednesday 25 is Rockabilly before House Hoods Heat #2, Thursday 26 is Americana & Hills before Music Club, Friday 27 is African-Caribbean because this is what you wanna hear on a Friday afternoon in October, we take a break on Saturday for AFL Grand Final party! And round it all off on Sunday 29 with Original Rhythm & Blues before The Harlots & Howlin Steam Train at The Bain Marie Closing party!

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY with HOWLIN' STEAM TRAIN & THE HARLOTS

Sun 29 Sep - FREE

As the name implies, HOWLIN' STEAM TRAIN are ragged, relentless, and freakin' fun. They're a nice n' boozy cocktail of rock, soul, boogie and a bunch of other stuff you can't quite put your finger on. They've spent the summer serving it up to big frenzied crowds at Queencliff, Falls Festival, and Deniliquin Blues & Roots alongside Santana, Steve Miller and Bonnie Raitt.

"There are musicians and there are bands. Great bands are the sum of their parts. Great bands are rare. Howlin' Stream Train is a great band." - Ed Nimmervoll: long-serving Australian music journalist and observer.

THE HARLOTS are slick like pop, but ragged like garage; the Harlots sting like the new wave and burn like soul. Swelling dance floors and stage tents with their sultry brand of ego-rock since late 2010, Melbourne sextet the Harlots draw on the diverse musical inspirations of its members to produce an urbane, sinister sound that ranges from the literary to the crude, blending sophistication with sweat and saliva. Recent touring brought them to the festival-going folk who ate it all up and asked for dessert.

The latest offering, the double EP "Coarse Tunes parts I & II" launched, breaking records along the way, to a sold-out audience this month. Containing the popular single 'Got No Soul' a twisting, riff-driven rocker, a warning shot fired in anticipation of the debut album to lead all who cross its path to glory. The Harlots come armed to the teeth; the Harlots are here to stay.

"…hotly-tipped Melbourne sextet the Harlots played a searing, exuberant set of guitar‐rock." - The Age