If Twin Peaks had a speakeasy it would be Red Betty.
A music venue and bar in a Brunswick laneway on the cusp of Coburg.
We're open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and some Sunday's from 6pm.
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What's on down the laneway.
Thursday 21 November
with Jessica At Birth
and poetry by Bridget Gilmartin
Your homo/gender whisperers* Cystic Nightmare are back after wrapping up a sick album recording with DIY punk goddexx V (@vlovescats)Where better to celebrate than with the friendly locals & speakeasy vibes of Red Betty. Get ready for some sexy new bangers!!*occasional screechersWith Jessica At Birth"The creative project of indy songwriter and producer Hanna Jenkin focusing on making new work referencing vintage and digital instruments and recording and production that is low fi and experimental folk punk."And poetry by Bridget Gilmartin!
Friday 22 November
Worker & Parasite
It's been a long time coming but here it is! The Offtopics performed live in 3PBS' famous Studio 5 back when they were promoting "Funky Grandma" as part of Back on the Zine. Now you can relive that show through this funky, little five track CD. The Offtopics will be launching this EP at Brunswick's best kept secret, Red Betty, on Saturday 23 November. To keep the funk flavours flowing they'll be joined by legendary 3PBS soul DJ and Soulgroove 66 Host Pierre Baroni with DJ sets either side of The Offtopic's best punch-drunk funk, slapstick soul and unsteady rocksteady.
Saturday 23 November
Live At Studio 5 EP Launch
with DJ Pierre Baroni
It's been a long time coming but here it is! The Offtopics performed live in 3PBS' famous Studio 5 back when they were promoting "Funky Grandma" as part of Back on the Zine. Now you can relive that show through this funky, little five track CD.The Offtopics will be launching this EP at Brunswick's best kept secret, Red Betty, on Saturday 23 November.To keep the funk flavours flowing they'll be joined by legendary 3PBS soul DJ and Soulgroove 66 Host Pierre Baroni with DJ sets either side of The Offtopic's best punch-drunk funk, slapstick soul and unsteady rocksteady.Doors open at 7pm.
Sunday 24 November
Xin trio plays a range of repertoire from the jazz idiom. Hector Harley (Tenor Saxophone), Monty Shnier (Bass) and Ollie Cox (Drums) have been playing together in a wide variety of musical contexts for years, this ensemble explores spontaneity and ensemble interactivity.Xin focuses primarily on rhythmically adventurous interpretations of repertoire from the American songbook. Specifically admiring the way ensembles such as the Walter Smith trio, Will Vinson trio and Paul Motian ‘On Broadway’ Ensembles collaboratively develop melodic material.
Entry by donation
Thursday 28 November
Velvet Velcro Stalagmite Drip! Phsycho- Smootho Hip-swinging Cowfolk from the Garage. Grups dust off the Fuzz boxes for a night of mysticism and mischeif that is not to be missed. With support from Spaghetti Western/ Noir-rock legends - Crybones
Friday 29 November
Magic Ian are reappearing Friday, November 29th at the mystical bar known as Red Betty! There will be all kinds of magic (music) on display for all to see (hear) and a range of concoctions on tap, so don't blink or you'll miss it... ;)Special guests announced soonBar opens at 6pm, music starts at 8FREE ENTRY
Saturday 30 November
New Age / Riff Raiders / The Rifters
Getting ready to lift the roof off Red Betty New Age are set to rock hard with the help of our mates Riff Raiders/ The Rifters come along get off your couches and get ready for a rocking night.
Sunday 1 December
Shota Ikeda has studied music and played various styles of jazz. Inspired by his guitar teacher, Jack Pantazis, Shota has honed his skills playing jazz and improvising across many styles; swing, ballard, latin, blues. He especially loves to play and listen to American greatest jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.
There will be a variety of jazz styles in this show, so you like to listen to a variety of jazz styles you'll love this gig.
Friday 6 December
Richie 1250s Hip Hop House Party
Hip hop and RnB 1988-2003
Hip hop & RnB 1988–2003
In the absence of that house party dancefloor of your dreams, here's the next best thing, Richie 1250's Hip Hop House Party, in the cosy confines of Red Betty, your friendly neighbourhood bar in the backstreets of beautiful Beyoncewick.
Three hours of dynamite '88 to 2003 hip hop and r&b from 8pm to 11pm. You can shake it like a polaroid picture and be in bed by midnight, or take your sweaty ass out into the world in search of the next party...
Hip hop starts at 8pm
Doors from 6pm
Sunday 15 December
Speakeasy Jazz Jam
Adam Rudegeair & his house band
Join Adam and his dynamite rhythm section as they embark on an exploration of jazz/blues/funk and everything in between!Red Betty is down an alley, intimate, and drenched in neon - the perfect place for jazz musicians to congregate and create swirling and immersive groove tapestries. Adam Rudegeair and his house band will provide the backdrop for anyone to get up and smear some notes across the jazz/funk spectrum. FREE ENTRY, backline (keys, bass amp, guitar amp, vocal mics, drum kit) provided!
6pm – 8pmFREE ENTRY
Friday 10 January
System Unknown present
Vinyl only session
System Unknown return to Red Betty for their a bi-monthly Friday night session – Wax Poets. Showcasing different genres of music on vinyl, this night is always filled with good quality music.
Wax Poets gives DJs the freedom to explore their creativity and their collection. An opportunity to spin vinyl gems they rarely get to play alongside the genres they are known for. Encompassing reggae alongside soul, jazz, hip hop, house, afro and anything that moves you. System Unknown hosts, Hawk I and Lego, plus guests
A glimpse down the laneway
A magic venue
The Red Betty stage dates back to the days (and nights) of Dane Certiifcate's Magic shop. The beautiful stage was built by magician Dane and has seen many a magic show and live gigs from those days. It's an ideal boutique space for bands and other artists.
Contact us if you are looking for an intimate venue with a relaxed and friendly vibe that's a little bit magic.
Enter Cozens St from Sydney Road and turn right into the first laneway (Houdini Lane*). Look out for the bike on the corner of Cozens and the Collingwood Draught sign in the laneway.
*Houdini Lane does not appear on google maps... kind of appropriate?
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