‘Australia’s Got Talent’? Forget about it. The X-Factor? Y bother?
The only musical talent show worth watching this weekend won’t be televised, it’ll be taking place at the Mardi Grass festival in Nimbin.
It is, of course, the iconic tribute show Aquarius Legends, which celebrates the counterculture music of the heady 1960s and 70s.
And this year’s event will pack even more of a punch with the return of Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith to the judging panel.
The Cliffhangers…from left Mark Hill, Kate Feain, Geoff Martin, Al Basch and Kerryn Traversi
Organiser, Billy Cliff, said Smith would have his work cut out picking a winner.
‘For the first time we have a Janis Joplin for him, as well as a Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane), a slide guitar playing John Lennon, and duelling female and male Bob Dylans, plus more,’ MrCliff said.
‘Last year the mayor couldn’t decide between Jonie Mitchell and Joan Baez, so he named them both co-winners.
‘This mardigrass is shaping up just as competitive with contestants keen to pay homage to the legends, who not only laid down the soundtrack of the changing times, but also stood up on issues such as drug prohibition, civil rights, the environment and world Peace.’
Starting at noon in the chai tent on the old museum site on Sunday, the show will be hosted by local party rock outfit, The Cliffhangers, who will play a surefire selection of classic hits from the Beatles, the Stones, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.
The band features Aussie rock royalty including drummer Al Basch, formerly with John Paul Young and Colin Hay, as well as bassist Geoff Martin who has played and recorded with Jimmy Little.
There’s also keyboardist Kerryn Traversi who was a member of seminal cult band Sara Lee and the Tarts, and lead singer Kate Feain, the sister of legendary Celibate Rifles axeman Dave Morris.
For further information, please phone BillyCliff on 0415 865 768.