Tomorrow night Dubbo is hosting Triple J's One Night Stand. Dubbo is our nearest regional centre, it has a population of about 40,000 and tomorrow night they are anticipating the population will increase by a 1/4 as 10-15,000 people converge on Dubbo to attend the One Night Stand.
Business in the shops is reportedly booming, there isn't a single bed in any accommodation left, and I imagine many will be sleeping in cars or on the floors of friends or not sleeping at all, as people do whatever they can to make it to this free concert.
It amazes me that sooooo many people will converge in one spot, and all for music. Yes that's right Music. Music is bringing people together in a major rural centre, it's got people travelling huge distances to be there. Music is bringing joy into people's lives and boosting the local economy (even for a short time).
I know music is an important part of my life, and the music I listened to growing up still influences me today, I can only hope I pass that love of music onto my Muddy Kids and one day they might be making a trek to a music concert like this one.
This week I am Grateful that Music has this kind of power, the power to get so many people in one place. The power to bring a big concert like this to Dubbo, which has never experienced anything like it before. The power to bring smiles and joy.
Linking up for 52 Weeks of Grateful over at Village Voices. Take sometime to check it out.