BLUES NEWS :: THIS WEEK
Since the mid 1900’s Perth & the state of Western Australia has had an ongoing culture of rhythm & blues, roots music. Pubs, clubs, festivals, back yards, community events both city or country have hosted consistently this genre of music. Perth is proud of its deep pool of talent along with a fan base that supports blues music live. Here is a weekly update of whats on around the town, up & down the sunset coast.
[Monday October 14, 2019]
Mojo’s Bar – 237 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle
Wide Open Mic
RTRFM 92.1 – The sound alternative.
Spoonful of Blues – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. www.rtrfm.com.au
Every Monday night, a great blues program for a quite night at home. The five presenters, Steve Pike, Tamara Szep, Deep Purple Pete, Simon Johnson and Dave McEwan present a diverse mix of the best blues from around the world.
[Tuesday October 15, 2019]
Perth Blues Club – https://perthbluesclub.com.au/
Charles Hotel – 509 Charles St, North Perth – 7 pm – Entry $20 members $10
Night Herons – 7.30pm.
Pete Romano and Mark Constable make up the Night Herons. These two have been around the Perth blues scene from before the inception of the Perth Blues Club! Together they form a full sound duo: two vocalists, a guitar, harp and foot percussion. This time at PBC they will be performing their Songs of Sin and Redemption. Be ready for some fun on the dark side.
Swamp Stompers – 8.30 pm.
Play funky rock and blues with heavy grooves. Emerging from the dirty backwaters of NSW, the band sounds like the musical lovechild of John Butler Trio, Led Zeppelin, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, with three-part harmonies, catchy guitar riffs, and didgeridoo soundscapes setting this original blues-rock trio apart from the pack.
Resonator – 9.45pm.
One of Perth’s most entertaining cover bands, a three-piece outfit with a big, fat and fulfilling sound, is Resonator. The band plays pub rock and boogie classics from a wide range of styles, including electric rock, lowdown blues, acoustic country and funky grooves. What a way to finish the night.
Radio Geraldton – 100.5 FM
Mama Sings da Blues – 5 pm – midnight with Colin Campbell
[October 16, 2019]
Ellington Jazz Club – 191 Beaufort Street, Perth – 9228 1088 – http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/
Soul, Jazz and Voice with Howie Morgan – 7.00pm – entry $20
Reworking of jazz and soul classics from Gregory Porter, George Benson, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jnr, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and many more. A stellar line up of musicians will be crafting these tunes into tasty delights for the ear and to warm the soul. Howie Morgan – Vocals; Ben Vanderwal – Drums; Harry Mitchell – Piano; Alistair Peel – Bass.
459 Fitzgerald Street North Perth – 7pm
Open mic night
25 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean – 7:30pm
Open mic night
[Thursday October 17, 2019]
The Gaslight Club – 8 – 11pm – entry $10
Ronnie Nights – 75 -77 Market Street, Fremantle
Final closing show
Indian Ocean Hotel – 27 Hastings Street, Scarborough – 7 pm
Plug and play
Open Mic Night
Radio – KCR 102.5 – 8pm – 10pm
Blues and Beyond
[Friday October 18, 2019]
Duke of George – 135 George St, East Fremantle – https://dukeofgeorge.com.au/whats-on/
Twang featuring Lucky Oceans and Marcio Mendes – entry $22.43
“Louisiana comes to Bahia”
Twang brings you the sounds of Louisiana – Cajun music, swampy blues, New Orleans jazz, mixed with the propulsive and soulful drive of the rhythms of North Eastern Brazil. Brazilian percussion meets guitars and banjos, pedal steel meets Portuguese, blues to Baião and Baião to blues, in a giant gumbo/feijoda of festive sounds. Twang features Lucky Oceans – Hardly needing an introduction, Mr Oceans is a fixture on the world music scene. He co-founded and named the group Asleep at the Wheel, playing pedal steel guitar with the group for most of the 70s, and winning two Grammy Awards (1978 and 1993) for Best Country Instrumental with them. He is listed in Hugh Gregory’s book, “1000 Great Guitarists” and has been called ‘one of the most influential steel guitarists of his generation.’
