Gigs

Thursday Soul W/ Thando

W/ Bad Dad Orchestra
Pretty excited to see thando back on the Cherry stage this week! A super passionate performer blending vintage Soul and R&B with contemporary electronic sounds, she’s graced stages at BIGSOUND and Strawberry Fields and supported the likes of Remi. and Sampa The Great. Supporting the newest first lady of Melbourne R&B will be The Bad Dad Orchestra, bringin' big grooves, snappy horn lines and catchy-as-hell vocals from Tasmania to our weekly Thursday Soul nigh

Come on down and check her out at Cherry bar, performing with Bad Dad Orchestra, a band who's simple idea born of fatherhood, friendship and a love of music has flourished and taken shape, almost as far South as you can go. The ‘Dads latest EP, “Go And Ask Your Mother”, unleashed in September of 2017, is a self-produced four track EP that captures the band’s raw musical strengths: big grooves, snappy horn lines and catchy-as-hell vocals. Critics have already likened their sound to that of “classic Australian pub rock with a modern twist” and championed their unique brand of sixteen-legged soul.

Cosmos (Album Launch)

W/ Black Heart Death Cult & Aunty Leo & The Backstabbers
Melbourne heavy psych blues outfit Cosmos will be launching their second album ‘Coming Home’ on the 27th of April at Cherry Bar in Melbourne. After releasing their self titled first album, the band has spent the last year writing and recording the new album alongside testing the waters with new material through energetic live performances. ‘Coming Home’ presents a matured Cosmos and focuses further on psychedelic blues exploration alongside a more grounded approach to songwriting. Joining Cosmos on the night will be psychedelic rockers The Black Heart Death Cult and spaghetti westerners Auntie Leo and The Backstabbers.

Dr. Colossus – Honour Nathan Johnston

profit will go towards Nath's wife Kate's 'Trek For Kindness' raising funds for Edgar's Mission
We lost our drummer and best friend Nath last year. Just after releasing our debut record The Dank, of which Nath performs some of the best drum work of his all too brief life here with us.

After much deliberation and grieving together, Mike and myself have decided it is appropriate to get on stage again as Dr. Colossus and play these songs again. For Nath, and for those who loved him.

Nath's dear friend Josh Eales whom grew up on a kit alongside Nath (I've even seen them drum together side by side at a party once) will be playing the drums. We will also be joined by my brother Joel on lead guitar. Joel and myself played in our first band together with Nath about 100 years ago and I think it will be important to have some family in the band. He is also the best guitarist I know.

These shows are a thank you to everyone who has reached out to us, supported us, and helped us through this rough period. The love and compassion we have received from the community, local and abroad has been amazingly overwhelming and we want to thank you in the best way we know how...playing outrageously heavy riffs and singing dumb songs about The Simpson.

These shows are also a release. A chance to get together, to remember and talk about Nath and the good times he gave, to listen to the music he created. To laugh, cry, grieve and to love.

Any profit will go towards Nath's wife Kate's 'Trek For Kindness' raising funds for a charity close to Nath and Her heart, Edgar's Mission

Cherry Blues: Three Kings

Join us for a Sunday afternoon of Blues
Melbourne blues super group, Three Kings brings together a trio of this country’s most dedicated, authentic blues artists, with down and dirty, totally inspiring results.

Wesley Fuller

W/ Special Guests
Don't it seem like KICKS just keep gettin' harder to find? Well there's a new scene that will blow your mind!

Wesley Fuller presents "KICKS", a monthly pop up club night taking place at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar and Sydney’s Waywards throughout April, May and June. Performing alongside Wesley at each of these nights will be a handpicked line-up of the most exciting acts and DJs. Expect to hear all things GLAM / FREAKBEAT / SOUL / ROCK & ROLL / PSYCH & FUNK. With the line-ups changing month by month and city by city, no two KICKS will be the same.

The Mamas 3rd May

Thursday Residency
This funky, soul group are hanging out at Cherry every Thursday during the month of May!
Do you find yourself craving any of the following?

Milk
Discipline
Being asked if you're warm enough
Squashy hugs
Being smacked in the head

We know you answered 'yes' to all of the above, and we've got you sorted. The Mamas are an eight-piece soul, RnB and funky fem-hop outfit from Melbourne, led by four of the sassiest vocalists you'll ever meet. Sneans single and music video out now.

BulletBoys (USA)

W/ Special Guests
The BulletBoys began as a collection of talented musicians from high profile bands such as King Kobra and Ratt. Using their credentials, they were able to quickly capture the attention of music fans around the world while front man Marq Torien emerged as one of the most underrated vocalists of the era.

