Alongside almost 100 unique acts over four massive days and nights, Mildura’s Jackson Firebird will play all the tracks from their debut album in all its sweat-infused glory.
The Firebird are flying like never before, generating some solid buzz in the past few months after being handpicked by Nickelback to support them on their Australian tour.
Aussie rock fans will also know them as the group iconic Melbourne rock ’n’ roll haunt Cherry Bar refused to boot, after pop sensation Lady Gaga demanded to book the bar after one of her sold out Melbourne shows.
The Black Swan’s Andreas Bazzani, who will host the band on Saturday, November 10, said the band’s growing reputation as a premium blues and rock outfit was too good to ignore.
“We’ve traditionally been a cover band venue specialising in loud rocking cover shows so the JF option just seemed to fit perfectly,” he said.
“I kept on hearing about the boys after last year’s performance (at the innaugural BB&RMF) everyone was raving.
“I can’t wait to host them, we are expecting a monster turnout and everyone at the Swan will be on hand to ensure that all our guests have an absolute ball.”
Also on board for their first ever BB&RMF is Screaming Jet Jimi Hocking and the Queen of Roots, Dallas Frasca, alongside a swag of local and imported blues and roots talent.
The main event concert will be held in the Civic Gardens on Saturday, while more than 20 venues across the city will host BB&RMF shows.
Official emcee and mastermind of the popular Blues Trams Julius Porlai said the BB&RMF would once again tap into a wealth of music talent in Bendigo and Central Victoria.
“The festival will also show we have some of the best live music venues in Victoria,” he said.
“The festival is important as it showcases to visitors that Blues and Roots music is alive and well and that Bendigo will be the place to showcase some of the best talent we have to offer.”
Greater Bendigo council’s manager major events Terry Karamaloudis said the BB&RMF was emerging as a significant event on council’s annual event calendar.