Enlighten Festival

In 2019, Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as Enlighten Festival brings together the best autumn events from 1-17 March. Back Deck Entertainment will proudly present a number of acts for the live entertainment program taking place at the main stage, across from the Bentspoke Brewing Co. Beer Garden near King Edward Terrace. 

Kicking off our involvement tonight at 7 pm you can catch the Julian Fung Quartet. 

The Julian Fung Quartet is a highly sought after jazz, groove and neo soul group that performs regularly around Canberra. Led by saxophonist Julian Fung, they will bring you a set of tunes to sit back and chill to, or jump up and have a dance. Having performed under many guises, the guys recently appeared at the TED X talks, Canberra and they are thrilled to be performing at Enlighten.

Next up at 8:30 pm you can catch The Chesterfield Band.

2018 saw The Chesterfield Band hit the road in a big way.  Travelling over 15,000km, playing over 100 shows, eating an absolutely ridiculous amount of bacon and egg rolls while meeting a heap of amazing people.  Their debut single “Imagining Nothing At All” continues to be featured on Tiger Airway flights around Australia and their single ‘Home’ is receiving airplay on international radio stations. 

2019 is shaping up to be even bigger with plans for another Australian tour and a European tour in the works.  The band will also be releasing their debut EP “Early Days” in late Feb with 4 new tracks and a whole bag of goodies. 

The Chesterfield Band started in the kitchen with Tess and Cam writing and singing together. They decided to enter a competition for local songwriters. They won, and with the money, they recorded and released their first single under the band name “My Dad & I”. 

6 months and a whole heap of shows later the duo ran into an old friend of Cam’s, Dylan. He was performing in the same music festival with another band. In a spur of moment decision the guys invited Dylan to play drums on a song and that was that, they’d formed a band. 

With Dylan on drums ‘My Dad & I’ continued to play shows locally and interstate. Over the next the few months Tess turned 18, and the bond between the band members became more like a family. Everyone agreed that it was time for a name change and to start taking things to the next level and so “The Chesterfield Band” was born. 

Looking to expand their sound even further the band played with some great local bass players and then struck gold with Craig (or Davo the Scotsman). He brought not only an incredible musicality to the bands sound but fitted perfectly into their unique family vibe.

Jumping over to next week and you can catch Lonsdale Band at 7pm on Friday the 8th of March.

Hailing from right here in Canberra, Lonsdale Band draw their name from the iconic strip in Braddon. Made up of four superb musicians, Lonsdale Band brings you everything from modern bangers through to the classics, sometimes with a jazzy or funky twist. Rachel's vocals soar over the band, while Luke provides the licks on guitar, Phil is laying it down on the bass, and driving it all is Simm on the drums. Get ready to party!

Straight after Lonsdale Band, new art project from Albury, illara take to the stage with a unique show incorporating projected visuals, audio, live musicians and voice overs. The show kicks off at 9:45 pm.

Catapulted into a fateful collision of colour and sound, illara is a journey from pain to vision to achievement. Thrust into a dreamscape where music and projection intertwine, beauty is found in illara through brokenness and serenity in a world of chaotic contrast. illara’s most beautiful mosaic can only be created from our most broken pieces. 

The piece was inspired by a catastrophic accident experienced by one of the creatives and the journey to rehabilitation. The show is in turn an improvement on Out of Chaos comes Beauty, presented in 2017 at The Cube, Wodonga. Themes include the struggle  and eventual harmony between mind, body and spirit. Staged performances of illara involve visual art, saxophone, drums, pre-recorded sounds and large-scale projections.

Closing out the Main Stage performances for the festival, The Po Boys will take to the stage at 9:45 pm on the 9th of March, with their high energy show. 

The Po Boys ain't your average band! No, they're a dash of dirty, a touch of funky, a tipple of singing and a serving of brass, thrown down your throat like a pint on a summers day. The result? A New Orleans style street party like you've never seen! 

Think Young Blood Brass Band, Lucky Chops and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. They take Top 40 hits, turn them on their heads and smash them through their horns, to get you movin' and groovin' anywhere they go!

To wrap things up, CBR Big Band will be taking to Stage 88 on Monday the 11th, for the Canberra Day 2019 celebrations, part of the Enlighten Festival. Expect a set of some of your favourite big band and swing numbers from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Buble! A perfect way to wrap up the long weekend and catch the some of the sun and afternoon warmth before autumn arrives. 

For all the info on the festival, make sure you head of to the Enlighten Festival website.

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