A group of 28 local musicians will bring live music to Commercial Street businesses as part of the Homemade Jam Sessions to be held from Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 December 2021.
The Micro Music Fest begins at 4:00pm tomorrow afternoon for late night shopping including performances from Christy and Jason Wallace, Kiahna Little, Maixence Williams, Lilli Fullwood, Stokes, Anne Fraser, In the Lounge, Jeff Hateley, Ellyana Sims, Trish and Isaac, Jodi Swiggs, Fi and Frenz and Mikey McInerney.
“Local businesses have been really supportive of this initiative and are excited to host the musicians for a couple of days in their stores,” City of Mount Gambier Live Music Project Officer Monica Hart said.
“I’ve heard some interesting stories from local businesses about their experiences of live music in Mount Gambier. Trudi Shelton from The Book Place spoke about growing up with her father playing in a band called Shotgun and Patricia Corner from the Lifeline op shop reminisced about heading out with her mother and father in the 60s to one of the many live music cabarets happening on a Saturday night in Mount Gambier.”
A Homemade Jam for Lunch session will be held on the lawn outside the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre entrance on Friday 17 December 2021.
“Grab your lunch and come and sit on the lawn and watch the Gerry Mulligan Tribute Ensemble from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.”
The entertainment continues on Saturday 18 December 2021 with acts playing at Confession café, Aussie Disposals, Spot On Fishing and Tackle, The Book Place, McDonalds Furniture and Bedding, Daktari Sport, Arena Surf and Sport, Lifeline Op Shop, Attwoods Shoe Store, Botttega MBS, Dale Cleves Music and on the lawn outside the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre.
The COVID situation has had a significant impact on live performance in general, but to be a regional performer, means having to work a little harder to secure gigs and get your music out there, so I’m really excited that City of Mount Gambier is able to deliver a project that embraces innovation and opportunity for regional musicians. - City of Mount Gambier Live Music Project Officer Monica Hart
A program including a map for the Homemade Jam Sessions are available online here, from the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre and from all participating businesses.
Homemade Jam is a live music program delivered by the City of Mount Gambier that seeks to support the growth of venue-based live music through the delivery of unique performance opportunities and professional development activity for the local business and live music communities of Mount Gambier.
The City of Mount Gambier has partnered with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS to deliver the program which been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Additional project support has been made possible by the Department for Innovation and Skills through the Music Development Office.
In 2022, Homemade Jam will deliver professional development sessions for local music industry employees and musicians and an industry round table event, which will lead to the development of the City of Mount Gambier Live Music Action Plan.
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