Live act smorgasbord in Newcastle

TIM Rogers fans will be spoilt, with the quintessential rocker coming to Newcastle not once but twice in the coming months.

Rogers plays The Cambridge on January 27 with You Am I in the band's first show at the venue since their 2008 sellout.

He'll be back at The Cambridge on March 8 with The Bamboos for The Rock 'n Soul Medicine Show, with Money For Rope supporting.

In other touring news, Maroubra boy Macario De Souza plays The Cambridge on January 25 as his musical alter-ego, Kid Mac.

Behind the camera Mac has co-directed Bra Boys and directed Fighting Fear but has also forged a musical career as Australia's answer to UK singer and rapper Example.

Laid-back singer-songwriter Pete Murray will play at The Cambridge, on March 23. Murray is set to release The Byron Sessions next month, a re-recording of material from his much-loved Blue Sky Blue album with a distinct Byron Bay flavour.

For the first time since his independent artist days, Murray will be playing some up-close-and-personal shows, partly solo and partly stripped back acoustic, with some of his muso mates.

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Johns, Kimbra, Parks join forces

DANIEL Johns and Kimbra will team up with famed producer Van Dyke Parks for a one-off show at the Adelaide Festival in March.

Parks, best known for his input on The Beach Boys' Smile album, will perform a career retrospective of his songs accompanied by the Adelaide Art Orchestra.

Confirmed for the festival back in October, Parks has said the show will include the live debut of music he wrote for Silverchair's Diorama and Young Modern albums.

Johns and Kimbra will also perform solos and duets as part of the 2½-hour concert, with Parks especially excited to be working alongside the ARIA-winning chanteuse.

"Kimbra is as cool as a white-hot recording artist can be," Johns said.

"With her celebrated Warner Brothers' debut album [Vows] just behind her, I'm blown away by her carving out some precious time to celebrate my body of work at Adelaide Festival."

The Adelaide Festival takes place from March 1 to 17, with Paul Kelly and Neil Finn, Archie Roach, Glen Hansard, and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds among the other musical highlights.

Top bill of live comedians

THE Super 7 of Aussie comedy bring laughs to Nelson Bay Diggers on January 17 as part of a 20-date tour.

The Super 7 features the likes of ARIA nominee Chris Franklin, who had the double platinum hit single Bloke.

Tropfest winner Gary Eck is also on the line-up, and stand-up comedian Mick Meredith, who has played a variety of venues including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Auckland Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe and Sydney Comedy Festival.

The line-up also includes Steve Philp, Jason "Rash" Ryder and Simon Kennedy. Tickets by phoning 4981 1344.

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Remix wizards take to the stage

VAN She side project Van She Technologic (better known as Van She Tech) play the CBD Hotel's Le Parti on Saturday.

The DJ and production duo (who are 50 per cent of electro-pop act Van She) have gained fans for their live shows and released the popular remix album of Van She's debut album V, entitled Ze Vemixes.

It caps off a busy few months for the Van She boys, who released Idea Of Happiness last year. It's already spawned the popular singles Idea of Happiness, Jamaica and Sarah.

They've also been busy playing a string of festival shows including Sydney's Field Day.

Surf soundwave captured on film

FORGET the perception of classical music being stuck in concert halls and theatres, the Australian Chamber Orchestra's new production The Reef combines surf and tunes.

The production was made when a crew of surfers, musicians and film makers travelled to the rugged coast and tough desert of north-western Australia to create a new performance piece. They surfed, made music and filmed around the remote Ningaloo Reef to bring together music and nature.

The resulting hundreds of hours of footage was made into a single "mythic day" for the production, which has already impressed critics in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Sydney.

It features original music by Steve Pigram, Iain Grandage and Richard Tognetti, and sits beside works by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Pete Seeger and grunge band Alice in Chains.

See The Reef at Newcastle City Hall on February 28. Tickets at Ticketek.

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