Mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza

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If you are a fan of live mu­sic and a good at­mos­phere, make sure you get along to one of the ‘‘A Hitch to the Sticks’’ events this month.

The fes­ti­val is a unique mul­ti­v­enue show with 10 dif­fer­ent live-mu­sic events tak­ing place across re­gional Vic­to­ria from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14.

You have the op­tion of join­ing Aussie rock leg­end Dal­las Frasca who will take 50 lucky pas­sen­gers on their very own tour bus travers­ing the best hid­den gems and lo­cal han­gouts the north east has to of­fer.

As well as the ex­pected sin­ga­longs, the AHTTS tour bus will of­fer pas­sen­gers ac­cess to ex­clu­sive gigs, camp­fire jams, celebrity hitch-hik­ers and leg­endary es­capes ga­lore in an all-in­clu­sive three-day mu­si­cal sa­fari with an out­stand­ing lineup.

If you can’t com­mit a whole week­end you can get along to one of the shows in the Be­nalla area (listed be­low).

The clos­est event to Be­nalla is be­ing held at Moorn­gag Hall on the evening of Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12.

Lo­cal mu­si­cian Ellen James is not only one of the per­form­ers, she is also or­gan­is­ing the Moorn­gag event.

‘‘Luck­ily I only have to or­gan­ise the one event,’’ Ellen said.

‘‘They’ve sub­con­tracted me as the Mu­si­cal Gar­den to run one of the re­gional events but also to play at it.

‘‘It’s pretty cool, I ran one back in March at Ta­tong, and they though that went well and they de­cided to get me to cu­rate an­other.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be in Moorn­gag hall. It’s a quaint hall that’s been there for a very long time. It’s quite cute.

‘‘All the food is go­ing to be made by the com­mit­tee, so it will be all home-made food, and we have the Malt Shed from Wan­garatta com­ing to do the bar.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be this old room with a lit­tle stage out in the mid­dle of nowhere.

‘‘I think it’s prob­a­bly been a very long time since there’s been mu­sic in that hall, I think the days of Fri­day night dances ended long ago.’’

Per­form­ing along­side Ellen on the night will be Mac’s Peak, Scratch Match and Rob Ely.

‘‘Three of the bands are now re­sid­ing in Mel­bourne, but each band has a lo­cal con­nec­tion,’’ Ellen said.

‘‘Josh from Max Peak is from Ta­tong orig­i­nally and he said he re­mem­bered go­ing to the Moorn­gag Hall as a kid.

‘‘I’m from a coun­try area and now live in Be­nalla, and the other bands have mem­bers from Be­nalla, too, so it will have a lo­cal feel.’’

Ellen said that af­ter all the stress of or­gan­is­ing the event she was look­ing for­ward to get­ting on stage.

‘‘Ac­tu­ally I’m slightly ner­vous, I haven’t played pub­licly in a while due to an in­jury,’’ Ellen said.

‘‘So I am a bit scared, but it’s go­ing to be very ex­cit­ing be­cause all my friends and fam­ily will be there.

‘‘And it will be very cool to share the stage with a cou­ple of the other acts who are good friends, so it should feel like a good fam­ily event.

‘‘I’m re­ally ex­cited to see the lit­tle hall all lit up and full of peo­ple.’’

You can find out more in­for­ma­tion, book a place on the tour bus or get tick­ets for lo­cal events on­line at www.ahitch­tothe­ Lo­cal event tick­ets are also avail­able from One Wild Ap­ple Cafe in Be­nalla.

●A Hitch to the Sticks events in the area:

Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm: Moorn­gag Hall, Moorn­gag. Mac’s Peak, Scratch Match, Rob Ely, Ellen James. $25. Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 5.30 pm to 11.30 pm: Apex Park, Wan­garatta. Jebe­diah, Killing Heidi, Tim Rogers, Wil­liam Crighton, The North­ern Folk, Petty Crimes DJs. $35. Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14, 9.30 am to 11.30 am: The Malt Shed Brew­ery, Wan­garatta. Rock n Roll Break­fast, Lee Rosser, The Greens­men, Droid. $12.

Mu­sic to our ears: A Hitch to the Sticks or­gan­iser and per­former Ellen James will bring her Mu­si­cal Gar­den event to the Moorn­gag Hall this month. Pic­tured is a Mu­si­cal Gar­den Event she or­gan­ised at the One Wild Ap­ple laneway last week.

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