Tag Archives: live music

Chris Harland Blues Band hosts jam

By 18 July 2015

[ 19 July 2015 at 2:00 pm; ] The simplest formula. The maximum impact. The Chris Harland Blues Band has the command and the precision to nail every number it plays. UK guitarist Chris Harland brought to Oz the tradition of British-made Electric Blues, the authentic riff-driven Chicago sound, a high-voltage heritage of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Peter Green.

Together [...]

Friday night live – PJ O’Brien Band

By 16 July 2015
pj obrien band

[ 17 July 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. His fat and funky fretwork has been turning heads across Australia, USA, UK and Asia. Along with frequent flyer points PJ has gathered a swag of awards including: Blues Song of the Year, WA Music Awards (WAMIs); Music Oz Blues Artist of the Year; Sydney [...]

Paulie Bignell & the Thornbury Two at Harmonie German Club

By 1 July 2015

[ 3 July 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Paulie is well known around Australia for his work with The Detonators. A band he formed over 12 years ago, that has covered every corner of this wide brown land.

Forming, touring, running, recording and playing in bands since his early teens, he has never let up. His drive and determination getting him through the ups [...]

The CherryPickers to host July Pro Blues and Roots Jam

By 26 June 2015

[ 5 July 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]

Comprising some of the finest talent on the local scene, The CherryPickers return to Blues and Roots Central to host the July Pro Blues and Roots Jam.

The Cherries combine the monster bass grooves of John Coates, John Van Buuren on searing guitar, outstanding percussion work from Jon Jones and the powerful dynamic vocals of Monica [...]

Backbeat Drivers host June Blues Jam at Harmonie German Club

By 16 June 2015

[ 21 June 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]

Backbeat Drivers is one of Australia’s most original blues/R&B acts, with Steve Hartnett on Vocals Harmonica and Guitar, Mike Hardy on Guitar and backing vocals, Ben Connelly on Bass and backing vocals and David “Doc” Rennie on drums.

The band is a local legend in Canberra and our longest continually gigging blues band, playing originals, as [...]

Ali Penny and the Money Makers and the Lachy Doley Group album launch

By 30 May 2015
ali penney

[ 5 June 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

An amazing pianist with an honest vulnerability in her vocals, rawness and emotion are what strikes you when you hear what Ali Penney and The Money Makers play for you. Ali knows how to put on a show – a funny and entertaining show – and play songs which get the audience toe-tapping and dancing. [...]

Geoff Achison at the Harmonie German Club 8 pm Friday 27 Feb

By 17 February 2015
Geoff Achison

[ 27 February 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Red hot blues & soul from one of Australia’s most respected guitar troubadours, Melbourne blues/roots artist Geoff Achison.

Geoff released his first solo album Big Machine in 1994. In 1995 Geoff represented the MBAS in Memphis, USA winning the Albert King Award and scoring an endorsement deal with Gibson Guitars and has since toured the US, [...]

Glenn Cardier and The Sideshow

By 6 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 11 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]

Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow will be bringing their ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ tour to The Harmonie German Club on Saturday 11 October 2014.

Joining Glenn is Rex Goh who is arguably Australia’s ‘most heard’ guitarist & on drums, Dave Fester who tours year round with some of Australia’s finest musicians.

Glenn A Baker (Author & Rock [...]

2013 Going out with a Bang at the Polo!

By 27 November 2013

[ 5 December 2013 to 6 December 2013. ]

The CMC stage at the Polo, lurking in the shadow of Canberra’s inner north real estate boom is winding up next week with some more awesomeness. On Thursday December 5 Tiger and Me with support from the Bearded Gypsy Band will start festivities.

Then on Friday December 6 The Crooked Fiddle Band will unleash their [...]

Live music at Smiths Alternative. A review


The Canberra Musicians Club is doing regular Wednesday night spots at the newly revamped Smiths Alternative in Civic.
Last night I braved the cold and wet to check it out.
The first thing any inner city venue needs is bicycle parking in spades. In this day and age driving to a gig is nothing short of tragic.
Smiths [...]

