BOAA Music will be a fully integrated, curated, free music festival highlighting contemporary Australian musicians and utilising the BOAA Band Wagon. The BOAA Band Wagon is a purpose built music truck providing a backline and sound staging for outdoor music.
Performances are scheduled every weekend at Lake Wendouree and St Andrews Grounds. Also featured in BOAA Music are a series of mid week lunch time and evening concerts at The Mining Exchange. In addition special events will be held in the city's premier historic venue, The Ballarat Mechanics Institute.
The BOAA Music Program is being orchestrated by Sherry Rich.
Sherry joins the BOAA team with over 20 years of experience working across several arts platforms - music performance, songwriting and visual art.
Early on, Sherry took the stage with her Mum, country folk singer Noelene Rich, and played bass in the high school rock band with some dude called Keith Urban. After escaping to Melbourne, Sherry started the notorious all girl garage rock band Girl Monstar playing with The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, Iggy Pop and The Divinyls before imploding after a legendary gig at the very first Big Day Out.
Returning to her country roots, Sherry followed her dreams to Nashville and spent 10 years working as a professional songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by major country artists and featured in US movies and TV. Her most recent album ‘Dakota Avenue’ was recorded in a Chicago loft with members of US band Wilco and has been critically acclaimed in Australia and the US, gaining nominations for Best Female Artist and Best Album in The 2012 Age EG music awards and Unpaved magazine.
Now based in Melbourne Sherry is recording a new solo album and illustrating accompanying illuminated texts. She performs in 60s folk rock duo The Grapes with Ashley Naylor and in ‘kindie rock’ band The Mudcakes with her husband Rick Plant