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12 Jun

The ishs/Allen Project

“The music of ade ishs — and now the music he makes on this album with Chelsea Allen — is far from simple, yet the expression is direct and heartfelt. There are moments when it can become almost too pretty, but that is the risk one takes if making your music inclusive and not exclusive to your fellow human beings.” — John Hardaker, Australian Jazz


Clear the winter blues with Theishs/Allen Project

The ishs/Allen Project is set to warm up the stage for First Friday Live and their Jazz Winter Festival at the Yoogali Club on Friday, July 7.

The dynamic Melbourne band brings with them a bucket-load of raving reviews and will not hold back when performing to FFL audiences.

Bringing their uplifting and unique sound together are Ade Ishs with vocals, keyboard and piano, Chelsea Allen with drums and vocals, Paul Bonnington on acoustic and electric basses, and Ee Shan Pang with the trumpet, flugelhorn, and his vocals.

Spearheaded by pianist Ade Ishs and drummer Chelsea Allen, the band delivers original-modern jazz tunes in various styles including Latin Funk and more.

The band's eponymous debut album garnered positive acclaims from critics including 89.7 Eastside FM who described the new album as a ‘cracking album’ with ‘really great energy’.

“The Project has produced something not very common in jazz, an album that reeks of a positive vibe, very uplifting, almost joyful.” Michael Prescott from Jazzwise Magazine said.

“This new album has pushed the bar for all other Australian contemporary acts. These talented musicians have worked together to create one of the best jazz albums out at the moment. With praise from the jazz community pouring in, this group is one to watch for the future,” Sharni White from cargoART said.

With a bucket-load of raving reviews behind them, the band is excited to showcase their new album Stories Under the Sky for the FFL crowd.

The new album, which will be released in August, features saxophone maestro Lachlan Davidson, providing additional layers of woodwind goodness to the orchestration.

Stories Under the Sky reflects cinematic stories in the form of sound, departing from the mainstream jazz although still hinting at the tradition, making it a genre-bending collection.

The band will take pre-orders during the FFLfor Stories Under the Sky.

Read more about The ishs/Allen Project here
Read Reviews here

15 May

Afro-Cuban Sounds of Clave De Son

Back Popular Demand!
Afro Cuban Band "Clave De Son"

About Clave De Son

First Friday Live is set to get its dose of Afro-Cuban sounds when Latin American band Clave De Son take to the stage at the Yoogali Club on Friday, June 2.
The four-piece Latin American band is back by popular demand following a stellar performance at McWilliam's Winery, last year.
Four talented musicians form Clave De Son with Elizabeth on bass, Claire on piano, Sinuhe on percussion and Vanessa on vocals and percussion.
Between them, they have more than thirty years experience and play a range of Central and South American styles including Cuban Son, Colombian Cumbias, NY Salsa and Latin Jazz.
Returning to the First Friday Live stage, Clave De Son will perform at the Yoogali Club at 7.30pm on Friday, June 2.

More about the Clave De Son
Elizabeth Obando: The Columbian born talent settled into Melbourne’s music scene upon her arrival in 2008 and she has been making her mark ever since. Elizabeth has been widely recognised as a key figure in the city’s Latin and Afro-beat circuit with contributions in Del Barrio, Santiago son, Electric I, Clavemania and Carlitos Way.

Claire Di Lallo: The young pianist began her music career with keyboard lessons at the age of eight and she has not stopped playing since. Claire’s love and passion for music continued to blossom when she was accepted into the College of the Arts Secondary School in 2005. She has continued her music education at Melbourne University and recently travelled to Cuba to study in Son and Timba.

Sinuhe: Born in Santiago, Chile, Sinuhe moved to Australia when he was six-years-old but his passion for Afro-Cuban percussion did not blossom until he was 17. Despite both, his mother and father being guitarists, Sinuhefavoured the congas, which he took private lessons in for three years intensively.
Sinuhe further pursued the deep roots of Afro-Cuban music and travelled to Cuba to study at the prestigious Superior Institute of Arts and at the Felix Farella School.
Sinuhe is well-known in Canberra and Sydney for having played with bands such as Mucho Mambo, Mi Tierra, Clavemania, Kooba and of course Clave De Son.

