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Junk Bar is Brisbane’s first original hole in the wall suburban bar. Wedged between a formal dress shop and a chinese takeaway- step inside the velvet curtains and forget who you are and where you have been before now.

Welcome to our world- The Junk Bar.

 

SKUKUM LOUNGE SHOWS- See upcoming shows page- we have some crackers playing soon that you must not miss! Hugo Race ( Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds/The Wreckery), Kim Salmon (The Scientists) Rob Snarski ( The Blackeyed Susans ), Neil Murray ( The Warumpi Band ) Laura Jean, Charles Jenkins and Halfway ( duo ) Adam Gibson (Aerial Maps) and Lou Bradley and Bill Chambers.

 

THE SKUKUM LOUNGE.

Our brand new lounge has just turned 12 months old ! The perfect room for having a party on the weekends with a larger group- or coming to see quality live music acts curated by Jamie Trevaskis- the man behind the beloved Troubadour music venue. Featuring intimate shows from legends such as Robert Forster, Hugo Race, Stephen Cummings, Rob Snarski, and Nick Barker- plus a host of  other quality touring national and international artists- see the WHAT’S ON page for show information.

http://theweekendedition.com.au/food-drink/the-skukum-lounge-ashgrove/
PLEASE NOTE- We are a strictly over 18 venue. No exceptions. All shows are 18 plus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opening Hours

PLEASE NOTE NEW OPENING HOURS

Junk bar is open Wednesday- Friday from 5pm, Sat and Sunday from 2pm.

We are open till late every night and always open on Friday and Saturday until 12 am midnight.

We are closed Monday and Tuesday.

 

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Bookings/Functions/Eats

We do take bookings- and this is a good idea on the weekends as we usually fill up to our maximum capacity.

JUNK PARTIES AND FUNCTIONS-

“Hi Mia. Just wanted to say thanks so much to you, Oscar and the team there for making Saturday such an awesome and special night! Everyone loved the venue, the cocktails and the food and we all felt very well looked after. Will definitely be recommending you to others! Can’t wait for my next visit .

Cheers- Candice xx” May 2015

 

We host the best parties and functions!  Bookings for 50 or under any night of the week now including Friday and Saturday nights in our brand new room The Skukum Lounge. Just email Mia on the contacts page for any enquiries.

Junk is the perfect venue for celebrations of any kind. We have a function food menu consisting of delicious platters from Cheese Platters to Thai and China Platters, Sushi Party Trays and even good old fashioned Pizza to complement our delicious 70’s inspired cocktails. Feel like you are hosting your own 70’s house party complete with table service so you and your friends can just sit back in your own section of the bar and let the waitresses look after you.

Your own couches, dim lamps, deer heads, amazing vinyl spinning all night long-

Just email Mia if you are interested in perusing the Function food menu.

HAVE YOU MADE DINNER PLANS? NO NEED! WE HAVE IT SORTED!

Book in and spend the whole night.

Junk has a food menu that runs until midnight. Feast on our deliciously crafted Junk Plates- loaded with a selection of olives, cheese, junk made tasty dips and crackers – a -plenty. Add to your appetite our much talked about savoury or dessert bagels.

We also have a food menu that consists of Thai and Chinese options available through us courtesy of our neighbours- Pad Thai, Thai Curries and hand rolled dim sims and spring rolls are just some of what’s on offer.

If you feel like dessert- you can’t go past our creamy dessert cocktails! Oh- or Tim Tams!

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Finding Us

It’s half the fun.

Junk is hidden on Ashgrove Ave, at the corner of 215 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove.
No neon, no flashing lights- just look for the sliding door with the velvet curtains.

If you find somewhere and you don’t like it- it’s probably not the right place.

There is a constant stream of cabs and buses out the front, which makes getting to and from us easy.

NEW CITY GLIDER MAROON BUS SERVICE-

You can now travel from Coorparoo, Wooloongabba, Stones Corner, The City and Paddington straight to the heart of Ashgrove on the Maroon City Glider.

It will drop you off at stop 44 on Stewart Road which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from us- and travels every 10 min in peak hour and every 15 minutes in off peak.

This service also operates till 12.25 am on Friday and Saturday nights so it’s never been so easy to get to and from Junk on public transport. This service stops in the city at The Cultural Centre, Ann St and Roma St stations. Call 131230 for more information.

