Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October 2018

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Big Names Headline Marysville Jazz & Blues Weekend

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Joe Camilleri and Renée Geyer, two of the biggest names in Jazz & Blues, will head up this years Marysville Jazz & Blues Weekend in October.

Organising Chairman, Colin Davies, said it was exhilarating to see the weekend, in only its fourth year, feature two undisputed icons of the Australian music scene.

Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows have have a formidable reputation with Joe Camilleri celebrating more than half a century in the music business. He is one of the most committed and successful musicians this country has ever produced. Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 Joe has written numerous milestone Australian hits that have become part of Australian music culture.

Renée Geyer’s past is Australian music history. Starting out as a 'sensual blues belter', a “Countdown Superstar” in her 20s; a string of pop, soul and reggae hits spanning the 70s and 80s; her LA years in the studio with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Joe Cocker and Chaka Kahn; sees Renée as an undeniable and bona fide music icon.

“One of the unique aspects of our weekend”, says Colin, “is that, as a boutique event with limited tickets, audiences can get an “up close and personal view” of the performers - no need for binoculars in any of our venues.”

Tickets are on sale NOW with a whole weekend of live acts for just $155.00 allowing unlimited access to all ticketed venues over the weekend. Click here for more details.
  • About Renee Geyer
    Find out more about Renee's incredible career

    Her career has spanned four decades and is still going strong. A precocious jazz, blues and soul singer in her late teens; Countdown royalty in her 20s; a string of pop, soul and reggae hits spanning the 70s and 80s; her LA years in the studio with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Joe Cocker and Chaka Kahn; her 90s renaissance with Paul Kelly. She is a singer, a songwriter, producer, and author.

    Her career began around 1971 in Sydney, when a girlfriend took her along to the rehearsal of friends who were forming a band. From there, things began to snowball.

    Her reputation found its way to America and led to an invitation to record an album in Los Angeles with famed Mowtown producer Frank Wilson. While the Movin’ Along album provided another hit at home, in America ‘Heading in the Right Direction’ created confusion. R&B stations loved the record, but didn’t know what to do when they discovered Geyer was a white Jewish girl from Australia.

    For the next few years, Geyer bounced between Australia and America and released albums, which include So Lucky, Difficult Woman and Sweet Life. Her career has never stalled. At the end of 1999, Geyer released her frank life story; Confessions of a Difficult Woman through Harper Collins, and 2003 saw her release the Gold selling (and self produced) album Tenderland.

    In 2004 Renée hooked up with Brisbane producer Magoo to co-produce her 21st album Tonight, which has received stunning reviews and was nominated for an ARIA award. And in 2005 Renée was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame; a proud occasion in which she joined the ranks of Australia’s most respected and accomplished musicians.

    2007 was to be a busy one for Renée, with work on her 22nd album “...Dedicated” released on EMI in early September and a plethora of select appearances around the country, she remains one of our most enduring and endearing artists.

    In 2010 Renée released The Ultimate Collection – covering 4 decades of Soul. Whether in the studio or on stage, this is where Renée Geyer is home and continues to wow audiences with her remarkable voice.

    2012 saw Renée notch up 40 years in the music business and to celebrate this amazing anniversary Renée recorded a brand new Big Band Swing album – something that no female artist has ever endeavoured to do in this country.

    Renée Geyer had started out a sensual blues belter. Now she has evolved into a bona fide music icon – someone to look up to for never having let go of her dreams. This consummate entertainer with a proud body of work still transfixes a room with the power of her song.
  • About Joe Camilleri
    Find our more about Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows
    The Black Sorrows have earned the reputation as a dynamic live act.

    There is a level of accessibility to The Black Sorrows that can appeal to the newest of fan.

    At the helm, Camilleri steers the band through an energetic interplay of solid grooves and well-crafted songs that mix those well-worn ingredients of blues, soul, R&B, gospel, country and even Brill Building pop.
    Spontaneous (forget set lists) and emotionally driven, Joe ensures that no two performances are ever the same.

    Camilleri’s mantra is simple “we come to play and leave the audience feeling exhilarated”.

    And play they do…

    Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows backed up their late 2016 sixty date national tour promoting The Sorrows’ 18th album release Faithful Satellite with a 2017 summer tour then shows in the UK and Europe Never being one to sit still Joe and his long-term writing partner Nick Smith at it again getting ready for a new release.

    The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most enduring touring bands and a festival favourite.

    Membership in The Black Sorrows has always been loose and fluid with Camilleri being the only constant. In keeping with Joe’s desire to continually move forward, the latest incarnation of The Black Sorrows is - Claude Carranza (guitar/vocals), Mark Gray (bass/vocals), John McAll (keyboards/vocals) and Angus Burchall (drums). In 2014 Joe Camilleri celebrated 50 years in the music business.

