News

Music scene grows as businesses look for crowds

Alex Matheson-Brown performing live at the Gladstone Tennis and Squash clubhouse.
Alex Matheson-Brown performing live at the Gladstone Tennis and Squash clubhouse. Luka Kauzlaric

THE live music scene in Gladstone has recently grown in leaps and bounds due to businesses trying to draw an audience, and one guitarist has built such a solid reputation that he has turned his passion into a full-time gig.

It has been eight months since Alex Matheson-Brown, 22, made the move to pursue music full-time.

In 2012 the Tannum Sands resident was working on Hamilton Island and performing gigs on the side, and then did the same while at Cable Beach Resort in Broome.

Booking a couple of performances a week, he only has a few weekends free in the foreseeable future.

On Thursday he played on the Sunshine Coast at Taps at Mooloolaba with his friend and fellow local musician Tom Webber.

They followed this up with a set at The Grand on Friday.

Mr Matheson-Brown then performed at a social night for the Gladstone Tennis Club on Saturday.

"Everyone was really responsive," he said.

Mr Matheson-Brown started playing guitar at age 6, and after stopping for a few years picked it back up in high school, fine-tuning his vocals after leaving school.

"I'm seeing a lot of improvement," he said.

Most gigs for Mr Matheson-Brown involve him playing a range of covers - everything from The Beatles to Imagine Dragons - , typical pub songs as well as intriguing original content.

He said he was lucky to have mates who shared his interest in music.

"There are about 12 of us who are always creating and coming up with stuff," he said.

The content Mr Matheson-Brown creates is an eclectic mix of smooth rap, reggae and jokey, political lyrics.

"We have a rough plan. We want to see where writing is going to take us," he said.

"In a year a group of us hope to take an original set on the road."

Mr Matheson-Brown said the increasing regularity of live music in the region was a positive sign.

"Every single venue does have some sort of entertainment at least once a week," he said.

"When it's more continual people get more keen.

"There are heaps of great artists around at the moment."

Tom Weber, Ben Castles and Alex Matheson-Brown will be performing at the Tannum Sands Surf Club on Sunday from 2pm until 6pm.

Love live music? Pick up Thursday's paper for the weekly Gig Guide in Pulse.

Topics:  gladstone business, gladstone entertainment, live music




UPDATE: Hanson Rd open, Gladstone police investigate death in horror crash

A driver had died in a crash on Hanson Rd.

POLICE investigate the death of a 23-yearold in yesterday's crash.

POLICE NEWS: Thieves, drink drivers and fights on Gladstone streets

A man and woman were arrested following a police chase last night at Blacksoil.

The police had a busy night patrolling Gladstone region streets

PHOTOS: Four time cancer survivor shares story at Relay

Sunee and Trevor O'Brien at the 2016 Relay for Life.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Hundreds of people took part in this year's relay

Latest deals and offers

Elm Street is far from a nightmare

Elm street's new album is making waves. Photo Contributed

Elm Street talks about drumming studios, power metal and the album.

What's on the small screen this week

Keira Maguire and Richie Strahan in a scene from The Bachelor.

SEVEN gears up for the Rio Olympics while The Bachelor continues.

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles