Moulin Beige

Tuesday 4th August

"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

Peny Bohan Duo

Thursday 6th August

Peny Bohan delivers Urban Folk music that will make you want to stay, buy
her a drink and wrap yourself up in her melodies. Sweet, strong and insightful, she sings her way through heartbreak, good times, and extrapolations of her introspections, always leaving you with a smile.

Achievements: Semi-finalist in the Telstra Road to Discovery 2012, winner of the Catapult song Contest peer choice award 2011 and a judge in 2012.

Influences: Etta James, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Melodie, Carol King, Joni Mitchell


6:00pm

Andy McGarvie

Friday 7th August

Ever since hearing Led Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’ on his parent’s record player, Andy McGarvie has devoted his life to playing music. One of Melbourne’s busiest musicians, you might find Andy playing with any number of bands around the city, having spent half his life as both a full time member or session player with numerous bands, and on numerous instruments.

It is under his own moniker, however, that McGarvie really honed his craft, having found the liberty to truly and freely express himself. This freedom is never more evident than during one of his live performances. Old songs take new form and McGarvie cuts a captivating figure on stage; a wild man on guitar with a vocal delivery that shifts between a velveteen croon and snarling war cry. Andy was a finalist in the 2014 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society 'Blues Performer of the Year' as well as a finalist in the prestigious ‘Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition’ in the same year. In 2015, the debut full-length album from Andy McGarvie will be released.

Whether with his band or playing solo, he takes audiences on a guitar-fuelled journey through blues, soul, funk and rock. Introspective yet inclusive, McGarvie’s music will find resonance with both music aficionados and the casual listener alike.


6:00pm

SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND

Friday 7th August

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

Tim Durkin

Saturday 8th August

The frontman of local rabble rouses Cherrywood has decided to do a few solo shows for shits and giggles. A mixture of Cherrywood songs and eclectic covers shall be the order of the day, with no doubt some hilarious and or awkward banter in between.


6:00pm

Barc Beats

Featuring Elk + Mammoth, Low Rent + Kingston Crown
Saturday 8th August

This is a fundraising event for a group called BARC who are a Bali dog adoption and rehabilitation centre. BARC relieves the suffering, starvation, abuse and neglect of the Bali street dogs with care, community awareness and education. Please join us to raise much needed funds for BARC at our upcoming fundraiser BARC BEATS!
To learn more about BARC please follow this link http://www.balidogrefuge.com/


7:00pm
$35

Cold Irons Bound

Sunday 9th August

Cold Irons Bound are a Melbourne four piece who recall the tuneful, country tinged distortion of the best indie rock bands of the last 25 years. Think big harmonies, slide guitar and songs that get stuck in your head. Rock with a touch of country. Imagine Tom Petty jamming with Teenage Fanclub.... Cold Irons Bound are currently recording their debut LP with Brooke Penrose at Captain B Studios (Saint Jude / Cash Savage).


6:00pm

NMIT Showcase

Tuesday 18th August
Wesley Anne Band Room
7:00pm

Jane Cameron Album Launch

+ Matt Alford + Kevin Murphy
Friday 21st August

Jane has supported celebrated cigar box guitarist Justin Johnson (USA), performed at almost every major ukulele festival in Australia and at the Recycled Roots Festival. She returns to the Wesley Anne this August to launch her debut album - The Mercy of the Tide. She has a special guest or three lined up to bring the album to fully formed life in this very special show together with support from the wonderful Mr Alford Country and Kevin Murphy.


8:00pm
$10

The Burley Griffin

+ Baby Blue
Saturday 22nd August

The Burley Griffin are wild yet gentle, and warming like your grandma's combustion stove. Unabashed and unrelenting, they will take you by the collar and dance you 'til morning's light. Hailing from the deeper regions of Canberra, 2014 saw them share the stage with artists including Mia Dyson, The Audreys, Tigertown and The Falls while this year promises a freshly minted record.


8:00pm

The Beautiful Losers

+ Philippa Sings (Feat. Philippa Nihill & Glenn Bennie from The Underground Lovers) + Jules Douglas (The Panics)
Friday 28th August

The original line-up of the Beautiful Losers was formed in 1987 and gigged around Perth until early 1989, releasing on vinyl a single (Ten Lies, b/w Deadly Game) and an album (Lover/Saint).

