Pete puts heart into it

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THE hon­esty, heart and soul in­grained in blues mu­sic is what keeps Pete Cor­nelius an­chored to the genre. The Tas­ma­nian singer-song­writer be­gan pi­ano lessons at the age of six, picked up an acous­tic gui­tar at nine and re­leased his first al­bum at 13. When Cor­nelius first laid hands on an elec­tric gui­tar at 11, he re­alised the in­stru­ment could act as an ex­ten­sion of him­self. ‘‘The elec­tric gui­tar can be a voice. It re­ally sparked some­thing new,’’ he says. Many moons later, Cor­nelius says tra­di­tional blues mu­sic is what keeps him tick­ing. ‘‘The au­then­tic vibe of it re­ally makes me happy,’’ he says.‘‘But you have to put your own twist on it – that’s part of keep­ing things real and in­ter­est­ing.’’ Groundswell is al­bum num­ber nine for the gifted mu­si­cian, and it sees Cor­nelius dance around a broader scope of mu­si­cal flavours. ‘‘The al­bum also has funk, soul and al­ter­na­tive coun­try. I recorded and mixed it my­self,’’ he says. Cor­nelius is tour­ing the al­bum with dif­fer­ent bands in each city. Tomorrow night, when he ser­e­nades the Gold Coast, Cor­nelius will hook up with two Bris­bane mu­si­cians. ‘‘It will be very raw and un­re­hearsed so the fun fac­tor will be right up there,’’ he says.‘‘The show is en­er­getic, lively and in­ter­ac­tive. It’s go­ing to be fun and I will keep things en­er­getic and up.’’ Come a Lit­tle Bit Closer plus some clas­sic doo-wop and pop songs. Show at 8pm. Tick­ets $45. Opera600, Palm Beach Park­lands: An af­ter­noon of opera, cars and fire­works be­side the Cur­rumbin La­goon star­ring Luke Kennedy, Bel­ladiva, The Two Tenors and Lach­lan Wal­lace. Show from 4pm–7pm. Free en­try. Starq, The Vault: Rock show with Ja­cob Agius and band. Show at 7pm. Free en­try. DJ Flo, Ko­mune: DJ Flo and The Com­mon As­sault Crew on ro­ta­tion. Show at 7pm. Free en­try. The Bea­tle Boys, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast: The Bea­tle Boys take this trib­ute show to the next level. Show at 8pm. Tick­ets $49.90-$59.90. Vel­vet Mar­tini, Palazzo Ver­sace: Live con­tem­po­rary jazz at Le Jardin’s Gin Palace from 6.30pm. Free en­try. Rel­ish Duo, RSL South­port: Live cov­ers. Show at 7.30pm. Free en­try. Painted Doll, EAST: Heat six of Painted Doll Makeup Artistry com­pe­ti­tion with the theme Run­way In­spired. Res­i­dent DJs. Porter Robin­son, Plat­inum Night­club: Amer­i­can elec­tronic dance mu­sic pro­ducer and DJ on the decks with The M Ma­chine. Flash, Mur­ray Brown and Craig Roberts sup­port. Cas­sian, Else­where: Cas­sian lights up the dance­floor with help from res­i­dent DJs Audun and Giv. En­try $10-$15.

– ROSE SADLEIR Pete Cor­nelius, Brodie Gra­ham Band and Ar­bori play The Loft on Chevron Is­land tomorrow night.

Pete Cor­nelius

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