If catching public transport, catch the 379, 380 or 381 from the city to St Finbar’s stop no 15/16 Ashgrove. (This is just across the road almost from us).

 

There are cabs ever ready out the front to take you home.

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Upcoming Shows at the Skukum Lounge

JULY 2015

Thursday 30th

JOSHUA SEYMOUR (CHERRYWOOD) & MATT E BAIRD

JOSHUA SEYMOUR (CHERRYWOOD) & MATT E BAIRD at The Junk Bar

Joshua Seymour is a troubadour, an interpreter, a storyteller.
Whether on mandolin or the guitar Seymour is a traditionalist who has immersed himself in the old timey standards of the dust-bowl era of American folk and blues recordings.

After gaining the attention of U.S. label Lucky Buck as a mandolin player/singer in Melbourne’s country punk band Cherrywood, Seymour was invited to Argyle, Texas to record at the Echo Lab studios. Engineered by Grammy award winner David Willingham, produced by Robert Jason Vandygriff and Ryan "coach" Nelson and fuelled by a stellar collection of Texan players.

Josh and his band are now hitting the road launching his album ‘Rope Tied Hope’, a dreamy journey into dark country, dive bar piano and soulful laments, which is perfect for the stylish settings of The Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge

Supporting Joshua for the night is the stylistic Gothic Cowboy, M.E. Baird who will be bringing his Southern inspired tunes of confessions, tragedy, despair, elegance and beauty.

http://www.joshuaseymourmusic.com
http://www.mebairdmusic.com/

Friday 31st

THE ANCHORS EP LAUNCH w/ TRENT MCNAMARA

THE ANCHORS EP LAUNCH w/ TRENT MCNAMARA at The Junk Bar

Made up of mostly defunct late 90's pop underdogs Cunningham, The Anchors have dusted off guitars to release their latest version of guitar pop SURFACE MAIL 4 song e.p. released on 7 inch vinyl and download. Trent McNamara will be supporting. Tickets $8.00 on the door. Doors- 7pm- show kicks off at 8pm.

AUGUST 2015

Saturday 1st

HARRY HOWARD AND EDWINA PRESTON

HARRY HOWARD AND EDWINA PRESTON at The Junk Bar

*Ex-Crime City & the City Solution, These Immortal Souls and even for a brief moment Birthday Party member, HARRY HOWARD plays his very first Brisbane show with partner in crime EDWINA PRESTON at The Junk Bar’s Skukum
Lounge SAT. 1st AUG.*

*Harry was a major contributor to last year’s successful tour of “Pop
Crimes” – a tribute to his late brother Rowland S. Howard also featuring
Mick Harvey and other major players in Rowland’s career.*

*While their band, “Harry Howard & the NDE” (a super group of sorts also
featuring Dave Graney & Clare Moore) have recently toured Europe in
support of their latest release “Pretty” as well as playing with U.K’s
seminal post punkers “The Pop Group” and U.S.A’s Kid Congo & the Pink
Monkey Birds, Harry & Edwina take time out to venture north for an intimate
stripped back show delighting you with their wit, charm and high heels.*

Wednesday 5th

ANTHONIE TONNON (NZ) & SEJA.

ANTHONIE TONNON (NZ) & SEJA. at The Junk Bar

New Zealand songwriter Anthonie Tonnon is releasing his new album, Successor, on Darren Hanlon's Flippin Yeah Industries, after charming crowds as the support for Hanlon’s Christmas tour of Australia last year.

He'll be joined at Junk Bar by local dream pop producer and performer Seja.

Tonnon's documentary-like narratives take influence from songwriters like Lou Reed and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, while his music has been compared to Jens Lekman and David Bowie. Tonnon's arresting, theatrical show has seen him open for Okkervil River, Paul Kelly and alt-folk heroes Beirut in New Zealand.

