Vince Jones & Special Guests – Live at Jazzlab in Melbourne, February 9&10

Australia’s best loved jazz man Vince Jones returns to Melbourne for two rare club appearances at Melbourne’s premier jazz venue, Jazzlab. He will perform with full band, featuring Matt McMahon, Ben Robertson and Danny Fischer, plus a special guest performer at each show, Feburary 9 and 10! Continue reading “Vince Jones & Special Guests – Live at Jazzlab in Melbourne, February 9&10”

Happy Holidays from Karen Conrad Publicity

It’s that time of year again, my friends.

It’s time to say goodbye to 2017 and wish you all happy holidays!

This office is closed from 21 December – 3 January. If it’s urgent you can ring my mobile and emails will be checked periodically.

See you all in 2018.

Until then stay safe, have fun and fight the power!




*SHE* Rates

Melbourne-based publicist and feminist Karen Conrad has decided once again to try and fix the gender pay gap for women who need PR in Australia.

Karen is offering *SHE* RATES for females and those who identify as female  –  20% off new publicity campaigns from now until January 30th for new female-driven arts, fashion, theatre and music PR campaigns. 

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Just outside of Tamworth NSW, beyond a river, lies a place which holds a deep meaning in the hearts of Australian country music songwriters. Earlier this year, Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko and Andrew Thomson met on a sheep station called The DAG where each July, established musicians pass on their craft to the next generation. This January will see these three emerging artists deliver the magic from the DAG to Australia’s East Coast. Continue reading “BROUHAHA, FALKO & THOMSON SUMMER TOUR ANNOUNCED!”

Karise Eden: Live & Acoustic 3 gigs!

Karise Eden is arguably Australia’s best new female blues vocalist. All natural talent with a soulful voice borne of a hard knock life, the depth & feeling she expresses when she sings makes it hard to believe she is still only 25 years old. Karise has broken ARIA chart records and sold platinum and gold albums but it’s her intimate, acoustic shows where her visceral connection is most apparent. For one weekend in November Karise Eden will perform live and acoustically at select Melbourne venues. Karise Eden will be road testing a few new songs while in Melbourne, too, so don’t miss out on these three initimate gigs!

Fri 3 Nov – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne VIC

Sat 4 Nov – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs VIC

Sun 5 Nov – Flying Saucer, Elsternwick VIC

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We are pleased to be working with Neil Murray, one of Australia’s most original and respected singer/songwriters and performers.

A founding member of the groundbreaking Warumpi Band, Neil helped make contemporary Indigenous music to be heard in mainstream Australia. Neil has enjoyed a solid solo career since 1989.

Neil’s live shows are the stuff of legend and combine a rare gift for storytelling with a famously passionate performance. He has played at gigs and festivals small and large and remains an enduring and creative talent in the Australian music scene.

“Neil Murray sings from the heart of this country.” – Jim Moginie, founding member of Midnight Oil, producer and songwriter

“His lyrical themes are as relevant to Australia as Woody Gurthrie’s are to America.” – Billy Pinnell, Broadcaster/Writer

“An outstanding singer/songwriter.” – Bill Hauritz, Executive Director, Woodford Folk Festival

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Lake Minnetonka release slammin’ new single – ‘There It Is’

Get this in your ears now!

“Melbourne funk redeemers Lake Minnetonka are turning all the right heads in all the right places.” – Happy Mag (

“Funklords Lake Minnetonka have been bringing infectious jazz riffs and bouncing funk beats to Melbourne since 2013, jetting between hometown Melbourne and the soulful Minneapolis that has been influencing their sound.” – Speaker TV

“Loving the new sounds from Lake Minnetonka! 80s New Wave jazz funk paradise!” – Jazz Got Soul, PBS 106.7fm



Lake Minnetonka launch their slammin’ new single, ‘There It Is’, at Bird’s Basement Sat. 18 November!

The band is doing an early show (7:30pm) and a late one (10pm) on Saturday 18th of November and have promised to turn Melbourne’s classiest jazz club all shades of neon!

Funklords Lake Minnetonka have been bringing infectious jazz riffs and bouncing funk beats to Melbourne since 2013, jetting between hometown Melbourne and the soulful Minneapolis that has been influencing their sound.” – Speaker TV

Lake Minnetonka features bandleader and composer Adam Rudegeair (PBS FM’s ‘Black Wax’, The Bowie Project) on keytar and synths, Jack Wieseler on guitar, Ann Metry (Sol Nation) on bass, Emily Shaw on drums and ‘AJ’ Jackson on sax.

2017 has so far seen Lake Minnetonka play the Sydney Road Street Festival in March and the Stonnington Jazz Festival in May, as well as recording with Paul Peterson (The Time, fDeluxe/The Family) when he was here in April, playing at Bird’s Basement with the Minneapolis All-Stars.

In 1987, Prince released two instrumental jazz/funk albums under the band name Madhouse that blended the bebop-infused saxophone wizardry of Eric Leeds (fDeluxe, D’Angelo), with heavy robotic grooves. It is from these instrumental Madhouse recordings that Lake Minnetonka takes its cues, combining hard and irrepressible beats with infectious jazz riffs and incendiary solos.

Lake Minnetonka is now finishing their debut album, which will be released early next year. The album features collaborations with some of Melbourne’s most talented jazz, funk and soul vocalists, including Chantal Mitvalsky, who features on the band’s latest single, “There It Is”. While Chantal is currently in New York, a special guest vocalist will be joining Lake at this very special single launch.

Nick Stratford releases new album ‘Yeah Nah’

Melbourne singer-songwriter Nick Stratford is set to launch his new album ‘Yeah Nah’ live with full band on Sunday 5 November at Toff In Town from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

‘Yeah Nah’ contains nine fine original rock/alt/indie songs penned by Nick Stratford, along with two more co-writes from him with Graham Gillmore and Tom Rouch. It was also produced by Rouch, a noted film and television composer and acclaimed session guitarist (film scores include The Reckoning, The Will To Fly, and Furious 7).  These songs touch on the big themes in life, along with the occasional political/social comment and display flashes of sharp wit, healthy cynicism and good humour throughout.

Nick says, “I’ve been kicking some of these songs around for years and after some rewrites and reworking I think it’s finally time to share them with the world.”.

“I’m quite happy with this album, my second, and I love working with Tom – we really mesh musically and we always have a laugh. It’s been a fun project for me.”

Nick recorded his first full length album ‘Astroboy’ in 2011. At times deeply personal and poignant (the title track is about his now 14-year-old quadriplegic son, Oli), his songs embrace styles from rock to alternative to indie and surf, with a deeply Australian style ala Sunnyboys and Hoodoo Gurus.

To support the release of the single and album, Nick will play live shows featuring a full band with Nick on vocals and bass and acclaimed session guitarist and producer Tom Rouch on lead guitar.