24 hours in Lapa
Apr
28
Apr 29

24 hours in Lapa

Tamil Rogeon, of The Raah Project and Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda, presents his new work.

24 HOURS IN LAPA: An electronic orchestral song cycle.
Based on the true story of Joseph E Martin, a young American man who was gunned down after an argument with police on his 30th birthday in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, May 2007.

FEATURING: The Australian Youth Orchestra's 35-piece Momentum Ensemble
Ben Vanderwal - Drums / Dan West - Electronics / Doug de Vries - Guitar / Ryan Ritchie - Vocals / Tamil Rogeon - Electric violin

With supports from: Krakatau /  Prequel / Chico G / Ennio Styles

 

 

 

 

MAYA
Apr
29
Apr 30

MAYA

After the release of her highly anticipated "What After Now" single, we are exciting to welcome Maya back to the Night Cat for a Saturday night full of soulful grooves infused with sophisticated synth melodies. 

Transcontinental Vibrations: Bortier Okoe
Apr
29
9:00 pm21:00

Transcontinental Vibrations: Bortier Okoe

Adelaide/Ghana based Bortier Okoe and his band hit the road April 13 to May 5. Bringing the spirit of his ancestors and bringing Africa to your door step. It’s his way of connecting, contributing, sharing, spreading love, unity, bringing understanding, happiness and hope to the world.


African music is for everyone.. Bortier sings messages of peace, anti-poverty, connections, resilience, and tolerance - communicating across boundaries and countries. His unifying lyrics convey strong messages for humanity while his dynamic live performances are exhilarating, delivered with power, grace and a sense of humour. Bortier’s music is unique and irresistible – making a significant contribution and progression to World Music. 
His tour stop in Melbourne will be at Fitzroy's finest live music venue: The Night Cat on Saturday the 29th of April. 


A night of dancing and good vibes waiting for you! 

Domingo Latino: Ella Trinidad
Apr
30
May 1

Domingo Latino: Ella Trinidad

Ella Trinidad is the brainchild of Romy Hernandez, Claudia Osegueda and Eli Obando. Together they will grace the 360 degree stage at the Night Cat for their debut performance this Sunday. They lead their 8 piece ensemble delivering original songs and Afro-Cuban classics by the likes of Bamboleo, Azúcar Negra and Los Van Van. Come and check out this exciting new band to hit the Melbourne salsa scene. 

Melbourne Salsa Classes from 7pm
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
8PM – SALSA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced

***ALL FOR ONLY $20*** (CASH ONLY)
Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm.


Domingo Latino - Quarter Street
Apr
23
Apr 24

Domingo Latino - Quarter Street

Quarter Street are back again at Domingo Latino with their hard hitting classic sounds from New York, Puerto Rico, Colombia and their own Aussie made salsa! Band starts at 9pm just after Melbourne Salsa dance lessons. 

Melbourne Salsa classes from 7pm
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
8PM – SALSA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced

Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm. $10 entry General entry (no classes) from 8:30pm. 

Domingo Latino: Quarter St
Apr
16
Apr 17

Domingo Latino: Quarter St

Quarter Street return to Domingo Latino with their hard hitting classic sounds from New York, Puerto Rico, Colombia and their own Aussie made salsa! Band starts at 9pm just after Melbourne Salsa dance lessons. 

Melbourne Salsa classes from 7pm
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
8PM – SALSA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced

Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm. $10 entry General entry (no classes) from 8:30pm. 

LABJACD
Apr
15
Apr 16

LABJACD

Festival favorites LABJACD are currently working on their 4th studio recording.

While taking a break in 2012 to pursue other projects such as Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Bombay Royale, Quarter Street and the Hope Street Record Label this new LABJACD sound has evolved organically with the influence of some new members from The Red Eyes, San Lazaro and The Twelve Tone Diamonds. The influence takes a jazzier direction while maintaining the original hip-hop and latin roots sound that is LABJACD. 

The band are sounding tight and are excited to showcase the new material from their upcoming record.

LABJACD is
Nick Delaney on bass
Nashua Lee on guitar
Luke Collins on drums
Elisha Maiyah on trumpet
Peter Brodie on trumpet
Jimi Orr on saxophone
Mark Lewis on da mic
Luis Poblete on congas/mic
Cristian Saavedra on timbales/mic

Dance Party
Apr
13
Apr 14

Dance Party

Disco Inferno is back for a very special easter edition. 

Good Friday Eve at The Night Cat

You know the drill

10 piece disco band all night

Dance Party Djs all night

Dance Party!