The BulletBoys formed in 1988 at the very peak of the Los Angeles glam metal movement. With record companies constantly searching for new talent, they possessed a pedigree that most bands would kill for. Unlike the other glam rockers of the day, the BulletBoys were more hard rock and blues fusion than pure hair metal. Thanks to comparisons to the likes of Aerosmith and especially Van Halen, talent scouts came running and the band quickly received their first major label contract.

Their hit laden debut album featured, the now seminal classics, ''Smooth Up In Ya'', ''Hard as a Rock'', and their rocking cover of ''For The Love Of Money''. Whilst the band sat in the pocket amongst their hair metal contemporaries, Torien's vocals and showmanship drew comparisons to everyone from David Lee Roth through to Terence Trent Darby.

The Bulletboys have consistently continued releasing albums, and in the process, redefining themselves amongst modern day contemporaries, all whilst maintaining that hard rock edge that brought them to the forefront in the late '80s.

30 years later in 2018, the Bulletboys release their newest album, ''From Out Of The Skies'' and show no sign of slowing down.

This year also sees the Bulletboys head down under for the very first time allowing long time fans to experience one of the most consistent and rockin' live bands up close and personal on Australian shores.

The Velvet Addiction

W/ The Cool Calm, Poison Peril & DJ Josh Ashbury (The Cherry Dolls)
It was a massive 2017 with the band's debut EP - Vol 1 - featuring smash singles 'Take Me Back', 'I Wont Go' and 'Stuck On You' which scored them love from the likes of Triple M, MTV & Rage, tailed with a full-length national tour.

Now the band are kicking off 2018 in a big way, dropping the latest single - 'Diamond In The Sky' which is the 1st taste of the band's upcoming sophomore EP - Vol 2.

The Velvet Addiction bring a charismatic, high-energy live Rock'n Roll show. May 5th it kicks off in Melbourne at the home of it all, Cherry bar! With a huge support act,The Cool Calm, this is set to be a huge night of live music!

Cherry Rock 2018

W/ Cosmic Psychos, A Swayze & The Ghosts, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks & more
Sunday May 6th - ACDC Lane
The twelfth annual Cherry Rock festival!

It’s that time of year for Melbourne’s only true laneway festival, Cherry Rock!

It’ll be a big day out with bands making an absolute racket down the world renowned AC/DC Lane, our outdoor stage showcasing some of the most seminal and contemporary talent in punk and rock history from not only locally but also abroad!

An exciting lineup of up and coming acts will be joining the Cosmic Psychos (bringing’ their yobbo-rural-punk from the sunburnt farms of regional Victoria to Cherry Rock for the first time!), Cash Savage and the Last Drinks (the award-winning six-piece presenting their signature brand of psychedelic rock, country and blues), The Cribs (the first Australian tour Down Under in five years for the UK act often cited as “best live act” by numerous publications and veterans of the global festival circuit at festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, Coachella, Lollapalooza) and The Chats (Sunshine Coast youngsters who recently went viral with a charming little ditty you may have stumbled across called “Smoko”?).

Whilst inside Cherry itself, we’re highlighting our weekly Thursday Soul in the Basement, teaming up with the legendary Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) as he hosts his infamous "Sex Beat Dance Party" from New York! You can expect ’60's Soul Stompers, Snotty vintage, an early disco tune or two and anything wild that fits in for that one!

An open air event in the Central Business District with bands crankin’ amps in-between buildings, down the back gulley of 101 Collins. #thatsmelbourne

The full Cherry Rock lineup for 2018 is:
A Swayze & The Ghosts (Tas)
Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Cosmic Psychos
DIET.
Fluff
Fulton Street
Gabriella Cohen
Kid Congo Powers presents his “Sex Beat Dance Party” (USA)
Pistol Peaches
The Chats The Cribs (UK)
The Mamas
The Southern River Band (WA)
Würst Nürse

Limited tickets apply friends as many have already been sold since the first artist announces… Don’t kiss out on what’s shaping up to be a great day!

Jon Toogood (Shihad) 9th May

Wednesday Residency
Join Jon Toogood every Wednesday at Cherry as he detaches himself from the Shihad electric wall of sound, with an unplugged solo set.

Delivering music in tribute to those who influenced him on his unique musical journey, some tracks from his solo side project – “The Adults”, as well as very different styled delivery of a selection of Shihad material.

This is a showcase that promises to singe the unspoken law of “What goes on tour, stays on tour” in-between playing a couple of sets, Jon likes to share some of his larger than life musical life.

