We present regular free live In-store Performances at lunchtimes featuring local & international artists. Some of the artists who have performed on our stage include Richard Thompson, Jimmy Webb, Ron Sexsmith, John Scofield, Michelle Shocked, John Hammond, Dave Alvin, Chris Smither, Stephen Cummings, Mick Thomas, Andy White…to name just a few!

These lunchtime concerts are truly very special, intimate & enjoyable…and we hope you’ll come along and join us when you can.

THEY’RE FREE!

In-Store Performances

THE SAND PEBBLES Friday 25th August @ 12.45pm

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The band who notoriously formed on the set of Neighbours return with studio album number six – Pleasure Maps. Following sold out shows with the reformed Dave Graney & the Coral Snakes, founding Sand Pebbles’ members – Andrew Tanner, Ben Michael X and Christopher Hollow – got together with Dark Magic producer, Malcolm McDowell, to try out new songs. A note left under their door persuaded them to continue. For a band always looking for signs, this was enough to inspire headway, leading to the recording of Pleasure Maps.

Produced by the dynamic duo of McDowell and James Dean [who helmed 2008’s Ceduna], Pleasure Maps features guest appearances from local Melbourne identities such as Buried Feather’s Steve McLennan and cellist Gareth Skinner. It also includes fabulous performances from long-time Sand Pebbles Tor Larsen and Wes Holland, who recently exited to London.
The Melbourne album launch is Saturday 26th August at The Spotted Mallard and play at The Basement Discs on the 25th.

THE DUSTY MILLERS Friday 1st September @ 12.45pm

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The Dusty Millers are the combination of three very different and interesting Melbourne musicians, all with their own names and musical history. Lisa Miller gives the songs she sings a colour and a pathos that is utterly distinctive. Since the release of her debut album in 1996, Lisa Miller has received consistent and unanimous praise from reviewers across the board, and earned a place as one of our very finest musical artists. Tracey Miller, also known as “The Gospel Queen of Melbourne”, has been teaching Gospel choirs and singing country, bluegrass, jazz, rhythm & blues with Melbourne’s finest players forever. Tracey Miller writes what used to be called “strong women’s songs” – songs that deal in the day-to-day relationships between ordinary women and their loved ones. Loretta Miller is the daughter of Tracey and the niece of Lisa. She has grown up with their music and performed with them from a young age, but also has a voice and style of her own. Most notably she toured the world 4 times over as a member of the dynamic 9 piece soul outfit “Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes”. Now focusing on her other outfit JAZZPARTY, she also found time to do a Patsy Cline tribute show performed at Mullumbimby Music Festival two years running and at the Caravan Music Club to rave reviews. Together they are THE DUSTY MILLERS and there is nothing better than listening to these three unique voices blended into perfect three part harmonies, giving classic songs a beautiful twist and breathing new life to some of Lisa and Tracey’s original songs.

BROADS Friday 8th September @ 12.45pm

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Melbourne indie-noir crooners Kelly Day and Jane Hendry are Broads. They  have a shared love of face-melting harmonies and murder mysteries. They bring these together in their project ‘Broads’, which delivers a new, slightly criminally-minded take on the acoustic folk duo. Their songs weave through a cast of characters riddled with self-delusion, longing, regret and paranoia. Described as “an aural wonderland” (Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, Radio National), ‘Vacancy’ (2017) is Broads at their most expansive and intoxicating. With guest appearances by acclaimed Melbourne musicians Alex O’Gorman on bass, Sarah Galdes on drums, Matt Dixon and Dan Lethbridge on electric guitars, Vacancy sees Broads at their most mesmerising and panoramic. On the road in support of their debut album ‘Vacancy’, Broads are delivering intoxicating performances across the country, accompanied by a band of Melbourne’s finest. They join us down here at The Basement Discs on the 8th of September. 

BENNY WALKER Friday 15th September @ 12.45pm

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Hailing from regional Victoria, Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people, summer vibes and deep grooves. Recent offerings SAVE and Oh No You Don’t shot to No. 1 on the AMRAP charts; the latter earning him four NIMA 2016 nominations and the award for “Best Aboriginal Talent” at The Age Music Victoria Awards. His latest songs produced by Jan Skubiszewski mix Blues and Roots with a contemporary guitar driven soul vibe. Benny has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest, including Archie Roach, Blue King Brown, Tim Rogers and Vika and Linda Bull, and was awarded Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award for Best New Talent in 2012. An accomplished solo performer, Walker is regularly joined on stage by his band, where he replaces his acoustic guitar with a Telecaster and indulges his passion for the big blues-rock sound. Join us on Friday 15th of September at 12.45pm.

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Melbourne band, The Heartache State, fronted by Nick Barker, are set to release their brand new album, Last of the Buffalo on September 1 via independent rock label, Golden Robot Records. Produced by Shane O’Mara at Yikesville Studios, Last of the Buffalo, was a bucket list project for the band – to record an album without a net.  The results are brilliant. The majority of the songs were written by Nick Barker, with Justin Garner also contributing, and Tim Rogers penning the title track. Nick Barker will be playing here on the 22nd of September.