George Porter & The Runnin Pardners

George Porter & the Runnin Pardners

George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid 60’s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.

Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning more then four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he’s notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann) just to name a few. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers again to only name a few.

Porter is also the band leader of his own unique long term project the Runnin’ Pardners, well respected not only as a quintessential New Orleans band, the touring band continues to receive accolades on the jam band and festival scene. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project. Familiar Pardners – Brint Anderson (guitar) and, Michael Lemmler (keyboards) and rising stars on the New Orleans music scene Khris Royal (saxophone) and Terrence Houston (drums). George Porter Jr. plans to keep a smile on his face.” I feel like I am working towards something that will be remembered.”

Porter has proven to be capable of the ultimate fusion of rock, funk and R&B, and has gained recognition as one of the industry’s elite bass players. He continues to be not only an in demand performing artist but an accomplished studio musician and producer.

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Abbe May

Abbe May

Electronica/Doom Pop artist, Abbe May, is one of Australia’s most respected songwriters and performers, having released two albums and 2 EP’s in the last 5 years, her album, Design Desire, was shortlisted in the top 5 albums of 2012 by the Australian Music Prize. May has now released latest album “Kiss My Apocalypse” to 4 and 5 Star reviews from Australian and international media. The record Debuted at #1 on the Air album chart, #17 on the Aria Australian album chart, #24 on the iTunes Australian album charts and number 4 on the iTunes alternative charts. A successful release made particularly impressive as it was done independently by Abbe May with help from MGM, SGC Media and Billions Australia.
A prolific and powerful artist, May grew up on the coast of Western Australia and continues to base her work there and in Melbourne. She has toured her music extensively both in Australia and internationally.
Her live performances are violent, intense and sexual. Many consider Abbe May to be one of Australia’s most versatile and dynamic vocalists. Her catalogue of songs about love and lust would almost be romantic if it weren’t for the vitriol.

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Agnes J Walker & The Cry Babies

Agnes J Walker & the Cry Babies

Birthed from the old legends of Blues, Folk and Pop, & raised by a mediocre world, a musician now walks amongst every day souls.Agnes J Walker creates a unique and versatile sound that is accompanied by the harmonica and basic rhythms, spurned from the most soulful sounds of 50s-style blues. Agnes’ cheeky, in-depth, authentic lyrical content and vocal delivery, along with crafty song writing skills, will grab you by the collar and never let you go

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Alex Crook

Alex Crook

Early years saw Alex Crook develop a passion for playing the harmonica and taking to the stage alongside singer-songwriters from across Australia. Thriving from these live performances, Alex began to write his own music and pursued his enjoyment for music through playing guitar and singing at open mic nights on the Gold Coast, leading to solo performances across the south-east coast.

With the inclusion of his sister Rebecca Crook playing bass the singer song-writer recorded his debut EP “Character Building” in 2013. Developing new songs and different sounds, brave Gold Coast drummer Scott Williamson joined the sibling duo.

Alex Crook with his band have been making a mark on the Great South East playing relentlessly with his pop folk sound that lends to singing along and tapping your feet. With a brand new EP "Broken Time" released in October and a slot on the Caloundra Music Festival and Tamworth Country Music Festival in early 2015, the Trio are taking their up beat performances and catchy songs to audiences around Australia.

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All Star Show Band

All Star Show Band

The Shake it Up Music team are back in 2015 with their All Stars big band. This is a group of young musicians from across the Sunshine Coast playing all the old big band hits, along with a bunch of rock and soul standards.

In 2012, the group participated in some intense workshops with Ska-Master and JBT drummer Nicky Bomba. The students played a great show on the Surf Stage last year and were lucky enough to be called up to perform with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra during their set. Nicky Bomba worked with the All Stars in 2013 and we can’t wait to see their new show.

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Amali Ward

Amali Ward

After releasing a self-produced EP at 17, Sydney soul artist Amali Ward played Bluesfest,
Southern Roots & national tours with Naturally 7 & The Bamboos, before recording debut
album ‘Back In Time’.
Before its release, it had already won 2 major gongs; The John Lennon Songwriting
Contest (judged by Motown legend Lamont Dozier), & APRA’s Stephen Schwartz
Songwriting Award, as part of its Professional Development Awards (previous winners
have included Gotye). Amali was also invited to support Seal on his ‘Soul 2’ tour.
Recorded in LA, produced by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, India.Arie) & backed by most
of Mayer’s touring band, ‘Back In Time’ was released in 2013, with the Sydney Morning
Herald describing Amali as a “soulful singer with a Motown heart on her sleeve”,
NineMSN’s Music Fix as a “soul queen”, and Drum Media describing closing track Black
Dog as “wonderful.”. After a successful national tour, Amali is currently writing her
second album.

