Sinful Pleasures

Tuesday 26th May

award winning MC and inaugural & cutting edge Special Guests for the month of November! We are so proud to be presenting not one, but two amazing Special Guests this month! Join us for a great show jam packed full of laughter and tease!


Every last TUESDAY of the month! 7.30 - 9.00PM

specialise in showcasing varying themes, styles and genres of Burlesque in the length of a night's show. Be exposed to provocative and polished performances by Lordof Mis-Rule (Boylesque), KerryX (Noir), The Marquise (Tease), Goldie White (Classic).
Served up by award winning guest MC 's and Special Guest performers.


burlesque
7:00pm
$25 with meal or $12 on the door

Ivan Zaar

Thursday 28th May

Ivan Zarr, synonymous with the charm of America’s deep south and just as inspiring and brilliant as the blues legends that originated there. His thumping rhythm guitar and stomping feet, accompanied by Delta blues, slide techniques assault the audience with the crack of a knockout punch, and his soaring and throaty voice sounds like thunder and lightning personified.

Ivan has been thrashing his trademark dobro for decades around Australia and is known by many as a living and breathing Bluesman. He has played a multitude of festivals, theatres, dives,pubs and clubs since forming his first band, King Biscuit Co, in 1968 and is revered by fellow musicians and cherished by his fans.

Traveling Australia with his guitar case filled to the brim with his many recordings and a penchant for doing things his way, Ivan has been going it alone for years, handling his bookings, CD distribution and the rest autonomously.

Currently the subject of a music documentary that is now in the works and is expected to be aired in 2016, Ivan’s music endeavours will soon be marvelled by a whole new audience.

He has played alongside, and supported, numerous legendary acts including Mick Jagger, Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly, Ian Moss, Black Sorrows, Bondi Cigars, The Hippo’s, Louisiana Red, Katie Webster, Jnr Wells, John Mayall, Leo Kottke, John Hammond, John Cephas & Phil Wiggins, Hubert Sumlin & Mojo Buford, Dutch Tilders, Eugene Bridges, The Holmes Brothers, Mojo Webb, Kyla Bronx, Robert Susz, Collard-Greens & Gravy, Dr John, Keb ‘Mo, Rory Mcleod and recorded with Black Sorrows, Dom Mariani.


6:00pm

Broni

Friday 29th May

6:00pm

The 'Johnny Can't Dance' Cajun Band

+ Susie Scurry + Flying Engine Trio
Friday 29th May

The ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Band play Cajun and Creole 2-Steps, 1-Steps, Waltz’s, Blues and Stomps from the Swamps. Featuring Melbourne’s own Craig Woodward on Cajun accordion and fiddle, Susan Shaw on Guitar, triangle and Cajun French vocal, Johnny Wilson or Campbell Shaw on fiddle and Lloyd O’Hanlon on the drums!

Susie Scurry writes and sings an array of romantic, witty and nostalgic songs. Her lonesome voice and serenading guitar compositions are reminiscent of artists such as Patsy Cline, Richard Hawley and Edith Frost.

‘Flying Engine Trio’ is a stripped back 3-piece version of Melbourne musician Craig Woodward’s popular Old Timey band ‘Flying Engine Stringband’. American Southern ‘Old Time’ Stringband music, plus a few ‘Cajun’ songs and tunes to mix it up a little and vary the repertoire a bit from that of the full 5-piece line-up.


8:00pm
$10/$5 Concession

Matthew Kenneally And Adam Dean - Songwriting The Wrongs Of The Past

Saturday 30th May

Probably best known for their work with Melbourne-based group "Canary", Matt and Adam bring together a mix of Canary tunes as well as material from their own individual solo projects. Known for their "heart on sleeve" lyrics, Matt and Adam perform solo and as a duo to bring together themes of love and hate, lost religion, and a mixed bag of existential anxieties.


6:00pm

Afrovival And The Oil Can Project

+ Mpaphi Nfandizo with the Oil Can Guitar
Saturday 30th May

Afrovival play music from their debut EP featuring audiences most loved songs including River, Kanyi Kwedu, Mpulele and Zawose. Experience the sounds of Africa and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere back at the bar or the excitement up front on the dance floor.

Between untold stories of the Kalahari desert and hypnotic melodies of the kalimba , Afrovival submerges itself in dizzy guitar riffs inspired from far reaching landscapes of southern and central Africa, compounding new ideas from a cherished land. Inside the walls of the heart of this music echoes the streets of Africa. Welcoming audiences feet to move to a chilled out beat that uplifts and energises.

Experience the heart and soul of Bostwana with the 4 string oil can guitar, Highlife music from Ghana with kora, ethereal Kalimba from Tanzania, Mutwash inspired Congolese guitar for rotating your waist & cruisy dance moves for all to join in.


8:00pm
$10

Wayfare

Sunday 31st May
Free in the front bar
5:00pm

Moulin Beige

Tuesday 2nd June

"It’s a treat of a night” Australian Stage

Melbourne's most extraordinary and entertaining comedy cabaret. Featuring experimental local acts and world class internationals from the other side of the tracks. See the new and the tried and true, up and coming and the award winning. Featuring clowns, physical comedians, character comedy, theater of the absurd, circus, cabaret and comedy that delights and simply cannot be defined. "Expect the unexpected" The Herald Sun. "A night of frivolity and fun” Heckler

Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are $12 for the show or $25 show and meal deal.

The Moulin Beige will sell out so it is always best to book!

Wesley Anne Band Room
comedy
7:00pm
$25 with meal or $12 on the door

Khristian Mizzi

Thursday 4th June

Khristian Mizzi is not only an award winning and accomplished songwriter, he is a consummate performer whose songs of love, life and the triumphs of the human spirit never fail to capture the imagination and pull on the heart strings of his audiences. With three acclaimed Australian releases under his belt, which saw him tour the Canadian Festival season in 2010 as well as an East Coast tour of Oz in 2012 with his band ‘the Sirens’ and again in 2014 as a solo artist. A Singer/Songwriter with a Folk sound often compared to James Taylor or Ron Sexsmith, Khristian admits being inspired by the greats of the Seventies Baroque Folk period. He has shared the bill with some of Australia’s greats such as Russell Morris, Kerri Simpson and Joe Camilerri to name a few. Mizzi is an experienced and prolific musician whose passion for the craft is evident in his soulful performances.


6:00pm

Nick Batterham

Friday 5th June

Nick Batterham is a Melbourne singer-songwriter with 25 years experience performing around the country and the world in bands including Blindside, The Earthmen and Cordrazine. As a solo artist, he writes self-effacing ballads and delivers them with his unique dry humour. He is about to release is 4th solo album in 5 years.


6:00pm

SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND

Friday 5th June

Since starting in 2008, Melting Pot's Songwriters in the Round has gained the reputation of being one of Australia's premier regular acoustic events.

Featuring a unique concept of 3 highly talented singer-songwriters seated facing each other in a circle in the middle of the band room, they each take turns in playing their tunes, one by one, and so it goes 'round'.

It's intimate, often interactive and incredibly special to be part of for both the artists and audience members alike!

Wesley Anne Band Room
singer songwriter
7:30pm
$10

Grain of Truth

Saturday 6th June

Grain of Truth is a comedy podcast with a difference, recorded live at The Wesley Anne. Under the vague pretence of an academic quiz, Grain of Truth challenges some of Melbourne's cleverest comedians, improvisers and academics to respond to ridiculously absurd questions, scenarios and topics. Whoever wins the most points wins the coveted Grain of Truth prize.

Chairing the panel is Melbourne comedian, writer, improviser and creator of the show David S. Innes (Innes Lloyd, The Impro Box, This Can't End Well). Runs for approximately 90 minutes with a ten minute break in between.

"Cancel all plans for the first Saturday of the month. We don’t give a s**t even if it’s your nan’s 90th birthday – you have to go and see Grain of Truth instead. This is goddamn hilarious." - **** Beat Magazine

Wesley Anne Band Room
comedy
1:00pm
$Free

Light Sleeper

+ Automating + Silent Nightmare
Saturday 6th June

Light Sleeper
https://soundcloud.com/light-sleeper
Melancholic, ambient drifting reflecting feelings of nostalgia and saudade.

Automating
https://automating.bandcamp.com/
Sifting through the sonic waste and discarded technology left by the roadside of a world speeding too fast into the future.

Slight Nightmare
http://slightnightmare.bandcamp.com/
Slight Nightmare is an experimental and scarcely ambient project of grit and flooded gutters.


8:00pm
$10

Jane McArthur

Sunday 7th June

Jane McArthur offers audiences a raw and honest experience where lyric is king and the blues got soul. Jane is currently wooing Melbourne audiences with her solo shows, and is widely admired for her soulful vocals, poetic writing and bluesy undertones. This year she is recording and releasing a new song every month - check it out here: http://janemcarthur.com/12-months-12-songs/

Oringinally from down south, she is known in Tasmania as one of Hobart’s finest contemporary female singer songwriter exports, having started out as front-woman for Tasmanian blues/funk/soul/roots outfit Let The Cat Out. She has recorded two albums of her own material with Let The Cat Out ('Get It Like That', 'Swimming Upstream’), and released her debut solo album - 'Lemon Tree' in 2012.


