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 three 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.

JUNK BAR PARTIES & FUNCTIONS.

The Skukum Lounge is the perfect venue for your xmas party or next celebration.

It holds 20-50 people- see the bookings and functions page for more info.

 

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.

 

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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!

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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

SEPTEMBER

Friday 22nd

STEPHEN CUMMINGS w/SHANE O'MARA- 7pm show SOLD OUT

STEPHEN CUMMINGS w/SHANE O'MARA- 7pm show SOLD OUT at The Junk Bar

You never know! Stephen Cummings may play one song from every one of whose

twenty albums he has made. Cummings steers the act through an energetic

interplay of solid grooves and well-crafted songs that mix those well-worn

ingredients of blues, soul, R&B, gospel, country and even Brill Building

pop Stephen & Shane believe The Junk Bar is a beautiful venue which is why

Stephen & Shane visit every September. People are either obsessed with

Stephen Cummings or they know nothing about him. If you know him, you love

him. Cummings performs with considerable love and joie de vivre. This is

where it all started for CUMMINGS and still takes up a significant space in

his head along with his glorious grin and magnificent bone structure. Shane

O’Mara will be strutting about the small stage with his Gibson guitar like

a warrior-swapping conspirator looks. Spontaneous and emotionally driven,

Cummings ensures that no two performances are ever the same.

Friday 22nd

STEPHEN CUMMINGS LATE SHOW- doors 9.15

STEPHEN CUMMINGS LATE SHOW- doors 9.15 at The Junk Bar

As above.

Saturday 23rd

BILL CHAMBERS

BILL CHAMBERS at The Junk Bar

Bill Chambers is returning to the Junkbar in Brisbane 8pm sat 23rd sep! He’s currently on tour promoting his new album Cold Trail. Bill has just returned to Australia after a successful tour of Europe and America, so he’ll be bringing with him a swag of guitars and stories from the road.

Sunday 24th

KELLIE LLOYD w/ASHA JEFFRIES

KELLIE LLOYD w/ASHA JEFFRIES at The Junk Bar

Kellie Lloyd plays a rare solo show to showcase songs from her recently released 6 track EP Fragile States. This solo and intimate show will be supported by the brilliant young upcomer Asha Jeffries. Kellie played bass for Asher’s recording of her new single “Coburg” and Asha features in Kellie’s music video “Nothing Remains”. Kellie and Asher will play solo sets.

Kellie Lloyd – the bass-playing heartbeat of Brisbane’s beloved indie rock institution Screamfeeder for over 25 years – steps into the spotlight this August with a translucent six-track solo EP, appropriately titled Fragile States.

It is the first new solo material from Lloyd since her acclaimed second album Magnetic North, released in 2012, and collects material drawn from several different recording sessions between 2013–2015.

Lloyd describes Fragile States as “basically a collection of things recorded over the last couple of years that were never really going to be anything, until they came together.

“They were just random recording sessions. They all had a purpose, but there was never a thread. The piano songs were recorded as part of a university project at Gasworks; Darek Mudge produced them. They were a prelude to recordings I did with another band, A Savage God, with Alex Gillies, Geordie Stafford and Cam Smith.”

The results are a warm and beautiful collection of songs, by turns eerie, meditative and moody, which fans of Screamfeeder and Big Star’s 3rd alike should love.

Fragile States will be released worldwide digitally on 1 August and is available on CD distributed on Poison City,

Friday 29th

THE ACFIELDS SINGLE LAUNCH w/ LOOKING FOR ALASKA (NZ)

THE ACFIELDS SINGLE LAUNCH w/ LOOKING FOR ALASKA (NZ) at The Junk Bar

The Acfields have taken their music from their childhood in central

Queensland to the world. Their two stunning voices have spent many a

childhood car trip together harmonizing together in Australia and overseas.

Their blending of folk-pop and alt-country roots has created music that

stays with you long after the song ends.

Wednesday 27th

BOOM VACUUM #2

BOOM VACUUM #2 at The Junk Bar

Wednesday 27.09.17

the Junk Bar presents..

