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Opera Review: Heart & Soul - Hamer Hall, Melbourne (10.05.15)

Mothers, grandmothers, sons and daughters all crowded through the doors of The Art Centre’s Hamer Hall on Sunday for a Mother’s Day extravaganza. An air of joy was inbound and the soft rustle of gentle embraces echoed throughout the foyer. Kisses were branded on cheeks and smiles were in abundance... Read on for Katelyn's review of Heart & Soul.

Live Review: Neil Finn + Joshua James - Hamer Hall, Melbourne (12.03.14)

Joshua James, from Salt Lake City, Utah, opened tonight’s show at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Appearing in duo form with long time guitarist and backing vocalist Evan Coulombe, the young man’s intense delivery, earnest persona and delicate yet gruff voice were immediately arresting.

Photo Gallery: Neil Finn - Hamer Hall, Melbourne (12.03.14)

The incomparable Neil Finn excited fans with a special performance at Hamer Hall earlier this week. Serena Ho was there and brings us these photos from the night.

Gig Announcements: Melbourne & VIC - 6th February 2014

cat power

In this issue: Cat Power announces fourth and final Melbourne show, Charles Jenkins and The Zhivagos launch new album, Mick Turner launches new album, Ash Grunwald returns to The Espy for an intimate solo show, Lachlan Ewbank joins Heads of Charm at The Tote; Liam Gerner announces month long residency in Melbourne, Liz Stringer to play Folk Alliance International USA, 28 Days to launch new single in February and Elvis Costello and The Imposters confirm Melbourne show.

Live Review: Yo La Tengo - Hamer Hall, Melbourne (18.10.13)

Yo La Tengo hail from Hoboken, New Jersey and are one of the deeply admired and respected bands who never sold out. In a career spanning nearly three decades, lead vocalist Ira Kaplan did not succumb to the lure of the advertising dollar, which makes their music all the richer. As part of the Melbourne Festival "An Evening with Yo La Tengo" at the Hamer Hall features two sets, and no support act, which means we’re in for a marathon show.

Melbourne Festival Photo Gallery: An Evening With Yo La Tengo - Hamer Hall (18.10.13)

In an Australian exclusive US Indie Rock act Yo La Tengo performed at the Melbourne Festival in Hamer Hall. Photos by Serena Ho

Live Review: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra + Disney’s Fantasia Live in Concert - Arts Centre Melbourne (05.10.13)

A buzzing sense of enthusiasm swirled through the halls of the Arts Centre Melbourne as crowds were patiently waiting for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's presentation of Disney’s Fantasia Live In Concert to begin. Within earshot were the enthusiastic chatters of audience members, who were eagerly discussing which classic Fantasia sequence they were looking forward to most. "Dinosaurs! Fairies! Dancing hippos!", they cried as children in fairy costumes dashed past, followed by adults in sophisticated gowns and suits. It was clear that regardless of whether you’re a fan of the iconic imagery or the magnificent symphonic music, Disney’s Fantasia holds a special place in the hearts of the public.

Photo Gallery: Don McLean + Catherine Britt - Hamer Hall (17.08.13)

Don McLean, the man behind "American Pie" has returned to Australia for a tour which last night hit the Hamer Hall in Melbourne, supported by the great Catherine Britt. Serena Ho was there and brings you these photos from the night.

Photo Gallery: The Whitlams with Melbourne Pop Orchestra - Hamer Hall (28.06.13)

The Whitlams return to Melbourne, accompanied by the Melbourne Pop Orchestra at Hamer Hall. Perri Cassie brings us photos from the night of incredible music.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival Review: Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers - Hamer Hall (08.06.13)

Last night I dreamt of Havana. They were dreams of kickin’ back on a beach-front cobblestone street, sipping a Cuba libre, smoking a cigar and grooving along to some smooth Afro-Cuban rhythms as the sun set over the ocean. Of course, being dead broke and suffocating under my weight’s worth of assignments means the prospects of getting myself over to the Caribbean anytime soon is highly unlikely. Thankfully, a little taste of Cuba was brought to Melbourne care of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Photo Gallery: Chucho Valdes and the Afro Cuban Messengers - Hamer Hall (08.06.13)

The 5 time Grammy Award Winner Chucho Valdes and the Afro Cuban Messengers were playing the Hamer Hall as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Carl Dziunka went along to capture the night.

Live Review: Bobby Womack - Hamer Hall (21.05.13)

On Tuesday night soul legend Bobby Womack and his thirteen piece band transformed Melbourne’s Hamer Hall into a gospel church, delivering classic after classic before an enraptured audience.

Photo Galley: Bobby Womack + Napalm - Hamer Hall (21.05.13)

Living legend Bobby Womack lit up Hamer Hall with his first-ever Australian live concert in the company of his 13-piece band. Our photographer Serena Ho brings you the photos from this magical evening.

Live Review: The Counting Crows - Hamer Hall (30.03.13)

The Counting Crows

With a career spanning 20 years, legendary rock outfit The Counting Crows are in the country for Bluesfest and to our musical delight they have been hitting the capital cities for a headline tour.

Live Review: Wilco - Hamer Hall (27.03.13)

Wilco like to start things innocuously and don’t hit with full force until one is well and truly captivated. The slow burn of the performance means that the memory of their gigs last long after the final note is played. This is certainly the case on a sultry autumn night in revamped Hamer Hall where no matter where you sit in the cavernous auditorium; you’re guaranteed pitch perfect acoustics.