By Angela Norval
There is something about the atmosphere of sitting back in a great country pub and singing along to pub favourites played live.
Fans of a great live performance and the chance to have a relaxed, fun long weekend with their friends – the Bucca Hotel’s long weekend of music is for you.
This is an event that has had visitors from throughout the state coming for years, not only for the great line up of entertainers but also the chance to unwind in a great country atmosphere and this year will be no different.
Publican Ron Kadel and his team said they couldn’t wait to welcome both regulars and newcomers to what has become a historic landmark in the region.
“There is no pretentiousness here, we welcome travellers and locals from vastly different backgrounds to enjoy the good old fashioned country hospitality we pride ourselves on,” he said.
“The Bundaberg community are great supporters of live music and from today through to Monday 5 October they get to hear a great variety.
“Add to that the Bucca Hotel is a great camping spot with 4.5 acres of grassed area to camp on, caravans, camper vans, tents, swags all welcome.”
Mick Purkis kick off the entertainment tonight, followed by Miss Lee on Saturday afternoon and Sonic Playground from 7pm.
Sunday is Derek F Smith, Tahnee Rose Music and Mark Lavender, and the long weekend finishes with Liana McKay Music on Monday.
A newcomer to the local scene, having been in Bundaberg for 18 months, Miss Lee brings with her a live entertainment career now spanning more than 35 years and the crowds are loving it.
A solo musician, Miss Lee sings and plays guitar and by having these years upon years of experience in the music industry has developed a musical library collection of many crowd-favourite tunes from a staggering 115-year catalogue.
A unique Miss Lee characteristic that always gets talked about is her ability to blend or mash countless songs into well-crafted medleys with some lasting 15-20 minutes without a break in song.
All well-known styles of music are covered and listeners are often taken on a musical journey from jazz to blues, country to rock, or rap to pop.
Miss Lee said she really played to the crowd, meaning all age groups were catered for through her ability to twist or flip a renowned song into her own version.
“They say that music is a reflection of self, and with over 35 years of performance experience I pride myself on being able to entertain any audience, and having played at the Bucca Hotel recently it is a great pub and I am looking forward to coming back.”
Another entertainer looking forward to getting back to Bucca, highlighting it as a huge weekend, is Derek F Smith.
Derek F Smith is one of the hottest solo acts to come out of the Fraser Coast, bringing a raw energy and emotion to every performance.
Bucca Hotel crowds can expect a mix of originals and everyone’s favourite covers with Derek’s signature twists and mashups.
He will also be performing his newest song ‘We Will Go On’, which is a song of hope for 2020 which he performed live on Channel 7’s Sunrise program recently.