Locality – September/October 2017

Some folks think jazz is for old people. Those people are numpties, because it’s actually running on a whole lot of young blood. If you head to The Street Theatre on Sunday September 17, you’ll be treated to a performance from a number of Canberra’s best young soloists, ranging from 14 to 18 years old. Through the work of the ACT Young Women’s Jazz Workshops, they’ve been honing their skills, and from 7pm they’ll be showing off what they can do. Entry is $10 and includes a performance from special guests, The Telepathetics.

There’s a few more (slightly older) baby faces playing at Smith’s Alternative on Thursday September 14 from 7pm. Led by Scott Temby, Tembtanglement are much better at modern jazz/fusion than they are at puns. Strap in for a set of originals and arrangements of tunes you’re probably a little more used to hearing come out of your radio than out of a septet. Entry will set you back $15, or $10 if you’re a Canberra Musicians Club member.

Feeling like something a little more out there? Soundscapes’ offering of musical experimentation will be bringing together locals Okinawa Girls and Trim B with Sydney’s Scattered Order for some serious aural art. Get your fill of loops, dissonance, electronica and who-know-what-else at Smith’s Alternative on Friday October 6 from 9:30pm. It’ll only cost you $15 to get in.

Leafy Lyneham with find itself in the throes of a kickin’ evening on Thursday September 14, when The Front Gallery and Cafe is taken over by the Canberra music scene’s brightest sparks. From 6:30pm, you can catch Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, Marlon Bando, Salad Buoy and Sodium Sunday for a cheeky fiver. Sure, the week might not quite be over, but a rocking night like this is sure to make that slide into the weekend a little easier.

Rumblr is taking to the Transit Bar stage on Thursday September 21 from 8pm, and they’re bringing their mates Wesley and the Crushers, and The Postmasters with them. Oh, and just casually, they’ve managed to squeeze the legends of Aboriginal Australian rock and reggae, Coloured Stone onto the bill as well! This is one hell of a line-up, pairing traditional rock sounds with intriguing international influences. Entry is TBC, but don’t let that hold you back – this is going to be a super night out.

In the three years I’ve been writing this column, there’s always been one guy I could rely on to have a new release to write about: Tom Woodward. But as is the nature of the Canberran music scene, he’s leaving us for greener pastures, namely Hobart. Catch his last pre-move gig at Sad Old Bastards at The Phoenix on Wednesday September 13. From 8pm, you can catch him, as well as sets from Ella Hunt and Endrey. Entry is free. Crying into your beer not compulsory, but also not discouraged.

Also at The Phoenix on Saturday September 23, Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones will be launching their new EP, with a little help from Sketch Method, Slagatha Christie and out-of-towners Floral Sheets. Entry is $10, with proceedings kicking off at 8pm.


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