A Warrnambool musician who has reinvented himself as a children and family entertainer will take his show to the big stage for the first time this weekend.
Luds Mjeda, who performs under his stage name Mr M Adventures, has been working in child care for the last three years and wants to turn his musical career into a big colourful adventure aimed at entertaining families.
"This is my first big stage extravaganza. I did a small one at Rafferty's earlier this year in the midst of COVID," he said.
"I've always thought big. I've never thought about doing it small and working my way up, I was always thinking top-shelf visual animation, lights, smoke, that sort of thing.
"I'm very influenced by the visual effects of Pink Floyd.
"I'm not The Wiggles. I don't do what The Wiggles or Mik Maks do. I want to entertain everyone including the adults - I don't do brushing your teeth and going to the toilet, I do cool things like going to space and superheros and things that I think the adults can relate to."
He was five tickets off selling out his 60-seat concert scheduled for Saturday but now that restrictions have lifted, capacity is back to 250.
Mjeda has been performing his original music on the live circuit across the south-west for the last 10 years, but his idea for Mr M Adventures wouldn't go away.
And then he got sponsorship to push ahead and follow his dream.
"I've been a musicians for over 20 years and I needed to reinvent myself. I got to a point where I was actually getting quite stale," Mjeda said.
"Twelve albums under my name since 2000 and the child-care thing got me going to reinvent myself as a family entertainer.
"I would love this to be my future job."
He is already planning to record his second album, the first one released just before COVID hit.
While he performs Beatles' covers on stage - classics such as Yellow Submarine and Octopus' Garden - his album is full of original material such as My Superhero Too, and Matchbox Cars.
"I just got the album done and COVID kicked in and the lockdowns happened. I've turned a negative into a positive. I've been doing videos on Youtube and social media making musical instruments out of everyday household items," he said.
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"I do a fortnightly show, Music for Kids, online."
A percentage of all merchandise sold will go to the pediatrics unit at the hospital.
The concert will be held at 10.30am at the Kardinia Church in Dennington. Tickets are $14 for an adult and $8 for a child and are available at mrmadventures.com.
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