GOLD COAST YOUTH ORCHESTRA Youth Orchestra Centre, Ashmore: Enjoy the Junior Strings and Junior Symphony this afternoon at 4.45pm. HIGHER AND HIGHER — THE MOTOWN MUSICAL Spotlight Theatre: An allsinging, all-dancing celebration of one of the richest periods in musical history. Created by Jamie Watt and Peter Laughton with slick, groovy choreography and sensational voices. Takes you back to the hits you love from superstars such as The Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, Earth, Wind and Fire, Donna Summer, the Bee Gees and more. Runs Thursdays, Fridays at Saturdays at 7.30pm until September 3, with a 2pm matinee Sunday and again August 28. Tickets from $20. spotlighttheatre.com.au THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST Tamborine Mountain Little Theatre: Oscar Wilde’s classic is a farcical comedy set in a world where class, society and fashion are everything. A witty insight not only into London high society of the 1800s, but translates into a fresh commentary on a world fascinated by fame, social media and property prices. Seating is cabaret, so bring your own drinks and nibbles. Runs each Friday and Saturday at 8pm until August 27 with a matinee on Sunday at 2.30pm. Tickets from $18. tmlt.com.au EXIT LAUGHING Tugun Village Community Centre: The Tugun Theatre Company presents a hilarious American comedy directed by Jim Dickson. Plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 7.30pm until the 27th with a matinee on Saturday at 2pm. 0449 788 486 RETRO VAMPT Dracula’s, Broadbeach: The famed cabaret restaurant’s latest vampire vaudeville show celebrates the 1970s through big hair, spandex flares and a funky song list. Show for 15+ audiences. The psychedelic-inspired comedy cabaret stars Rudi Testa, Richard Macionis, David Kume, Danielle Glanville, Inia Dewar, Sarah Louis-Jean, Jessica Stansfield and a live band. Dinner and show Tuesdays to Saturdays. Arrivals from 6.30pm. draculas.com.au HIGH COUNTRY LEGENDS Australian Outback Spectacular, Oxenford: Dinner and show with a cast of larger- than-life characters, animal stars, big stunts, special effects and live music and a three-course meal. Plays Tuesdays to Saturdays with matinees on the last Sunday of the month. Doors open 6.15pm. Tickets from $79.99. outbackspectacular.com.au
ZOOKEEPERS Southport Sharks: Covers and modern jive live from 8.30pm. Free entry. LAY OF THE LAND Elsewhere: Six Shooter, Cleaver and Kinloch get the party started. Show at 9pm.
OLD SKOOL Currumbin RSL: Covering all your favourites from the ‘70s until now, including Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and The Eagles. From 7pm. Free entry. KARL S WILLIAMS Miami Marketta: Live music from Karl S Williams for Marketta Street Food. Show at 5pm. Free. PARTNERS IN CRIME Burleigh Heads Bowls Club: Contemporary act play a variety of hits. Show at 7.30pm. Free. IVEY NightQuarter, Helensvale: Ivey lays down the musical mood in The Paddock. Peach Fur and Lotus Ship support. Show at 4pm. Tickets $3. ELVIS TO THE MAX Twin Towns: More than simply impersonation, critics have described this performance as “Elvis resurrected”. Show at 8.30pm. Tickets from $50. DEJA VUDU Currumbin Creek Tavern: Deja Vudu launch a new single and Stone Witches launch their EP with the help of UverseU and Leavings. 8pm start. $10 entry. NICK CUNNINGHAM Burleigh Brewing Company: Friday Brew Jams at the Brewhouse Bar with Nick Cunningham. Show 5pm8.30pm. FREE THE GENIE Elsewhere: Launching their long-awaited debut EP, Free The Genie will be supported by Tesla Coils, David Schwepps and Buff Girls. Doors from 8pm. Entry $10. CREEDENCE – THE JOHN FOGERTY TRIBUTE Southport Sharks: Live band pay tribute to John Fogerty. Show at 8.30pm. Free entry.
GREG DOOLAN’S VARIETY TONIGHT 3 Twin Towns: New concert series featuring Wickety Wak, Peter Paki and special guests. Show at 8.30pm. Tickets $30. JIMMY BARNES Jupiters Gold Coast: Jimmy and his soul ensemble celebrate the release of his new Soul Searchin’ album on this national tour. Show at 8pm. Tickets from $99. SPECTRUM Burleigh Heads Bowls Club: An upbeat musical performance that takes audiences on a musical journey from the ‘60s through to the latest top 40 hits. Show at 6.30pm. Free entry. THE CALAMINE SISTERS TOUR NightQuarter, Helensvale: Ella Hooper takes to The Paddock stage for a night of original tunes. Gena Rose Bruce and Asha Jeffries support. Show at 4pm. Tickets $3.
Catch Akova at Miami Marketta on Saturday.