PROMISING a great night of live music, the ever-popular Shenanigans event at the Coonawarra Hall will again be a highlight of the upcoming Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.
Now in its third year, Shenanigans showcases a variety of music, including cajun, bluegrass, rockabilly and country blues, and attracts visitors from throughout the South East, Adelaide and Melbourne.
To be held on Saturday, May 24 from 7.30pm, the event has been a standing drawcard for people who want to kick up their heels and enjoy music by several acts performing at the same venue.
Organiser Simon Weston said he was sticking to the formula after the evening had proven so popular in the past.
“Often in regional areas like ours, people rarely get the chance to experience several genres of music in one place – particularly in such a unique atmosphere like the Coonawarra Hall,” he said.
“With fantastic live music, food and wine and a great community spirit, the evening promises something for locals and visitors alike.”
Acts on the bill this year include the return of the ever-popular Hardrive group, but this time with a new line-up and moving away from their traditional bluegrass style to embrace a Cajun sound, Mount Gambier singer-songwriter Christy Wallace, energetic Victorian rockabilly group The Sky Rockets and returning folk, roots and blues acoustic group Foxhow.
The following day, music lovers will have the opportunity to step up and showcase their own talents at the Royal Oak Revue and Open Mic competition, to be held in the Beer Garden at Penola’s Royal Oak Hotel.
It is a chance to shine on the small stage, with cash prizes and loads of heartfelt applause and encouragement on offer.
The free event will also feature live performances by the Hardrive Cajun Band and The Sky Rockets.
“The Sunday afternoon music session at Heyward’s is traditionally known as the perfect way to wind down and celebrate the closing of the festival weekend,” Mr Weston said.
“We encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the family-friendly relaxed atmosphere of the afternoon,” he said.
Tickets for Shenanigans are $25 and can be purchased by contacting the Penola Visitor Information Centre on 8737 2855 or at the door on the night.
Those wanting to enter the open mic competition can contact Simon Weston on 0408 085 116.
For the full program of events for the 2014 Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival visit www.artsfestival.com.au.