Successor has had five-star reviews in New Zealand, and Tonnon was recently named a "New Zealand act you need to know about" by Billboard.com

Thursday 6th

LILITH LANE (MELB) w/SHIFTING SANDS

LILITH LANE (MELB) w/SHIFTING SANDS at The Junk Bar

LILITH LANE will grace the Junk Bar for her first Brisbane show since the release of her debut record in 2008. Since then, this Melbourne-grown songstress has toured internationally, appeared on SBS television’s Rockwiz, and released her latest album ‘Pilgrim’ on vinyl through French label Beast Records. For her first Australian performance after shows in the UK, Lilith Lane will present songs on piano and guitar from her 3 full-band albums from the dark folk/roots of her self-titled debut; string-laden, piano-based Gold Diamond; and the psychedelic garage of her current album Pilgrim. Lilith’s arresting vocals and solo performances provide the ideal platform to experience her music in an intimate solo format. With support from local luminaries Shifting Sands. www.lilithlane.com

MICHAEL DAVID THOMAS SINGLE LAUNCH

MICHAEL DAVID THOMAS SINGLE LAUNCH at The Junk Bar

Michael David Thomas has been described as a cross between wordsmiths Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, with an honest vocal style reminiscent of 60’s / 70’s folk singer songwriters like Paul Simon and James Taylor.

He belongs to a rare class of songwriters whose songs can simultaneously reach the head and the heart, make you laugh and cry, and reference the old while still providing a completely unique perspective.

Giving up his former life as a lawyer Michael changed his name, hit the road with an acoustic guitar and set out on a pilgrimage. His travels took him on an extensive tour playing all around Australia and the US.

With Breaking Hart Benton, Michael made three records, including an album produced by acclaimed producer Mark Moffatt (Crowded House, the Saints, Yothu Yindi, Keith Urban).

In 2015, Michael signed with Airlock Records’ Ian Haug (Powderfinger), becoming the label’s third singing. Produced by Haug, the EP contains a tantalising mix of well crafted melodic and up tempo songs and sparser lyrical numbers. Together Haug and Michael David Thomas brought these ‘folk’ songs to life and captured a fresh yet authentic sound.

Friday 14th

PERRY KEYES

PERRY KEYES at The Junk Bar

Raised in the inner-city working class suburb of Redfern, Perry Keyes has released three critically acclaimed and award-winning albums including the ABC Radio National Album of the Year and AMP shortlisted ‘The Last Ghost Train Home’ and the ARIA nominated ‘Johnny Ray’s Downtown’.
Perry’s fourth album Sunnyholt is both the largely untold, widescreen story of Sydney’s western suburbs diaspora and, more importantly, the personal tale of a family disintegrating under social and economic pressures.
Perry grew up in the inner city working class area of Sydney known as Redfern. He grew up in a home populated by various uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents. Every Saturday morning his grandmother would do the housework whilst playing the likes of Ray Charles and Roy Orbison at a volume loud enough to spill out onto the neighboring streets, lined with tightly-packed terraced houses, warehouses and textile factories.
It was within this environment that Perry formed the band The Stolen Holdens in 1989. Musically inspired by the likes of The Clash and Elvis Costello and lyrically taking his cue from artists like Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen, Keyes and The Stolen Holdens developed a small but loyal following in the local Sydney music scene.
Perry re-emerged in 2003, playing solo sets featuring songs that would make up the bulk of his debut double album Meter – released in 2005 to critical acclaim and numerous years end best-of lists.
His next album, ‘The Last Ghost Train Home’ was received with much anticipation upon its release in 2007. It went on to be short-listed for the Australian Music Prize and was named the ABC Radio National Album of the Year.
In 2010 he released the ARIA nominated ‘Johnny Ray’s Downtown’ a 16 song portrait of the marginalised, often neglected and rapidly decaying inner city areas of Sydney and of the lives of the people that inhabit them.
“Perry is the real deal. Songs from the heart, from the Aussie street. He is a rare talent” – Peter Garrett
“Perry Keyes is a Sydney romantic who can see the battered beauty beneath the gloss” Sydney Morning Herald

Sunday 23rd

ZAC GUNTHORPE ALBUM LAUNCH

ZAC GUNTHORPE ALBUM LAUNCH at The Junk Bar

Zac Gunthorpe's 'Glory Bound' Album Launch
$10 Entry, 7pm
Zac Gunthorpe & band (The Good Ole Boys) W/ Emma Bosworth

Zac Gunthorpe, is a Brisbane based folk musician who began his career in 2012 with the release of his first EP 'Long Lost Love Lies' recorded by well known Brisbane artist Andrew Morris at Soul Arch Recordings. After much touring and honing his craft Gunthorpe draws on inspiration from his new family and again teams up with Morris to produce his debut album 'Glory Bound' recorded live at the church farm in Northern NSW backed Brisbane's hardest working band The Good Ole Boys featuring Danny Widdicombe, Dan Mansfield & Ben Carstens also members of The Wilson Pickers, Mexico City & The Gin Club and joined by Chris Costello from the Living End on bass.