Marco Mendes – Marcio hails from Sau Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. He has played music professionally since his early 20’s and has performed with highly respected names of the Brazilian music scene such as Djavan and iconic samba and pagode bands from Brazil such as Mundo do Samba, Arte Popular and Negritude Junior. He has entertained crowds as large as a hundred thousand people in Brazil, Europe and Australia with the artists Leandro Learte and the pianist Tania Maria. Marcio Mendes – Vocals, Guitar, Percussion; Lucky Oceans – Vocals, pedal steel, Button Accordion; Ray Walker– Guitar, violin, banjo, vocals; Karl Florisson – bass, percussion, vocals and Ben Vanderwal – Drums, vocals
Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle – 51 Cantonment St, Fremantle. – 7pm
Vintage blues stalwarts The Vibrolators will be dropping by the Clancy’s Friday session for 3 big weeks of dancing and shenanigans. Lead by the fabulous Miss Peta Lee, these talented cats will have you jiving well into the weekend.
Mustang Bar – 46 Lake St Northbridge
Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys – 7pm
The band is an institution of the Australian vintage music scene and renowned for its captivating live performances, marked by slick presentation and raw energy. Alongside Adam (Vocals, Trumpet) it features some of Western Australia’s finest musicians, including: Mark Turner (Guitar); Anthony Dodos (Trombone); Bronton Ainsworth (Drums); Kate Pass (Double Bass) and Adrian Galante (Keys). The band’s repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music of the 40’s and 50’s, from artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Sammy Davis Junior, Harry Connick Junior, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry and The Blues Brothers. They also include a large library of Adam Hall originals and unique arrangements, which can be found on their six albums.
“I can add to the list the outstanding showmanship of Australian jazz heroes, Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys” – Australian stage.
“There is a young man in a silvery suit casual in the spotlight, the hand in the pocket, the other holds a trumpet, from his mouth sources sounds, as you once knew Louis Armstrong you will know Adam Hall.” – Noz.de (German)
“Irresistable” – Gerd Wieben, Blue Note Germany
“A satisfied crowd exited happily to swarm the gracious Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys… Good luck punters this is a night to cherish.” – Australian Stage
[Saturday October 19, 2019]
West Coast Blues Club
Saturday Night Live Blues – Sisters in Blues
Fremantle Navy Club – 64 High Street, Fremantle
Kyra Bee and the Illegals
A re a six-piece soulful Blues-based Perth Hills ensemble, who delight audiences everywhere they play. Runner-up in the Bridgetown International Blues Competition in 2016, they continue to perform in venues in and around Perth city. With covers from Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Muddy Waters, Imelda May, B.B King, Kaleo, Beth Hart and Big Mama Thornton, plus some Bluesy originals; you will be taken on a sultry, soulful and spell-binding journey through some of the world’s most well-loved classics.
Scratch and Dent – Featuring the fabulous Cat Critch.
Idis a Blues act, comprising of five members, who have been playing blues professionally and semi-professionally in Perth and the Eastern States since the ’70’s. Cat Critch and Greg Rowse are from Perth and have played in several well-known bands. Cat was the lead vocalist in Duck Soup and the Penguins. Greg played guitar in Mick O’Hara’s Rockbottom and Bag of Bones with Paul Felton. Chris Clark and Neil Steward have long musical pedigrees. Chris’s career started in London in the New Wave/New Romantic movement. Neil was based in Queensland before moving to Perth a decade or so ago. Chris and Neil also appear in ‘Jane and the Rain’. Drummer Graham Johnson is originally from Bridgetown. He is part of the rhythm section and keeps the pulse pumping in time to help everyone create their unique sound.
Is an outstanding vocalist with a deeply soulful voice that can bristle with intensity and soothe like honey. Her performances bring fresh excitement to the present, while evoking the memories of the great vocalists of the past. She has wowed audiences on stage across WA including, The Ellington Jazz Club, The Duke of George, The Charles and The Rosemount. She also performs with some of Perth’s best bands and finest musicians.
