Buskers turned world performers, sassy jazz divas to a cinematic jazz experience

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MORNINGTON heats up over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend with a full program of LIVE MUSIC in over 20 venues and three days of STREET ENTERTAINMENT! 

“There is a fantastic vibe surrounding this year’s event”, commented Festival Director, Bec Davis. “It’s great to see so many cafes, restaurants, bars and venues hosting live music. We are thrilled to have so many wonderful performers including local Singer/Songerwriter, Simon Imrei; Award winning Celtic band, Sugatree and Arandu, Melbourne Latin Jazz all joining us as part of the FREE STREET PROGRAM. Main Street will be full of festivities on Saturday with an artist, produce & food Market and free Balloon Twisters for the Kids. Visit the crew at the Nepean Music Centre stall where kids can learn more about musical instruments.”

If you haven’t seen the Pierce Brothers perform, well this is your chance. From busking on the streets of Melbourne, their unique brand of folk music and incredible multi-instrumental talent have taken them to venues across the world. Just back from their USA tour we are lucky to have them at The Grand on Sunday 9th June before they jet-set off to Europe. If its Jazz you’re after, local favourite Lizzy Gascoigne and her group Kissing Harriet will delight you in a classy, retro jazz evening you won’t forget hosted by the Mornington Yacht Club or book your table at Barmah Park for Melbourne Jazz Festival artist the Lillian Albazi Trio.

“Something that has never been seen before at Mornington,” said Bec, “is the screening of the classic Buster Keaton silent movie ‘Steamboat Bill Jr’ with the celebrated ‘Sounds of Silent; 5 -piece Melbourne jazz band performing live. Kids will delight in the cinematic and music experience as much as the adults will”. Reserve your tickets now directly with Ian at the classic Mornington Cinema. Later that Sunday afternoon, hosted by the Mornington & Mt Martha Interchurch network is one of Melbourne’s most dynamic and successful Catholic Choir ‘Excelsis’ who perform to sold-out audiences at both St Patrick’s and St Paul’s Cathedrals.   

The Mornington Chamber of Commerce would like to thanks to the Mornington Peninsula Shire and our Major Sponsors Peninsula Eye Care and Nichols Crowder for supporting this event. Of course, it wouldn’t be possible without the support of all the venues, both large and small, for getting behind this annual winter festival and backing live music all weekend.

With events selling quickly, it’s not too late to get your tickets now. Visit our website for the full VENUE and STREET PROGRAMS. 

Friday 7th – Monday 10th June

For the full program visit: www.morningtonmusicfestival.com.au

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone New – 22 May 2019

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