Coming June 3: SAM Sounds & SAM after Sunset

Two exciting live music events to take over the SAM building on 3 June

On Friday 3 June, SAM will throw open its doors for a back-to-back sonic feast. From 4pm to 7pm, SAM presents SAM Sounds - a free, all-ages community event bringing live music to spaces across the SAM building. The evening will be capped off by SAM After Sunset from 7pm to late - a ticketed 18+ event at the Level 4 terrace bar.

SAM Sounds is a one-off, exclusive event featuring the local musical artistry of Sara Retallick, Minyerra and Nicole Thorne Trio as they interpret and respond to the art across SAM. Visitors of all ages will be awed at the sensory experience, with music intermingling with stunning visual art to bring the building to life.

Of SAM Sounds, Gabriella Calandro, SAM Engagement Manager, says:

“This event presents the perfect opportunity for the community who are yet to visit SAM to make the trip after work and school and enjoy this fantastic space in Shepparton. SAM Sounds creates a new and exciting way to experience the SAM Building and exhibitions, set to the musical interpretation of some of our regions’ most celebrated and talented musicians.”

Following on at 7pm, SAM After Sunset takes the party upstairs to level 4 for the finale to our incredibly popular sunset series. The ticketed 18+ event features the musical talents of local favourites Sam + Sam and Braden Pullen, with canapés and three drinks per ticket holder to enjoy under the stars. A cash bar will also be available.

Gabriella Calandro, SAM Engagement Manager, says:

SAM After Sunset is a wonderful way to conclude our incredibly popular summer series SAM at Sunset. The evening event is an opportunity to gather with friends and experience one of Shepparton's most unique venues while listening to great live music! Tickets are limited so we recommend booking your ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!”

SAM Café and SAM Shop will remain open for late night trade, a light dinner or last-minute purchase.


SAM Sounds is a FREE event, but registrations are recommended.

Time: 4pm – 7pm

Date: Friday 3 June 2022

Please register attendance at

SAM After Sunset – 18+ only

Time: 7pm – 10.30pm

Date: Friday 3 June 2022

Tickets: $65 includes 3 drinks and canapes (cash bar available)

To book tickets to SAM After Sunset visit

SAM Sounds and SAM After Sunset are part of On the Road Again, a Victorian Government initiative to bring live music back across the state.

About the musicians performing at SAM Sounds:

Sara Retallick

Sara Retallick is an artist, musician and educator living / working on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm. Retallick’s current research-based practice is concerned with making underwater sound installations and expanding listening possibilities through material-based investigations. Her work encompasses sound, digital media, composition, and object-based practices to create unique listening encounters.  

Nationally, Sara has presented works most recently at MPavillion (2022), RISING Festival (2021), Blindside Gallery (2021), and UNSW Gallery in Sydney (2019). As well as international presentations at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid (2020), and at I.S.E.A. in Durban, South Africa (2018). 

Sara also performs live using electronics, voice and instruments in an exploratory project that spans soundscape, noise, sound collage, pop music and improvisation. Previously called Golden Syrup, Sara first performed this live project at MONA’s annual winter festival Dark MOFO in 2016 with debut album being released through Nice Music Label in February 2018.   


Minyerra is Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung, Wiradjuri artist Neil Morris aka DRMNGNOW.  

Under the DRMNGNOW project, Morris has supported the likes of Mulatu Astatke, Dead Prez, and Akala, performed at SXSW and toured Canada in 2019 performing at Imaginative Festival in Tkaronto, Headlined the International Hip Hop Awards in 2021 also taking out single of the year award for the emphatic 'Survive' and has recently sold out the Sydney Opera House event, Yarning Country. 

His work as Minyerra expands into areas of sound design through analogue synthesis and singing in Yorta Yorta language under his project Minyerra where he has performed sets at Melbourne Music Week and Melbourne Festival, and designed sound for shows for stage for Melbourne Fringe and developed work for film also including the upcoming Yurri Wala Woka project through Kaiela Arts. 

Nicole Thorne Trio

The Nicole Thorne Trio is one of Victoria's most celebrated modern jazz groups. The trio have a sophisticated, beautiful, impressionistic approach to playing standards. Every performance is fresh and spirited, providing spontaneous improvisation and communication between members of the group which makes great entertainment and listening for audiences.

About the musicians performing at SAM After Sunset:

Sam + Sam

Performing together as a duo for 20 years, Sam + Sam have lived a life dedicated to music and performance.

 Fronting various band line-ups, you can typically see Sam + Sam playing an energetic Sunday session, a festival stage, or a large corporate function with their big band. Sound and tech nerds through and through, and whatever they earn seems to go straight back into their music in pursuit of that perfect sound.

Performing over 160 shows annually, Sam + Sam regularly fly interstate and internationally to perform at all types of corporate, private, and public events, and wherever they can - make a working holiday out of the places they visit.

Sharing the stage with the likes of Jon Stevens, The Veronicas, Daryl Braithwaite, Thirsty Merc and Olivia Newton John, Sam + Sam always aim to grab the audience’s attention and create a fun and energised atmosphere.

You may also have seen Sam Ludeman on your TV screen either on The Voice working with superstar coach Seal, acting in City Homicide or on feature film Spirit of the Game. Ludeman has also toured extensively with professional musicals, stepping on stage playing major roles in Grease, Fame, Xanadu, amongst others.

In 2020 Sam + Sam began releasing their highly anticipated original music into the world to overwhelming positive feedback and success. Their first three song releases each reached #1 in their iTunes genre, and their second release My Friend reached #1 overall in the iTunes Charts in Australia. Sam + Sam continue to write and record and are currently working on their debut album Evolve, set for release in early 2022.

When the global pandemic rocked the world Sam + Sam quickly pivoted to bring high- quality live-streamed entertainment into everybody’s lounge rooms on Friday and Saturday nights. The live stream quickly gained popularity with hundreds of thousands of people from around the world tuning in each week and to date the series has reached more than 5 million viewers.

 Sam + Sam are currently touring with their latest show ‘Homebound’ focusing on Aussie music.


Braden Pullen

Braden Pullen draws from a vast range of influences to create layers of sound. This will be his first performance at SAM which will include a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments connected with a mind-bending visual display. 




About SAM:

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), located on Yorta Yorta country, is one of Australia's outstanding regional art museums, showcasing our exhibitions and collections in new and exciting ways and creating a welcoming, inclusive, and engaging space for all audiences. Artists are central to our work. Our programming is designed to be locally relevant and engage with global contemporary ideas. SAM is recognised for its significant Australian ceramics collection, and our nationally significant collection of Indigenous art. As the only public art museum in Greater Shepparton and north central Victoria, our mission is to present great art in Shepparton, and to contribute to the cultural enrichment, community engagement and economic prosperity of the region. 


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