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Issue 1674

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s note

Beat’s second-ever fortnightly edition is here so let’s take some time to reflect. How’d you find instalment one? What looked wrong and what looked right? I bet the design gave you a shock but that itchiness will quickly pass – change does that to you.

As we gear up for the second half of May, the whispers of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival louden. Funk kings Ghost-Note preface the extravaganza with this week’s cover slot – Snarky Puppy members Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth have willed a collective juggernaut to the front of the international jazz scene and they’ll join the likes of Herbie Hancock, Lisa Fischer and Ambrose Akinmusire on a bill that truly delivers. It kicks off Friday May 31. Remember the day.

Adjacent culture tastemakers, The Boite, have found a home in Melbourne fostering the careers of musicians the world over. Victoria’s multicultural music hub, the organisation celebrates its 40th anniversary with a huge party, welcoming the likes of Omados, Lamine Sonko, Ernie Gruner and Opa Bato to the Abbotsford Convent.

Outside of that, Beat #1674 sees the likes of Conrad Sewell, Josh Wolf, Sleep Talk and Eric Bibb welcomed into the premises. There’s Stanley Burgers and your Italian fix in Beat Eats town while Mildlife and Amyl and The Sniffers arrest our live space. It’s a snazzy jazzy one so start lacquering that brass.