Giants Of Jazz – QPAC – 16-17 August 2008

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QPAC is getting all jazzed up to host some of Australia’s biggest names in jazz.

For an entire weekend in August, jazz fans will be treated to two days of non-stop music by some of the country’s finest performers and bands.  Jazz music will weave its way through QPAC with known and local artists performing across two venues from midday to 11pm on Saturday, 16 August and midday to 6pm on Sunday, 17 August.

The exceptional line up includes one of Australia’s leading international artists, Bob Barnard (pictured, left), who will perform with his all-star band; the highly regarded composer, performer and educator Bob Sedergreen and Australia’s top rated traditional/ mainstream jazz group, The Syncopators.

Featuring all styles of jazz, Giants of Jazz also features: Geoff Bull’s Olympia Jazz Band, George Washingmachine, Julie O’Hara, Peter Baylor, Laique, The Jazz Factory, Clare Hansson, Harry Lynn Quartet, Queensland Conservatorium Big Band, Jazz String.

QPAC’s Artistic Director John Kotzas said Giants of Jazz was a great opportunity for lovers of jazz to indulge in a smorgasboard of entertainment.

“It’s rare to get this number of artists of this calibre together under one roof for an entire weekend,” Mr Kotzas said.

“It’s also rare for jazz to be performed in these intimate surrounds, enabling fans an up-close and personal experience.

“Giants of Jazz builds on QPAC’s incredibly successful Jazz Fridays, which has seen local jazz artists performing in Cascade Court regularly since February,” Mr Kotzas said.

Patrons can purchase a full-day pass for either Saturday or Sunday or a full weekend pass.

Ticket Information:
Dates:            Saturday 16, August and Sunday, 17 August
Venues:           Cremorne Theatre & Studio 1, QPAC
Tickets:          Single Day Pass $105; 2 Day Weekend Pass $198
Bookings:         qtix.com.au or 136 246

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Bio

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Arguably Australia’s most successful cultural export of the last twenty years, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – both collectively and individually – are also the most prolific. In the last eighteen months alone, Nick Cave, alongside fellow Bad Seeds; Warren Ellis (violin, mandocaster) Martyn Casey (bass) and Jim Sclavunus (drums), have released an album and toured under the name Grinderman – a bump and grind exaggeration of the Bad Seeds groove. Warren Ellis and Nick Cave have also written and released the soundtrack to the Brad Pitt produced movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; bassist Martyn Casey has revived his former role in the reunited Triffids performing at last year’s Sydney Festival; and the longest serving Bad Seed, Mick Harvey (guitar and organ), has released a solo album (his fourth) entitled Two of Diamonds. Harvey has also performed as guest musician at The Triffids reunion shows and most recently has been remixing the entire Bad Seeds back catalogue in 5.1 surround sound.

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Ben Lee Bio

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Ben Lee has been making albums since he was 14 years old.
• Recordings by his first band, Noise Addict, were released in the US by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Mike D of the Beastie Boys.
• The Re-Birth of Venus is his seventh solo album and his fifth collaboration with Chicago-based producer, Brad Wood.
• Ben has been nominated for thirteen ARIA Awards and has won six, including Best Male Artist in 2005. In that year, ‘Catch My Disease’ was the most played song on Australian Radio.
• Ben has collaborated with a vast array of artists including Liz Phair, Evan Dando, Ben Kweller, Ben Folds, Jason Schwartzman and Kylie Minogue.
• He has also starred in a film, The Rage in Placid Lake, and composed the ARIA and AFI-nominated soundtrack to the new Australian movie, The Sqaure.
• Ben lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ione Skye, and his stepdaugher, Kate.
• New single ‘I Love Pop Music’ points out how pop music can also provide a serious message.
• ‘I Love Pop Music’ will be released digitally on December 20th.
• Missy Higgins and Patience Hodgson join Ben on ‘I Love Pop Music’.
• New album, “The Rebirth of Venus” is out through Dew Process/UMA on February 7th 2009.
• The inspiration for ‘The Rebirth Of Venus” is to celebrate feminine qualities such as creativity and compassion, hence the title.
• The new album was recorded with Brad Wood (Awake Is the New Sleep)
Ben Lee will be touring in March 2009


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Tex Perkins Headlines At Nights Outside – 19 July 2008

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QPAC’s free Nights Outside program is gaining a reputation for showcasing some of the country’s biggest names in music and this month it’s set to grow further.

In recent months, acts such as Avalon Drive, Sparkadia and Young and Restless have had QPAC’s Cascade Court buzzing. (click here for Avalon Drive QPAC article)

On 19 July, Tex Perkins will headline the entertainment along with his good friend and former Cruel Sea cavalier, James Cruikshank.

