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Hi folks, a few gigs coming up soon - including a just-confirmed appearance at the Blacksmiths Festival in Footscray tomorrow! And tune in to 3MBS next Saturday night for a full hour of Shirazz playing live in the studio as part of their radio festival.

And if the election is getting you down, just look on the bright side - democracy jazz is back! Join us on election afternoon for some classic tunes like Poll Booth Ramble, Democratic Rag and that old music hall favourite, Have You Seen My Member (He's Worthy of Your Vote).*

*Yeah I just made those titles up. But you never know, we might be able to write one or two of them by then!

Details for these and more, below - hope to catch up with you soon!

...from Matt :)

Blacksmiths Festival 2019

Sat 27 Apr, 2—4pm at Waterside Metal Art Studio, 60 Maribyrnong St, Footscray

Join Shirazz at the FREE Blacksmiths Festival 2019, playing 2-4pm. Plus there's music from balkan/gypsy band Babaganoush (5-7), great food from Bluebonnet BBQ, beer from Two Birds, and a whole lot of blacksmithery!

Footscray’s Maribyrnong River will ring with the sound of hammer hitting anvil during the fourth biennial Blacksmith Festival This years festival ‘Forged with Fire’ will bring together blacksmiths from across Australia, Canada and USA to showcase this not-so-lost trade.

To find out more check out the festival website

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3MBS Live Broadcast

Sat 4 May, 10—11pm on 103.5FM, 3MBS Digital or online

Wherever you are, tune in to 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne as Shirazz plays 1 hour live on air.

Democracy Jazz at Open Studio

Sat 18 May at Open Studio, 204 High St, Northcote

Once again, democracy and jazz collide in a thrilling afternoon of pork barrelling, shady preference deals and red hot traditional jazz.

Get your democracy sausage and then get down to Open Studio for your dose of democracy jazz.

Castlemaine Jazz Festival

Sun 9 Jun at Castlemaine

Returning to the beautiful & historic Castlemaine for the fantastically fun Castlemaine Jazz Festival. Don't miss this celebration of Australian Jazz, with loads of great acts across the whole long weekend.

We're playing two sets on the Sunday:

  • Phee Broadway, 212 Barker St: 2:40-3:40pm.
  • Theatre Royal, 30 Hargraves St: 8:20-9:20pm.

Tickets and more information available at

Newport Folk Festival

Sun 30 Jun, 5—6pm at Newport Bowls Club, Newport

This community run festival is a product of the enthusiasm of local musicians, singers, dancers and volunteers who recognise the value of celebrating the arts within our community. Come and Play – and have a great weekend!

The festival is located in Newport’s Arts Precinct in Market St and the Substation, Newport Bowls, Newport Scouts and the RSL will all come to life with music, dance, storytelling and some surprises in a program that ranges from classical music to good old singalongs.

Shirazz will be closing the festival with a jumping set at the bowls club, with plenty of dancing and celebration to be had.

For tickets and more information, head to

The Mighty Wurlitzer's 90th Birthday Bash

Fri 5 Jul, 8—11pm at Kingston City Hall, 979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin

To celebrate the 90th birthday of Kingston's mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, Kingston Arts invites you to join us for a swinging night of Wurlitzer-infused jazz with the ever-popular, New Orleans-inspired Shirazz accompanied by City Organist & Wurlitzer guardian Scott Harrison.

Playing the hottest trad jazz this side of New Orleans, Shirazz is one of Melbourne's most sought-after jazz bands. They meld raucous, high-energy trad, laid-back Louisiana street beats, and sleazy and salacious blues in their witty and irreverent live show. They've teamed up with Scott on memorable occasions in the past, and this promises to be an exceptional night for lovers of fine music.

Enjoy the cabaret-style setting, with plenty of room for dancing, by booking your seats - or a whole table - soon. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes! But even if you're not in the mood for dancing, you can just sit back and let the extraordinary sounds of the mighty Wurlitzer with Shirazz wash over you in the distinctive surrounds of the iconic Grand Hall at Kingston City Hall.

Book now at

Ballarat Jazz Club

Sun 21 Jul, 1—4pm at Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt St, Ballarat

A great venue for dancers, bring your dancing shoes!

Bookings 0456 689 123. Tickets $20 ($10 members).

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