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THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD ACCORDING TO THE GUITAR

Posted in MGS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - July 22, 2017

Holy Grail Guitars is a collection of musical masterpieces that tells the story of the evolution of the guitar from the Stone Age to the Space Age. These pieces have been collected by Clyde Watkins throughout his career as a luthier and guitar technician. Clyde has been repairing stringed instruments…

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GUITAR VILLAGE

Posted in MGS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - July 21, 2017

Guitar Village has been established in Sunny Frankston for 40 years this year. We carry a full range of New Used Vintage and Rare guitars as well as Amplifiers and effects pedals. For our 40th Anniversary we are bringing an eclectic range of Electric Guitars as well as the full…

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MGS 2017 STAND PROFILE: CMC MUSIC

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 21, 2017

CMC MUSIC Ground level. Stands 98 & 99. Sydney-based wholesaler CMC Music is another Melbourne Guitar Show exhibitor that keeps coming back to the annual event to soak up the atmosphere, mix with their customers, display an incredible array of product  and contribute to the overall show vibe. “We were…

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BAROQUE ‘N’ ROLL COMES TO THE MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 21, 2017

Holy Grail Guitars: The History of the World According to the Guitar exhibit Level one. Stands A25-A26 at Melbourne Guitar Show Sydney-based luthier and guitar technician Richard ‘Clyde’ Watkins has worked with some of the biggest names in rock music including; Joe Walsh, INXS, Bo Diddley, Cold Chisel, The Divinyls…

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REVIEW: PJ MORTON at BIRDS BASEMENT

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 20, 2017

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PJ MORTON ‘GUMBO’ LAUNCH. BIRDS BASEMENT, MELBOURNE July 19, 2017
Review: Garry Chapman Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Gumbo is a food dish closely connected to the rich cultural traditions of the US state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans. ‘Gumbo’ is also the title of the latest album release from New Orleans-born singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and sometime keyboard player for Maroon 5, P J Morton. Morton and his band are playing a five-night stint at Bird’s Basement in Melbourne, this week, where ‘Gumbo’ is to be officially launched.

Morton opened his set with a couple of numbers from ‘Gumbo’ – ‘Sticking to My Guns’ and ‘Religion’. From the first inviting piano notes of Morton’s funky New Orleans R&B groove, every patron in the intimate setting of Bird’s Basement must have sensed that same good, bubbly feeling that a steaming hot bowl of gumbo must surely provide.

Morton’s songs were at times sweet and soulful, and at other times jazzy and funky. There were nods to Stevie Wonder (‘one of my heroes,’ he told us) during the set, including ‘Only One’, a song from Morton’s last solo album ‘New Orleans’ (2013) on which the two Grammy-winners had featured together. The Bee Gees’ ‘How Deep is Your Love’ and Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love?’ both found their way into the set, familiar tunes which brought smiles to a few faces, but it was Morton’s original songs that were the catalyst for the positive, warm vibe that filled the room. Just like that bowl of gumbo, the energy of the band and the groove of the music were just what the patrons needed on this chilly Melbourne winter evening.

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It’s common to attend a concert and see the backing singers standing behind the instrumentalists and lead vocalist, but Morton’s two backing singers were cleverly positioned front and centre of stage, where they demanded attention and their perfect harmonies provided one of the many highlights of the performance.

Morton was upbeat throughout the show. The grin rarely left his face, and the message in his lyrics was constantly uplifting and full of hope. There were songs for lovers and songs where the audience felt compelled to join in – most notably ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’, another gem from ‘Gumbo’. The other band members enjoyed the show too – you could see it on their faces. Music can make people feel good and this was living proof. The feet were tapping in the seats, and there were broad smiles everywhere on stage.

