All systems are a go with the Inverloch Jazz Festival 2016 to be held March 11th, 12th, and 13th. Bands are booked, commitments have been made, and booking is ready online. The event promises to top last year’s with new ensembles, quartets, and big bands. Seasoned musicians and songsters will be featured with an eclectic array of styles and forms. For this 23rd festival, jazz will emanate from halls, parks, and random street corners.
What is the festival all about?
The town becomes alive as jazz kicks off with outstanding bands and musicians. It is held over the Labour Day weekend March 11-14, 2016. It’s an outstanding festival full of great jazz for a great cause in a great place. With any festival of music comes the extra license to walk with that spring in your step, possibly spontaneously burst into a public twirl and, when idle, to tap your feet, and finger click to the rhythms that surround you.
How will this year’s event be different from last?
This year an even brighter and broader spectrum of jazz to suit a myriad of palettes including funk, latin, contemporary, and traditional. We have a myriad of sponsors, musicians, and volunteers on hand to make it very special. While the Jazz Festival is an amazing feat in longevity, this year’s program will be fresh and alive.
How can people buy tickets?
Ticketing is pain free through Ticketebo. What’s more, you can buy 4 weekend tickets in one order and receive a free bottle of wine. Why not get a group of friends together. We will see a great turnout of jazz fans so get booked early. The website has a new look. It is easier to read, navigate, and print off forms.
We hear there is fundraising afoot?
The festival is a not for profit, community based event that started in 1994. Over its 22 years the festival has helped to raise well over $300,000 and has been a platform for many other organisations like The Lions, Rotary, and The Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club. This year’s festival will be run to raise funds for The Inverloch Men's Shed. The town becomes alive as jazz kicks off with outstanding bands and musicians to support this effort. It’s an outstanding festival full of great jazz for a great cause in a great place.
Tell us about the bands that open the festival?
Friday there are 2 attractions, 2 Venues. You can expect great music, your chance to sing, and a fun night overall. Mike Field trumpeter and entertainer from Canada will be featured. Outstanding musos. Then Saturday and Sunday either day - what a line up! Monday the Big Band Picnic.
What will be some of the other highlights of the festival?
On the Friday night the band MOJO is in place for a highly entertaining evening of great music with audience participation, and once more The Admirals Own Royal Navy Band who are in great demand, have booked their spot on the Saturday. They just love playing at the festival. The 4th Avenue Band performs a groovy mix of blues with soul n feel! They are a seasoned, dedicated group, with smooth vocals and driving rhythmic guitar.
Will there be CD's available?
For those bands who have sent in CDs we hope to be able to play them in the street before and during to give it some oomph! The Victorian Jazz Archive will be there selling CDs.
This year’s Inverloch Jazz Festival promises to be a stellar event spread over the Hub, the Stadium, Warrawee, and the RSL, all close walking distance. The performers are tops in their field and will present all kinds of musical styles from big band to swing. The jazz atmosphere will be eclectic magic. The Saturday parade is a highlight, known for colorful cars, floats, and banners. You can look forward to a great three-day event for the entire family.
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