Gigs

Jon Toogood

Off the back of a sold out tour with Shihad, Jon Toogood returns to Cherry Bar for two special Solo & Acoustic shows not to be missed!

Soul in the Basement’s 18th Birthday Celebration

W// Allysha Joy & Danika Smith
Thursday December 13th 🍒
Cherry's Soul in the Basement 18th Birthday Party over two rooms w/ Allysha Joy and Danika Smith live on stage, DJ’s Vince Peach and Pierre Baroni all night!
Doors from 8PM and $10 Espresso Martinis ALL NIGHT too!

Yes friends Soul In The Basement is 18 years old at last! We’re officially legal. Now we can enjoy the $10 Espresso Martinis...

Yep our weekly Thursday Soul in the Basement has been running for a now 18 years and has showcased the best contemporary and legacy acts in the world of soul music along with funk and disco. A great night for punters who appreciate live musicianship whilst resident DJ’s such as Vince ‘The Prince’ Peach and Pierre ‘Soul Groove 66’ Baroni work the dance floor late into the evening with classic 45” pressings and all-time-favourite soul anthems!

Live on stage we’ll be presenting Allysha Joy along with special guests. Big part of our towns burgeoning neo-soul scene, Allysha fronts the treasured 30/70 collective and will be performing off the back of launching her own acclaimed solo album!

AND a special celebration of James Brown and other classic funk artists in our Jenni Bar so the party is across the entire venue.

So escape the techno clubs for a boogie at the world’s longest running weekly soul night, Soul In the Basement, at Cherry! Ripper live acts, $10 Espresso Martinis and fantastic resident DJ's spinning classic RnB, funk and disco 45's 'til late at the cosiest Rock'n'Roll bar in town!

Shakerfaker’s Christmas Party

After the unbridled success of last year's Holiday Bash and hot on the heels of a series of MASSIVE shows this year, SHAKERFAKER are taking to the stage again to rattle some more cages this holiday season.

This is Shakerfaker's final show for 2018 and it's guaranteed to be a BIG one!

First up, we've got Lee 'Dumb Whales' Peers serenading us with a searing set of singalong covers to get you nice n warmed up.

Then, there's the mighty Shakerfaker with their rowdy, rollocking & rocking take on Oasis at their best! Playing hits from 'Definitely Maybe', 'Morning Glory' and even more alongside a bunch of B-sides and other favourites. They're always adding new songs to the set (and no-one ever really knows what Laim's gonna do) so no two shows are ever exactly the same.

Drink.
Dance.
Sing.
Sweat.
Repeat.

Followed, of course by Cherry DJs playing Rock'n'Roll hits late into the night!

Click attending for updates on Set times and Ticketing details and be sure to spread the word.

Massive

2018 Aussie Tour
Massive are returning home to Australia for their first shows on home soil in over a year. Having dominated European stages and supported some of the best musicians in the world, the beer drinking foot stomping rock n rollers are back promoting their 3rd studio album "Rebuild Destroy" which will be released on Feb 1st 2019.

AC/DSHE

When it comes to AC/DC it is all about the performance and energy that comes from the band. You cannot go past AC/DSHE the original female fronted AC/DC tribute show in Australia.
If you want it loud, tight and proud, this amazing band will blow you away with their authentic sound and dynamic lead singer and guitar player. It’s a show that you will walk away hoping to see again!
If you imagined yourself on the rock circuit back in the day or even In the current moment, this band delivers a sonic boom that cranks out all the classics you love to sing along to as well as giving you such an energy buzz when the lead guitarist walks out into the crowd to electrify with sizzling lead breaks and the singer that keeps you engaged in the full show, marry this up with a humming rhythm section that keeps the engine running, it is in no doubt one of the best shows you will see on the live circuit today.
It’s clear this band has done its homework and carefully recreated a sound and visual experience that is authentic, and action packed.
Make sure you get to a show soon and be ready for a face melting performance.
As the classic ACDC songs says, SHE’S GOT BALLS THIS WOMAN……..

Psychic Social Club & The Jives

A selection of the freshest Melbourne indie rock, punk, blues acts each week
Psychic Social Club are 4 dudes capable of telepathy and interested in playing rock music.

The Jives - After years of jamming and discovering their bodies together, Declan, Kieran, and Jame were joined by Benji in 2015 to craft, ferment, and stagnate the thickest collection of grooves known to human kind, although some of their songs can only be heard by bats and whale

Jon Toogood

Off the back of a sold out tour with Shihad, Jon Toogood returns to Cherry Bar for two special Solo & Acoustic shows not to be missed!

Soul In The Basement W/ Soul Movers & Russia

Our weekly Thursday Soul in the Basement has been running for a now 18 years and has showcased the best contemporary and legacy acts in the world of soul music along with funk and disco. A great night for punters who appreciate live musicianship whilst resident DJ’s such as Vince Peach work the dance floor late into the evening with classic 45” pressings and all-time-favourite soul anthems!

Featuring members of Deep Street Soul, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Kylie Auldist band, Fulton Street, Adult.Films, Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir and more, this is indeed what we like to call a Soul Assembly. Paying respects to the roots of soul and its various incarnations, Soul Assembly bring new flavours to both classic and obscure soul, funk and RnB, and explore exciting new directions of soulful grooves.

They'll be joined on the night by Russia, this Melbourne quintet have been developing their brand of contemporary funk in bandrooms across Melbourne and delighted punters out for a boogie.

So escape the techno clubs for a boogie at the weekly Thursday Soul night at Cherry! Ripper live acts, $10 Espresso Martinis and DJ's spinning classic RnB, funk and disco 45's 'til late at the cosiest Rock'n'Roll bar in town!