Fresh from recording his new studio album, due to be released by Universal Records later this year, Tex comes to QPAC to play some classic tunes from his back catalogue – and possibly some new tracks too.

Also featuring at Nights Outside on 19 July is Australian alt pop-rock treasure Fi Claus.

Brisbane based Fi has recently toured Australia to launch her second iTunes single, I’ll Be Spending.  Fi Claus’s free performance at QPAC will feature Emma Dean.

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Ticket Information:
What:     Nights Outside – featuring Tex Perkins and Fi Claus
When:    Saturday 19 July from 7pm
Where:   Cascade Court, QPAC, South Bank
Tickets:  FREE

Connect Four Art Party – 19 July 2008

Presented by 4C arts collective

A creative cacophony for a community cause

Little Vegas and The Fuzz Parade


On July 19 the 4C arts collective will host the Connect Four Art Party, the follow up to the highly successful premiere March event.
The evening will feature of massive array of art in a multiplicity of styles and formats including some of Brisbane’s best bands and DJs plus burlesque, circus and physical performance and all kinds of other shenanigans.
Supplies will be provided for attendees to create and participate in making art to add to the event.
All proceeds will be donated to the Women’s Legal Service. This organisation relies on grants and donations to provide free legal advice for women in difficult circumstances.Saturday, July 19, 2008
5:00pm – midnight
Valley studios, Fortitude Valley
610 Ann st
BYO

LITTLE VEGAS AND THE FUZZ PARADE
THE STRANGE ATTRACTORS
LITTLE SCOUT
MA SHEEN
DASTARDLY KUTS

plus fabulous burlesque performances from:

LENA MARLENE
LADY LAINE

AND CIRCUS PERFORMERS (TBA)

Links:
4C Arts Collective

Abbey Medieval Festival – 5th to 13th July 2008

The Abbey Medieval Festival – Let the Pageantry begin…

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(photo courtesy of Abbey Medieval Festival)
There is so much to do and see at the Abbey Medieval Festival and Tournament you won’t know where to begin! Whether you’re into hands on activities, spectator sport, music, dancing or medieval food and wine you will be able to make the most of your time at the Tournament.

Music
Medieval Music & Bands, haunting melodies from harpists, trumpeters, flute and lute players, including Gregorian chanting and some of Australia’s leading medieval bands.
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Medieval Encampments
Explore and wonder in over 30 re-enactor encampments, from Vikings to Knights in Armour, authentic representations of medieval life from 600-1600AD, do not miss the ever popular Shuvani Romani gypsy encampment, or the colourful 15th Century encampment of the Knights order of Lion Rampant.

Jousting
The breathtaking and highly charged Joust, when knights on their trusted war horses tilt for the honour of Champion of the Lists.  Abbey Medieval Festival will host the largest jousting tournament ever held in Australia in 2007with international participants from Belgium and New Zealand.

Street Theatre, Dancing & Games
Medieval theatre and games, including jugglers, puppetry, dancing, and costume parades for your entertainment.
Medieval Masque Ball brings your mask and dance to the fabulous melodies of Musica Prima in our spectacular Medieval Masque Ball on Saturday night the 12th of July.

Evening Markets
Australia’s most authentic medieval Markets, nearly a hundred stallholders covering a huge range of products, arts and crafts.  Whatever you’re looking for, it’ll be here! This year’s markets will open until 6:30pm on Saturday, 12th July 2008.

Fighting Displays
Combat from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance (450 – 1600 AD).  Different fighting styles and archery, tourneys, melees and individual combats including- Viking, Dark Age, High Middle Ages and Byzantine warriors, German landsknechts (mercenaries), Turkish janissaries and exquisite Renaissance swordsmen.

Human Chess Game
For the first time at the Abbey Medieval Festival, a game of human chess will be on show.
It follows a story dating back to 1454 when two young gentlemen played to settle which man should woo the lady they were in love with. An event will be repeated at the Abbey Medieval Festival on Saturday 12th July.
Sumptuous costumes, multi-colour banners, martial parades and exquisite elegance. This show will have over 50 characters and will go for about half-hour.

Workshops
Dancing, Crafts, Hobby Horses, Masque making, shield painting for kids, crown painting, princess hat making, Adult and Junior Medieval Cookery School, Knights School, Jester School and much more.

Lectures
Visitors have the opportunity to learn all manner of facts and figures when they visit the university pavilion on tournament days.

Medieval Stained Glass tours
Visit the Abbey Church
Be awed by its ancient stained glass- some from Winchester Cathedral and enjoy the medieval sound of Gregorian chant.

View the collections in the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology
The Abbey Museum is one of Australia’s premier fine arts and archaeological museums.  Its displays have won international acclaim and the Queensland government has acknowledged that it is one of the best small museums in the country.

