Saturday 4 March 2023 5–8pm & Saturday 18 March 2023 5–8pm
Catch a groove under the sun at our popular outdoor music series Bluestone Sessions, packed with live jams from local DJs.
Elders in Residence invite music lovers to take part in ceremony to kick off the first concert on Saturday 4 March featuring a First Nations line-up. Opening with ceremony by traditional Aboriginal dance group Bandok Tati, the line-up of deadly acts:
Straight off the back of their stellar performance with American rapper, Joey Bada$$ for Triple J’s Like A Version, far north Queensland’s first neo-soul outfit, Izy headline the concert. Philly, one of the country’s hottest Aboriginal hip hop acts and classic beats from naycab’ complete the First Nations line up.
On Saturday 18 March, African rhythms and modern beats from Afro-fusion band One Spirit Africa will ring out across the lawns with the ever-beautiful Claddy bringing favourite 90s RnB hits alongside ‘ambassador behind the turntables’, DJ Kgomotso.
Open to all ages, Bluestone Sessions is for music lovers in search of a funky and relaxed haven to chill out with friends and family. Kick back on a picnic rug, and grab yourself a drink from our pop-up bar.
Bluestone Session 1 –
Saturday 4 March 2023, 5–8pm
Ceremony by Bandok Tati and Special guest, proud Ainu artist, Mayunkiki.
Bluestone Session 2 –
Saturday 18 March 2023, 5–8pm
One Spirit Africa
For 50% off tickets for Saturday 18th March, use code: BLUESTONESESH at checkout!
Mob Tix: $15
Under 5 free
Ticket and bar sales from this event supports the continuation of our music programs, and the capacity to bring artists to you!
Date & Times
4 March 2023 & 18 March 2023
Mob Tix: $15
Under 5 free
Access ramp available
Meet the Artists
Philly – the young MC from Mildura, is quickly becoming one of the country’s hottest new hip hop acts. He is the winner of the 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards ‘New Talent of the Year’ category, he performed a breathtaking rendition of Bob Marley’s Three Little Bird for triple j’s Like a Version, and he released his first E.P – Dreamchaser. He recently also signed with Briggs’ new all Indigenous record label – Bad Apples Music. This young MC is determined to continue to use his voice to make change and inspire young people
One Spirit Africa
One Spirit Africa is an Afro-fusion band led by Fredrick Kpakpo Addo, a well knows master dancer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist and choreographer based in Victoria, Australia, with over 25 year’s experience in performance and has toured Sweden, Israel, New Zealand, USA and some African Countries. One Spirit Africa performs with high-energy, colorful costumes and offers good vibes at festivals, school workshops, corporate events, dance workshops and community events under the guidance of Multicultural Arts Victoria and Universal Peace Federation Ambassador Fredrick Kpakpo Addo, aiming to promote peace and unity through music.Instagram: @onespiritafrica
South African DJ Kgomotso Sekhu, an ambassador behind the turntables.
Born in Pretoria, Kgomotso is a multidisciplinary artist with a passion for filmmaking, African education, cultural exchange and community development. A DJ for more than 15 years, this traveler gained international notoriety by working for Disney and HBO.
Izy (pronounced eye-zee), are perhaps Far North Queensland’s first neo-soul export. Ryo, Warrigo and Maru, each a part of musical families from different continents, connected in the distant north of Queensland; three young men who became brothers playing music together.
Relocating to Melbourne in 2019, Izy play slinky, futuristic soul music with raw old-soul sensibilities. All instruments, no computers, pulling in all the influences from Prince to D’Angelo to Alabama Shakes. In their music, an incontrovertible quality of dedication, honesty and diversity is clear; an undeniable positive energy that surges through their presence on stage.
Having spent their early youth criss-crossing the top half of Australia in a ute, cutting their teeth with countless gigs, Izy are three powerful musicians from strong musical lineages whose time has come
This is a past event