Formerly known as The Jam Room, the Creative Arts Collective is in the biz of throwing some pretty rad events that celebrate the collaboration of artists; all in all creating a collision of creative vibes. Sunday afternoon saw the first of these events come to life, in the form of The Mollusc Jamboree.
Producer of the CA Collective and curator of the Mollusc Jamboree, Alice Fraser told us "Mollusc Jamboree was always designed to celebrate the things that we at CA Collective love - summer afternoons, Sunday sessions, local beers and wine, wood oven pizzas, travel photographs, friends and a road trip down the coast", and with support from ArtsSA, the vision came to life. "We love to build show concepts as the local market reacts, and I truly believe there is a strong movement toward city-fringe regional areas, high quality food and wine, and complimentary art forms all packaged into neat, vibing events! I'd love to say I have a set formula ... but if there is someone creating something amazing, we want to celebrate their talents" said Fraser. Dubbed as the ultimate summer Sunday, the Jamboree featured sets from Bobby Alu, Nick Saxon, and Triple J's wonderful Sarah Howell, as well as feature exhibition from Byron Bay Photographer, Lahni Rose Tomlinson.
The afternoon was held at Russell's pizza in Willunga, a beautiful rustic venue with a cosy courtyard and leafy green abundance. Relaxing in the courtyard with a local brew (or three), platters of wood-oven pizza were brought around to punters, adding to the rustic feel.
First off the block were Xavier Rudd's drummer Bobby Alu, and Aussie singer/songwriter Nick Saxon, with their surfy, soulful sounds and beautifully charming lyrics. After recently returning from a world tour with Xavier Rudd, Bobby Alu stepped out of his role as drummer and into the role of front man, serenading us with songs of love, life and travel.
You may have seen Nick Saxon presenting on NatGeo World Traveller, but in his down time Mr. Saxon is a musician, surfer and brand ambassador. His humble nature and chilled out tunes transported us to some other magical place, and instantly rid us of those star-struck feels. With tunes reflecting his travels and cultural integrity, we sunk into the island vibes and all round chilled out atmosphere.
Later in the evening, Sarah Howells took out the Jamboree, filling the sundown slot with those renowned, roots n' all tunes.
2015 is going to be a year of exploration for Alice, as she will be travelling to all corners of the globe to design and programme lineups that speak to the spirit of a festival, and lineups that will place Adelaide on the similar hype scale to artistic capitals around the world.
Alice says, "I've spent the last 6 months working in Queensland, Darwin and Byron and am here in Adelaide for a few weeks working as the volunteer coordinator and artist compound design for St Jerome's Laneway Festival. In what I call a "purposely big lifestyle", I'll be flying out to London a few days after to take up the first international internship with Communion Music - a record label, show producer and publisher - owned and operated by members of Mumford & Sons and Bear's Den. With a strong belief in best practice, I'll be working alongside the people, representatives, venues, festivals and artists who have been leaders in the modern folk music movement around the globe and who have inspired me to do what I do".
Responding to the current industry demand for continuous, quality live performance, the new Creative Arts Collective brings together the past four years of projects and packages it into a dynamic venture, acting alongside the ambitious, local tastemakers in setting the South Australian music industry alight. With a highly successful first show under their belt, we are excited to see what Alice and the team have in store next!
All images taken by This is Radelaide