We’re usually sharing news about big names rolling through town for concerts and festivals, but this weekend it’s all about our local superstars. We’ve hand-picked this weekend’s five best gigs with a mix of ticketed, family-friendly and cheap as chips options for all-ages and all wallet sizes.
Casey Barnes at Soundlounge
Saturday 17 February
With a Golden Guitar nomination under his belt and a new single out this Friday, Casey Barnes is making big waves across the nation – and indeed outside of Australia. He nailed country music charts last year with his single ‘The Way We Ride’, which debuted at #7 on the iTunes Country Charts and spent four weeks at the top of the Country Tracks Top 40 Chart. And this weekend he plays a rare home-town show at the Soundlounge. Tickets are only $21.50 and include a copy of Casey’s current album ‘Live As One’. And if that’s not enough to get you down to Currumbin, Casey will be supported by Brad Butcher – who took out the Golden Guitar in the category Casey was also nominated in. That’s one hell of a double-header and the reason why this is our gig of the week. You can read our recent interview with Casey here.
Peach Fur at elsewhere
Friday 16 February
Four-piece psych-surf-pop outfit Peach Fur have taken the best bits of rock ‘n’ roll, reggae and psychedelia, thrown in dash of sunshine and waves to deliver something entirely different from your standard pop offerings. There’s an element of crunchy guitars including memorable solos alongside that will make you wanna move. There’s nothing better than seeing a local band like Peach Fur at Gold Coast’s music venue of the year – elsewhere – to kick start your loud and live music weekend. They’re fresh from playing to massive crowds at OzFest and this Friday night they’re supporting Jeremy Costa. That’s right, these Gold Coast lads aren’t even the main course. Jeremy Costa delivers a slice of Motown groove alongside 21st century determination. He’s pushed the boundaries of what an album “should” be and will be backed by an incredible band. And that’s still not all. Buck Dean and The Green Lips are opening proceedings. That’s one hell of a lot of bang for your thirteen bucks. Do it. Tickets and more info here.
Bullhorn at Miami Marketta
Saturday 17 February
A nine-piece band, driven by brass and beats with a killer MC up front? Yes. Bullhorn are back at Miami Marketta this weekend. With their roots in funk, soul, hip hop, reggae and dance Bullhorn’s performances inspire event the most conservative audiences to shake their collective booties with fervour. And the best thing about this gig is that it’s entirely free and all-ages. Oh, and there’s also that whole night market food truck thing going on. So if horns a-plenty plus food-a-plenty is your kinda thing, then Miami Marketta has your name written all over it. Bullhorn is supported by Ondre Davis.
Harry J Hart Trio at NightQuarter
Saturday 17 February
We’ve been waiting for this show for a while. Harry J Hart, who’s usually found busking at the entrance to NightQuarter, recently released his first single, ‘It Calls Out’, and after a little over just one week, the song found itself sitting at no 1 on the Triple J Unearthed Rock chart. Harry met his band mates Dan Tebbit (bass) and Cody Costa (drums) when they became classmates in year 11 at Music Industry College last year. With this debut single going gangbusters, we’re expecting big things from the lads over coming months and years. Check out the song here, or head in to NightQuarter this Saturday to see them do their thang live.
Felicity Lawless at Seaside Sounds, Kirra
Sunday 18 February
There’s whispers of new music from the Felicity Lawless camp and talks of discovering something new through the process of playing music. That’s exciting for any artist, but given it’s been a couple of years since Felicity released her last album ‘Ouroboros’, it’s particularly exciting for Felicity Lawless fans. Felicity is gigging every week up and down the coast, but this Sunday she’s playing an outdoor, all-ages set alongside Dallas James for Seaside Sounds in Kirra. Let’s all hope the weather holds and Felicity gets a chance to roll out some of those new numbers she’s been labouring over.