'Taste' is coming

NARACOORTE'S town squares will be filled with a huge range of music on February 8 as the Taste the Limestone Coast Festival brings a party mood to the town.

Previous "Taste" festivals have set the trend for a high quality mix of local musicians and entertainers along with a guest band, and the organising committee are sure that this year's music mix will continue this tradition of excellence.

The festival will open at 11am and the live music will start at 11.30am, continuing until around 6.30pm.

There will be almost seven hours of great music for festival patrons for an adult entry fee of $10 which represents great value entertainment. On top of this there will be an array of wonderful food offerings, great local wine, cider, beer, soft drinks and coffee to help everyone enjoy a splendid afternoon in the park.

There will be two stages and the music will alternate from one to the other during the day so patrons in both squares will be entertained. Two large marquees and many shade umbrellas will be provided for the comfort of festival goers to allow them to relax and enjoy the day.

Returning from the 2013 Taste Festival is local singer/songwriter Christy Wallace. Christy's deeply personal music is best described as a mixture of country, rock and folk.

Local legends Hoody and Fab need little introduction as they have built up a strong following across the Limestone Coast. They are able to perform in a wide variety of styles and their list of performances is impressive.

Hoody will also be joined for a bracket of songs by local singer Ann Woodard, who sang at the 2013 festival.

"Reality Bites" is a new name for a group of local musicians who have played in many other bands across the region under different names, and they will certainly have the crowd rocking along.

The highlight band will be one of Adelaide's top cover bands, "Rush Hour". This band is in very high demand for corporate functions, weddings, hotels and clubs, so the organisers are thrilled to be bringing them to Naracoorte for the festival.

They play a huge range of party music from the 60s to the latest chart toppers, using the very best sound equipment.

To help set the mood for the festival, the organising committee invites local musicians and entertainers to be buskers on Saturday morning before the festival starts.

Not only have Smith and Ormerod Sts come alive in previous years, but the Kincraig Plaza and the Naracoorte Historic Vehicle Club's monthly market at the Sheep's Back Museum have also welcomed buskers.

Interested people should contact Gabby at Naracoorte First National about the Kincraig Plaza and Daphne Burford about the market.

Buskers who wish to perform on footpaths must register with the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and younger buskers must have parental permission and appropriate supervision.

Taste chairman Derek Blackwell believes entertainment throughout the town is certainly popular at festivals: "Street buskers certainly helped create a buzz in the town last year and set the scene for a relaxed and enjoyable festival, and many young people made some handy pocket money as well."

For further information, contact Derek Blackwell 0418 897 122.

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