Events and Entertainment Program 2008

Immerse yourself in medieval culture and delight in the entertainment, there is something for everyone at Australia’s largest and most unique Medieval Festival and Tournament.

Highlight Events:

Medieval Banquet 5th of July
Free Children’s Day 7th of July
Masque Ball 12th of July
Knighting Ceremony 11th of July
Abbey Medieval Tournament 12th and 13th of July

Fact Sheet
Location & transport

  • Easy 45 minute drive from Brisbane
  • Free Buses operate from Caboolture Railway Station to the Tournament every half an hour
  • Take the Bribie Island exit from the Bruce Highway.

Festival Activities: Music: Dancing: Street Theatre: Shows: Lectures: Workshops: Spectator Sport-Jousting, combat, fencing, and archery: Markets: Stained Glass Tours:

Links:  www.abbeytournament.com

Parkway Drive & Have Heart @ Tivoli – Brisbane, 13 June 2008

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Parkway Drive and Have Heart ripped up the Tivoli on Friday the 13th (13 June 2008).

Boston’s Have Heart is easily one of the biggest bands in straight edge hardcore scene and managed nothing less than a solid, full on performance that saw the packed Tivoli crowd jumping and screaming for more… perfect fodder for the mainline act “Parkway Drive“. Have Heart’s front man Pat Flynn is the face of the straight edge movement and proved that this movement is alive and well in Brisbane.

As Parkway Drive entered the stage, the crowd surged forward and erupted in classic hardcore fan style, flying fists, circle pits, and a mountain of aggression. Parkway Drive blistered through their set and did not disappoint, offering up (among others) “Gimme A D”, “Siren’s Song” and “Guns for Show, Knives for a Pro”, their high energy show that would have kept the hardest hardcore critic happy.

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Links:  Parkway Drive  –  Have Heart
Venue:  The Tivoli Brisbane

Home Grown In The Valley Festival – Currumbin Valley, 27 July 2008

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Sunday July 27 sees the birth of Home Grown In The Valley, a boutique music festival in the rain forest surrounds of the Currumbin Valley Bird Gardens. The line up brings together Australian music icons Ian Moss, Richard Clapton and Diesel, revered guitarists Phil Emmanuel, as well as blues & roots legends Kevin Borich and Steve Edmonds.

Sunday 27 July, 2008 @ The Bird Gardens, 746 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley, Southern Gold Coast.  11:00am to 9:30pm

To purchase tickets to Home Grown In The Valley, head to www.inthevalley.com.au or Southport RSL, Scarborough St, Southport.

In Stitches Comedy Festival – Brisbane, 17-29 June 2008

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12 nights of comedy, stand up, live music and a free outdoor program… In Stitches at QPAC brings together some of Australia’s most popular comedy performers for two weeks of laughs, music and random acts of weirdness.

Acts include:
Jimeoin, Puppetry of the Penis, Fiona O’Loughlin and Raymond Crowe, Cal Wilson, The Young Guns of Comedy with Tahir, Carita Farrer, The Kransky Sisters, Ahn Do, Julia Morris, Scared Little Weird Guys, The Chasers, The Umbilical Brothers and Sarah Pember.

Links:  QPACqtix

Splendour In The Grass – Final Acts Announced

Clare Bowditch

It is with great pleasure we announce the second and final round of acts playing the sold out Splendour in the Grass taking place in Byron Bay on August 2nd and 3rd.

The Polyphonic Spree, New Young Pony Club, Yves Klein Blue, Lyrics Born, Tokyo Police Club, Albert Hammond Jr, Little Red, Clare Bowditch (pictured above), Bluejuice, Robert Forster, The Drones, Hadouken!, Bliss N Eso, Paul Dempsey, Katalyst, Even, British India, The Galvatrons, Delta Spirit, Slot Machine, The Black Stars, Van She Tech, Bag Raiders, Soft Tigers Food Fight, E.L.F Dj, Kato And Pob

join the already cracking line-up of:

Devo, The Music, Wolfmother, Sigur Ros, The Living End, The Presets
Tricky, Vampire Weekend, Ben Lee, Cold War Kids, The Fratellis
The Wombats, Pnau, Laura Marling, The Vines, The Grates, Operator Please,
Band of Horses, Van She, The Panics, Gyroscope, MSTRKRFT, Lightspeed Champion,
The Brown Birds from Windy Hill, Scribe, The Gin Club

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Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, actor, comedian and writer.

Originally from Perth, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre at the University of Western Australia in 1995, then an Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Music at the Conservatorium of WA – part of the WA Academy of Performing Arts – in 1998.

