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Singing Success
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Keith Urban
2005 Grammy Nominee
2004-2005 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
Ten weeks #1 on Country Music Charts

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Sat, 24 August 2013

Kele, Booka Shade @ Prince Bandroom

Filed under: electronic music, Gigs — site admin @ 5:35 pm

KELE
13 SEP
Night Creatures - A supernatural Rock N Roll Disco Having sold millions of records, you won’t be forgiven for not knowing who Kele is. Both the front man for monolithic UK band Bloc Party, and his own very successful solo project (Kele), the man is a legend in his own right.Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with a very limited run of intimate DJ performances this September across the country.

BOOKA SHADE - DJ SET(DE)
24 OCT
Booka Shade are Berlin-based duo Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier; a pair who – after producing music together for more than 25 years – have emerged as one of the rare electronic music acts that channel the spirit and sounds of underground techno, but who can ignite any festival crowd, winning over fans across the rock and dance music scenes. Guided by Booka Shade’s unmistakable productions The pair went on to become highly sought after remixers, lending their magic touch to respected artists such as Depeche Mode, Moby, Yello, Hot Chip, Kings Of Leon, Tiga, and The Knife.. Memorable DJ appearances so far this year have included the Space Ibiza opening party, as well as a range of US festivals including the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Their most recent DJ mix also reached #1 on the Beatport charts.

Ondas Alpha, Darts,Workinghorse Irons @ The Tote

Wednesday 28th August
Slow Club : Ondas Alpha Residency w/ Sleep Decade & Pepperjack
Ondas Alpha is a 4-piece ambient rock band from Melbourne, Victoria. Coming together from interstate Australia, the band was created over a cheap pint, a cold rooftop and a backwards guitar and hasn’t stopped since. Combining raw, melodic instrumentals with soft, emotive vocals, Ondas Alpha uses their unique sound to engage and excite neural oscillations to form their personal brand of musical story-telling. They share their set at the Tote every Wednesday in August with special guests Sleepy Dreamers, Busy Kingdom, Papa Mail, Willow Darling, Sleep Decade and Pepperjack. 8pm $5
Doors: 8pm / Door charge applies
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Thursday 29th August
Slow Club : Darts Residency w/ I’ll Be An Indian

5 piece indie-punk band Darts bring their fractured song structures and unpredictable live shows to the Tote every Thursday in August to the Cobra bar. Having burst into the music scene in 2009, winning triple J unearthed and releasing their debut album ‘Habitual Slack’ in 2012, these kids have been busy sharing their music across Melbourne. With epic supports from 8 Bit Love, Velma Grove, Going Swimming, Ceres plus more, your Thursdays in August are complete. $7 8pm
Doors: 8pm / Door charge applies
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Sunday 1st September
Dire Fate/Rote Mare (ADE) Split EP Launch

Doomsters Dire Fate and rote mare (SA) bring their combined might to the unhallowed grounds of The Tote to celebrate their skull crushing split EP.
Joining them on the stage after two years are infernal thrashers Diabolical Demon Director and Melbourne’s best new Doom trio in their debut show, Eldritch Rites.
Mark this ritual on your calendars, all lovers of underground Doom and Destruction!
Doors: 5:30pm / Door charge applies
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Thursday 5th December
Diary Day (feat members of Curse Ov Dialect) W/ Rara & Umbilical Tentacle

Another genre Bending extravagaza where you,ll fing goths and homies hand in hand
WITH Diary Day 1(curse ov dialect members),Umbilical tentacle(yuka from Discobeans)Rara and more to be announced
Doors: 9pm / Door charge applies
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Saturday 7th September
Slow Club : Workinghorse Irons & The Jacks & Beggars Way

The 4 piece are only just reaching their second birthday and have already achieved so much. Within six months of forming they had already returned from a three week tour of Brazil as part of the prestigious Psycho Carnival Festival and side shows playing with such acts as Nekromantix, Mad Sin and Griswalds(UK). The band left behind a converted fan base and received rave revues such as “the revelation of the Carnival” and invitations to tour California, Texas and Europe as well as a return to the following years Psycho Carnival. Fast forward two years after The Workinghorse Irons conception and the band has locally toured their first DIY EP aptly named “One Way Ticket to Hell” building a strong fan base and reputation around Australia with an intense and energetic live show.
Doors: 9pm / Door charge applies
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Queensland Multicultural Week

Filed under: art, Fine Arts, world music, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 5:27 pm

QUEENSLAND MULTICULTURAL WEEK
Our first Queensland Multicultural Week is here!
Queensland Multicultural Week will celebrate the cultures, flavours, colours and traditions that bind us together. With a calendar of events and activities taking place from Saturday 31 August to Sunday 8 September, Queensland Multicultural Week aims to showcase the benefits of our state’s diversity.

Queensland Multicultural Week is a supports the continued growth of strong multicultural communities by promoting cross-cultural awareness and highlighting cultural diversity as positive and valuable for all Queenslanders with a state wide program for everyone to get involved.
Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre is managing the 2013 Queensland Multicultural Week program on behalf of the Queensland Government.
Queensland Multicultural Week. Celebrating our Diversity.

