About Live and Local
Live & Local – Gympie region started in 2018 as part of a festival program, and is a live entertainment showcase that aims to support and increase the capacity of our local music and performing arts sectors through live performance opportunities, working alongside high profile artists, and activation of local performance spaces.
The Live & Local program showcases south east Queensland’s finest bands and performers inside, outdoors, online, and everything in between. The diverse Live & Local line-up has something for everyone, from classic rock to intimate jazz, to stand-up comedy and performing arts.
Live and Local Gympie Region – MZAZA, Aspy Jones and Ashley Pel
Free Concert in the Park
2pm – 5pm Saturday 17 October
Nelson Reserve Soundshell
Jaycee Way, Gympie
Live and Local Gympie Region brings you an afternoon of world-class music with the Balkan-French sounds of MZAZA, local favourites Aspy Jones and emerging singer/songwriter Ashley Pel.
Award-winning MZAZA, led by the enchanting French-Sephardic vocalist Pauline Maudy and her band of eclectic musicians from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, France and Australia, play rhythms and melodies that tap into the beating heart of humankind. With accordion, exotic strings and percussion, MZAZA embraces diversity, the old and the new, the familiar and the foreign. It is the timelessness of the music and stories that fuels an intense live show, that has enraptured audiences across Australia and Europe and earned them supports with Baba Zula (Turkey), Violent Femmes (USA), and DJ Click (France).
Aspy Jones and his band bring a lively blend of alternative pop/rock with a whole lot of brass thrown in. Their songs are an eclectic mix of infectious funky dance beats, quirky lyrics and colourful brass which will take you on a ride that’s good for the soul.
Completing the line-up is one of Gympie's stand-out emerging artists, Ashley Pel. With her unique vocal style and a bunch of original songs under her belt, Ashley recently released her debut single 'Closer to the Ceiling'.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.