Out On The Weekend and Love Police Touring are pleased to announce headline shows for Robert Ellis and The Perfect Strangers, Lindi Ortega, Joshua Hedley, Joe Pug and The Cactus Blossoms. All acts will play the already announced Americana festival Out On The Weekend on October 15 at Seaworks in Melbourne.
Texan born and raised singer-songwriter Robert Ellis and The Perfect Strangers, along with fellow troubadours Joshua Hedley and Joe Pug, will return to Australia in October to play a bunch of headline shows. The trio will perform at Meeniyan Town Hall on October 14, The Basement in Sydney on October 18, and both Northcote Social Club on October 20 and the Caravan Music Club on October 21 in Melbourne.
And in a special solo engagement Robert Ellis and Joshua Hedley will also perform at Hobart’s Franklin Bar & Restaurant on October 16.
The dynamic duo of Lindi Ortega and The Cactus Blossoms will perform at Newtown Social Club, in Sydney on October 17, Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on October 19 & Meeniyan Town Hall on October 21.
Tickets for all shows will go on sale Thursday, September 1.
Robert Ellis recently released his eponymous fourth album, with the 11-song set is his most personal statement yet and a summation of his career thus far. The album has received many accolades and was given a 4/5 star review by Rolling Stone Magazine and Spin Magazine calling is “A masterful intersection of emotion and musicianship, Robert Ellis is one of 2016’s finest.” The new album follows Ellis’ critically acclaimed 2014 release, The Lights From The Chemical Plant. Racking up multiple year-end accolades, NPR selected it as one of their “50 Favorite Albums of 2014,” calling him a “major sonic storyteller” and Rolling Stone called it “a fully realized masterpiece.” Esquire declared it one of the best of the year and Buzzfeed hailed him as one of “25 New Artists You Need In Your Life In 2015.”
His touring band The Perfect Strangers (Kelly Doyle, guitar, Geoffrey Muller, bass, Will Van Horn, pedal steel guitar & Michael “Tank” Lisenbe, drums) will also be joining in him here in Australia.
Canadian songstress Lindi Ortega, described by The Guardian as “southern Americana with emotional heft,” makes a welcome and overdue return to Australia and Out On the Weekend having last played shows here in 2014. That year she left audiences wanting more and 2016 will be no different. In 2015 she released her fourth album Faded Gloryville to glowing reviews with The Music stating “She wraps country and soul music in warm and familiar fashion” and describing her as having “A timeless sound with songs to match.”
Joshua Hedley, who has toured Australia with Justin Townes Earle and Jonny Fritz and recently completed a co-headlining Australian tour with Willie Watson, will be back at Out On The Weekend but this time stepping out front and centre as the star of his show with his own brand of traditional country music and his pure sweet country voice. The Music described his recent live performance as “Rich and hanging heavy with intent on murder ballads or sweet resignation on tear-stained ballads, he knows his way around real-deal country music.”
Chicago born and raised Joe Pug also makes a long overdue return having not been in our part of the planet since 2012. In that time Joe wrote, recorded and released his third and critically acclaimed album Windfall, a 10-song indie-folk gem that has cemented his reputation as one of America’s most respected young songwriters. On it’s 2015 release it was met with high praise with The Australian describing it as “absolutely brilliant.” As Paste Magazine commented “Windfall is an album about not just the broken moments and uphill climbs that shape life, but how to exist in those moments, how to draw on core strengths and adapt, how to live through it all and come out stronger.” Agreed.
The Cactus Blossoms, who are making their first trip to Australia, will bring their harmonies and timeless style with them. Made up of brothers Page Burkum & Jack Torrey (yes they are indeed brothers), their debut album You’re Dreaming was released in 2015 with much fanfare and praise with American Songwriter Magazine stating “It won’t take more than one spin for these songs, with their lovely, pure melodies and sharp wordplay, to get stuck in your brain.” Comparisons have been made to The Everly Brothers (not a bad thing) but as NPR suggested there is much more to them and that “the duo’s gorgeous harmonies and ageless sound spell out just the beginning for these brothers.” And they’d be right.
Individually and on any given night Robert Ellis, Lindi Ortega, Joshua Hedley, Joe Pug and The Cactus Blossoms, are known for delivering captivating performances so when this caravan of music’s finest rolls your way do not miss it.
ROBERT ELLIS AND THE PERFECT STRANGERS WITH JOSHUA HEDLEY & JOE PUG
October 14 – MEENIYAN TOWN HALL, MEENIYAN, VIC
Tickets: email or phone venue: firstname.lastname@example.org / 03 5664 9239
October 15 – OUT ON THE WEEKEND, MELBOURNE, VIC
October 16 – FRANKLIN BAR, HOBART, TAS – Robert Ellis & Joshua Hedley only
Tickets: Phone venue 03 6234 3375
October 18 – THE BASEMENT, SYDNEY, NSW
October 20 – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE, VIC
October 21 – CARAVAN CLUB, MELBOURNE, VIC
LINDI ORTEGA WITH THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS
October 15 – OUT ON THE WEEKEND, MELBOURNE, VIC
October 17 – NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB, SYDNEY, NSW
October 19 – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE, VIC with The Grand Magoozi
October 21 – MEENIYAN TOWN HALL, MEENIYAN, VIC
Tickets: Email or phone venue: email@example.com / 03 5664 9239
Tickets for all shows will go on sale September 1
For all media enquiries or information regarding Robert Ellis, Lindi Ortega, Joshua Hedley, Joe Pug and The Cactus Blossoms please contact
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