Our 5 best things to do this week
LEGENDARY Australian funksters Skunkhour are hitting the road again.
The band has reunited and is setting off on a tour of Australia. Skunkhour fuse soul, funk, hip hop and jazz with rock to create a unique brand of Australian groove music.
Their legendary sound spans a decade. They produced five albums, rocked out at countless gigs and festival and cemened their place in Triple J’s Top 100.
They disbanded following the release of fourth album, The Go in 2001.
Skunkhour will play the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay on Sunday, December 6. Tickets $36.30 and are available from Northern Oztix on 1300 762 545. Doors open 8pm.
AS PIONEERS of New Zealand’s unmistakable sonic mix of dub, reggae, drum’n’bass, hip hop, and rock, Salmonella Dub have paved the way for countless acts to carve a career in Australia while garnering a loyal and committed long-term fan base.
They return to Australia with a new studio album (the first run will be sold with a limited edition premium disc) and a national tour. They will be joined by a host of special guests, including the seven-piece reggae roots collective Cornerstone Roots.
They will play the Great Northern Hotel, Friday December 4. Tickets $35 +bf from www.thenorthern.com.au. Doors open 8pm.
THE Tatts Hotel is Lismore’s new home of underground music.
Drop into the front bar of the Tatts on Sunday December 6 to catch Leadfinger on their East Coast tour. Leadfinger play a swampy blues-driven style of rock with plenty of hooks and a bit of slide guitar; no double-kick drums or pointy headed guitars in this band – it’s rock’n’roll by any other name.
Any fan of Aussie underground rock will want to get their mitts on their new release and they will have vinyl and CD copies for sale at the gig. Support acts include Birdbrain plus special guests.
Doors open 5pm, free entry – so get along and support live music in Lismore.
GET to the backroom of the Tatts Hotel in Lismore on Wednesday, December 9 for Kevin Blechdom (US) plus support acts including Barnwave and Professor Blix.
Kevin is an underground legend – she (yes, she) has inspired many artists and musicians to push the boundaries of their chosen art form.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm.
THIS time of year is the season of the dreaded office Christmas party. There’s nothing more awkward than socialising with workmates over a stale Jatz and a cheap chardonnay, so why not break the ice with a bit of comedy.
The Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby offers free comedy at the Open Mic. With Mandy Nolan as MC, this is an opportunity to see the latest in up-and-coming comedic talent from the region.
Nolan, known for her self-deprecating wit, is in fine form; the new mum enjoying her time on stage as ‘a little bit of me time!’
She lovingly ushers in new comics, holding their hands, stealing their best jokes, reworking them and making them shine! From 8pm tonight.