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Mother’s Day Show

Mother's Day Show
JVG presents Mothers Day Live at the Brunswick Ballroom

Back to back mothers singing songs about motherhood: the joys, the trials, the ecstasy and the mundanity. We have kids running around the studios. Big kids and little kids. Supporting partners, musically and parentally. It’s an afternoon of motherly energy and talent that happens only once a year.

And now for the fourth year the radio show will precede a live expanded version of the show at the very plush Brunswick Ballroom. Mothers Day keeps getting bigger and better. From the radio station to the Ballroom where wall to wall mothers will sing of motherhood in all its glory and agony.

Line up includes:

Kerri Simpson

Angie Hart

Barb Waters

Rebecca Barnard

Talei Wolfgramm

Eliza Wolfgramm

Celia Church

Eliza Hull

and Marie Ewing (mother of 10, including the BB's Venue Director Will Ewing)

plus backing band The Mother's Little Helpers

MC Jon Von Goes

Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
12/05/2024 5.30pm | Admin Fee $11.00 | Book Tickets

Brunswick Ballroom
314 Sydney Road
BRUNSWICK
Melbourne, Victoria
3056
Australia

Stella – The Miles Franklin Story

Stella - The Miles Franklin Story
STELLA: The Miles Franklin Story – feat. Monique diMattina, Alma Zygier & Fem Belling

Songs, skits and gossip from a musical in development.

Acclaimed Australian composer/lyricist Monique diMattina presents a concert work-in-progress version of her newest project – STELLA: The Miles Franklin Story.

Sharing songs, stories, gossip and skits from this musical in development, Monique and her all-star chamber orchestra tell the extraordinary life story of Australian author Stella Miles Franklin.

Starring ALMA ZYGIER and FEM BELLING and featuring

The Brindabella String Quartet:

Fem Belling, Xani Kolac, Esther Henderson, Kalina Krusteva

The Talbingo Band:

Monique diMattina, Cat Canteri, Adrian Perger, Sam Lemann, Ben Robertson

Although the Miles Franklin Award is Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, most Australians are unaware that Miles was a woman, let alone the details of her extraordinary life.

Weaving together songs, gossip and Stella Miles Franklin’s own words, the show brings audiences on an epic journey from Franklin’s Snowy Mountains childhood to fame as the young author of My Brilliant Career, years battling for women’s suffrage and labour rights in the USA and UK, WWI field work, creative struggles and legacy as a trailblazing champion of Australian art, conservation and culture.

STELLA: The Miles Franklin Story will make you laugh, cry and love what Stella called ““our unique, inebriating, laughing, haunting, wistful, brooding, ancient, ageless, siren land”




Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
26/05/2024 2.00pm | Admin Fee $26.90 | Book Tickets

Brunswick Ballroom
314 Sydney Road
BRUNSWICK
Melbourne, Victoria
3056
Australia

ROOTLESS COSMOPOLITANS

ROOTLESS COSMOPOLITANS
Monstrous Theatre have just announced the world premiere of celebrated Australian playwright Ron Elisha’s dangerous comedy ROOTLESS COSMOPOLITANS. It will be directed by Suzanne Heywood and performed at Chapel off Chapel from 15th May - 2nd June 2024.

­­This timely and thought-provoking black comedy explores the polarising power of social media, antisemitism, and the minefield of identity politics.

The play centres around esteemed artistic director Ira Brot, who in six short years has transformed a small, struggling theatre company into an international sensation. Ira has the world at his feet - money, influence, and creative freedom – but one little tweet threatens to derail his perfect life.

Add to this his Jewish convert wife, a vaguely antisemitic theatre company Chairperson and an ambitious assistant director waiting in the wings, and you have the ingredients for the oldest of all culture wars, played out on a modern stage. Ira must also deal with a complex relationship with his mother who, although long dead, is alive and kvetching inside his head.


Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
15/05/2024 8.00pm | Admin Fee $26.00 | Book Tickets
17/05/2024 8.00pm | Admin Fee $26.50 | Book Tickets

Chapel Off Chapel
12 Little Chapel Street
Prahran, Victoria
3181
Australia

Good Food & Wine Show 2024

Good Food & Wine Show 2024
Enjoy a fun day out with friends discovering new foods, new wines and latest products. With hundreds of local and international exhibitors, your new favourite food and drinks are only a sample away.



Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
31/05/2024 10.00am until 31/05/2024 5.00pm | Admin Fee $16.50 | ALL TICKETS GONE!
02/06/2024 10.00am until 02/06/2024 5.00pm | Admin Fee $16.50 | ALL TICKETS GONE!

