Steve Tyson was born into a fertile Brisbane music scene. His earliest bands, Gentle Art and Spike, played in underground blues and r&b clubs whilst he was still at school. His two later projects, Rough Red and twentysevens, have released nine albums over the past two decades, and Steve has been a major contributing songwriter for all of these records. Both bands have toured extensively in Europe, with folk-rockers Rough Red having performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Skagen Festival in Denmark, Vikedal Roots Music Festival in Norway, Brosella Festival in Belgium, Bardentreffen Festival in Germany, Skuleberget Festival in Sweden, Galway Arts Festival in Ireland, Paide Shanty Festival in Estonia, and Charlety Stadium in France. Steve’s blues/rock band twentysevens was invited to tour the UK in 2006 as support act to legendary British group Status Quo, playing 31 shows in 42 days throughout England, Scotland and Wales, at venues including Wembley Arena. Individually, he played in the Australian touring band for Chuck Berry, and in Gentle Art and Spike as the support act in Australia for Billy Joel, Elton John, Black Sabbath, and Canned Heat.
His critically acclaimed debut solo record TEMPLE DOG, released in 2011, was an eclectic mix of contemporary story-based folk songs, with nods to roots music and jazz, delivered with innovative musicianship by Steve and a team of fine players. Stories gleaned from Steve’s travels through exotic locations such as India, Russia, Japan and Vietnam were interspersed with tales of post 9-11 trauma, family skeletons, caustic political satire, and matters of the heart.
His second album GREEN SIDE UP, released in August 2014, was recorded predominantly in Steve’s own studio in the Byron Bay hinterland, where he now lives. For much of the inspiration for this new record, Steve had to look no further than his family history, with stories of his great-grandmother’s tough life in rural Queensland, his great uncle’s capture and imprisonment during the Great War, and his French ancestors fleeing from religious persecution in the 16th century, intertwined with more stories from the road, love, murder and a healthy dose of black humour. He toured this album extensively through Australia with an assorted band of players, dubbed The New Felons.
Steve continues to gig with Rough Red, who celebrate their 21st anniversary in 2016. He is currently writing and recording his third album.
:: Street Level Byron Bay invites you to another pumping event ::
: Chris MUNKY will be with us, all the way from the U.K. …
: And GUMI, from Israel…
: Not to mention, our most dedicated resident DJ and head director’s birthday: The one and only Z.I.V!
This certainly, will be an event you will not want to miss 😉
* * * CHRIS MUNKY, Banana Bomb Rec. (U.K.) * * *
With a blend of original music, classic tracks and unreleased dance floor weapons, Chris Munky (a.k.a. Snareophobe) has relentlessly toured Canada, the USA, Asia, India, Europe, Australia & the UK; from Bombay to Vancouver, ski slopes to Glastonbury and beach festivals to aircraft hangars.
As a label boss, producer, touring DJ & radio host, Munky’s music selections come from a vast collection of both vinyl & digital music. DJ & live sets can journey through a range of tempos and basslines; spanning jungle, hip hop, funk, breakbeats & dubwise music.
Hosting & dropping lyrics on his own sets, Chris has also been joined on stage by Eva Lazurus, Afrika Baby Bam (Jungle Brothers), @Mr. Woodnote, Lil Rhys + Dub FX; and also holds down tour DJ duties for Eva Lazarus & Chali 2na (Jurassic 5).
Currently based in the Bristol underground Munky is touring his new solo album, featuring some of the best MCs and singers on the planet.
* * * GUMI, Merkaba Music (ISR) * * *
Maor Hasbani from Tel Aviv is the man behind the new promising electronic project, GUMI. In the late 90’s Maor stumbled upon the electronic side of music, 1st in the more classic genres including Rock, Progressive, Jazz & Fusion. A Few years later Maor began his long a fruitful career in the local psychedelic trance scene, pretty much in all levels… from production to promotion…
What led him to the creation of GUMI: Just by understanding the title word Gumi, meaning elastic, gives us the expectation to a flexible fluent atmosphere of sounds, and surely the result is such. A project with a mix of a new eastern oriented music (not in an obvious way,) but rather in a creative blend of clubby style, bold analog baselines that convey a warm feeling contrasted by 303 acid lines. Diverse, Tribal with ethnic drops. Elastic sounds with a gloomy psy touch and old school analog sounds. Beautiful melodies in well told stories. Maor Hasbani is putting up a terrific blend of fused styles into a strong concept with endearing storytelling.
* * * 4EYES, Byron Bay (AUS) * * *
The near-blind pocket rocket known as 4EYES prides herself on keeping the D-floor at its peak capacity. With the ability to play to any crowd, she never ceases to keep the people vibing and the ground vibrating. 4EYES love for all things music initiated her relocation to Sydney in 2017 to study audio production at Ableton Liveschool, giving her the tools to create her own sound. Playing multiple sets at Splendour in Grass, Falls Festival and supporting acts including Mija (USA), Bag Raiders, Motez, Luude, Set Mo and headlining her first show at The World Bar (SYD), it’s no lie that 4EYES is coming in hot at full speed, bringing her A-Game to every set and will stop at nothing to reach the top.
* * * BRUCE DAWG * * *
The talented Simon Fisher aka. Bruce Dawg will be our local Street Level Byron Bay Community homie reppin’ this show. Slinging tunes from near and afar like a rude boy, Bruce Dawg drops bass infused hip-hop riders like a pro. Now a veteran of the B Bay’s hip-hop scene, Bruce Dawg lays down the law, revered by kids all of the Shire and known for giving a nod to both conscious hip-hop and gangsta basslines. You never know what to expect from this master of surprise! Prepare to get your gangsta crunk on, with this badass beat slinger behind the decks.
: As normal doors open at 7PM :
: $5 entry till 8PM – $15 AFTER 8PM :
* So ensure to arrive at 7PM for discounted entry and drink specials!! *
:: DOORS SALES ONLY! ::
Elena b Williams is a Samoan singer songwriter. With beautiful reviews from The Waifs & Toni Childs, have a listen to a unique original artist.
“Some things I have done, you know the bla bla.
Winner of Best Canberra Live Music Award.
Top 10 two times in the OzMusic Awards.
Two Songs on ABC TV show The Gods of Wheat Street 2013.
Played on Pete Murray’s album Summer at Eureka.
Seasoned performer at Festivals and venues around Australia.
It does not really matter what I have done or who I worked with, what is important is that happiness and love is always in your heart.”
A life spent travelling the world can be the catalyst for a great story.
Jock Barnes is a professional surfer, musician and songwriter who has collected a world of inspiration to create original lyrical content and original re-workings of his musical influences of Acoustic blues, rock and pop.
Having performed his music to audiences the world over and having shared festival line-ups with likes of Groove Armada, De La Soul, The Darkness and Everything, Everything, Jock’s music bares influences as diverse as the audiences he has played to.
With a blend of covers spanning from Jimi Hendrix to Bernard Fanning, Ray Charles to Johnny Diesel as well as his own original compositions, Jock’s live performance has a way of engaging an audience and is one not to be missed.
Matthew Armitage is a blues man, a truly unique guitarist and a thoughtful songwriter who is independently crafting his career throughout Australia and New Zealand. His sound melds together a traditional blues aesthetic, with the influence of soul music, folk song and coastal and latin sounds to create a style all his own. The result is a soulful, mellow and deeply engaging musical experience.
While based in Wellington, NZ, Armitage was deeply involved in the music scene and went on numerous national tours with bands such as Family Cactus, OdESSA, Good Laika, Ginger Brown and more, some taking him internationally to Berlin and New York.
Now living in the Northern Rivers NSW, he has developed his own solo style and voice, and new collaborations with Byron Bay bands, The Swamps and Chesta Hedron which have earned him a respected spot among local musicians and audiences, keeping his efforts diverse and sustainable as a full time gigging musician.
The Over Oceans EP released in 2014 showed Armitage testing the waters of the studio with his own newly inspired songs and offered a first glimpse of his unique songwriting, production and guitar playing beauty.
Now in 2018 he has been preparing to share his first album length collection of songs, New Tide. The performance of this album centres around his acoustic nylon string guitar, foot stomp percussion and engaging vocals in his own laid back style. Performed live over the course of one day, additional overdub sessions were then included to bring New Tide to life.
Following the footsteps of classic bluesmen and songwriters before him, Armitages New Tide shares stories of the journey, the blues, new love, positive affirmations and realisations along the way, set in his new abundant Australian musical landscape of foot-stomping blues influenced songwriters and surfers.
NEW TIDE released 8th June 2018
His first single “Love From Afar” released 9th March 2018 is a bluesy foot stomping rumble… watch the latest video here >>>>
“Hey, you got a hour? Look, I’ve been doing a shit-ton of thinking about…us, and where we’re headed. This isn’t easy, but I need to be 100% honest with you, even if what I say makes you laugh, very, very hard.
“You had better sit down for this…”
Australia’s adopted son of comedy returns with his brand new show We Need To Talk.
★★★★ “A must see for anyone who loves a laugh…” Adelaide Now
★★★★ “On-point delivery and irresistible charm, it’s clear to see why he continues to sell out” Herald Sun
5.30pm – Internet sales close
6.30pm – Venue doors open / Box Office sales open / Events Bar open
7.10pm – Theatre doors open
7.30pm – Arj Barker – We Need To Talk
9.00pm – Event concludes (No interval)