Blues News #624

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Blues News #624

The last time I saw Archie Roach was up in Melbourne at Hamer Hall. It was an intensely moving concert; his songs are his life which he shares with us, from the heart. If you have not seen him live you have an amazing opportunity on November 14.
Narana, on the Torquay road, is an award winning Australian Aboriginal cultural tourism & educational enterprise that is committed to providing an entrees to today’s Indigenous culture. Narana means “listening and learning”, but it’s a deep, deep listening in which you take in and live out – it’s a listening and learning for life. Promoting this message is critical to advancing the reconciliation dialogue in a positive and inclusive manner.
Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre has a proud heritage of live music and performance with successful NaranaFest events held in 2006 and 2007. This year Narana is bringing back NaranaFest which was a milestone event for Narana and local music lovers with the likes of The Black Keys, Xavier Rudd & Dan Sultan gracing the stage nearly 10 years ago.
The recent Narana Unplugged mini festival and gallery launches in 2015, featuring live music performances, led them to believe that the time is right to reincarnate NaranaFest and to bring back a family focussed music event. The festival features a mix of established and up and coming indigenous talent as well as providing an opportunity for local Geelong bands and plans for some big headliners.
Their goal is to create a unique live music experience. NaranaFest will provide a destination for performers, music lovers and families to experience an all ages day of music, Indigenous culture and art while exploring the unique performance spaces and immersing in the total Narana Experience. Narana has committed to building a brand new Boomerang Stage to provide gig goers a premium viewing experience.
NaranaFest aims to be an affordable festival experience providing a family friendly atmosphere with kids under 12 admitted free in the company of an adult ticketholder. Narana’s Boomerang Stage is situated in a natural native garden setting within Geelong’s ‘city limits’, easily accessible by public transport, ensuring locals do not have to travel far to experience a world class musical event.
NaranaFest will be a focal point for Narana’s community engagement strategy with a plan to develop into an annual festival event with ambitions to grow into a must attend fixture in the live music events calendar with the ability to attract high calibre bands and artists with both national and international profiles.
As well as having Archie Roach as headliner, the lineup is a list of performers that will make for an excellent event; Yirrmal, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Kutcha Edwards, Fraser A.Gorman, Philly, Ezekiel Ox & DJ Marze, Cherrywood, The Louds, APAKATJAH, The Dead City Lights and Deadly Duo.
Many of these names may well be familiar to you, the ones that are not will be gold! Tickets are available online via Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is located at 410 Surf Coast Highway.
Written by John (Dr John) Lamp
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