King of the North tour Canberra (With local supports)

By 22 April 2013

[ 24 April 2013; ] Awesome Melbourne band and Oz rock stalwarts ‘King of the North’ are heading our way to The Basement on 24th April.

Catch these guys before their rock explosion goes viral.

Following on from supporting ‘Cold Chisel’ last year and many residencies including the iconic Esplanade Hotel (home of RocKwiz), this surprisingly huge-sounding 2-piece are on an Australian [...]

Canberra’s live music scene – what happened?

By 21 January 2013

I don’t think it was that long ago that I used to be able to check out a gig guide and find a litany of upcoming fairly major Australian, and sometimes international acts. We’d get enough that my disappointment was generally around an inability to go to all of them. January/February was always a particularly [...]

Live music at the Belconnen Arts Centre

By 13 September 2012

[ 14 September 2012 at 5:30 pm; ] This has come in and looks interesting:

Live@BAC is thrilled to present acoustic music by local band The Burley Griffin and musician Adam Brown.

As we welcome in the warmer weather, unwind on a Friday in Belconnen Arts Centre’s spacious foyer, looking over Lake Ginninderra, and listen to live acoustic music by talented local musicians.

About The Burley [...]

Bryony Aziz’s EP Launch at Digress

By 20 May 2012

And so Digress on Akuna Street (formerly the Akuna Club) had a hitout as a live music venue.
With a very strong lineup supporting the launch of the popular singer-songwriter Bryony Aziz a good crowd was always on the cards.
The venue, however, has some bugs to iron out as a music venue. Not least of which [...]

Green Room canned

By 19 April 2012

Word reaches us that despite an successful trial and three weeks of fitout the Green Room’s tenancy at the Woden Tradies has been terminated.
Because heaven forfend the licensed clubs circa 2012 ever do anything of any value to the community.
Condolences to all those screwed over in this debacle.


By 20 February 2012

[ 1 March 2012 to 10 March 2012. ] “In A Band, It’s Always A Drama”

DATES: Thurs 1st, Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd, Thurs 8th, Fri 9th, Sat 10th March 2012
TIME: 7:30 pm
Show length: 2 hours with 20mins interval
Tickets: $28 ($22 concession or groups of 5+or Impro ACT members)
Street Two – The Street Theatre (15 Childers St, Canberra City West)
Book on 6247 1223 or

This [...]

The Greenroom returns

By 5 February 2012

Facebook informs that the legendary Greenroom is materialising in the Woden Tradies in March.
If things go well and you all go along it could be around longer!
For the month of MARCH the Greenroom shall take up residence at the Woden Tradies Club and test the waters of live music to incite a new permanent venue.
The [...]

Soak up some tunes at Summer Sounds 2012

By 13 January 2012

If you fancy an afternoon of listening to various live musics, sitting on grass and enjoying a sizzling BBQ, you can head out to the Botanic Gardens where Summer Sounds 2012 is already under way and will be running ’til the end of January.
Entry is by donation to the Friends of the Gardens. Donations collected [...]

Cell Block 69 @ ANU Bar: so great, and so Canberra

By 25 December 2011

Cell Block 69′s annual gig at the ANU bar on Friday night was just fantastic. Never been before – best $15 I’ve ever spent on live entertainment – a thumping, nostalgic orgy of camp, pop-rock cabaret. Musically, wonderful. CellBlock 69 are performers of a too-rare variety – thrilled to be there, loving the fans, sweating [...]

The demise of the Maram

By 19 December 2011

We’ve been hearing that Tuggeranong’s leading music venue, The Maram, was joining the long list of broken dreams down there.
This in from a source which goes with other things we’ve been hearing:
They haven’t been paying their bills so ACTEWAGL shut off their power, and they haven’t been paying the rent so the landlord is evicting [...]

Eyes to the Sky, Knights of the Spatchcock, Point of View, Delinquent @ The Basement

By 18 November 2011

[ 10 December 2011 at 8:00 pm; ] Location: The Basement Belconnen, 2 Cohen Street, Belconnen, Australia

More info

18+ ID required

8pm doors open for 9pm start

Pool, drinks and great music! There also is a kitchen there for those needing solids


9pm Delinquent (Nowra)

10pm Eyes to the Sky

11pm Knights of the Spatchcock

12am Point of View


The Basement

The Basement Kitchen

Mudd Nicole O’brien

Women Who Rock! Gig in Canberra to support Movember

By 1 November 2011

[ 19 November 2011 at 3:00 pm; ]

The Maram
Gartside Street Erindale
Canberra, Australia
BMA, Mudd Promotions and Ruff N Ready Present…..

‘Women Who Rock’ is a celebration of the contribution women make to our music scene.

When people think of the numerous forms of rock, metal and punk, they usually think of sweaty men with long hair. We are hoping this, and events like this, will [...]

Gig tonight at the Maram!! Jerrico headlining

By 28 October 2011

Great gig on tonight 28th October everyone, starting from 8pm going late
over 18′s only, $15 dollars at the door
Perpetual End
Self Is Seed
Martha Moxley
It looks to be a great night!

MusicACT launch Wednesday October 12

By 6 October 2011

[ 12 October 2011 at 6:30 pm; ] Given the myriad issues facing the ACT music industry it is more important now than ever for all stakeholders to have a consolidated voice. MusicACT, initially called ACT Live Music Association, formed as a direct result of the initiatives that the ACT Government and departmental staff have implemented over the past 12 months, including the [...]

Greens call for real action on live music

By 26 August 2011

Following our disappointment at last week’s government response to the live music inquiry, the Greens’ Caroling Le Couteur has now noticed that the Government isn’t actually doing anything.
“There is a major concern that Canberra’s music and arts scene is struggling in a range of ways and that we are losing a very important part of [...]

Live music limbo. Investigations follow inquiry.

By 18 August 2011

Joy Burch was talking tough when she released the Government’s response to the inquiry into live music.
A vibrant arts scene is dependent on community and Government support, and I am committed to looking at how we as a Government, and as a community can better support live music in this city.
The pity is that the [...]

Good live music in Canberra?

By 15 July 2011

I have recently started a new job in the graduate program within a government department and a lot of my new colleagues are from out of town. They have been asking me where the best places in Canberra are for live music, but not being very “in touch” with the local music scene, I haven’t [...]


By 12 July 2011

[ 29 July 2011 at 8:00 pm; ]

Time: 8PM
Entry: $15

2XX FM launches its new radio program

By 8 April 2011

[ 18 April 2011 at 4:00 pm; ] LOCAL ‘N’ LIVE
Sat April 16th 2011
Garema Place, Civic 10-4 pm


Brass’ere                    12.30pm

The Ellis Collective      1.15pm

D’Opus & Roshambo 2.30pm

+ Pete Akhurst, Alice Cottee, Heidi Gill

and more great local acts throughout the day

The Local ‘n’ Live Radio show starts April 18th 4-6 pm, Monday to Friday on 98.3FM

For more information or live streaming visit

Live music at the Phat Burger Cafe

By 28 March 2011

[ 1 April 2011 at 6:30 pm; ] Jarrad and Inoeg from “FusedGrooves” will be playing their own brand of Blues & Jazz for your listening pleasure.  Their music is mostly original with loads of improvisation!

Names like Justin Beiber, Kei$ha and Miley Cyrus are unknown to these guys so please come along, enjoy dinner and a coffee with some great music.

Bookings essential call [...]

Music in Farrer?

By 25 February 2011

Having just opened a cafe in Farrer I would like to look at putting on live music once a month perhaps on a Friday evening. 
I would like to offer this opportunity to new musicians that would like to get experience playing in front of a live audience or getting their music out there. 
If [...]

Puta Madre Brothers at Tranist Bar – TONIGHT

By 20 January 2011

Fresh from explosive shows at Meredith and Falls Festival and a national tour with Those Darlins (USA) and Jeff The Brotherhood (USA), the world’s only surviving triple one-man-band band take to the road to teach the people of new south wales some Spanish expletives and make them s*** their pants.
An [...]

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