Free Cairns contemporary Indigenous music concert Saturday 27 July!
UMI Soundz is a series of free public concerts presented by UMI Arts and showcasing the best of emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary bands and musicians from Cairns and the Far North Queensland region. Djun Djun Jarra, Cold Water Band and Phoenix Rising will be performing at the inaugural event.
Djun Djun Jarra is a young band of four from the Aboriginal community of Yarrabah, located 60kms from Cairns. In 2011, at the beginning of their musical journey, Djun Djun Jarra (meaning Fish Hook in Aboriginal language) were invited to support Saltwater Band when they performed in Cairns. Since then they have been on a skyward trajectory. The band has recently returned from performing at the Brisbane Powerhouse where they were one of four specially selected guests from all over Queensland, to perform at the closing event of Queensland Week Indigenous Music Showcase.
All descendants of Kuku Nyungkul clan, Cold Water Band began playing drums on buckets, and playing guitars with missing strings, this band has come a long way. Their first Cairns performance was in 2010 at UMI Arts Markets on the Cairns Esplanade. Since then they have become regular performers, recently recording tracks on the Listen Up 2 compilation CD. Cold Water Band have a distinct reggae, RnB, Rock ‘n’ Roll sound with guitar distortion mixed in for good effect.
Local Cairns band Phoenix Rising is made up of four energetic youths. Coming together in 2008 the band draws their musical influence from AC/DC, Deep Purple and Wolf Mother. They have a hard-edged rock music style that makes you want to jump up and dance. Regularly performing at events around Cairns, including Cairns Timeout Battle of the Bands, National Youth Week, Sauteed Schoolies and more, this band know how to really work a crowd.
Don’t miss out of the diverse musical styles of each band and have a fun day out with family and friends.
UMI Soundz will be held in Tank 5 at the Tanks Art Centre, doors opening at 1:30pm for a 2pm start. UMI Soundz is a brand new contemporary Indigenous music program delivered by UMI Arts and QMusic.