Dancing lights skim the surface of terrible tides.
Wednesday April the 28th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy exists deep beneath the city streets, inches above what was the key watercourse for the nascent colony imposed here. The ghosts of the past are present when I play. Listen from 11PM til the witching hour and you'll see.
Saturday May the 1st ~
Jack Off floats endlessly above the Pacific. Last week visitors from overseas serenaded us. This week it's all a mystery. Ends at 5. Starts at 3. Support Sydney, us or even just me. Stay wild. Stay weird.
Light layers glowing and growing, free of foul play.
Wednesday April the 21st ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy sees Pia Andersen DJ between sets from Paula Baxter and Dan Barnett's Organ Trio from 7 til 11, before I bring it all home til close. Dancing is uplifting, entry free.
Friday April the 23rd ~
Get deeper down below ground and unfurl as the weekend descends, via my first set in the reopened Imperial basement in eons. 9PM til midnight. Free.
Saturday April the 24th ~
On our return from the fertile dirt of Northern NSW Jack Off goes hard - bringing you multiple live guests from here and overseas!
First hear Philly to Canberra transplant John Sharkey III (accompanied by the latter city's Nick Craft), then catch New Zealand's fast-moving Merk, fresh from the travel bubble opening at last.
Sunday April the 25th ~
Come Sunday we'll enjoy the perfect autumn air out by the greens of the Petersham Bowling Club between 2 and 5PM. Animals and kids caper about as our beautiful, peaceful community comes together.
That remains entirely free. Then, if you feel the urge to party on inside for a small fee you can, as from 7 The Western Distributors Anzac Day Dance Spectacular kicks into gear. Let's twist again...
Curly cars and sand bars. Bending with the breeze. Off to recite nursery rhymes in northern climes.
Friday April the 16th ~
Gonna get cosmic from the outset with a free nine til midnight bracket at Byron Bay's brilliant new cocktail bar Spott. Join us if yr up that way hey?
Saturday April the 17th ~
Jack Off transmits from 3 til just shy of sunset despite my absence. It brings me peace and joy to know that Jonny Seymour is forever on hand to relay love and light to all our loyal listeners.
In the interim I'll be spinning sweet tunes at the wedding of Katie and Kahlil up in the hinterland.
My eternal respect and gratitude to all who made our first Recovery On The Rocks such a perfect manifestation of healing and community. Aunty Rhonda seems to have summed it all up better than I could ever hope to - she sent this text just now:
Just wanted to say Thank you 😊 For inviting me to do the Welcome to Country It was such a lovely event very thoughtful Loved everything about it The Energy was Ethereal yet Up Lifting something that I feel needed during these trying times 🌈🙏🏽🌞❤️🐳🐙🐞🌈 Stay well Cheers xAuntyRhonda
Please, if yr gonna take anything from these years of missives from me, take the chance to catch my wise old mate Vic Simms headline this extraordinary occasion that seeks to surmount the sordid history of Sydney and the stress of the past year via love, music, art and community. It was made for you.
Saturday April the 10th ~
Jack Off pleases itself on FBi Radio betwixt 3 and 5PM. Catch up on last week's chat with Peaches here.
Sunday April the 11th ~
The first proper party I've thrown for all and sundry in over a decade, Jack's Hit House - Recovery On The Rocks takes place this Sunday afternoon within Good Space and it's parkland surrounds.
We're hosting a free gathering that acknowledges all we lost during the pandemic, whilst beginning to rebuild individual spirits and our collective bonds.
It will be held on contentious land, where a penal colony was first imposed on the oldest living culture on earth, an area where displacement and dispossession of people in the name of crass commerce persists.
This is an intergenerational, multimodal exchange of music and performance - featuring a diverse array of local artists, bound by sincere intentions to emotionally engage and uplift after the acute traumas of the past year. It will be a safe and inclusive space that welcomes people of all ages, races and sexualities.
We seek to heal the harms endured in isolation by sharing culture in a creative repurposing of an historic outdoor/indoor venue. This involves a clear-eyed look at the stark shape of things: a determination to waste no minutes nor opportunities; to do better, together; to lay a fairer foundation for our future - in hope, gesture and deed.
It starts with us.
Head down to the harbour with yr loved ones to share in true stories, stirring Sydney bands, empathetic deejay sets and sacred/profane shows.
Enjoy life and each other.
Running times are as follows:
Pandemic Park (Bligh & Barney Reserve):
1-3 Jack Shit (DJ)
1-3 Venus Vamp (Tarot)
1.30-3.30PM Sunny Leunig (Magic)
2.15 Aunty Rhonda (Welcome To Country)
2.45 Betty Grumble (Show)
3-4.30 Robbie Buck (DJ)
4.30-6PM Soup (DJ)
6 til 7 The Snacc Pacc
Samson's Cottage Courtyard (Garden in front of both 102A and 106-108 George St, opposite Overseas Passenger Terminal):
3.30-4.30 Vic Simms and band
Sailor's Home Theatre (106-108 George St):
5.30-6.15 Maya Petrovna