MusiKfest Kew

Due to popular demand, MusiKfest Kew is back for it’s second year! It is a community festival designed to offer music lovers the opportunity to experience a huge range of musical acts in Kew’s many and varied venues.

Entertainment is scheduled from Tue, Feb 23 to Sun, Feb 28 and attendance at most events involve only booking a table or turning up! There is something for everyone – from kids to families to adults to seniors.

Read on for information on all events and we hope to see you at many 🙂

Note:

  • all venues have COVID plans in place and are adhering to all Government restrictions
  • if any events below require ticket bookings, feel free to book away – if MusiKfest is cancelled due to COVID, all bookings will be refunded

ISLAND TROPICAL: Tue, Feb 23 – MusiKfest Kew Launch Night with Jaspora

Tue, Feb 23 from 6pm

Jaspora deliver upbeat and happy at MusiKfest Kew Launch Night!

We’re kicking MusiKfest Kew off with a party! Melbourne’s Premier Tropical 6pce band, Jaspora, will be performing music from all around the Caribbean and Africa. They bring you the smooth groovy vibes of Calypso, the high energy and crazy dance feeling of Soca music as well as those off beats of Zouk from the Caribbean. They’ll also trek to Africa to bring you a feel-good uplifting funky African genre as well as a quick paddle across the sea to Mauritius for some hip shaking Sega music!

The band consists of amazing front woman and singer, Tessa, who belts out the Calypso all night while dancing up a storm, front man and drummer, Luc, who channels a year 2000’s version of Lord Kitchener, lead guitarists, Tim and Aschbel, who burn out the crazy soca lines all night, Thanh, their super talented and super spooky pianist and keyboard player with his infectious Latin and horn lines and Michael, their grooving Bass player who grooves it all night.

Pack all of this into a live show with improvisation, grooves all night, feel good times and you have the Jaspora experience!

Doors open at 6pm, Jaspora start at 7pm

Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew
Tickets $25pp includes food and drinks

Book a ticket for the launch here

CREATIVE SOUL: Wed, Feb 24 – Wendybird at Dawson

Wed, Feb 24, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Soul for the soul

Sweet music to soothe the soul. Wendybird have a unique and sultry sound that has deep roots in Soul and Folk music. The duo bring a unique spin to old and new jams alike, with dazzling vocals and a solid groove.

Dawson, 241 High Street, Kew
No entry charge, simply call Dawson and book a table on 9852 8000

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MODERN AND CLASSIC COUNTRY: Wed, Feb 24 – Stephanie & Danny at Wokaholic

Wed, Feb 24 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

A modern take on old-school country

As well as achieving a name for themselves within the music circuit, Stephanie Angelini and Danny Stain are both award winning recording artists and have released original music of their own.

With Stephanie’s sweet and emotionally powerful voice, combined with Danny’s country rock vocals, they are a one-of-a-kind acoustic duo. Over the two hours, they will cater for all your musical tastes including cover songs from acclaimed artists like Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Bruce Springsteen and more!

Wokaholic, 8 Parkhill Road, Kew
No entry charge, simply call 9852 8899 or reserve via the link below

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RnB AND SOUL CLASSICS : Thu, Feb 25 – Anthony Young at Q Art Gallery

Thu, Feb 25 from 5pm – 7pm

Otis Redding, Amy Winehouse and art

Join Q Art Gallery at a showing of all the latest art, homewares, jewellery and more their wonderful artists have been creating. The event will be accompanied by the Anthony Young, bringing a select set of soul classics new and old to the Q Art Gallery. An acoustic tribute to the greats of the genre from Sam Cooke to Erykah Badu, Otis Redding and Amy Winehouse.

Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew
FREE event open to all, walk ins welcome. Drinks (non alcoholic and alcoholic) and finger food will be provided.

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BOLLYWOOD: Thu, Feb 25 – Madhu Chakravorty at Aachis

Thu, Feb 25 from 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Bringing the joy of Bollywood to Kew

A lead singer for a Bollywood band for 5 years now, Madhu has also sung at Bollywood meet and greet events, religious and charity programs.

She has performed in the presence of well-known musicians and collected accolades from Himesh Reshammiya, Jasbir Jassi, Arbaaz Khan, Sonu Nigam, Karishma Kapoor and more.

She will be accompanied by her guitarist/keyboard player on the night.