'Glory Bound' due out August 1st

Sunday 30th

THE OUTLAND BROTHERS (THE PARADISE MOTEL)

THE OUTLAND BROTHERS (THE PARADISE MOTEL) at The Junk Bar

OUTLAND BROTHERS
are a band formed by two members of THE PARADISE MOTEL. Their debut LP “ GOD IS DRUNK IN CHARGE” comes out at the end of August 2015. The sound has been described as “ like Cave or Cohen backed by a lower fi, alt folk version of The Smiths or REM “ The Brothers are joined by Michelle Morgan and Jasmine Atwa on Voice/uke/ melodica and fiddle respectively. Originally convened in the wine glutted environs of the Adelaide Hills, the band have been recently resurrected in Victoria, completing their debut LP in a mudbrick cottage in the temperate rain forest down by the Yarra outside Melbourne.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Outland- Brothers/183430815041436

SEPTEMBER 2015

Thursday 3rd

PETER LOVEDAY accompanied by JOHN WILLSTEED

PETER LOVEDAY accompanied by JOHN WILLSTEED at The Junk Bar

Peter Loveday started his career in music with The Supports in late 70s Brisbane. He went on to co-found the bands Birds of Tin and Mute 44 at the beginning of the 80s before packing bags and heading for London with the band Tiny Town, recording three singles and an album there. Loveday then moved to Barcelona where he eventually fired up the furnaces and took the helm once more to record six albums in the company of his cubist Baroque chamber pop outfit with Naomi Wedman and Sarah Davison. Loveday possesses a special taste for injecting pastoral atmosphere into emotionally charged urban songs that fathom the darkness and joy of living in equal parts. On this occassion Peter Loveday will be accompanied on guitar by John Willsteed, playing a selection of songs from an impressive oeuvre and showcasing songs from a forthcoming album.

Saturday 12th

STEPHEN CUMMINGS w/SHANE O'MARA

STEPHEN CUMMINGS w/SHANE O'MARA at The Junk Bar

The SPORTS Reunion shows in early 2015 saw the timelessly groovy CUMMINGS in action. The enthusiasm from those shows has prompted the singer/songwriter’s first proper tour across the country for 2015. It's difficult to jump right into describing what CUMMINGS will be doing because Stephen is a lot of things: It's going back to go forward; it's going back to before anyone ever heard of him. So it will be new, even though it's old. And Shane O’Mara, guitar master, will there by his side. Musicians with this extensive of a history are rare in Australia. See him while you still can.

Saturday 19th

JESS RIBEIRO & THE BONE COLLECTORS

JESS RIBEIRO & THE BONE COLLECTORS at The Junk Bar

Kill It Yourself’ is the anticipated second album from Jess Ribeiro, arriving in August 2015 via Barely Dressed and Remote Control Records. To celebrate the release, Jess Ribeiro and band have announced an Australian tour for September.

No stranger to critical acclaim, Ribeiro’s 2012 debut, My Little River, was awarded ABC Radio National Album of the Year, Best Country Album at the 2012 AIR Awards and was shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize.
The new album is recorded in collaboration with Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey) and is representative of a significant and exciting departure from Jess’s folk-country roots.

OCTOBER 2015

Saturday 24th

ROB SNARSKI- LOW FIDELITY LAUNCH - SONGS BY REQUEST 1

ROB SNARSKI- LOW FIDELITY LAUNCH - SONGS BY REQUEST 1 at The Junk Bar

Rob Snarski - one of Australia's great romantic singers returns to Brisbane to launch his latest offering, "Low Fidelity (Songs By Request Volume 1).
A collection of songs requested by lovers of Rob Snarski's voice. Everything from Nina Simone to Pulp, Edwyn Collins to Glen Campbell; from classic songs to the more obscure. Recorded in the hills of Tecoma on an iPhone and embellished by guitarist/producer Shane O'Mara, it's an intimate and raw recording, unpolished but made with care.

Rob Snarski will play these songs for you, along with material from his acclaimed solo release from last year, "Wounded Bird" at Saturday 24th October at the Skukum Lounge, Junk Bar.

http://www.robsnarski.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RobSnarski