PJ Morton and his very fine band are playing at Bird’s Basement every evening from July 19 to July 24. If Melbourne’s chill has left your spirits in need of a lift, get along to see PJ and warm yourself up with some of his fantastic gumbo.

www.birdsbasement.com
www.pjmortononline.com

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EASTMAN GUITARS

Posted in MGS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - July 19, 2017

About Exhibitor: Eastman Guitars have a heritage of fine craftsmanship which comes directly from the old world craftsmanship of Eastman’s internationally regarded violin line. The guitar line carries that tradition forward with a line of heirloom quality guitars and mandolins. Not relying only upon tradition, Eastman has developed relationships with…

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2017 AIR AWARDS A WEEK AWAY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 18, 2017

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Australia’s biggest night for Independent music, The AIR Awards is a week away and for the first time to be held in Adelaide at the Queen’s Theatre.

Today, The Australian Independent Record Labels Association is thrilled to reveal that the nominees for the ‘Best Independent Label’ are Barely Dressed Records, Elefant Traks, UNFD, Jazzhead, I OH YOU and Pieater.

Through support from the South Australian Government, 2017’s AIR Awards will be held in Australia’s UNESCO City of Music at Queen’s Theatre, Adelaide on Thursday 27th of July.

Hosted once again by one of Australia’s most recognisable entertainers Dylan Lewis, the night of nights will feature exclusive live performances from A.B. Original, Ngaiire, Henry Wagons, Russell Morris and Elizabeth Rose.
This year’s awards will be followed by an unprecedented array of after parties open to the general public. Entry is free for all AIR Awards attendees and general public ticket details are as follows; ABC Music – The Hotel Metropolitan (Free entry), Chugg Music – Jive Bar ($15 tickets at door), Future Classic – Sunny’s Pizza (Free entry), and Golden Era Records & Bad Apples – Rocket Bar ($20 tickets thru Moshtix).

Book ending the official AIR Awards ceremony, the full program for Indie-Con Australia has also just been revealed including closing keynote speech from founding member of The Wiggles; Murray Cook. Australia’s first official independent music industry conference will be held at Tandanya, Adelaide on July 27th and 28th. Offering insights into the latest innovations and technological advancements in products, services and strategies for the independent music sector, the two-day summit will include unrivalled networking opportunities, workshops, panels, inspiring stories and tools of the trade. For all the details visit www.air.org.au/indie-con-australia 

The conference will be followed by Scouted featuring 15 bands over 5 stages and is free for AIR conference delegates, who can then choose to go to the Indie-Con Australia official after party at The Hotel Metro hosted by Bedroom Suck or be ushered courtesy of Uber to The Beer and BBQ festival. For those sticking around, keep your weekend reserved for Adelaide’s Winter Reds. – check out all details on Adelaide events here: southaustralia.com

To take advantage of travel discounts offered by AIR sponsors Mantra Hotels and The Appointment Group email airtravel@appointmentgroup.com

For the full list of 2017 AIR Award nominees visit www.air.org.au/awards

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COLONIAL LEATHER

Posted in MGS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - July 18, 2017

About Exhibitor: Colonial Leather has been making leather goods for over 25 years. Established in March of 1988, before long the company began to specialise in mainly guitar straps. By the early nineties, Colonial Leather had become the only large scale guitar strap manufacturer in Australia. We pride ourselves for…

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WASHBURN GUITARS

Posted in MGS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - July 18, 2017

About Exhibitor: Established 1964. Australian Distributors for: ☆ WASHBURN – Acoustic Guitars (ON DISPLAY AT MGS) OTHER BRANDS: ☆ ONYX – Guitars, Bags & Accessories ☆ TORNADO & NOMAD – Instrument Stands ☆ ARION – Effect Pedals & Tuners ☆ BARNES & MULLINS – Folk Instruments ☆ JUPITER – Wind…

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MGS 2017 STAND PROFILE: CRANBOURNE MUSIC

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 17, 2017

CRANBOURNE MUSIC GROUND LEVEL. STAND 70 “It is the biggest lolly shop of the year,” says Cranbourne Music’s Tim Coleman, referring to the amazing amount of attractive guitar gear on display at the Melbourne Guitar Show. The Cranbourne Music stand this year will indeed look like a candy store to…

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