Domingo Latino: La Influencia
Apr
9
Apr 10

Domingo Latino: La Influencia

Gathering some of the cream of the crop from Melbourne's music scene, La Influencia is the brainchild of Salvador Persico (Blue King Brown) and Daniel Mougerman, whose mutual love of music from Latin America inspired the creation of Melbourne's newest salsa powerhouse. 

Displaying an appreciation for Latin American music, particularly from Cuba and Puerto Rico - La Influencia's sound can be described as a fusion of Salsa, Timba and Jazz. Expect tunes by Eddie Palmieri, Havana D' Primera, Los Van Van, Ray Barretto, amongst others.

Vocals / Percussion - Marcelo La Greca
Vocals / Percussion - Leo Salvo
Trumpet / Vocals - Lazaro Ernesto Numa Pompa
Trumpet - Mick Fraser
Saxophone - Paul Van Ross
Trombone - Jordan Murray
Piano / Vocals - Daniel Mougerman
Bass - Jordan Tarento
Timbales - Salvador Persico
Congas - Javier Fredes
Drums - Jethro Negron


Melbourne Salsa Classes from 7pm
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
8PM – SALSA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced

***ALL FOR ONLY $20*** (CASH ONLY)
Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm.
$10 entry General entry (no classes)

Domingo Latino: LA45
Apr
2
7:00 pm19:00

Domingo Latino: LA45

Salsa in the heart of Melbourne is on! Experience Domingo Latino this Sunday with the talent of the Estrada Brothers and their powerful Salsa band LA-45. Eddie and Jayson bring their 10piece band for a big night of live salsa dura with Colombian flavour!
Don’t forget Melbourne Salsa classes start at 7pm and band is on at 9pm

Melbourne Salsa Classes
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner Level and Intermediate Level
8PM – SALSA - Beginner Level and Intermediate Level
FEES:
***ALL FOR ONLY $20*** (CASH ONLY)
Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm.
$10 entry General entry (no classes)

Kattimoni
Apr
1
Apr 2

Kattimoni

The Night Cat welcomes back one of Melbourne's premier high energy Soul acts, Kattimoni. 

A perfect fusion of juicy modern day soul music with the essence of old school retro funk.

Vibrant groove based funk rhythms, explosive raw soul and conscious hip-hop inspired flows that empower a message of hope, rising up and self creation. 

Kattimoni, is a powerhouse soul-mama vocalist fronting a fiery 9 piece global lineup, produced by Egyptian guitarist/ producer, Bisho (Radiate Productions)

Recently nominated for 'Best Soul Act' in the 2016 Cherry Awards alongside Aussie Soul legends; The Bamboos, Kylie Auldist and Cookin' on 3 Burners. 

Kattimoni will lift your spirit, warm your heart and move your body. Not to be missed!
2 sets from 11:30pm

Totalmente Brasil
Mar
31
Apr 1

Totalmente Brasil

A celebration of Brazilian Music culture right in the heart of Fitzroy! Samba Enredo, Forró, Pagode, Suingue Baiano, MPB, Samba Rock, Samba Funk & Beyond

$15/$10 (students with valid photo-id) at door. More info available here

 

Swooping Duck residency: Final show!
Mar
30
Mar 31

Swooping Duck residency: Final show!

Swooping Duck's final show of their Thursday residency has arrived! We're sad to say goodbye but what a month it's been. Come through for one last boogie. Swooping Duck consists of Simon Mavin (keys), Paul Bender (bass) and Perrin Moss (drums/percussion). A 100% improvised music performance, no tunes, zero material to fall back on. Just ears, adrenaline, focus and being in the moment. Don't miss out!

 

Domingo Latino: Ella Trinidad
Mar
26
Mar 27

Domingo Latino: Ella Trinidad

Hey salsa enthusiasts, we're back at it with Ella Trinidad for Domingo Latino, business as usual. 

Ella Trinidad is the brainchild of Romy Hernandez, Claudia Oseguda and Eli Obando. Together they will grace the 360 degree stage at the Night Cat for their debut performance this Sunday. They lead their 8 piece ensemble delivering original songs and Afro-Cuban classics by the likes of Bamboleo, Havana D' Primera and Los Van Van. Come and check out this exciting new band to hit the Melbourne salsa scene. 

Salsa and Bachata lessons from 7pm ($20), social entry from 8:30 onwards ($10)!

 

 

 

 

We'll see you soon folks 💃🏽

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Mar
18
Mar 19

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Following the frazzled freakbeat of 2016’s Nonagon Infinity, the endlessly inventive septetreturn in 2017 with new album Flying Microtonal Banana, their ninth studio album in five years, and the first of  five – count ‘em – planned new albums to be recorded and released in 2017 and beyond.

Flying Microtonal Banana marks another subtle shift in sound as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard drive deep into trance-inducing drones, inventive jazz flourishes, non-Western musical scales and metronomic rhythms that motor along like a well-oiled engine. So unique and evolved is the album’s sound that it necessitated a total reinvention of the band’s instruments after they beganexperimenting with a custom microtonal guitar made for frontman Stu Mackenzie.

Inspired by the movable frets of the Turkish bağlama, three cheap old guitars and a basswere customized in order to explore a new set of musical notes. A keyboard and mouth organ followed suit and so Flying Microtonal Banana was born.

Bullhorn (QLD)
Mar
17
Mar 18

Bullhorn (QLD)

There’s an old saying, popularised by The Breakfast Club: “you mess with the bull, you get the horns”. What does it mean? Not much really. Mostly that if you do something dangerous, you might get hurt. One dangerous thing you could do would be to miss the crazy, brass based, MC led explosion that is BULLHORN. Formed in 2011, these party animals combine virtuosic musicianship, crazy arrangements, catchy grooves and upbeat rhythms to whip the audience into a veritable frenzy. As adept at creating original tunes as they are at reimagining the likes of Bonobo and Easy Star All Stars, this nine piece behemoth is hell-bent on good times.

 

 

Transcontinental VIbrations: Baba Zula
Mar
17
8:30 pm20:30

Transcontinental VIbrations: Baba Zula

BaBa ZuLa are the unrivalled torchbearers of 21st Century psychedelic Turkish rock ’n’ roll. 

Since 1996, the band has drawn inspiration from Istanbul’s rich history and the music of the sixties, fusing it with Oriental Dub and an electric energy that guarantees no two live shows are the same.

Their trance-inducing music is equally for electronic, dub, Turkish folk music fans and psychedelic rock heads. In 2005 they were featured in the film “Crossing The Bridge” which chronicled the diverse musical scene of Istanbul and two of their best known albums were produced by British dub legend Mad Professor.

Their ritual-like performances are a mixture of disciplines of art, often featuring belly dancers, elaborate costumes, poetry, theatre and live drawing, and by mixing oriental instruments such as the darbuka, electric saz, and spoons with electronics and modern sounds. Despite sounds that might initially come to mind when one hears a phrase like “Oriental Dub”, Baba ZuLa’s music is in fact psychedelic Istanbul rock’n’roll that rolls in a way that westerners haven’t heard so frequently since the late ’60s rock epoch.
BaBa ZuLa are: Murat Ertel - Electro Bağlama, vocal and effects, Levent Akman - Electronics, percussion and cymbals, Melike Şahin - vocals, Periklis Tsoukalas - Electro Oud and Ümit Adakale - Darbuka.

BaBa ZuLa are taking the stage at one of Melbourne’s finest live music venue; The NIGHT CAT, after their WOMADelaide performances. 

Supporting BaBa ZuLa for this show, 7 piece Electro Oriental Ensemble BASHKA featuring emcee ELFTranzporter and instrumentalists from Turkey, New Zealand, and Australia and Mondo Loco & DJ Haloumi (back 2 back Dj set) will be spinning Turkish Psychedelic funk, Anatolian rock, Psychedelic bellydance, Saz Fuzz and Oriental disko all on vinyl.

Swooping Duck: Thursday Residency #3
Mar
16
Mar 17

Swooping Duck: Thursday Residency #3

Swooping Duck join us in March for a Thursday night residency! Swooping Duck consists of Simon Mavin (keys), Paul Bender (bass) and Perrin Moss (drums/percussion). A 100% improvised music performance, no tunes, zero material to fall back on. Just ears, adrenaline, focus and being in the moment. Don't miss out, make sure to get your tickets ASAP. 

 

 

Domingo Latino: La Influencia
Mar
12
Mar 13

Domingo Latino: La Influencia

Gathering some of the cream of the crop from Melbourne's music scene, La Influencia is the brainchild of Salvador Persico (Blue King Brown) and Daniel Mougerman, whose mutual love of music from Latin America inspired the creation of Melbourne's newest salsa powerhouse. 

Displaying an appreciation for Latin American music, particularly from Cuba and Puerto Rico - La Influencia's sound can be described as a fusion of Salsa, Timba and Jazz. Expect tunes by Eddie Palmieri, Havana D' Primera, Los Van Van, Ray Barretto, amongst others.

