The Gold Coast plays host to ABC KIDS favourites, Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band, this month. Lah-Lah’s wonderful world of singing and dancing forms part of the rocking line-up at the Broadbeach Jazz Weekend (August 15 – 16). And it’s FREE.
Following a recent sell-out tour, Lah-Lah and her bandmates Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Band Leader and Lola the Dancing Double Bass hit the Gold Coast for a free public concert followed by a Meet and Greet where kids can get up close and personal with the characters and their instruments.
We caught up with Lah-Lah (also known as Tina Harris, and ‘mum’ to her two daughters) to get the low-down on the rise of Lah-Lah’s Big Band and what audiences can expect this month.
After six years of performing as Lah-Lah, and with more tour dates planned later this year, the Broadbeach Jazz Weekend marks the band’s first Gold Coast performance.
Transforming a professional performing career with Opera Australia into one of Australia’s most loved musical children’s characters must have been quite a leap of faith? Tina tells haven that after the birth of her first daughter she was inspired to start a music school in Sydney, as an alternative to the touring life with Opera Australia. One school turned into four. One end of year concert with husband Mark (Buzz the Band Leader) turned into the concept for a show. One show turned into a deal with Nickolodeon, and now Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band is a smash-hit on ABC KIDS.
Tina says, “It always astounds me, the stretch that Lah-Lah has. Our appeal crosses the pre-school and young children market, from two to seven year olds. We’re introducing kids to music – it really is edutainment.”
Tina says the Meet and Greets are a hugely popular part of the Lah-Lah experience. “It’s interactive, not just about meeting the characters from the show. We provide a tactile experience of touching the instruments and seeing how music is made. With a lot of our consumption of music these days, we don’t actually SEE where the music comes from. This provides a chance for kids to make these connections . . . and it’s fun!”
Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band joins headline acts Wilbur Wilde’s Blowout, George Washingmachine’s Gypsy Five, Louie Shelton, Caxton Street Jazz Band, Galapagos Duck, and Kerbside Collection. The reinvigorated jazz festival features new elements to boost the fringe and family feel – with roving street entertainment, eclectic street markets, kids’ activities and more.
Broadbeach Alliance CEO, Jan McCormick, says the organisation is incredibly proud to deliver such an amazing calibre of entertainment, while remaining completely free for audiences, with the help of major sponsors like The Oasis.
“We are currently celebrating our seventh year and the Oasis Shopping Centre’s sponsorship combined with help from our major partner the City of Gold Coast means this event will only continue to grow and will deliver a much needed boost to the area in mid-August.” Mrs McCormick said.
For details, program guide and more, head to www.broadbeachjazz.com then head to Broadie this month!
Lah Lah’s Big Live Band plays the Broadbeach Mall Stage at 10.15am, Sunday 16 August.
Then join in the fun at the Meet and Greet in the Oasis Shopping Centre, 11.30am to 12.30pm.