Harry Howard & The NDE + Kim Salmon Album Launch - fri 25 jan 2019, 7:30pm

Gig Info

Doors Open 7.30pm, showtime 8.40-11.00pm.

General Admin: $25.00 +bf

Hayy Howard and The NDE, Kim Salmon Kim Salmon

As part of the SUMMER SOUNDS OF ST KILDA series

Living legends Harry Howard and the NDE team up with fellow demigod Kim Salmon down south to play for “Summer Sounds of St. Kilda”.

Featuring two of Melbourne’s most handsome rock couples, Harry Howard & the NDE hail from These Immortal Souls, Crime & the City Solution (Harry Howard), Coral Snakes, The Moodists, The MistLY (Dave Graney and Clare Moore), Moll Flanders Band (Edwina Preston) Harry Howard & the NDE have taken their music to the far corners of the mother continent and shared the stage with Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, The Pop Group, The Aints and Thurston Moore among others. Artist Facebook Page

Kim Salmon originally aspired to be a nuclear physicist but was swayed by the sounds of rock’n’roll and became a Scientist. He later became a Beast of Bourbon and then a Surrealist. He’s been a seminal influence on Garage Rock and countless bands including Nirvana, Mudhoney, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, White Stripes and Spacemen 3. He will perform solo in support of his latest album, “Hookline & Singer”.

Almost no one is greater St. Kilda royalty than the Howard family with Harry’s older brother former Birthday Party guitarist, Rowland having a lane in the suburb named after him following his passing 10 years ago while Kim and his seminal punk-grunge act, The Scientists called St. Kilda their 2nd home when they began making the pilgrimage from Sydney where they were based in the early 80s. Artist Facebook Page

This promises to be a potent mix and unmissable for any fan of St. Kilda’s post-punk/grunge scene form the mid eighties.


Over the years many, many musos, bands entertainers and artists have called and still call St Kilda home. MEMO Music Hall would like to put the spot light on a selection of these performers and hence is presenting Summer Sounds Of St Kilda 2019.

From Jan 8 – Jan 26 we are putting together an eclectic collection of artists, who live or have lived in St Kilda, to perform at MEMO Music Hall and the EMBER LOUNGE. 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.

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”.

MEMO Music Hall is a “hidden gem” of a performance venue that is quickly becoming a “must play” for a lot of musos.

It opened in 1924 as a dance hall dedicated to raising revenue for distressed soldiers and their families. Following the rise in popularity of cinema, it went on to house The Memorial picture theatre from 1927 to 1958, when it became affectionately known as ‘The Memo’.

From 1961 to 1965 MEMO Music Hall was the home of TELEFIL recording and film studios under the supervision of legendary sound engineer Bill Armstrong. Amongst its claim to recording history fame is its location for Normie Rowe’s 1965 hit, It Ain’t Necessarily So. Banned initially for its lyrics, it was the first number one record in both Sydney and Melbourne, by a Melbourne-based artist.

The stars of Channel 7’s weekly variety program Sunnyside Up, including Olivia Newton- recorded the audio at MEMO miming to the pre-records live on-air. The Channel 9 Big Band also recorded at MEMO due to its size and acoustic splendour.

Falling into disrepair in the late 80s MEMO was closed to the public, reopening in 2015, its now fully renovated and kitted out with a new stage, sound and lighting systems. MEMO now plays host to many top Australian and International touring musicians.

Summer Sounds Of St Kilda 2019 coming in January will be another bench mark in the already amazing life of MEMO Music Hall.