The Acland Street Express - wed 23 jan 2019, 7:30pm

Gig Info

on sale

Doors Open 7.30pm, showtime 8.00-10.00pm (with intermission).

Located in the Ember Lounge

General Admin: $10.00 +bf

on sale

As part of the SUMMER SOUNDS OF ST KILDA series

There will be no stops! It will be express all the way from the dirt and grit of the subway straight to the sweet soul of the famous Acland cake shops. Catch Jake Mason (organ) Danny Spencer (guitar and vocals) & Andrew Swann (drums & vocals) as they drive The Acland St Express hard through blues, soul and roots, keeping the grooves right on the top of the tracks.

About SUMMER SOUNDS OF ST KILDA

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.