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Groove Sessions

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and The Idea of North

The Idea of North is teaming up with the world’s most incredible jazz vocal percussionist, Kaichiro Kitamura (Japan) for two shows at Brisbane Powerhouse.

What Kai can do really does have to be seen – but even then you still won’t believe it! Kai is well-known all over the world as one of the only people ever to have mastered beatboxing in the jazz style. He performs regularly with his own jazz quartet (piano, bass, vocals) in Japan, as their actual drummer, and his vocal emulation of the instrument is so complete he doesn’t need a drum kit.

Kai is the groove to The Idea of North’s jazz, the rock to their roll – an ideal and seamless addition to their varied repertoire.

Join us for an exciting evening of astonishing vocalisation and heart-warming music, all presented with The Idea of North’s endearing and “what you see is what you get” style.

ABC Classics & Jazz is proud to present Smile -- the latest album from the prolific and critically acclaimed The Idea of North.


This a cappella outfit can’t put a foot wrong… Critic’s rating: 10/10

Sun Herald, Sydney

Impeccable a cappella… they have class stamped over everything they do. Catch them and marvel.

The Adelaide Review

Smooth, sophisticated close-harmony arrangements… A pitch-perfect ensemble.

The Courier-Mail

More Info

The Idea of North: Sally Cameron, Naomi Crellin, Nick Begbie, and Andrew Piper
Guest Vocalist: Kaichiro Kitamura
Sound Engineer: Tod Deeley
Caterer: Wendy Hargreaves


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm every day.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane