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Palais-Hepburn

111 Main Road

Hepburn Springs, VIC 3461

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VulgarGrad bring you the old songs of the Russian thieves (blatnie pesny or blatnyak), along with punk classics of the Perestroika era.

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SATURDAY, JULY 31st, 2021

Tickets: $25 Door: $30

Dinner & Show: 3 course, Modern Australian Cuisine: $105. Limited Tickets available, Guaranteed front seating.

Doors: 6:30pm. Show: 8pm-10pm

Dinner times Pre show: 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7pm, 7:30pm.

Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Acoustic perestroika punk.

Sometimes good men do bad things…..

VulgarGrad arose in Melbourne in late 2004 out of a collaboration between some of Australia’s best musicians in underground ethnic styles and the incredible vocal talents of one Australia’s most formidable stage and screen actors, Jacek Koman. Since that time they have been stalwarts of Australia’s live music and festival scene, proving that what Australian audiences really seem to need is a wild night of old-fashioned Russian criminality. After all, if Russia and Australia have anything in common, it’s convicts.

Throughout the twentieth century, criminal culture always played a strong, if unofficial part in Russian cultural life, and this was never more highly developed than in the thieves’ songs, or blatnye pesni – performed by, for, and about criminals in the prisons, gulags and seedy bars of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Famous exponents of the genre include Leonid Utesov in the 1920s and 30s, Arkady Severny and the great Vladimir Vysotsky in the 60s and 70s, while more recently, groups such as Leningrad and La-Minor have incorporated the blatnyak style and lyrical content (prison, Mama, drinking, and stealing) into their contemporary acoustic punk and ska sound. VulgarGrad combine the best of these traditions with a dash of perestroika punk and their own inimitable brand of gulag swing to produce something that transcends the language barrier by aiming straight for your convict heritage and your dancing feet.

The band delivers this music with style, raucous menace, stripy shirts and a smattering of grim smiles.

Legend of stage and screen, Jacek Koman (Children of Men, Moulin Rouge, Romulus My Father, Australia) is the genial but vengeful front man who roars with the voice of a man betrayed, and he is backed by a gang of Australia's most illustrious ex-cons drawn from bands such as The Blue Grassy Knoll, Zulya and the Children of the Underground, Croque Monsieur, Bombay Royale, and The Puta Madre Brothers. The Line-up is guitar, drums, trombone, trumpet, accordion, and watch out for the largest, most triangular instrument of them all, the mighty contrabass balalaika.

With songs the likes of “Anarchy is Our Mother” & “A Piss-Up Begins With a Bottle”, this is vodka-fuelled oompah swing ska punk - gulag-style.

PALAIS-HEPBURN

The refurbished Palais-Hepburn is one of Country Victoria's finest venues. Located in Hepburn Springs/Daylesford. Providing superb new dining in our Salon and Cocktail Bar, along with a variety of music and entertainment. Refined art deco interiors with sophisticated glamour, including outstanding sound system, lighting for the artists to play a huge variety of music styles including Jazz, Soul, Funk, RnB, Rock, Folk, Country, Soul, Pop, Alternative, Classical, World music. Keep an eye out for our annual festivals and events.

OUR DINING EXPERIENCE

Aside from entertainment, an evening at the Palais-Hepburn entails fine dining, sophisticated cocktails and boutique wines. We offer three-course dinner & show packages, which guarantees a table and seating. Bar Food menu will be available on the night. Our Modern Australian menu showcases only the best locally sourced ingredients guaranteed to delight your taste buds.

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