Inverloch Jazz Festival turns 25
THE Inverloch Jazz Festival offers a long, lazy weekend of jazz this Labour Day long weekend.
The festivities start from Friday night through to Monday’s free concert in The Glade, and the festival is sponsored by Bass Coast Council, Bendigo Bank Inverloch, RACV Resort Inverloch, and L J Hooker Inverloch.
The 25th jazz festival welcomes artists from earlier concerts. The festival was started by musicians and residents to raise money for an elderly people’s hostel.
Among the original musicians are Inverloch’s Neville Drummond, one of the founders of the festival. To mark the milestone, he’ll be playing with a group called Genesis 5, so-named because all of them played at that first festival.
Neville said, “It’s a very friendly festival in a little country beachside town. We play for the love of music.”
The festival is held in three comfortable venues, all close together in the centre of town. This year around 40 bands with 200 musicians and singers will play swing, traditional, bebop, Latin, progressive, big band and more.
Artists appearing include Tony Gould, Chris Wilson, Anita Harris, Wonderdogs, Dr Crask and His Swingin’ Elixir.
A new gourmet food menu from Brent Sinclair will be available at the Inverloch Community Hub, while delicious home-baked goods can be found at Warrawee and Dirty Three Wines will run the bar. The Inverloch Art Show also returns to the stadium at the back of the hub.
Friday night opens with the Gala Evening and on Saturday at 9.30am there is a new Jazz For Beginners class at Warrawee looking at instruments and concepts.
The Community Grand Parade, commencing at 10am on Saturday, is a highlight, known for its colourful cars, community groups, banners and musicians. This year the parade is organised by the Inverloch Men’s Shed.
Saturday and Sunday have a non-stop program of jazz from 11am to 11pm at the three comfortable venues, and on Monday there is a free jazz concert in The Glade by the seashore. As well as fantastic music, people can buy gourmet produce from stalls showcasing local food, coffee and wine.
For more information and ticketing, see the website invyjazz.com, Bass Coast visitor information centres or email [email protected].
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