Here are 3 weekly residencies that are taking place around Melbourne. They are a mid-week refreshment, cost effective, and most importantly, they’re worthwhile. Make sure you make the most of your last few weeks of summer by heading out and supporting the great live music culture of Melbourne.
1. Clever Austin’s ‘Found Heads’ @ The Evelyn, Wednesdays.
Perrin Moss (who goes by the name of ‘Clever Austin’) is no stranger to the Melbourne music scene. He is the drummer from two time Grammy nominated band Hiatus Kaiyote, and this February he is showcasing his ‘Found Heads’ residency at the iconic Evelyn Hotel, every Wednesday. In a recent interview on PBS, Perrin dubbed this residency as being more a ‘listening party’ than a gig, as Clever Austin and friends will present a range of records that have inspired them, and is bound to be music you may not have even fathomed to bear witness to (side note: Perrin also mentioned that he may perform a solo, live, beat set; which is not worth missing, by any means!). ‘Found Heads’ takeover the Evelyn on February 15, as Taylor Crawford + DJ Mike Guerreri play ‘Jazz from outta space’ + Mangos; and February 22nd, as special guest Greg Sheehan + DJ Jimi Dawg play ‘Crates From Brasil’. Doors at 8pm. Cost = Donation Entry.
2. Z.F.E.E (‘Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange’) @ Grace Darling, Wednesdays.
Ziggy Zeitgeist (the drummer from Melbourne neo-soul collective ‘30/70’) is occupying the upstairs band room at the Grace Darling every Wednesday in February. While Ziggy Zeitgeist is known for being involved in many hip hop projects around town, this project is a delivery
of what seems to be his current interest. It’s an exciting combination of 1970’s jazz funk fusion (think Herbie Hancock’s Secrets), broken beat and UK garage. With live bands being at the forefront of the underground dance scene in the UK, its great to finally see a live band play this style of music in Australia; a style of music one would usually associate with being triggered by a DJ. Accompanied by Lewis Moody on Keyboards and Matt Hayes on Bass (as well as weekly special guests every week); the Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange presents a performance full of deep, infectious grooves, and exciting improvisations. Catch Z.F.E.E on the 15th and 22nd of February (Doors at 8:30pm). Cost = $10.
3. Uncomfortable Science @ Boney, Tuesdays.
Uncomfortable Science continue their Tuesday night residency at Boney. Armed with a whiteboard marker, Lachlan Mitchell leads a group of musicians through undiscovered musical terrain. Its 100% improvised, 100% unpredictable, and 100% exciting. The band changes week to week, but the line-up constantly features some the top musicians on the Melbourne music scene. This residency is presented by Wondercore Island, who are known for their support of improvised music events such as this. Downstairs at Boney every Tuesday from 9pm. Cost = Free!