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Enjoy lazy summer Sundays with an outing to Toowoomba Regional Council’s free Summer Tunes in the Blooms program across January and February starting this Sunday (January 8).

Sunday’s music program starts near the children’s play area in Queens Park for the Children’s Capers segments from 10am to noon. An added feature in Queens Park is free face painting for children of all ages.

Other themes are The Big Bands at Picnic Point, Picnic Pleasures in Laurel Bank Park and Music in the Roses at Newtown Park. These sessions run from noon to 3pm.

The opening week line-ups include The Alison Bryant Quartet at Queens Park with a selection of jazz, swing jazz and rock and roll songs along with Whisky Mac at Newtown Park.

Swing Magic will play a selection of old time swing, jazz, gospel and traditional songs at Laurel Bank Park.

Pack your dancing shoes for Picnic Point where two dance floors will be positioned to take advantage of the Big Bands theme, starting with the aptly named Let’s Dance Band who will perform melodies from the 1960s and 1970s.

The following seven weeks will see performers across pop, rock, Celtic, country, jazz, and big band genres.

Enjoy performances by Yakety Saxes, JEDDY (Jazz Education for Darling Downs Youth Society), Toowoomba Municipal Band, High Altitude Harmony, Women in Harmony, Paul Edwards Quartet, the Jim Miller Big Band, Slow Train Coming, Timeless, Topp Gear, Undercover, Flashback, Jungle Detour, Around the Corner, Blue Room Blues, Garden City Country Music Club, the Damian Black Band, Killin Time, the Broxburn Music Club of Pittsworth, The Darlington String Trio, 2 Timing, The Screaming Chokos and Kelly’s Armour among others.

The Regional Summer Tunes program starts at Oakey on January 29 in Arthur Shooter Park featuring Tux. 10.30am-1pm. It continues on following weeks at:

Crows Nest:  February 5, Centenary Park, Slow Train Coming. Noon-3pm.

Millmerran: February 12, Anzac Park, 2 Timing. 10am-1.30pm.

Pittsworth: February 19, Pittsworth Pioneer Village and Museum, Black Velvet Quartet. Noon-3pm.

Goombungee: February 26, Mocatta St near war memorial, Jazzy Chatz. noon-3pm.

The full program can be viewed at www.tr.qld.gov.au/summertunes

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