The Gem Bar launches May and June live music residencies with tunes to match its menu

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The Gem Bar launches May and June live music residencies with tunes to match its menu

The Gem

The Collingwood bar and dining room has unveiled its entertainment for the month of May and beyond.

If you’re on the hunt for some trusty local music, look no further than The Gem. Located on Wellington St, the bar is best known for its southern style BBQ eats, its cosy, quirky decor and it’s free live music three nights a week.

This month, they’ve got artist residencies scheduled every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, meaning there’s plenty of time to go check out some of the talent – with a crispy chicken burger in one hand and a beer in the other, of course.

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For the banging Americana dive bar experience all the way over in Melbourne, there’s simply no better option. Here’s what on for The Gem’s May residencies.

Tuesdays (May and beyond)

On what has affectionately been labeled Honky Tonk Tuesdays, you’ll find The Country & Western Ramblers jamming out at The Gem. Starting at 8pm, the beloved band will play country classics, honky tonk and western swing.

The four-piece will get the crowd a rockin’ with their infectious hooks, twangly slide guitar riffs and sweet, sweet vocal harmonies. If you’ve got a cowboy hat and boots in your closet, I can’t think of a better occasion to bust them out. You’ll be yeehawing in no time!


For the month of May, Jim Lawrie and friends will be filling the Wednesday spot at The Gem. Mixing indie, alt-country and folk, the singer-songwriter will grace the crowds with his raw and spellbinding tracks starting at 8pm.

With two albums behind him – Eons and Slacker of the Year – he’s got a the talent and the resume to guarantee a moving night of music. He’ll be bringing a few of his friends as special guests throughout the month, including Robert Muinos, Al Parkinson, Adam Hewitt, Rosco Elliot and Clio Renner.


Leroy Macqueen is looking after The Gem’s Sunday sessions. The alt-country crooner/self-proclaimed “cowfolk diva” is best known for their catchy, riveting ballads and hearty voice.

Formerly one half of beloved Melbourne duo The Gooch Palms, Leroy has been keeping busy with solo work and is planning something special for The Gem residency. Happening on Sunday afternoons from 4pm, this expected to be a popular one.

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