Calling all bands and soloists
Musicians and bands who have performed original music in Brisbane are being invited to add their tunes to a unique celebratory event, The Big Jam.

Dreamed up by QUT’s Independent Music Project, the 150-hour Big Jam – possibly the longest in history – will include local music heroes from the 1950s to today, along with regular house bands and professional recording teams to capture the event.

Beginning bright and early on Monday August 31, musicians will tag-team for five days at the new QUT recording studio in New Farm before being transported to the Botanic Gardens River Stage for the finale on Sunday September 6.

The final musicians will jam with 150 young string players, local bands and Brisbane’s unleashed orchestra Deep Blue before ending on a massive 12 bar blues.

The finale is part of the free QUT-organised Brisbane 150 Come Celebrate concert at the River Stage, which is being headlined by The Cat Empire along with local acts The Gin Club and Intercooler.

Project director Professor Andy Arthurs of the Independent Music Project said this was an unusual event.

“It’s going to be the history of Brisbane music in 150 hours, starting off with musicians from the 1950s through to today,” he said.

“During The Big Jam, we will launch the mapping of the Brisbane music family tree and the Independent Music Project, which brings together artists, industry people and government to better understand and adapt to changes in the music industry.”

Whether you want to join The Big Jam for two hours or two days, register by clicking the "sign up" link on the Independent Music Project website

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