Our 5 best things to do this week
Paul Brasch, Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan will take to the stage tonight for the Big Gig at the Ballina RSL Club. The Big Gig has been running for more than three years and has become a favourite night-out for locals. Paul Brasch has been described as ‘a genius’ by Time Off. He has appeared on Hey Hey its Saturday, The Midday Show and The Comedy Channel’s Headliners. He is joined by Ellen Briggs – a Mandy Nolan success story. Ellen did one of Mandy’s workshops a few years back and the rest is history. At the end of 2007, she was short listed for the breakfast radio program ‘The Cage’ on MMM, Brisbane – without even applying for the job! Mandy Nolan will MC the big night and will also present her unique brand of self-deprecating stand-up comedy.
Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at 7.30pm. The show starts at 8pm.
Bluejuice at Byron
One of the rising stars on the Australian music scene, Bluejuice, is currently making their way around the country on their Broken Leg tour. The five-piece Sydney band has recorded a new album Head of the Hawk, set for a September release. They will be re-visiting Byron Bay this Saturday night after they kicked off their tour at Splendour in the Grass in July. If their performance this Saturday night at The Great Northern Hotel is anywhere near as amazing as what they served up to the adoring crowds at Splendour, punters won’t be disappointed.
Tickets: $18 pre/ $22 Door: Available from oztix www.oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545.
The Young Victoria
From Academy Award® winner Martin Scorsese comes a powerful film that narrates the story of Queen Victoria’s early rise to power. The Young Victoria is coming to Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas. The opening night is tonight at 7pm, and will be celebrated with a fundraising screening for the Northern Rivers Community Foundation. The foundation is asking all locals to sign on and pledge to contribute regularly to the gift fund. Tickets are $20 and include complimentary pre-film drinks in the cinema foyer from 6.30pm.
The View from Madeleine’s Couch is a unique OzBrazilian group based in Brisbane. The band plays Brazilian and Brazilian-inspired original music. With a line-up led by the vibraphone, the band creates a sound truly distinct from any other Latin group in the country. The music is a blend of samba, bossa nova, forro, samba-reggae, batucada and original music born out of a great love for the brilliant rhythms and harmonies of Brazil. They will play the Lismore City Bowling Club on Tuesday, September 1 from 8pm. Tickets - $12/8.
Rock in the Hills
Rain in Juarez is an up and coming Brisbane quintet that is making waves in the Australian music scene. With the rawness of Neil Young, the thump of Kings of Leon and the chords of Soundgarden, the band have been gaining a reputation for explosive and entertaining live shows. They will be performing at the Nimbin Hotel tonight, free from 7.30pm. Don’t miss the future of Australian rock!