Beats, soul, groove and indie: The best of local and international live music take to the Common Rooms stage

Common Rooms, Melbourne’s newest venue for independent arts, music and events, is set to launch on 8 November, bringing the best of local and international live music to the stage.

Program highlights include This Beat Is Yours, a night of tunes spanning the globe, from Afro Beats and Middle Eastern Grooves to Afro House. Host of PBS 106.7FM’s Eternal Rhythm, Shio Otani will be bringing her eclectic range of records to kick off the evening and get everyone on the dance floor.

Dean Zepherin will showcase his trademark electronic sound he developed after touring the globe extensively as a DJ, searching unexpected places (think Jeddah, Gambia and Egypt) for global sounds and voices to fuse together, inevitably starting his own label Tribe records. Finally, MzRizk, host of Boogie Beat Suite on PBS 106.7FM and lover of all things percussion and bass, will bring her collection of Arabic and Afro House, as well as some live drums to accompany this global journey on 9 November.

Melbourne’s best female soul singers unite at Women of Soul on 14 November for their one and only show in 2019. Featuring Carla Troiano (Mayfield), Shannen Wick (Fulton Street), Chelsea Wilson, Emilia (The Mamas), Raleigh Williams (Cookin’ on 3 Burners) and Laura Ingram, backed by their all-star house band and supported by PBS DJ Ms Goldie – get ready to shake and shimmy to sweet soul, deep funk and disco grooves. Chelsea Wilson said: “We are so excited to be bringing Women of Soul back to one of our favourite spaces in Melbourne. We have new singers, new vocalists and are pumped for a night of original soul and boogie.”

Since 2011, the Women of Soul collective has presented live original soul music written and performed by female artists. Performance highlights include appearances at Melbourne Recital Centre, Federation Square, The Corner, Shadow Electric, Bella Union, Brunswick Music Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival and more.

Melbourne queens of indie-noir Broads launch their new album Stay Connected on 16 November – an album that deserves attention; “a slippery feeling of sweetness and horror making it one of the most compelling releases of the year.” (Brian Parker for Your Music Radar). Self-produced, Broads have pushed their sound from their acoustic roots into a wider spectrum of colour. With full band in tow plus a range of special guests, Broads are set to bring the album to life in full technicolour for their hometown show.

Other music highlights include M.E.S.S Presents on 21 November as part of Melbourne Music Week and New York’s iconic piano bar, Marie’s Crisis, coming all the way to Melbourne. There’s no set list, no stage, no microphone and no shooshing. Everyone’s welcome to sing their heart out, or just stand and enjoy the musical mavens who know ALL the lyrics, on 28 – 30 November.

Located in Melbourne’s iconic Trades Hall, Common Rooms is a home for independent artists and people who like to party. As a project of Melbourne Fringe, the program has been created by the Melbourne Fringe Programming team, along with music booker Sarah Guppy. Sarah said: “I cannot wait to reveal some of the incredible shows we’ve got in the works. 2020 is going to be a big year for Common Rooms – bringing live music back to Trades Hall in the reactivated space.”

Common Rooms has been designed to support Melbourne Fringe’s purpose of sparking artistic, cultural and personal discovery for Melbourne and its citizens through arts participation. Common Rooms is a culturally and physically safe space for our community, including LGBTIQ+, First Nations, Deaf and people with disability, featuring the best emerging and independent artistic talent. A recent renovation has seen the building become fully accessible. Common Rooms: a place where culture and community collide.

Common Rooms
Trades Hall
Corner Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton