Hobsons Bay City Council is presenting Summer Sounds, an annual event music festival where you can Head to one of Hobsons Bay’s parks on almost any weekend in January or February to enjoy music and movies.
Movies by the Bay:
• Despicable Me 3 (PG) on Friday, 12 January at Logan Reserve, Altona
The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world.
• Ali’s Wedding (M) on Saturday 27 January at Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown
Filmed right here in Hobsons Bay, ALI’S WEDDING is an affectionate and entertaining story about family, duty and love in multi-cultural Australia. Depicting the lives of a Muslim family in Melbourne with authenticity and warmth, Ali’s family share the same dilemmas as every family. Parents who want the best for their children and children who are trying to work out their place in the world
• Captain Underpants (PG) on Friday 2 February at Logan Reserve, Altona
Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants
• Wonder Woman (PG) on Saturday 24 February at Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown
When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Note: Movies begin at dusk, approximately at 8.30pm.
Summer Sounds Bands:
• Jana Garjana Dhol Pathak + Newport Gypsy Djangos + The Mudcakes on Saturday, 13 January at McCormack Park, Laverton
• The Audreys + Benny Walker + Teeny Tiny Stevies on Saturday, 20 January at Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown
• NEDA All Colour Project + Johnny Rollins + The Rrrrrrockets on Saturday, 10 February at Logan Reserve, Altona
• Jungle Cuffs + Hollow December + Plaza-trg on Saturday, 17 February as part of Summer Sounds Skate at Altona Meadows Skate Park
Note: Live music begins at 4pm.
About the bands:
Live favourites and multiple ARIA award winners The Audreys have graced almost every major festival in Australia and played more gigs than they can count. They’ve rocked festivals and clubs in Europe and North America, sold songs to films and tv shows far and wide, written music for theatre, won awards, hit the charts, gone gold and pawned their very hearts for rock and roll.
“engaging and relaxed as they present, The Audreys are an intense bit of gear” (The Newcastle Herald)
A Yorta Yorta man from Echuca, Benny Walker is the real deal. His killer voice and epic tales are mixed with a deep groove and passion for the land. Current EP Undercover debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Blues charts. Benny holds the 2017 ‘Best Aboriginal Talent’ The Age MusicVic Awards.
Jana Garjana Dhol Pathak
Jana garjana means voice (roar) of common people. Janaganrjana Dhol Pathak was formed here in Melbourne by Satish Gaikwad in Jan 2016 when a the found a surprisingly common thread between them; The Dhol-Tasha……Vibrant Indian drums. They enjoy playing drums for our own pleasure, but also kept a strong focus on the commitment to propagate this ancient art form. Through the drum beats they bring positive energy and broad smiles. The group has peformed at Federation Square and all over Melbourne. They are also committed to supporting communities through authorized charities within Australia and India.
An accomplished percussionist on the domestic circuit and international stage, it is only more recently that Johnny has found his voice as an R’n’B soul artist. He points to the careers of John Legend, Lenny Kravitz and Frank Ocean as his musical role models. After making the finals on The Voice (#teamkylie), Rollins has toured nationally and released single ‘High’. Describing ‘High’, Rollins said "Living in this great country, we all love it when the sun's out, and music puts you in a good mood, so if you can have something to accompany that, then you're winning. Whether you're hanging at the beach on a hot day with your crew, I'm hoping that 'High' will put you in a great mood!" Sounds perfect for Summer Sounds.
We’ll let their reviews do the talking for The Mudcakes:
"Kindie-rock at its best." - Herald Sun
"Roots-rock aimed at discerning kids (and their equally discerning parents)" - The Age
"Great tunes, superior musicianship and a rollicking good band!" - ABC Radio 'Babytalk'
Voted top 10 children’s CD by the New York Post
NEDA All Colour Project
Neda’s career has been in collaborating to deliver original world music performances, in Australia and around the world. Her music combines acoustic, world electro, samba and hip hop. Inspired by Brazilian carnival traditions, All Colour live comprises glamorous percussion street entries, explosive harmonic vocals in numbers, turntablism, classical and electric guitar, dance and film media. Swelling harmonies in English and Portuguese, beats interconnect through DJ Jumps (The Cat Empire), the drummer, percussionists and dancing multi-instrumentalists. Each member of the All Colour Project is a multi talented groove-melody master; together this equals All Colourful music.
Newport Gypsy Djangos
The Newport Gypsy Djangos play the jazz standards with a strong ‘gypsy swing’ feel. The group has been playing in the Newport area for the last 5 years, and are regular favourites at the annual Newport Folk Festival. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and more than likely will get you up dancing. This is good time music.
Teeny Tiny Stevies
It’s “children’s music for the kids of real music lovers”! Teeny Tiny Stevies had their beginnings as a side project for sisters’ Sibylla and Bethany Stephen’s alt-folk-pop band The Little Stevies. Though a children’s music project, with lyrics that kids relate to - their much-loved debut album, ‘Useful Songs for Little People’, is filled with songs about getting dressed on your own, being patient, eating well, helping to clean up, and not being afraid of the dark - it stands up musically in its own right.
Awesome music for kids AND their parents! It’s time the kids of today got hip to some red hot rockabilly, skankin’ ska, swingin’ big band and toe tappin’ four on the floor rock ‘n’ roll. The Rrrrrockets blast off with a seven-piece band including horn section and dancers playing up-tempo awesomeness. www.therrrrrockets.com.au
Summer Sounds Skate bands:
Jungle Cuffs: Jungle Cuffs are guitarists (shred lords actually) Evie Vlah and Lauren Hunter, completed by a tight rhythm section of power sisters Hannah and Neve Tullberg. Supplying solid garage punk to scream along and jump around to, Jungle Cuffs are awesome.
www.facebook.com/junglecuffsband & www.instagram.com/junglecuffs
Hollow December: This year’s Westside Freeza Battle of the Bands winners, Hollow December have been playing and writing music for almost two years. Their sound is predominantly alt-rock with varied influences from The Black Keys to Cat Empire to Radiohead. They write songs with a sense of progression— both emotionally and musically, so a soft ballad may lead into a hectic dance-rock climax. Johnsen’s powerful guitar riffs and melodious vocals— in conjunction with Amos’ effect-laden violin, Oliver’s unearthly synths, Dylan’s snappy bass-lines, and Luca’s wild drumbeats, come together to produce pretty whack sounding tunes.
They released their first EP this year, and you can give it a listen and download it for free at hollowdecember.bandcamp.com
Plaza-trg: Hailing from Hobsons Bay, Plaza-Trg (comprised of Ryan, Sunny, Elena and Harry) has been creating and performing thoughtful indie tunes ever since they first met in high school. With two EP's under their belt, Plaza-Trg entrances with their high-octane ballads, mesmerizing solos and memorable hooks.