The Junk Bar.

Welcome

Junk Bar is Brisbane’s first original hole in the wall suburban bar. Wedged between a fish and chip 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- In the last two years since it’s been open- The Skukum Lounge has become one of Brisbane’s premier music venues. Strictly 50 capacity- we have hosted the likes of Robert Forster (The Go Betweens) Stephen Cummings (The Sports) Michael Hurley, Kristin Hersh, Ryley Walker, Kim Salmon, John Smith, Dave Graney and Mick Thomas just to name a few of the national and international acts that have graced it’s tiny stage.

 

For a peak at what The Skukum Lounge looks like check out Marcus Blacke’s film clip below.

 PLEASE NOTE- We are a strictly over 18 venue. No exceptions. All shows are 18 plus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Junk Bar.

Opening Hours

PLEASE NOTE NEW OPENING HOURS

Junk bar is open Wednesday- Friday from 5pm, Sat and Sunday from 3pm.

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

We are closed Monday and Tuesday.

 

The Junk Bar.

Functions

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

Hi Mia,
We had such an amazing time- Oscar was absolutely awesome. Mum was very pleased with everything. My friends are all raving about The Junk Bar and I think a few of them are considering hiring your function room out next year. The bar tab worked really well and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect night.
Thank you so so so much for all yours, Oscars and your teams help ❤️ Lauren Oct 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- check out what The Skukum Lounge looks like in Marcus Blacke’s film clip below.

 

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!

The Junk Bar.

Contact

The Junk Bar.

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.

If you’re looking for accommodation nearby, check Hotelscombined and go to

http://www.hotelscombined.com.au/Place/Junk_Bar.htm

 

 

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Upcoming Shows at the Skukum Lounge

2017

MAY 2017

Thursday 18th

SARA TINDLEY ALBUM LAUNCH w/ABBIE CARDWELL- CINDER AND PINE

SARA TINDLEY ALBUM LAUNCH w/ABBIE CARDWELL- CINDER AND PINE at The Junk Bar

Sara Tindley is launching her 4th album “Wild and Unknown” in Brisbane at the Junk Bar, Ashgrove with Abbie Cardwell opening the night.

This will be The Junk Bar’s first CINDER & PINE EVENT-a special night showcasing singer/songwriters that really are a cut above. There will be drink specials and it really will be a very special event with two very talented ladies.

Friday 19th

THE TALL GRASS ( PETER FENTON/JAMIE HUTCHINGS)

THE TALL GRASS ( PETER FENTON/JAMIE HUTCHINGS) at The Junk Bar

The Tall Grass is a collaboration between Sydney based singer/songwriters Peter Fenton (Crow) and Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss/Infinity Broke).

Both members rack up a very impressive and long history in the Australian independent music scene.

Peter Fenton is the charismatic frontman for Sydney legends Crow – a band with a formidable underground reputation and a catalogue of four outstanding albums. Fenton has also released a solo album, In The Lovers Arms, and worked regularly as an actor both in stage and in film.

Jamie Hutchings was the frontman for the equally iconic Bluebottle Kiss. The group released six albums and cemented themselves as one of Sydney’s
great cult acts. He has released a number of solo albums, worked as a producer and currently fronts experimental rock group Infinity Broke.

The duo are a potent and beguiling proposition, taking traditional songwriting forms and twisting them into one -off shapes that both spook and move the listener.

Their debut album, Down That Unmarked Road, saw the duo leave their regular Sydney environs to instead take up temporary residence in Melbourne producer and engineer Richard Andrew’s (Underground Lovers, Registered Nurse etc) Pharmacy studios. Many of the songs are co-sung, often into a single microphone with much of the random accompanying instrumentation also being provided by the pair. Special guests on the album also include Jesse Locke, Laura-Jean, Richard Andrew and Jerry Craib.

 

Don’t miss this very special collaboration as they launch their album in duo mode at The Junk Bar Friday May 19th.

http://www.facebook.com/TheTallGrassMusic

Sunday 21st

KATHRYN McKEE SINGLE LAUNCH w/ALAN BOYLE

KATHRYN McKEE SINGLE LAUNCH w/ALAN BOYLE at The Junk Bar

K MAK w/ Alan Boyle

Don your sunvisor* and head to the Junk Bar as K Mak (Kathryn McKee) launches her latest single.

Strings, beats, keys and vocals serve up a cinematic, electronic, pop concoction to match your cocktail.

Joined by the Irish tones of heart-wrenching, soul-searching Alan Boyle, this is one night not to miss.

*Visors available on the night for those who “forget”.

6.00pm doors

6.30pm music

$10 tickets at the door or at [insert oztix link here]

www.kmak.band

Tuesday 23rd

CHRIS CORSANO (US) w/ TONY IRVING & ADAM CADELL

CHRIS CORSANO (US) w/ TONY IRVING & ADAM CADELL at The Junk Bar

“…seriously one of the most exciting drummers on the planet.” -Adam
Richards, indieworkshop.com

“…deadly drum explosions…swatting his kit as if it were covered in
giant ants, with every component used to full effect – a tightly
orchestrated beating of skins and rims resounding over the ensuing flow of
inventive exploration” – Edwin Pouncey – The Wire

“Mr. Corsano is a peripatetic ace of the avant-garde.” – Nate Chinen, New
York Times

“Corsano is one of the best drummers of his generation” – Byron Coley,
Arthur Magazine

Voted one of the ‘100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music’ by Spin
Magazine (May 2013), Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the
intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise
music since the late 1990’s. He began a long-standing, high-energy musical
partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty in 1998. Their style, which they
occasionally refer to with (semi-)tongue-in-cheek humor as “The Hated
Music”, infuses modern free-jazz’s ecstatic collectivism with the urgency
and intensity of hardcore punk. A move to the UK in 2005 led Corsano to
concentrate on his solo music, an always-spontaneously-composed amalgam of
extended techniques for drum set and non-percussion instruments of his own
making incorporated into his kit: e.g. violin strings stretched across drum
heads, modified reed instruments that transform the drums into resonators
which can, in turn, be used to incite strips of metal to react to the drum
membranes’ Chladni-plate-like modes of vibration, adding contact mics and
synthesizers to the mix in more recent years. In 2006, Corsano released his
first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured extensively
throughout Europe, USA, and Japan. He spent 2007 and ’08 as the drummer on
Björk’s Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings on
his days off with the likes of Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, C. Spencer Yeh,
and Jandek. Now living back in the US, Corsano’s dedication to collective
improvisation has led to collaborations with many kindred spirits and
resulted in his appearance on over 140 records and 1000 live performances
including with, among others, Michael Flower, Vampire Belt (with Bill
Nace), Rangda (with Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny), Paul Dunmall, Joe
McPhee, Okkyung Lee, Mette Rasmussen, John Edwards, Sylvie Courvoisier,
Nate Wooley, Jim O’Rourke & Akira Sakata, Merzbow, Jessica Rylan, Nels
Cline, Heather Leigh, Ken Vandermark, and Sunburned Hand Of Man (Manhand).
In addition to those mentioned above, he’s also worked with, among others:
Sunburned Hand Of Man, MV&EE, and Wally Shoup. Corsano’s latest releases
have involved collaborations with Bill Orcutt, Nate Wooley, Ghedalia
Tezartes and more.

There’s so much to see and hear we can only recommend you go and delve in
over here: http://www.cor-sano.com/

This rare appearance of Chris Corsano in Brisbane is not to be missed,
particularly in the intimate setting of the Junk Bar where every scrape,
scratch and thump will come out in splendid detail.

Warming up the evening for Corsano is the duo of drummer Tony Irving (a
legend of European improvisation we now get to keep in Brisbane, whose
drumming in bands such as Ascension greatly influenced Corsano’s generation
of players) and Brisbane’s own violin scraper Adam Cadell (The Scrapes,
Jive Canyon) delivering their own high energy free jazz hardcore maelstrom
as they have time and again locally and interstate and on record (available
here: https://tonyirvingadamcadell.bandcamp.com/ ).

“Cerebral dreamscapes and cathartic nightmares” – Sonic Masala

This is an 18+ event.

Thursday 25th

CLEA SINGLE LAUNCH w/POOL SHOP

CLEA SINGLE LAUNCH w/POOL SHOP at The Junk Bar

Continuing to delve into her own eclectic tastes and influences, 21 year old Clea is making her mark upon the Australian music scene.

