Live Music

Our tasty lineup for this years Big Pineapple Craft Beer and Cider Expo will feature a bunch of awesome acts that’ll
blow you away with their incredible musical talent and diversity.
With a focus on home grown talent, our lineup spans many genres including  Blues -Roots -Tribal  – Rock – Folk

Check out the 2019 lineup below!

The VANNS

The VANNS are gearing up for a massive second half of 2019 with the release of their striking new single, ‘Mother’. Taken from their long-awaited debut album, The VANNS have served up another slice of commanding indie rock and roll, further solidifying their status as one of the east coast’s most exciting bands.

Signing with Melbourne-based label 123 Music heralds a new chapter for The VANNS as the group stride forward into this exciting album cycle. “Very excited about The Vanns officially signing with 123 Music! These guys have some incredible international potential and we have been working really hard on the new album I think people are going to be really excited to hear their new music” Damo Costin, 123 Music

Developing a strong live show and presence off the back of high profile support slots with artists including Catfish and The Bottlemen, Hippo Campus and Ocean Alley, as well as selling out their recent run of shows of their own on the east coast, The VANNS have been at work on their craft since their inception in 2013. Their new music is a strong snapshot of a band completely owning their creative vision and handling the execution of it with flair and serves as a perfect introduction to new drummer, Andrew Banovich.

The Wollongong four piece shine on ‘Mother’, a fitting follow on from their raucous 2018 single, ‘How Was I Supposed To Know’. Recorded at Melbourne’s Head Gap Studio with Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy, Ali Barter) and mixed by Chris Collins (Gang Of Youths), ‘Mother’ is evocative, charged with great melody and a tinge of nostalgia within the lyricism. Working with Dawson on their new music saw The VANNS push themselves and flourish in a creative environment that produced strong results. “Working with Oscar was like having an older brother in the band, a fifth member who related so well with us lads, the songs and how we wanted to record them.” Jimmy Vann

Though a strong standalone single, ‘Mother’ fits perfectly into the narrative of The VANNS’ next collection of music; a record that has seen writers Jimmy Vann and Cameron Little broker a new dynamic within their shared musicianship, songwriting that has been born out of similar experiences and emotional journeys. “If the album has any kind of overarching, spinal theme running through it, it’s Jim and I coming together and writing about similar experiences we’ve gone through. It’s a relationship record and it’s a break-up record; and it’s about being in your early-mid twenties and trying to understand and navigate through both those things.”
Cameron Little

 

OKA

Embracing the future without losing sight of the past, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country to create their signature feel good Australian earth sound, an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music.
A mashup of dance & downtempo electro beats marinated in the mystical spirit of the Dreamtime.

After their involvement in the 2000 Sydney Olympics together, the OKA journey began the following year and they continue to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a much larger, growing audience on a global stage. Independently selling over 170,000 albums, they have shared the stage alongside inspirational acts Arrested Development, Finnley Quay, Xavier Rudd, Dehli to Dublin, Kinnie Starr, Digging Roots to name a few.

While sharing the the bill with the likes of Kiss, Santana, Sting, Burning Spear, Yothu Yindi, Beats Antiques, Fat Freddys Drop, Damian Marley and The Wailers.
OKA have thrieved at festivals throughout Australia, Asia & Nth America including  Glastonbury (UK), Ozora (Hungry) &  Boom Festival (Portugal), Montreal Jazz (CAN), Winnipeg Folk (CAN), Green Room Festival (JAP), Earthdance & Joshua Tree (CA), Kahala Aina (Hawaii), Fusion Festival (GERMANY) Bali Spirit (INDO) & Woodford Folk Festival, Rainbow Serpent, Splendour in the Grass (AUS) Sydney Opera House (AUS). In these arenas OKA has sent unsuspecting crowds into hypnotic frenzies, gaining them a strong reputation for their festival highlight standout performances.

At the creative heart of the music is Stu Boga Fergie (aka DidgeriSTU) who connects you to earth with the deep subsonic pulse and resonance of his Yidaki (didgeridoo). He is the big man behind the electronic beats, keys & vocals inspired by his aboriginal heritage.
The OKA Collective includes captivating melody on guitar, sax, flute & woodwinds woven through organic juju beats of deep tribal fire.
A sound & force that touches the heart & connects the soul

 

 