Aachis, 158 High Street, Kew
No entry charge, simply call Aachis and book a table on 9855 2258 or book via link below

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JAPANESE KOTO: Thu, Feb 25 – Brandon Lee at Miss Kasumi

Thu, Feb 25 from 7pm to 8.10pm

Exploring the boundaries of koto music

Born in Malaysia, Brandon started learning the koto when he attended Melbourne University. His teachers include Miyama Mcqueen Tokita, Satsuki Odamura in Sydney, and Kazue Sawai in Tokyo. He has acquired both contemporary and classical repertoire for the koto and also plays the bass koto. From 2010 to 2012, Brandon was a live-in apprentice for the legendary Kazue Sawai in Tokyo.

In 2014, he graduated with a Masters of Music from Monash University. Since moving back to Australia, Brandon has travelled and performed in Sydney and Broome. He is now currently based in Melbourne and has performed at various venues and festivals throughout Melbourne, such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Robert Blackhood Hall (Monash University), RACV City Club, Globe to Globe Music Festival, and more. He is interested in exploring the boundaries of koto music through collaborating with musicians of various cultural and musical backgrounds, while also preserving the rich repertoire of existing koto works.

Miss Kasumi, 341 – 343 High Street, Kew
No entry charge, simply call Miss Kasumi and book a table on 9041 5111 or book via link below

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NEW ACOUSTIC TALENT: Fri, Feb 26 – Ishan Merchant at Postmaster Hotel

Fri, Feb 26 from 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Wind down after the working week with this young and talented Kew local

Perfect for the post working week wind down. Ishan Merchant is a 17-year old singer songwriter from Melbourne. He has written over 70 original songs and is currently in the middle of recording his debut album. Ishan is a storyteller at heart, with his easy acoustic sound wrapping around meaningful lyrics to engage listeners with diverse music tastes.

Postmaster Hotel, 186 High Street, Kew (in beer garden or back room, depending on weather)
No entry charge, walk ins welcome or book a table on 9852 8200

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SINGER SONGWRITER: Fri, Feb 26 – Izzy Losi & Molly Jane at Plumage Salon

** EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS ON SPACING IN THE VENUE **

Fri, Feb 26 from 7pm – 10pm

Passionate performers and lyricists

Described as “..one of the finest vocalists coming out of the region” by Forte magazine, Izzy Losi is an artist who grew up performing around Geelong, the Bellarine and the Surf Coast.

A passionate performer, composer and lyricist, Izzy is a multiple winner of Australian music competitions and crowd-funded her latest EP “The Only Constant is Change”. Her single, Change reached #1 on triple j unearthed in April 2017. Derek Robert Kaplan of musicisking.com writes: “…It’s rare to find an artist of Losi’s caliber that hasn’t yet been discovered…”

Tonight, Izzy is playing alongside Molly Jane, a singer-songwriter living in Naarm (Melbourne). Her lyrical compositions convey a sense of vulnerability and delicacy, with a voice as sweet as honey. Through her music, Molly aims to explore the struggle to understand oneself and the world surrounding. Taking inspiration from styles such as pop/soul/folk/jazz, Molly creates an interesting way to express and connect with a listening audience.

Plumage Salon, 198 High Street, Kew
No cover charge, walk ins welcome. BYO.

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80’s DANCE DJ: Fri, Feb 26 – Nigel with the Brie at Fly Lie

Fri, Feb 26 from 8pm – 12am

Fruity 80’s disco treats with tantalisingly spicy beats

Perennial taste makers of the highest order mixing fruity 80’s disco treats with tantalisingly spicy beats that will make love to your ear holes and then serve you a milkshake.

Fly Lie, 309 High Street, Kew
No cover charge, walk ins welcome

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ACOUSTIC HITS: Fri, Feb 26 – Gary Young at Postmaster Hotel

Fri, Feb 26 from 8.45pm

Sing along to all your acoustic favourites

Gary Young is a seasoned performer who’s vocal and guitar abilities have been sought by Australian rock royalty such as Glenn Shorrock, Ross Wilson, Mick Pealing and Paul Norton, to name just a few.  An accomplished singer, guitarist and songwriter, Gary has spent many years refining his craft as front man for Melbourne’s incredibly successful John Mellencamp tribute band, ‘Scarecrow’; celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2020.

Diversely talented, you may also recognize Gary in Joe Creighton’s ‘Into The Mystic’, ‘The Eagles Story’, ‘Come Together – The Music of The Beatles’, ‘Wild Dreamers – Linda Ronstadt Show’ and cover band ‘The Rusty Nails’.

