LAH-LAH AND HER BIG LIVE BAND TO BRIGHTEN UP BROADBEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
Toddlers will be throwing all kinds of shapes on the dance floor on the Gold Coast this weekend when Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band take to the stage.
Squeezy Sneezy on the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Band Leader, Mister Saxophone and singer Lah-Lah are part of the lineup for Broadbeach Jazz Festival.
Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band have a big following on the Coast thanks to daily episodes of their TV show on ABC4Kids.
Tina Harris, aka Lah-Lah, says it usually takes “about 20 seconds” for young and old to take the floor at their gigs.
Her husband Mark Harris is Buzz the Band Leader and double bass player.
The band aims to introduce children to music and musical instruments. After every gig, they let the kids check out the instruments. “It’s not a show with backing tracks,” says Tina.
“Everything is live and it’s all being done to a really high standard.”
Tina was enjoying a successful career with Opera Australia but after having their two daughters, Lily and Emily, her priorities shifted and she switched careers in search of a better work/life balance. Six years ago the idea for Lah Lah was born.
But as Tina’s quick to point out: “It takes a long time to be an overnight success”.
Their first season was a financial disaster but a career success, with the Enmore Theatre, Nickelodeon and Sydney Opera House, who they invited to the shows, all signing the band.
Fast forward to 2015 and the band are a big success in the world of kid’s entertainment, with their Lah Lah TV show screening on both ABC4Kids and the BBC’s Cbeebies.
Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, Broadbeach Jazz Festival, Saturday and Sunday
Musical marriage: husband and wife duo Tina and Mark Harris.