THE HAPPY YESS WEBSITE HAS MOVED…

go here instead

http://happyyess.tumblr.com/

the new website is way better, promise.

PS

do you like that picture of trees we have up the top of this page now?

thats cause i accidently pushed ‘reset all options’ when i was editing the page.

haha.  dont worry, the new page rocks way harder.

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Work at Happy Yess – part-time job going!

We currently have a vacancy for a Venue Assistant at Happy Yess to help our fantastic manager Dan Davies run our precious little venue. The position is for eight hours a week. If you’re interested email rubbersoul1991@gmail.com for the info sheet and flick us an application. Keep em short and sharp. Vacancy closes 22 June. Cool.
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June 2012 Poster!

Download a hi res version here:

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4kz3olPbu1qix39ao1_1280.jpg

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Wordstorm Closing Night Party with The NEO.

Sunday, 13 May, 8pm, $15.

Join powerfunk pioneers The NEO for the funked up finale of Wordstorm 2012.

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Layilayi (Elcho Island, CD Launch) Black Can Clan and June Mills

Saturday 12 May, 9:30pm, $15

Layilayi Burarrwanga was born at Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island in North East Anhemland and he still lives and works in his community. He is a member of the Gumatj clan and comes from a big family of talented musicians.  His father is a highly respected traditional musician and his older brother, who passed away in 2007, was the lead singer of Warumpi Band.

Layilayi’s music is influenced by reggae but is strongly grounded in Yolngu music and knowledge traditions to create a unique style. Most of the songs are written in Yolngu languages to encourage Yolngu of all ages to value their culture and history, to strengthen their spirit and identity and help them become stronger in the future. The songs share the wisdom of the musicians’ elders and ancestors with future generations, creating understanding and healing, not just for Yolngu but for everyone.

BLACK CAN CLAN is a 7 and a half piece band from Darwin. Their music is a cross cultural amalgam of Folk, Blues, Roots, Reggae and Soul.  The band consists of Eddie Obara (Vox), David Wise (Lead/Rhythm Guitar), Nektar Xanthis (Rhythm/Lead Guitar), Steve-o Lees (Bass), Angus Lachlan Robson (Accordion), Buff Coehn (Percussion) & Chris Ganambarr (Drums).

They were formed in 2011 by Lead Singer Eddie Obara to accommodate the upcoming release of his first album ‘Delusions of Grandeur – Limited Edition – 2011’ which he wrote, recorded and mastered by himself with the help of a few friends on different instruments in a couple of the songs and some sound advice on the overall recording and mastering techniques from his music lecturers Cal Williams and Lewis Parsons.  The album was released on the 5th of November 2011. The Genre of the album is described by Lead Singer Eddie Obara as “Easy Listening with an edge” & “Troppolitical” because we’re all a little bit Troppo and it’s a little bit political.

2012 looks to be a big year for the up and coming band with a number of local Darwin gigs and Festivals already booked and a plan to record a live album. The band also hopes to leave their Darwin nest to do some touring around the Northern Territory and our Region if not the Universe.

June Mills of course needs no introduction.  As a member of the Mills family and the group the Mills Sisters as well as a solo artist she has been performing for decades, both in the NT and around the country.

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Joelistics (former TZU, Melb) with local Hiphop artists DT3 and BSC

Friday, 11 May, 9:30pm $15

JOELISTICS GREW UP IN SYDNEY, THE OFFSPRING OF A CHINESE-AUSTRALIAN FATHER AND AN ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN MOTHER, PLAYING DRUMS IN PUNK AND FUNK GROUPS, BUT DRAWN TO HIP HOP WITH ITS OUTSPOKEN POLITICS AND AD HOC SONIC CANNIBALISM.

At the beginning of the new millennium, Joelistics took the first of a series of ‘voyages’ around Australia, working as a fruit picker, visiting hippie festivals and hitch hiking across the country, eventually settling in Melbourne where he discovered a city going through a creative boom.

In 2002 he founded TZU alongside Count Bounce, Yeroc and Pasobionic, signing to Liberation records the same year. Earning their stripes on the live circuit, TZU built a solid reputation on the back of their up-beat party rhymes, joining acts like The Herd, Hilltop Hoods and Bliss n Eso, as a vanguard of the second generation of Australian hiphop forging an identity both artistically and commercially.

After three ambitious records, multiple award (AMP, J Award) nominations, countless festivals and tours, TZU decided to take a breather. Joel embarked upon another voyage, living in Shanghai and Beijing; travelling through Mongolia; and eventually settling in Paris for six months. In between writing for online travel sites and teaching English, he began work on his debut solo album, Voyager.

Armed with a laptop, he wrote all the music on old headphones whilst riding the Trans Mongolian railway, transiting through airports; and a winter in a one bedroom flat in the Montmartre district of Paris.

In 2010 he returned to Australia and moved between Sydney and Melbourne putting the final touches on the album, inking a deal with Elefant Traks in early 2011.

Joelistics has always drawn on infl uences from a wide variety of sources. As a solo artist his sound is grounded in the boom bap of hip hop whilst keenly revisiting his love of beat poetry, shoe gazer electronica and folk to create an album that is both introspective and electrifying. Entirely self produced with few guests, Voyager concentrates on themes of travel, modern world paranoia and growing older. Self-described as the ‘come-down record of my late twenties’, his self-deprecating view allows the listener to discover for themselves the joyous optimism and redemption that co-pilots the album.

With local Darwin Hiphop artists DT3 and BSC!

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Wicked Garden, Room 105 and Bear Essence

Friday 18 May, 7:30pm, $10
Shamzine presents a variety night of indie rock, acoustic rock and funky rocky reggae as three of the NT’s coolest underground bands get together for a wild night of tunes, laughs and drinks. Featuring the grunge-tastic Wicked Garden, the groove-masters Room 105 and the young indie-masters Bear Essence.
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Reggae Fever with Robbie Mills and the Collective!

Saturday, 14 April, 10pm, $10.

Monthly Happy Yess reggae madness starring Robbie Mills and the Collective with guest djs.

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Friday the 13th – A Nightmare on Smith St

Friday, 13 April, 6:30pm, $5/$10.

Massive night of metal featuring Fema, AJM, Fragmenta, Crucible, At Breaking Point, Chasin’ Aces and King Bong.

All ages from 6:30 – 9:30 ($5), 18+ from 9:55 sharp ($10/$5 students).

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Happy Yess Lecture Series

Thursday, 12 April, 7pm, Free entry.

The Happy Yess continues the tradition of being a space for people to share their thoughts with the second in the 2012 lecture series.

If you would like to deliver a lecture, please contact our manager (details on the contacts tab). Lectures can be up to half an hour long and can cover a range of subjects, including but not limited to musical ones.

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