The annual Backwater Blues and Roots Festival is set to bring the sounds of the Deep South to audiences across South Australia.
From the 19th – 28th October music hubs will simultaneously form in Whyalla, Lobethal, Mt Gambier, Willunga, Adelaide and McLaren Vale, making South Australia the place to be for Blues and Roots lovers throughout the country.
Now in its fifth year the festival is a fixture on Adelaide’s music calendar, with audiences being treated to the likes of ARIA Award winning artists Mia Dyson and Collard Greens and Gravy, together with Jeff Lang, The Backsliders, and Genevieve Chadwick.
Festival Manager, Andrew Dundon says audiences will hear new music from the best of Australia’s Blues and Roots scene, with many artists using the festival as a way to showcase their recently launched albums.
“Mia Dyson, Dallas Frasca, The Backsliders and The Mojo Webb Band, willall have new albums coming out between now and when the Backwater Blues and Roots Festival begins, making this the first opportunity for many to hear this new music live,” Mr Dundon said.
The Backwater Blues and Roots Festival began in 2007 with organizers hoping to fill a hole in the South Australian blues and roots festival scene, through the creation of a venue reminiscent of the 1930’s Mississippi Juke Joints.
“Our pop-up venue at the Queen’s Theatre in Adelaide will once again become a makeshift Juke Joint over the ten nights of the festival, from which the music will spread to regional venues throughout the state,” Mr Dundon said.
The Queens Theatre is the spiritual home of the Backwater Blues and Roots Festival and is the place where Adelaide’s pickpockets and prostitutes have gone for entertainment since 1841.
Program and tickets are available at backwaterbluesfest.com