Point Blank edition 5

Baltimore Gun Club (pictured) introduced themselves to us by saying they enjoy moonlight strolls on the beach, red roses by the armful, and participation dances. They’re a 3-piece grunge band from right here on the GC and they’ve just released a new film clip for the song Aisle #2. They also play the Loft on Thursday 4 April. You can find their quirky clip on YouTube.

Sunshine Coast lads, Band of Frequencies get around, and last year half the band hopped in kayaks to traverse the Californian coastline between Santa Barbara and the Mexican border all in the name of coastal conservation and art. The film The Transparentsea Voyage captures the journey as well as the process of writing and recording 23 songs over the 23 day trip. Get along to the screening, along with live accompaniment by Band of Frequencies at The Soundlounge Currumbin this Friday 21 March.

Dust out the aloha shirts and hibiscus boardies and get into some serious island grooves this Sunday as Bustamento bring their upbeat Caribbean rhythms to Bond University. Featuring Nicky Bomba – one of Australia’s most respected musicians, along with support acts from Thursday Island ukulele player Tyus Arndt and artist Di Human. It all goes down on Sunday 23 March at Bond University from 3.00pm and more details are available at bond.edu.au/bustamento.

If you’re my age, you’ll remember their catchy earworm Accidentally Kelly Street. Yes, it’s Frente. And they’re back. After 21 years Angie Hart, Simon Austin are re-releasing their debut long-player Marvin the Album and supporting the release with a national tour. Sadly, there’s no Gold Coast show, but they are stopping in Brisbane, 28 June and Lismore 27 June.

It’s hard enough presenting a busy drive-time radio show from the comfort of a well equipped studio (although it is ABC, so perhaps we shouldn’t make assumptions). But at the end of this month, Scott Lamond and the 91.7 ABC Gold Coast team will be bringing their drive-time slot to the people. The ABC crew will descend on the Arts Centre Gold Coast, 28 March for a special outdoor broadcast: Drive Live at the Terrace. Scott will be joined by musicians, comedians and other fascinating folk as he broadcasts the Drive show live from 3.00pm – 6.00pm. The Terrace Bar will be open for drinks and there will be a BBQ. All welcome.

It’s a common occurrence these days: crowdfunding to record an album and Shaun Kirk was on the money when he jumped on the bandwagon – recruiting more than 100 fans who helped him record his new studio album Steer the Wheel. But the good vibes aren’t stopping there. Because of the support he received, he’s now able to donate a portion of sales profit from the album to Orphfund, a charity helping abandoned children across the globe. The project target was reached well before its completion date, and had participants pledging towards a bunch of rewards, including a feature role in one of Shaun’s forthcoming film clips and having their selfies included on the album’s booklet. You can see Shaun as he tours his album at The Loft, Friday 11 April and at Bluesfest on Thursday 17 and Monday 21 April.

Got a big creative idea? The City of Gold Coast is looking for local artists, creative businesses or organisations to apply for Regional Arts Development Fund grants to bring their big ideas to life. RADF is a Queensland Government initiative through Arts Queensland in conjunction with the City of Gold Coast to support local arts and culture. This is the third and final round for 2013-14. Applications close 4 April for projects that commence after 16 May. More information at cultural.goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

Those reggae rootsters Street 66 have just announced they’ll be playing this year’s Mardi Grass – the annual event held in Nimbin  over the first weekend of May. They’re a skilled and exciting act and the Blank music team are massive fans. You can catch them on Sunday 3 May.

If you prefer your music at the heavier end of the spectrum, mark Sunday 8 June in your diaries right now. Because The Wallaby Hotel at Mudgeeraba has a stellar lineup of local and visiting artists to please your ears. It’s Wallapalooza and it’s big. The lineup includes HELM, Azreal, These Four Walls, Dollarosa, Smoking Martha, Gimpus, The Molotove, Lilly Rouge, along with Hailmary (Perth) and Wolfpack (Melbourne).

Surfers Paradise Festival is back and kicks off with some find DJ sets right on the foreshore. The Launch It DJ party features Bombs Away, Mobin Master, Chardy, Orckestra and Tate Strauss on Friday 4 April followed by the Aussie rock party with The Angels with Dave Gleeson, Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite on Saturday 5 April. The festival continues until 26 April and includes the Australian Street Entertainment Championships, Seafire Fireworks Challenge, One Way Street Party, Shorts in Paradise Film Festival and a new culinary addition Surf, Seafood and Symphony. More at surfersparadisefestival.com.

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