Vocals / Percussion - Marcelo La Greca
Vocals / Percussion - Leo Salvo
Trumpet / Vocals - Lazaro Ernesto Numa Pompa
Trumpet - Mick Fraser
Saxophone - Paul Van Ross
Trombone - Jordan Murray
Piano / Vocals - Daniel Mougerman
Bass - Jordan Tarento
Timbales - Salvador Persico
Congas - Javier Fredes
Drums - Jethro Negron


Melbourne Salsa Classes from 7pm
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
8PM – SALSA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced

***ALL FOR ONLY $20*** (CASH ONLY)
Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm.
$10 entry General entry (no classes)

COOL WHIP
Mar
11
12:00 am00:00

COOL WHIP

Come through for a Saturday night chock full of 7 piece funky disco improv with all the hits from Michael Jackson, Prince, Funkadelic and more! 

CLOSET
Mar
10
Mar 11

CLOSET

On Fri March 10, CLOSET is kicking off the Labor Day long weekend back at our Fitzroy party palace The Night Cat.

After recovering from Gaytimes and Mardi Gras, CLOSET is back to school and back to our regular scheduled programming with a night for homosexuals and those who love them.

WITH:
Salvador Darling
Luke Agius
JLAW
DJ ReneeDelay

+ Special Live Performance

Domingo Latino: Veneno
Mar
5
Mar 6

Domingo Latino: Veneno

Since their last killer set for the Johnston st Fiesta last year. 'Veneno' will once again grace the 360 degree stage at The Night Cat this Sunday at 9pm

Son Veneno came to life in Sydney, Australia when brothers Cesar and Steve Marin began playing music together as kids after emigrating from Latin America. Inspired by the music of bands such as Los Van Van and Irakere they found their path through the music of Cuba.

The decision was made to find like-minded musicians, with the intention of forming a band dedicated to raising the standard of Afro-Latin music in Australia. This musical endeavour led to the formation of SON VENENO. 

The early addition of young singer/songwriter Carlos Velazquez lifted the project to new heights. With a versatile mix of RNB, pop and soul, together with his domination of the Afro-Latin Sonero traditions, the band had found its unique and original voice. 

Band starts at 9pm just after Melbourne Salsa dance lessons. 

Melbourne Salsa classes from 7pm
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
8PM – SALSA - Beginner/Intermediate /Advanced

Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm.
$10 entry general entry from 8:30pm (no classes)

Honey feat Amber Ferraro
Mar
4
Mar 5

Honey feat Amber Ferraro

Honey will sooth your soul. This seductive and stimulating act melts together hip grinding grooves, tantalisingly danceable bass lines and impassioned lyricism. Combined with some of the most empowering, explosive and soulful vocals in Melbourne, Honey will take you on a sonic journey like no other. BYO dancin' shoes and boogie on down moves!

Domingo Latino: Quarter Street
Feb
26
Feb 27

Domingo Latino: Quarter Street

The Quarter Street are back at Domingo Latino with their hard-hitting analogue era Salsa dura!
Quarter Street take their cues from the giants: Eddie PalmieriRay Barretoand Willie Colón and the seminal record labels Fania Records and Tico records and charge straight ahead at the 21st century with their own songs. Check out the band this Sunday from 9pm. 

Get in early for the Melbourne Salsa dance lessons from 7pm!
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Level
8PM – SALSA - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Level


FEES:
***ALL FOR ONLY $20*** (CASH ONLY)
Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm.
$10 entry General entry (no classes)

Kylie Auldist: February Residency #4
Feb
25
Feb 27

Kylie Auldist: February Residency #4

Join us for the last instalment of Kylie Auldist's February residency! Doors are at 10pm, tickets on sale at the door. 

Kylie Auldist is at centre stage of the funk, soul and disco scene in Australia and is the voice of the 2016 European summer smash hit ‘This Girl’ by Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners.

In November 2016 she took out the award for Best Album in the funk/soul category at The Age Music Victoria Awards. Described by The Music Magazine “Melbourne’s high priestess of soul”, her critically acclaimed fourth album Family Tree combines her love of contemporary Electronic Dance Music with influences from the hedonistic, golden age of Disco, Funk and Boogie. She possesses a voice that can run the gamut from soaring vocal pyrotechnics to heart-wrenching tenderness.

Her energy on stage is absolutely electric with a huge dose of boogie power.
 

Buray
Feb
25
7:30 pm19:30

Buray

The iconic Turkish singer-songwriter BURAY comes to Melbourne for an exclusive show at the Night Cat.  Not one to miss! 