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon St
Southbank, Victoria
3006
Australia

Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
21/06/2024 10.00am until 21/06/2024 5.00pm | Admin Fee $16.50 | Book Tickets
23/06/2024 10.00am until 23/06/2024 5.00pm | Admin Fee $16.50 | Book Tickets

ICC Sydney Theatre at Darling Harbour
Darling Drive
Sydney, New South Wales
2000
Australia

Stella – The Miles Franklin Story

Stella - The Miles Franklin Story
STELLA: The Miles Franklin Story – feat. Monique diMattina, Alma Zygier & Fem Belling

Songs, skits and gossip from a musical in development.

Acclaimed Australian composer/lyricist Monique diMattina presents a concert work-in-progress version of her newest project – STELLA: The Miles Franklin Story.

Sharing songs, stories, gossip and skits from this musical in development, Monique and her all-star chamber orchestra tell the extraordinary life story of Australian author Stella Miles Franklin.

Starring ALMA ZYGIER and FEM BELLING and featuring

The Brindabella String Quartet:

Fem Belling, Xani Kolac, Esther Henderson, Kalina Krusteva

The Talbingo Band:

Monique diMattina, Cat Canteri, Adrian Perger, Sam Lemann, Ben Robertson

Although the Miles Franklin Award is Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, most Australians are unaware that Miles was a woman, let alone the details of her extraordinary life.

Weaving together songs, gossip and Stella Miles Franklin’s own words, the show brings audiences on an epic journey from Franklin’s Snowy Mountains childhood to fame as the young author of My Brilliant Career, years battling for women’s suffrage and labour rights in the USA and UK, WWI field work, creative struggles and legacy as a trailblazing champion of Australian art, conservation and culture.

STELLA: The Miles Franklin Story will make you laugh, cry and love what Stella called ““our unique, inebriating, laughing, haunting, wistful, brooding, ancient, ageless, siren land”




Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
26/05/2024 2.00pm | Admin Fee $26.90 | Book Tickets

Brunswick Ballroom
314 Sydney Road
BRUNSWICK
Melbourne, Victoria
3056
Australia

Brooke Taylor & The Poison Spitting Gin Queens

Brooke Taylor & The Poison Spitting Gin Queens
Brooke Taylor & The Poison Spitting Gin Queens are thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited release of their second album, 'There's Magic in Mistakes'. This release is a pivotal moment in Brooke's artistic evolution, ensuring an evening brimming with musical excellence, special guests and an all round crackin’ time.

This album is not just a collection of new songs; it's a vivid portrayal of Brooke's artistic evolution. From the first strum to the last, it captures her growth, bravely diving into new sounds and the deep richness that sets these latest tunes apart.

Whether you've been cheering for Brooke since day one or are just now discovering her and the Gin Queens, this is your invitation to join us in celebrating ‘There’s Magic in Mistakes’…cause there is.

Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
02/05/2024 8.00pm | Admin Fee $11.00 | Book Tickets

Brunswick Ballroom
314 Sydney Road
BRUNSWICK
Melbourne, Victoria
3056
Australia

Winter Solstice Dark Cabaret with Jex Lopez and Janty Blair

Winter Solstice Dark Cabaret with Jex Lopez and Janty Blair
The Winter Solstice is an astronomical event, marking the longest night of the year. This darkness has been celebrated around the world since ancient times. First Nations Wurdi Youang stone arrangement near Ballarat is evidence of marking the Winter Solstice for some 11000 years. This inaugral Winter Solstice Dark Cabaret is an invitation to celebrate this time of year with the intelligent lyrics and bold vaudevillian piano magic of Jex Lopez and the political humour of Janty Blair, proud Butchulla, Mununjhali and Woppaburra woman. They will be joined by a range of local artists taking you on a ceremonial journey with ritual, fire performance, didgeridoo playing, spoken word, First Nations story telling, a tea ceremony and much more. The Winter Solstice marks the new sun cycle and as such we invite the audience to make a new years affirmation which will be on display as an installation on the night. Please join us for a Dark Cabaret to remember.

A true performer, JEX LOPEZ uses intelligent lyrics, dramatic, velvety voicing and bold vaudevillian piano magic to visibly move audiences with stories laden with truth and social conscience. From fairy tales to Latin divas, to circus arts, Lopez draws inspiration from around the world and shares art in many forms through music, costume, poetry and humour. Intrinsically tied to their identity as a queer Latinex with Portuguese Indian heritage, their music is courageous and timeless, reaching across generations and cultures as Jex responds to our times and strives to heal our collective grief. Their music has been called a ‘gateway drug to deeper spiritual growth.’ An injection of passion and emotion, Lopez is an artist like no other; the theatrical, satirical and unique delivery of these powerful songs is not to be missed. Jex is joined on stage at the Brunswick Ballroom by queer composer Tilly Jones on Cello and trans non-binary political folk songwriter Myki on guitar and soaring harmonies. These three sensitive yet powerful performers create breathtaking moments in art.

Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
22/06/2024 2.00pm | Admin Fee $16.50 | Book Tickets

Brunswick Ballroom
314 Sydney Road
BRUNSWICK
Melbourne, Victoria
3056
Australia

Wendy Rule

Wendy Rule
WENDY RULE ‘MEADOWLARK’ ALBUM LAUNCH

Mystical songstress Wendy Rule returns to Australia to celebrate the release of her ninth major album, Meadowlark. An ode to her home in the Northern New Mexico countryside, this tender and heartfelt collection of songs explores Wendy’s emotional and spiritual connection with Nature and the turning of the seasons. Returning to her troubadour roots, Meadowlark focuses on Wendy’s beautiful voice and poetic lyrics to create dreamy, folk-driven soundscapes, with a sprinkling of her trademark gothic ambience. On this solo acoustic tour, Wendy will share the songs as they first began - love songs to Nature, with just a voice and a guitar. For this official Melbourne album launch, Wendy will be joined by dark dream-folk ensemble Dandelion Wine.



Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
23/06/2024 7.00pm | Admin Fee $16.50 | Book Tickets

Brunswick Ballroom
314 Sydney Road
BRUNSWICK
Melbourne, Victoria
3056
Australia

The Avenue Ensemble

The Avenue Ensemble
Merri-bek Disco-tek! with The Avenue Ensemble

You should be dancing …
Merri-bek Disco-tek!
A dance party for young and old
The Avenue Ensemble play songs by soul sisters & disco divas


Two live sets + DJ Cass + Host Robert Skinner

A democratic dance party in the people’s republic of Merri-Bek

Get on the soul tram and dance, strut or stroll down the line

The Avenue Ensemble play soul, disco and more. An eleven-piece band with an irresistible groove. Horns, percussion and great singing.

Robert Skinner is author of the acclaimed I’d Rather Not.

Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
19/05/2024 1.00pm | Admin Fee $11.00 | Book Tickets

Brunswick Ballroom
314 Sydney Road
BRUNSWICK
Melbourne, Victoria
3056
Australia

Karen Lee Andrews

Karen Lee Andrews
Australian blues and soul powerhouse Karen Lee Andrews possesses an unwavering artistic purpose. With a lifelong immersion in music, Karen’s journey has predominantly revolved around classic soul and rhythm and blues sounds. However, as her musicality has evolved, she’s embraced her Polynesian heritage. Karen Lee Andrews has played up and down the country in Australia at renowned festivals such as Woodford Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Blues at Broadbeach, Dashville Skyline, Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues, Bluesfest Melbourne & WOMAD. She has also supported music icons such as Jessica Mauboy, Ricky Martin, Liz Stringer, Icehouse & Jimmy Barnes. A captivating live act with a voice that will stay with you forever. Karen will be releasing her third EP in 2024 and touring Australia, Europe & UK.

“Andrews is on an inspiring and passionate musical journey. A must-see.” - Beat Magazine

“Commanding and brilliant.” - Daily Telegraph

“Soulful and bluesy, with so much heart and pain, delivered with so much class.” - Sound of Oz


Gabby Steel
Gabby Steel is an Australian singer-songwriter who has captivated audiences with her enthralling musical style. At just 23 years old, Gabby has established herself as a talented musician with a distinctive voice and a gift for crafting soulful and memorable folk-pop songs.Gabby’s powerful vocals and heartfelt lyrics are the centerpiece of her music, and she has gained a dedicated following thanks to her honest and authentic approach to songwriting. Gabby blends elements of soul, pop, and jazz to create a style that is both familiar and fresh. Gabby’s live performances are always a highlight, and she has played at some of Australia’s most prestigious music festivals, including the main stage of Port Fairy’s iconic Folk Festival and the Queenscliff Music Festival. She has also shared the stage with well-known Australian artists such as Owen Campbell, Tex Perkins, and Kate Ceberano, cementing her reputation as a rising star in the Australian music scene.





Shows (Silver & Bronze Membership)
31/05/2024 8.30pm | Admin Fee $20.00 | Book Tickets

Brunswick Ballroom
314 Sydney Road
BRUNSWICK
Melbourne, Victoria
3056
Australia

TAGG MAGG

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Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.