Pans on Fire
8 Piece Performance Band
Headphones Jones are a Melbourne based funk collective that perform energetic dance music with the aim of creating an irresistible atmosphere and a pumping dance-floor. Their special blend of vocal and instrumental tunes allows for a varied and dynamic performance that offers a range of ways to engage for all audiences.
At the heart of every song is danceable groove and storytelling, but there is also plenty of complex arrangements and improvisation for audiences to dive into. The core of the live experience is the energy created by having the large ensemble working together on stage to create a specific show for that audience and the connection that is shared from that responsive encounter.
The band is strongly influenced by traditions from around the world – such as American Funk, Cuban and Brazilian Folkloric music and Nigerian Afrobeat – and the interconnections between these styles that all have their roots in West Africa. The band love paying homage to these traditions and finding creative ways to incorporate these influences into their original compositions – creating an eclectic and unique sound that is tied together by the thread of grooves that make you want to move.
The band have performed at Eltham Jazz Festival, MOOMBA and Brunswick Music festival, with audiences of all ages, as well as packing out venues all over Melbourne. Other career highlights include supporting touring Canadian artist Alysha Brilla, and creating a fully themed 80s Horror warehouse gig in honour of the launch of their ‘Gym Junkie’ music video, complete with activities and costume prizes. The band has earned a reputation for their on stage antics with venues such as the B. East saying: “Headphones Jones are absolutely one of the most fun colourful bands we’ve EVER had! DON’T MISS THEM!”
The band independently recorded, released and distributed their first single, ‘Gym Junkie’, and four track EP, ‘Hectic Zebra’ in 2018 and followed it up with the music video for Gym Junkie in 2019, which was a finalist in the International Music Video Awards in London in 2020, the Music Video Awards 2021 in LA and an official selection for Kalakari Film Festival and GINDIE 21. The band is currently working on material for their next release.
“Funk explorers with a mysterious past, Headphones Jones serve up tasty grooves with a blend of afrobeat and afro-latin flavours to create infectious energy and a sweaty dance floor. Watch out for big horns, driving rhythms and punchy vocals. Pack your suitcase for adventure. Dress loud, dance hard.”
Steel Pan Band
Pans on Fire
VARIOUS MUSIC STYLES & RHYTHMS
Pans on Fire was the first of what is known as the Triangle Community Steelbands. This group was established in 2009 after the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires in the Marysville and Triangle District (including Buxton, Narbethong and Taggerty), as a means of facilitating community and social recovery in the region.
Under the directorship of Rita Seethaler, they went from not knowing what a steel pan was to having a substantial repertoire by 2015, playing over 180 gigs together, and producing two CDs.
Currently 17 members make up the band, including Steel Pan Sopranos, Double Seconds, Baritones and Bass, in addition to Percussion.
Mish & Glenn Kerley are a husband and wife duo playing mostly Country music, covering the likes of Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Dixie Chicks, Kasey Chambers, Brooks and Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, O’Shea, Sugarland and more.
There's is a true love story straight from Hollywood!. They met in a karaoke bar and the stage was set - they formed as a duo shortly after. Mish leads the way on vocals with Glenn on guitar and complimenting harmonies.
Mish is also a recognised actor with roles in Neighbours, Mad as Hell and House Husbands. She has performed on big stage musicals, in talent competitions and in choirs.