‘Polyester’, Clea’s enigmatic debut single, quickly racked up over two million plays on Spotify and earned acclaim from both Australian and international blogs alike. Next came the release of her second single, ‘Dire Consequences’, picked up by triple j and ushered onto a high rotation spot.

Clea’s new single ‘Bright Blue’ sees her shimmering vocals cut through pulsating instrumentation, her lyrics delving into the complexities of our broken democracy and the myopic optimism that keeps us from rebellion and change.  Clea’s forthcoming debut EP, ‘Fairweather’, was recorded in a mix of both challenging circumstances and inspiring surrounds; between coastal and rural Queensland abodes and inner city studios. Sublime and surprising in its simplicity, ‘Fairweather’ delves into family relationships, heartbreaking loss and existing in a world where we so desperately need and crave honest leadership.

Friday 26th

THE CASUARINAS

THE CASUARINAS at The Junk Bar

The Casuarinas are a band from Brisbane. Their EP, Into The Clearing, was produced by Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens. The sound ranges from folk to country and pop. The EP was recorded at Junk Bar owner Jamie Trevaskis’s Mt Nebo studio WILD MOUNTAIN SOUND STUDIO and is an all analogue recording, from two-inch tape to mastering by Don Bartley and pressing to vinyl in the U.S. The cover was painted by the band’s Maureen Hansen, also an acclaimed visual artist. “One of the venues we love the most is the Junk Bar,” says the band’s Ric Trevaskes. “That kind of intimacy just feels right for the stories that our songs have to tell.” This will be the only two shows this very special band will play all year- so get in quick and don’t miss out!

Saturday 27th

THE CASUARINAS

THE CASUARINAS at The Junk Bar

The Casuarinas are a band from Brisbane. Their EP, Into The Clearing, was produced by Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens. The sound ranges from folk to country and pop. The EP was recorded at Junk Bar owner Jamie Trevaskis’s Mt Nebo studio WILD MOUNTAIN SOUND STUDIO and is an all analogue recording, from two-inch tape to mastering by Don Bartley and pressing to vinyl in the U.S. The cover was painted by the band’s Maureen Hansen, also an acclaimed visual artist. “One of the venues we love the most is the Junk Bar,” says the band’s Ric Trevaskes. “That kind of intimacy just feels right for the stories that our songs have to tell.” This will be the only two shows this very special band will play all year- so get in quick and don’t miss out!

Sunday 28th

JUSTIN BERNASCONI ALBUM LAUNCH w/SIAN EVANS

JUSTIN BERNASCONI ALBUM LAUNCH w/SIAN EVANS at The Junk Bar

Described by Australian Guitar Mag as ​”One of this country’s most interesting acoustic guitar talents”, Justin will be launching his second album Barefoot Wonderland at The Junkbar, Ashrgrove on Sunday 28th of May, with special guest Sian Evans.

 

Justin Bernasconi is considered a rarity among guitarists and songwriters. Straddling styles and sounds from the Delta Blues, Appalachian Bluegrass, English Folk and all stops in between, his highly original tunes, are infused with exciting and soulful guitar playing.

JUNE 2017

Saturday 3rd

JOHN KENNEDY ALBUM LAUNCH w/RIVER HILLS

JOHN KENNEDY ALBUM LAUNCH w/RIVER HILLS at The Junk Bar

John Kennedy started his music career in Brisbane in the 1980’s with his
first band JFK and the Cuban Crisis. With his new release on the Popboomerang label, titled “JFK and the Midlife Crisis”, John comes full circle, creating a concept album that relates the story of a mature musician reflecting on a life lived to an independent music soundtrack. The narrator of the songs looks back in equal parts with fondness and regret, over the life of a musician negotiating the twists and turns of love, loss, marriage, divorce, family and friends. New songs, From St Peters To Kings Cross and Strawberry Hills Forever continue John’s love affair with Sydney’s Inner West suburbs.

The band “John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special” features ex-Wiggle, Murray
Cook on guitar and former Pop Mechanics’ leader, Paul Scott on bass. The
band will perform some of John’s urban and western hits along with a selection of songs from the new album.

Together with Brisbane’s own River Heads, John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback
Special will create a night of memorable music taking people on their own
independent music journey.

