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November 28, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT

Back in 2019, we had a dream to create a permanent space in a city that didn’t make space for us. Have a look at us now! 4 years later, over 200+ nights, 1000+ slots, and a night that has become the home for Blak artists nation wide.
This special bday, we welcome the party starter himself, FRED LEONE to open the night.
Fred Leone is one of the Butchulla Songmen with Aboriginal, Tongan and South-Sea Islander roots. He comes from the Garrwa and Butchulla tribes.
Fred’s role as a Songman sees him as one of the custodians of the traditional songs of the Butchulla tribe and one of a handful of keepers and custodians of their language. Fred is active in his role as a Songman, ensuring that contemporary Butchulla stories are embedded into the collective memory of the tribes oral histories and ceremonies going forward.
As a Songman, his primary instrument is his voice, yet he uses Didgeridoo (Kuluru in Garrwa language), boomerangs (Bargan in Butchulla language), Emu egg (Ngurunj in Butchulla language), tree branches, sand and other objects from K’gari to form his traditional sound pallet.
Fred has been touring the world for over a decade, throwing rhymes and traveling with Public Enemy, Dead Prez and People Under The Stairs as well as receiving invites to collaborate and play with contemporary artists such as John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Amanda Palmer, best-selling author, Neil Gaiman and many, many more.
Fred blends his love of hip-hop rhyming and his singularly unique vocal style with his adeptness at playing traditional instruments to create an utterly new and unique sound. He’s known for his abilities to transcend genre and form whilst bringing the true integrity of his life’s calling as a Songman to the forefront all that he touches.
BOOK NOW!!!! This will be a full house and I’d be getting in early. Doors 6.30pm. FREE!!!
11 HUGE SHOWS. 11 HUGE GUEST ARTISTS – we are throwing the biggest series of shows over summer, inviting some of the biggest names in music to come guest open Naarms longest running premier Open Mic night which is home to First Nations artists far and wide.
Blak Stage is this countries premier and longest running open mic night for mob, running every Tuesday at The Retreat Hotel.

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.        


November 28, 2023
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
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The Retreat Hotel
The Retreat Hotel


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