NEWS & EVENTS
Come up to the lodge and take in some smooth funky classics brought to you by Brisbane's local talent. If you're in town, come on up and get down!
Joel Aspinall - Saxophone
Eden Armstrong - Bass
Tom Henderson - Drums
A Trivia Night about nothing!
Black Bear Lodge and Man vs Bear Trivia have teamed up to create a very special SEINFELD TRIVIA NIGHT on Thursday 18th January.
Do you think you know what type of material George's overly large jacket made out of? Maybe you remember who the first person was to use a knife and fork to eat a candy bar?
If you've got the answers, then this is your chance to win some great prizes!
The best part? It's entirely free to register your team.
Just head to www.manvsbeartrivia.com now!
7pm start, free entry. Get down early to grab a table.
Black Bear Lodge. Level 1, 322 Brunswick Street, Fort Valley... See MoreSee Less
The Hard Aches are stoked to invite you to come party with us this January! We've just finished recording a new album, so we felt we should hit the road and do a run of small shows playing these new songs for you, our old friends.
Exclusive pre-sale tickets are currently available for a lucky few, with the remaining tickets available to the general public from Wednesday, 6th December at 9am ESDT! We've chosen to play in smaller, more intimate venues this time around, which means there won't be many tickets for each show - don't sleep on it because when they are gone, they are gone.
We are very lucky to have some of our favourite bands joining us at these shows - you can find more information below:
19th January, 2018
BRISBANE - Black Bear Lodge
With Bugs + Eliza & The Delusionals
Tickets on sale here - Wed 6th Dec
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Red Motel Inc presents the next installment of the Red Motel Sessions: The "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" edition.
Signature Series will be mixing up their originals set with some of the foundation hip-hop tracks of the last four decades.
DJ Watson backing up the night with funk and soul 45's.
For the month of January we're running a series of afternoon Sunday Soul Session's at the Lodge.
Warm, emotional and engaging, Adelina’s performances search for the meaning behind the music. Her playful, humorous style brings out the best in everyone on stage. Adelina seeks lyrics with heart and songs with soul. As an emerging vocalist in Australian contemporary music and jazz, she enjoys writing and collecting songs that are special to her. In live performance she explores jazz, funk and blues classics, Latin American folk tunes, original compositions and quirky arrangements.
Doors at 4pm, music at 5pm. See you this Sunday brought to you by Adelina Martinez + Guests!... See MoreSee Less
Mum's Spaghetti - Brisbane returns in 2018 serving up another tasty lineup. This months menu consists of Regular band, Beddy Rays and Bad Sext.
Sounding like the illegitimate lovechild of Nirvana and Blink 182 conceived during the peak of their careers, they are far more than just any other regular band.
After taking their first steps on stage in 2015 the three-piece band has well and truly found their feet playing anywhere they can: radio events, hotels, pizza parlours, bars and festivals while supporting The Dead Love, Pandamic and Pist Idiots along the way.
Drawing inspiration from artists such as British India, Catfish and the Bottlemen as well as Bad//Dreems, Beddy Rays manage to encompass elements from all genres to create their own authentic, home grown sound.
Gal pals, Bad Sext, are eccentric singer songwriters from Brisbane. Singing sweet harmonies about dogs, feminism and everything in between, they bring comedy and performance art to indi pop. They'll make you laugh, cry and reconsider your place in the patriarchy!
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'What Band Was That' is back for the year! Hitting Black Bear Lodge for it's January edition!
$12 Entry @ the door
$10+BF Pre-sales (online only)
18+ [Bring I.D]
7pm - Phoenix Daniels
7:45pm - Mercury Riot
8:30pm - Zac BNJMN
9:15pm - Hard Luck Champions
10pm - Thunderpussy Sunrise
10:45pm - Evacuation Plan
11:30pm - Whisky Grinn... See MoreSee Less
Tyrie X (BNE)
DJ Harley C (BNE)
Brisbane collective, Dispose of Rappers Thoughtfully presents lineup of explosive talent on Saturday, January 27th, 2018.
Headlining the night is local artist RIK with Tyrie X, supported by WARDY, Kavelli, Smile47 and DJ Harley C.
Be completely immersed in the Rap and HipHop scene in the heart of Fortitude Valley.
Tickets available through Oztix - goo.gl/vV3wC7... See MoreSee Less
ZIGZAG discotheque is a new dancefloor hitting Black Bear Lodge in February. WATCH YOUR STEP tastemaker Paolo is joined by Sir Jimmy Ellis and the fresh prince of black bear - DJ Dos to spin a planetary blend of disco, future-funk, boogie and nu-soul vinyl for the lodge dancefloor. It’s the future, it’s free, get on up, 9-3!
