2008 Sunshine Coast Blues Festival

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  • Location: Nambour Showgrounds, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland

Blues Family to gather at Nambour

The 2008 Sunshine Coast Blues Festival will once again bring together the Blues family for a great weekend of Blues at the Nambour Showgrounds on September 12th, 13th and 14th. The Coast's biggest and best celebration of Blues Music, this homegrown Festival with a reputation for being "True Blues" is shaping up to be a sensational weekend.

The Festival, now into its fourth year, prides itself on its initiative to seek out and showcase new talent, introducing audiences to many exciting artists that may not be widely known but bring talent, commitment and passion for the Blues.

This year's fantastic line up of talent brings Music Oz 2006 Best Blues Band "Extended Family" and "The Ray Beadle Band" from Sydney along with Festival Favourites Mojo Webb, Mason Rack, Hat Fitz and a host of Queenslands best Blues Artists.  The weekend introduces the Blues Breakfast Acoustic stage for those early festival risers from 9.00am and The Blues Club Stage is back in 08' featuring Jams, Workshops and showcases from great up & coming local Blues acts and special guests.

The all weather site guarantees no interruption throughout the Festival, all venues are undercover and a great selection of food is available.  An added bonus is that the admission price of $70 for a weekend pass has remained the same as the previous two years! As in past years, adding to the atmosphere of this friendly event, there is on-site camping so you can kick back at the end of the evening, relax with your fellow festival goers and get ready together for the next day's events.

Downloadable: "2008 Sunshine Coast Blues Festival Program"

The full program is available from www.blues.com.au. Get your tickets from www.oztix.com.au, phone 1300 762 545, Shake It Up Music Nambour, Leading Edge Music Nambour and all OzTix outlets. Festival Info line (07) 5476 2600.

Sunshine Coast Blues Festival
Nambour Showgrounds
Fri 12th 6pm til midnight
Sat 13th 9am til midnight
Sun 14th 9am til 5pm

for further information pls contact:
Barry Somers
Sunshine Coast Arts Council Inc ( Artsun )
Phone: (07) 5476 2600



Friday 12th September
are keeping the blues alive, covering songs from Guitar Slim to Buddy Guy, as well as originals.
7.15: BLONDE ON BLUE perform electric blues in a blend of grooves from trad to modern classics. Brisbane-based band fronted by female vocalist, Dez.
8.30: SUMMERLAND BAND Age-old experience and great new talent in this great line-up - featuring legendary 'Chain' drummer, Barry 'Little Goose' Harvey and guitarist Alex McKean - playing unplugged and electric blues.
9.45: JV & THE BLUE RHYTHM KINGS deliver a spicy gumbo of groovin' boogie Blues served on a hot bed of Phat Funky bass and rockin' swampy drum beats with freshly squeezed electric guitar and passionate vocals.
11PM: MASON RACK BAND, arguably the hardest-working blues band in Oz, fresh from touring Canada, will rock us again with a show that moves from epic to explosive, and erupts with the much-anticipated 'drum duel'.

Saturday 13th September
rock your blues soul from Texas to Chicago via New Orleans, with Paul Martin cooking on guitar, Grant Byrne pumping on bass, Johnno Shortland rocking solid on drums, Nymo pounding out barrelhouse & boogie & Kath Williams on soulful vocals & sassy sax.
12.45: BARRY CHARLES - legendary singer songwriter with exceptional vocal range. Expect spontaneity, emotion and innovative scatting… & a great repertoire!
2PM: CHARDONNAY SIPPERS play the Blues. Lightning fast finger picking, smooth slide and punchy electric guitar, trumpet and sax, boogie piano, accordion, double bass, drums and washboard. Dynamic and surprising.
3.15: BLIND LEMON covers a fair portion of the blues spectrum, from upbeat double-time stomps to good old Texas shuffle. Solid rhythms pump along with rockin' guitar and wailing harmonica with verve and flair.
4.30: JB LEWIS BAND JB (aka Josh Bambridge) leads a tight rhythm section of top-notch musos over ramblin' 1-chord juke-joint blues, stompin' jump swing beats, fiddles a fiery hillbilly jig, or lap slides a rockin' Elmore James style shuffle.
5.45: MEN IN BLUES thrust traditional blues sound into the 21st Century with style & panache, reinventing the genre by combining modern blues with a groove-based dynamic.
7PM- NATURAL BALL play award-winning authentic Chicago electric blues: down and dirty harp infused with soulful guitar-slinging.
8.15: HAT FITZ & ITCHY - energy-charged Coast-based duo known for dynamic performances at blues festivals from coast to coast as well as overseas. Re-inventing the music of prewar Delta bluesmen, Hat Fitz & Itchy play in the north Mississippi hill country style of R.L. Burnside & T Model Ford.
9.30: RAY BEADLE BAND "… one of the finest musicians …His song writing has a harmonic & emotional depth that many strive for but few capture. Ray's guitar work…well, let's just say this cat is VERY dangerous." - Chris Cain
10.45: EXTENDED FAMILY, fresh from the husky delta of inner Sydney, unravels contemporary roots, funk, soul and blues, to create something deliciously sexy and new that you can't help but groove to. MusicOz Best Blues Artist 2006

Sunday 14th September
Gospel Choir, led by Kath Williams, will move you and groove you as they once again raise the roof, and your spirits, in the 'church of the tin shed'.
11.15: PETER STEEL & THE PAINKILLERS perform Peter's award-winning original blues songs with his trademark powerful Dobro playing, backed by Bob and Joanne Lee on double bass and washboard.
12.30: LIGHT STREET MOTORS carve out a solid slab of down home groove smothered in swamp sauce and liberally spiced with Paul Renton's heartfelt lyrics. No gimmicks, no frills, just great home-grown roots-rockin rhythm and groove.
1.45: THE BIG EASY are one of the coast's most enduring bands specialising in southern-fried blues and R&B as well as award-winning original material.
3PM: MOJO WEBB BAND transcends age & fashion barriers, delivering heart-felt sounds which are utterly fresh while steeped in the tradition of authentic blues. Led by multiaward- winning multi-instrumentalist & multi-talented Mojo.
4.15: ALLSTAR ZYDECO REVUE combine members of The Big Easy, Chardonnay Sippers, and special guests, to perform a fast paced blend of bluesy grooves, metal percussion and general craziness that won't let you sit still.

9-11.30AM SATURDAY and 9-10AM SUNDAY

Get your heart starter in the food court at the intimate Blues Breakfast Acoustic Stage as accomplished acoustic performers set a high standard for the day's programme.

INFO: http://www.myspace.com/sunshinecoastbluesclub

Saturday 13th September
- nothing sounds as bluesy - award-winner Gerry O'Brien shows how it is done.
12MD: SHOWCASE - CLEVELAND aka Ihaia W Pirere, performs originals on banjo, stomp box and harp in trademark early-1920s swamp blues rock
Some of SEQ's favourite blues artists perform their renditions of some of Muddy Waters' (one of the 20th century's most enduring, influential artists) greatest work. Come along to listen, dance, or jam at what promises to be a fantastic set of dirty, raw, loud and nasty Chicago Blues.

Sunday 14th September
10.30AM: WORKSHOP: 'Positions Everyone...1,2,3!' Mark Doherty present a guide to playing blues in 1st and 3rd position, in addition to the usual 2nd (cross harp).
11.45: SHOWCASE - JIMI BEAVIS AND THE 385s deliver a raw, honest and rocking dance party, playing a mix of trad blues, funk and swing - all written by Jimi.


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Nambour Showgrounds, Not Assigned

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