Vanessa: Born in Santiago, Chile, Vanessa started her musical career as a high school music Teacher and stared as the lead singer and percussionist in all female band Bailahuen.
In 2010, Vanessa left Chile and moved to New Zealand where she joined Salsa Culture as the lead singer and worked as a music teacher at the New Zealand Modern School of Music.
In 2014, she moved to Melbourne and joined band Terrasur, where she performed numerous shows and recording an EP.

13 Apr

PJ O'Brien Band

FRIDAY 5th MAY 2017
Featuring blues artist “PJ O'Brien Band"
Yoogali Club (green room)
Concert ticket $20pp
Concert & Supper Ticket $40pp
Supper tickets must be pre-purchased prior to show
Tickets available at the door, online, Beelbangera General Store and Lesleys of Griffith

PJ O'Brien

PJ O’Brien is no stranger to the big stage, his smooth and soul-filled vocals have been turning heads from Perth to Memphis, Chicago, Austin, London, and Singapore.
Now the gun performer, along with his band, is set to get the party started at First Friday Live (FFL) at the Yoogali Club on Friday, May 5.
Along with a plethora of shows under their belt, the blues band have also scored a number of awards including song of the year and group of the year at the ‘Chain’ Australian Blues Awards, Blues Song of the Year at the WA Music Industry Awards, Music Oz Blues Artist of the Year and Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year.
PJ’s latest Album, Jefferson Blues, debuted at number one on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart, where it held the top spot for two months and spent four months in the top three.
The CD has received fantastic reviews and accolades across Australia, the UK, Europe and the United States.
Tom Hyslop from Blues Revue Magazine USA labelled PJ as a ‘talent to watch’ and Danny Murphy from FHM Australia said he was a ‘superlative guitarist’.
Al Hensley from Rhythms Magazine Australia recently said PJ was ‘one of the brightest talents to emerge on the Aussie Blues scene in a long while….an international blues star on the rise’.
The PJ O’Brien Band also features legendary bass player Al Britton (Bondi Cigars) and Dave Fester (Glen Cardier and the Sideshow) on drums.
Drummer Dave Fester, who is making his third return to the FFL stage, said he loves the First Friday Live event and looks forward to seeing a full room of music lovers.
“I love Griffith and I love First Friday Live, it’s a great event and I couldn’t imagine Griffith without it, once a month the town gets to come alive with great music,” he said.
Dave said the band, which have been playing together for five years, are sure to deliver a diverse set list with great ballads, plenty of blues rock and even some danceable tracks.
Adding to what will already be a great night filled with award-winning music will be PJ’s stage presence and charm.
“PJ is like the accessible guy next with rock star qualities, the ladies will definitely love him,” Dave said.
“He is a great songwriter and I really think everyone will have a great night, we will be playing covers and originals from the two albums.”
The bands ‘spine-tingling dynamics’ and award-winning song writing will be on display from 7.30pm.
Check out more about the PJ O’Briend Band at


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27 Jan

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04 Nov

Local band returns for Friday

Local band returns for Friday

Home-grown talent and emerging stars Until Further Notice are set to entertain First Friday Live fans during the hit event next month.
Originally from Griffith, Until Further Notice (UFN) is a Melbourne soul-funk band consisting of Bonnie Heffernan on vocals, Chris Rossetto on guitar, Sean Close on bass, Zac Robertson on guitar and David Ulucay on drums.
The band will be returning to Griffith to perform at Giuseppe’s Bar for First Friday Live on Friday, November 4.
The five-piece band is currently pursing their dream and making it a reality by studying a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) at the Australian Institute of Music.
The band first joined forces in 2013 under the name the Rhythm Section for a school project and went on to entertain crowds at a a number of pubs, clubs, functions and events.
The Rhythm Section soon became Until Further Notice and they evolved their overall sound into a soul- funk and jazz aesthetic, drawing inspiration from Stevie Wonder, Prince and James Brown.
Whilst also drawing individual influences from each member, this five piece ensemble combine their flavours to create their own spin on classic tunes whenever the opportunity arises.
First Friday Live co-founder Livio Mazzon is excited about seeing the band return to where it all started and said the night will be a great chance to see rising stars perform.
Tickets available from Giuseppe's Bar & Restaurant, Lesleys of Griffith & Beelbangera General Store or online at