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Acoustic Beats takes Bundaberg music to the world

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Bundaberg’s Jessamine March, third from left, was excited about appearing at an online Battle of the Bands event hosted by the Endeavour Foundation.

Bundaberg band Acoustic Beats is still excited after taking its music to the world online last week.

Acoustic Beats lined up at the Endeavour Foundation Battle of the Bands all-abilities virtual event, timed to coincide with International Day of People with a Disability.

The Bundaberg outfit was one of 21 acts, comprising 184 performers, who showcased their skills online for the revamped Battle of the Bands.

The decade-old event has been held live on stage at various locations, including The J in Noosa and Brisbane’s Eatons Hill Hotel, but when COVID-19 made coordinating this year’s event problematic, Endeavour Foundation organisers decided to host the concert online.

Acoustic Beats band member Jessamine March, who is living with an intellectual disability, said she was keen to back up their Noosa performance from last year with their recorded performance which was streamed to an online audience on Thursday.

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“I’m very excited for everyone to see my performance with my band Acoustic Beats,” Jessamine said.

Jessamine, who is joined in Acoustic Beats by bandmates James Sproule and Glenn Stoddart, said Battle of the Bands was her chance to show the world her talent and love of music.

“I think I really come out of my shell when I perform,” she said.

“Performing in this year’s Battle of the Bands was my chance to show the world my love of music.”

Acoustic Beats performed their version of the AC/DC classic ‘Jailbreak’, earning praise from judge Paula Holden.

“You guys absolutely rocked it,” Paula said. “AC/DC through and through – the props, the guitar, the drums, it was all there. You rock!”

Site manager at Endeavour Foundation’s Bundaberg Learning and Lifestyle day service in Kepnock, Nicole Novak, said the event was a highlight for many of Endeavour’s customers.

“We wanted to make the event happen for the people we support and, by going virtual, even more people had the opportunity to celebrate with us,” Nicole said.

“If Powderfinger and Taylor Swift can host concerts online, why can’t we?”

The full show can be viewed at www.endeavour.com.au/bands

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