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Top 14 Upcoming Gigs for All Music Lovers

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by Shirley Peppler (subscribe)
I enjoy writing to give other people pleasure. I love traveling, eating out, finding fabulous cultural events at home and afar. I hope you'll like and try some of my discoveries, and favourite places and experiences.
Published May 8th 2018
Here is my pick of some world class performances
Get your diary and your credit card out and get ready to book some great gigs.

Let's begin our tour of 14 great upcoming gigs in Brisbane at the Triffid, Newstead. Sarah Blasko and The Whitlams are well known, so I need say no more. I saw Marlon Williams at Woodford in 2016 and had to buy a CD immediately. He's an awesome award-winning performer from New Zealand who is a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll with good doses of folk and pop thrown in to the mix. Have a peek here. Prices are around $50.

1. 12th May Sarah Blasko
2. 16th May Marlon Williams
3. 2nd June The Whitlams (2nd concert)
The Triffid, 7-9 Stratton Street, Newstead

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Naomi Doessel Quartet

The next great upcoming gigs are seductive, smoky, smooth, silky, sweet and saucy jazz. First, we have a debut gig at the Brisbane Jazz Club, on the riverside, below the Story Bridge. The Nami Doessel Quartet entertain with standards from the Great American Songbook and a few modern tunes and will be accompanied by some special guests. This will be a great night out for not much more than $20. Next, we have the extraordinary French-American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux who is said to be a successor to Billy Holiday. Her repertoire offers not only jazz standards but also her original works encompassing blues, folk, country and gospel. Tickets start from $69.

4. 10th May Naomi Doessel "Swing, Spice and all Things Vice"
Brisbane Jazz Club, 1 Annie St, Kangaroo Point

5. 7th June Madeleine Peyroux
Concert Hall, QPAC, Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Bank

If folk/blues are more your style, how about booking your tickets at QPAC now and get ready to jump into that "Big Yellow Taxi" for what promises to be an excellent portrayal of the immortal Joni Mitchell from Kate Miller-Heidke, Ella Hooper, Wendy Matthews, Kristin Berardi and Rachel Gaudry. Tickets from $99.

6. 18th July Both Sides Now: Celebrating the Songs of Joni Mitchell
Concert Hall, QPAC, Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Bank

If like me, you grew up loving a bit of rock and roll, you might want to tease and spray your hair or the fellas can grease themselves up with Californian Poppy, before hopping into your Ford Chevvy and hot rodding it over to the southside for a bit of Elvis Presley (Dean Vegas) and Johnny O'Keefe (Dennis Knight). The bargain price is $20.

7. 7th July Kings of Rock Tribute Show
Runcorn Tavern, 124 Gowan Rd, Runcorn

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By Stuart Sevastos - Dan Sultan @ Sir Stewart Bovell Park (2/1/2011), CC BY 2.0,

Dan Sultan is performing in both Brisbane and Redlands. You might remember Dan from Bran Nue Day. If you want some serious modern rock and roll with a dash of the blues, treat yourself to a ticket for $44.

8. 14th June Dan Sultan
The Old Museum, 460 Gregory Tce, Brisbane
15th June Dan Sultan
Redlands Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland
Book both venues through the Dan Sultan Official website

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Now, let's go to the Tivoli. First, the gig of all world music/gospel gigs, the Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This colourful and uplifting group has performed with the world's top artists including Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, The Corrs and Stevie Wonder. Second, be entertained by one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega. Suzanne is a wonderful singer who is sure to please her audience. Archie Roach and Tiddas are doing a reunion tour and would also definitely also be on my list if their gig hadn't sold out. Keep your fingers crossed and eyes open in case there is a second concert. These gigs will set you back anything from $89 upward.

9. 14th July Ladysmith Black Mambazo
10. 31st July Suzanne Vega
The Tivoli, 52 Costin St, Fortitude Valley

Or you might like to go to the Griffith University Conservatorium of Music and enjoy some of Brisbane's upcoming theatrical and musical talent. If you enjoy good old musical theatre, why not dance along to see Carousel. I saw West Side Story there last year and was astounded by the talent of the Con's students. You'll pay only $11.50-$33 what!? In contrast, you will pay upward of $85 for a seat to see world-class multi-Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer and actor Patti Lupone at the Con, taking a break from Broadway to put on a show with our own Brisbane musical theatre students. "Patti LuPone imparts the aura of a New York class act. Her songs are propelled by emotional purpose, intensity ... and enormous comic flair." (The New York Times). Here's a sample.

11. 19th - 26th May Carousel
12. 27th June Patti Lupone, Don't Monkey with Broadway
Qld Conservatorium of Music, 140 Grey Street, South Brisbane

Finally, let's have a look at my picks of great upcoming gigs at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. I saw Vika Bull and Debbie Byrne in a tribute to Joni Mitchell last year and wow, what a powerful duo they were. Vika is well-known as a backing singer on Rockwiz. I'm very happy to see this woman with great soul singing Etta James. You'll pay from $34.50. Finally, in the year of Marriage Equality, the Brisbane Pride Choir will be a great celebration, at an important time in history for not much more than $20. Their 20-year anniversary show will feature some of Brisbane's best voices singing songs like "I Will Survive" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Look out for Lucinda Shaw, Candy Surprise, Dawn Daylight, Mary Jane Carpenter and Petit Four. I vote a big YES for this gig!

13. 27th 30th Jun Vika Bull, At Last: The Etta James Story
14. 17th May YES! Brisbane Pride Choir: 20 years on
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm

Of course, the more you look, the more you see. This has been my personal pick of great upcoming gigs in Brisbane. It's terrific that we are spoilt for choice these days. I hope you like something in this selection but if not, keep looking, as this range of venues offers something for everyone.

In date order:
10th May Naomi Doessel
12th May Sarah Blasko
16th May Marlon Williams
17th May Brisbane Pride Choir
19th - 26th May Carousel
2nd June The Whitlams
7th June Madeleine Peyroux
14th June Dan Sultan, Brisbane
15th June Dan Sultan, Cleveland
27th June Patti Lupone
27th 30th June Vika Bull
7th July Kings of Rock Tribute Show
14th July Ladysmith Black Mambazo
18th July Celebrating the Songs of Joni Mitchell
31st July Suzanne Vega
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Why? Great upcoming gigs for music lovers of all kinds.
When: From 10 May until the end of July 2018
Where: Various venues around Brisbane
Cost: Varied
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