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The Monotremes with Mingus Thingus, Funk McRump at The Workers Club

  • The Workers' Club 51 Brunswick Street Fitzroy, VIC, 3065 Australia (map)

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The Monotremes join forces with eclectic vinyl master Funk McRump and Melbourne’s celebrated Charles Mingus interpreters - Mingus Thingus - at 7pm, Sun 28th August. 

Witness the tasteful insanity of Mingus’ compositional genius, interpreted by some of Melbourne’s most passionate and virtuosic jazz players. Led by baritone saxophonist Nick McKusker, Mingus Thingus are devoted to a soulful and original expression of the music of Charles Mingus. The band have just recorded their first live album at the Paris Cat, and are ready to play for you, too.

The Monotremes’ sound has been described as ‘jazzpunk’ and ‘industrial cartoon’ – accurate enough for a multigenre band whose unique list of musical influences range from J.S. Bach to Beck, Zappa to Monk, Maurice Ravel to Tom Waits. Specialising in rich, uncommon orchestration, spectacular musicianship, and uncommonly colourful, extended song structures, The Monotremes’ live act brings with it a balance of musical composure and irreverence.

Add to these two bands, special guest Funk McRump on vinyl, playing “a whole lot of funk & soul, peppered with some afrobeat & hip-hop”, and you have one very good Sunday evening.