Glenn Miller Orchestra in Townsville

You can catch the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Townsville at the Townsville Civic Centre on Tuesday, May 19 with 25 musicians, singers and dancers on stage in a brand new show.

Glenn MillerThe Glenn Miller Orchestra returns by popular demand for this concert spectacular to honour the year of the ANZAC Centenary. Featuring America’s finest musicians together with the Moonlight Serenade Singers and The Broadway Swing Dancers, the concert will pay tribute to the spirit of ANZAC including a special feature of music and songs from the years of the Great War.

All the famous songs will be performed playing the original music arrangements for classics like Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String Of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and the greatest Miller hit of all time, In The Mood.

Major Glenn Miller served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942 until his untimely death in 1944 when he was travelling to entertain US troops in France and his aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. Glenn Miller recorded many memorable hits from the 1914 to 1918 period which the orchestra will perform in tribute to the ANZACS (My Buddy, Over There, Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag, If You Were The Only Girl In The World and more).

“An evening of nostalgia…unforgettable music; an absolutely brilliant concert” - The Australian Stage

If you are visiting Townsville, Rydges Southbank can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Glenn Miller Orchestra in Cairns

You can catch the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Cairns at the Cairns Civic Centre on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30pm with 25 musicians, singers and dancers on stage in a brand new show.

Glenn MillerThe Glenn Miller Orchestra returns by popular demand for this concert spectacular to honour the year of the ANZAC Centenary. Featuring America’s finest musicians together with the Moonlight Serenade Singers and The Broadway Swing Dancers, the concert will pay tribute to the spirit of ANZAC including a special feature of music and songs from the years of the Great War.

All the famous songs will be performed playing the original music arrangements for classics like Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String Of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and the greatest Miller hit of all time, In The Mood.

Major Glenn Miller served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942 until his untimely death in 1944 when he was travelling to entertain US troops in France and his aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. Glenn Miller recorded many memorable hits from the 1914 to 1918 period which the orchestra will perform in tribute to the ANZACS (My Buddy, Over There, Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag, If You Were The Only Girl In The World and more).

“An evening of nostalgia…unforgettable music; an absolutely brilliant concert” - The Australian Stage

If you are visiting Cairns, Rydges has your accommodation needs covered at Rydges Tradewinds, Rydges Esplanade Resort and Rydges Plaza Hotel.

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May at Gladstone Entertainment Centre

It is a packed May at Gladstone Entertainment Centre with ballet, comedy, classical, clairvoyance and concerts.

Charmaine WilsonOn May 5 GECC and Queensland Ballet present Coppelia, a captivating ballet where a beautiful, life0like doll and two bickering young lovers create comic chaos.

May 6 sees renowned Australian psychic/medium, Charmaine Wilson (right), present her Freaky Whispers tour (for ages 16 up, no babies).

On May 9 it is the John Denver story starring Queensland lad, Rick Price, and the Colorado Quartet in the Take me Home, Country Roads Tour.

On May 10, lots of laughs with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

After huge success at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Damien Leith brings his Black Velvet Band to Gladstone on May 14 for a play within a concert in The Parting Glass (An Irish Journey).

On May 16 it is the international hit show, Boys in the Band, presenting the greatest hits from the greatest bands of the 20th Century including The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Platters, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, The Jackson 5, The Drifters, Simon & Garfunkel and the Backstreet Boys.

Andrew StrongOn May 20, Andrew Strong fronts a nine-piece band for The Commitments Australian Tour, performing the songs that made the movie a success an topped the charts. With special guests The Short Fall.

May 22 sees ‘Roy Orbison & The Everly Brothers in Concert’ starring internationally renowned artists, Dean Bourne and The Robertson Brothers.

On May 24, the GECC, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Virgin Australia presents ‘Around the World’ performed by ACO2 and starring international director and acclaimed violinist Benjamin Schmid.

And May 30 sees the third biennial Mayor’s Charity Ball bring glitz and glamour to Gladstone and provide a welcome boost for local not for profit organisations – a night of dinner, drinks, music, dancing and fundraising.

If you are travelling to Gladstone for any of these events, Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Andrew Strong photo: Andrew Briscoe, East 13 Photography

 

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Ricky Martin in Townsville

Just a reminder that you can catch Ricky Martin in Townsville at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 (7:30pm).

Ricky Martin“Before this tour, I haven’t had the chance to perform in Townsville; it’s going to be an amazing show. I am really looking forward to playing some new material that I have been working on this year, some of the classics and perhaps a few surprises!”

Ricky appears in Townsville as part of his One World Tour. His national tour in October last year was a sell-out and the Grammy-award winning superstar is guaranteed to wow fans again. As a judge on The Voice he has gained many fans for his humour and humility and his live performances are famous for their design and production elements as well as the energy and electricity of the music and dance. Expect some serious samba, hip-swivelling and charm in a concert that will be rewarding and memorable. As Newcastle Herald critic Helen Gregory reviewed last year, Ricky fulfilled his promise to have the audience “sweating, dancing and shaking their bon bons in a night of intense adrenalin.”

If you are travelling to see Ricky Martin in Townsville, Rydges Southbank can look after all your accommodation needs to make it a special weekend.

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Good Beer Week 2015

Saturday, May 16 to Sunday, May 24 is Good Beer Week 2015 in Melbourne and across Victoria… well, it’s actually nine days but that also makes it a Good News Week! There will be over 250 events at 180 venues featuring hundreds of beers and heaps of the best brewers from Australia and overseas. So, that’s what Tony Abbott was training for!

Good Beer Week 2015Events will include dinners, comedy shoes, masterclasses and brewer sessions. The week also celebrates the best in the business with a number of award evenings including the Australian International Beer Awards and Timeout Magazine Pub Awards.

As they say on the official Good Beer Week website – “Whether you love fine food, cool beers, comedy, music or just having a great time with mates, we’ve got something for you from huge showcases to intimate gatherings. Simply head to the What’s On section, choose the stream that sounds most like you and start your adventure.

Did I say nine days? Make it ten!  The huge Opening Party kicks off the week on Friday night, May 15 from 6:00pm to late at the 2015 Festival Hub, Beer DeLuxe in Fed Square (cnr Swanston & Flinders). The ”best beer week in the world” will launch and celebrate its fifth birthday with awesome beers, live music and good times. Admission is free.

For all your accommodation needs in Melbourne, Rydges Melbourne in the CBD, Rydges on Swanston on the city fringe and Rydges St Kilda will make you welcome. Oh! And, of course, our bars stock a range of fabulous beers!

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Coming to Rod Laver Arena

There are some fabulous acts coming to Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne over the next few weeks including The Script, Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, alt-J, Motley Crue, Nickelback and Spandau Ballet.

Ricky MartinTINIE TEMPAH is the support act for Dublin-born, London-based trio, THE SCRIPT (Danny O’Donohue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power), on Wednesday, April 29.

RICKY MARTIN performs his One World Tour show on Saturday, May 2.

The much-loved UK lads from alt-J return to play one of their biggest shows to date on Sunday, May 10 with special guest, Icelandic melodic-folk marvel ASGEIR.

BACKSTREET BOYS is one of the most successful groups of all time and original member, Kevin Richardson, joins the band for this In A World Like This Tour that happens on Friday, May 8.

Motley CrueLegendary rockers MOTLEY CRUE take to the stage for their FINAL Melbourne shows EVER on Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13 with a very special guest rock legend in ALICE COOPER.

May 15 and May 16 sees Billboard’s ‘Rock Group of the Decade’, NICKELBACK, take to the stage off the back of their eighth full-length studio album, No Fixed Address.

SPANDAU BALLET has their Soulboys of the Western Wold Live Tour happening on Tuesday, May 19. All original band members; Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman are together to perform their smash-hit anthems.

There are also plenty of big name acts scheduled for later in the year at Rod Laver Arena including Five Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, KISS, Neil Diamond and Fleetwood Mac.

If you are a visitor to Melbourne, Rydges has all your accommodation needs covered at Rydges Melbourne in the CBD, Rydges on Swanston on the city fringe and Rydges St Kilda just 4km from the city.

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Mother’s Day High Tea

There’s no more special treat for Mum than Mother’s Day High Tea at Rydges Cronulla on Sunday, May 10.