Thursday 8th

BEN ELY AND TIM STEWARD

BEN ELY AND TIM STEWARD at The Junk Bar

You know Tim and Ben, you’ve seen them round town.. you saw one of them in New Farm Park, one on the Big Day Out main stage, one in the cheese aisle at Ashgrove Woollies, or selling t shirts at The Zoo. These two have been representing Brisbane around the country and around the world in their bands Regurgitator and Screamfeeder for years, and now just for the fun of it they’re going to quieten things down a bit and join forces on the Inner West’s smallest stage.

THE SKUKUM LOUNGE @THE JUNK BAR HOSTS BEN ELY AND TIM STEWARD SOLO SETS,  AND TOGETHER.

Both singers have recently taken huge leaps forward in the pursuit of better songwriting; in 2015 Ben released his sparse, haunting solo album Goodbye Machine.

..Goodbye Machine is too good to deny ..This departure from previous sounds is instantly rich and engaging and one we can only hope he follows up..” themusic.com.au

Despite the change of pace, Goodbye Machine proves Ely is as adept at playing soft and subtle as he is doing loud and abrasive..” Daniel Johnson

Tim was awarded the Grant McLennan fellowship and spent the European summer of 2016 in London on his own private songwriting camp. He returned to Australia and has recently re-banded together with Screamfeeder to record and release their 7th album Pop Guilt, containing many of his London songs.

Thankfully Brisbane’s Screamfeeder have never been very good at breaking up, and 25 years after their debut, Flour, they’re still writing career-best songs. Screamfeeder pour a lifetime of indie-rock experience into this collection of blissed-out punk songs.” Rolling Stone

Come and hear for yourself what happens when 2 guys who grew up on punk step out of their comfort zone and come a little closer to the essence of their songwriting styles.

Saturday 10th

TAASHA COATES (THE AUDREYS)

TAASHA COATES (THE AUDREYS) at The Junk Bar

Taasha Coates, front woman from much loved and multi ARIA winning folk duo The Audreys, released her debut solo album late last year, Taasha Coates and her Melancholy Sweethearts. Working with fellow singer-songwriter and producer Shane Nicholson, Taasha found herself going a little more country and a whole lot more personal. Come and see her perform all the tunes from the album with her trademark sassiness and style.

http://www.taashacoates.com.au/

Taasha Coates on FACEBOOK

Lay Me Down: Rockwiz

Neil Young’s Comes a Time: Rockwiz w/ Pete Murray

Sunday 11th

DUSTY LIMITS

DUSTY LIMITS at The Junk Bar
DUSTY LIMITS returns to his home-town of Brisbane, for an intimate show at Skukum Lounge, The Junk Bar

A singer, comic, compere and director and one of the leading lights of the London ‘new cabaret’ scene, he has appeared everywhere from Joe’s Pub in New York to backroom bars in Berlin singing everything from Cole Porter to Portishead, as well as his own witty and acerbic original compositions. He is noted for his brilliant interpretation of the works of writers as diverse as Weill, Brel, Bowie and Mitchell and for his powerful, three-octave voice.

Born and raised in Brisbane, he moved to London in 1999 with a one-way ticket paid for by coming second in a karaoke competition at the Beat nightclub. Now based in the UK, he has graced the cover of Time Out London, who described him as ‘The Trailblazer’ of the new cabaret scene. He is a notorious figure on the Edinburgh Fringe, where he has programmed and hosted numerous cabarets including the legendary Bongo Club, as well as performing in six solo shows. He won the 2012 and 2013 London Cabaret Awards for ‘Best Host/Compere’ and his 2012 solo show Post-Mortem was shortlisted for a Time Out & Soho Theatre Award and subsequently enjoyed a sold-out run at the Soho Theatre as well as a one-night-only showing at the Brisbane Cabaret Festival.

He has shared the stage with some of cabaret’s leading figures, including Meow Meow, Amanda Palmer, Holly Penfield, Sarah-Louise Young, Le Gateau Chocolat, Frisky and Mannish, Bourgeois and Maurice and Miss Polly Rae. He has directed at Central School of Speech and Drama and been interviewed on BBC Radio 2 about cabaret history.

 

 

 

In 2016, he and long-term collaborator Michael Roulston’ released ‘Grin’ an album of 13 original songs. For this special show in Brisbane, Dusty will perform a mixture of his favourite covers and originals plus premiering some new songs destined for his next album.

 

 

 

‘Taut, vicious and hilarious.’ ***** (Skinny)
‘Dusty Limits is fantastic, like a dark, louche angel.’ Martyn Jacques (Tiger Lillies)
‘One of the form’s very best.’ (Time Out)

‘Dusty Limits broke my heart.’ Julie Christie
Sunday 25th

VICTORIANA GAYE

VICTORIANA GAYE at The Junk Bar

Victoriana Gaye are returning to Brisbane to play a one off gig at THE JUNK BAR in Ashgrove,  this coincides with Jeff’s art exhibition at Heiser gallery in Fortitude Valley. Jeff and Vicki have just released their 5th album “The Freest of the Free”. Recorded in the hills above Mullumbimby in the Winter of 2016. Songs about Love, flood babies, finding your own true gang and the inherited weight of the world.

Victoriana Gaye don’t particularly sound like anybody else! Their genre defying style is apparent from the word go.                                  Vicki and Jeff write all the songs together, and cite their influences as jazz, classic movie soundtracks, psychedelia and their own blend of indie/folk/rock.

Vicki Gaye Philipp and Jeff Raglus come from Aireys Inlet on the South West coast of Victoria and have packed a lot into the 8 years since they formed. Recording 5 albums, ‘Five Songs’, ‘Our Pleasure’, ‘Holy Roll’ ,’Red Moon Ray’ and now ‘The Freest of the Free’. They have played their original tunes at festivals and venues in The UK, Europe, Japan, New Caledonia and continue to tour around Australia. 

Thursday 29th

JO JO SMITH w/ LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART

JO JO SMITH w/ LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART at The Junk Bar

JO JO SMITH celebrates her 50th year as a performing musician! with very special guests LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART

JO JO SMITH is one of Australia’s greatest musical treasures, a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force and 2017 marks her 50th year in the biz. To celebrate this extraordinary, generous life of music-making, Jo Jo is hitting the road with her dear friends and musical comrades LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART, playing dozens of their favourite intimate venues across the land – including The Junk Bar on Thursday 29th June.

A radical exponent of the power of love and music – and certainly under-known given all the heavyweights from across the decades and genres whom she’s worked with and influenced – Jo Jo Smith has a somewhat cult status, deeply revered by fans and peers alike. As Thorne puts it, “I sure don’t know any half-arsed Jo Jo fans. You’ve either experienced the joy and wonder that is being in the same room as this woman singing and playing, or…you haven’t heard her yet!”

Lucie Thorne & Jo Jo Smith first met nearly a decade ago, and became fast friends and huge fans of each other’s work. Lucie has been recording and touring in a sensational duo collaboration with legendary drummer Hamish Stuart for nearly a decade too, quietly carving out their singularly poetic spacious sound. Jo Jo and Hamish have worked together numerous times throughout the past 30 years.  The undeniable creative camaraderie and chemistry between all three artists will underpin the live format of the tour featuring Smith, Thorne and Stuart in various combinations. This tour brings together three  of our country’s finest talents for a series of unmissable, powerful, joyful, intimate concerts that are bound to be the stuff of more legendary stories in Jo Jo Smith’s full musical life.

“Jo Jo Smith drops jaws and melts hearts with every performance” Colin Thompson, Bendigo Blues Festival Director

“I’ve been lucky enough to grow up with Jo Jo’s music. But I do remember a specific moment at an intimate show when it hit me how brilliant she was. There was this deft capturing of the crowd with her rich vocals, they flowed over us almost visibly (like amber, like honey, like the love light she sings about!) Then prickles of joy. I realised I was in the presence of a master. And boy did it feel good” Ella Hooper

“Jo Jo has been an inspiration to myself and many other musicians in Australia for many years” Renee Geyer

“Jo Jo Smith is a true soul singer. She sings soul music. She sings with and through her soul. Smith has a mighty weapon in her voice, she reserves its power striking only when necessary” Marty Jones, Rhythms Magazine

“Thorne writes some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear” **** The Age

www.jojosmithsoul.com

www.luciethorne.com

JULY

Saturday 1st

ISIS - ACOUSTIC 6pm show.

