Melbourne’s hidden music gem of a venue MEMO Music Hall will pay tribute to its local artists with Summer Sounds of St Kilda series throughout January.
Not only is St Kilda a central hub of Melbourne thriving music industry, the inner suburban beachside suburb, is also home to many of Melbourne’s musicians.
Through-out January locals such as Kim Salmon, Jack Howard, Alma Ziegler, Bernardette Novembre, Hugo Race and Mikelangelo Russo will perform “hometown” gigs (and by hometown I literally mean near their homes).
Summer Sounds of St Kilda is an idea from MEMO Music Hall’s Simon Myers. “It’s going to have a very informal feel, the idea is you can come off the beach and check out “a local” playing at MEMO or The Ember Lounge, enjoy a beer without having to spend “a motza,” Simon told Noise11.com.
MEMO Music Hall is an historic building. The room opened in 1924 as a dance hall raising revenue for distressed soldiers and their families. In 1927 it became the picture theatre ‘The Memorial’ and stayed that way until 1958 when it became known as The Memo’.
Between 1961 and 1965 MEMO was the home of Bill Armstrong’s Telefil recordings and film studio. During this time, Normie Rowe recorded his hit song ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ in the room that is now the venue.
Channel 7 used the studio for their weekly TV show Sunnyside Up, where a young Olivia Newton-John once made an appearance. MEMO closed to the public in the late 1980s and was finally reopened as the current MEMO Music Hall in 2015.
Summer Sounds of St Kilda acts are:
8 January, Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo
9 January, Brooke Taylor and Jess Parker
10 January, Silver Fox Social round 3 with Cornerstone featuring Debra Byrne
13 January, Hugo Race + Mikelangelo Russo + Sean Simmons & Bronwyn Henderson of The Spoils
18 January, A Whale Called Phoenix with Delsinki and The Lagerphones
19 January, Bernadette Novembre and Alma Ziegler
23 January, The Acland Street Express
24 January, Jack Howard Light Heavy Weight record launch
25 January, Kim Salmon and Harry Howard & the NDE
26 January, Deitra Farr and The Redeemers with Lily & King
But wait, Deitra is American! “It wouldn’t be St Kilda unless we had a least one tourist, so Deitra Farr, ‘Queen Of The Blues’, singer out of Chicago USA will bring the Summer Sounds Of St Kilda to a close on Saturday night Jan. 27,” Simon said.