6:00pm

Shanty Town

+ Stryka D
Friday 12th June

Since forming in 2012 Ska/Reggae/Rocksteady outfit Shanty Town have been charming and captivating Melbourne audiences with their off-beat goodness. Sporting a stage-squishing 9-piece line-up including members of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Bustamento, The Ska Vendors and Afrovival, to name a few. Shanty Town’s influences span a wide array of artists, and their sets combine faithful renditions and surprising twists on classic B sides as well as a load of pumping original tracks. Shanty Town plays Jamaican hits from 1965 to 1975 interspersed with a sassy selection of original reggae like few other bands in Australia. Shanty Town performs all the great Ska, Rocksteady, and Roots Reggae, that you'd expect to hear from a band that has 'authentic' down to a tee. All the classics are here from the song which gave them their name, '007 Shanty Town', to 'Double Barrel', '54-46', 'Tighten Up', sultry classics like Dawn Penn's 'No No No’ and some rarer B side tracks. Shanty Town recreates Kingston Town in the late sixties like nobody else.


8:00pm
$12/$10

NMIT Showcase

Tuesday 16th June
Wesley Anne Band Room
7:00pm

The Montgomery Brothers

Ode To Johnno Album Launch w/Sweet Felicia & The Honeytones
Thursday 18th June

Residing in Cairns in FNQ, The Montgomery Brothers are something very special. Led by Ukulele & Guitar virtuoso, 20 year old Ryo Montgomery accompanied by this bunch of school kids….yes, school kids play with a maturity that is usually associated with artists who have decades of experience.
This will simply leave you breathless… a must see.

The Montgomery Brothers are an exciting, frightening, gorgeous Blues Band. Exciting, because they hold an audience in the palm of their hand. Frightening, because three of them are 16 and one them 20, and they must be gorgeous because the audience stands transfixed as they perform on stage.
Ryo Montgomery the 20 year old leader of the band comes from Cairns and spent much of his early life haunting the back stage area of Johno’s Blues Bar listing to and learning from the best international acts in the business. He has spent most of the past year as a headline artist at festivals in California, Hawaii, Korea and Japan. He is known around the World as a virtuoso Ukulele player and fingerpicking Guitarist. Since his childhood he has developed a deep love for the Blues and guides his band through a succulent, and fiery show that is hard to top.

Maru ‘The Clock’ Nitor-Zammataro 17, born and bred in Cairns, still at school, son of a Chilean freedom fighter, who fled to Cairns from the Pinochet death squads. Maru started playing Cajon and other percussion at the age of 4 in the local South American community.
Wants to be a Musician when he leaves school, most people think he’s already arrived.

Nicholas Kanakis 18, North Queensland born and bred, still at school, started playing Guitar and Bass with his musical family from a very early age. Became well known performing in eisteddfods and stage musicals. After school he hopes to become a musician, same story.


8:00pm
$25 with cd/$10 without

Mark Lucas

Sunday 21st June

8:00pm

Bluehouse

+ Bernadette Carrol
Thursday 25th June

They’ve been described as ‘rambunctious’ by the Indigo Girls, had sell-out seasons & 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, toured for 20 years regularly in the USA & Canada Australia and the UK, supported Tommy Emmanuel on his Australian, European and North American tours and most recently played the Sydney Opera House ….
These girls have forged one hell of a long-term career out of this music thing.

The creative partnership of Bern Carroll and Jacqui Walter has given birth to four full-length CD's, 2 live show DVD’s plus a truckload of international and national tours, and all of this while staying steadfastly independent.

A Bluehouse show is world famous because it is true entertainment - fully engaged entertainers who banter freely with their audience sharing intimate self-deprecating stories of life on and off the road.

Bluehouse guarantee you will laugh, hum along, possibly dance and maybe shed a tear or two but you will not go home disappointed.


8:00pm
$10

Hillbilly Kitchen

Friday 3rd July

Hillbilly Kitchen are bringing their folk bluegrass bent from the ground on up dance tunes mixing with soaring gospel harmonies and rollicking country swing to get the heads nodding and setting those fingers to snap.


6:00pm

Tom Stephens

Friday 17th July

8:00pm