Sinful Pleasures

Tuesday 28th April

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

george borthwick trio

Thursday 30th April

6:00pm

Broni

Friday 1st May

6:00pm

SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND

Lucas Paine, Hollow Drums, Greg Steps, Eric McGrath, Jane Cameron, David Carlin
Friday 1st May

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 2nd May

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

Tim Woodz

Saturday 2nd May

Winner of the 2011 Maldon Minstrel Award, Gippsland born singer-songwriter Tim Woodz plays rhythm based folk music and has been captivating audiences for over 9 years, with a unique style that melts Jazz, Blues and Funk into his passion for folk music and poetry. He is a modern Paul Kelly storyteller with a quirky twist, singing into the hearts of the audience through poetry and insight, not to mention he is a stunning guitarist and has a warm, deep, bass-baritone voice. Tim is one of a kind with a stage presence that will leave you with an unforgettable experience.


6:00pm

Sonia Serin

+ Matt Nelson
Saturday 2nd May

Sonia Serin’s performance can be described as a new cool wave of FRESH UPBEAT ACOUSTICA! A very stylish percussive sound, that is swiftly collated with sophisticated rhythm and finger picking styles that stands out as ‘captivating and unique’. Sonia’s performances can be described as very energetic, spirited and vigourous. YOU WONT KEEP YOUR EYES OFF THE GUITAR!

Matt Nelson, as a soloist, possesses a rare ability to routinely thrill, surprise and captivate an audience. He has made an art of capturing the attention and admiration of audiences of all walks. At almost every show.
Matt Nelson's thoroughly entertaining performances showcase his unique finger-style and compositional prowess on the guitar. His approachable signature style of folk-rock is characterised by sweet, angular hooks and warm, textural vocals which pepper the music with vivid imagery. Nelson's extensive repertoire of original music is a cohesive merger of the thundering, the intricate, the disarming and the ethereal.


8:00pm
$12

Wayfare

Sunday 3rd May
Free in the front bar
5:00pm

Moulin Beige

Tuesday 5th May

"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

Trio agogo

Thursday 7th May

Trio Agogo play Brazilian Samba and Choro music. Their fiery live show combines the rhythms of Brazil with the improvised abandon of dirty street Jazz.

Free in the front bar
6:00pm

Jordan Bakker

Friday 8th May

Jordan Bakker is a young emerging artist from Melbourne who has only recently entered the city's great live music scene. Bakker combines the genres of Blues, Rock, folk and country all into a roaring acoustic act. The passionate and sometimes slightly satirical original songs will leave you chuckling and some might even evoke a tear or two. Jordan Bakker is a passionate musician who draws you in with his warm vocals and spine chilling guitar melodies leaving you craving more.


6:00pm

Hot Wings

+ The Claremont Street Singers
Friday 8th May

Hot Wings is blah, blah, blah, awesome, blah, blah, pretty good for some girls, blah, blah, the boys are okay too.
No, no, no, but seriously, Hot Wings are the brainchild of stellar guitarist Lizzie Sedman (The Charlies, Telltale) a guitar goddess that has been hot and wingy for years!

With influences drawing far and wide from Les Paul, to Stevie Ray Vaughan, to The Break, to The Ventures, Liz has carefully handpicked a band to bring her new surfy, swingy, guitar boogie sounds to life.

This flaming hot bucket of wings is made up of Melbourne’s finest musicians, Scott Cherry (The Charlies) is nothing but brilliance on the bass. A musician that stands out from the pack and draws on his many musical experiences and influences such as Carol Kaye, Kyuss and The Bob Cats to masterfully give Hot Wings the bass of a lifetime.

Backing Liz on guitar and shredding the bejesus out of his own fretboard is Rob McPherson (Garagee, Telltale) an undisputed master of many instruments, Rob’s musicality, finely tuned ear and fingers of fantasy are an incredible and integral part of the Hot Wings sauce.

The final feather in these wings that are HOT is Julia Watt (La Bastard, The Charlies, The Claremont Street Singers, Circus Oz). More used to drumsticks than wings, Julia has adapted her style and has brought her energy, humour and sweltering stick solos to this amazing melting pot of talent.


8:00pm
$5

The Sea Birds

+ GUESTS
Saturday 9th May

The Sea Birds begun crafting out their own set of rich musical landscape driven pop in late 2014. Dual lead vocalist Lara Wentworth and Loic Mamet provide a rich dexterity and original vocal approach to the song writing direction of fellow founding member Mike Amarant. Shades of alt country rock rich vocal harmony work, and nuanced guitar work define the bands approach to writing introspective but accessible pop.


8:00pm
$5

Elle et La Contrebasse

Sunday 10th May

6:00pm

Timothy Nelson

Thursday 14th May

Timothy Nelson & The Infidels have long been considered Perth’s ‘folk & roll’ darlings, but in 2014 the band solidified themselves as an entirely new beast altogether with the release of their sophomore album 'Terror Terror - Hide It, Hide It' and 2015 sees them exploring a dark cinematic side to their pop creations with the release of brand new single 'My Luck'.


