TAGG-the alternative gig guide hard copy

TAGG the alternative gig guide celebrating the launch of it’s hard copy, pocket sized entertainment guide on Sunday at St Kilda’s Sports Club.  

This very special event rocked in with SLAB centre stage with Nelson Fuller on lead guitar / vocals, Ben Blaak on bass and James Pacholli rocking on drums; all looking and sounding like very hot stuff.

TAGG is a state-of-the-art, multi media pocket sized gig and entertainment guide which will soon to be hitting the streets throughout Port Phillip. It offers readers eight pages of what’s on in localised areas, complete with convenient QR code portals to online sites and an A3 sized glossy poster on the back, all in full colour!

Slab - Nelson Fuller on lead guitar and vocals, Ben Blaak on bass and James Pacholli on drums
Slab – Nelson Fuller on lead guitar and vocals, Ben Blaak on bass and James Pacholli on drums
Nelson Full
Nelson Fuller
James Pacholli
James Pacholli
Ben Blaak
Ben Blaak

Sun Rising Rock n Roll Tribute Band

In the 1950’s Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash spearheaded the pathway for Rock n Roll to enter the mainstream music industry.  They achieved phenomenal success and also opened the flood gates of global appreciation for “Black Music”, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Soul and Country, music that is the heart and soul of Sun Records.

With this powerful mojo at play, it was Sun Records producer Sam Phillips and his fundamental experience, appreciation and vision that gave birth to Rock n Roll as we know it today.

This richly layered history is what propels Melbourne’s Sun Rising Rock n Roll Tribute Band to live and breath this music and strive for excellence.

Last Saturday night at the Thornbury Theatre we captured images of this brilliantly orchestrated and passionate show.


Damon Smith multi-instrumentalist and composer (piano, guitar and vocals) produced and co-wrote this two part show with David Cosma (acoustic guitar and vocals) using spoken word between songs giving the audience background on how the music was conceived, recorded and took flight. The whole band including Trent McKenzie (upright and electric bass), Adam Coad (drums, backup vocals) and Adrian Whyte (electric guitar and vocals), are all die hard fans who have made the pilgrimage to Sun Records in Memphis to recorded their music on vinyl.

The show was a sell out success and if you love Rock n Roll music this show is a dazzling window into the magic of an ageless era.

As a follow up to this last national tour Sun Rising Rock n Roll Tribute Band will be performing  at the Caravan Club on the 15 August 2015. Tickets are currently on sale, so book now to secure your seats.





Images by Enzo Tomasiello

What: Sun Rising Rock n Roll Tribute Band

Where: The Caravan Club 

When: 15 August 2015

The Blues unrooted

 Blues … a pulse of the soul … for some a gateway to salvation and others a mystical resonance, either way the Blues is a timeless rhyme that hits our core.

Williamstown’s Way Out West Roots Music Club today hosted the June 2015 benefit concert for 3CR’s R&B shows’ Nightowls On Rhythm presented by Steve Fraser and  The Hot Damn Tamale  presented by Werner Martin.

The afternoon featured top Rhyme and Blues artists from around the country with Sweet Felicia & The Honeytones featuring Fast Eddy Boyle, the legendary Delta Blues artist Ivan Zar from Perth, Dan Robinson’s Wild Cherries, Phil Manning (Chain) and Backwood Creatures.

Blues fans, that do not already know, listen up …

Way Out West Roots Music Club is run by a dedicated group of volunteer enthusiasts and is located at the very well decked out Williamstown RSL. Not only does this venue have GREAT ACCOUSTICS the club hosts both local and international roots musicians and endeavours to support and promote young artists by giving the vast majority of gig funds directly to the performers!

To find out about upcoming gigs go to Way Out West Roots Music Club.

Perth's Delta Blues man Ivan Zar
Perth’s Delta Blues man Ivan Zar
Sweet Felicia & The Honeytones
Sweet Felicia & The Honeytones
Fast Eddy Boyle
Fast Eddy Boyle
Steve Fraser and Werner Martin
Steve Fraser and Werner Martin


Melbourne Magic Festival 2015

Our hat is overflowing!

