Musos drum up charity support
LONDON had Live Aid and now Ipswich is set to get its own benefit concert.
Scheduled for Saturday, February 5, the Ipswich Flood Benefit will feature artists such as African-American blues musician and songwriter Wiley Reed, blues rockers Blind Lemon and high energy rockers Wasabi.
The event is collaboration between Soulful Stomp Productions, headed up by Ipswich women Natasha Campbell and Katie Toohey and the Victory Christian Centre.
Ms Toohey said both she and her creative partner were passionate about supporting and attracting people to visit their adopted city.
In September last year they held the inaugural Soulful Spring Sounds Festival at Marburg’s Warrego Wines.
This year in addition to Soulful Spring, they plan to hold the Grape Stomp Festival in March 5 at the winery.
“We want to look after the community in its time of need,” Ms Toohey said.
“We feel passionate about promoting Ipswich as a place worth visiting.”
Funds raised will go towards the Ipswich Mayor’s Community Fund, which is collecting donations for the Ipswich Flood Appeal.
The Queensland Times-backed appeal aims to give people the chance to donate money to Ipswich residents who have lost their homes and businesses in the floods.
Ms Toohey said the Ipswich Flood Benefit concert was an opportunity for locals to forget their cares for a while.
“It is the chance for people to go out and forget for a while the trauma they have lived through in Ipswich,” she said.
She said the partnership with Victory Christian had been a natural alliance.
“They already run local markets in that location, so they have an established client base,” Ms Toohey said.
The Ipswich Flood Benefit will include morning markets from 7am, with music from 10am at Cameron Park, Booval.
The event will feature a licensed bar area courtesy of Banjo’s Bar.
Entry is free.