6:00pm

Toby

+ Manny Fox
Thursday 14th May

“Toby – whose voice seems to know no bounds fronts the one part orchestra, one part bonfire jam, one part circus with ease…”

West Australian Blues/roots/indi artist Toby is so much more than your average singer-songwriter. She powers through each live performance with her own lyrical talent and fierce, dynamic vocals, with audiences revelling in the genuinity and honesty of both her songwriting and her performance. Her compelling vocals and the way in which she captures her audience can’t be explained but just needs to be heard and seen. Her live performance truly is a treat. Toby is passionate, raw, fun and powerful, with a mix of soul, blues, folk, rock and a splash of gypsy hick.


8:00pm
$10

Birdshoot Brothers

+ Ryan John Brown
Friday 15th May

Featuring members of the RACV, Costco and Top Video Northcote, The Birdshoot Brothers are half-arsed 9-5'ers letting loose on a small number of balance sheet boogie tunes. Making assets a liability, you know how it is. Tightening up would mean spending more time together. Not an option. Take it or leave it.


8:00pm
$5

Central Rain

Saturday 16th May

Central Rain is the first solo project for Melbourne musician Luke Thomas (The Pictures, Deserters, The Ronson Hangup) in a career that began when he ran away from home at sixteen to join a band. Central Rain’s wistful melodies and sharp hooks are the antidote to autotune, a fresh, organic feast in a sea of McDonald’s mass-production. Atmospheric and reflective, the songs are rich with melody and a turn of phrase reminiscent of writers such as Steve Kilbey, Neil Finn and Grant McLennan. Luke will be joined by long-time collaborator Mal Pinkerton (The Anyones, The Ronson Hangup) for this very special duo show.


6:00pm

PATCHES

+ Scrub Wrens + Kilby
Saturday 16th May

PATCHES are a Melbourne band who combine elements of indie and rock to create great contemporary pop music.

Led by Scottish songwriter Iain Wallace, PATCHES are influenced by the dark emotional ballads of Roy Orbison, soft vocal melodies of Jose Gonzalez and the elegant arrangements of Lennon and McCartney.

“Beautiful voice, nice arrangements... This'll do nicely on a rainy day.” (Stacy
Gougoulis, Triple J)

Debut EP sour fruit was recorded at Circal Studios in Preston with Damien Sutton (The Bon Scotts) and mastered by Adam Dempsey at Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Mastering in Brunswick. The EP will be available to download via Bandcamp from May 16th and on the same day, the video for their first single Chrysanthemum, will go viral.

“PATCHES are the culmination of years of living through life’s exhilarating and
complex ups and downs,” Iain states. “I’ve been holed up in my bedroom writing these songs since the turn of the century so it feels so great to have found an incredible band of people that can create the sound I hear in my head and carry it to the stage. It’s been an incredible cathartic and creative process and this release is something we’re super proud of. We are recording our follow up EP in May and can’t wait to return to the studio.”


8:00pm
$10

NMIT Showcase

Tuesday 19th May
Wesley Anne Band Room
7:00pm

Messy Mammals

Friday 22nd May

Messy Mammals are Asha Trips (Sydney) and Fionn Brewer (London), a cosmic dream pop duo who make music to accompany your astral travels. Drawing influences from Stereolab, Hendrix and Stevie Wonder, these two like-minded homo sapiens fuse trippy synths, psychedelic guitars, chunky bass and big beats with jazzy chords and shimmery vocals. They have recently made Melbourne their home. Join them on their trips to the swirly, multi-coloured end of the spectrum.


8:00pm

Sascha Ion

Saturday 23rd May

Sascha Ion’s style of pop-infused alternative country songs can be attributed to her musical influences being the likes of Lucinda Williams, PJ Harvey, Shovels and Rope, Suzi Quatro, Isobel Campbel and Mark Lanegan, Johnette Napolitana and Marianne Faithful.

In her various musical incarnations this singer-songwriter has supported the
likes of The Cruel Sea, Ed Kuepper, Abbe May, The Fumes, The Angels,
Little Birdy (national tour), Evermore (NZ), Morphine (USA) and Veruca Salt
(USA).

Sascha was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2014 Telstra Road to Discovery.


6:00pm

The Great Imposter

+ Lamb Boulevard
Saturday 23rd May

Once known for their blend of piano rock, punk, and cabaret that ruled debut EP “Find Structure Through The Chaos”, Melbourne based band “The Great Imposter” have begun their inevitable evoloution. Staying true to their band name, they are planning to surprise fans and start something completely new – to become the “imposter”; turning all aspects of being a songwriter, performer, and entertainer on its head. This all becomes clear after hearing “Carousel”, and “Be The Ignorant! Be The Free!”; two new songs itching to be released.

"The boys from Lamb Boulevard are fairly new to the music scene. With each individual member having their fair share of musical experiments, they bring their own twist/flavour to folk music. Being compared quite often to the sound of Mumford and Sons, the boys like to consider themselves just a little bit different. In saying that, their music is hard to describe as it goes from having a Banjo and Violin, to a smooth folk acoustic sound. With their new EP along the way, Lamb Boulevard are very excited to share with you their sound and live energy."


8:00pm
$10

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

Flying Engine Trio

Friday 29th May

8:00pm