SOL/STORIES IN THE DARK HOTA: Contemporary artist Laurie Anderson begins her season at HOTA with two captivating installations. Experimental multimedia shows Stories in the Dark and Language of the Future explore music, sound and stories from the darkness, and the concept of how humans react to information bombarding us every day. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tickets from $27. Go to hota.com.au SONGS FROM THE BARDO HOTA: Take in a collaboration of Laurie Anderson and singer Tenzin Choegyal in Songs from the Bardo as they interpret an ancient Tibetan text looking at death and reincarnation. Anderson and Choegyal investigate the elements of sky, water, earth and fire. Saturday at 4.30pm. Free event. CONCERT FOR DOGS HOTA: Your best friend is welcome to enjoy the Concert for Dogs, a collection of melodies, frequencies and riffs created to entertain dogs and their owners. Followed by an outdoor screening of Heart of a Dog, examining themes of love, life and death. Sunday 9am. Free. DRAGALICIOUS The Avenue Surfers Paradise: These queens are setting the stage for an electric night of glam and glitter with new addition, Dragalicious. The Avenue has joined forces with two of Queensland’s most incredibly talented and glamorous drag queens. The self-proclaimed ‘Three-Legged Beauty’ Natasha St James and The Gender Bender Terry Daktyl, who are no strangers to The Avenue stage, will be serving up a blend of glitz and glam, risqué comedy numbers, captivating costumes and high energy performances that will illuminate and delight their audience. Every Thursday 7pm. Tickets are $25.
MISS T AND THE ANCHORMEN Twin Towns: The six-piece play rock and pop music with the intention of having crowds dancing. New addition Miss T to the Anchormen has created a new sound with soulful vocals and harmonies. Time 7.30pm. Free entry. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA De Vito Waterfront: Italian duets and classic showstoppers with big vocals from David De Vito and soprano Alana Scott. Starts at 6pm. Bookings recommended. ZOOKEEPERS Southport Sharks: Modern jive live from 8.30pm. Free entry.
THE FUNKNWAGNELLS Twin Towns: Corporate band playing smooth jazz, funk and fusion, culminating in dance hits to have the room grooving. Time 4.30pm. Free. Followed by Miss T and the Anchormen. 9pm. Free. BURGER JOINT Burleigh Brewing Co: Tunes to finish your work week and get you in the weekend mood. Starts at 5pm. Free entry. FRIDAY FAVOURITES De Vito Waterfront: Favourite tunes from then until now with David De Vito on piano, guitar, vocals and “mayhem”, Tarscha De Vito on vocals and Stef Lazaro on big vocals. Starts at 6pm. Bookings recommended. MCKENZIE Southport Sharks: The fourpiece group from South Australia bring high energy and intensity to their shows, performing a wide range of covers from the ’50s until now. Starts at 8.30pm. Free. KRISTIE LEA Currumbin RSL: Gold Coast musician uses her strong vocals and loop and effects pedal for chilled tunes on the Deck. From 5pm. Free. GEORGE FERGUSON Ramada Hotel Hope Harbour: With 30 years of entertaining under his belt, George knows how to get a crowd on their feet. Starts at 6pm. Free entry. BEARFOOT Miami Marketta: Reggae funk six-piece Bearfoot play original music with high-energy riffs, horns and bass. Singles Babylon and Impolite received airtime on Triple J and community radio, helping to propel the band into the music-festival circuit. Supported by Matthew Armitage. Free. 5pm. STOWAWAYS Burleigh Heads Bowls Club: Duo perform covers and originals from pop, country and soul to funk, reggae, indie and 1950s rock and roll. From 7.30pm. Free entry. LIVE IN THE PADDOCK NightQuarter: Queensland Conservatorium presents its third instalment of a five-week concert series showcasing emerging talent from the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Featuring Kaitlyn Martin, Hazel Mei, Cadence and Athena Joy. Free. 6pm. Elska plays live in the Tapas Street, featuring unconventional harp looping creating new age pop music. Free. From 6pm. Singersongwriter Emily Breiger takes to the Tapas Street stage with her acoustic indie tunes. Free. 6pm. BONDI CIGARS Soundlounge: A longstanding four-piece with a strong commitment to playing gigs for more than 25 years. The band serves up original blues and R & B music to their new and returning fans. Time 7.30pm, tickets $20.
JESSE MORRIS BAND Miami Marketta: Byron Bay outfit play original songs inspired by roots, acoustic and reggae vibes. Touring extensively, Jesse Morris Band present positive music for a variety of age groups. 4pm. Free. THE POLAR BEARS Lonestar Tavern: One of the Coast’s most rockin’ small livemusic venues is back with a weekly performance from fourpiece group The Polar Bears. They play the best rock classics from the ’80s and ’90s to today. Starts at 7.30pm. Free entry. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE De Vito Waterfront: David De Vito’s famous big vocals are paired with the talented Tarscha and Stef Lazaro. From 6pm. Free. FUNK N’ WAGNELLS Southport Sharks: This event band offer a range from sophisticated jazz and fusion to classic funk to high density dance to ensure you party the night away. Starts at 8.30pm. Free entry. BENNY HANNA Cabana Bar and Lounge, Southport Sharks: Benny Hanna will bring his soulful vocals, acoustic guitar and loop pedal to keep the good vibes going with a range of amazing covers and originals. Starts at 5pm. Free entry. BLUE SUEDE Burleigh Heads Bowls Club: Head along to rock the night away with classic hit covers from the ’50s through to the ’70s. Starts at 6.30pm. Free entry. RICHARD CLAPTION Twin Towns: Leigh James loops with his stompbox and guitar, while a saxophonist, flautist, pianist, drummer and bassist join him on stage to create melodic blues music. Time 4.30pm. Free. Later at 8.30pm, Richard Clapton