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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Black’s Back - Urban

Dayboro’s own Rob Black is bound to attract a loyal local following at Caboolture’s 2011 Urban Country Music Festival this Labour Day long weekend.

Black launched his album Hey Tomorrow at last year’s festival and his band was the closing act of the event. They also rocked the crowds at Bribie Island’s Aussie Beach Party on Australia Day in January.

Those who want to know more about the inspiration behind his songs will be able to hear it from the man himself when he joins Redcliffe’s Luke Austen and Vaughan Jones on stage at the festival’s Songwriters Café on Sunday May 1.

The festival, which has moved this year to the Caboolture Historical Village and surrounding sports grounds, involves four days packed with mostly free family entertainment from Friday April 29 to Monday May 2.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the 2011 Urban Country Music Festival was already gearing up to be a standout event.

“We’ll have heaps of things happening to suit all ages,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“You don’t even have to be a country music fan to enjoy our festival, since there’s the rodeo on Friday night, the Beaut Ute Competition on Saturday morning, kids activities, markets, whip cracking, animal shows and fireworks on offer all weekend.”

But if you are a country fan, the festival’s big country music concert on Saturday night features American star Joe Nichols headlining a great line up including James Reyne, The McClymonts, Jonah’s Road and 2011 Toyota Star Maker Luke Dickens.

More urban audiences can see Evermore, Thirsty Merc, The Potbelleez, Amy Meredith and Sinead Burgess at a new Sunday night concert.

Adult tickets are $65 for one concert or $120 for both and can be purchased through the festival’s website which also provides a rundown of all Urban Country events. See

The festival, presented by Moreton Bay Regional Council, is supported by major sponsors Caboolture Shire Herald and Grand Prix Mazda.

The Urban Country Music Festival is benefiting from funding under the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP)

The EQRDP is an investment program designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits of events to regional Queensland.

A state-wide initiative, the program is committed to enhancing existing events in regional Queensland, as well as assisting in the establishment of new events.

Since the EQRDP began in 2001, more than $16.4 million has been invested in 762 regional events, an indicator of the important role these events play in their communities and wider Queensland.