JUZZIE SMITH
A ‘roots’ performer in the true sense of the word, Juzzie Smith is swiftly turning self made institution. A drop of Tamworth, a sprig of Delhi, a dash of Arnhem Land and a hefty splash of New Orleans, those in the know have known for a while now, but the rest of us are about to find out… The Story: Nigh on 5 years ago, tired of late nights gigging in smoky pubs, Juzzie quit the band he was playing with at the time, finished recording his second solo album, bought an old school bus, packed up his little family and took off on a busking tour of Australia. Traveling North through Darwin and then down through WA, he started off playing to crowds of fifty or so, collecting enough coin to pay for fuel whilst continually refining his songs, instruments and performance. By the time they arrived on the streets of Perth, Juzzie was pulling crowds of hundreds of people at a time. The Artist: Juzzie’s musical inspiration comes from blending the instruments of his craft and creating new sounds that takes him and his audiences into a ‘Happy Daze’. Performing on the streets and sharing his music with audiences of all ages from toddlers to grandparents has given Juzzie a creative testing ground that has seen him flourish as a performer. As Juzzie says, ‘street performing has been the greatest gift for my music to grow, as there is a freedom when playing surrounded by trees and fresh air. Music is a gift to share and I feel so high whenkids are dancing and everyone is smiling.” The Album: Now, 15 000 self sold CD’s and a long distinguished list of support slots and festival appearances later, Juzzie Smith is set to release ‘Happy Daze’. His third album and most accomplished work to date; ‘Happy Daze’ is the closest a Juzzie Smith recording has come to capturing the impetuosity, vibe and unadulterated vigor of what it is that makes Juzzie a true musical entity unto himself: his live performances. The Performances: A simultaneous one man – slide guitar, yidaki (didgeridoo), customised suitcase stompbox, harmonica and vocal phenomenon, a Juzzie Smith live performance is not something easily captured in words. Even video doesn’t come close to actually being there, but is at least indicative. Including footage of Juzzie jamming with John Butler, the youtube link below is a pastiche of some of what Juzzie Smith is about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rywZTBQT3YQ Juzzie Smiths recent rise as a solo performer on the national festival circuit has been nothing short of meteoric considering that his first true solo festival appearance, after years of honing his skills busking (winner of 2006 Busking Championships: Tamworth Country Music Festival), was only Woodford 05/06 last year. East Coast Blues n Roots Festival organizer Peter Noble caught Juzzie’s performance at said festival and personally invited him to perform at the 2006 East Coast Blues Fest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbVeyTDMY7c Juzzie Smith’s music is the result of a much journeyed osmosis of many genres and cultures. The common thread is what he describes as Good Vibes. It’s upbeat, groovy music designed to get toes tapping and to make you feel good. Three tracks off ‘Happy Daze’ have already or are currently receiving JJJ play. Distributed through Vitamin, full dispersion and promo for ‘Happy Daze’ kicks off Feb 1st. Soul food for the modern world, served up to you by Juzzie Smith. The Credits: Juzzie Smith started playing the harmonica at the age of thirteen, and by the age of 23 had won the coveted Golden Harmonica at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Byron Bay Blues Blowout twice, some of his credits to date include: * Australian National Harmonica Championships at Tamworth Country Music festival – Awarded a Golden Harmonica- as best Diatonic Harmonica Player- 1997, 2001, Tamworth Country Music festival – winner of busking championships 2006, Winner of the Annual blues blow out championships in Byron bay – 2001 and 2002. * 2005/6 Woodford Folk Festival, Bridgetown Blues Festival – November 2006, Gympie Muster – August 2006, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival – Easter 2006, Blues on Broadbeach – May 2006, East Coast Blues Festival – Byron Bay 1996/98, ‘Splendor in the Grass Festival’, and ‘Big Day Out’ with Couch Funk, Woodford Folk Festival 2001, 2002 with Shaded Faces, JigZag, Counterfeit Gypsies, and Jodi Martin, National Folk Festival – Canberra 1997, Frankston Guitar Festival – 1997, Goulburn Blues Festival – 1997, Lismore Folk Festival – 1997

Flaskas
New Year’s Eve 2016 saw the birth of Flaskas, debuting as support for Blues & Roots legend Ash Grunwald. When high school buddies Chris Flaskas (solo artist) and Duncan Barker (master percussionist) teamed up to perform Flaskas was born. Soon Soul Bassist Jasper Lambert, and guitarist Clint Dove joined, the Flaskas tribe was complete. ‘Flaskas’ are infectious in the way they command the stage; their unique sound is instantly earthy with a distinctly Australian rhythm. Flaskas’ trademark sound is a re-imagining they call ‘Earth Rock’ – an organic high-power blend of alternative world, coastal roots, funk, folk, blues and Indigenous music utilizing various native instruments. Bringing a real live tribal acoustic sound to the doorstep of your senses, sharing a multi-dimensional & cultural experience that will touch and invigorate your soul.

Set times for the 2019 The Big Pineapple Craft Beer and Cider Expo Sunshine Coast with thanks to  The Big Pineapple Music Festival and Hot 91.1 as follows:

1:30 – 2:15pm Flaskas
2:45 – 3:30pm Watch this space!!
4:00 – 4:45pm DJ Set
5:00 – 6:00pm Juzzie Smith
6:00 – 6:45pm The VANNS
7:15 – 8:00pm OKA
8:00 – 8:45pm DJ Set

These times assume it’s we are running on time, actual start times may vary.