This special event will be held at The Night Cat on Saturday the 25th of February. Get your tickets now http://bit.ly/2kXIY5B

HOLD TIGHT presents: Clark (Warp Records) & many more
Feb
24
Feb 25

HOLD TIGHT presents: Clark (Warp Records) & many more

New club night Hold Tight will see frequent collaborators Good Manners and Niche Productions curate diverse, engaging lineups of both international and local talent. 

LINE-UP:
Clark (Warp Records)
Oscar Key Sung (Live + Single Launch)
Planète (Live)
CORIN (Live)
Jennifer Loveless
Good Manners DJs

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2k9lFIl

To launch the new partnership, we are excited to welcome critically-acclaimed UK producer Clark, who'll be playing a special one-off show on Friday February 24 at Melbourne's The Night Cat. Berlin-based Clark has operated as a flagship artist for legendary UK label Warp (Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Battles) since being signed as a student back in 2000.

The prolific has since released numerous records, with his unique take on electronic music being celebrated by a legion of fans worldwide. His live shows see Clark create everything through live instrumentation, demonstrated in sets at the likes of Berghain, Pritzker Pavilion and multiple Boiler Room sets.
 

Domingo Latino: La Influencia
Feb
19
Feb 20

Domingo Latino: La Influencia

Gathering some of the cream of the crop from Melbourne's music scene, La Influencia is the brainchild of Salvador Persico (Blue King Brown) and Daniel Mougerman, whose mutual love of music from Latin America inspired the creation of Melbourne's newest salsa powerhouse. 

Displaying an appreciation for Latin American music, particularly from Cuba and Puerto Rico - La Influencia's sound can be described as a fusion of Salsa, Timba and Jazz. Expect tunes by Eddie Palmieri, Havana D'Primera, Los Van Van, Ray Barretto, amongst others. Band starts at 9pm.

Melbourne Salsa dance classes
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner Level, Intermediate & Advanced Level
8PM – SALSA - Beginner Level, Intermediate & Advanced Level
FEES:
***ALL FOR ONLY $20*** (CASH ONLY)
Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm.
$10 entry General entry (no classes)

Kylie Auldist: February Residency #3
Feb
18
Feb 19

Kylie Auldist: February Residency #3

Kylie is back for her third week of her February residency here at the Night Cat. Come through for a great night of entertainment and fun!

Kylie Auldist is at centre stage of the funk, soul and disco scene in Australia and is the voice of the 2016 European summer smash hit ‘This Girl’ by Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners.

In November 2016 she took out the award for Best Album in the funk/soul category at The Age Music Victoria Awards. Described by The Music Magazine “Melbourne’s high priestess of soul”, her critically acclaimed fourth album Family Tree combines her love of contemporary Electronic Dance Music with influences from the hedonistic, golden age of Disco, Funk and Boogie. S

he possesses a voice that can run the gamut from soaring vocal pyrotechnics to heart-wrenching tenderness. Her energy on stage is absolutely electric with a huge dose of boogie power.

Tickets on sale at the door. 

 The Foreign Brothers present: The Fitzroy Roller JAM
Feb
17
Feb 18

The Foreign Brothers present: The Fitzroy Roller JAM

Back by popular demand and after round 1 and 2 at Melbourne Music Week 2014/2015, the Foreign Brothers are bringing back the ROLLER JAM and for the first time EVER at the Night Cat!!

BYO or hire your skates on the night and move around the legendary central stage to the sound of our tightly curated - Roller friendly - line-up featuring:

Prequel
Animal Feelings (NY)
Sugar Fed Leopards
Dj Hussey
 

Get your tickets at: http://bit.ly/2jkFa0H


Holding to the philosophy of past events, The Roller Jam is intended to bring together people of diverse backgrounds under the banner of peace, love, unity and having fun.

Proudly supported by the Sunshine Roller Skating Centre

Domingo Latino: Los Cabrones
Feb
12
Feb 13

Domingo Latino: Los Cabrones

Since it’s formation in 1995, Los Cabrones has become Australia’s premier Afro-Cuban Latin jazz ensemble. This big band lineup features some of Australia’s greatest jazz musicians with the best of Australia’s vibrant latino musicians, the group has performed internationally and all over Australia including Womadelaide, Sydney Bacardi Latin Music Festival, St Kilda Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Perth Jazz Festival, White Night Melbourne and a 16 year residency at Melbourne’s legendary Fitzroy night-spot the Night Cat. Los Cabrones released a self-titled CD on Jazzhead in 2001.

Band starts at 9pm, Salsa and Bachata classes from 7.