Live and Local Parramatta
The trains weren't working, the wind was almost cyclonic and there was probably another hundred reasons to stay at home.
But nothing could stop this little magazine from heading to Live and Local. Part of the fun is meeting new people, and new magazines. And Jasmina from Discover Parramatta was the first person I started chatting to.... we even had a quick selfie between bands.
How cool is it to have music in the city? And in 17 different local venues. On the one day.
Oh, did I mention it was FREE? I don't know about you but that is right in line with my budget.
I decided to limit myself to just one block (from Centenary Square along Macquarie St, Marsden and Hunter Streets). The variety of music was astounding!
Right from the 1pm kick off in Centenary Square the sounds of Daniel Aranda made me want to tap my little magazine toes in time with his drummer.
Then the soothing sounds of Jep and Dep turned the square into a lilting sound cloud of soulful bliss. Not even banners toppling over and being hurled around by hurricane-like gusts of wind could stop this determined duo of professional performers. I got two of my best pages and banged them together to applaud my appreciation.
Next, I headed over to Butter on Marsden Street. I came for Krystel Diola and headed straight up the stairs to watch her creating her unique hip hop blends - loved the scratching. Realising I had an appetite for more of her music, I stayed for some fried chicken and chips, I grabbed the Live and Local Lunchbox for twelve bux and devoured the delicious wings so quickly I stained my front cover.
Just a hop, skip and a magazine leap away and I was in Husk and Vine. I was shown to my table by the lovely Hannah and relaxed into a comfy chair as Carla Webhe serenaded me (well, me and all the other non-magazine restaurant guests). Carla's music combined with the extensive bar and Hannah's irresistible hospitality made me wanna stay for the rest of the day...
But way too soon I had to be on my way to Milky Lane to catch the start of Soul Benefit's set. This funky venue with the vibrant urban art walls was the perfect place for Soul benefit's beats. And oh my goodness the food and drinks looked so good!
There's nothing worse than a magazine unable to pay a parking ticket, so I couldn't stay long when I arrived back in Centenary Square to catch D Minor, but what I did hear made me curse those 3 hour limits.