The Weekend Gig Guide – Melbourne (29th – 1st)

Pictured: Will Stoker and the Embers


Magic, mayhem and madness: this is the Oh, Deanna live experience. Having been an ardent Oh, Deanna follower for some years, they are one of the few bands that bring about such utter devotion in me and, without sounding wanky, it’s more than deserved. A deeply unique four-piece, each member of the Oh, Deanna brings their own experience to the table. The centerpiece of the festival of frivolity that is Oh, Deanna is singer, keyboardist and ukulele player Deanna Rumsaviche: an adorable, candy-voiced front-woman if there ever was one. With her boys in tow, an Oh, Deanna show is a pop-rock-everything extravangaza, and guaranteed to bring a smile to your wintry face.

Oh, Deanna headline the Empress (714 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy North) in Melbourne Thursday July 29 (tonight) with support from bonny balladeer Sean Henry (Kenny Cornflakes) and Ja’mie and the Randoms, one of Melbourne’s favourite rock bands in disguise. Shh!


The first time I saw Perth rockers Will Stoker and The Embers live some two years ago, I was, no shit, blown away. Frontman Will Stoker was a storm in a skinny-jeaned, booted bottle. His wailing, shouting, crooning and growling amidst his band’s furious indie-punk rock was yards (nay, streets! – Ed) ahead of bands more famous than them – an injustice that has since been rectified with the Embers’ own commercial success.

Will Stoker and the Embers finally make their way over to Melbourne’s inimitable Tote Hotel (71 Johnston Street, Cnr Johnston & Wellington) to launch their self-titled debut album, which is out now through Shock Entertainment. They play with deep South country rockers Dead River Deeps, Mildura two-piece rock ‘n’ rollers Jackson Firebird and the hard hitting Level Spirits.


Frenetic duo Digger and the Pussycats (should that not be singular?) will be headlining an all-ages, FREE night of rawk and roll at the Cornish Arms (163A Sydney Rd, Brunswick); the Digger duet have been tearing up Melbourne stages longer than some of those stages have existed (wait…) so come down and see what all the fuss is about.

Get down a little earlier for support act Death Valley Band who, although relatively new to the scene, are a fierce ball of post-punk and dark country rock. Another Lisa favourite.

gig guide by Lisa Dib


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