Summer Music Series

The hills once again come alive with the sound of music during Council's Summer Music Series in February 2016.

Our Summer Music Series concerts are free, family friendly events held annually at Emerald Lake Park.

Set against the backdrop of beautiful local parkland, these concerts provide a musical feast from both local and visiting musicians.

Each of the concerts are held in the bandstand at Emerald Lake Park between 12.30pm and 3pm.

Summer Music Series: the film

Get yourself geared up for the upcoming Summer Music Series by checking out our Summer Music Series short film!

Featuring performances from the 2015 programme:

The video also features our local partners 3MDR Mountain District Radio.

Positive music – every week

Once again you have the chance to make your own summer music!

Peta Minter’s Positive Music Drum Circle centres around friendship, fun and self-expression. Group drumming is about exploring creativity, connecting, co-operating, communicating and going beyond differences. Positive Music Drum Circles get people engaged, energised and guaranteed to reduce stress, boost self-esteem and a sense of belonging and connection.

Peta brings an array of fun colourful vegan and traditional hand drums and small percussion instruments. All levels welcome, no experience necessary! Visit the Positive Music drum circle's website for more information.

Coby DeMaria and Meg Doherty – 7 February

Coby DeMaria and Meg Doherty are singer/songwriters from Melbourne's Southeast.

Armed with acoustic guitars, outstanding voices and remarkable songs, these two began performing and writing together in their early teens, achieving great success throughout their high school years.

Since then, both Meg and Coby have embarked upon their individual solo careers, exploring their own sound and working with an array of respected Australian musicians as they continued to woo audiences all around the nation.

In 2015, Coby and Meg joined forces once more to perform a handful of local shows, bringing their soulful sounds and poppy melodies together again.

Visit Coby's facebook page for more information.
Visit Meg's website for more information.

A bonus evening show - NEW to 2016!

For one evening only the Summer Music wafts down from the Emerald hills to Pakenham.

Following the first Summer Music concert in Emerald Lake Park, a bonus evening show will be held at the amphitheatre at the Cardinia Cultural Centre on Sunday 7 February.

Featuring talented local songstresses Coby and Meg, along with local support acts, the family friendly evening will help kick off the annual music series and bring the summer sounds to a new location.

Come along and enjoy a picnic at a beautiful local outdoor venue with a variety of summer time musical entertainment.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved into the theatre.

Cardinia Civic Concert Band – 14 February

Cardinia Civic Concert Band Image

Consisting of musicians from throughout the Shire and beyond, ranging in age from eight to 80, this is Cardinia Shire's premier band; performing a wide variety of music that is sure to delight both young and old. The Cardinia Civic Concert Band regularly performs at a range of events across the Cardinia Shire and is delighted to be invited back to participate in the Summer Music Series.

This year Cardinia Civic Concert Band will perform family friendly music and offer opportunities for children to explore and learn music from a variety of genres and participate in some of the performances themselves.

Rangana and Udumbara Dance Troupe - 21 February

Rangana and Udumbara are a dancing troupe based in Melbourne, Victoria with a genuine commitment to teach and promote traditional Sri Lankan dancing and drumming, Indian Classical and Contemporary dancing techniques and styles at a professional level.

Over the last twelve years they have guided hundreds of children and youths of Victoria to become professional public performers through our regular training and performance sessions.

Lily and King – 28 February

Lily and King are a lovely, quirky, musical junkyard from Melbourne, Australia.
They aim is to use all of their limbs for making music at the one time. Junkyard blues, Dixieland punk, sailor songs, weird carnie show tunes and the odd bit of curious pop, their music is joyful, beautiful and a bit dirty and wicked too.

Lily and King create rousingly catchy music that sits somewhere between a captivating 40's nightclub routine and the raw, rambunctious spirit of New Orleans street buskers. With trombone, sweet and sassy vocals, toy piano, guitar, half a toy drum kit and an abundance of foot stomping, a Lily and King gig is a truly wild and joyful experience.

Lily started playing trombone as she saw it as an easy way to meet dysfunctional men. King is a double-bass player who prefers to play guitar, banjo, foot drums and sing at the same time because it's easier than carrying a double bass through city laneways.

Lily and King are a very popular festival act with performances at Queenscliff Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland and Cygnet Fold Festival, Tasmania, to name a few.

Check out Lily and King's webpage

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