‘BOOM VACUUM’

A new series of nights exploring the visionary sounds and warm sonic adventures of Brisbane’s aural undergrowth.

#2 features playing by..

Adam Sussman & Jack Richardson

Rachael Archibald

The Pterodactyls
tix $5.00 on the door. 7pm kick off.
Thursday 28th

SIME NUGENT (SWEET JEAN/WILSON PICKERS) & DANNY WIDDIECOMBE

SIME NUGENT (SWEET JEAN/WILSON PICKERS) & DANNY WIDDIECOMBE at The Junk Bar

Sime Nugent is most recently known to audiences for his work with three-time ARIA nominated band The Wilson Pickers and as half of indie folk duo Sweet Jean.

In a rare performance, Sime returns to Skukem Lounge at Junk Bar in solo mode on Thursday Sept 28. Sime will play songs from his extensive catalogue along with selected covers and songs he wrote for Sweet Jean and The Wilson Pickers.

Sime has toured nationally and internationally throughout Australia, Europe and America and released more than a dozen albums with a range of bands in his 25 year career.

“Devastatingly powerful, highly listenable roots and pop influenced music”. Rhythms

He will be supported on the night by fellow Wilson Picker Danny Widdicombe for what will truly be an incredible night of Australian music.

OCTOBER

Sunday 1st

EMILY BARKER (UK) ALBUM LAUNCH w/HILLSBOROUGH

EMILY BARKER (UK) ALBUM LAUNCH w/HILLSBOROUGH at The Junk Bar

Emily Barker’s new album, Sweet Kind of Blue, was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, at Sam Phillips Recording Service. It was produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Mary Chapin Carpenter) and features some of Memphis’ finest session musicians.

Barker brought her songs, her guitar, that cathedral of a voice and her irrepressible freewheeling spirit. And as each track was laid down, Barker, her band (you will have heard these musicians on Cat Power’s The Greatest as well as records by Neil Young, Booker T and the MGs, Al Green and many more) and everyone in the control room fell a little bit more in love with each other. Spines tingled and eyes did not remain dry.

The result is an intoxicating blend of Barker penned songs about loves lost, heartrending humanity, the rush of the road trip and the sheer glory of a new love. The single, ‘Sister Goodbye’, is a soulful tribute to one of Barker’s guitar-slinging heroes, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, while the title track, ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’ captures the beautiful urgency of missing a new lover.

Emily is also the award-winning songwriter and performer of the theme to BBC TV’s Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Her music is a blend of roots influences from country to English folk via 60s pop, all wrapped in rich string arrangements and vocal harmonies. Emily’s album with The Red Clay Halo, Dear River, was voted Americana album of the year by readers of the UK’s foremost roots music website, Spiral Earth

“The arrangements are exquisite and the love [Barker] has for this music brings its own integrity. Heartfelt songwriting, bridging folk, country and Fleetwood Mac.” The Times ★★★★

“Country-Soul with luminous warmth” Mojo ★★★★

‘It’s a sweet and tender distillation of Americana influences. Blues meets country meets gospel.’ Clash

TIX $15 ON THE DOOR- DOORS 6PM.

Thursday 5th

TIM EASTON ( NASHVILLE) w MATTHEW COLIN

TIM EASTON ( NASHVILLE) w MATTHEW COLIN at The Junk Bar

This is Americana Royalty Tim Easton’s second visit to Australia and he

will have his ninth solo studio album ‘American Fork’ with him on this

trip, described by No Depression as having “*a clear sense of grit and

determination present in these grooves, making ‘American Fork ’Easton’s

toughest and most tenacious effort yet”.*

Tim spent 7 years as a bonefide troubadour on the streets of Europe,

living in Paris, London, Prague, Dublin, before returning to the States to

record 5 acclaimed albums for NEW WEST RECORDS-the first one “The Truth

About Us,” having three fourths of WILCO as his backing band. His songs

tell the stories of his life and traveling, and the stories of those he has

met along the way. They have also earned him support slot tour invitations

from Lucinda Williams (who also sings on one of his albums), John Hiatt,

Steve Earle, and others. He recently reached the 100 Published Songs

milestone and celebrated that by posting 100 performance videos on 100

consecutive days. Rolling Stone Magazine praised him as “having a

novelist’s sense of humanity ” and with his battered black Gibson and

harmonica around his neck his live shows will start by drawing out your

inner ‘Woody Guthrie ’ and by the end of the show have moving as if you are

at an Elmore James show.

Matthew Colin brings with him the values of histories great ramblers, ‘a

song and a friend for every mile behind’. It’ll only take listening to one

or two lines and you will find he is a man of considered craft, his values

nested in a time of country folk music where all that mattered was the song

itself.

Saturday 7th

CALEB JAMES

Playing a stripped back, intimate solo show – performing tunes from his ‘Songs for Space Travel’ album (and others). Playing the songs how they were written, and some with interesting twists.
Tickets available at www.calebjames.com.
Only 50 tickets available so get on it quickly!

Sunday 8th

CINDER & PINE present JED ROWE ALBUM LAUNCH w/JEN MIZE

CINDER & PINE present JED ROWE ALBUM LAUNCH w/JEN MIZE at The Junk Bar

One of Australia’s finest contemporary songwriters, Jed Rowe, will perform at The Junk Bar on October 8th as part of a national tour to launch his 4th album ‘A Foreign Country.’ Rowe will be ably supported by QLD via the USA singer-songwriter Jen Mize for ‘Cinder and Pine’,  a night showcasing alt country artists of the highest calibre, handpicked by the Junk Bar.

Jed Rowe is an acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. His music walks the line between folk, blues and country, and his 4th album A Foreign Country is a richly told collection of stories of Australian life. The songs were finished in a rented apartment above the street in Northern Germany while Rowe was on tour in late 2016, and recorded in Melbourne by multiple ARIA award winner Jeff Lang. Rowe’s sublime slide guitar playing and emotive vocal delivery have earned him a reputation as a standout live performer, and he has toured extensively in Australia and Europe. Rolling Stone described his music as “Heartland alt-country shot through with nostalgia.”

Coming off the back of her stellar debut album (‘Fear, Pride & a few Stubborn Angels’), which charted in the US on the “Americana Top 100” in 2014, Jen Mize has been busy touring and earning the accolades that come with the hard work of being an Alt Country troubadour and letting authentic songs stand on their own two feet. In 2016 Jen brought 26 songs down to the central coast of New South Wales to record the 12 track album ‘Warnings & Wisdom’ with Aria, APRA & Golden Guitar winning producer & songwriter Shane Nicholson. John Walker of Music City Roots wrote ‘Jen Mize is more than a great singer-songwriter… she’s a true artist. From the first time I heard her sing, she gripped my heart with raw honesty and deep soul.’

 

Thursday 12th

TIM SLADDEN ALBUM LAUNCH

Joined by AJ Hall (bass) and Darran Muller (drums), plus other special guests, Tim Sladden launches his debut EP “The Temporary Nature Of It All” in the soulful and intimate setting of The Junk Bar, Brisbane.

Friday 13th

ALEX BELL ALBUM LAUNCH w/PHIL SMITH & THE WICKED MESSENGER

ALEX BELL ALBUM LAUNCH w/PHIL SMITH & THE WICKED MESSENGER at The Junk Bar

Alex’s first album in four years, ‘Tales of Shem’ is a collection of songs about the passage of time. Written around Ireland, on Mount Mee, and in a West End bedroom, the album was crafted with the help of Miro Mackie (John Steel Singers), Tim Whitten (The Panics) and a couple of very talented Phils. This special Junk Bar show sees Alex in rare full-band mode, and features a likely-never-to-be-repeated set from Phil Smith playing songs exclusively from his intimate (and incredible) 2014 album, Year of the Dog. Opening the night will be the masterly roots man himself, The Wicked Messenger (Jimi Beavis).

