Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne,
in Collaboration with Artistic Associate Sophia Brous

Festival of the ecstatic

7 - 9 AUGUST

THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION + MARC RIBOT (USA)

"The Blues Explosion's cheeky, scrappy brand of rock'n'roll is still something to cherish" — Pitchfork

Supersense bring together a stunning double-bill featuring New York's dirtiest dealers of splintery rock'n'roll and one of the great shamans of guitar improvisation.

Prepare your earholes for aural ecstasy as these two contrastingly hypnotic acts come together on an unrepeatable bill: New York's secular preachers The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and guitar-wielding avant-garde icon Marc Ribot.

Like an overflowing Manhattan sewer spilling the city's secrets onto the streets, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion peddle the kind of filth-smeared rock'n'roll that leaves pretenders stone-cold. Guitarist Judah Bauer's licks are black-and-bluesy, Russell Simins bangs out frenzied rhythms, and the inimitable figure of Mr Jon Spencer tells the truths like no-one else could.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is a secular shaman of the six-stringed. A legend of New York's downtown music scene, and sideman to the likes of Tom Waits and John Zorn, Ribot is a true icon of music. His nomadic ear has seen his albums traverse countless genres across jazz, noise, rock and world music.

"Before the White Stripes, before the Black Keys, there was the Blues Explosion..." The Guardian

"[Ribot is] famously a musician of chameleonic skill, equally at ease with the dusky Americana of a T Bone Burnett production as he is with the scrabbling provocations of John Zorn." New York Times

FESTIVAL PASSES

Purchase one of the festival passes below to see this act together with other amazing performances.


SATURDAY 8 AUGUST

$130

FULL FESTIVAL PASS

$250

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

Purchase individual ticket/s to see this act.


SAT 8 AUGUST, 8PM & 10PM

PLAYHOUSE

$65