Covering a vast repertoire of genres, including Rock, Pop, Country & Americana; Gary will deliver a variety of classics from artists such as The Beatles, Stones, Mellencamp, U2, Amy Winehouse and perhaps even some originals.

Postmaster Hotel, 186 High Street, Kew (in beer garden or back room, depending on weather)
No entry charge, walk ins welcome or book a table on 9852 8200

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FRENCH GYPSY SWING VIRTUOSOS: Sat, Feb 27 – La Mauvaise Réputation Roving High St

Sat, Feb 27 – 10.00am – 12.00pm

Catch this act bringing French gypsy swing to the streets!

French gypsy swing virtuosos, La Mauvaise Réputation, will rove the Kew Junction streets with their authentic interpretation of the wild rhythms and passion of 1930s Parisian hot jazz and the beautiful melodies of classic French chanson.

‘OUT OF THIS WORLD’ ROCK SHOW: Sat, Feb 27 – Cosmic Cats at Kew Court House

Sat, Feb 27 – two shows at 11am and 1pm

Families can kick their heels up at this purrfectly fun show!

Brought to you by your fave school holiday providers, True Fairies, you’ll love this epic journey from another universe! The Cosmic Cats are a cover band for kids and adults alike.

Forming from meteorite stardust this cute but cool crew are ready for some rock music shenanigans, guaranteed to get you up and moving. If you thought children’s music was lacking, you might have to think again…

Join the harmony of children’s entertaining talent, playing a variety of rock and pop songs for all ages:

  • Emma Wolfe (As seen on stage for Em’s World, Marvel, Disney, Peppa Pig. Lead vocals, dancer)
  • Jessica Shaw (As seen onstage for True Fairies, lead vocals, production manager)
  • Jess O’Brien (Sparkling Stars Entertainment, drums, piano, guitar, song writer)
  • Tara Dowler (Comedienne, song writer, guitar shredding, vocals)

Two shows of 45 min each at 11am and 1pm at Kew Court House (188 High St, Kew)
Tickets $5/non-walkers free

Please note: this event is run strictly according to COVID guidelines and, with only 35 tickets sold per session, there is a huge amount of space within the theatre for social distancing and for kids to dance about 🙂

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ACOUSTIC BLUES AND SOUL: Sat, Feb 27 – Sasha Millar at Hiatus

Sat, Feb 27 from 5pm – 7pm

Heartfelt blues and soul

Sasha Millar is a solo singer/songwriter/guitarist who has been playing locally in Melbourne for the past few years at venues such as The Toff and Somewhere Bar.

Her songwriting style is inspired by musicians such as Marvin Gaye, Amy Winehouse and Maxwell and, accompanied by an electric guitar, she loves to take her favourite songs, strip them back to a neo-soul vibe and place her Sasha Millar stamp on them!

She will be playing a collection of covers and originals and hopes the heartfelt feels will resonate with you as much as they do with her.

Hiatus, 117 High Street, Kew
Tickets $35.95 incl Aperol Spritz on arrival and charcuterie board to share with friends

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ACOUSTIC FOLK-POP: Sat, Feb 27 – Jack Burn at Fly Lie

Sat, Feb 27 from 5pm – 8pm

Laid-back Saturday evening style

Jack Burn is a 24 year old acoustic folk-pop artist from Newcastle, UK. He’ll be playing a mix of classics from the likes of Tom Petty & Fleetwood Mac, some recent hits and some of his own, newly released original music.

Fly Lie, 309 High Street, Kew
No cover charge, walk ins welcome

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TRAD JAZZ: Sun, Feb 28 – Shirazz at Now & Then Cafe

Sun, Feb 28 from 12pm – 2pm

One of Melbourne’s most exciting dixieland bands

For over a decade Shirazz has held a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most exciting dixieland bands, playing to packed houses and standing ovations across Australia and New Zealand. Their irreverent take on trad jazz classics, combined with their inventive reworking of pop tunes, saucy low down blues dirges and cheeky original material gives the band their unique appeal – jazz, but not quite jazz.

In Melbourne, they perform regularly at bars, pubs and parties. They have released five albums, including one nominated for an Australian Jazz Bell Award.

“A lively dance set with a sense of fun… they delivered in spades – with some mischief, humour and a couple of singalongs!” – Michael Stewart, Director, Newport Folk Festival

Now and Then Cafe, 204 High Street, Kew
No cover charge, simply call Now and Then Cafe and book a table on 9853 8306 or walk in

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By |January 17th, 2020|