Blue Mountains Theatre will welcome audiences back to the theatre in August with a special presentation showcasing some of the Blue Mountains' most talented musicians.
Love Local Live On Stage at Blue Mountains Theatre is a series of uplifting concerts featuring renowned local performers, including: Gary Daley (the catholics; Lah-Lah's); Lloyd Swanton (The Necks); Deta and Rob Rayner (The Beez); Rachael Brady and the Moonshine Special featuring John Stuart, Frank Corby, Blake Dantier, Stefano Cosentino; Mic Conway (Captain Matchbox, National Junk Band).
Across the month of August, these four concerts are guaranteed to lift you out of any COVID-19 blues with a range of highly entertaining performances and wonderful music crossing the genres of jazz, blues, country, rockabilly, pop, cabaret, comedy and even a touch of magic.
Supported by Blue Mountains Theatre and Blue Mountains City Council, the initiative is an extension of the highly successful Love Local campaign, which aims to encourage audiences to rekindle their love of live performances in a COVID-aware environment whilst providing support for the performing arts industry and the Springwood night-time economy.
Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill welcomed the concert series, saying "the arts are vital and enrich our community".
"This is our way of bringing performances back but via a program that maximises social distancing and safety," he said.
"Audiences will be small and performances relatively confined, in terms of time, in order to maximise physical distances.
"However, this program gives performers a chance be in front of a live audience and it begins the process of resuming the in-theatre performances our council has championed since the opening of the theatre half a decade ago."
The concert series will include:
Friday, August 7: Gary Daley Trio with Lloyd Swanton and Nic Cecire, featuring special guest vocalist Emma Pask. Three of Australia's most renowned musicians combine their considerable talents with a repertoire of beautiful music and much-loved jazz standards featuring their special guest Emma Pask - Australia's premier jazz vocalist.
Friday, August 14: Deta and Rob Rayner from The Beez. These renowned international performers -currently based in Katoomba - have entertained audiences around the world with their comedic cabaret act and hilarious renditions of iconic music and songs.
Friday, August 21: Rachael Brady and the Moonshine Special. Sweeping blues, country and rockabilly from one of the Blue Mountains' most talented singers and her might band featuring John Stuart, Frank Corby, Blake Dantier and Stefano Cosentino.
Friday, August 28: Mic Conway and Robbie Long. The ARIA-winning Mic Conway (Captain Matchbox, National Junk Band) and multi-instrumentalist and flatpickin' champion Robbie Long present and evening of vaudeville, meets cabaret, meets magic, meets fire-eating, tap dancing and loads more madcap fun.
Each hour-long concert will commence at 7.30pm. A strictly-limited number of tickets are available for each performance. Tickets are $30 for each concert, and patrons can purchase tickets to all four concerts at the discounted price of just $100.
Tickets and further details are available at www.bluemountainstheatre.com.au or by phoning the Box Office on 4723 5050 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm).