Gigs at The Labour In Vain
The Exotics, Wrong Turn8PM
Blues Roulette Spinning the Wheel at the Labour5pmBand MembersThe Blues Roulette House band is Ben Wicks on Bass, Chad Blaster on drums and Ollie Rolfe on hammond.Blues Roulette has become a Melbourne Blues Institution. After three years of hosting events, it has established itself as the leading blues hang.
Other Places/ Lovers of the Black Bird8PM
Other Places and Lovers of the Blackbird join hands and hearts to transform the Labour into a weird and wonderful psychedelic playground for one night only.Mathew Watson (also known as Other Places) is an Australian composer and musician exploring solo & collaborative sound making with drums and synthesizers.Lovers of the Black Bird are Julie Montan & Joseph Foley. Doom and Poem. Glockenspiel Popenspiel Rockenspiel. Lovers of total capacity colour absorption.
JVG Guitar Method5pmThe JVG Guitar Method is the product of JVG from RRR, Mark Ferrie from the RocKwiz Orkestra, Ash Davies from drum heaven and Dale Lindrea from bass hell.
Heartaches & Hangovers with The T-Bones5pm
Heartaches and Hangovers is a regular honky tonk afternoon at the Labour in Vain on the first Sunday of every month. Unique to this afternoon is the supreme pairing of community radio legends Denise Hylands (Twang -Triple R FM, Saturdays 2pm -4pm) with Dave Heard (Acid Country- PBS FM, Thursdays 3pm - 5pm) as resident DJs going back to back playing your favourite country tunes including a few by the gig’s namesake George Jones. T-Bones will be gracing the stage this month.
Backwood Creatures is a Melbourne-based swamp-blues act that boast a loving local following, and a live show not to be missed.
Spearheaded by Jeb Cardwell, the energetic trio harks back to the glory days when guitar-driven rock and rich vocals were king. When these guys get going, musicianship, charisma and impossibly slick fingerwork leave crowds transfixed.
Twice named SA guitarist of the year, Jeb Cardwell is a live performance veteran. In the 20-odd years he’s been behind the axe, Jeb has toured Australia and over seas opening for artists such as Tony Joe White, Steve Earle & The Punch Brothers. Most recently Jeb recorded and toured nationally with Aria award winners Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson for their latest album release, ‘Wreck & Ruin’. An accomplished songwriter, Jeb has previously taken out the American BMI songwriting competition, and has been described by ABC Music as “a mean guitarist who plays like he just walked out of Austin, Texas.Bassist Grant Cummerford is hailed as one of Australia’s best blues-and-roots bass players. Throughout his many years thumping the strings, Grant has played alongside Jeff Lang, Chris Whitley, Xavier Rudd, Mia Dyson, The Audreys, Kevin Borich, Chain and Ash Grunwald. Onstage, he can be sprung giving his bandmates the occasional grin before getting down to business.
A sight to see in full flight, Tim Burnham is one of Melbourne’s most entertaining drummers. For over 10 years Tim has toured and recorded with Aussie greats such as Chris Wilson, Jimi Hocking and Lloyd Spiegel.
Backwood Creatures combine entertainment with musical ability. It’s their solid swamp-blues sound, plus the guarantee of some of the most impressive jams out of Melbourne, that keep audiences swilling beer until long after the final encore.
Heartaches & Hangovers with Small Town Romance5pm
Heartaches and Hangovers is a regular honky tonk afternoon at the Labour in Vain on the first Sunday of every month. Unique to this afternoon is the supreme pairing of community radio legends Denise Hylands (Twang -Triple R FM, Saturdays 2pm -4pm) with Dave Heard (Acid Country- PBS FM, Thursdays 3pm - 5pm) as resident DJs going back to back playing your favourite country tunes including a few by the gig’s namesake George Jones.
Small Town Romance
Fronted by Jim Arneman and Flora Smith Small Town Romance have been steadily garnering a fan base of true country music lovers everywhere they play. Sharing thewriting and singing duties Jim brings a love of narrative and Flora a love of melody – together they are each the others perfect musical foil. At the heart of Small Town Romance is a partnership that celebrates their unique musical backgrounds creating a sound that is more than just a sum of their parts.
The band is steeped in healthy doses of Tex-Mex, Cajun, honky tonk, blues, and some folk for good measure, but their voices are truly their own.
Small Town Romance are an act that will have you marvelling at their song-craft one minute and then dragging your partner up to two-step the next!
We ❤️ Live Music
As anyone who has ever visited the Labour In Vain knows, music is pretty much baked into every fibre of the joint.
Almost all our gigs (excluding a couple of special events a year) are FREE ENTRY so you’ve got NO EXCUSE NOT TO get out and be blown away by live local music.