Our 5 best things to do this week
THE Queen of Loops and Funk, Mihirangi, is back in Australia, hitting the road with a national summer tour of concerts. With an extraordinary talent of timing and rhythm, and an amazing vocal ability, Mihirangi creates a big band sound of earth-shaking bass lines, ska chops, jazzy riffs, soaring solos and beat boxing; all live in front of her audience with the power of her incredible vocal range and a Roland RC50 loop pedal. Earlier this year, Mihirangi was wowing audiences at WOMADelaide, drawing 5000 people, the largest on-site crowd at the event. Be wowed yourself by Mihirangi on Wednesday, December 30, at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay. Free, from 9pm.Dubmarine launch
BATTEN down the hatches: Brisbane’s high-powered dub and dancehall assault Dubmarine are preparing to rip into 2010 with the release of their brand-new single Chip at the Buddha Bar, Byron Bay, on Boxing Day. Featuring their trademark bass-driven foundations, twin trombone blasts and thunderous synth explosions, the track rocks a deep dancehall ‘riddim’. The release comes after Dubmarine were nominated for the Best Band of 2009 at the Deadly Awards. The gig is free, from 8pm.Slide guitar Jed
THE first thing you notice about the Jed Rowe Band is the slide guitar-lap steel ringing and wailing with echoes of Ben Harper or Jeff Lang. Then the groove grabs you, double bass and drum kit locked in watertight. The Jed Rowe Band will perform in support of their national release of the album, Midnight Sun, at The Rails, Byron Bay, on Tuesday, December 29, from 7pm. With its diverse and progressive roots sound, the album has already gained airplay on JJJ, ABC and community radio across the nation. Free entry.Somersault
SOMERSAULT is a new group featuring members of the Romaniacs, Bangalow chanteuse Sadie Jones and Queensland harmonica great Steve Gilbert. Somersault is inspired by folk, Latin, Celtic, Spanish and eastern roots. Sadie Jones brings her experience from performing in theatre and cabaret to the line-up. She has an instinct to sing beautiful songs with soulful conviction and her blood has been charged in this latest project. Don’t miss them at The Rails on Boxing Day, from 6.30pm.Queer Fruit Fest
THE Queer Fruits Film Festival will screen over two days in the glamorous surrounds of Lismore’s Star Court Theatre with three sessions. Session 1 is an opening night party and films screening on Tuesday, December 29, from 6m-7.15pm (drinks); then from 7.30m-10pm film screening, followed by Meet the Filmmaker Q&A with visiting GLBTIQ director/producer teams from around Australia. Session 2 will be held on Wednesday, December 30, from 4.30-6.30 pm. Session 3 is on that evening from 7-10pm with screenings and Jury Awards. A festival cafe will be open on December 30 at the Star Court Theatre for a pre- or post-film drink, cappuccino or meet and greet between sessions. Visit NORPA at www.norpa.org.au for more information.