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Mullum Music’s Wild Party!

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143418-baby-et-luluBack in the 1920’s Joseph Moncure penned The Wild Party – a robust streetwise beat poem that told the story of bootlegging, flappers, social change, gangsters, jazz and love…all captured in one decadent all night party: The Wild Party. This perfectly themes night of nights in Mullumbimby: the opening of the Mullum Music Festival!

‘Are You ready to Laugh? Are you ready to Smile? Are you ready to sing and dance for a while?’ Welcome to Mullum Music Festival’s The Wild Party, a decadent opening night party showcasing the music festival’s Best in Show. Up front is the Queenie of the Party, vaudeville artiste extraodinaire, the divine Miss Bertie Page. Expect spangles and glam, scalpel sharp stilettos, from the girl who delivers everything from ballads to burlesque, satire to from the woman Barry Humphrey’s declared ‘has more talent than inhibitions! She is Seriously entertaining!’

Joining the fray is the Harry James Angus Band – promising to have you wiping a tear from your eye and sweat from your brow with their fully spirited museum style jazz. Reviving recordings from pre and post war eras, Mullum Music Festival patron and curator of the Village Vanguard (at the Ex Services Club) gives a little taste of what’s in store across the road. In a zoot suit and a Cuban heel, pocket rocket Mojo Juju takes centre stage alongside Snake Oil Merchant drummer and brother, T-Bone. Together the sibling duo showcase the sartorial inspiration and deliver a mighty vocal complemented by downright dirty guitar. Charismatic musical partnership Baby Et Lulu pay tribute to the great singers and songwriters of gay Paris, with special mention of course for their rendition of the music of Eva Peron. Bertie1 Warhol’s missing lovechild, the unimitable Jeff Duff tips his top hat as the cabaret perfomer unleashes that delicious tenor and delightfully androygynous stage persona that saw him score a came acting role in Baz Lurmanns’s ‘Gatsby’.

Mario Queen of the circus is the alter ego of New Jersey born and New York schooled latin lothario Clarke McFarlane, who now presents his unique mix of complex juggling tricks, sex appeal to the anthems of supergroup Queen! It’s not enough to have one world class juggler on the bill, Mullum’s Wild Party welcomes star of the international Spiegeltent Circuit, the man with the most balls in Mullum, Joel Salom as he presents the Spaghetti Circus Performers.

Also featured on the night are the dark talents of the Dustyesky Male Choir and the frivolity of the 80’s dance sensation, The Cassettes. The Wild Party is the ultimate Mullum Music Festival Showcase. Patrons are invited to dress in theme as flappers or bootleggers or gangsters or sirens or as their most decadent wild selves!

The Wild Party Opening Night Gala is at the Mullum Civic Hall on Thursday 20 November from 6pm – 11pm. Limited Tickets. www.mullummusicfestival.com HarryJAngusBand1 JeffDuff2 OPENING-NIGHTIMAGEMR