Australian punk band Nancy Vandal

Filed under: punk music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 5:23 pm

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of seminal Australian punk band Nancy Vandal, and to celebrate the occasion they’re releasing a new album ‘Flogging a Dead Phoenix’ and heading out on an East Coast tour this October.
Tour Dates
Friday, 18th of October 2013
The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
with Sheriff + The Australian Beef Week Show + In Hydes Shadow
8:30pm $20 door / $15 Pre
Tickets: rhythmsection.bigtix.com.au

19th of October 2013
Dicey Rileys Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
8:30pm with Topnovil & The Heapsgoods
$15 door / $12 pre + BF
Tickets: rhythmsection.bigtix.com.au

Saturday, 2nd of November 2013
The Reverence Hotel, Footscray, VIC
7:30pm with Sheriff + Wolfpack + Mucho Sonar
$20 door / $15 Pre
tickets: rhythmsection.bigtix.com.au

Friday, 8th of November 2013
The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, QLD
8:00pm with 1.1.1 and Spike City
$20 Door / $15+bf Presale
Tickets:: rhythmsection.bigtix.com.au and zoo.oztix.com.au

Saturday, 9th of November 2013
Miami Tavern Sharks Bar, Miami, QLD
8:00pm with 1.1.1 and Spike City
$20 Door / $15+bf Presale
Tickets: rhythmsection.bigtix.com.au

Saturday, 16th of November 2013
The Metro Lair, Sydney, NSW
7:30pm with Chinese Burns Unit + Batfoot
$25 door / $20 +BF pre
Tickets: Metrotheatre.com.au

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Brisbane’s Spring Summer 2013 Events

Brisbane’s Spring Summer 2013 Events to note:
EVENT TITLE: Grease
DATES: August 20 to October 6
LOCATION: QPAC
TICKETS: qpac.com.au

EVENT TITLE: A Truly Gourmet Experience: The Emporium Epicurean Adventure (a culinary journey like no other, featuring accommodation at Emporium Hotel, an afternoon Master Class with acclaimed and award-winning Chef Tony Percuoco and an evening at Tartufo, indulging in a custom-created Degustation Menu with premium wines)
DATE: 24 August, 2013
LOCATION: 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley Q 4006
TICKETS: Cost is $595 per couple book on 07 3253 6999 or info@emporiumhotel.com.au

EVENT TITLE: Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival
DATES: August 25 to 30
LOCATION: City Hall and various
TICKETS: mbff.com.au

EVENT TITLE: Australian Wallabies vs. Springboks
DATES: September 7
LOCATION: Suncorp Stadium
TICKETS: rugby.com.au

EVENT TITLE: Brisbane Festival
DATES: September 7 to 28
LOCATION: All over Brisbane
TICKETS: brisbanefestival.com.au

EVENT TITLE: Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour™ by Cirque du Soleil
DATES: 2 - 6 October, 2013
LOCATION: Brisbane Entertainment Centre
TICKETS: Tickets start from $89 at www.ticketek.com.au or by calling 132 849

EVENT TITLE: Lord of the Rings: Two Towers with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
DATE: 5 October, 2013
LOCATION: Brisbane Riverstage
TICKETS: Tickets - Ticketmaster 136 100 or visit qso.com.au/thetwotowers

EVENT TITLE: Design for Living presented by Queensland Theatre Company
DATES: 24 October – 10 November, 2013 (previews commence 19 October)
LOCATION: Playhouse Theatre, QPAC
TICKETS: Tickets go on sale August 26 at queenslandtheatre.com.au or phone 136 246

EVENT TITLE: Emporium Hotel – Melbourne Cup Event
DATE: 5 November, 2013
LOCATION: 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley Q 4006
TICKETS: To book contact events@emporiumhotel.com.au or P: (07) 3253 6999

EVENT TITLE: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
DATES: November 19 to December 22
LOCATION: QPAC
TICKETS: qpac.com.au

EVENT TITLE: Video Games Unplugged - Symphony of Legends by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
DATE: 23 November, 2013
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
TICKETS: Adult tickets start from $49 and concession tickets are available - 132 849 or visit ticketek.com.au

Emporium Hotel - 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006 (07) 3253 6999 www.emporiumhotel.com.au

Javier Perianes @QPAC BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.1

Filed under: classical music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 5:17 pm

SPAIN’S EXCITING NEW ARTIST PERFORMS IN BRISBANE FOR ONE SHOW ONLY WITH QSO
8pm, Saturday 14 September QPAC Concert Hall
Tickets qtix 136 246
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.1
STRAVINSKY Petrushka

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) and Brisbane Festival will present Javier Perianes, one of Spain’s most exciting new artists, for one night only performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 in the QPAC Concert Hall at 8pm on Saturday 14 September. The Orchestra will also perform Stravinsky’s Petrushka under the direction of Principal Guest Conductor, Eivind Aadland.

“Under Aadland’s inspired direction, this concert promises to showcase the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at its best,” QSO’s Director for Artistic Planning, Richard Wenn, said. “The Brahms is one of the top ten piano concertos in the repertory and Stravinsky’s Petrushka ballet score is vibrant and colourful,” Mr Wenn said. “The rhythms in Stravinsky’s Petrushka are infectious,” he added. “It is one of the most brilliant scores ever written.”
Mr Perianes and Mr Aadland first performed together with the QSO in 2010.

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Les Thomas ‘Survivor’s Tale’ CD Launch

Filed under: acoustic music, folk music, CD Launches, Gigs — site admin @ 5:14 pm

Les Thomas ‘Survivor’s Tale’ CD Launch
“Les Thomas makes me want to be a better person . . . he’s a bloody good singer-songwriter.”
— Timber and Steel
“In the folk tradition of Woody Guthrie, Les Thomas doesn’t simply sing a story about a stranger, he learns their story, helps give them a voice and uses the medium of music as advocacy. Currently a lot of people get named and promoted as the next great folk artist, but it is people like Les Thomas that keep the origins of folk forefathers alive and true.” — Lauren Duiker, The Orange Press
Local troubadour and activist Les Thomas is pleased to announce his ‘Survivor’s Tale’ album launch at Thornbury Theatre at 7:30pm on Friday September 20 with Justin Bernasconi and Cat Canteri (The Stillsons)!

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