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird

W/ Special Guests
Over the past 18 months, Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird have been slowly but surely seeping into our collective musical psyche through a diverse series of unique, exciting and meaningful songs - from the musical ode to our great Southern city 'Melbourne Bitter', to the uplifting 'Morning Person', the jazz-tinged 'Cool Parties' and the hauntingly beautiful new single 'Transient'

Now with millions of streams behind them and many memorable shows to their name, the Bird are hitting the road for their first comprehensive east coast headline tour in support of their eagerly anticipated debut album 'Electric Brown' (released March 2nd). Having just come off the back of a slot at NYE on the Hill (which garnered rave reviews) as well as a run of regional tour dates with Greta Ray, the five piece are ready to introduce their sound to new audiences. Their recent BIGSOUND showcases received nods in The Music's ‘Acts Set to Blow Up' and Beat Magazine’s 'The Best Acts We Saw at BIGSOUND', so these shows are not to be missed. Complete with special guests in tow, this will be a celebration of a truly special album.

Cherry Blues: Heinous Hound

Two sets of smooth blues
Check out the smooth stylings of the Heinous Dog Blues band: Steve Lucas, Jerome Smith, Dave Folley, Matt Dwyer & Chris Wilson.

Jon Toogood (Shihad) 16th May

Wednesday Residency
Join Jon Toogood every Wednesday at Cherry as he detaches himself from the Shihad electric wall of sound, with an unplugged solo set.

Delivering music in tribute to those who influenced him on his unique musical journey, some tracks from his solo side project – “The Adults”, as well as very different styled delivery of a selection of Shihad material.

This is a showcase that promises to singe the unspoken law of “What goes on tour, stays on tour” in-between playing a couple of sets, Jon likes to share some of his larger than life musical life.

The Mamas 17th May

Thursday Residency
This funky, soul group are hanging out at Cherry every Thursday during the month of May!
Do you find yourself craving any of the following?

Milk
Discipline
Being asked if you're warm enough
Squashy hugs
Being smacked in the head

We know you answered 'yes' to all of the above, and we've got you sorted. The Mamas are an eight-piece soul, RnB and funky fem-hop outfit from Melbourne, led by four of the sassiest vocalists you'll ever meet. Sneans single and music video out now.

Jon Toogood (Shihad) 23rd May

Wednesday Residency
Join Jon Toogood every Wednesday at Cherry as he detaches himself from the Shihad electric wall of sound, with an unplugged solo set.

Delivering music in tribute to those who influenced him on his unique musical journey, some tracks from his solo side project – “The Adults”, as well as very different styled delivery of a selection of Shihad material.

This is a showcase that promises to singe the unspoken law of “What goes on tour, stays on tour” in-between playing a couple of sets, Jon likes to share some of his larger than life musical life.

The Mamas 24th May

Thursday Residency
This funky, soul group are hanging out at Cherry every Thursday during the month of May!
Do you find yourself craving any of the following?

Milk
Discipline
Being asked if you're warm enough
Squashy hugs
Being smacked in the head

We know you answered 'yes' to all of the above, and we've got you sorted. The Mamas are an eight-piece soul, RnB and funky fem-hop outfit from Melbourne, led by four of the sassiest vocalists you'll ever meet. Sneans single and music video out now.

Nighthawk

W/ Special Guests
Nighthawk returns to the airwaves with their new single ‘Right Time’ from their forthcoming album due in 2018.

Patrick Robertson and Damian Costin, founding members and driving forces behind one of Australia's most successful alternative rock bands of the 2000s, MOTOR ACE return with Flynn Wheeler and Rhys Thompson for another round of anthemic rock.

Black Aces Homecoming & Vinyl Launch W/ The Vendettas

W/ Palmerslum & Siltman
After touring the UK in November 2017 to celebrate the new release, the hard working BLACK ACES made it 3 tours in 18 months, stepping up to the plate as special guests for the Quireboys 2018 UK Tour in March / April. Now the boys are back on home soil to Launch the release of on ‘Anywhere But Here’ on Vinyl, at their old stomping ground Cherry Bar, a homecoming show not to be missed.

With their signature tones and influences from the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, The Black Crowes, and subtle hints at times of The Rolling Stones ('Exile On Main St') their live shows deliver a brazen spectacle, that will leave your ears pulsating and wanting for more! A mainstay in the local Melbourne rock scene for over 10 years, THE VENDETTAS are back amongst the beer-soaked walls and sweat fuelled air .. right where they belong.