Mother’s Day High Tea kicks off at 2:00pm with live music on the terrace. Enjoy an afternoon of culinary delights including freshly baked scones with jam and cream, a gourmet selection of petit fours and macarons, sweet and savoury tarts, homemade finger sandwiches and a selection of herbal infused teas and freshly brewed coffee (a glass of sparkling wine on arrival can be added for just $5 per person).

The cost for adults is $50 per person, children 5 to 12 are $20 and kiddies under five are free. All Mums go into the draw for the ultimate Pamper Hamper.

Call to book on 02 8536 3131 for a fabulous afternoon at Rydges Cronulla at 20-26 The Kingsway.

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APIA Good Times in Canberra

APIA Good Times 2015You can catch APIA Good Times in Canberra on Sunday, May 10 at the Royal Theatre as part of the 2015 national tour. If the 2014 tour is an indication, it will be a sell-out, and why not with the talent appearing… this tour line up has three popular Aussie male music legends Brian Cadd, Joe Camilleri and Glenn Shorrock with special guest Kate Ceberano.

Brian Cadd’s career goes back to the 1960’s with The Groop and Axiom and he is one of the country’s most prolific musicians. Glen Shorrock has also taken both a solo career path and one as lead singer with The Little River Band, which led to him being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame twice.

APIA Good Times 2015Likewise, Joe Camilleri has also fronted some great groups like Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons and The Black Sorrows as well as forging a great solo career… and Kate Ceberano is, well, much-loved Kate – pop and jazz singer, songwriter and artistic director who never fails to thrill audiences.

Below is a fun video going behind the scenes of the official photo shoot and you can see the chemistry that will make this a very special show.

If you are travelling to Canberra to see APIA Good Times 2015 and plan an overnight stay, Rydges Capital Hill can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Brisbane Entertainment Centre in May

Backstreet BoysThere are some fabulous acts coming to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in May including The Script, Backstreet Boys, Spandau Ballet, Motley Crue and Nickelback.

TINIE TEMPAH is support act for Dublin-born, London-based trio, THE SCRIPT, on Saturday, May 2.

BACKSTREET BOYS is one of the most successful groups of all time and original member, Kevin Richardson, joins the band for this In A World Like This Tour on Sunday, May 10.

SPANDAU BALLET has their Soulboys of the Western Wold Live Tour happening on Wednesday, May 13. All original band members; Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman are together to perform their smash-hit anthems.

Motley CrueLegendary rockers MOTLEY CRUE take to the stage on Tuesday, May 19 with a very special guest rock legend in ALICE COOPER.

And Wednesday, May 20, sees Billboard’s ‘Rock Group of the Decade’, NICKELBACK, peforming off the back of their eighth full-length studio album, No Fixed Address.

There are also plenty of big name acts scheduled for later in the year at the Ent Centre including Five Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, KISS, Neil Diamond and Fleetwood Mac.

If you are a visitor to Brisbane, Rydges South Bank can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Exhibition from Helen Norton

The latest exhibition from Helen Norton is at Linton & Kay Fine Art in Subiaco (299 Railway Road, corner Nicholson Road). This exhibition is titled War (What do we have to lose?) – opening night is 23rd April and the show will run until May 7.

Helen Norton is one of Western Australia’s finest artists and one of the world’s more interesting and colourful souls. In this year of the centenary of ANZAC, there are many stories and exhibitions based on the theme of ‘war’. Helen’s theme is both contrast and complement to most. Over to the artist:

Exhibition from Helen Norton“Global politics and sloppy chiefs in seats of power make war an ominous possibility. Who tells the truth in times of war: journalists, poets, academics, artists? What is the artist to do, ignore it and paint flowers, landscapes and pretty bare-breasted women? Or draw attention to it? If I paint images of carnage and destruction, you will not look. So I will paint in magnificent bold colours, seductive forms, arranged to create maximum impact and to remind us of the beauty of life and what we may lose if we indulge in war. Art is the voice through which I can respond, remaking the world with paint because I can – shape by shape, step by step, using colours and forms strategically, tactically. Their sums form useful compositions because the magnificence of each can be measured alongside ‘the other’. That is my solution to war.

Here is a link to Helen’s website and if you are visiting Perth, Rydges Perth can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Top – from The Oligarch’s Mistress 2015

Right – from Warhead 2015

And here is a You Tube video for a more in-depth preview of War 2015 (What have I got to lose):

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