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Five local Melbourne gigs you must see this weekend

No weekend plans? No problem.

Sam Anning Sextet at the Jazzlab

Kicking off at Brunswick's Jazzlab this Friday January 18 are the jazz stylings of the Sam Anning Sextet. The group brings together Anning, Mat Jodrell Carl Mackey, Andrea Keller, Julien Wilson, and Danny Fischer. Anning's most recent album, Across A Field As Vast As One, was released in May last year.

Wax Poets at Red Betty

Red Betty's bi-monthly vinyl celebration Wax Poets will be making its long-awaited return on Friday January 18. Hosted by Hawk I and Lego, Wax Poets invites special guest DJs to hit the decks and experiment with their collections. This week, Wax Poets welcomes DJs Marrs & Marcus Tallawah to the stage.

The Jess Mahler Trio at Compass Pizza

Swing into the weekend with some jazz from the Jess Mahler Trio at Compass Pizza in Brunswick. Going down Friday January 18, the trio of Jess Mahler (saxophone), Gabrielle Di Mauro (vocals) and Lachy Meagher (guitar) will be serving up classy jazz standards in a classy pizza joint.

Catfish Gumbo at The Lomond Hotel

For their first gig of the year on Sunday January 20, Catfish Gumbo will be heading to the Lomond Hotel in East Brunswick. Armed with a saxophone, guitar, keyboard and drums, Catfish Gumbo will be bringing New Orleans and Texas blues to Melbourne.

Ruby Saltbush at the Charles Weston

Cap off the weekend with a sunny afternoon gig by Ruby Saltbush at the Charles Weston Hotel in Brunswick. Saltbush and her bandmates bring three-part harmonies, and a wide range of music tastes from bluegrass to rock.

Looking for more gigs? Check out our gig guide.