Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz is not normal.

Over the course of his life he’s met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too long), trick or treated at Liberace’s house (each finger had a diamond ring), was
Bob Hope’s favourite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world
busking before he knew how to do it, famously co-wrote “You Were Meant For Me”
with Jewel, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest
people as fans.

He’s also an ex high school wrestler (98 pound class), an obsessed baseball fan, a
yoga practitioner, a hopeless romantic, a smart-ass philosopher and a child-like adventurer/observer with an absurdist’s view of this crazy world and the various life-forms that inhabit it. He’s interested in it all – the big and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the terrestrial and the cosmic. He doesn’t just love life, he rides it bareback, naked, at a full gallop with one hand clenched deep in its mane and the other waving to anyone watching as he flies by. Time is ticking and he has work to do…

As a recording artist, he’s fronted the semi-legendary Rugburns and is responsible for a critically lauded body of work on his own: One Left Shoe, Chinese Vacation, Answering Machine, The Barn (a children’s album), Tales From The Tavern (a performance DVD), Traveling, Unraveling, Dreamhouse, Noineen Noiny Noin and most recently the soundtrack for the acclaimed Sundance-screened documentary film, Running Wild – The Life of Dayton O. Hyde.

As good as his albums are (and they’re very, very good), Steve positively owns a crowd when he’s on stage, where the proverbial rubber hits the road. His shows are the stuff of legend – no two are alike – and can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room. It’s also worth mentioning that he is an astonishing guitar player on top of everything else. He is quite possibly the most talented, and engaging, solo performer on this planet. That’s what 250+ shows a year on three continents will do for you.

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Meg Mac

Meg Mac

Meg Mac is a 23 year old singer songwriter from Sydney, who has steadily accumulated critical acclaim since the release of her debut single ‘Known better’ was Unearthed by Triple J and started a groundswell of international interest; she has had offers of deals from major record labels, publishers and touring agencies in America, UK, Europe and Australia.

The release of Meg Mac’s second single ‘Every lie’ significantly elevated her profile; the single was immediately added to high rotation on Triple J and went on to win Meg the ‘Unearthed’ spot on the prestigious Falls festival in Lorne, Victoria. She was also named Triple J’s ‘Next crop artist – One to watch in 2014’.

“classy and classic” – Richard Kingsmill, Music director, triple J

Following the release of her second single Triple J invited Meg Mac into the studio to perform live to air ‘Every lie’ and a cover of The Broods ‘Bridges’; these performances have already yielded in excess of 300,000 views on youtube.

‘Roll up your sleeves’ Meg Mac’s 3rd single signalled the emergence of a major song writing talent. The track exploded on Triple J and quickly become one of the station’s most played tracks. The song won second place in the Vanda & Young / APRA Song of the year competition, which is one of the world’s most prestigious song writing competitions and significantly raised Meg Mac’s profile in America; generating critical media acclaim and radio airplay.

“2014 has been a banner year for Australian artists. Iggy Azalea, Chet Faker, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Vance Joy all made their presence felt on a variety of Billboard charts. If the quality of breakthrough single “Roll Up Your Sleeves” is any indication, Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Meg Mac could be leading the charge next year. The lilting, gospel-tinged ballad is a breathtakingly beautiful introduction to one of pop music’s most exciting new talents”. Idolator USA

Meg Mac released her debut EP titled ‘MEGMAC’ in August 2014 followed by a sell-out tour of Australia, firmly establishing her as a major force on the Australian music scene.
“Treating the audience to unquestionably one of the most breathtaking performances I have ever seen, I have no doubt that Meg Mac is well on her way to very big things”. Review AAA

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

In 2003, the time was right. A world-record attempt to have the largest number of horn players on stage at the same time playing the ska-skank saw a slew of musicians take the stage at St Kilda’s Gershwin Room, and although nobody remembered to check if the record had actually been set, from this sold-out performance the Melbourne Ska Orchestra was born. Assembled from some of Australia’s preeminent names in Ska and Reggae and fronted by inimitable frontman Nicky Bomba (Bomba, Bustamento, John Butler Trio), the soaring popularity of the band is seeing the MSO fast becoming a fixture in Australia’s musical landscape.
The self titled Melbourne Ska Orchestra debut album was released to rave reviews in 2013 and picked up 2 ARIA nominations that year. Now, after more than a decade of sold-out shows and electrifying Australian festival appearances at Bluesfest, Golden Plains, Caloundra, Queenscliff and AWME the 26 (often stretching to 34) piece band have acquired an impressive, ever-growing and dedicated overseas fan base. MSO sold out their debut London show, appeared on the bill for the iconic Glastonbury Festival and played a headline set to a crowd 50,000 at the Montreal Jazz Festival during their 2014 tour, without blowing their own horn it is safe to say MSO are quickly becoming a household name! “The night is beyond electric—wild calls and responses, epic Mexican waves; Lennox busts out ‘Imagine’ on steel pans to a spine tingling crowd singalong. We’ve never seen such a sea of heads, a true bucket-list moment for all of us.” – Cam Hassard, Tenor Sax.
Drawing on the vast amount of musical legends that have shaped the genre from the Jamaican movement through to UK Two Tone and the present day Latino Ska, MSO demonstrate a unique Australian vision with the exuberance and freewheeling colour of contemporary Ska. The outfit have crafted their sound with unexpected arrangements and seductive harmonies, of powerful horns and foot-stomping drums. Each song is like a vignette from a Ska-infused storybook, full of cinematic colour and characters bursting to life from every verse.
The mighty Melbourne Ska Orchestra continue their feat for world wide Ska domination with a 2014 ARIA nomination for ‘Best Live Act’, plans to release a sophomore album in 2015 and continue touring nationally and internationally.

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OKA

OKA

OKA is a celebration of Freedom, Beauty & Love

A celebration of all that it is to be alive and free in the world today, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country through music. Their signature sound is an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music. A rhythm based sonic tapestry crossing cultural boundaries, embracing the future without losing sight of the past.

“Try to imagine Bob Marley meets Stevie Wonder via the chemical brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming rainforest with a didgeridoo and you are getting close”

Almost solely known through word of mouth, the unconventional growth of these Aussie boys defies the norm. Relying on instinct, they have let their music and love for performing dictate direction to create a real time soundtrack, and an empowering vibe leaving listeners hungry for more.

Born from a relaxed street jam over 10 years ago, they continue to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a much larger, growing audience on a global stage. Independently selling over 150,000 albums, they have shared the stage alongside inspirational acts Arrested Development, Finnley Quay, Xavier Rudd, Dehli to Dublin, Kinnie Starr, Digging Roots to name a few.

While sharing the the bill with the likes of Kiss, Santana, Sting, Burning Spear, Yothu Yindi, Beats Antiques, Fat Freddys Drop and The Wailers.
OKA have thrieved at festivals throughout Australia, Asia & Nth America including Montreal Jazz (CAN), Winnipeg Folk (CAN), Green Room Festival (JAP), Earthdance & Joshua Tree (CA), Fusion Festival (GERMANY) Bali Spirit (INDO) & Woodford Folk Festival, Rainbow Serpent, Splendour in the Grass (AUS) Sydney Opera House (AUS). In these arenas OKA has sent unsuspecting crowds into hypnotic frenzies, gaining them a strong reputation for their festival highlight standout performances.

At the creative heart of the music is Stu Boga Fergie (aka DidgeriSTU) who connects you to earth with the deep subsonic pulse and resonance of his Yidaki (didgeridoo). He is the big man behind the electronic beats, keys & vocals inspired by his aboriginal heritage.
The OKA Collective includes captivating melody on guitar, sax, flute & woodwinds woven through organic juju beats of deep tribal fire.
A sound & force that touches the heart & feeds the soul.

“ Ear to the ground, listen to our sound… a positive soul vibration” – DidgeriSTU

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Pseudo Echo

Pseudo Echo

Pseudo Echo pioneered the 1980s electro sound in Australia and quickly established themselves as one of the most successful and influential bands in the country.

With smash hits like “Listening” and “A Beat for You” from their debut gold album “Autumnal Park” followed by the platinum selling “Love An Adventure” album which featured the hits “Don’t Go”, “Living in a Dream” and the title track “Love an Adventure” the band was set to make its mark on the international stage.

Brian Canham (singer/songwriter/guitarist) then came up with the masterstroke to record a killer version of the song “Funky Town”. At just 24 years of age Brian produced a worldwide smash hit which saw them top the Australian charts for 12 weeks, soar to the USA and UK Top 10 as well as dozens of other countries. Pseudo Echo’s Funky Town came to be the unofficial anthem of the 1980s; big hair, bigger hooks and totally unforgettable. It still packs out dance floors 25 years later.

Pseudo Echo’s music continues to influence and resonate today with remixes and samples of their songs by renowned DJs such Smash/n/Grab, Sly, Quench and Mr. Quick

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Dynamic Hepnotics

Dynamic Hepnotics

Oh boy, The Hepnotics as they were affectionately known have not played together for near on 30 years. Here at HQ we are delighted to host them for a ‘one off’ reunion.

The Hepnotic anthem… ‘Soul Kinda Feeling’ still enjoys solid airplay across Australia. Every band member has been involved in multiple projects in the years since the band called it quits. Make no mistake this will be your one and only chance to see this legendary Australian Soul and Blues outfit perform again.

