Situated in the foothills of the Yarra Valley in the beautiful township of Marysville, the annual Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend is just a 90min drive from Melbourne with a journey from Healesville through the majestic Black Spur. Bringing together locals and visitors for its third year, the Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend will come alive on Friday 20 October – Sunday 22 October.
The award-winning festival is set to celebrate music, food, wine, and community. Programming highlights for this year’s festival include Russell Morris, Geoff Achison & the Soul Diggers, Lloyd Spiegel, Mike Rudd and his band Spectrum, The Tracey Roberts Quartet, Anita Harris, Mama Alto, Shirazz, Eva To Diva, Bo Jenkins, and young gun Charlie Bedford and many more.
Across the weekend on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, the three-day, weekend or daily Saturday and Sunday ticket holders will have access to 1-hour workshops with blues guitar legends Geoff Achison and Bo Jenkins who will be teaching the ins and outs of the Blues Guitar. As an accomplished pianist with a reputation as performer, arranger, and accompanist for jazz ensembles and with vocalists, Miss Chief (Mama Alto) will enthral with an Interpreting Jazz Standards workshop demonstrating how to craft your own interpretations and unique versions of jazz standards. Jackson Four will be teaching how to impress audiences with a lesson in Stage Craft & Stage Presentation, and for those with no musical experience, Shirazz will teach Trad Jazz Collective Improvisation. And, just when you thought the workshops couldn’t get any better, Patrick Evans from Maton will be presenting the final workshop of the weekend ‘The story behind the new Maton Guitars Blackwood Series’ discussing the development and processes involved in making of the guitar and the tonal qualities of the Blackwood timber they use that is grown in Marysville.
PERFORMERS STREET PARADE At midday on Saturday join the festival performers and locals on Murchison Street for a colourful performance of local expressions. Expect a succession of MG and other class cars along with the festival performers, and maybe even brass band section, and brightly coloured hats and banners.
TRANSPORT and SHUTTLE BUSES Whilst the festival venues are a short walk from each other; a free courtesy bus will operate across the wider Marysville & Surrounding Triangle run (Marysville, Narbethong, Buxton) Saturday morning and late Saturday evening. Another service will also operate from Marysville to the Black Spur Inn Narbethong Saturday during the 5.30pm to the 7.30pm meal break, should visitors wish to enjoy a pub meal, allowing visitors to return to Marysville for the evening session. Both bus services will pick up from the bus stop located outside Marysville Country Bakery.
FOOD, WINE AND LOCAL RETAILERS A quaint, compact town, Marysville offers a variety of shops including a bakery, cafes, chocolate and lolly shops, gift stores and restaurants and wine bars, showcasing the local trout and salmon, boutique beers, ciders and wines on their menus. Full meals and snacks will be available in Marysville from the Vibe Hotel (Restaurant and Café), The Duck Inn, Country Bakery, Terracotta Restaurant (Golf Club), Elevation 423 Bar & Cafe, Fragas Café, in Narbethong Black Spur Inn, Saladin Lodge, and in Buxton the Buxton Hotel and many more. A full printed and downloadable festival program, town map and shuttle schedule will be available on the website at the beginning of October.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
$125 – Three-day Pass (unlimited access Friday – Sunday)
$100 – Two-Day Pass (Unlimited access Saturday and Sunday) *This ticket does not include Friday night
$75 – One Day Pass (Your choice of Saturday or Sunday only)
$50 – Friday Evening Pass (Friday night only, from 7 pm)
All tickets and accommodation packages available from www.marysvillejazzandblues.com