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Andy Jans-Brown & COZMIC

Andy Jans-Brown & COZMIC

Andy Jans-Brown & COZ*MIC are an indie pop rock outfit from the iconic Australian beach town of Byron Bay.

Their song Dressed in a woman۪s clothes۪ made it to number one of the triple j unearthed indie chart, it was also nominated for a Music Oz award (2013) and the filmclip stars 7 time TV Logie award winner Paula Duncan.

Andy۪s music has been described as being uplifting, and in the vein of those classic bands and songwriters from the past who wrote songs you remember the words and want to sing along to. "Just listened to the new album 'Sunshine Avenue' – amazing, you'll be singing along to the title track before its three minutes and 35 seconds have expired. If justice prevails, Jans-Brown should become more familiar with the world's music consumers.4.5 out of 5 for me." – Geoff Helisma from The Clarence Valley Review

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Andrea Kirwin

Andrea Kirwin

Andrea Kirwin is a singer-songwriter that hails from Townsville, QLD. The daughter of a Fijian Church Minister, Andrea’s earliest musical memories was sitting around having Family church with her siblings singing in three part harmonies. In the late 90’s Andrea discovered her older brother’s 90s r&b and hip hop cd collection and utilized her classical piano lessons by teaching herself how to sing and play along to songs that she loved. But it wasn’t until attending University in Canberra at 21 years of age that Andrea received the gift of a guitar from a friend and thought she’d give songwriting a go. She formed ‘The Andi and George Band’, with a friend (George) and released 4 Albums, performing around Canberra regularly and playing at Folk Festivals, Australia-wide.

In 2009 Andrea embarked on her solo career and picked up a job songwriting at a local music school in Bega, NSW where she lived from 2009 – 2012. Andrea continued to perform at Festivals under her own name with a band of friends. In 2012 Andrea made the move with her family to the Sunshine Coast and things started to really take off. She recorded her debut Album, ‘From the Ground Up’, which she released on her own independent record label ‘Peace Run Records’. The album draws on her gospel roots, hiphop teen years and folk and reggae influences from her days with the Andi and George Band in Canberra. Over 1500 copies of the debut Album have been sold in 2 years. Andrea’s folk-infused chilled island style has found it’s home in the musical community on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, Her second Album, ‘The Story of Us’, is set for release on Friday 2 October, 2015 and will be another beautifully crafted Album. It can best be described as a sweet blend of Hip-hop, Reggae and Soul with an Island Style Roll. Andrea and her band will be touring Australia-wide from October to December 2015.

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Back Alley Cats

Back Alley Cats

Back Alley Cats are a three-piece band from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, who have been described as having a vintage sound with a modern edge. They play a blend of heavy blues and rock with an aggressive, catchy sound!

After forming in mid 2013, the band’s unique sound has brought them work in clubs and pubs from Noosa to South Brisbane.

The end of 2014 saw a shift in focus for the group – from preforming covers to writing and performing original music. This step provided the opportunity to develop their first EP: Faces, which will be released in mid 2015.

Back Alley Cats are Job Cran, Dale Berends, and Alex Swinton.

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Band Of Frequencies

Band of Frequencies

The ebb and flow of the seas embodies the fluid ethos of Band of Frequencies. Their sound is characterized by a deep groove, intuitive group chemistry and Shannon’s husky vocals. With a voice likened to Ray LaMontagne and Ian Ball from Gomez, Shannon’s lyrics engagingly affirm the positive through his personal experiences.

For the genre hungry, the B.o.F. sound is a mash up of soul/funk breaks, blues/rock riffs, dub/reggae roots, ambient soundtracks and saltwater folk. As Shannon says, Almost every style of music I love originally comes out of Africa. But beyond genre tags, their impeccable musicianship and rich musical history is their strength, which allows them to explore a plethora of styles in their live sets and extended improvisations.

Balancing a wholesome dedication to their art, families and the ocean, the band values space for the important things in life to remain front and center. Being independent this is often a longer road but with Band of Frequencies it’s definitely more about the journey than the destination. The band is motivated and passionate about environmental issues, especially those relevant to ocean conservation, and this is reflected in their discography and long history of collaborations with groups such as Surfers for Cetaceans and Sea Shepherd.

With a swag of albums and accolades including a Qmusic award for Best Blues and Roots song in 2012, B.o.F. have garnered a reputation for consistently making quality music. They have played with many respected artists including Donovan Frankenreiter, Bernard Fanning, John Butler Trio, Angus Stone and Ash Grunwald as well as performing at some of the world’s most amazing festivals and events, among them the Billabong; Pipeline Masters, Hawaii; North Shore Film Festival, Hawaii; Surf & Sound Tour, Tokyo, Japan; Cosmic Creek Festival, California, USA. Not to mention some of Australia’s premier festivals: Splendour in the Grass, A Day on the Green, Mullum Music Festival, Nannup Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival.

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