Summer Tunes, Summer Blooms warming the region in 2018

Summer Tunes with Alison Bryant band

There is no better way to enjoy the region’s parks during January and February than with an outing to Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) free Summer Tunes in the Blooms program across January and February starting Sunday, January 7.

TRC Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said performances would take place at four of Toowoomba’s premier public parks   ̶   the Picnic Point bandstand, the shade shelter area at Laurel Bank Park, at the Newtown Park State Rose Garden and near the Margaret Street children’s play area in Queens Park.

“Regional audiences in Oakey, Crows Nest, Millmerran, Pittsworth, and Goombungee plus, for the first time, Cambooya will be treated to musical afternoons starting from the end of January,” Cr McDonald said.

“Summer is a great time of year to enjoy a morning playing with your children or grandchildren in Queens Park or roll out a picnic with friends at the other venues while listening to a wide range of performers.

“Our region’s parks are a top tourist drawcard at any time of year and this is an extra reason to head outdoors and see the beauty of the region’s recreation areas.

“Summer Tunes are as much a part of summer as cicadas, sizzling barbecues, backyard cricket and the whirr of lawn mowers.”

TRC Parks and Recreation Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said Council’s civic parks and gardens offered a perfect setting for summer holiday escapes with ideal picnic settings and plenty of playgrounds for children to enjoy.

“Tunes and blooms are a wonderful mix over the Sundays in January and February. It is a great showcase of talented musicians set against the spectacular backdrop of our magnificent civic parks,” Cr Ramia said.

Summer Tunes starts at Queens Park with the theme of children’s capers on 7 January with The Alison Bryant Quartet creating an enjoyable backdrop including a wide range of music from jazz to swing jazz, Latin and rock 'n' roll.

Other themes are The Big Bands at Picnic Point, Picnic Pleasures in Laurel Bank Park and Music in the Roses at Newtown Park. 

The opening week line-ups also includes The Webb Family Band at Newtown Park, Zephyr Project at Picnic Point and Whisky Mac will play a selection of folk, celtic, Latin, country rock, ballads and calypso tunes at Laurel Bank Park.

The following seven weeks will see performers across pop, rock, Celtic, country, jazz, and big band genres.

Enjoy performances by Yakety Saxes, Jazzy Chats,Toowoomba Municipal Band, High Altitude Harmony, Paul Edwards Quartet, the Jim Miller Big Band, Slow Train Coming, Timeless, Top Gear, Tux, Undercover, Garden City Country Music Club, Flashback, Zephyr Project, Vavachi Jazz & Swing, Jungle Detour, Harry & Speed, Let’s Dance Band, Around the Corner, Blue Room Blues, Black Velvet Quartet, Ronnie & Johnny, Killin Time, the Broxburn Music Club of Pittsworth, Sing Australia – Toowoomba, The Darlington String Trio, Tux,  2 Timing, Julie Whitney, the Webb Family Band, The Pioneers and the Toowoomba Vocal Ensemble among others.

The Regional Summer Tunes program is:

  • Oakey:             January 29, Arthur Shooter Park, Killin Time. 10.00am-1.00pm.

  • Crows Nest:     February 4, Centenary Park, Slow Train Coming. 10am-1pm.

  • Millmerran:      February 11, Anzac Park, Tux. 10am-1.30pm.

  • Pittsworth:       February 18, Pittsworth Pioneer Village and Museum, Undercover. 4pm-6pm.

  • Goombungee:  February 25, Mocatta St near war memorial, Black Velvet Quartet. noon-3pm.

  • Cambooya:       February 25, Cambooya Recreation Grounds, Top Gear, 3– 6pm.

Remember to label your social media posts so that your friends can see what a great time you are having at Summer Tunes 2018. 

#summertunes2018 #letthegoodtimesroll #jazzfordays  #rocknroll

The full program can be viewed at www.tr.qld.gov.au/summertunes

For a listing of other holiday activities, visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/events

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