Music, food, wine and street fun to while away the winter blues

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THE Queen’s Birthday weekend will see the sixth year of the Mornington Winter Music Festival, held both in venues and outdoors along sections of Main Street. Treat yourself to some of the ticketed or free awesome events from Friday 8th to Monday 10th June.

Main Street Mornington is renowned for it’s great choice of dinning venues and during the festival, National and local bands will descend on Mornington to deliver superb entertainment which goes hand in hand with delicious food and wine!

Saturday June 9th, Main Street will come alive with 6 FREE street Music Zones from DOC Mornington up to Riot Art. Music will be played on the street between 11am – 5pm with incredible acts from SugaTree, Adrian Whyte Trio, Chicago Dime, Dixie Rhythm kings, Wilson & White, Rock n Roll with Diddy Reyes and more (full street program online).

There will be a produce and food street market lining the pavements, nothing like a bit of music and food to soothe the soul. Get your farm fresh eggs and produce, artisan breads, specialty homemade condiments and sauces, and whilst you’re at it, pop into one of the many cafes for a bit of breakfast or lunch. Bring the kids down to the Saturday market for FREE face painting and balloon twisting, all of which makes for an exciting family day out.

On Sunday the music entertainment in the street continues with some big bands from 12pm – 3.30pm finishing with Bluetone Assemly outside The Grand. Don’t forget to also stop past one of the “Busk Stops” to hear up and coming local talent – you never know who you might discover! The music continues up at the Historical Mornington Railway with entertainment beginning from Mornington Station on all three trains.

Following on from a sell-out Melbourne Arts Centre performance, take a deep dive into one of the greatest soundtracks of all time, at our exclusive Mornington Winter Music Festival special event. The Big Chill hit screens in 1983 its pitch-perfect use of classic soul, Motown and pop-rock hits from the 60s and 70s instantly dug hooks into the popular imagination. Now the spirits of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and more will be channelled by some of Melbourne’s hottest musical maestros. Cookin’ On 3 Burners are Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ Trio – joining the dots between Deep Funk, Raw Soul, Organ Jazz & Boogaloo. With 15 venues and over 35 acts there is something for everyone. From the Modern Jazz sounds of Arandu at God’s Kitchen to the bluesy guitar of local Rob Papp playing at Beaches. Regular festival personality Wilbur Wilde appears at The Royal or to Simon Imrei, indie/Folk Melbourne guitarist at Assaggini. Or if you prefer some ‘Soul Mama” don’t miss Angie Soul at Casa De Playa or the funk grooves of Jourdain & Jack at Brass Razu. The festival has the music and venue for your perfect weekend out.

For program details and to book he ticketed events go to www.morningtonmusicfestival.com.au

First published in the Mornington News – 29 May 2018

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