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Snarky Puppy

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When: Sunday 21st April
Where: Enmore Theatre

The New York based quasi-collective has gone from the best kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that can reach the most critical or most carefree audience. This convergence of musicians from white and black America have performed regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake and Marcus Miller among many others. Formed in Texas 12 years ago by exceptional young musicians, the band is a collective that is orchestrated by bassist Michael League, whose creative grass roots approach to a tougher than ever industry has developed a new model for independent artists. The last four years have brought dramatic changes for Snarky Puppy. After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for all three of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016 and 2017), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band. It’s probably best to take Nate Chinen of the New York Times’ advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, to “take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they’re not.” Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. They each maintain busy schedules as session musicians (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D’Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keïta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band’s indie label, GroundUP Music). At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Shakey Graves

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When: Monday 22nd April
Where: Factory Theatre

Shakey Graves a.k.a Alejandro Rose-Garcia was born in Austin, Texas to a musical family and is best-known for playing a smoky, spectral fusion of blues, folk and rock in a stripped down one-man-band style established in 2007. Shakey Graves live performances can be deceiving. Up to now, he's been categorized as an Americana singer-songwriter, thanks to his traditionally rooted songs, fluent acoustic-guitar picking, Texas roots and from wearing his cowboy hat, looking like a one-man country band. But, the tag will undoubtedly be dismissed as restrictive and irrelevant once discerning listeners hear his radical new album performed live with his full band in Melbourne and Sydney this April. Back in December 2017, Shakey Graves proclaimed on his Twitter page, "Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders." The tweet was tongue-in-cheek, but Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Austin native who's been plying his trade as Shakey Graves since 2007, was making a dead-serious point about his latest album, Can't Wake Up. This ambitious, audacious work heralds an artistic metamorphosis for the 30-year-old veteran, whose risk-taking in painting outside the lines has been rewarded tenfold. "This record is the most I've ever intentionally worked on a project, musically speaking, in terms of the scope of it and how much thought went into it," he says. "It's a dense album; there's a lot of information going on." Known for his interactions with the fans during the show and bringing his full band along for the ride - we're looking forward to seeing Shakey Graves live in Melbourne and Sydney this April!

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Sevendust

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When: Friday 26th April
Where: Metro Theatre

The legendary Sevendust returns to Australia and New Zealand in April 2019 - presented by MJR Presents and 24/7 Metal and Rock station/app The Faction! Sevendust are coming to celebrate their 2018 Rise Records release All I See Is War - a record that has energised fans all over the world. Pre-Sale tickets for the Sevendust AU/NZ tour go on sale 12pm Midday AEDT Friday October 19 and General Tickets go on Sale at 9am AEST on Tuesday 23rd October at mjrpresents.com. The iconic five-piece hard rock/metal outfit will visit Auckland, NZ's Powerstation Tuesday 23rd April, then head on to Australia, kicking off the AU leg Thursday 25th April at The Tivoli, Brisbane, then on to The Metro in Sydney on Friday 26 April, The Forum in Melbourne on the 27th, The Gov in Adelaide on the 29th and then finish the tour in Perth at Capitol on the 30th April. Hysteria Mag said that All I See is War is "...heavy, angry yet vulnerable … the reasons why Sevendust continue to resonate with an ever-widening audience". Guitarist for the band, Clint Lowery, says of their extremely dedicated fanbase - “We take pride in the connection we have - We’ve always been a people’s band. We’re typical guys who just happen to make a career on stage. With this relationship to the fans, we realize how much we need each other, so we push ourselves to deliver. We don’t stop. We keep moving.”

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Article by Metro Theatre.

SIK-K: FL1P World Tour

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When: Sunday 28th April
Where: Metro Theatre

Korean hip-hop and trap artist SIK-K comes to Australia as part of his FL1P World Tour with DJ SMMT. Former Show Me The Money 4 contestant, SIK-K released his debut EP in 2016 and shortly after signed to Jay Park’s global label H1GHR Music. Nominated for ‘Best New International Act’ at the 2018 BET Awards, SIK-K’s music videos have amassed over 21 million views. SIK-K will be coming to Sydney for the second stop of his Australian tour, at The Metro Theatre.

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Sofi Tukker

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When: Wednesday 1st May
Where: Metro Theatre

Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, the duo better known as SOFI TUKKER were catapulted into the spotlight by the success of their first ever single, the genre-smashing 2016 hit ‘Drinkee’. The track quickly went on to rack up over 45 million Spotify streams and snag a Grammy nomination – no small feat for a song adapted from a piece of Brazilian poetry and sung entirely in Portuguese! Continuing to move up the ranks; in 2018 SOFI TUKKER toured the globe from Eastern Europe to South America off the back of releasing their debut album ‘Treehouse’ which again, scored them a 2018 Grammy level up nomination for Best Album. The duo is heading back to Australia in April and May for the Groovin the Moo tour and their own headline shows, don’t miss SOFI TUKKER’s infectiously unique style of house-inspired jungle pop at THE METRO on WED 1 MAY.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Selby & Friends

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When: Friday 24th May
Where: The Concourse, Chatswood

