Next month is one of the last chances for music fans to enjoy a hefty sample of what they can experience at the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival in November.
The third BB&RMF showcase for 2012 comes to the Newmarket Hotel on Sunday, September 2.
It’ll feature a slightly louder and a little off-kilter flavour as Bendigo’s Rhythm Kings, Salvador and McAlpine’s Fusiliers bring the local chops alongside the uncomparable Colonel Viper’s Whipstick Band, the mature cool of The Dirtbusters and the precocious talents of Talisa Jobe.
Former guitarist with Triple J favourites Mammal, PL Williamson, also joins a BB&RMF bill for the first time, while the ever-slick, Melbourne blues five-piece Cold Snap, return to their adopted home of Bendigo for another high energy show.
The BB&RMF continues to gain serious momentum after attracting its largest showcase crowd to the Goldmines on July 22 for the Ewes, Brews, Blues and Stews, as nearly 500 people attended the seven hour show which raised thousands of valuable dollars to help stage and market the November festival.
It also saw the successful collaboration between new festival partner Bendigo Beer and the BB&RMF grow even stronger.
“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome from the Goldmines show,” festival director Colin Thompson said. ‘‘I’m blown away, and so appreciative for the support we get from the great musicians, venues and the loyal live music fans who continue to prove that we’re onto a good thing.”
Thompson said the September gig at The Newmarket continues the BB&RMF’s tradition of each showcase having its own particular flavour.
“The last one at the Goldmines was a laid back affair, the next one at the Newmarket will be a little more high-energy, a little louder, a little crazy, with a celtic and traditional flavour thrown in – along with some good old jugband music as well,” he said.
‘‘The Newy show will feature acts who’ve never played one of our events before and some who I’ve never actually seen in the flesh, so I’m as excited about this one as any of the shows we’ve put together so far.”
September 22 will also see the arrival of the Blues Tram, where Bendigo’s classic vintage trams will feature top class blues & roots performers sharing their craft in an intimate setting.
“The Blues Trams will be something unique to Bendigo,” Thompson said.“The Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival – and it’s supporting events – offer a great experience for anyone who wants to come get a taste of what Bendigo has to offer.”
For details go to www.bendigobluesandroots.com.au