Working week got you down? It’s time to start planning your weekend with Music Is My Music’s guide to the best gigs in town. In the spirit of bringing you quality local music that won’t break the bank, we’ve scoured the internet to find the funkiest gigs happening in Brisbane THIS WEEK (2 – 8 May) for $10 or less. Hit the expand ‘+’ button to see more details for each show…you might even find some freebies!


Zefereli, Isabel, & Kieran T. Stevenson @ Judy's Place

Judy's Place

What: Judy’s Place presents Zefereli, Isabel, and Kieran T. Stevenson
When & Where: Wednesday, 4 May @ The Red Room, University of Queensland from 6PM
Genre: Indie, soul
Tickets: FREE. More event info here.

It’s all about indie this month as Judy’s Place brings together three artists worth adding to your playlist.  Prepare for the youthful, carefree and dreamy sound’s of Zefereli (the new solo project of The Cairos’ frontman Alistar Richardson), Isabel’s neo-soul caress, and Kieran T. Stevenson’s synth-pop gems. BYO rug and friends!

Byron Short @ Ric's Bar

Byron Short

What: Byron Short Solo Set
When & Where: Wednesday, 4 May @ Ric’s Bar from 8.30PM
Genre: County rock
Tickets: FREE. More event info here.

Local country troubadour Byron Short has some exciting news to announce over the next couple of days, and if you head along to his show you *may* get a wiff of the goss early. There will be tears and laughter as Byron plays two intimate sets – one featuring his original songs, and another to honour late pop legend Prince.


Dave Is A Spy 'Sleeping Car' Single Launch @ Black Bear Lodge


What: Dave Is A Spy ‘Sleeping Car’ Single Launch
When & Where: Thursday, 5 May @ Black Bear Lodge from 7.30 PM
Genre: Alternative rock
Tickets: $8 presale, $10 on the door. More event info here

Join locals Dave Is A Spy as they launch their latest single Sleeping Car with special guests Aiden Bradley and Regular Band. Skip Thursday night shopping, put on your funkiest shoes and get ready to groove!

Hannah Makk (MKO Sun) & Jack Richardson (Superfeather, The Grates) Residency @ Greaser


What: Hannah Makk (MKO Sun) & Jack Richardson (Superfeather, The Grates) Residency
When & Where: Thursday, 5 May @ Greaser from 8PM
Genre: Soul
Tickets: FREE. More event info here.

Makk & Jack team up to bring you a smorgasbord of gloomy soul & effect-drenched ballads – playing songs by musical greats such as Bill Withers, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers & more – in the dive-bar surrounds of Greaser, for five Thursdays in May & June. Catch their first residency together this Thursday!


Buttermilk Series @ The Milk Factory


What: Buttermilk w/ C90 SuperChrome, Graham Moes Band, Becc and Tom
When & Where: Friday, 6 May @ The Milk Factory from 7.30PM
Genre: Acoustic, soul, funk, rock, reggae
Tickets: $10. More event info here.

Local promotions legends Vincent & Jules present their latest genre creation Buttermilk – a tasty full cream production with half the fat. Expect lashings of groove from headline act C90 SuperChrome, funk inspired anthems from Graham Moes and beautiful acoustic vibes from duo Becc and Tom. A milky, musical treat that will keep you warm this Friday night.

The Keepaways Single Launch @ The Bearded Lady

The Keepaways II

What: The Keepaways Single Launch
When & Where: Friday, 6 May at The Bearded Lady from 7PM
Genre: Punk
Tickets: TBC. More event info here.

The Keepaways have been writing and recording their latest record and are very excited to release their first single from the upcoming release. Joining them will be BargeWhalehouseTEVA and Wren Klauf.


Night Of Blues feat. The Swamp Stompers @ New Globe Theatre

The Swamp Stompers

What: BTM Management’s ‘Night Of Blues’ feat. The Swamp Stompers + Guests
When & Where: Saturday, 7 May @ New Globe Theatre from 6.30PM
Genre: Blues
Tickets: $10 presale, $15 on the door. More event info here.

A night of smooth blues presented by BTM Management. Featuring locals The Eagle Junction, The Jake Fox Band, Neptune Estate, ROO, Avid Society, Shane Fell and Martin Melville, with Lismore lads The Swamp Stompers as headline act.

Whiskey & Speed + Something Something Explosion @ Ric's Bar

Whiskey & Speed

What: Whiskey & Speed and Something Something Explosion
When & Where: Saturday, 7 May at Ric’s Bar from 8PM
Genre: Grunge, punk, rock
Tickets: FREE. More event info here.

Catch local heavy-weights Whiskey & Speed and Toowomba-based grunge outfit Something Something Explosion smash out some high energy tunes.

One Dragon Two Dragon + The Brains Trust (Single Launch) @ The Bearded Lady

One Dragon Two Dragon

What: One Dragon Two Dragon feat. At Last and The Brains Trust (Single Launch)
When & Where: Saturday, 7 May @ The Bearded Lady from 8.30PM
Genre: Electro, dub, soul
Tickets: $10. More event info here.

One Dragon Two Dragon present an intimate show with grooves to make you dance, music that takes you on a sonic journey and accompanying visuals by At Last that will sweep your mind into outer space. They’ll also be joined on the night by Sunshine Coast triphop soulsters The Brains Trust who will be launching their new single Worst Kind of Girl.


Back To Basics Series @ Crowbar

The Strums

What: Back To Basics Sundays feat. The Strums
When & Where: Sunday, 8 May at Crowbar from 4PM
Genre: Punk rock
Tickets: FREE. More event info here.

Crowbar is keepin’ it real with a free floor show that pays homage to punk rock every Sunday for the month of May. This week’s line-up is headed up by local rockers The Strums, with The Gifthorse, Seas of Valoria and De Nada also on the bill.