A preview of the 2020 Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival

Kiama Jazz & Blues Society President Becky Guggisberg wants to get you excited about this year’s Festival, so you have time to invite family and friends to come down for it. Warning: her enthusiasm is contagious.

The 33rd Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival – March 6-8 – will be an absolute feast of music and activity amongst the backdrop of our beautiful town, with something for everyone.

All performances are free to attend with many more enthusiastic venues onboard this year. It is a really connected celebration.

We can see the excitement growing and the venues and accommodation are filling up with bookings already.

This year, the Picnic Steam Train will be pulling in from Sydney both Saturday and Sunday with eager music lovers pouring onto the streets. They will be delighted by music in the cafes, bars, restaurants, parks, trails, pubs and clubs. Just get your friends to google the picnic train to find out how to arrive this way.

Jazz and Blues based music will be in equilibrium on the program this year, along with some great evolutions of the genres with Reggae, Soul, and even a hint of Pop making an appearance.
For the Jazz cats – we are delighted to have Shannon Barnett, Groove Garden, The Fever Pitch, Cosmic Xpress and Barrio Soul.

The super talented Police Big Band will also be gracing our presence to play some Jail House Jazz on the steps of the local lock up, as part of the curated buskers trail being introduced this year.
For diehard Blues lovers you will not be disappointed – Blues Arcadia, Milena Barrett Band, Frank Sultana, Kristian Lee Morris and the Dirty Snakes, will be keeping it real, along with many more.
This year we have a huge shout out to the talent down South – we are proudly bringing up a host of neighbouring musicians from fire affected areas. Look out for Benjy & the Saltwater Sound System – a gorgeous blend of Pacific/Reggae/African hypnotic soundscapes and talent – and The Groove who will make you jump about and forget all your worries..

Ras Roni & da Stride – will get you pumped, bringing reggae roots to the dance floor at the Kiama Golf Club Friday night, as well as the Leagues Club Auditorium and the Park Stage.
Red Wine Roses are set to bring the funk and groove back on their successful Ambion Nation tour.

Top tip: if you are not already a member, join the clubs ahead of time so you can have ease of access throughout the Festival weekend, and take advantage of the member discounts!

On both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, there is the opportunity to hear an extraordinary series of performances in Hindmarsh Park on our festival Park Stage – strategically positioned for maximum audience benefit.

Bring the family during the day, then get a babysitter and go for a super night out with the grown ups!

After last year’s super successful vocal workshop, we will again be offering a vocal harmony and percussion workshop on Sunday morning – $30 to attend – limited numbers so get in quick to southcoasttickets.

For more info – follow kiama jazz & blues on facebook or instagram or look for full details on our soon to be launched festival website: kiamajazzandblues.com.au

Thanks to The Bugle for your partnership. The next edition will publish a full Festival program!

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