Mermaid Music, Kight and Mountail Goat Presents!
"SCOPLIO PEEPLIO": An Afternoon At Black Bear Lodge
Lying Down are playing
sacred blue are playing
DJ Rare Selekta is playing
Sunday 4th of February!!
$5 on the door!
RICK & MORTY TRIVIA
Thursday 8th February // Black Bear Lodge
Proudly presented by Man vs Bear
FREE TO PLAY & PRIZES TO BE WON!
Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!
Do you ACTUALLY know heaps about Rick & Morty? Prove it.
Register your team today via: www.manvsbeartrivia.com
Doors from 7pm. Get down early to score a table.
Black Bear Lodge, Level 1, 322 Brunswick Street, F'Valley... See MoreSee Less
Rare Finds are excited to announce hip-hop artist, Genesis Owusu, as the headliner for their East Coast touring circuit in February – presented by Oporto and Pilerats, and supported by Mountain Goat Beer and Arthur St. Studios.
Making his mark on the Australian music scene, Genesis Owusu is continually delivering his own ever-changing and unique style of hip-hop that showcases both his artistic versatility and poetic approach.
His latest single ‘Sideways’, produced by Simon Mavin and Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kaiyote, was added to triple j’s high rotation after director Richard Kingsmill awarded the track 4-and-a-half stars out of 5. The track premiered via Okayplayer and also garnered support from The FADER, C-Heads and Noisey.
Joining him on the whole run will be, Juñor, who has just revealed the accompanying music video for his latest single ‘Top Flight’ – featuring MANN and produced by Nate Fox (Chance The Rapper). The track was named ‘Best of The Week’ globally by Apple Music and has been warmly received by triple j and Complex AU.
Local supports include Swilo, G Elenil, GNIGHTZ and Kraznov in Brisbane, KWASI x HFNR, Z. Lewis and DAWS in Melbourne, and Sarah Connor, imcpayne and Ratu in Sydney.
Tickets for Brisbane and Sydney are on-sale now from the below ticketing outlets, and Melbourne is free entry.... See MoreSee Less
Announcing a return to Brisbane in 2018 - it's the COLD SWEAT RAW 60s RHYTHM and SOUL DANCEPARTY!
Big beats, heavy soul & funk, nasty garage, and a sack of BANANAS.
Featuring the roughest of the rough, the meanest of the mean, and the rudest of the rude guest selectors -
KING O>P>P! Master selector and spinner. Guaranteed unnameable HITS!
PAOLO! Extra special legendary selector and dancefloor DESTROYER!
ALL VINYL ALL THE TIME! Nothin but 45s all night long!
FEB 9, BLACKBEAR LODGE, FREE!... See MoreSee Less
Night by Night performs this show as an 8-piece band of Brisbane heavyweight musos, bonded by a mutual appreciation of Donald Fagan and Walter Becker’s seminal jazz-rock fusion band, Steely Dan.
The universal appeal of the band through the 1970s and 80s rings true with fans of all ages, walking the line between memorable licks, mysterious narratives and sophisticated jazz harmony.
Fronted by Lauren Istvandity on lead vocals, backed by a powerhouse band and topped off by a horn section full of Brisbane’s favourite soloist-guns-for-hire, Night By Night reinvigorates Steely Dan’s trademark studio perfection in an outstanding live performance.
Black Bear Lodge // Free Entry // 8pm doors... See MoreSee Less
Your beloved Crawl is back at it again for a third installment taking over Brisbane's Fortitude Valley on Saturday February 17.
See 35 interstate and local artists spread across seven favourite local haunts.
The Flying Cock
Black Bear Lodge
The Foundry Brisbane
Mountain Goat, Sailor Jerry and The Music present
THE MOUNTAIN GOAT VALLEY CRAWL
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Come and discover your new favourite band with a KILLER lineup including:
Philadelphia Grand Jury
The Gooch Palms
Eat Your Heart Out
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Following the release of their recent single "Reassurance", Melbourne electro-quartet The Harpoons have announced they're hitting the road in early 2018 on a celebratory East-coast tour, presented by Purple Sneakers.
