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Jazz - smooth, sultry, or swinging? Shiraz - mellow or full bodied? However you like your jazz and your shiraz you'll find something to enjoy at this year's Jazz and Shiraz twilight concert on 21 April, once again to be held in the grounds of the historic Kingston Butter Factory.
[ADVERT] I'm sure organisers have their fingers and toes crossed after Brisbane's bad weather forced last year's event to be transferred at the last minute to the indoor venue of Logan Entertainment Centre. Don't get me wrong, it's a great venue but it's just not the same as sitting in the late afternoon sunshine and the cool breeze of an Autumn evening in the company of friends or companionable strangers, listening to cool jazz, sipping fine wines and sampling tasty foods from good local restaurants. I know because my husband and I spent a very pleasurable evening at the 2010 event. The only down side to this year's event is that what was previously a free show will now cost you $10. But that's still great value for 4 hours of top-notch Australian jazz entertainment.
Jazz and Shiraz 2012 is headlined by the APRA Award-winning Mark Sholtez, hot on the heels of his recent tour of West Coast USA to promote the US release of "The Distance Between Two Truths". Sholtez, who opened for Sting on his 2011 Australian winery tour, is known for his versatile vocals and deft delivery. Through his work with acclaimed American producer, Larry Klein, he has now fully delivered on the promise of his early jazz talents.
Other performers include Queensland favourite Melissa Western, fresh from her very successful gigs last year in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Craig Martin and his Swing Band presenting a mix of old favourites and contemporary swing, and local Brisbane band, The Enterprise, known for their funky improvisations.
Event Details: Venue: Kingston Butter Factory grounds, Milky Way, Kingston. Date: 21 April 2012. Time: 4pm to 8pm. Tickets: $10. Available from Logan Entertainment Centre by phoning (07) 3412 5626. Seating: Bring your own picnic rugs or chairs. Transport: Catch the train to Kingston Station or drive and park at the onsite parking. Food and Drink: BYO picnic hamper or purchase from the food stalls. This is a licensed event. Strictly no BYO alcohol. Wine and drinks are available for purchase.
Kingston Butter Factory is an historic Logan City landmark housing a community arts centre, museum and the Butterbox Theatre. It's conveniently located adjacent to Kingston Railway Station.
This really is an excellent event that's largely flown under the Brisbane social calendar radar until now. Make sure you mark it on your calendar and call soon for your tickets. They're bound to be snapped up quickly.