Good Friday, Miss Friby (Make Friday Great Again) @ Palais Hepburn, 8pm
Melbourne's "avant showgirl" brings her unique brand of cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque to town.
In a tornado of hilarious showmanship and exotic glamour, Miss Friby will perform a selection of her critically acclaimed cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque acts with wit, decadent aesthetics and satirical bite. It's dance, song, comedy, circus, magic and everything in between.
Easter Saturday, The Church of Burt @ Palais Hepburn
Dilapidated diva presents the Church of Burt Variety caberet show, starring Emma Bathgate.
Supported in spirit by some of Melbourne's finest musicians, The Church of Burt is five piece band; Simon Eszeky, Jim Dunlop, Miranda Hill, Renato Vacirca - with Emma Bathgate at the rear. This ensemble takes the songs of Burt Bacharach and "unfetters them, releases them into voodoo schmultz where beats and percussion send us all into a frenzy of lavender ... our souls bared."
Friday, The Old Married Couple @ Blue Bean Cafe
Saturday, North East @ Blue Bean Cafe
Sunday, Jo Jo Rainwater @ Blue Bean Cafe
Jo Jo is said to exude Southern charm and humour, endearing audiences and opening hearts to his culture and heritage, from the banks of the Mississippi.
Saturday, Gordon Koang @ Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
South Sudanese legend and Melbourne's newest superstar, the one and only Gordon Koang launches his latest single and his first since arriving in Australia.
Appearing on 12" vinyl through the Music In Exile label, Mal Mi Goa sees Koang in collaboration with Melbourne musicians and producers to create an upbeat, infectious track of danceable rhythm and catchy hooks.
It is a song calling for peace in his homeland, sung in his native Neur language and urging those in South Sudan to find a way forward without violence.
Koang arrived in Australia four years ago, seeking refuge from the civil war. He awaits his permanent residency, and the day he will be able to reunite with his wife and children here in Australia.