Jack Howard LIGHTHEAVYWEIGHT Record Launch - thu 24 jan 2019, 7:15pm

Gig Info

Doors Open 7.15pm, kicking off with DJ Mum at 7.30pm.

General Admin: $18.00 +bf

At the Door: $20.00 (if still available)

Jack Howard

As part of the SUMMER SOUNDS OF ST KILDA series

“In 2017, Jack Howard toured the world with Midnight Oil as their trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist. In the long hours of down time along the way, Jack wrote a series of instrumental travelogues and blogs – a kind of musical correspondence from far-flung corners of the globe. Out of this, Jack’s beautiful new record Lightheavyweight was born.

Lightheavyweight features Jack’s lyrical trumpet lines and arrangements layered over pulsing beats and a rich sonic palette of squelching synths, slide guitar and heavy bass. Think Gorillaz with brass.

On Thursday January 24th at Memo – as part of the venue’s exciting Summer Sounds Of St. Kilda series – Jack is throwing a dance party to celebrate the release of the record. He’ll be joined live on stage by Nicky Del Rey on guitar and piano, Amy Valent Curlis on percussion and Fiona Lee Maynard on vocals, as they play to the record’s sinuous beats.

Ash Wednesday will be providing splendid and evocative projections on the big screen. The whole night is going to be an aural and visual feast.

Special guests on the evening will be Andrew Duffield (Models) doing a rare and highly-anticipated solo set, James Lee from Black Cab on the decks spinning an awesome post-punk set; and one of Melbourne’s brightest new stars, DJ Mum, weaving an hypnotic live mix.

ll this for only $20! See you there.

Check out Lightheavyweight here – jackhoward.bandcamp.com – or on Spotify and itunes.”


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.