- Monday 12 September 2016
The long-standing relationship between the Caloundra Music Festival and New Orleans has reached an exciting new level with the recording of a special song to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary.
The song, King’s Beach Boogie, was written by local Sunshine Coast musicians and captures the unique character of the festival and the creative talents of the region.
Caloundra Music Festival director Richie Eyles said the song and music video was a cross-continental collaboration with premier New Orleans musician and past festival performer Tony Hall producing King’s Beach Boogie.
“New Orleans has been a great friend of the Caloundra Music Festival over many the years,” Mr Eyles said.
“Tony Hall jumped at the chance to bring together some of his city’s finest musicians to record the song.
“Grammy Award-winning artists Cyril Neville and Dr John feature on the recording, along with a host of other New Orleans musicians including members of Harry Connick Jr’s band.
“To have this group of players being part of the 10th year of the event in this way is very special for the festival and the Sunshine Coast.”
Deputy Mayor and Divisional Councillor Tim Dwyer said he was thrilled with the recording and couldn’t think of a better way to add to the festival’s 10th anniversary than through a song capturing the energy, location and spirit of the event.
“I guarantee that King’s Beach Boogie will have your feet tapping and hips swaying,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Achieving this partnership with New Orleans is a real coup and there is no doubt it will be the signature tune for the 10th anniversary of the event.”
Cr Dwyer said this year’s Caloundra Music Festival would also feature talented New Orleans singer Erica Falls.
“Erica is wildly talented and she truly embodies the essence, heart and soul of New Orleans," Cr Dwyer said.
“New Orleans and the Sunshine Coast share a love of music, entertainment, food and cultural experiences, and I’m proud the Caloundra Music Festival has been able to grow this friendship with the vibrant Louisiana city.
“The festival is a major contributor to our economy and the recording of King’s Beach Boogie and visiting artists, such as Erica Falls, will continue to put Kings Beach, Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast in the national and international spotlight.
The Caloundra Music Festival runs from September 30 to October 3.
Jump on the Festival website to watch the clip for the song, for more information, a list of local, national and international artists, and ticket sales – http://www.caloundramusicfestival.com/