About the acts:

Alex Bell has built a catalogue of songs around the everyday trials of melancholy, love, night and time. Over the course of four albums, he has performed at festivals including the Woodford Folk Festival and the Queensland Poetry Festival. In 2014, he created Borrowed Verse, a poetry/music project developing new works with acclaimed artists such as Augie March, Angie Hart (Frente!) and Ben Salter.

Phil Smith is an americana/alt-country artist influenced by artists such as Dylan, Springsteen, Ryan Adams and the Stones. He has 4 albums under his belt, with his last two receiving 4+ star reviews and extensive airplay here and in Europe. As a performer, Phil has over 10 years of live experience playing some of Brisbane’s premier venues, as well as 2 East Coast tours. Phil recently completed a 32 date European/US tour and is now back in Brisbane working on material for his 5th album.

The Wicked Messenger is the new folk project of Brisbane roots and rock n roll musician, Jimi Beavis, concentrating on the finger and banjo pickin’ songs he hasn’t really played outside his home but still focusing on his usual interests of love and death.

Friday 20th

ROCK N ROLL ORGY- CELEBRATING LOVE IN ALL IT'S FORMS)

ROCK N ROLL ORGY- CELEBRATING LOVE IN ALL IT'S FORMS) at The Junk Bar

Rock n Roll Orgy (Celebrating Love In All Its Forms)

Love doesn’t have a rule book. If it does, it’s a work in progress. Exploring sexual identity and maintaining meaningful connections is a delicate balance and an ongoing journey. We’re travelling the East Coast of Australia with the Songs of Tom Smith to celebrate and cherish love in all its forms. 

There will be an MC to link the performances together, conduct a quiz, give away prizes and bring the audience and performers together as a whole to create fertile ground for ideas to blossom.

THE SONGS OF TOM SMITH


When Tom himself performs he dresses up in character, often as a woman or androgenously. This allows him to bring the audience with him as the songs are mostly lyric-based narratives and/or character based explorations from marginalised or eccentric viewpoints. 

At the moment in Brisbane The Songs of Tom Smith are incredibly lucky to have a large pool of singers and players who all have varying levels of commitment. When the Songs go interstate we also have connections in those cities who can form pick up bands. In the spirit of The You Do It I Can’t Be Bothered project 

https://thesongsoftomsmith.bandcamp.com/album/you-do-it-i-cant-be-bothered

singers and musicians interpret the songs in many different ways. The sensitivity of the performers brings the stories and the characters of the Songs to life. 

$10 on the door.


Fri Oct 20, 7.30 @Junk Bar with:
Peter Wilson Green
Daniel Morphett
June Low

Sunday 22nd

NITE JEWEL (US)

NITE JEWEL (US) at The Junk Bar

Los Angeles electro-R&B luminary Ramona Gonzalez — aka Nite Jewel — returns to Australia as a duo, hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed new album Real High. Nite Jewel has been prolific as ever, also sharing a B-sides collection Real Low, last year’s album Liquid Cool, a limited edition 12” for Italians Do It Better, and two collaborative EPs (one with Bay Area rapper/producer Droop-E as AMTHST). Nite Jewel has also had memorable collaborations with Dam-Funk, Omar-S, Julia Holter, Sean Nicholas Savage, Samantha Urbani, Zoë Kravitz and many others — transforming foggy, fading memories into crystal clear lucid dreams. Her latest collab with Dam-Funk (as Nite Funk) was named Best New Music on Pitchfork. With Real High, Ramona Gonzalez updates her feminine inner dialogue to reflect the increasing challenges of hyper-modern society, in particular with respect to selfhood. Recorded over the course of four years in Los Angeles with the help of Grammy-winning producer Cole M.G.N. (Ariel Pink, Beck, The Samps), these songs of transformational love and relentless nostalgia range from expansive, futuristic balladry (“Real High,” “Part Of Me”) to gauzy dance-floor hits (“2 Good 2 Be True,” “The Answer”); the most focused and bold Nite Jewel effort yet. The timeless production, unique voice, and pristine song-craft of Real High create an irresistible combination that is only better on the live stage.

