Monthly Archives: August 2015

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox @ The Powerstation : 29 Aug 2015

Postmodern Jukebox

There is a very good possibility that many of you have seen or heard of the terrific musical collective known as Postmodern Jukebox on one or more of your preferred social media platforms. These clever and talented viral-video/YouTube sensations have likely shown up on yours or a friend’s Facebook wall—no doubt ecstatically captioned with glowing praises for their uncanny ability to take a contemporary pop hit and reincarnate it into a superb, vintage-flavored songbook standard from the last century.

The brainchild of arranger/pianist/musical genius Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox’s primary raison d’être has been to repurpose today’s radio staples (think Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Lorde, Nikki Minaj, etc.) and infuse them with the sounds that are more likely to be found in your grandfather’s old vinyl record collection: old-school jazz and ragtime standards from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, croony doo-wop tunes from the 50’s, 60’s rock and R&B anthems, or perhaps even sultry 70’s soul jams. Just like with their popular videos, each song in PMJ’s live concert bridges the gap between generations, providing fresh, yet familiar-sounding tunes that can be enjoyed by all ages.

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Jamie Lawson @ The Tuning Fork : 29 Aug 2015

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Wasn’t expecting that’ star returns to Australia & New Zealand for intimate headline shows this August.

He recently toured our shores as the special guest of Ed Sheeran and has a platinum single on the airwaves right now. Frontier Touring is thrilled to welcome back British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson, who’ll perform intimate headline shows across Australia and New Zealand this August.

“I’ve known Jamie for about five or six years – he’s just a phenomenal talent.” – Ed Sheeran

2015 has been huge for the talented Manchester singer, who saw his debut single, ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’, reach number one in Ireland upon its release, with over half a million YouTube views worldwide of its video so far. Having first made its debut in Australia, following the single’s success in Ireland Lawson re-recorded it (including new vocals captured in Brisbane) – and immediately the song was a hit, peaking at #3 on Australia’s ARIA Singles chart, #2 on iTunes Singles Chart and #1 on iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart, going platinum earlier this month.
Lawson’s virtual overnight success is testament to his talent. Relatively unknown before a fan sent online footage of a show to Irish station Toda FM, Lawson’s rise has been extraordinary. Aussie fans got a special introduction to Lawson’s live performances when he supported long-time pal Ed Sheeran on the ‘Thinking Out Loud’ hitmaker’s recent ‘X Tour’ of Australia and NZ tour in March/April.

‘Lawson drew the [crowd] in with his charm and captivating love songs accompanied by guitar…’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Jamie Lawson won the hearts of everyone … definitely someone to keep an eye out for in the future’ – Coup de Main

Friends since their days busking around London, Lawson is the very first artist to be signed to Sheeran’s brand new record label Gingerbread Man Records, and has supported Sheeran on the road throughout the UK and Europe. “I literally went from playing an open mic in Manchester one week to playing in front of 17,000 people the next week with Ed in Australia,” Lawson joked to The Daily Telegraph.

Lawson has performed alongside talent like Martha Wainwright, Damien Rice, Van Morrison, Glen Hansard, Katie Melua, James Morrison and Angus & Julia Stone. In June 2015 he has another massive stadium show: he’ll join none other than Taylor Swift – not to mention Australia’s own Vance Joy – at the American singer’s massive sold-out show in London’s Hyde Park.

Genuine and heartfelt, the songs of Jamie Lawson will melt your heart. He won’t be performing in venues this small and intimate for long – get in quick to catch Jamie Lawson live and up close this August!

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Motion City Soundtrack @ Kings Arms : 26 Aug 2015

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MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK IN CONCERT:

Since bursting onto the scene in the early ’00s with the rollicking single “The Future Freaks Me Out”, pop punk rockers Motion City Soundtrack have continually impressed fans and critics alike with their shout-along hooks, punchy drums, and battling guitars. In concert frontman Justin Pierre belts out emo-tinged, tongue-in-cheek lyrics with his signature falsetto, infusing each song with raw emotion that’s perfectly complemented by the band’s infectious exuberance. Especially entertaining is keyboardist Jesse Johnson, who hops over his keys, cranks out the cowbell, and mans the moog synthesizer, which has become a staple of the band’s sound. Known for bringing their “A” game whenever they hit the stage, Motion City Soundtrack fervently perform fan favorites like “Everything Is Alright”, “L.G. FUAD” and “My Favorite Accident” along with recent hits “Her Words Destroyed My Planet” and “True Romance” at their crowd-pleasing live shows.

