Australian indie pop group The John Steel Singers formed in 2007 in Brisbane. Naming themselves after a toy horse that Guitarist Tim Morrissey owned as a child, the group, which also consists of Scott Bromiley, Luke McDonald, Ross Chandler, and Pete Bernoth, released a self-titled EP in 2007 and were the Triple-J Unearthed Artist of the Year in 2008. A skilled group of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, their sound mixes clever indie pop with elements of subtle Psychedelia with a distinct Krautrock influence. They dropped the cheeky ‘Weekend Lover’ late last year, a funky track from their forthcoming third Studio album.
The Hi-Boys are a four-piece traditional rockabilly band hailing from the Sunshine Coast, Australia – although they’ve not let this big ol’island tie them down. Their rhythmic music combined with their lively stage presence caught the eye of the world-renowned rock and roll label, WILD Records (Hollywood, USA), who signed them promptly in January 2014. Their new album SHAKE and 45” vinyl ‘Can’t Fool Me’ will see them busy playing shows worldwide this year. Don’t miss this opportunity to shake, rattle and roll to their hip-shaking rockabilly beat.
Little Billy is a high energy, blues, roots, and rockabilly band, with influencesfrom Ruth Brown, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Etta James, and Janis Martin.Playing upbeat originals, and covers from the 50's Chigago Blues era, Little Billy will get you on your feet and rocking till the early hours.
A collective of like-minded Brisbane-based musicians formed The Barksdale Brass Band in early 2011. Drawing on the street beats of New Orleans combined with influences from the Balkans, The Barksdale Brass Band was soon impressing audiences with their dynamic sound, tight live show and infectious energy. They debuted their album ‘Noisy Crowd’ this year, and will enchant Festival audiences with a mixture of original music and arrangements of popular and contemporary tunes that are sure to delight.
The Walters passion and devotion to the rhythm and blues traditions of the mid-twentieth century is evident in the fervour with which they perform their own brand of rhythm, blues, and soul. Narratives of life and love cast against a backdrop of soulful grooves and electrifying swings, delivered with a crazed enthusiasm that’s impossible to deny. From their residency at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall to Woodford Folk Festival, this five-piece has an innate ability to entertain a crowd.
Fronted by singer/songwriter Emma-Louise, with Rupert Jenner on electric guitar, Toby Mellonie on double bass, and Billy Bakos driving the drum beat; this four-piece 'filly-billy' band is sweetening the palate of Bris-Vegas rockers. Their 2012 album ‘Red Rocket Baby’ provided a contemporary spin on staple genres: Rockabilly, Swing, and Rock and Roll. With their own high-energy brand of music, The Sugar Shakers represent the styles and sounds of the late forties and early fifties.
DJ El Norto is a 45” vinyl obsessed local legend that lives for classic soul, punk, funk, pop, new wave – and is, of course, our BBQ DJ. You can catch him playing regularly around Brisbane at local haunts like The Triffid, The End Bar, West End Monthly Record Fair and GOMA Up-Late series.