Longboys ~ Single Launch

W/ Teenage Dads & Jungle Cuff
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of suburbia we find a group of layabouts. In their natural habitat music is created that the local council will refer to as a "noise violation". They soldier on. Longboys are sweeping the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, comprised of five members, Sam Craine (vocals + guitar), Sam Power (guitar), Ayrton Ganas (guitar), Jack Hetherington (bass) and John Gore (drums).

LongBoys continue to change up their surf-rock sound and give off good vibes in a fun and energetic live performance.

Pretty City

W/ Special Guests
Pretty City are fuzz rock troubadours from Melbourne, Australia. The band has already made a name for itself in the US and Europe and will be returning home for a very special hometown show at Cherry Bar on December 22nd
"They played yet another highly addictive live set and left quite a few people in awe" - Glamglare. New York blog

"Throttling indie rock music, tinged with a delicious side of grunge." - The AU Review

"Running Around, is an enormous, arena-friendly song with essential enormous and anthemic hooks ..." - The Joy of Violent Movement, New York

The Smokes

Greatest hits show
Possibly the world’s greatest The Strokes tribute band, The Smokes, return to the Cherry stage to celebrate the bands legendary catalogue!

The first two albums are truly some of the greatest studio works to emerge in the indie rock revival of the last twenty years. Their debut, Is This It, was instantly a classic that shaped wardrobe choices and soundtracked indie-disco dancefloors everywhere. The Nike air of indie rock returned triumphantly with an instant classic in Room on Fire! They didn’t break out into stadium rock and we’re all the more thankful for it. An album that again was full of indie-disco dancefloor fillers as they posed as a Cars cover band (cover band you say?) on lead single 12:51, the throbbing bass riding hurricane Reptilia and boozy last drinks call out of The End Has No End.

The first two albums are corkers, but let’s not forget the first hint of the following Third Impressions of Earth in “Juicebox” was such a tune! And “Heart in a Cage” and “You Only Live Once” are fair corkers also! Maybe you’ll hear some tracks from later albums but bet ya bottom dollar the best from those first three records are gettin’ a go live.

So dust off that double denim, pull out your favourite vintage dress and experience the of the 2000's indie-rock explosion

Every time they’ve played it’s sold out in advance so we recommend buying a ticket ASAP to witness the saviours of rock ’n’ roll live! Kinda witness.

Black Aces

Black Aces are back for a run of Aussie summer shows. Returning to Melbourne's favourite rock'n'roll bar Cherry Bar with very special guests all the way from Sydney The Neptune Power Federation plus Ramblin’ Gold in support.

A Place To Bury Strangers (USA)

Try, if only for a moment, to envision a scenario in which you could still be completely *surprised* by a rock band. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s increasingly rare.
A couple of years ago, A Place to Bury Strangers were in search of a new drummer. Lia Simone Braswell, an L.A. native, had recently moved to New York, and was playing drums in shows around Brooklyn “just to keep her chops up.” As it turned out, APTBS bassist Dion Lunadon caught one of those shows and, after seeing her play, was moved to ask her if she’d want to come to a band practice sometime.
“I told some of my friends about it before I met up with them,” Braswell says, of the rehearsal that would soon lead to her joining the band. “They told me, ‘You’re just gonna have to keep up as much as you possibly can.’”
“To be fair, she had also never seen us live,” Lunadon adds. “She didn’t necessarily know what she was getting into.”
What she was getting into: For well over a decade now, A Place to Bury Strangers—Lunadon, founding guitarist/singer Oliver Ackermann, and, officially, Braswell—have become well known for their unwavering commitment to unpredictable, often bewildering live shows, and total, some might say dangerous volume. They don’t write setlists. They frequently write new songs mid-set. They deliberately provoke and sabotage sound people in a variety of cruel yet innovative ways. They can and will always surprise you. “When something goes wrong on-stage, a lot of bands will crumble under the pressure,” says Ackermann. “We like the idea of embracing the moment when things go wrong and turning it into the best thing about the show.”
This April marks the release of Pinned, their fifth full-length and an album that finds them converting difficult moments into some of their most urgent work to date. It’s their first since the 2016 election, and their first since the 2014 closing of Death By Audio, the beloved Brooklyn DIY space where Ackerman lived, worked, and created with complete freedom. “After DBA closed, I moved to an apartment in Clinton Hill,” he says. “I couldn’t make too much noise, couldn’t disturb my neighbors. I would just sit there and write with a drum machine. It had to be about writing a good song and not about being super, sonically loud.”
There are searing meditations on truth and government-led conspiracies (“Execution”), as well as haunting, harmonized responses to the tensions of our current political climate (“There’s Only One of Us”). It all opens with “Never Coming Back,” a frightening crescendo of group vocals, vertiginous guitar work, and Lunadon’s unrelenting bass. “That song is a big concept,” Ackermann says. “You make these decisions in your life…you’re contemplating whether or not this will be the end. You think of your mortality, those moments you could die and what that means. You’re thinking about that edge of the end, deciding whether or not it’s over. When you’re close to that edge, you could teeter over.”
It’s a clear and honest statement of intent, not just for everything that follows, but for this band as a whole. “As things go on, you don’t want them to be stagnant,” Ackermann says. “Being a band for ten years, it’s hard to keep things moving forward. I see so many bands that have been around and they’re a weaker version of what they used to be. This band is anti-that. We try to push ourselves constantly, with the live shows and the recordings. We always want to get better. You’ve got to dig deep and take chances, and sometimes, I questioned that. It took really breaking through to make it work. I think we did that.”
They definitely did.
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