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Chook gets chop Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 May 2014

Big bad news is the Black Chook Festival got the chop.

Sample ImageSlow pre-sales is the reason. Adelaide fans didn’t book tickets so show gets cancelled. Seem to have heard something like that before.

 

 

 

 

Sample ImageFriday May 8  Blues Avenue Duo at Regattas – rear of Convention Centre – on this Friday afterworknoon.

Blues starts swinging at 5 pm; gives you a bit of time to swing by after your hard day at the desk.

 

 

 

Sample ImageFriday May 8 the Funhouse of Blues plays the Wheatie.

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Amber Joy and the Holy Men - hell on wheels!

Sample ImageAmber Joy and the Holy Men done good last weekend with better than expected gigs at Nhill (full house), The Sphinx Hotel Geelong, The Cobden Golluf Club… great crowd and good cd sales and the big surprise gig was at the Naracoorte Town Hall. Great people; great response. We’d go back in a flash.  However, instead of that we are going to North Queensland for what we hope will be a barnstorming tour. Fingers crossed. If you know anyone who lives in north Queensland tell them... well, just alert them to the fact that we might be coming their way and that they might - or should - get along for jolly evening of toe-tapping, knee-knocking, thigh-slapping, buttock-buttering, love-handle tweaking good old country music fun.

 

 

 

Adelaide Music Collective Sessions Number 2 at the Goodwood Institute - Friday May 16

Sample ImageThe 2nd AMC Sessions is taking bookings at: http://www.trybooking.com/76535.

What a great line-up on stage and 6 Hall of Fame inductees. Read on:

The second round of the AMC Sessions at The Goodwood Institute commences  in May with Kelly Menhennett (below right), The Timbers (below centre), The Brewster Brothers (John & Rick from The Angels) leading the charge.   There will also be Hall of Fame 'live on stage' inductions for Rockin' Rob Riley (Rose Tattoo), John Schumann (Redgum), Ray O'Conner (The Penny Rockets). Barrie McAskill (60's music icon) and John & Rick Brewster from The Angels.....

 Book NOW for this great night of music entertainment.

Tickets now available through www.trybooking.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew are also dusting off their travelling gear for a mini-tour through central Queensland.

Sample ImageThere’s no doubt about it folks… Queensland is where the action seems to be. Imagine what a joy it would be to see a fat and healthy listing of gigs in country SA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample ImageDon Morrison and Raging Thirst at the Wheatie Sample Image , Saturday May24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample ImageAnd we haven’t forgotten about the The Krusty Cowboy Klub Variety Show... it is coming to you Somewhere, sometime in June.  Hopefully.  We're working on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the piss

These harsh times and belt-tightening threats have sent me back to the workbench for another burst of creative inventing.  I have expounded on this before but inventing is in the family gene pool. And even though I can’t swim I still have the inventing bug in me. When I was a younger kiddie and inventing things like a foot operated catapult that could throw a dog turd into the next yard with a hands-free operation, my dear daddy said to me: “Pawpawhead, the reason you have such a fertile mind is because it is full of horseshit.” Then he’d tousle my unkempt curly hair and smack me across the ear with a dead mullet.
I invented the car that runs on piss. Yep. Don’t know why it hadn’t been thought of before. It’s a near-at-hand ever-renewing source of fuel! I am taking it up to the oil barons and squirting on their boots no longer – I’m squirting it into my car.
And it works like a dream. First thing in the morning I go out and get the paper and piss in the car. That’ll run it for a hundred kilometres.  I have even incorporated a F.U.D attachment to allow ladies to fill ‘er up.
It’s bloody marvellous; especially at the end of a party of a night out – I get the tank filled up for nuthin’! When I’m the designated ‘dry-ver’ I have a clever catch-cry for this: Micturate or ambulate! Ha-ha.
By beta testing, or whatever, I have developed a formula for mileage or kilometerage, as the young folk say these days. if you just want to go to the shops or to work or something close, drink a cup of tea or coffee and turn on the car air-conditioning flat-out cold. For longer trips take a six pack.  It has put fun back into motoring for me. Of course, there is a bit of a downside. I figured I would need a slab to get to Melbourne and I got picked up for a number of offences including DUI while belting through Horsham at 185 kph singing khe sahn at the top of me lungs. But when I get out of jail and get my license back I will be right back behind the wheel of my Piss-Powered Peugeot. Car. I don’t really have a Peugeot; it was just a poor alliterative device.

