What's on: Gold Coast
DON'T Blame It on the Boogie because You Can't Stop The Music. Relive some of the greatest hits of the '60s, '70s and '80s with Australia's biggest Motown party at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday, January 15. The Jacksons (with original members Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon), Kool & the Gang, The Pointer Sisters and Village People headline this jam-packed event. It's from 5-11.30pm and tickets are $170.30. Phone 07 5504 4000 or get tickets at mjrpresents.com/summer-series.
GALAPOGUS Duck is a name synonymous with jazz, having entertained audiences for nearly 50 years, and they are the grand finale to Southport Bowls Club's four-day, live jazz event from Friday, January 18. Starting the event are Rydian Lewis and the Residuals, one of the most well-recognised local swing and jazz artists on the Gold Coast. Miss Mandy Swings transports audiences to the 1940s with her performance on Saturday. QUT researcher by day, jazz singer by night, Kristina Kelman will host your Sunday afternoon, with Galapogus Duck on Monday. Each night costs $10-$20 for members or $15-$25 for non-members. Phone Dianne on 0402 895 008 for more info, or go to gccityjazzclub.com.
TAOIST TAI CHI
LOOKING for a slow and gentle workout that benefits both physical and mental health? Taoist Tai Chi Society is hosting an open house on Saturday, January 19 where you can find out more about the increasingly popular Tai Chi with a free introductory class. Everybody is welcome to from 11am-12.30pm at the Mermaid Beach Community Centre. Phone 0426 290 258 or email email@example.com.
AMERICAN COUNTRY ROCK
THREE of the world's best tribute acts come together for one night of country rock at the Hall of Fame Icons show at RSL Club Southport on Saturday, January 19. The Australian Eagles Show, Linda Ronstadt Show and Creedence Clearwater Revived team up to bring the Gold Coast the biggest tribute show of the year with classics, including Hotel California, Blue Bayou and Bad Moon Rising. It's from 8-11pm for only $35. Phone Isaac on 07 5552 4200 or go to rslclubsouthport.com.au.
SUPPER, PIPES AND POETRY
THE Fox & Hounds Country Inn is celebrating the life of Robbie Burns this Burns Day with pipes, poetry, a huge Scottish menu (including haggis) and most importantly, whiskey. For only $49 per person, you get to try out Scotland's best cuisine or be comforted with traditional favourites in three courses. Not sure about testing out the famous haggis? Try a vegetarian version or stick with a classic roast. It's from 6.30pm on Friday, January 25. Phone Justin on 07 5665 7582.
GOLD Coast Music Award's 2018 Best Live Act Mason Rack Band headlines the celebrations this Australia Day at Broadwater Parklands. The free event on Saturday, January 26 provides fun for the whole family, including live music from local artists, a range of food vendors, the JJ Richards Aussie Activities Zone, beach volleyball and mini Commonwealth Games for grandkids. It gets started at 4pm and concludes with a fantastic fireworks display at 8pm. Find the event on Facebook.
IT'S the only place you'll find Freddie Mercury, Sir Elton John and David Bowie in the same room - well, almost. Australia's premier international tribute artists John Blunt, Greg Andrew and Wayne Vitale take you through your favourite hits from each superstar, plus a special encore with all three artists teaming up at RSL Club Southport on Australia Day. Tickets are $40. Phone 07 5552 4200 or go to rslclubsouthport.com.au.
GO ALONG and cheer on the nation's elite lifesavers for round five of the world famous Oceans6 Series at Surfers Paradise. The athletes will go head-to-head in a range of intensive sports events, including paddleboard, surf swims, skis and sprints. This free event on February 1 and 2 offers an amazing chance to experience leading surf sport competitors in action. Go to surfersparadise.com/whats-on.
HAVE you checked out the NightQuarter yet? Here's your reason to do so on Friday, February 1, as UB40's Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Tour, A Real Labour of Love, hits the Helensvale stage featuring Ali & Astro. 2019 marks 40 years since the legendary English reggae and pop band's first live performance. Celebrate with their international hits, including Red, Red Wine, Cherry Oh Baby and Kingston Town. They will be joined on stage by an awesome eight-piece band. The show costs $99.70 for GA - $160.90 VIP. Phone Alice on 1800 264 448 or go to nightquarter.com.au.
JOIN in preserving the Gold Coast's most iconic landmark with Beachcare at Main Beach. Activities including planting native dune species, removing invasive weeds and collecting and auditing beach litter all work towards stabilising the dunes, providing habitat for native species and protecting the coastline. Everyone is welcome on Saturday, February 2 at Main Beach from 9am. No experience is necessary, just wear enclosed shoes, bring your own drinking water and wear sun-smart clothing. All other equipment and refreshments will be supplied. Phone James on 075552 8829 for more.