Music fans can get on board an exciting new outlet for enjoying the tunes during the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival: the Blues Tram.
Two of Bendigo’s best attractions – its historic trams and fabulous local music talent – will combine from tomorrow with Talisa Jobe and Shannon Bourne providing the soundtrack for the Blues Tram’s debut voyage from 2pm.
The tram will roll through the streets of the city, taking a pit stop at the Joss House for dessert, before turning back towards the mine.
The man who came up with the idea, Julius Porlai, said the idea was borrowed from a festival great.
“Queenscliff has its blues train, and we have our blues tram,” he said.
Julius hung up his guitar in 1972, but has recently come on board the music scene again following retirement from work last year.
“I’m playing with Trouble in Mind, and we’re picking up a few gigs,” he said.
Festival director Colin Thompson said the Blues Trams were a new initiative for the festival and not to be missed.“It combines up close and intimate live music with some of Bendigo’s best loved features,” he said.
‘These beautifully restored trams and the ride through our city centre offers a unique experience.’’
Colin said the festival had partnered with the Hotel Shamrock to bring the talents of Checkerboard, easily one of Australia’s best live blues acts, to perform in the evening in the Gold Dust Lounge, with Shannon Bourne to raise the curtain with a solo set from 9pm.
“This show will be something for the punters who miss out on obtaining Blues Tram tickets this time around to be able to enjoy nonetheless,” Colin said.
“It’s a free entry event and will be a great way to end a sensationally bluesy day.”
The Blues Trams will be back from the second night of the festival, Friday, November 9, through to Sunday, November 11.
Fans can enjoy a relaxed gourmet buffet meal before the tram’s departure from the Central Deborah Gold Mine from 7pm.
Tickets for tonight’s event are limited and can be bought from the Visitor Centre on 5434 6060 for $29.Drinks will be available from festival partner Bendigo Beer before departure. Strictly no BYO.