Top 5 in entertainment this week
Bangalow show for dynamic duo: Murray Patterson, Tex Perkins on stage
TEX Perkins and Murray Patterson have a long history of collaboration and, if you want, the biggest "bromance" in local music history.
Among other projects, Paterson and Perkins co-scored the soundtrack for the film Beautiful Kate, the directorial feature debut from Rachel Ward.
We spoke to Tex Perkins about their upcoming show.
What can Northern Rivers audiences expect of this gig?
I'll be joined by my good friend and fellow Dark Horse, Dr Murray Paterson. It will be both of us on acoustic guitars, but we will make it as "powerful and rock and roll" as you can get. We will also turn "powerful and rock and roll" songs to "intimate chilled" numbers.
The set will have songs from bands I've played with throughout my career including the latest Dark Horses album as well as a few covers.
I'll be back for Easter at Byron Bay Bluesfest with The Ape.
Tex and Murray return to the Bangalow Hotel on Thursday, February 11.
Local artists in NCEIA showcase
THE North Coast Entertainment Industry Association (NCEIA) is celebrating 25 years of promoting the local music industry with the NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards in 2016.
The first event to kick off the official celebrations will be a showcase of local musicians and will feature four top local artists:
- The Rochelle Lees Band has now morphed into an originals band having played covers on the North Coast over the last 12 years. The band won the pop category at the NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards in 2015.
- Carmen Cane is an indie pop singer with a personal take on the world and a strong element of style. Her video Glory Man took out the 2015 Music Video award at the NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards.
- Serinna McGrath is a young singer-songwriter about to take her music career forward. Serinna won the youth category in 2012 and both the youth and female vocal awards in 2013.
- Blakboi is an indigenous singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, activist and poet who won the male vocal category in 2014 and was also a finalist in two other categories.
At the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, on February 11 from 8.30pm. Free gig.
DAVE Rawlings Machine recently released Nashville Obsolete, which features seven original compositions written by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. The Machine live band will feature Dave and Gillian, as well as Willie Watson, Punch Brother Paul Kowert and fiddler Brittany Haas. Nashville Obsolete marks the seventh studio album on which Welch and Rawlings have collaborated.
At the Bangalow A&I Hall this Saturday (sold out) and Sunday from 8pm. $77.
Tintenbar Up Front
TINTENBAR UpFront gives the opportunity for musicians, poets, comedians, dancers or any performers to showcase their skills every second Friday of the month.
The gig is also a regular charity fundraiser, and this month the proceeds will go to the Rural Fire Service and Swags For the Homeless.
This month's line-up includes Andy Bambach on guitar and vocals, acoustic punk performer Leigh Hair, and singer-songwriters Lee Kingston and Wendy Ford.
Local performer Wendy Ford did the Northern Rivers proud last year by taking out second place in the Australian Songwriting Contest.
Ms Ford won the accolade for her song Hippy Cowgirl.
She had a total of three songs in the finals of the competition last year.
Wendy is preparing to launch a new album later this year.
Also this weekend, Peter Miller will be playing his Celtic guitar, followed by singer-songwriter James Webb, vocalist Bailey Southon, plus singer- songwriters Gregory Pimm, Shelley-May Evans and MJ Turner.
At the Tintenbar Hall this Friday from 6.45pm. $5.
Belles Lettres, a free artistic afternoon
BELLES Lettres will be a free daytime show of poetry, arts and music in Ballina this weekend.
Join Dangerously Poetic Press for a free afternoon reading of intimate letter poems.
Local poets will read both original and favourite epistles.
An epistle is a written piece directed or sent to a person or group of people, usually an elegant and formal didactic letter.
After the letters, audiences will enjoy the jazzy voice of Shelly Hughes Brown.
Ms Brown will be performing her original songs, accompanied by Dan Brown on the keyboard.
Their recent projects and performances include their latest album, Where the Owl Was, and the Cole Porter Tribute Night in Byron Bay.
They have also been working behind the scenes at last year's Mullumbimby Music Festival, recording children's songs for The Quincy's, performing at Woodford Folk Festival, and leading vocal workshops at the Summersong Music Camp in Lennox Head.
Audiences are encouraged to share a letter poem to their beloved during the open section, as an early Valentine's Day celebration.
The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is currently showing the Belles Lettres exhibition by artists Nathalie Verdejo and Hannah Massey.
At the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, 44 Cherry St, Ballina, this Saturday from 1pm.