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Lime Cordiale

Lime Cordiale

Sydney’s Lime Cordiale are storming through 2015 on the back of recent single ‘Hanging Upside Down’, which saw them tour the country and achieve a national Spotlight feature on Spotify Australia in February. The Northern Beaches locals are now excited to release new single ‘Feel Alright’, paired with two exclusive single launch shows in Sydney and Melbourne in July.

Inspired by a string of influences from Charles Bradley to Daft Punk to The Roots, ‘Feel Alright’ was recorded with Sydney-based producer Jean Paul-Fung – the second single with JP since their signing to Alberts Music at the end of 2014.
Frontman Oli Leimbach on working at Alberts Music in Sydney:

“Alberts was a buzz. There’s always amazing people coming in and out of there. We’d be in the middle of a session and people like Jake Stone or The Delta Riggs would burst through the door wanting to hear something. There’s always mi goreng in the cupboard too.”

‘Feel Alright’ draws from the diversity of Lime Cordiale’s emphatic live show, which has graced countless local and international stages over the last 18 months including two separate twenty-date tours of North America and alongside The Delta Riggs (sold out national tour), Ball Park Music, The Griswolds, Dispatch and Cosmo Jarvis.

The five-piece from Sydney’s northern beaches have previously sold-out Newtown Social Club, The Standard and Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, and performed at numerous festivals including Bigsound, Homebake, AWME, Deni Blues, Bluesfest, and SXSW Music Festival in Austin.

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Frank Yamma

Frank Yamma

Frank Yamma is without a doubt one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters with an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries – a love song sung in Pitjantjatjara will make your heart sing in whatever language you speak. When he sings, you listen and travel with him. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in his native language and English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply evocative voice are all there in his compelling new album ‘Uncle’ (2014). Although he’s lived in Adelaide for many years, Frank’s spirit belongs to the heart of Australia. Uluru. Docker River. Ernabella. Central Australia. As Frank says, “wherever the Pitjantjatjara mob come from”.

His 2014 release ‘Uncle’ is a follow up album to the critically acclaimed ‘Countryman’ (2010). ‘Countryman’ re-launched Frank’s career following a ten-year hiatus, gaining international attention, sparking extensive national and international touring, and seeing Frank pick up a licensing deal with Proper Records UK. The new album features songs of country, protection, heartache and travel. And songs of love. Not of love lost, but of pure, present-day raw emotion. ‘Uncle’ shows the continuity of a musician that is hitting his peak with grace and conviction.

Frank’s touring highlights include Australian festivals’ WOMADelaide; Byron Bay Bluesfest; and Sydney Festival. He has undertaken three tours to Europe since 2011, performing at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad (UK); Womad (UK); The New Hebridean Festival (Scotland); Festival Bled (Slovenia); and Colours of Ostravia (Czech Republic). Most recently he has returned from a 2014 summer tour setting hearts on fire across Canada at Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg folk festivals, where he shared the stage with Buffy Saint Marie and The Mekons, as well as performing a coveted spot opening for Joan Baez.

A new career defining opportunity for Frank has arrived in the form of a coveted invite to perform at the foremost world music conference and trade show WOMEX ’14, this year held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. A spot on the WOMEX official selection showcase has not come to an Australian music act for the past five years and it is both an honour and an acknowledgement to Frank’s unique story and music.

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Larry Braggs Soul Club

Larry Braggs Soul Club

You can look far and wide, but you will be hard pressed to ever find as dynamic and exciting a vocalist as Larry Braggs. A true showman with incredible range and control, Larry exudes confidence along with a sense of joy in every song he sings. As lead vocalist for Tower of Power, Larry has truly made the songs his own as he thrills audiences worldwide.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, where he began his musical training under the direction of Constance F. Duboise, Larry has a number of accomplishments under his belt beginning with his scholarship to the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, where he was awarded the honors of Most Valuable Player and Best Actor of the University’s Drama Department. Larry received the B.A. degree in Music from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.

He also was the lead vocalist for the Vesper Choir and performed at the Inauguration Performance at the United Nations Building in Vienna, Austria. Larry has shared the bill and the stage with notable artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lenny Kravitz, Kenny Loggins, Millie Jackson, Morris Day, Ready for the World, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Tony Terry, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Guy, War, The Neville Brothers, the Average White Band, The Winans, and more.

Larry has toured Europe where he has performed for kings and queens singing classical music. Returning to his roots of soul and R&B in 1987, Larry began touring with a funk band out of Austin, Texas known as “The Bizness.”

Larry took the reins as lead vocalist for the legendary soul and funk band from Oakland, California – Tower of Power – in October 2000. When not touring with Tower of Power, you might find Larry occasionally singing the National Anthem at a Golden State Warriors home game.

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