Tix on sale now:
Kicking off at Brisbane's beloved Black Bear Lodge on Thursday February 22, The Harpoons will then head south, bringing their exhilarating live set to Sydney's iconic Lansdowne Hotel on Friday February 23, before wrapping up with a hometown party at Melbourne's Howler on Saturday March 3. If their recent mind-blowing Melbourne Music Week set is anything to go by, you won't want to miss these shows.
Released on Caroline Australia and premiering via Complex UK & BBC Radio's Future First Playlist, "Reassurance" is the band's homage to UK garage following a 3 month stint living, writing and recording in London; exploring its tiny basement clubs, janky jazz bars and fried chicken culture. Since its release, the track has earned Beat Mag's 'Single of the Week', has received "full marks" from Purple Sneakers for its "jittery and syncopated club sound" as well as radio play across Australia and beyond.
"Reassurance" follows on from the screaming diva moment of "Do You Want My Love" which premiered via Rolling Stone earlier this year and was their debut release on label Caroline Australia. One of this year's most welcome releases, the track shot to international acclaim, premiering via Los Angeles radio giants KCRW and UK tastemakers Clash Magazine. The song also garnered local support from i-D, Triple J, FBi Radio and Triple R peaking at #13 on the Spotify Australia Viral 50 Charts. The release was followed by three standout sets at Brisbane's BIGSOUND and two single launches in Sydney and Melbourne, selling out their hometown in pre-sales.... See MoreSee Less
Feb 24 // Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
With The Cutaways & Turnpike
We have a new album. It's called "Find Something You Love And Let It Kill You" and it's out now through Green Room Records/MGM. Mostly, it's rock songs about drinking and death.
We'll be playing Black Bear Lodge in Brissie to help send this baby on its way- see you there for a schooey.... See MoreSee Less
Adelaide sisters Germein have the kind of close musical partnership that can only be shared by siblings, and are kicking off 2018 with a brand-new sound.
Whether jamming together at their home in the Adelaide Hills, playing alongside Arcade Fire and Catfish & the Bottlemen at the Isle of Wight festival, or opening UK stadium shows for Little Mix, it's their mutual connection to music that has seen sisters Georgia, Ella and Clara make their mark in music while staying under the radar.... Until now.
Taking their lead from strong artists like Haim, Chvrches and Tegan & Sara, the sisters aren't afraid to explore a wide palate of musical styles, while keeping a firm hand on pop sensibilities. The all-female act and will launch in Brisbane at The Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on February 28th with special guests. Tickets $10 presale / $15 on the door.... See MoreSee Less
EVAN KLAR | DEEPEST CREATURES TOUR 2018
with special guest Emerson Snowe
SATURDAY MARCH 3 | Black Bear Lodge
TICKETS AVAILABLE tickets.oztix.com.au/Default.aspx?Event=81712
Evan Klar continues to build on the momentum of debut album ‘Deepest Creatures’ in 2017, with the announcement of three very special East Coast tour dates for 2018.
He will perform with full band on 24th February at The Toff Melbourne, 2nd March at Brighton Up Bar in Sydney and 3rd March at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane.
Klar will also undertake two instore performances and signings to support the release of ‘Deepest Creatures’ and co-inciding with the vinyl edition hitting stores on December 15... See MoreSee Less
Amy & Ant launching our new EP and celebrating a first anniversary. Lamees will be the support act. Black Bear Lodge is a fine venue for a great night of music and fun. Tickets available from 04 Jan 2017.
WOODES EAST COAST TOUR, BRISBANE
Satuday 10th March - On sale now
Supports to be announced.
Woodes will bring her organic, powerfully emotive electronica to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in early 2018.
After dominating the Triple j airwaves with her track 'Run For It' and featuring on 'I Belong Here' with Set Mo - Woodes is heading back on the road in support of her new single 'Dots' and upcoming EP.
Woodes has had a great 2017 with strong radio support for both her single 'Run For It' and her collaboration with Set Mo, landing her 2 spots in the top 20 tracks played across triple j. She's had huge support online with features from Wonderland, Rolling Stone, Indie Shuffle and more.
This will be the first chance for audiences to hear her new EP and witness the mesmerising live Woodes performance.
Fri 2nd March - Sydney, Leadbelly
Sat 3rd March - Melbourne, The Toff
Sat 10th March - Brisbane, Black Bear Lodge... See MoreSee Less
For the 5th edition of Live At The Lodge we're heading out to the desert were things are sparse, gritty and the nights last forever.
We'll be launching Johnny Cyrus and His Band of Ghosts.' dark Australiana epic 'Longevity I' as well as pulling The Francis Wolves out of album #2 writing hibernation to break the spell of jive canyon's hypnotic folk-jazz meanderings.
FREE ENTRY • Doors at 7pm
Johnny Cyrus and His Band of Ghosts. is a loose association of like minded musicians specialising in what they can only call "Cowboy Drone" - Dark Americana played by Shoegazers with a strong focus on Drone (repetition), Minimalism, Improvisation and Entering Trance State. There is a very Ambient feel. This is natural since the band prefers to focus on atmosphere in preference to music.
The Francis Wolves are an 8-piece instrumental funk juggernaut from Brisbane, Australia. It’s true, The FW’s ain’t your typical suit wearing funk band: their style is a melting pot of genres, delivered via an ‘all in’ fuzzed out wall-of-sound. Ferocious horns and a brooding rhythm section, matched by ominous organ and infectious congas will transport you to a Sergio Leone film set by way of the dance-floors of Africa.
The Francis Wolves’ debut album graciously tips its hat to The Budos Band, Fela Kuti, The Stooges, Dick Dale and even The B-52’s. Producer Donovan Miller (FOREVR/No Anchor) captured the raw sounds of The FW’s in the studio, producing 33 tight minutes of grimy, sweat-inducing grooves that will leave you loose and wanting more.
Soundtrack music for an abstract world..
jive canyon insists the most important part of playing is Listening... and although the music they create stems from the free activity of rigorous & adventuring minds... When the tape starts rolling, or the curtain goes up, it’s time to take the thinkin' caps off and simply be One Big Ear...
Having played select Venues (junk bar, woolly mammoth, the haunt, beetle bar, common house, milk factory, menagerie) and various House Shows, jive canyon has developed a live set built upon hypnotic, rhythmic explorations that transfigure the more potent and primitive elements of jazz, folk, blues, rock’n’roll & minimalism.
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After cementing themselves in the top 10 most played with triple j smash single ‘Special’ and supporting Tash Sultana on a huge national tour, Melbourne favourites Willow Beats have announced a run of album launch dates for early 2018.
Their critically acclaimed debut record ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ is clocking up Spotify streams and gaining attention globally. The record was crafted over the past 18 months and has taken the talented duo to a new frontier.
Black Bear Lodge // Sat 24th March // Tix on sale now:
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Sundial, Select and The Music present
HEAPS GOOD FRIENDS - HUG ME EP tour
Friday 23 March – The Hills Are Alive, South Gippsland
Saturday 24 March – Workers Club, Melbourne
Thursday 29 March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Wednesday 11 April – Beach Road Hotel, Sydney
Thursday 12 April – Rad Bar, Wollongong
Friday 13 April – Small Ballroom, Newcastle
Saturday 14 April – The Chippendale Hotel, Sydney
Friday 20 April - Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Saturday 21 April – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth
Tickets on sale now via www.heapsgoodfriends.com
"There's just no one doing what they do in Australian music at the moment” – Pilerats
"a dangerous amount of fun" – The Music
WINNERS – South Australian Music Awards ‘Best New Artist’
HEAPS GOOD FRIENDS are stoked to announce they’re hitting the road for a national tour (yes, even Perth!) across March and April in support of their forthcoming debut EP Hug Me. The Hug Me EP features their new disco banger ‘I Could Eat a Full Packet of Yo Yo’s’, the widely loved singles ‘Let’s Hug Longer’ and ‘Olympic Sneakers’ and will be out on March 2 through the band’s own label, distributed by Kobalt/AWAL.
Premiered on triple j Good Nights last month, ‘I Could Eat a Full Packet of Yo Yos’ has been having quite the effect on fans wide and far. Playlist adds on FBi Radio and triple j Unearthed, inclusions in Best Tracks of the Week on Semplesize, and in YEWTH Magazine’s Best Singles of November, with reviews in Beat Magazine, The Soundcheck and Pilerats, who said Heaps Good Friends are “very quickly becoming a national treasure”, describing the single as “upbeat, energetic, hyperactive, a bit all over the shop and most importantly f#@*ing fun.”
Heaps Good Friends – Emma Fradd (vocals / guitar), Nick O’Connor (bass / vocals) and Dan Steinert (drums) – are the trio known for delivering lyrically playful, synth pop treats. The Hug Me EP is a pocketful of fireworks, a six-track explosion of synths, catchy hooks and undeniable beats. Heaps Good Friends will be taking the Hug Me EP around the country this March and April for the first time playing shows right around the country with special guests to be announced.... See MoreSee Less