Cherry Blues: Phil Para

Join us for a Sunday afternoon of Blues
Phil Para is a guitarist/ singer/ songwriter and undoubtedly one of the most exciting performers in Australia. Distinctive guitar talents push all the boundaries and are combined with exceptional vocal abilities and a powerful stage presence. Phil’s energetic performance includes a remarkable degree of showmanship such as playing with his teeth and behind his head. Phil earns great respect from peers and audiences alike and attracts a cult-like following wherever he plays.

Buddy Knox has been described as “australia’s own BB King”. Buddy was crowned the Blues Male Vocal of the Year at the 2012 Australian Blues Music Chain Awards, Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year 2011, 2018 and twice a Finalist in Aboriginal DEADLYS Male Artist of the Year, his swag of musical awards are well deserved for this authentic Blues man.

Jon Toogood (Shihad) 30th May

Wednesday Residency
Join Jon Toogood every Wednesday at Cherry as he detaches himself from the Shihad electric wall of sound, with an unplugged solo set.

Delivering music in tribute to those who influenced him on his unique musical journey, some tracks from his solo side project – “The Adults”, as well as very different styled delivery of a selection of Shihad material.

This is a showcase that promises to singe the unspoken law of “What goes on tour, stays on tour” in-between playing a couple of sets, Jon likes to share some of his larger than life musical life.

The Mamas 31st May

Thursday Residency
This funky, soul group are hanging out at Cherry every Thursday during the month of May!
Do you find yourself craving any of the following?

Milk
Discipline
Being asked if you're warm enough
Squashy hugs
Being smacked in the head

We know you answered 'yes' to all of the above, and we've got you sorted. The Mamas are an eight-piece soul, RnB and funky fem-hop outfit from Melbourne, led by four of the sassiest vocalists you'll ever meet. Sneans single and music video out now.

The Mercy Kills

W/ Midnight Alibi & Tall Relatives
The Mercy Kills will launch their latest Ep, Supersonic on Saturday June 2nd at the iconic Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane.

The title track is accompanied by a fast paced animated video produced by Australian film director Daniel Armstrong of Strongman Pictures and features artwork by Jen X. Joining The Mercy Kills for the launch will be the cool rock swagger of Midnight Alibi and the sonic punk sounds of Tall Relatives.

2017 saw TMK release the Ep, End This Way, followed by an Australian tour with Everclear and shows in France and Germany.
The band are looking forward to blastin’ out a new set of songs at their fave Melbourne rock haunt Cherry Bar before some interstate shows.
Come get Supersonic!

Better Half Album Launch

W/ Easy Life, Reside & Clove
Forming in 2015 as a side project of Thornhill guitarist, Matt Van Duppen (guitar) and Belle Haven guitarist, Chris Vernon (vocals), Better Half have been slowly making a name for themselves in the Melbourne alternative rock/emo scene off the back of their first two singles, ‘Reasons To Leave’ and ‘Mourn’. Fresh from supporting the likes of Citizen, Touché Amore, Turnover & Being As An Ocean, Better Half will take the stage for their first ever headline show at Cherry Bar on June 23 with special guests Easy Life, Reside & Clove.

Their highly anticipated debut 7” EP ‘Maybe I Was Wrong’ will be released May 11 via Resist Records.

Bon But Not Forgotten

A celebration of Bon Scott's Birthday
Bon But Not Forgotten is the closest you will ever get to AC/DC in the 70's! This show brings together some of the world’s greatest rockers to pay tribute to the legend behind one of the world's greatest ever bands, AC/DC, and their iconic singer Bon Scott who celebrates his Birthday on July 9th.

Featuring a knock-out line-up, including past members of AC/DC and other Aussie rock icons, The Angels and Electric Mary, this band knows how to electrify a crowd with its explosive repertoire of AC/DC's greatest hits.

Not content with just performing a 'Best Of' set, the band also focuses on some gems that aren't commercial in nature, but true fans will love to hear them live, some for the first time. This show replicates the sound, style and passion of AC/DC, without pretence.

It is quite simply THE most natural sounding AC/DC performance of any band, other than AC/DC themselves. There is no other band on earth that can perform the show like these carefully selected musicians.

The line-up features the consummate talents of:

Simon Wright – Joined AC/DC after the departure of Phil Rudd in 1983

Phil Emmanuel – Considered one of the greatest guitar players on Earth, along with his brother Tommy, they have been adorned accolades from famous guitar players, the world over.

James Morley – Former bassist with ARIA Hall of Fame band, The Angels, and guitarist with Choirboys.

RUSTY – One of Australia's hardest rocking front men from ELECTRIC MARY

Paul Woseen – Bass Guitarist and one of the founding members of The Screaming Jets (VIC dates only)
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