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.ahitchtothesticks.com 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.