Hear Them Holler and Bendigo Venues & Events present Burning Love at The Engine Room, Bendigo’s historic old fire station, a contemporary live music series that fittingly coincides with Bendigo Art Gallery’s exhibition Elvis: Direct from Graceland.
Running from May - June, the line-up of cool and considered performers will traverse the genres that the King helped to define; each act tapping into a different genre of Elvis’s musical legacy including gospel, soul, country, early pop, Americana, blues and 60’s rock n’roll.
To kick off the series on Saturday 7 May is none other than Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, acclaimed Indigenous soul singer-songwriter Emma Donovan leads some of the best funk and jazz musicians in the country as she delves into the Elvis inspired gospel tunes she grew up on.
Gabriella Cohen’s been kicking around for the last 8 years as a solo artist, having just released her third album, her laidback, tongue in cheek throwbacks to 60’s girl groups and Lou Reed cool, Cohen will perform on Saturday 21 May.
Australian Cosmic Country Queen Freya Josephine Hollick will lead from the front with her soulful take on alternative country music on Saturday 4 June.
Cool Sounds will close out the series on Saturday 11 June with their effortless Nashville cool that’s full of poetic lyricism, whammy-country guitar and Randy Newman-esque melodies.
Each night will feature a full set of original music by one of the aforementioned artists, followed by a special ‘Elvis Tribute’ set put together by The Burning Lovers, a line up of local Bendigo musical royalty, featuring musicians from Cosmic Psychos, Bluestown Junction, Ramble Town, Benny and the Fly By Nighters and The Quarry Hillbillies, who have come together for this special series to celebrate the music of the King.
Each feature artist performing on the night will also guest star with The Burning Lovers and bring their sounds to a much loved Elvis song.
Cool Sounds - Saturday 11 June
Melbourne’s Cool Sounds make records that move deftly and playfully through indie-rock, pop, and alt-country. The band are defined by their signature guitar lines, as catchy as any chorus, as well as a beloved live show that sees six musicians crowded onstage. Lead singer and songwriter Dainis Lacey has been making music as Cool Sounds for years, but the band found a unique sound on their 2018 album Cactus Country and 2019’s More To Enjoy, which was nominated for the AIR Award for Best Independent Country Album. On their new album 'Bystander', Cool Sounds are more attuned to their surroundings than ever: written during a European summer and recorded in three weeks over the following Australian one, Bystander isn’t always as laid back as the warm weather might suggest. With more of a focus on lyrics than ever before, Bystander, is at turns introspective, self-aware, irreverent and unflinchingly observant. All of the band’s essential elements are here – those guitar licks, vocal melodies that dip and spike then smooth out, and clever, understated rhythmic changes – but as lyrics are brought to the forefront, the band’s agile, elastic arrangements feel all the more essential.
The Venue: The Engine Room
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