Kathryn Selby is one of Australia’s most acclaimed musicians. Her reputation as both a soloist and ensemble pianist is formidable. In this concert, she is joined by two distinguished musicians: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Andrew Haveron and Australian Chamber Orchestra Principal 'Cello, Timo-Viekko Valve. Together, Selby and Friends create exciting musical chemistry. Their concert reminds us that there can be great warmth and intimacy in Beethoven's music. It begins with Beethoven's variations on a theme from Mozart's Magic Flute; piano and 'cello sing of love in its many moods - tenderness, exuberance and yearning. Beethoven's violin sonata Op. 24 explores a lyrical world filled with grace, generosity and elegance. While Carl Reinecke's arrangement of Beethoven's orchestral concerto Op. 56 reaches deep emotions with its rich musical textures and powerful expression. BEETHOVEN - Variations (7) on Mozart’s "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from The Magic Flute, for 'cello and piano, WoO 46. BEETHOVEN - Violin sonata no 5 in F major, Op 24, Spring. BEETHOVEN – Concerto for violin, 'cello and piano in C major, Op 56, Triple (Arranged by Carl Reinecke). Sydney Mozart Society is a not-for-profit group dedicated to promoting the music of Mozart and other great classical composers and to providing Sydney audiences with world-class performances by leading chamber musicians.

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Article by Ticketek.

Skeggs

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When: Saturday 6th July & Sunday 7th July
Where: Enmore Theatre

After a triumphant showing in this year’s triple j Hottest 100 and a stint touring the country nationally this summer with Laneway Festival, Skegss are hitting the road once more in support of their debut ARIA #2 album ‘My Own Mess’ and its new single and video ‘Road Trip.’ With previous songs ‘Up In The Clouds’ (#11), ‘Smogged Out’ (#71), ‘Stop’ (#173) and album title track ‘My Own Mess’ (#193) all appearing in the top 200 tracks voted by triple j listeners, it’s time for a fifth serving with the next track sung by Toby Cregan, offering some colourful reflection about a different kind of trip. Directed by Kai Neville on rustic old gear, ‘Road Trip’s official video is a fitting visual accompaniment to one of ‘My Own Mess’’ more subdued moments. "I jumped in the van with good pals Skegss for two days while they were on tour. In theme with Toby’s lyrics I felt 16mm would fit the track. Shot mostly handheld on my Bolex h16. It’s an older camera, you can barely see through the viewfinder. It’s small and kinda looks cool so was perfect to run around back stage and throw in front of torched fans. Not a very invasive camera rig so helps keep a candid shooting approach. Love how the 16mm rushes look and the final cut came out.” Kai Neville. Of the upcoming tour, the band offer: "We are really excited to come and play our dream venues around Australia. Dropping our debut album last year My Own Mess everything has been crazy. We are taking our friends Aaron Gocs, Totty and Mini Skirt on the road. See yas there!”

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

The Sisters of Mercy

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When: Thursday 31st October
Where: Enmore Theatre

It howls. It's grindingly beautiful. It's dangerously sentient. It’s The Sisters of Mercy returning to Australia this October and November for their first headline shows in over 7 years! Propelled from the obsession with electronica but still a far distance from the machinations of the mainstream music of the time, the signature sound of The Sisters Of Mercy cultivated a powerful mystique, creating some of the most influential rock music of the 1980s. Led by the haunting voice and visual focus of founding band member Andrew Eldritch, The Sisters Of Mercy’s ingenious and self-proclaimed ‘supercharged industrial psychedelia’ spawned a subculture of underground rock music that gained cult status and has since been cited as a major influence by the likes of Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and My Chemical Romance. “aggressive, decadent, magnetic, metallic, and..downright operatic.” - AV Club. Over the course of three decades The Sisters Of Mercy released three, utterly brilliant and hyper influential studio albums scaling the charts around the globe and have amassed a legion of devoted fans who flock to see classics such as 'Lucretia My Reflection', 'Temple Of Love' and 'This Corrosion', a testament to their incredible live shows. In 2019 The Sisters' fun juggernaut drives on with a little new chrome and a lot of vintage attitude.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Shawn Mendes: The Tour 2019

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When: Saturday 2nd November & Sunday 3rd November
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

Shawn Mendes returns to Australia in 2019, and demand for tickets is already off the charts! In response, Frontier Touring has added a third and final Melbourne show to the Canadian superstar’s tour, taking place at Rod Laver Arena on Thu 31 Oct, 2019. Excitement has been building ever since the multi-platinum singer-songwriter and global sensation announced the Australian leg of his wildly-anticipated World Tour, touring in support of his new self-titled third album. Shawn Mendes: The Tour follows Mendes’ 2017 Illuminate World Tour and 2016 Shawn Mendes World Tour, both of which were sold out. Mendes will arrive armed with a slew of new hits from his self-titled LP which debuted at #1 on both the US Billboard 200 chart - his third album to do so, making him the third youngest solo artist of all time with three #1 albums – as well as #1 on the ARIA Album Chart. Shawn crossed over 1 billion career streams globally within a week of its release while he has surpassed 11 billion song streams globally to date. These shows are sure to sell out, so don’t miss your chance to nab tickets now! ‘Mendes sings… more confidently and straightforwardly than ever before.’ – ★★★★ Rolling Stone ‘Shawn Mendes is a bright and bold new direction for the singer.’ – ★★★★ NME

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Article by Ticketek.

 

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