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Bluesfest Sideshows

16 music legends, 14 days.
By Jasmine Crittenden
November 22, 2018
By Jasmine Crittenden
November 22, 2018

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If you can't make Bluesfest in Byron Bay this year, fear not. A slew of the most popular artists will be playing sideshows right here in Melbourne. Be your thing blues, roots, funk, soul, rock or a good old singer-songwriter, there's a gig happening to sate your musical appetite.

Among the headliners is Ray LaMontagne, who's returning to Australia for the first time in ten years, with bassist John Stirratt (Wilco), to play a series of intimate, acoustic shows. Snarky Puppy have also joined the lineup, an instrumental collective that has 25 musicians from across the world on rotation and three Grammy awards under its belt.

If you're up for making shapes, then catch George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, who specialise in 70s grooves, roller skates and all-round good vibes, or The California Honeydrops, who've been touring the world with their soulful, New Orleans-influenced sounds for ten years.

Also on the program are wandering troubadour Nahko Bear with Medicine For The People (US); English crooner David Gray ; and American blues-rock band Larkin Poe, who have just released their fourth studio album.

Check out the full lineup of Bluesfest sideshows below:

Allen Stone: Sunday, April 14 at The Corner
Keb Mo': Monday, April 15 at Melbourne Recital Centre
Flogging Molly: Wednesday, April 17 at 170 Russell
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: Wednesday, April 17 at The Corner
I'm With Her: Thursday, April 18 at Melbourne Recital Centre
Trevor Hall: Thursday, April 18 at The Corner
David Gray: Saturday, April 20 at Palais Theatre
Nahko and Medicine For The People: Sunday, April 21 at 170 Russell
Arlo Guthrie: Tuesday, April 23 at Melbourne Recital Centre
Shakey Graves: Tuesday, April 23 at The Corner
Larkin Poe: Wednesday, April 24 at The Howler
The California Honeydrops: Wednesday, April 24 at The Corner
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: Thursday, April 25 at The Forum
Vintage Trouble: Thursday, April 25 at The Corner
Snarky Puppy: Friday, April 26 at The Forum
Ray LaMontagne: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 at Palais Theatre

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Bluesfest website.

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