The Melbourne Magic Festival casts its spell across Northcote’s Town Hall from June 29 to July 11, 2015 and promises to take you to the extreme end of visual theatre with over 250 shows and free events including two international guest magicians from Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle!

Artistic Director and internationally award winning magician, Tim Ellis, says:

“It has been eight years in the making but The Melbourne Magic Festival has finally come of age. Already known internationally as the largest event of its kind in the Southern hemisphere, the importance of our festival has been recognised for its creativity, innovation, and the development of one of the world’s oldest art forms. I am proud to see our magicians taking their theatre shows all over the world and receiving both critical and box office acclaim.”

In fact last year Tim himself was invited to the Beijing International Carnival of Magic specifically to perform and teach his renowned rendition of The Chinese Linking Rings. A wonderful testament to his contributions to their own beloved classic of magic.

Australia is fast gaining a reputation for producing some of the most exciting new magicians in the world today – and as the international theatre tours and TV magic specials continue to break all kinds of records, the one event the magicians look forward to all year is now only three months away!

International superstar Rob Zabrecky
International superstar Rob Zabrecky

This is the eighth edition of Melbourne’s annual Magic Festival and our CELEBRATION OF IMAGINATION has attracted over 60 world class magicians including:

INTERNATIONAL MAGIC SUPERSTAR ROB ZABRECKY (USA). Winner of The Hollywood Magic Castle’s ‘Stage Magician of the Year’ in 2011 and 2012 and nominated again this year!

  • INTERNATIONAL MAGIC LEGEND POP HAYDN (USA). Six time ‘Magician of the Year’ winner at Hollywood’s Magic Castle and again nominated this year!
  • AUSTRALIAN MOST INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN MAGICIAN TIM ELLIS (AUS). Two time winner and three time Jury member at the World Championships of Magic.
  • RISING SUPERSTAR OF AUSTRALIAN MAGIC SIMON CORONEL (AUS). Two time winner at the World Championships of Magic.
  • TOP SELLING AUTHOR AND “AUSTRALIA’S HONEST CON MAN” NICHOLAS J JOHNSON (AUS). Launching his latest book ‘Fast & Loose’ at the Melbourne Magic Festival.
  • AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION STAR, COMEDIAN & MAGICIAN LAWRENCE LEUNG (AUS). Star of the ABC TV series ‘Maximum Choppage’ and upcoming feature film ‘Sucker’.
From USA Pop Haydn
From USA Pop Haydn

In addition to over 150 performances, magic workshops and classes – this year’s highlights include:

  • THE GALA SHOWS. Showcasing the very best of Australia’s top magical talent. These shows are always the first to sell out.
  • THE AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS OF MAGIC. See Australia’s upcoming magic superstars compete in ‘Stage Magic’ and ‘Close Up Magic’.
  • MAGICSPORTS. Two teams of magicians compete in an hilarious night of improvised magic. Imagine a David Copperfield show combined with ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’
  • MAGIC CENTRAL. Our brand new program of free events including close up magicians, magic workshop sessions, storytelling for kids and adults, video and performance art installations
  • THE MAGICIANS INVITATIONAL POKER TOURNAMENT. World Pro Poker are hosting the first ever MMF Tournament where cheating is allowed… as long as you don’t get caught
  • NEW OFF SITE VENUES. The Festival is expanding beyond the Town Hall to ‘Dane Certificate’s Magic Theatre’ in Brunswick and ‘The 86’ in Collingwood.

In 2014 we attracted over 10,000 magic fans, and 2015 looks like it will smash that record! The full program of events can be found at www.MelbourneMagicFestival.com


WHERE: Northcote Town Hall 189 High Street, Northcote WHEN: June 29 to July 11, 2015

COST: Tickets start at $10 and can be booked online at

www.MelbourneMagicFestival.com or 9481 950045

We are proud to acknowledge The City Of Darebin as our Major Festival Partner

Presented by the Australian Institute of Magic