BACKGROUND SNAPSHOT:

Former high school friends Joshua Cain and Justin Pierre formed Motion City Soundtrack in Minneapolis in 1997. After multiple lineup changes, the band finally solidified in 2002 with the addition of bassist Matt Taylor, drummer Tony Thaxton, and keyboardist Jesse Johnson. Later that year they dropped their debut album I Am The Movie, which was re-released a year later by Epitaph Records after the breakout success of single “The Future Freaks Me Out”. Their sophomore album, 2005’s Commit This To Memory, was produced by Blink 182 bassist Matt Hoppus and boasted the hit single “Everything is Alright”. Over the next few years the band toured extensively, both as a headlining act and as an opener on Blink 182’s 2009 world tour. They made their major label debut in 2010 with My Dinosaur Life — an edgier, more experimental album released on Columbia Records — but they returned to Epitaph for 2012’s Go. With their highly anticipated Commit This To Memory 10 Year Anniversary Tour slated for 2015, ticket buyers are jumping at the chance to see these veteran indie rockers in concert.

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Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games Tour @ The Civic : 21 – 23 Aug 2015

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The world’s most successful dance show explodes onto the New Zealand stage tonight with a spectacular new staging of Michael Flatley’s masterpiece – Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games enjoyed a sell-out season in London’s West End last year, returning to The Dominion Theatre in March 2015 due to overwhelming popular demand. This international production comes to New Zealand as part of a 15 country-tour, following an extensive UK tour.

Michael Flatley brought Irish Dance into the global spotlight more than 21 years ago, going on to create Lord of the Dance in 1996. Since then his name and the Lord of the Dance brand have become synonymous with spectacular artistry and grand scale productions that have mesmerized more than 60 million people in 68 countries around the world.

Flatley’s new show Dangerous Games has exciting and ground-breaking new technology, including holographs, dancing robots, world champion acrobats, and 34 of the greatest Irish Dancers in the world. A new score composed by Gerard Fahy, new choreography, stunning new costumes and special effect lighting add a breath-taking new dimension to the original masterpiece.

Lord of the Dance captivates audiences with its mesmerising dance styles rooted in the traditional form of Irish dance that has evolved over more than 2,000 years. The story is a classic tale of good vs evil based on old Irish folklore, as well as a passionate love story expressed through dance.

This latest version of the global dance phenomenon combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and heart-stopping dance, making it perfect family entertainment.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is created, directed and choreographed by Michael Flatley and is produced in Australia by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Base Entertainment Asia.

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The Warratahs @ The Tuning Fork : 7 Aug 2015

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Iconic players and creators of some of the finest songs New Zealand has heard, The Warratahs will team up with two-man blues, roots juggernaut Swamp Thing to celebrate the release of The Warratahs’ first new studio album in nine years, Runaway Days.

Runaway Days (a new collection of Barry Saunders’ songs) is the seventh studio album from The Warratahs in what has been an illustrious career spanning almost 30 years. This hard working band has entertained hundreds of thousands of music lovers at countless live performances and earned their place firmly in the hearts of the Kiwi public. With over 85,000 albums sold in New Zealand alone they are an established and cherished part of the New Zealand music scene and they continue to deliver fresh and creative songs more than 25 years on.

Energetic two-piece Swamp Thing, made up of longtime John Butler Trio drummer (2003-2009) Michael Barker and fellow Kiwi Grant Haua, formed in 2010 and have since released two albums; Balladeer and Primordium. Barker’s ability to play drums, keyboards and sing simultaneously offers a rare point of difference while Grant Haua’s rich vocal timbre combined with a furious worldly blues guitar style form a notably greater sum of their individual parts. Re-known for their high energy performances, Swamp Thing has the musical experience and charisma to get any crowd up and dancing.

Bringing together their individual creative styles and energy, this is a double bill you don’t want to miss; as two of New Zealand’s iconic bands prepare to rock the stage together at Auckland’s Tuning Fork this August!

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