    The release of the highly acclaimed album Certified Blue added to the 50th celebrations by giving him his first mainstream chart appearance in almost a decade. Certified Blue peaked at #2 in the ARIA Jazz and Blues Chart and remained in the chart for over 40 weeks. 2015 saw the band tour Scandinavia for the first time in twenty years in support of the release of ARIA nominated album Endless Sleep.

    Europe is now permanently on the touring agenda.
    Camilleri launched The Black Sorrows, a loose band of like-minded musicians, in 1984 following the demise of his seminal band Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons the year before.

    From humble beginnings playing inner-city cafes around Melbourne and selling albums from the boot of a car, Camilleri transformed the band into one of the most sophisticated ensembles in the country.

    The independently released album Dear Children, represented a turning point once CBS/ Sony stepped in with a world-wide deal. When radio picked up the classic track, Mystified, The Black Sorrows really took flight releasing multi-platinum sellers Hold On To Me, Harley & Rose and The Chosen Ones.

    The Black Sorrows have won the ARIA for Best Band, played sell-out shows across Europe and sold more than two million albums worldwide. Writer of milestone Australian songs such as So Young, Hit And Run, Shape I’m In, Hold On To Me, Harley and Rose, Chained To The Wheel, Never Let Me Go and the Chosen Ones, Joe Camilleri’s music has become part of Australian music culture.

    As a member of Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, Joe was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007. Camilleri has shown fans and critics alike that he is a performer with an undeniable energy and love of it all.
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Planning is well underway for our 2018 Weekend. More fabulous acts and heaps more fun!

This annual award-winning festival celebrating music, food, wine, boasts a top line-up of both local and internationally acclaimed artists. In just three years the Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend has become one of the biggest events on the local calendar. A perfect springtime escape for music lovers young and old.

Murrindindi Shire awarded Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend "Best Community Event Of The Year" in 2015 and 2016.

More details will be announced soon with tickets on sale NOW!

Come back often to find out more.

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Located only 90 minutes drive from Melbourne through the picturesque Yarra Valley, Marysville and surrounds is an ideal destination for enjoying a weekend of Jazz and Blues.

Marysville is known for its beautiful changing seasons – from cool streaming rivers in summer to an array colourful leaves in autumn, with snow covered trees in winter and dappled greens in spring.

Marysville has everything a couple, group or family need to make a visit a memorable experience.

Come along for the Jazz and Blues weekend and enjoy everything Marysville has to offer.

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The Marysville Jazz & Blues Weekend is a contemporary and traditional jazz and blues festival set in the idyllic and picturesque township of Marysville and surrounds.

2018 will mark its 4th year which has already become regionally significant and has acquired a strong following with attendance reaching nearly 2000 in 2017.
The Festival prides itself on presenting some of the best Australian touring acts and international acclaimed artists as well as local musicians and performers. Australian music legend and 2016 ARIA award winner Russell Morris headlined our 2017 weekend.

The event is a project of the Lions Club of Marysville and District with a dedicated sub-committee of Lion’s members, other willing helpers & volunteers .

Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend 2017 was supported through Visit Victoria, Creative Victoria, Doing Business Better, Murrindindi Shire Council, Marysville Triangle Community Foundation and our partners listed below.

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We acknowledge with sincere appreciation our Sponsors

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  • VIBE Hotel Marysville
    Vibe Hotel Marysville offers a stylish, contemporary hotel to relax and discover Marysville & District and discover the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s most beautiful regions.
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    Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Vibe Hotel Marysville offers a stylish, contemporary hotel to relax and discover the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s most beautiful regions.

    Tucked away in the forested foothills of Victoria’s Great Dividing Range, Marysville has long been a favourite getaway destination thanks to its tranquil riverside location, culinary delights, wonderful scenery and outdoor adventures. Enjoy the spectacular drive through the Black Spur, as you marvel at stunning views of the Victorian landscape. Marysville is also minutes from Lake Mountain, a popular snow field, perfect for first timers and families alike. 

    Vibe Hotel Marysville is inspired by its natural surroundings, and you will be too. From the local art, spectacular views of the Yarra Ranges National Park and Cathedral Ranges right through to the superb Radius Bar & Grill featuring premium locally sourced produce.

    Guest rooms are comfortable and modern, the business facilities are well-equipped. Recharge or refresh in the wellness area, or explore the local area – our Vibe Hosts will be happy to share their local knowledge. Relax and cool down with a swim in the outdoor pool.

    Whatever the reason for your visit, Vibe Hotel Marysville is the perfect place to connect and reconnect.