In 2014 the Beautiful Losers made a triumphant return to the live scene in Perth with Greg and Cliff (the only members to have played in every line-up of the band over the years) joined by Shaun Hoffmann on drums and Hurb Jephasun on piano and organ. The current line-up has played several shows since their return gig, performing several of the band’s popular songs from the 80s, several songs from Greg’s previous band, The Holy Rollers, and several new songs of Greg’s. The inclusion of keyboards instead of a second guitar has given the old songs a new lease of life and has broadened the scope of the current band.

The material continues to be a unique blend of grungy ballads and quirky pop, with the emphasis on simple structures and beguiling lyrics that tell stories in images and suggestive disjointed scenes. The lyrics in the new songs, as in the older songs, blend dark humour with tenderness and strong emotion.

This new line-up of the Beautiful Losers is recording an album of new songs for release later in August 2015.


8:00pm
$10

Steph Mascetta

+ The Knock Offs + Finding Isla
Friday 4th September

Melbournian Singer Songwriter of Alternative and Indie Pop, Stephanie Mascetta and her wonderfully creative band, have been performing together for over five years. After having travelled the world and experienced an assortment of beautifully inspiring life moments, Stephanie is ready to launch new original music in addition to the performance of much loved older material. Joined by her band consisting of Tully Ingamells (Keys), Daniel Berry (Drums &Percussion) and Scott Mealy
(Bass) and supported by two incredible musical groups of friends, this is a night not to be missed. Come along and experience nothing short of an evening of storytelling, warmth, excitement, love, friendship and beer.

{Photography, make-up, & styling © www.flickr.com/jenniferallyson}


8:00pm
$10

Grain of Truth

Saturday 5th September

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

Jukai Forest Duo

Saturday 5th September

Jukai Forest are a three piece indie band who have been playing around Melbourne for a couple of years to increasing appreciation. Their live sets have been compared to the Go-Betweens, The Clean, Ride, Sonic Youth and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. They have played at all sort of legendary Melbourne venues such as The Tote, The Espy and Cherry Bar, The Evelyn and The Old Bar. They released their debut ep 'South Meringue' six months ago. Music Blog Beach Sloth gave out high praise in their review of the ep: "“South Meringue” is what more bands want to sound like but few can achieve. Through a careful combination of balance, execution, and warmth, Jukai Forest define how good indie rock can get on “South Meringue”. Now, with drummer Ritchie away for a while, Mel and Matt will be playing as a duo, putting a new spin on songs old and new.


6:00pm

Kaisha

Saturday 5th September

KAISHA are an exciting up-and-coming band from the hills of Melbourne. Forming as a trio in 2012, but with a collective musical history of 15 years behind them, KAISHA are a distinct fusion of Middle-Eastern rock, and progressive, shamanic sound-scapes. With diverse influences such as The Tea Party, A Perfect Circle and Dead Can Dance, KAISHA are carving out a unique sound previously unheard in the Australian music scene. KAISHA are: Kaisha Hekimian on lead vocals, oud and twelve-string acoustic guitar, Leah Blankendaal on keyboards, piano accordion, flute and vocals, and Djulz Chambers on djembe and darbuka.

After winning 2 NCEIA awards and a Darebin music feast award KAISHA’S current EP, The End Of The Divide – Part 2 has been described as "…[the] haunting tension, a masterful effort." by Inpress Magazine.
2015 so far has been a very busy and exciting year for the band, with the hugely successful release of their first single Devils Tongue off their second album, to be released in late 2015. Their launch coincided with the commemoration of 100 years since the Armenian Genocide. This had great significance to lead singer Kaisha Hekimian being half Armenian. KAISHA also played at Seven Sisters Festival earlier this year as well as The End Of The Line Festival and Progfest in 2014.


8:00pm
$10

Basement Spaceman

Friday 11th September

Basement Spaceman is the creative vehicle for Melbourne based singer/songwriter Andy Brown. Brown presents a bizarre world of back masking, subliminal messages, sexy UFOs and freaky speakers.

The self titled long player has received some very healthy airplay on Melbourne's RRR, PBS and ABC National's 'Inner Sleeve'.

The album has also reached number two on the 'Record Paradise' album charts and is proving popular with vinylists locally.

Sounds like : The Beatles in a Blender!!!


8:00pm
$10

Improv Idol TBC

Thursday 1st October