The prestigious Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival 2019 returns on the weekend of 23rd and 24th February with an exciting line-up of 30 of the best established and up-and-coming jazz, blues, swing and soul acts.
This popular FREE, family-friendly extravaganza was recently ranked second in American Express Essentials' 'The World's Top 20 Jazz Festivals' and always offers an impressive array of artists.
Faith Gritten, Music Director for the 2019 festival notes this year's line-up "will appeal to a younger audience, whilst maintaining the crowd favourites".
The outstanding 2019 line-up includes the likes of:
Complementing the great entertainment is a mouth-watering selection of delicious gourmet foods and locally produced wine, beer, gin and cider. The kids aren't left out either with face painting and a jumping castle (between 12pm and 6pm) on Pryor Street.
The two-day event is set in the heart of Melbourne's "Green Wedge" and Saturday's line-up on the Barry Plant Stage starts at midday with the St Helena Secondary College Senior Jazz Band, followed by Dr Crask and his Swingin' Elixir, the Michelle Nicolle Quartet, Shirazz and the Melbourne Jazz Quartet.
Headlining the Barry Plant Stage on Saturday night is the legendary Vince Jones. The Shuffle Club wrap up the night with a hot blend of jazz, swing, blues and boogie to get you onto the dance floor.
One of Australia's most incredible guitar players, Phil Para, headlines the Eltham Home, Timber and Hardware stage on Saturday night. Phil and his band will play a blend of originals and covers that fuse rock, blues, jazz and Latin.
Other great acts playing on the Eltham Home, Timber and Hardware stage on Saturday are Soul Sacrifice - The Music Of Santana, the McNamarr Project, the Seven Ups, The Jackson Four Jazz, Checkerboard Lounge and the Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative.
The R. Bliem & Associates Stage, situated near the Terrace, will showcase music from Rattlin' Bones Blackwood, Fake Sibling, Catfish, The Slipdixies, Nick Charles, Hawker Heights and Greg Champion and the Useful Members of Society.
Organisers are delighted to announce that on Saturday, La Zanyas will once again put on FREE live music from 6pm till late.
Sunday kicks-off with the famous New Orleans Pelicans Brass Band and a stilt walker marching around town at 11:15am—a fantastic event for all the family. Other highlights on Sunday include The Blue Souls, Thando, Sisters and Misters, Sandie White and the Esmond Selwyn Trio, and Fulton Street.
Headlining the festival on Sunday are three-time winners of the 2018 Australian Blues Music Awards, South-Australian neo-blues act, Kings & Associates, on the Eltham Home Timber and Hardware Stage and Horns of Leroy headline the Barry Plant Stage. Inspired by the flavours of New Orleans to Fitzroy, Horns of Leroy are a punked-out seven-piece raucous street band takes brass band music to a whole new level.
The Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival is one of the state's biggest events! Round up your friends and family and soak up the laid back vibes and enjoy music that makes your soul dance.
About the Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival:
The Festival has been held in Eltham Town Centre for over 20 years and is free to attend. It is run as a not-for-profit event by the Eltham Chamber of Commerce, with funding from the Nillumbik Shire Council, partners and local traders.