ISIS - ACOUSTIC 6pm show. at The Junk Bar

Iconic Brisbane band ISIS will perform an intimate shows in acoustic mode at Skukum Lounge, The Junk Bar. The band blazed a trail throughout their home city and the nation during the 1990s, becoming known and loved for their elaborately staged shows, their genre-hopping music and the luscious entwined voices of the band’s three singers, Lucinda Shaw, Rozi Pizzey and Toni Lawson. Most recently the band performed for The Zoo’s 20th Anniversary (2012) and for Brisbane Pride Festival (2016). For this special show, ISIS will perform songs from their three albums, as well as new material, and will be joined by guest musicians Kevin Haigh and Ruth Gardner.

Saturday 1st

ISIS- ACOUSTIC- 8.30 show.

ISIS- ACOUSTIC- 8.30 show. at The Junk Bar

Iconic Brisbane band ISIS will perform an intimate shows in acoustic mode at Skukum Lounge, The Junk Bar. The band blazed a trail throughout their home city and the nation during the 1990s, becoming known and loved for their elaborately staged shows, their genre-hopping music and the luscious entwined voices of the band’s three singers, Lucinda Shaw, Rozi Pizzey and Toni Lawson. Most recently the band performed for The Zoo’s 20th Anniversary (2012) and for Brisbane Pride Festival (2016). For this special show, ISIS will perform songs from their three albums, as well as new material, and will be joined by guest musicians Kevin Haigh and Ruth Gardner.

Sunday 9th

STEVE GUNN (US)

STEVE GUNN (US) at The Junk Bar

Mistletone presents consummate American singer-songwriter & guitarist *Steve Gunn <http://www.steve-gunn.com/>, *coming to Australia for the first time on a soul expanding solo tour. Witness the contemplative magic of *Steve Gunn* in the cozy intimacy of The Junk Bar.

“Brooklyn’s Steve Gunn is the Ty Segall of Americana, a prolific musician who has released 13 albums since 2007, some with like-minded strummers such as Kurt Vile and Hiss Golden Messenger, others solo records such as 2013’s acclaimed Way Out Weather. In other words, he’s the hipster-friendly guitar slinger of the moment, in the spirit of John Fahey or Robbie Basho, with a lovely sun-glazed lilt to his fluid fingersmithery. On Eyes On the Lines, he pairs his pastoral leanings with tales of uncertainty; Night Wander meanders through nocturnal roots with the repetitiveness of a raga; Conditions Wild’s boppy pace and falsetto channels the 1960s; Park Bench Smile coasts along on rolling drums and a shamanic, moonlit arrangement. Gunn’s voice is so mellow that the songs’ words fade into the background at times – but then the guitar is the frontman here”* – THE GUARDIAN ★★★★ four stars.

*Steve Gunn*’s music has always embraced expanse and movement. It springs from the simple and profound relationship between humans and their environment. Gunn’s most recent album and his debut for Matador, *Eyes On The Lines* (out now via Remote Control), is his most explicit ode to the blissful uncertainty of adventure yet. His brilliant previous album *Way Out Weather*(Mistletone, 2014) is still available on Mistletone mail order
<http://mistletone.net/stevegunnshop>.

Gunn’s roots in the underground run deep, from his days in GHQ to his collaborations with Black Twig Pickers and Mike Cooper. He’s toured and recorded with Michael Chapman, and released two remarkable duo albums with drummer John Truscinski. His solo ventures, emerging over the past decade and culminating most recently the highly-acclaimed *Way Out Weather*, have been pastoral, evocative affairs. Here he embraces his urban surroundings through a series of songs that fully showcase his extraordinary ability to match hooks to deftly constructed melodies. Gunn is a consummate guitarist, that rare fingerpicker who can harness the enigma of the American Primitive vernacular without lazily regurgitating it. His playing is inventive and full of personality. His instrumental virtuosity calls upon a vast library of technical skills at will, but he’s never showy — his riffs and runs are always in the service of the song at hand.

And what a pleasure to have this music presented in intimate solo mode on Steve Gunn’s first Australian tour!

