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Grass Roots Music Festival Set to Bloom

31 October, 2013

Grass Roots Music Festival Set To Bloom
What: Grass Roots Music Festival 2013
When: Sunday 3 November, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Bandstand Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong
Details: Free entry – bring a picnic – family friendly
Grass Roots Music Festival is set to bring the sweet sounds of fine Queensland country, blues, roots, folk and acoustic music to Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Toowong on Sunday 3 November, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. The show is completely free entry.
Brisbane in the springtime is a wonderful thing. The jacarandas are blooming and raining down gentle breeze-driven drifts of purple floral snow. The birds are busy pairing off and building nests, while groovy Brisbane music loving humans get back to nature and enjoy the original music in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at glorious Mt. Coot-tha.
Just as surely as the jacarandas will explode in purple fantasia at the turning of the season, and as the arrival of the warm weather brings the birds back to their favourite trees each year, so does the announcement of the 9th annual Grass Roots Music Festival line-up thrill music fans with anticipation of a fun family day out. And, just like the jacaranda blossoms and the birds – it’s all free.
Generously supported by the Brisbane City Council, the annual music festival has been running for nearly a decade now, and presents an ever-changing array of the best of the region’s original country, blues, roots, folk, and ‘alt. acoustic everything’ each year. Running this year from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday, November 3, the 2013 Grass Roots Music Festival line-up continues to promise an eclectic and exciting free show. Hosted by the ever-convivial 8 Ball Aitken, the ‘Ginga Ninja’ presents a fresh collection of talent for the pleasure of picnic-packing music fans. Families are especially welcome (but please leave pets at home; and, as always, this event is drug and alcohol free.)
This year, 8 Ball brings some tasty picnic offerings with him to the Mt. Coot-tha bandstand stage. Brisbane River delta blues-man Morningside Fats kicks off the show with his tasty resonator guitar and funky foot-stomping fun. The Company is a band combining bluegrass traditions with fresh acoustic country grooves. Introducing city audiences to her unique style of original traditional country-meets-21st century folkie contemporary music is Anita Ree. Getano Bann, a highly respected songwriter from the Brisbane folk music scene, brings his Torres Strait Islander heritage to a modern musical form with his performance.
As the afternoon warms up, the dancers will come out to frolic in force, with music designed to get festival-goers up on their feet and prancing on the lawn. Fresh from his American tour, 8 Ball Aitken will be performing crowd favourites as well as introducing songs from his new album ‘Southern Hemisphere’, which he is preview-launching during Grass Roots ’13. Cool Brisbane-inner-city-chic soul and blues diva Bec Laughton will be livening things up with her action-packed set. And, closing out the festival will be the Leaping Lizards dishing up a tasty gumbo of country, blues, bluegrass, and acoustic rock – especially for the dancers.
For information, please email bird@phoenixmovement.com
Event music lineup: 8 Ball Aitken, Morningside Fats, The Company, Anita Ree, Getano Bann, Bec Laughton, Leaping Lizards.
See: www.grassrootsmusicfestival.com.au & - www.facebook.com/GrassRootsMusicFestivalBrisbane

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