SUNDAY: Africa Day@ Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin (Free, 11pm – 6pm)
A family and world-music-friendly Sunday afternoon affair featuring music from nine-piece Afro-fusion band K.O.G. & The Zongo Brigade, upcoming Irish bands Barq & AikJ and a hip-hop stage too.See here for full listings.
John Jellybean Benitez, (above right) former Paradise Garage, Funhouse & Studio 54 DJ (and early-Madonna producer) comes to town to play some classic New York disco. Kelly-Anne Byrne & Billy Scurry are also playing. Sounds fun.
Switching hats from singer-songwriter to electronic music, David Kitt launches his debut New Jackson album on Sunday with support from Dip Djs (who include his brother Robbie). The album of nocturnal house and electronic music was recorded during the small hours on headphones in his bedroom studio overlooking Dublin Bay while his housemates were asleep.
Streaming above is the new video for Anya’s Piano from the new album shot by NY-based Irish photographer Rich Gilligan.
Easter Saturday April 15: Weyes Blood @ The Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 (€16)
A former member of American freak rockers Jackie-O-Motherfucker and a collaborator with the delightfully odd Ariel Pink, Natalie Mering’s solo material has taken a much quieter folk path, with shades of darkness, a classic voice and bright melodies to counteract it. Check out last year’s Front Row Seat to Earth album.
TONIGHT! Hennessy Lost Fridays: Valerie Francis, Bad Bones, Lime & Fancy DJs & more @ RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2 (€20)
A lineup of music, art, poetry and visuals which also feature the electronic A/V musician Bad Bones, singer-songwriter Valerie Francis, poet John Cummins, DJs from the Lime & Fancy club night playing pop of the ’80s and ’90s, and interactive art from illustrator and animator Holly Pereira. There’s also two complimentary Hennessy cocktails on entry. Win tickets in the Nialler9 gig guide (at link below).
Tonight three of Ireland’s finest and very different bands in the genres of rock (Girl Band, above), rap (Rusango Family) and trad (Lynched) play in Vicar Street in aid of Pieta House. There’s also a DJ sets from James Vincent McMorrow Geoff Travis (Rough Trade) & Aisling O’Riordan….
As part of the Dublin Bowie Festival, which takes over venues across Dublin this week with singalongs, discussions, screenings and gigs, I Heart Bowie features a cast of Irish musicians paying tribute to the Starman. Previous editions included appearances from Glen Hansard, who performed Ashes To Ashes (above), Bell X1, The Young Folk, Sinead White, Nanu Nanu and Fiach Moriarty. All proceeds to Home Sweet Home..
Young Hearts Run Free’s annual Yule event serves as a fundraiser for the Simon Community and a BYOB knees up to some of the best Irish talent around. This year’s gig in the Co-Op in Dublin 8 starts early and goes late with performances by hahaman David O’Doherty, Booka Brass Band, Sligo rappers This Side Up, Dublin electronic duo Le Boom, Scottish songwriter Alaisdair, indie songwriter Paddy Hanna and more…
As part of Temple Bar Fest, comes this timely night of music of artists who challenge and question, politically and socially. Heading up the night is Dundalk outlier Jinx Lennon (top and above the video for Jink’s Bonus Ball who just released two albums along with music and words from Avant Gardaí, Temper-Mental MissElayneous and Fiach Moriarty.