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  • Bendigo Bank
    You need a bank to give you the products and services you need. We need your banking to help us make a difference.
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    You may not think who you bank with matters. But it does. And for our customers, their banking is making a real difference.

    Every day our customers help change lives, and save lives, simply by banking with us. Their home loans are building skate and sports parks, hospital wings and classrooms. Personal loans, business banking and credit cards are funding ambulances, rescue boats, disabled and aged care facilities.

    Everyday banking is providing all this and more. In fact, $183 million has been returned to communities and initiatives Australia-wide.

    You need a bank to give you the products and services you need. We need your banking to help us make a difference.

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  • Crossways Historic Country Inn
    The Crossways was built in the 1920's and is the ideal intimate live music venue
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    Built in circa 1920's Crossways is the last standing truly Historic Icon of Marysville.

    It offers the perfect setting for live music with bar and meals available.
  • Little River Wines
    ‘Handcrafted indulgence' Located at Taggerty, the Northern end of Cathedral Range State Park, in North Central Victoria

    The Estate Vineyard at Taggerty is situated on the northern end of Cathedral Mountain, opposite the Cathedral Range State Park, in North Central Victoria. The pristine trout stream, Little River, begins its journey in the mountain and forms a boundary for the vineyard before reaching the Taggerty township and the Acheron River junction.

    Surrounded by forested mountains and streams, Little River Wines pursue permacultural and organic farming principles.They are regularly visited by an array of colourful birds, not to mention kangaroos, resident wombats, echidnas and their friends. Human visitors are also very welcome, by appointment please.
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  • Marysville Caravan Park
    We offer the very best country escape or mountain adventure, the biggest range of great quality accommodation, and the most competitive prices, all in a truly amazing location
    Welcome to the Marysville Holiday and Caravan Park for the very best country escape or mountain adventure, the biggest range of great quality accommodation, and the most competitive prices, all in a truly amazing location just an hour or so from Melbourne.

    The setting is just perfect with the park located right alongside the Steavenson river at the base of Lake Mountain, surronded by the majestic mountain ranges and the state forest, but just a brief walk from the village centre of Marysville with its boutique shops, eateries and famous attractions.

    Here we have something for everyone, tranquility, relaxation and some wonderful wildlife, a touch of luxury for a romantic stay, family fun, or the many adventure possibilities in the mountains and forests.

    We pride ourselves on the parks fabulous reputation with a considerable choice in accommodation whatever your requirements. 

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  • Buxton Ridge Winery
    Buxton Ridge is a family owned, award winning winery, producing cool climate, elegant wines.
    Buxton Ridge is a family owned, award winning winery, producing cool climate, elegant wines.

    Drop in for a free wine tasting or one of our delicious local produce plates!

    On offer for you to enjoy is sparkling Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Rose.

    Just a short drive from the popular tourist town of Marysville, this region has a lot to offer guests staying for a relaxing weekend or those on a short day trip from Melbourne.

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  • Terracotta Luxury Accommodation Restaurant & Bar
    Terracotta Restaurant & Bar - a dining experience for those who love food Terracotta Luxury Accommodation - the perfect place for a short break holiday or an overnight escape
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    Terracotta Restaurant and Bar is a contemporary restaurant serving casual fine food for lunch and dinner. Marysville's newest restaurant with views over the Marysville Golf Club.
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    Terracotta Luxury Accommodation is a luxury suite with queen size bed separate bedroom and lounge, each with flat screen television, air-conditioning, large shower room and Sukin® toiletries.

    Large undercover verandah with lounge seating opening into the lounge bringing the 'outside in'.
    Full size guest barbeque

    Native gardens and guest pétanque court.
  • Professionals Marysville
    We offer the best service in real estate. For 40 years, Professionals have been ‘wowing’ people and helping them achieve their property dreams.
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    Professionals is the real estate group that consumers and members trust to deliver top-of-the-line services and support.

    We have been in the real estate business for over 35 years, and some of our members have many more years of experience under their belt.

    Our business model is focused on providing affordable and top-quality real estate solutions to customers, and empowering members with the training necessary to maintain the benchmark we’ve set.
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    ALPINO APARTMENTS consists of two self-contained apartments situated in the heart of Marysville within walking distance to cafes and local shops situated nearby
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    ALPINO APARTMENTS consists of two self-contained apartments situated in the heart of Marysville within walking distance to cafes and local shops situated nearby.

    Each apartment has a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms and able to accommodate 4-5 people.

    The apartments are positioned upstairs with stunning views from the outside decks.

    The views from Messmate Apartment look towards the mountains and township, and there are views towards Keppels Lookout from Snow Gum Apartment.

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