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By Shannon Connellan
October 12, 2015

Out on the Weekend 2015

Named for Neil Young, Melbourne's Americana-fuelled hootenanny is back.
By Shannon Connellan
October 12, 2015

Fans of smoked meats, solid harmonica solos and all things Americana will love this; Melbourne's very own specialised twang-fuelled Americana-inspired shindig is back.

Dubbed 'a celebration of Americana music, great food and fine booze' at Seaworks, Williamstown, Out On the Weekend saw its first waterside instalment last year. Developed from Love Police founder Brian 'BT' Taranto's fond country music memories and unfaltering love for Neil Young, the all-day, family-friendly October event hinges around a penchant for the dark desert highways of the US.

A hearty combination of music, food and top notch booze, Out On the Weekend fronts up a solid lineup of country, folk and roots, all undeniably tainted by a love for 'Muuurica. LA group DAWES return to Australia off the back of their recently released fourth album All Your Favourite Bands. Australian rock 'n' roll royalty supergroup Tex Don & Charlie — Tex Perkins (The Cruel Sea), Don Walker (Cold Chisel) and legendary Australian guitarist Charlie Owen — will be there alongside South Dakota-born, LA-based newcomer Sam Outlaw, Nashville singer Robert Ellis, Texas buddy duo Jamestown Revival, the inimitable Jonny Fritz (formerly known as Jonny Corndawg), Australian Americana alt country artist Ruby Boots, Melbourne roots quartet Mustered Courage and so many more.

But we promised food. With Melbourne's love for American cuisine in no danger of faltering any time soon, OOTW's nom lineup is quite the star-spangled menu. Sydney's leading renegade chefs Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz of Porteño/Bodega fame will be setting up a pop-up version of their acclaimed establishment, serving up all the smoked meats and potato salads you can fit in y'gob. Melbourne’s 'Mesoamerican' bar and restaurant Mesa Verde will also be there, alongside Sydney cult burger crew Mary's and street food legends Beatbox KitchenTaco Truck and All Day Donuts driving on in to satisfy every last taste bud.

Out on the Weekend will take place Saturday, October 17 at Seaworks, Williamstown from 11:30am — 10:30pm. Free entry for kids under 12 years old. Head to the website for ticket packages.

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