 
Black Chook and AMC sessions 2 getting closer Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Sample ImageAmber Joy and the Holy Men off and running – again – this time through country Victoria in preparation for a more extensive jaunt to north Queensland later in the month. Amber Joy is enjoyng chart success with Foolish Things while the Holy Men are tickled pink to have Two Rats at Tobruk get into the top ten of ReverbNation's chart. Now for the big time!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample ImageFriday May 8, Blues Avenue at Regattas – the Convention Centre, overlooking the taking-forever footbridge thing. Early start for workers – 5 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Sample ImageFriday May 8 the Funhouse of Blues plays the Wheatie.

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May 10 and 11 – the Black Chook Blues Festival.

Sample ImageJoin music lovers from around the world and across Australia at the Black Chook Blues Festival Saturday 10th May - Sunday 11th May 2014.

To celebrate the 2nd SA Festival, Black Chook Blues is being staged on 10th – 11th May at Penny’s Hill Winery outside of McLaren Vale. More than 20 musical acts on two stages will perform during the festival. One stage will serve the big – name acts, while the second stage is reserved for promoting emerging artists. Music genres that will be represented include Blues, Rock, Soul, Jazz and Folk. The line-up will include Mason Rack Band, Richard Perso, Gail Page, Funhouse of Blues, Tribute to Cream, the Mondlarks 3B Trio, Blues Casters, the Harmonics, Black Fedora, Ciaram Granger Trio, Jacqui Walker Band.
Bands to watch for are: Let it Roll – Saturday 9 pm; Tribute to Cream on Sunday 1.00 pm; Funhouse of Blues Sunday 5 pm and the Steve Brown Band Sunday 6 pm.

Here is the whole Black Chook Blues program:

Saturday 10th May 2014

12.00pm - 12.50pm Black Fedora
1.00pm -   1.50 Jacqui Walker Band
2.00pm -   2.50pm Keith Hall Band
3.00pm -   3.50pm Gail Page Band
4.00pm -   4.50pm Richard Perso
5.00pm -   5.50pm Lazy Eye Band
6.00pm -   6.50pm Howlin Steam Train
7.00pm -   7.50pm Ciaram Granger Trio
8.00pm -   8.50pm Blue Eyes Cry
9.00pm -   9.50pm Let it Roll
 
Sunday 11th May 2014
 
11.00am - 11.50am Bonnie Gallea Band
12.00pm -12.50pm Bluescasters
1.00pm - 1.50pm James Meston & Tribute to Cream
2.00pm - 2.50pm Chris Finnen Band
3.00pm - 3.50pm Mettaphor
4.00pm - 4.50pm Mason Rack Band
5.00pm - 5.50pm Funhouse of Blues
6.00pm - 6.50pm Steve Brown Blues Band
7.00pm - 8.00pm Harmonics

Also….. Black Chook Blues Master Class

Sunday 11th May 2014, 12.00am - 1.00pm Chris Finnen presents Connection to Blues Music & Folk Lauric Music past and present.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL Only 30 pax; Fee $20

Go Here:    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Chook-Blues-Festival/264055370346831   and:   http://www.mvjazzandblues.com/

BIG NOTE for readers of Blue Ring Website: Black Chook organisers have activated a code --  “BASS07” .  This code will ensure the recipient gets 35% off the listed ticket price when booking.  The code will expire on the 22nd April at midnight. GET IN NOW!!!!!

 

 

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Adelaide Music Collective Sessions Number 2 at the Goodwood Institute on Friday May 16

The 2nd AMC Sessions is taking bookings at: http://www.trybooking.com/76535.

What a great line-up on stage and 6 Hall of Fame inductees. Read on:

The second round of the AMC Sessions at The Goodwood Institute commences  in May with Kelly Menhennett (below right), The Timbers (below centre), The Brewster Brothers (John & Rick from The Angels) leading the charge.   There will also be Hall of Fame 'live on stage' inductions for Rockin' Rob Riley (Rose Tattoo), John Schumann (Redgum), Ray O'Conner (The Penny Rockets). Barrie McAskill (60's music icon) and John & Rick Brewster from The Angels.....

 

 Book NOW for this great night of music entertainment.

Tickets now available through www.trybooking.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample ImageLocal Internet radio - Try this one:    http://radioksa.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Sample ImageAnd,  COMING SOON - The Krusty Cowboy Klub Variety Show... Somewhere, sometime in June.