In 2002, he moved to Melbourne, where he began to develop the solo comedy shows which have gained him public and critical acclaim in the last three years. He developed his unique style during an 18-month period when he played regularly in the famous 40-seat cabaret room of The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, before

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Racecourse Road Street Party – 20 July 2008

As part of Brisbane Festival 2008, the ultimate street party reclaims Racecourse Road for one massive day only.

Check out the three stages of FREE live music and create your own soundtrack to a perfect day out with the amazing sounds of jazz, world music, funk, pop and rock performances coming to you from all around Australia. The day’s performance includes Australia’s premier original soul/funk outfit Pablo Discobar, roots group Afro Dizzi Act, The Tonights a trio unbounded by genre, indie rockers Kristy London and The Other Halves, singer songwriter Emma Dean, Australia’s hottest latin band Chu‘Kale’ and many more.

This incredible day will also feature heaps of activities for children and families with face painting, workshops in circus, physical theatre, juggling, dance and kite making plus more than 150 stalls offering gourmet produce, community information and arts and crafts for sale. Complete your day by visiting the retail stores and restaurants that make Racecourse Road the hub of North Brisbane.

FEATURING
Pablo Discobar, Kafka, Afro Dizzi Act, Emma Dean, Chu‘kale’, The Tonights, Tim Loydell & the Deckchairs, Kristy London & the Other Halves, 8 Ball Aitken

VENUE
Racecourse Road, Ascot QLD

DATE & TIME
Sunday 20 July – 10am to 5pm

TICKETS
FREE. No bookings required.

TRANSPORT
TRANSLink 13 12 30 or www.translink.com.au

Train: Ascot Station
Bus: Racecourse Road, Kingsford Smith Drive & Lancaster Road
CityCat: Bretts Wharf
Parking: Eagle Farm Racecourse with a gold coin donation to charity and limited street parking available

MORE INFO
Food and beverages will be available for sale from a variety of stalls and cafes and restaurants along Racecourse Road. Umbrella making, kite making, jewellery, circus and dance workshops will run throughout the day.

For information on road closures, alternate traffic routes and parking restrictions visit http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/.

Kasey Chambers with Shane Nicholson – Rattlin’ Bones Tour

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The Frontier Touring Company by arrangement with Premier Artists are delighted to announce that Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson will be touring Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane,Adelaide and Canberra this August.

Riding high on the success of their ARIA #1 album collaboration Rattlin’ Bones (out now through Liberation), Kasey and Shane’s metro concerts will include new songs from this gorgeous album, as well as past hits from Kasey’s impressive multi-platinum back catalogue.

Joining Kasey and Shane on stage will be a full band comprised of Bill Chambers, John Watson, James Gillard, and Mark Collins. Fans will also be treated to a special acoustic segment during the evening.

Rattlin’ Bones has been unanimously declared one of the year’s best releases. Check out what some of the reviews have said:

“.Some might have pondered if Chambers teaming with Nicholson in the studio was wise. Rattlin’ Bones blows any such doubts away.”  Courier Mail, Brisbane

“…the songs are so strong, they sound like instant classics.” Rhythms Magazine

“…a deadset beaut bunch of traditional country tunes that are as honest as a boy scout and as open as a drunkard writing his resignation at 4am.” People Magazine

“…destined to stand the test of time.” Beat Magazine, Melbourne

“…their voices complement each other beautifully.” Time Out, Sydney

Having been fortunate enough to have seen Kasey and Shane perform together in the past, I am able to attest to the powerful rapport between the couple. Likewise as a solo performer Kasey shines as always with her impressive vocals and delivery. With a plethora of old and new hits to choose from, these concerts will have something for everyone.

Tickets on sale Tuesday 10 June 2008.

Sunday 17 August Brisbane Concert Hall, QPAC
qtix 136 246 or www.qtix.com.au

Links:  Kasey Chambers 

Dropkick Murphys @ Tivoli – Brisbane 27 May 2008

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The Dropkick Murphy’s, who have evolved over the past decade into one of the most beloved punk-inspired bands in the world, played to a sell out crowd at The Tivoli.  

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Links:  The Tivoli  –  The Dropkick Murphy’s  –  Sick Of It All  – FasterLouder 
Photos:  LifeMusicMedia photoset 

Brisbane Zombie Walk 2008 – Review

Brisbane Zombie Walk 2008
BRAINS!!!  At 3pm, Sunday 25 May 2008, Roma Street Parklands filled with zombies that had once again gathered for Brisbane’s annual Zombie Walk.  More than a thousand zombies had arrived and started their pilgrimage through the city.   Onlookers stood back and stared, cars beeped and zombies moaned.  Leaving a trail of blood, they stumbled through to quench their thirst before disappearing into the night.

Bloody good event!

Read the event organisers “post-walk statement” here.
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Links:     Zombie Walk Brisbane  –  Brisbane Blog   
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