Friday 14th

THE TESKEY BROTHERS

THE TESKEY BROTHERS at The Junk Bar

Honouring that old school Motown sound and working it into something of their very own, The Teskey Brothers launch their debut album Half Mile Harvest with a run of headline shows in July and August. Written by all four band members, the album was self-produced in their own studio and released independently. Soul and blues flavours throughout, Half Mile Harvest talks to notions of heartbreak and embodies common themes of working through broken relationships. Listening to the record you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the work of Stax Records alumni in Memphis circa ’67 and not that of a group of twenty-somethings from the Yarra Valley. The band is in dynamite live form having sold out a string of recent Melbourne shows.

Saturday 15th

BEN SALTER- "BACK YOURSELF" ALBUM PREVIEW & OLD FAVS.SOLD OUT

BEN SALTER-

Brisbane’s eleventh favourite periodical prerogidal son Ben Salter is making one of his biannual visits to the smallest and best boozer in Brisbane, The Junk Bar, to ostensibly do a special acoustic preview of his new album “Back Yourself”. However he’ll probably just play the usual mix of songs from his first two albums, some Gin Club songs, and some cover versions of songs he heard in video game soundtracks.

Back Yourself is Ben’s third full length album. Recorded over three months in the wilds of Tasmania’s Huon Valley, Back Yourself was written almost entirely on the spot, in the studio. It has stadium rock bangers, positive self image anthems and semi-spoken word blathant garde ‘experimental’ pieces (album filler). It’s Salter’s most audacious folly yet and is sure to fail to win him the mainstream audience and acceptance he has so artfully evaded for the past twenty years. It will most likely be released in some sort of odd format (a book? a magazine? a cassette?) alongside a fairly conventional one (a vinyl? a CD?) in an effort to garnish more inneress. A very special support will be announced very soon. The price of tickets has been jacked up since last time, by $5, to reflect Ben’s increasingly ravenous appetite for food. He’s going to play for a good hour and half though. See you there, South-East Queensland!

Sunday 16th

BEN SALTER - 2ND SHOW JUST ANNOUNCED.

BEN SALTER - 2ND SHOW JUST ANNOUNCED. at The Junk Bar

By popular demand- second show on sale now.

Sunday 16th July. See above.

Thursday 27th

CHARLES JENKINS- THE LAST POLAROID SHOW

CHARLES JENKINS- THE LAST POLAROID SHOW at The Junk Bar

Charles Jenkins will be bringing his brilliant new album The Last Polaroid to Queensland in late July. He’ll be playing in Brisbane on Thursday July 27 at
the Junk Bar. Don’t miss out on the chance to see one of Australia’s finest songwriters in the intimate beauty that is the Junk Bar.

AUGUST 2017

Wednesday 23rd

FIRE WALK WITH US- THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS

FIRE WALK WITH US- THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS at The Junk Bar

Electric Moon [Miniatures] Presents

FIRE WALK WITH US

The Music Of Twin Peaks

FIRE WALK WITH US is a live reimagining of songs and music from both the Twin Peaks TV series soundtrack (1991) and the prequel film Fire Walk With Me (1992). Composed by Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch, this music is a masterclass in minimalist atmospheres, the haunting female vocals of Julee Cruise and sinister soundscapes.

To reinterpret these works, Electric Moon’s James Lees brings together a broad range of musicians from the jazz based, to avant-grade noisemakers, to the four diverse vocalists – all bound together by a deep love for Lynch’s most celebrated work.

Presented in the Skukum Lounge at The Junk Bar – which in itself could be a scene out of a Lynch production- each show will present the music performance as an immersive experience to an intimate audience.

THE SINGERS

Mia Goodwin

Lucinda Shaw

SS.Sebastian

Tylea

THE BAND

James Lees (drums/percussion/director)

Helen Svoboda (double bass)

Parmis Rose (keys)

SS.Sebastian (guitar/keys)

Jamie Trevaskis (guitar/saw)

Andrew Saragossi (sax/clarinet/flute)

Thursday 24th

FIRE WALK WITH US-THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS

FIRE WALK WITH US-THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS at The Junk Bar

AS ABOVE

Friday 25th

FIRE WALK WITH US- THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS

FIRE WALK WITH US- THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS at The Junk Bar

AS ABOVE- DOORS FOR THIS SHOW 6.30 PM.

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