DOORS- 7PM.

NOVEMBER

Friday 10th

CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF GRANT HART & HUSKER DU

CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF GRANT HART & HUSKER DU at The Junk Bar

The Brisbane music community has always been a passionate hub for GRANT HART/HUSKER DU fans.
The sad news of Grant’s passing last week has inspired a celebration of his songs.

EVERY EVERYTHING

CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF GRANT HART & HUSKER DU

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10TH

 

THE MINNESOTA TRIPLETS
TIM STEWARD (SCREAMFEEDER/WE ALL WANT TO)
THE SHAMBOLICS

DOORS 7PM

Sunday 19th

GLENN CARDIER w/CHRISTIAN MARSH

GLENN CARDIER w/CHRISTIAN MARSH at The Junk Bar

‘Without any doubt the most articulate and creatively insightful singer-songwriter in contemporary Australian music!

‘Touring with Spike Milligan and opening for the likes of Harry Chapin, Frank Zappa, Sherbetand Cheech & Chong is not the CV of your average musician, but then Glenn Cardier is not your average troubadour.’ (Rhythms)

Christian Marsh

Seeing Christian perform his material will open your mind to the versatility of the harmonica. It is an amazing experience to hear this supposedly simple instrument produce the sort of complex music that would normally be expected from a skilfully wielded saxophone or trumpet.

DECEMBER 2017

Friday 15th

JOHN KENNEDY'S 68 COMEBACK SPECIAL w/RIVER HEADS

JOHN KENNEDY'S 68 COMEBACK SPECIAL w/RIVER HEADS at The Junk Bar

Sydney musician John Kennedy started his music career in his hometown Brisbane. He wrote a few songs about Brisbane – mostly about leaving. It seemed as though the feelings were mutual when Kennedy played a gig at Ric’s Cafe in the Valley a few years ago and nobody turned up.

Over the last few years though, it seems as though a little bit of love has been rekindled. Since 2015, Kennedy has been doing shows at the Junk Bar in Ashgrove with various members of his band. Each show has been warmly
received by a sold out room. The most recent show in June was the launch of the new album, JFK and the Midlife Crisis. Now Kennedy will return to the Junk Bar with his full band for two shows in December. John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special features ex-red Wiggle Murray Cook on lead guitar,
original Love Gone Wrong drummer Peter Timmmerman and former Pop Mechanics leader Paul Scott on bass. Together they will play song from the new album, Kennedy’s urban and western hits and maybe even some of those songs about leaving Brisbane.

John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special are joined by Brisbane’s own River Heads on Friday 15 December and by the Gatekeepers on Saturday 16 December.

Saturday 16th

JOHN KENNEDY'S 68 COMEBACK SPECIAL w/THE GATEKEEPERS

JOHN KENNEDY'S 68 COMEBACK SPECIAL w/THE GATEKEEPERS at The Junk Bar

Sydney musician John Kennedy started his music career in his hometown Brisbane. He wrote a few songs about Brisbane – mostly about leaving. It seemed as though the feelings were mutual when Kennedy played a gig at Ric’s Cafe in the Valley a few years ago and nobody turned up.

Over the last few years though, it seems as though a little bit of love has been rekindled. Since 2015, Kennedy has been doing shows at the Junk Bar in Ashgrove with various members of his band. Each show has been warmly
received by a sold out room. The most recent show in June was the launch of the new album, JFK and the Midlife Crisis. Now Kennedy will return to the Junk Bar with his full band for two shows in December. John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special features ex-red Wiggle Murray Cook on lead guitar,
original Love Gone Wrong drummer Peter Timmmerman and former Pop Mechanics leader Paul Scott on bass. Together they will play song from the new album, Kennedy’s urban and western hits and maybe even some of those songs about leaving Brisbane.

John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special are joined by Brisbane’s own River Heads on Friday 15 December and by the Gatekeepers on Saturday 16 December.

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