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Prince Bandroom
St Kilda
1 June 2024
&
powerhouse Place
Mildura Riverfront
8 & 9 June 2024
(King's Birthday Long Weekend)

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Major Festival sponsor 
of Matsumura Blues Festival in mildura
Tasco Petroleum Major Festival Sponsor
community grant kindly provided by:
Mildura Rural City Council Community Event
cultural exchange grant kindly provided by:
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The idea of launching a new cross-cultural blues festival came about after a chance meeting of like-minded Okinawan musicians and Australian martial artists at Shuri Castle in Naha in October 2022 FOR THE 100-YEAR CELEBRATION OF KARATE MASTER, SHIHAN GINCHIN FUNAKOSHI. FUNAKOSHI IS THE STUDENT OF BUSHI MATSUMURA, WHO IS ONE OF THE ORIGIN FOUNDERS OF TRADITIONAL OKINAWAN KARATE AFTER HIS EARLY TRAVELS TO CHINA. WE HAVE DECIDED TO NAME THIS FESTIVAL AFTER GINCHIN MATSUMURA IN HIS HONOUR, AND IN THE MEMORY OF HIS STUDENT, SHIHAN FUNAKOSHI, WHO LFET OKINAWA IN 1922 TO POPULARISE KARATE IN MAINLAND JAPAN AND AROUND THE WORLD. 

 

FRIENDSHIPS WERE FORGED AFTER THIS CHANCE MEETING AND SO WAS THE IDEA OF LAUNCHING A NEW CROSS CULTURAL MUSIC FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA.

THE GOAL OF THE MATSUMURA BLUES FESTIVAL IS TO ESTABLISH A BESPOKE MUSIC FESTIVAL WHERE EAST MEETS WEST. WITH THE PREVALENCE OF EX-PATRIOT AMERICANS LIVING IN OKINAWA ON US MARINE BASES, OVER TIME A NEW FUSED GENRE OF BLUES DEVELOPED.

This blended genre fuses the earthy and soulful beauty of blues and blues rock music, with the charm and grace of Okinawan and Japanese folk music steeped in ancient tradition. The festival will also feature an impressive indigenous artists playing the didgeridoo.

 

there is no better time than now to launch Matsumura Blues Festival, to promote cross-cultural exchange, help to reinvigorate the live music scene in Australia, and to share this uniquely blended genre of music for all to enjoy! If you are planning on attending, please buy your tickets early to help the festival organisers in their planning for the event.

The Festival will launch on 1 June 2024 in St Kilda, Victoria, at the iconic Prince Bandroom, and also take place on the King's Birthday Long Weekend on

8 and 9 June 2024 in beautiful Mildura on the banks of the Mighty Murray at the recently redeveloped historic powerhouse PLace (next to Jaycee park).

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EXPERIENCE

BOTH MATSUMURA BLUES FESTIVAL EVENTS IN ST KILDA AND MILDURA WILL BE HELD AT SINGLE INDOOR VENUES ON ONE BIG STAGE, SO TICKET NUMBERS ARE LIMITED. 

MATSUMURA BLUES FESTIVAL IS A NOT FOR PROFIT INCORPORATED ASSOCIATION SUPPORTING LIVE MUSIC, MUSICIANS AND OFFERING AFFORDABLE FESTIVAL TICKETS TO PUNTERS TO SEE HIGH CALIBRE ARTISTS.

 

DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS UNIQUE AND EXCITING MARATHON BLUES EXPERIENCE YOU WILL NOT FORGET!

CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGE

A BLUES LOVER'S DELIGHT

MILDURA on the 
MIGHTY MURRAY with support from:

ST KILDA MUSIC PRECINCT

Mildura Rural City Council Community Event
Tasco Petroleum Major Festival Sponsor
Tasco Petroleum Major Festival Sponsor
ST KILDA MBF ARTIST LINE-UP

ST KILDA FESTIVAL EVENT
1 June 2024

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DOORS OPEN AT 12.00 midday
OFFICIAL LAUNCH & RIBBON CUTTING BY Deputy Consul-General of Japan (Miguchi Natsuko), JAPANESE CONSULATE REPRESENTATIVES AND MBF INC COMMITTEE MEMBERS

venue manager: steve Dowsett 
production manager: tye pennington (Prince Bandroom)
sound engineers: foh - Hugh Drum, hd productions with Haemish Gordon

Festival Program St Kilda

Introducing our artists for the st kilda event...

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Matsumura blues festival in st kilda, 1 June 2024
Photography by sean clohesy

MILDURA MBF ARTIST LINE-UP

MILDURA FESTIVAL EVENT
8 & 9 June 2024

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Introducing our artists for the mildura event...

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PRICES FOR THE MILDURA EVENT
FOR EACH DAY OF THE FESTIVAL
EARLY BIRD: $45 + B.F. (sold out)
SECOND RELEASE: $55 + B.F. 
FINAL RELEASE: $65 + B.F.


the powerhouse place will have both general admission seated areas and standng areas for those who prefer to stand and dance.

CONTACT

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Festival Merchandise

commemorative matsumura blues festival merchandise will be available for sale at each of the festival events (while stocks last).

t-shirts: $35.00
hoodie sweaters: $65.00

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