The Rhythm Hut
Mike Love + Declan Kelly at The Rhythm Hut Tickets
6:30pm, Fri 16 November, 2018
The Rhythm Hut, NSW
Welcoming the incredible Mike Love to The Rhythm Hut for the first time, supported by Bondi reggae artist Declan Kelly.
Revolutionary music may seem hard to come by in these days and times. Long gone is the era of artists like Bob Marley, The Clash, Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith getting airplay and bringing their messages to the masses. But that doesn't mean that the revolution isn't still brewing in the hearts and minds of many people around the globe.
Meet Mike Love. One of reggae music's rising stars. Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii to a musical family that spans generations, Mike Love brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place. It's his message, his passion, the wisdom behind his words that truly resonate with his fans. "It's always been about the depth," Mike Love explains, "I've never been into music that was shallow. I'm still learning. I'm still learning about where I'm going and where I want to be. All the music is a learning tool to me too. I just make myself open to it. All the messages that come through the music, it's not just coming through me and my wisdom, because I don't think I'm that wise of a person. I don't think I'm some wise elder or anything like that. I just make myself open to the music and it just comes through. To me it's just as much of a teaching for me as it is for anyone who is listening to it and is open to it."
His songs take you on a journey, one of healing and inspiration. One designed to help you on your path to knowledge, wisdom and understanding. On "Permanent Holiday" he takes you on a lyrical quest for freedom, both his and yours. He laments the ills of the world but also discusses solutions and ideas to change them.
Mike Love has shared the stage with artists like Stephen Marley, Don Carlos, Trevor Hall, Nahko & Medicine For The People, John Butler Trio, Groundation, Steel Pulse, Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson.
Revolutionary, Conscious, Music.
Declan Kelly was born in Sydney Australia to an Irish Father and a Maori mother. Having two strong ancestral ties, it was no wonder that creativity and music was running through his blood. His Mother 'Salley', a singer, exposed Declan to the life of a musician and instruments from an early age; he took to the drums and guitar, and singing came later.
During his high school years he grew up in Sydney's Balmain were live music was abundant and a thriving scene made this village alive and a great place to grow up for a budding musician. Here he met Alex Lloyd and other musicians to form his first band 'The Beefs' which went on to play underage in bars. They won a bunch of band comps as they had a uniqueness in playing rhythm and blues which most teenagers were unfamiliar with.
It was when Kelly finished school that he was headhunted by one of the hardest working rhythm and blues bands - 'The Bond Cigars' - and immediately began touring rigorously and honing his craft as a musician, and then a songwriter. He recorded an album with them before parting four years later in his early 20's to form other bands and eventually write and pen his own tunes.
Having been the drummer for a number of great artists, Kelly learnt the craft of good song writing, recording authentically and the mastery of studio production, as well as the delivery of a rockin live show. This leads us to his very own debut album 'Tales from the Neighbourhood' back in 2005. Andy Glitre, a well known triple J presenter, saw great potential in Kelly and helped him fund 'Tales...' through his label. His live show was picked up by many festivals throughout Australia for the authentic roots flavor that was blossoming in Australia at this time. Kelly's love of roots reggae and Polynesian harmony won the respect of many of his peers.
His second album Adrift, saw Declan's song writing mature to become deeply moving and personal. His production skills moved up a few gears to produce an authentic, quality album of well crafted songs. Two songs from the album, Far and Awayand Hold the Light were featured in the BBC series Top of the Lake, directed by Jane Campion.
The latest production from Declan is a collaborative effort on an awareness and fundraising album called Diesel n'Dub, a collection of reggae and dub versions of Midnight Oil songs featuring a stellar cast including Katie Noonan, Alex Lloyd, Emma Donovan and Radical Son to name a few. Proceeds go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Declan continues to write and is in the process of pre-production of his next album.
WHAT: Mike Love supported by Declan Kelly
WHEN: Friday 16th November, 2018
WHERE: The Rhythm Hut - 135 Faunce St Gosford
TICKETS: $25 + bf pre sale / $30 door (if available)
Kids 12/under FREE (limited tickets available - must be booked in advance)
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