Logan Live Originals Series returns even bigger and better in 2021

City of Logan is about to see a month-long celebration of live music.

City of Logan Residents and out-of-town visitors alike will be treated to a veritable feast of live original music during November and December, with a mix of established and emerging artists performing three free gigs hosted by Logan Live.

The Logan Live Original Series, kicking off on Saturday 20 November, will cater to a diverse array of musical tastes, with each evening representing a handful of related genres.

Hip hop and R&B lovers will delight in the first night of the series, while the second evening will celebrate all things country, roots and folk. It’ll be time to break out the devil’s horns on the final night, when a rock and punk themed lineup will send things off with a bang.

This carefully curated event ensures that music lovers of all kinds are in for a huge end-of-year treat.

City of Logan has run the Logan Live Original Series for four years. Now back in 2021, it promises to be bigger and better than ever, with the region’s burgeoning cultural scene practically bursting at the seams with top notch talent ready and raring to hit the stage.

One such talent, Lana Tukaroa, will be performing on the first night as part of hip hop collective Beauty & The Beats, alongside skilled female MC Hope One. Both of these multi-talented women will also be MC-ing the first night.

It’s not Lana’s first time performing with Logan Live, having crossed various stages in years past with her family band. She discusses why the event is so important for artists.

“It’s a beautiful platform for local artists of Logan to showcase their talent in spaces where they predominantly wouldn’t have music, like the Woodridge Adventure Park,” she says.

“For us, it’s about a connection with hip hop scene. We’re really keen to share a bit of hip hop with Logan.”

Having been on the local music scene for a while now, Lana is acutely aware of a cultural shift in the region over the last few years.

“There are a lot more opportunities in Logan now, and the Council has taken initiative to help encourage more local artists to get seen,” says Lana.

I know anyone who performs in Logan Live, at least 50% minimum of the act needs to be from Logan. It means they’re investing in local artists and keeping the circle of the arts moving which is great.

Logan Live aims to build the capacity of the live music scene in the City of Logan, but also leave a legacy where business owners continue to engage performers even after the program ends, because they see the value that live performances provide to their businesses and the community as a whole.

In addition, as part of the event, a Logan Live Boost professional development series will be offered to local musical talent with the aim of growing the scene while also providing cultural tourism to the Logan area and support for local businesses.

The scheduled Logan Live Originals series (all from 5pm-8pm) are:

 

Saturday 20 November

Woodridge Adventure Park

A hip hop and R&B night featuring Beauty and the Beats, Street University reps MAD, Illcit, Jade

and Unison, Side Tracks, Lightskin Jonas and East Coast Alien.

 

Saturday 4 December

Beenleigh Town Square

A country, roots and folk concert featuring Jaylee, Mama Juju and The Jam Tarts, Rae Leigh and

Briana Dinsdale.

 

Saturday 11 December

Logan West Community Centre

A rock/punk night featuring Couch Surfers, Sloj, August River Band and Machine Age.

 

City Lifestyle Chair Councillor Laurie Koranski said the Logan Live Originals events would allow the community to sample the City of Logan’s live music scene.

“It has been difficult to hold live music events over the past two years because of the pandemic restrictions,” Cr Koranski said.

“We look forward to the community experiencing live original music from some of the amazing musical talent we have in Logan.

“The list also includes a number of artists who have been part of Logan Live over the past four years.”

Note: There are no crowd limits for the first two events but the third one on December 11 will be restricted to 120 people.

Bookings are essential for the three events and can be made by visiting loganlive.com.au.

Logan Live is an initiative of Logan City Council and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and educational partner JMC Academy.

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