Hopefully.

But, you have been warned and we are looking for variety acts to join us on stage. Variety Acts. 

 

 

 

10 Foods you need to try during

Tasting South Australia ...

For the homeless or financially straitened


Times are hard for many and getting harder –  but not for the rich! And as these parasites keep getting richer they are more disposed to mimic the Golden Age of the  Roman Empire with groping over-consumption and gluttonous displays of greed and excess sprayed generously on themselves, particularly with fashionable festivals of eating and drinking. You, the poorer kind,  will never see a scrap of accidental largesse from this mob but don’t despair -  the hoi-polloi is still tossing away third-world saving piles of food every day so there is no need to go hungry if you are busted and homeless. Here are some handy suggestions for off-the-cuff al-fresco dining.

1 - Half eaten McDonalds burger. Popular and plentiful; the preservatives will keep what’s left of it intact for weeks and, if regularly included in your subsistence diet, will contribute to keeping you alive longer to enjoy the misery of poverty and rejection for many good years.

2 - Fast Food Franchise Chips/fries…. Full of preservatives, not really potato – it’s an edible but not digestible cellulose-plastic substitute so will keep a long time in a rubbish bin or skip. Not much nutrition, either, but surely you can treat yourself to a little empty starch, salt and fat every now and then.

3 - Unfinished pizza. Check every pizza box in the skip. There is often a piece left behind.  Follow a female buyer; they can never finish a whole pizza and oftentimes a cast-off pizza box can be a veritable Aladdini’s treasure chest. Snaffle every “high-end” brand box as these pizzas are sometimes more generously topped and the boxes are the most likely to have nice pickings of melted cheese and bits of ham, mushroom and capsicum glued to the inside.

4 - Half a sausage roll;  kept in a warming oven for two or three days sausage rolls become almost inedible and resemble compacted polystyrene wrapped in greasy cardboard and are often discarded after a bite or two, usually when the original purchaser has trouble swallowing the part-masticated lump. However, for you it is a good source of fat and more fat and some gristle and will surely drive away the hunger pangs. And replace them with bowel gripe.

5 - Lettuce. Nobody who has money eats lettuce, especially not the common iceberg variety and it is therefore discarded gleefully. Look behind restaurants and cafes, Try to get the stuff before it becomes too transparent and mushy. Good source of fibre and some essential vitamins if it hasn’t been left out in the sun for too long.

6 – Discarded yiros. Look for these up Hindley Street. A popular late night piss-purchase but many people get put off the garlic flavoured spoof half-way through the thing. Good source of protein as well as some salad tomato lettuce onion, and the pita will bulk out the feast. Try eating the wrapper if it has the garlic muck on it. It’s edible and produces a healthy bowel movement which, unfortunately, can be a little abrasive on the Sigmund Freuds.

7 – Rice. Always keep an eye open for this low-nutrient but important filler. People with money don’t eat the rice with their Mexican or Asian dishes so there are always buckets of it getting tossed in the skip at the back of these joints. Plain rice is always tossed out but you may be lucky to get some over-ordered combination fried rice. Stay handy to a venue; you may get some while it is still warm.

8 – Donuts. Bit of a luxury item but these are often discarded half- eaten because the toppings are so sickly sweet as to be nauseating. Avoid these if you have diabetic tendencies but otherwise they provide some vital bulking and a little sugar lift to get you through the chilly nights in the glorious parklands.

9 – Bread. The humble slice of bread should not be forgotten. Kids don’t like bread - a sandwich is often considered the poorer cousin of the Baguette or focaccia –  and whole sandwiches are often turfed out uneaten. Look for school lunches, often tossed away entirely or perhaps just the buttered bread pieces once the ham – formerly inside – is picked out. Watch for vegemite on white bread – a boring waste of lunch-box space for a student but an especially good source of B-group vitamins and thiamine for the more fortunate less fortunate. For those feeling they might be pregnant again the vegemite sandwich is a reliable source of folate.

10 – The luxury Italian feast. Requires a bit of patience, clever footwork and fair-to-middling hand-eye coordination. Hang around the alfresco dining area of a cafe and watch for the gen x and y diners. They often over–indulged and will not eat a whole meal but pick at a few choice bits before walking away from a $35 plate. You will need to move swiftly and carefully so as not to disturb other customers but a quick walk-by can often snaffle a half parmigiarna or pizza, sometimes a fair portion of a breakfast and, if you are quick enough, a slug of left-over wine. Take a hat to scoop up pasta and don’t muck around trying to slurp the can of soft drink, swipe the whole thing and stick it in your trench coat pocket. Also good for that extra 10 cents when you need a little nest egg to invest.
Bon Appetit!

