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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

MAY 2015

JUNE 2015

Saturday 20th

THE DEMON DRINK w/YANCE & LIL

Come along for a good old fashioned night of Rock n roll Americana- with Brisbane favs The Demon Drink. It will be raucous and it will be fun! $10 on the door.

Thursday 25th

SONGWRITERS- DAN CHALLIS, BEN BUNTING AND DANA HASSELL

SONGWRITERS- DAN CHALLIS, BEN BUNTING AND DANA HASSELL at The Junk Bar

The Junk Bar will host a special night of homegrown alt-country music on Thursday 25th June, with three local troubadours set to take part in a songwriters round. Toowoomba-based Dana Hassall will bring her musical stories of growing up in country Queensland to life; as well as share some of life’s important lessons with a sensibility that demonstrates Hassall’s wisdom beyond her years. Fellow troubadour Dan Challis will also take the stage and bring his dulcet tunes to the songwriters circle; sounds that bring to mind such classic American 70s acts as James Taylor, Jim Croce and Guy Clark. Alt-country crooner Ben Bunting completes the songwriters round; Ben will bring a sound that beautifully melds together fragments of his country songwriting heroes like Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson and Steve Earle. Together, these three songwriters will deliver a memorable experience for audiences wanting to hear musical storytelling of a deeper kind; stories that will not only bring to mind both the simplicity and complexity of the human experience, but also stories that showcase three unique and talented songwriters, all passionate about their craft and sharing their life’s learning’s.
7PM DOORS- 7.30 START. Tix on the door- $5.00

Friday 26th

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE at The Junk Bar

Dave Graney, songwriter, performer, ARIA award winner, published author and columnist, radio presenter and first and foremost- MUSICIAN - is making a triumphant return to The Junk Bar's Skukum Lounge- along with the lovely Clare Moore in a special duo show.
Playing songs from one of the most elaborate and bold songbooks in Australian music, songs going back to the Moodists in the early 80s to his latest album "FEARFUL WIGGINGS"

Saturday 27th

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE- 2ND SHOW- BY POPULAR DEMAND

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE- 2ND SHOW- BY POPULAR DEMAND at The Junk Bar

BY POPULAR DEMAND- The same as above but on the Saturday night.
2nd show just announced.

Sunday 28th

LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART- ALBUM LAUNCH

LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART- ALBUM LAUNCH at The Junk Bar

Lauded for writing “some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear” (***The Age), Lucie Thorne has earned her place as one Australia’s most striking contemporary songsmiths. Together with long-time musical partner, legendary drummer Hamish Stuart, Lucie is touring far and wide this winter to celebrate the release of their new long player, Everything Sings Tonight. An exquisite collaboration which is at once bold, poetic and musically adventurous, Everything Sings Tonight traverses an expansive sonic palette, crystallizing the pair’s dynamic chemistry. Thorne & Stuart recorded most of the album in Berlin, in the midst of a European tour late last year. With this at it’s core, Everything Sings Tonight also features stellar heavyweight guests Bo Ramsey, Chris Abrahams and Greg Brown. It’s a mighty ride; and one that’s buoyed by that signature warmth and intimacy for which their live shows have become so renowned.
http://www.luciethorne.com

JULY 2015

Friday 3rd

NICK BARKER- THE HEARTACHE STATE AND REQUESTS.

NICK BARKER- THE HEARTACHE STATE AND REQUESTS. at The Junk Bar

For those of you who missed out last time- Nick Barker is back.
He tore the roof off The Skukum Lounge last year- so he is back- to do it again. He will be playing songs of his new album- The Heartache State- and a bunch of old stuff- even requests. This show will sell out with only 50 tickets available so don't miss out!

Thursday 9th

JACK TULLY ALBUM LAUNCH- w/ MARCUS BLACKE

JACK TULLY ALBUM LAUNCH- w/ MARCUS BLACKE at The Junk Bar

On a journey that began in a solar powered shack in Nowhere NSW with a soundtrack of old bluesmen, Neil Young and Lou Reed, Jack Tully has made pitstops in strange places. What remains after the rest has fallen away is a map that visits alt-country and Americana, sprawling and rollicking rock n roll, and experimental, ethereal sounds from somewhere else altogether.

Premiered on Triple J's Roots and All and featured on Rhythms Magazine online, Jack Tully's first single PRAIRIE LAWN has been very well received and is the first taste of what's to come on his debut album. Jack Tully will be launching his album at the Junk Bar Brisbane on the 9th July with a very special intimate duo performance. $10 on the door gets you entry to the show and an album!

Saturday 11th

FRASER.A.GORMAN

FRASER.A.GORMAN at The Junk Bar

DOORS 9:00pm - SHOW STARTS 9:30pm SHARP

After playing a flawless series of shows at SXSW 2015 and tearing apart an opening slot for best mate Courtney Barnett through her sold out UK tour, Fraser Alexander Gorman’s collection of cool-as-fuck, funny, heartfelt and super-infectious tunes have finally come to fruition on his debut album titled ‘SLOW GUM’ - which will be released in Australia through Milk! Records and Caroline on Monday June 29th.

Fraser A. Gorman’s story is a captivating one. A 23 year old kid who looks like a teenage Bob Dylan, a full time carpenter obsessed with the history of American rock n’ roll, expressing himself through wry poetry, bent tropicalia, country-soul and rock.

Sunday 12th

SUE-RAY

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/

Saturday 18th

PRIMITIVE MOTION ALBUM LAUNCH

PRIMITIVE MOTION ALBUM LAUNCH at The Junk Bar

Brisbane duo Primitive Motion are back, blasting through the time/space vortex on their second LP for Bedroom Suck Records, Pulsating Time Fibre.

One year on from their acclaimed debut, Worlds Floating By, the band are bursting with material and have undertaken an extensive home studio exploration of dream-float-pop and cosmic wandering.

Float through a black lake of reflected stars on a special evening as Primitive Motion launch their new work in the cosy confines of the Skukum Lounge. 18th July, 7.30pm. Tickets $10 from Oztix.

Friday 31st

THE ANCHORS EP LAUNCH w/ TRENT MCNAMARA

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

The Anchors will be launching their brand new ep- Surface Mail on vinyl and 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

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

SEPTEMBER 2015

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.