Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento - sat 14 aug 2021, 7:30pm AEST

Gig Info

Doors 7.30pm
Showtime 8-10pm


Loud 'N' Local

Loud ‘N’ Local – Bringing you the best of Melbourne’s live music scene throughout August 2021.

At MEMO we believe you have to roll with the punches, duck and weave, and at all costs keep the music flowing. So, when we found out a number of our August shows featuring NSW artists could not go ahead due to the recent COVID-19 strife in the Emerald City, we took the opportunity to celebrate the best of Melbourne’s live music scene in our Loud ‘N’ Local line-up.

Heading out of Lockdown with massive tropical vibes, Nicky Bomba will jump on his musical boat again at MEMO to deliver a party filled island adventure with his band BUSTAMENTO that covers Calypso, Mento, Early Reggae and Ska styles.

MEMO MUSIC Hall is proud to present Australia’s premier Calypso Reggae ensemble BUSTAMENTO! w/special guest OSCAR JIMENEZ. Fronted by 4 time ARIA award winner Nicky Bomba, the band will be bringing their special Caribbean flavour, making it a complete tropical sunsplash in the middle of Melbourne’s winter. Did someone say Hawaiian shirts and Pina Coladas?

INTERCONTINENTAL JOURNAL 7 kicks off with effervescent ‘Fez in Fez’ immediately catapulting this musical mission on a round the world adventure of fun and games. Songs like ‘Caretaker’ and ‘Rise Up’ still pay homage to their Reggae and Calypso roots and the added flavour of Steel Pan adds a spice that enhances every musical dish. The first single, ‘ Back Again’ suggests a Motown base with a Calypso feel, ‘We All Make Mistakes’, a thick drum bed under a Pacific Ukelele serenade, ‘Josephine’ (based on the incredible Josephine Baker) hits the classic syncopated jungle groove while the ‘Glasto Mud Shuffle’ takes us on a New Orleans swamp boogie. The songs intertwine effortlessly and show the vast array of ideas in Bustamento’s multicultural kitchen.


Nicky Bomba – Vocals, Guitars, Percussion

Barry Deenick – Double Bass, Vocals

Paul Coyle – Trumpet, Vocals

George Servanis – Percussion, Vocals

Michael Caruana – Piano

Peter Mitchell – Saxophone

Lennox Jordon – Steelpans