If you’re feeling a bit down and out, The Phoenix will be marking the fact that sometimes no-one told you life would be this way. Maybe your life’s a joke, you’re broke, or your love life’s DOA? Or maybe you’re upset because nobody wants to be your friend when you’re constantly quoting 90s TV themes. Whatever the reason, head down to the Pheno on Wednesday August 23 from 8pm for Sad Old Bastard Night, where you’ll be able to drown your sorrows in the melancholy melodies of Tom Woodward, Evan Buckley and Jim Sharrock. Join in the depressed-fest, have a mid-week tipple or three, and you’re sure to be feeling better in no time.
Feeling like something a little bit more upbeat that you can shake your booty to? Then the Friday Night Fiesta on Friday August 25 at The Phoenix is just what the doctor ordered. You’ll be treated to a set from Los Chavos, with plenty of other surprises right across the night. It kicks off at 9pm and goes as late as they can push it, which means the $10 that gets you in the door is going to stretch a long way!
Jazz lovers have got some great little treats coming up for them at Smith’s Alternative. On Friday August 25, Zackerbilks will bring a little bit of Gatsby glamour to the cosy little venue, presenting their dixie jazz from 9:30pm, with an entry price of $15, or $10 for Canberra Musicians Club members. On Saturday August 26, it’ll be something with a little more blues folded in, with Key Grip taking the stage from 9:30pm, with entry again sitting at $15 and $10 for CMC members. For those who are fans of both ragtime and something a little bit outside the norm, The Parlour Social will be back turning a whole bunch of stuffy classical favourites into jumpin’ tunes on Thursday August 17 from 7pm. Entry is once again $15, or $10 for CMC members.
It’s been too long since we last heard from Glitoris, so it’s a delight to know that not only do they have new material in the works, they’re also playing their first ever all ages gig on Friday September 1 at the Pop-Up at ANU. Their support line-up is pretty bloody great too, consisting of Bleach It Clean and Slagatha Christie, with MILF Camp playing the roles of MC. The loud music, swears and “dangerous” political commentary starts at 8pm, but if you’re clever, you’ll be there when doors open at 7pm. Because of the fact that the gig is all ages, if you want to partake in an alcoholic beverage, you’ll need to bring +18 ID. Entry is $20, with $15 concessions, and you can grab your tickets at TryBooking, which is a particularly clever idea, given that Glitoris gigs have a pesky habit of selling out, so get on it!
The Food Co-Op’s Acoustic Soup is a beautiful joining of music and a delicious hot meal. If that concept appeals, head along on Wednesday August 30 from 7pm, and for $12 you can grab a bowl of soup and enjoy sets from ALOÏSE, Dom Lavers, Sebastian Field and James Hamilton.