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Fri 12th July: Ego Problem presents 'Christmas in July' with Lucky Max - From 8pm - $7 pre-sale/$10 door

This year? Things will be different. This year? Christmas is coming early as Ego Problem present Christmas in July Live!

For four and a half years Lil' Silky and Good Brother have been jingling with the best of them and sleighing the festive blues away with their annual Christmas songs. From the tragi-comedy of 2020's festive manifesto, "Christmas Ain't for Lovers", to the introspective slam-rap of 2021's, "Santa Why?", to 2022's lovelorn confessional, "Nevermind (This Christmas Time)", and all the way to 2023's heartache rockabilly anthem, "Sideswipin' Santa", each year has seen a new Ego Problem Christmas installment.

However, there has been no live performance of these songs. Until now.

As a celebration of the impending half-decade milestone, Christmas in July will see Ego Problem's entire Christmas anthology performed live for the very first time! But that's not all, same as it ever was, Ego Problem have been in the lab brewing up something fresh and as such, this concert will also see the birth of an entirely new genre with the performance of their new hit: "Christmas in July"!

On support is Lucky Max - the latest 4-piece neo-soul powerhouse from Naarm lead Harrison Clarke (piano, vox) featuring Mark Aird (drums), Aydin Gunes Sari (guitar) and Josh Ten (bass). With influences from Dijon, D'Angelo, Mac Miller and Jaco Pastorious, Lucky Max have a dense set of original groovy vibes to make you move!

So get on down, order an eggnog (or a longneck, we've seen the receipts) and let's get festive, wooh!


Sat 13th July: Sapphire Street & The Spares - From 8pm - Free!

Off the back of releasing their 4th studio album ‘How To Bend’, Sapphire Street are treating Ringo Barr to an intimate set featuring fresh material, alongside darling friends The Spares.
Sapphire Street is an art rock project with a habit of carving their own tasteful path straight through the boundaries of genre definition. Made up of George Inglis (vocals, guitar), Luca Soprano (drums, vocals), and Luke Gonzales (guitar, keys, vocals), their music is the culmination of a wide range of influences from classic rock and jazz to modern alternative genres, resulting in a style that is a unique and reckonable force. Together forming a group set on testing the possibilities of their creativity.

Sun 14th July: Butter Space & Temple of Groove - From 8pm - Free!

Butter Space are a 4-piece instrumental retro groove band from the inner north of Narm/Melbourne playing original tunes. They are inspired by early 70s funk/soul/rock/jazz grooves and like to incorporate melty synth and psychedelic sounds. The band consists of Anthony Knoepfle (keys and guitar), Brian Connolly (drums), Jeremy Davies (bass) and Jordan Brown (guitar).

Temple Of Groove is a high energy grooving Jazz/Fusion band featuring drumming of Gene Celiberti whose grooves have evolved from childhood and studying at Berklee College Of Music, Boston Massachusetts. This has led to recording a Jazz/Fusion CD in Jakarta , performing live shows in Indonesia, music festivals and record 2 songs featuring Frank Gambale (well known jazz guitarist in USA) who has played with Chic Corea. Swinging out with high energy on his guitar is Judd Niemann. He was a prominent musician in Adelaide and studied Jazz at Adelaide University before moving to Melbourne 1998. Judd has played many music festivals and live shows. With his great playing of bebop, swing, modern Jazz/Fusion he brings a wide variety of styles to the band. With positive jazz vibes playing bass guitar is Jones Roland. Jomes brings a high/energy Jazz/Funk style music to the band. Jones has 20 years experience performing live shows, recording overseas, composer/arranger in the Indian film industry. Since moving to Melbourne Jones has played in many festivals and jazz shows. Temple Of Groove is a unique trio of musicians that play upbeat Jazz/Fusion bringing excitement and Groove to their shows.

Fri 19th July: The Recycles & Goodwin - From 8pm - $15 pre-sale and door

The Recycles are a grungey alternative rock band intent on fun, have a dance have a boogie or sing along, whatever fun means to you, we're up for it. Jasper Krzyzanowski and Danny May will be joined by a mystery bass player so keep your eyes PEELED as this won't be a show to miss, we promise they never are. We started our musical journey playing at a library and from there we've played all over Melbourne cutting our teeth in the best venues. There's nothing we love more than making a whole lotta noise with a whole lotta love for what we do and what we write, we can't wait to play at Ringo Bar it's gonna be great.

Sat 20th July: The Funky People, Sally & Luce - From 8pm - Free!

Come on down to see The Funky People play, you guessed it, PHUNK (among other things) at Ringo Barr with a support set by stupendous sister-act Sally and Luce.
Made up of three lovers of all things in time and in tune Will Harris (drums) Oscar LaDell (Bass) and Phil Leggett (Geetar), the Funky People play funk, blues, soul and jazz tunes by greats such as Curtis Mayfield, The Meters, John Scofield, Donny Hathaway and Freddie King. Come down to have a boogie and a bevvie.
Sally and Luce play original songs and covers from the blues and soul worlds with conviction and grit.
FREE ENTRY bring ya mates x

Sun 21st July: Hello January, Greta & Shai - From 8pm - $10 pre-sale/$15 door

Hello January is an improvising ensemble made up of young musicians playing the original music of Bernie Ramos and Alan Nguyen. The duo have played together across several ensembles and are joining together again for this performance as composing and arranging partners. Influenced by contemporary figures such as Brian Blade, Pat Metheny, Paul Grabowsky and Sam Keevers, Ramos and Nguyen wish to highlight their connection to their friends as artists through authentic compositions created with each member’s unique sound in mind.

Saxophones - Bernie Ramos, Sullivan Tung, Bradley Brückner
Piano - Atharv Joshi
Bass - Jemima Smith
Drums - Alan Nguyen
Some housemates play board games, some host dinner parties but Shai and Greta got through lockdown 2020 with a mutual love of jazz standards, musical theatre and all things singing. Join them as they take you back through the repertoire of their late-night kitchen duets!