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The Ugly Sessions @ National Hotel

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by Tina Walsh (subscribe)
A thirty-something music appreciator with a passion for blues, funk, reggae, jazz and soul. I love uncovering new acts and CDs to buy at live gigs. Follow me on twitter @tinajwalsh
Published October 13th 2012
Blues jam in Toowoomba
The Ugly Sessions? What's that, you ask?
It's a monthly blues jam held in Toowoomba. I headed out there recently to check out the buzz.

Host band - Ugly Graham and the Pretty Boys

The jam commenced about 4pm with the host band, Ugly Graham and the Pretty Boys warming up the crowd. Tim Griffin, winner of the recent BASEQ Blues Challenge (and heading to Memphis to represent South East Queensland in the International Blues Challenge) then played a set as a guest performer and captivated the audience with his soulful original tunes and interpretations of blues classics.

Guest performer - Tim Griffin

Normally the floor would then be open for jammers, however on the day of this event, the blues community received the sad news that Wiley Reed, a local blues legend, had passed away. So the host band jammed and paid tribute to a man many of them had shared the stage with at one stage or another.

With Toowoomba less than two hours drive from Brisbane's CBD, make a day of it with a Sunday drive, and either a great valued Sunday Roast lunch from the pub, or a massive burger from Phat Burgers for lunch (I recommend the Phoenix burger), enjoy some blues, and be home before the Sunday night movie has finished on TV.

The Ugly Sessions are held at the National Hotel, Toowoomba, on the first Sunday of each month, from 4pm to 8pm.
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Why? Get outta town for a burger and some blues
When: First Sunday of the month, from 4pm
Where: National Hotel, 59 Russell St, Toowoomba
Cost: Free entry
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