John Mayer and The Doobie Brothers are among the artists to perform at Deni next Easter.
On the back of a hugely successful Ute Muster last weekend, the Pastoral Times can reveal the Deniliquin Play on the Plains Festival has confirmed superstar American artists John Mayer and The Doobie Brothers as two of the headline acts for next year’s Blues & Roots Festival.
Festival general manager Kathie Heyman said it was an exciting announcement ‘‘with more to come’’.
‘‘When I first heard The Doobie Brothers were coming, I thought ‘that’s huge’.
‘‘They are pretty big for people of my generation, and this is not the end (of announcements).
‘‘With John Mayer, the good thing is that we will draw people from all demographics.
‘‘We’ll have the ‘grey nomads’ and the younger crowd, which is really good for Deniliquin because they’ll use all levels of accommodation.
‘‘The Blues & Roots has started and we are really looking to create the great muster weekend we’ve just had.’’
The American based favourites were announced as part of a growing Deni Blue & Roots Festival line-up, which includes Australian Russell Morris, who played at the muster on Friday night, Dr John and the Nite Trippers, Gary Clark Jnr, Jasmine Rae, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Cash Savage.
Artists confirmed for the Byron Blues Festival, which is a feeder for the Deniliquin event, include Erykah Badu, John Butler Trio, Dave Matthews Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, KT Tunstall, India Arie, Boz Scaggs and Gregg Allman from the Allman Brothers.
The Deniliquin leg will be held Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday – April 19 and 20, 2014 – at the Deniliquin Ute Muser site.
It is the second Blues event, with the inaugural event this year attracting an estimated 6,000 people.
Early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday with Mayer and the Doobie Brothers expected to see a spike in sales.
Mayer (pictured) is a singer songwriter who has had hits in the Top 40 charts for numerous years.
His smooth vocals and soulful lyrics have earned him a wide fan base.
Mayer is possibly most well known for his hit songs Your Body is a Wonderland, Waiting On The World To Change and Heartbreak Warfare.
The Doobie Brothers got a start in the early 1970s and have been a favourite with music fans ever since.
Originally referred to as a boogie band, The Doobie Brothers have developed a bluegrass and funk sound. Some of the band’s hits include Listen to the Music, Black Water, Long Train Runnin’ and Minute By Minute.
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