 

 
Great live music on offer in SA Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Sample ImageDouble Voodoo Blues at The Gilbert Street Hotel

Thursday April 24 Sweet Baby James and Rob Eyers at the Gilbert Street Hotel. Great food, great music and cool vibes at the Gilbert Street Hotel.
 

 

 

 

 

Sample ImageATENCiONE!!!... Saturday April 26 at the Wheatie:

Le “GT STRINGER” appearing @ The Wheatsheaf Hotel this Saturday 9pm onwards!!! Sporting some new tunes and the full line up of Tristan Andrews, James Biege, Trevor Ramsey, Dennis Kipridis, Gil Atkinson and Nick Kipridis. Come and hear some of the funkiest Diablo-instro tunes this side of Semaphore Spit!!!
Go here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/GT-Stringer/339053382857168
 

 

 

 

NEIL MURRAY & JIM MOGINIE - ONE OF THOSE TUNES + BRING THUNDER & RAIN CD LAUNCH

Sample ImageFans of two of Australia’s most respected singer-songwriters and musicians, Neil Murray and Jim Moginie are in for a treat when they come to South Australia in April. The pair has been touring with their show One of Those Tunes, a selection of songs spanning decades. Both performers have contributed extensively to our musical heritage as founding members of iconic Australian bands, Neil with Warumpi Band and Jim with Midnight Oil. They became friends in the mid-eighties on the outback Blackfella Whitefella tour.   Now they are coming to South Australia.
Tour Dates APRIL:
Thursday 24th     7.30pm The Promethean, 116 Grote Street Adelaide $30/$25   8212 0266
Friday 25th          8pm The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale $25/$20   0413 358 618
Saturday 26th      7.30pm  Barossa Regional Art Gallery, 3 Albert St. Tanunda  $30/$25    0417 084 191 or the  Barossa Music Centre
Sunday 27th        4pm  Matinee, The Courthouse, Auburn  $25/$23; This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   or   www.dramatix .com.au

Go here: www.neilmurray.com.au ; here:  www.jimmoginie.com ;  and:  Bring Thunder And Rain -  https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/bring-thunder-and-rain/id840030344  

 

Ahead of us are more great shows: 

Sample ImageFriday May 9 Blues Avenue at Regattas.

Come on down straight after work for a glass or two with the king swingers of the blues.
 

 

 

 

 

Sample ImageFriday May 9 at the Wheatie – the Funhouse of Blues.

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May 10 and 11 – the Black Chook Blues Festival.

Sample ImageJoin music lovers from around the world and across Australia at the Black Chook Blues Festival Saturday 10th May - Sunday 11th May 2014.
To celebrate the 2nd SA Festival, Black Chook Blues is being staged on 10th – 11th May at Penny’s Hill Winery outside of McLaren Vale. More than 20 musical acts on two stages will perform during the festival. One stage will serve the big – name acts, while the second stage is reserved for promoting emerging artists. Music genres that will be represented include Blues, Rock, Soul, Jazz and Folk. The line-up will include Mason Rack Band, Richard Perso, Gail Page, Funhouse of Blues, Tribute to Cream, the Mondlarks 3B Trio, Blues Casters, the Harmonics, Black Fedora, Ciaram Granger Trio, Jacqui Walker Band.
Bands to watch for are: Let it Roll – Saturday 9 pm; Tribute to Cream on Sunday 1.00 pm; Funhouse of Blues Sunday 5 pm and the Steve Brown Band Sunday 6 pm.

Here is the whole Black Chook Blues program:

Saturday 10th May 2014

12.00pm - 12.50pm Black Fedora
1.00pm -   1.50 Jacqui Walker Band
2.00pm -   2.50pm Keith Hall Band
3.00pm -   3.50pm Gail Page Band
4.00pm -   4.50pm Richard Perso
5.00pm -   5.50pm Lazy Eye Band
6.00pm -   6.50pm Howlin Steam Train
7.00pm -   7.50pm Ciaram Granger Trio
8.00pm -   8.50pm Blue Eyes Cry
9.00pm -   9.50pm Let it Roll
 
Sunday 11th May 2014
 
11.00am - 11.50am Bonnie Gallea Band
12.00pm -12.50pm Bluescasters
1.00pm - 1.50pm James Meston & Tribute to Cream
2.00pm - 2.50pm Chris Finnen Band
3.00pm - 3.50pm Mettaphor
4.00pm - 4.50pm Mason Rack Band
5.00pm - 5.50pm Funhouse of Blues
6.00pm - 6.50pm Steve Brown Blues Band
7.00pm - 8.00pm Harmonics

Also….. Black Chook Blues Master Class

Sunday 11th May 2014, 12.00am - 1.00pm Chris Finnen presents Connection to Blues Music & Folk Lauric Music past and present.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL Only 30 pax; Fee $20

Go Here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Chook-Blues-Festival/264055370346831   and:   http://www.mvjazzandblues.com/
BIG NOTE for readers of Blue Ring Website: Black Chook organisers have activated a code --  “BASS07” .  This code will ensure the recipient gets 35% off the listed ticket price when booking.  The code will expire on the 22nd April at midnight. GET IN NOW!!!!!
 
 

Adelaide Music Collective Sessions number 2 at the Goodwood Institute on Friday May 16

Sample ImageThe 2nd AMC Sessions is officially open for bookings at http://www.trybooking.com/76535.

What a great line-up and 6 Hall of Fame inductees. Read on:
The second round of the AMC Sessions at The Goodwood Institute commences  in May with Kelly Menhennett (below right), The Timbers (below centre), The Brewster Brothers (John & Rick from The Angels) leading the charge.   There will also be Hall of Fame 'live on stage' inductions for Rockin' Rob Riley (Rose Tattoo), John Schumann (Redgum), Ray O'Conner (The Penny Rockets). Barrie McAskill (60's music icon) and John & Rick Brewster from The Angels.....

 Book NOW for this great night of music entertainment.

Tickets now available through www.trybooking.com

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Alien Visit.

Seeing the fawning pap all over the place concerning a visit to the antipodean outpost by some younger members of the royal family caused me to recall the time when I was a visiting royal, myself.  Back then I was a King… no… more like an Emperor, that’s how fukn royal I was. So, read that again: Back then, therefore, I was an EMPEROR. And ruler of all – and everything -  I could get my fukn greedy hands on.
Confidentially, I was hated like dog shit on a picnic blanket at home but I didn’t mind it one little bit; it gave me the license to shamelessly  submerge  my whole body in the public treasure trough, something you can’t openly do when you’re trying to look and behave good and honourable.
Anyway, after giving said trough a particularly deep gouging it was suggested I go away for a while to let the public rankle subside a bit so I visited some of the more remote and primitive outposts of the empire, like Orstraya. I don’t know how much it cost the public purse but I doubt whether it ever recovered; I chartered the whole boat and crew for myself and my servants. And crates of champagne and buckets prawns and a bunch white-fingered virgins to peel the fukkrs. Shit it was good.
I had the servants carry me everywhere. I think I was pregnant at the time. No hang on, I was constipated, that was it. Anyway, it turns out I wasn’t too popular out in the colonies either. I was in good with the bluebloods; always in good with the parasites  – they would give me an all-over tongue bath just so they could rub up with a royal – but the commie-types, the working riff-raff, and the previous occupiers of the dump were a bit hostile. In fact it was because of their hostility and the threat of harm to a royal personage that I invented the first ever bullet- and spear-proof kingmobile, now a must-have vehicle for all over-lording autocrats.
Of course, bullet-proof glass wasn’t invented back then so I merely set my royal slaves three-  and four-deep around me on the royal carriage and lying on top of it. They were thick enough to absorb a direct hit from a mortar bomb.
And it didn’t matter that the stinking populace couldn’t see me; it was more important that I couldn’t see them.
Not like these new-age royal sponges. Soaking up all the banal and pedestrian attempts at showboating and arse-licking and pretending it was important to them. Both Bah and Humbug! The colonies were so-called for one reason – they were the colon of the empire.  And the inhabitants were just so many shit-eating bacteria.
And, you know, despite my disregard of the scum on the top and the muck on the bottom of the ponds at home and abroad, and my excesses and privilege claims, I’m still allowed siphon the trough at a frightening rate - even in my retirement.  That’s what I like about being at the top of the classes – you don’t have to fight to get everything you want.

 
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