City of Port Phillip
One Door Closes


…and another door opens. For one night only an incredible cast of Melbourne vocalists, musicians and songwriters unite to present the sounds of hope. Hear songs and stories about regret, missed opportunities, hope, survival and fighting back. Each vocalist will perform heartfelt original compositions, and songs written by local artists that have inspired them. Led by Music Director Xani Kolac, the specially commissioned nine-piece band will create stunning new versions of Australian compositions traversing genres from soul to country to rock. Show is free, donations accepted for Support Act, the charity that helps artists and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or crisis. Don’t miss this beautiful premier concert.

Tickets free, places limited. RSVP here.

This event will be Auslan interpreted


Jess Ribeiro Her songs are cinematic in scope: it’s music that travels, across deserts like a Western, through city streets like Film Noir. Narrative and poetic, Ribeiro’s lyrics are rhythmic and evocative, conjuring images that are dimly-lit, but nonetheless electric. Jess’s debut album Kill It Yourself was produced by Mick Harvey, a founding member of The Birthday Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, whose production for PJ Harvey drew Ribeiro’s attention and admiration. Preparing to record the follow up to Kill It Yourself in early 2017, Ribeiro’s variety of brooding rock and roll promises to soundtrack sleepless nights and dark drives, never losing sight of the stories at its core.

Thando Zimbabwean’s own singer-songwriter Thando oozes passion as a storyteller and takes her audiences on a personal journey of loving oneself and reflection. Incorporating electronica to R&B and Soul music, her music has paved the way to appearances at BIGSOUND and Strawberry Fields in 2016, as well as an electric set at St Kilda Festival in 2017. As well as several sold out shows at Chapel off Chapel and Paris Cat Jazz Club, the songstress has gone onto support Maxwell at the Palais for his black SUMMER nights tour and REMI and Sampa the Great’s Fire Sign Tour alongside DJ MzRizk. This multi-dimensional performer is looking toward solidifying her status as Melbourne’s newest first lady of R&B.

Joshua Tavares has been struck by the soul gods. Born and raised into a family of singers, with his uncles serving as the voices behind the widely revered seventies disco group Tavares, it’s no wonder Zillanova have soared to spirited heights with Joshua as their front-man. Their recent release The Fader (Hope Street Records) is a deeply emotional, Gospel worthy affair produced by Bob Knob. 

Simon Burke is the singer and key writer for Melbourne soul band 'The Meltdown' (Hopestreet records). Known for his smooth and soulful voice and 'country soul' writing style, The Meltdown are nearing the end of their first sold out East coast tour. The Meltdown released their debut 45' 'Better Days' in 2015  This song was placed several times on TV and film (through Native Tongue Publishing) and had huge support from local radio around the country.This led the band to the festival circuit around Australia. In early 2017, they released their first full length Album . Simon spent many years working as a session musician for other artists and then moved into sound production/musical direction for theatre but has committed himself to original projects (The Meltdown and playing drums for Lost Ragas) and writing as many songs as possible either solo or with co-writes.

Xani Kolac Violinist, songwriter and composer, Xani is a graduate from the VCA and one half of drums/violin duo, The Twoks. She has performed and recorded with artists and bands such as You Am I, Tim Rogers, Alpine, Bliss N’ Eso, David Bridie, Clare Bowditch and Martin Martini & the Bone Palace Orchestra. Internationally acclaimed, Xani has toured to Edinburgh Fringe Festival and performed in NYC and recently studied with Buddy Spicher in Nashville as well as spending time writing music at The Banff Centre in Canada. Xani was Music Director for The Arts Centre and Renegade’s production, “Stand By Your Woman” and is currently working on her next solo project.

Benny Walker A Yorta Yorta man from Echuca, Benny Walker is the real deal and a star in the making. His killer voice and epic tales are mixed with a deep groove and passion for the land. Recent offerings SAVE and Oh No You Don’t shot to No. 1 on the AMRAP charts; the latter earning him four NIMA 2016 nominations and the award for “Best Aboriginal Talent” at The Age Music Victoria Awards.His latest songs produced by Jan Skubiszewski mix Blues and Roots with a contemporary guitar driven soul vibe. Benny Walker has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest, including Archie Roach, Alex Lloyd, Blue King Brown and Tim Rogers.


Accompanied by: 

Claire Cross - Bass

Kathleen Halloran - Guitar

Lena Douglas - Keys

Maria Moles - Drums

Ellie Lamb - Trombone

Cheryl Durongpisitkul - Alto Saxophone

Biddy Connor - Viola

Jacinta - Backing Vocals

Karishma Sadhai - Backing Vocals

Xani Kolac - Music Director/Violin



Saturday 26 August


Doors 7.00pm, show 7.30pm


Temperance Hall, 199 Napier St, South Melbourne