To pick up where I left off…
At the November Rock N Roll Markets at Tempe, I’d already seen a few groovy stalls, but the hot pink sign on the back of this marquee really grabbed my attention.
Atomic Jo’s sells fashion items such as lounge and bowling shirts, diner shirts, pencil skirts, belt buckles, mens & ladies t-shirts, and handbags. But also to be found are tiki mugs, dice jewellery, custom culture books, and other miscellanous products associated with the 1950′s/1960′s, trash culture, hot rods & rockabilly scenes. Even, erm, swizzle sticks?
There was a great assortment of tin boxes, ashtrays etc from the beloved but now defunct Nook Art.
But it’s the mugs that really take the cake!! Can you see Magnum PI? And just LOADS of tiki ware.
I had a chat with the owners and they’re really cool people too. If you can’t pop into the markets you can always check out the Atomic Jo’s ebay shop.
The stalls began packing up so it was time to head inside for some beer and Rumjack action. And boy, did I get it!
I first saw the Rumjacks in action in Jan of this year at the Annandale – you may remember the Blood Sweat & Beers post, where I wrote about them: “An irish pogues/punk kind of band with killer gritty, gravelly vocals and a real driving force. I’d not seen them before, but the music was raw and infectious, and I danced my ass off”. They played some awesome tunes, including a few Pogues covers complete with belty-voiced chick on vocals, and finished off with a Specials cover that won me over totally. I loves my ska! A lot of people had left the markets by the end, but there were still a bunch of us getting down:
You never know who you’re going to hear next (Backy Skank entertained me last time) – so it’s definitely worth coming for the music, as well as the market stalls and bargains to be had!
Jets Sports Club, Holbeach Ave
Third Sun of the month 11am–7pm (sometimes starting and ending a bit earlier)
The next market is on December 19th – and here’s the blurb:
The December market also features live music from:
Pat Capocci Combo – One of the most energetic and entertaining live acts in the Rockabilly genre the Pat Capocci Combo is renowned across the country. Australian Rockabilly, wielded by the hands of Satan himself!
Mother Truckers – take you cruising down Route 66 directly towards the swamp and then head to Vegas with their stylish blend of raw rockabilly, stomping swamp and more.
Chickenstones – Stepping straight out of a sinister B grade western Chickenstones present their brand of horror country, swamp & rock ‘n roll. If you’ve lost at cards, cheated on your partner, drank like a mother, or been chased out of town they will offer you no redemption. Dance while they shoot at your feet.
Jarran Zen & the Blind Childrens Orchestra – will get your bones a rattlin’ and a jumpin’ with their own brand of hard hitting psychobilly.
Plus DJ Brian & M.C.s Wolfman Dan & the Rockabilly Rhino (Liquored Up & Lacquered Down)
Market Stalls are open from 11:00am – 4.30pm,
Music from 12.30pm – 6.00pm.
This is a FREE event!
Catch the market shuttle bus departing outside the Town Hall Hotel, Newtown every hour on the hour from 11am, or catch the 422 bus from Newtown Station, or take a 10 minute stroll from Wolli Creek or Tempe Train Stations.