From September to November, QPAC will present a vibrant program of free live music catering for a wide variety of musical tastes and interests.
On Friday nights, from 28 September, local musicians will hold court in QPAC’s Cascade Court.
The Hearamusohaveadrink program features some of Brisbane’s best home-grown talent performing in the relaxed surrounds of QPAC’s front yard. From 5.30pm to 7.30pm each Friday, guests can ease into the weekend to the sounds of some of our city’s emerging talents. Refreshments are also available.
QPAC’s Front Yard Music program provides three very different free Saturday concerts on the centre’s Melbourne Street Grass Plaza.
The first concert, this Saturday, 22 September, is The Karuna Concert. A free concert in honour of the Karuna Hospice Services, it includes a rich assortment of Brisbane artists including The Goodbye Notes, led by Barbara Fordham, specialising in acoustic pop and ballads, Yani, one of the original Women in Voice artists whose repertoire ranges from jazz to world music, a rare performance by violinist Linda Neil and Bloke’Apella, a men’s a capella quartet. Bring a blanket and enjoy the entertainment from 1pm to 5pm.
The second Front Yard Music concert on 20 October will be enjoyed by those who love all things country. The Alt Country concert is inspired by the depth and breadth of alternative country music in Brisbane, and will feature singer/songwriters and bands who will all tip the hat to both traditional and contemporary country music styles, from hillbilly and folk to bluegrass and gospel.
On Saturday, 17 November, prepare to chill at Dub, Dub, Dub. Drawing on the innovations of King Tubby and his development of the reggae sound into an electronic form, QPAC presents an afternoon of dub music influenced by the robust contemporary styles of reggae, funk and punk.
In addition to the two new outdoor entertainment series, September to November will also see the continuation of the fRETfEST Find of the Year at QPAC, the search for south-east Queensland’s most talented emerging singer-songwriters, launched by Arts Minister Rod Welford in June.
Heats for 26 to 40 years will begin on 29 September and Over 40 in late October. The Find of the Year will be announced on 17 November in QPAC’s Playhouse. Entries cost $25 and can be made online at qtix.com.au. For enquiries, telephone qtix on 136 246.
fRETfEST was established in 1997 to support the interest in folk, roots and acoustic music. Artists associated with fRETfEST include Pete Murray, Bobby Flynn, Women in Docs, Rob Longstaff, Sarah Watson, Luke Paten and Liz Flynn.
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