Mustang Bar – 46 Lake St Northbridge – 7pm – 10pm
The Crawdads – Early 7pm -10pm
An introduction to the history of The Crawdads is a fascinating journey from their formation in 1980 to this present day. The original high school Rockabilly cats Steve Dawson and Dean Kennedy hail from Manchester England and now reside in Perth, Australia. With over 37 years the band sure does have an impressive history of events that other bands could only dream of, after all those rockin’ years The Crawdads are back and better than ever, performing all over Australia and currently recording their new album, they have recently been mentioned in Johnny Marr (The Smiths Guitarist Biography page 100) where he describes the young Crawdads as the cool cats from North Manchester.
Gov’s Bar – Rottnest – 8.30pm – 11.30pm
Steve Tallis and Howie Johnson
Radio 107.3HFM – heritagefm.net
Shades of Blue – Saturday Noon – 3pm
Pearl has a strong focus on Australian blues and is particularly partial to the local scene.
Radio – 1422am Wagin
Saturday Blues with Flea – 6pm to 11pm.
All your Blues favorites can be heard with Flea and Saturday Blues from early traditional to modern contemporary blues. For details about Saturday Blues give us a call on 08 98612500 or fax 08 98612784. 1422am broadcasts from Wagin to a radius of between 150 to 200kms. You can e-mail a request to Flea on email@example.com
[Sunday October 20, 2019]
Southwest Blues Club – 1 – 5pm
Parade Hotel – 1 Austral Parade, Bunbury
Duke of George – 135 George St, East Fremantle – https://dukeofgeorge.com.au/whats-on/
A Night of Blues and Soul with Karl Morgan – 6pm – entry $17.33
Recently returning from Nashville, Karl Morgan is a blues and soul original artist who over his years playing in the thriving music scene of Austin, Texas has developed his own unique sound. While Austin brought us one of his main influences in Stevie Ray Vaughan, you’ll also hear the likes of Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder in Karl’s style, as he and his bad deliver a potent mix of Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Rock and Soul.
89.7 FM (Twin Cities FM)
Play The Blues – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by Derek Cromb
Promoting local, Aussie and international blues artists. Regular segments include a weekly Feature Artist or cd; Something Old, Something New, Chess Box; live performances in the studio; giveaways of CDs and passes to the Perth Blues Club. The show streams around the world and takes internet requests. – Contact Derek on firstname.lastname@example.org
International Internet Radio
http://tunein.com/radio/Alligator-Records-Radio-s231181/ – Alligator Records Radio – Playing Alligator’s extensive catalogue of music covering 43 years of blues, roots and rock releases is like having the world’s largest blue collection on 24/7 shuffle.
http://www.customchannels.net/streaming/kink_blues/radio/ – North West USA
www.wwoz.org – New Orleans
A global radio platform with a wide range of genres from Roots, Blues, Americana, Folk, Celtic, Alt Country, Bluegrass and everything in between, based in Mississauga, Ontario.
NOTES FOR YOUR DIARY
Blues at Bridgetown – November 8 to 10, 2019 – second artist release
The Original Chicago Blues Allstars (USA) Willie Dixon’s original touring band formed in 1970’s. Featuring Freddie Dixon (Willie Dixon’s son), Dr. Jimmy Lee Tillman (original member of the Allstars), Rhute Doctor (formerly Roy Hytower) and Michael Damani (Tamarie T and the Elektra Kumpany)
Diesel; Bondi Cigars; 19 Twenty; Hussy Hicks; Z Star Trinity; Ezra Lee; Unb’Rocken (Bali); Jan Preston; Bonnie K and The Bonafides; Tom Fisher and The Layabouts; Minnie Marks; Simone Craddock; Blue Child Collective; Tracey Barnett; Grand Casual; Kat Wilson; Toby; Moondog; Bambuseae Rhythm Section; Dr Charlie; Lightnin’ Jack Band; Lost Dog; Tanya Ransom; Applejack and Moonshine; Blackwood Rising; Martin Lee Cropper and Carpark Social.
Weekend Tickets (3 days) $225.54 – https://bluesatbridgetown.com.au/festival-tickets/
:: BLUES LIST & LINKS
:: WA VENUES SUPPORTING LIVE SHOWS
: Charles Hotel – Nth Perth
: Clancy’s Fish Pub
: Indi Bar – Scarboro
: Rodney’s Bait ‘n Tackle – Freo
: Commercial Tavern – Midland
: Tavern at the Rocks – Two Rocks
: Ellington Jazz Club – Perth
: Mustang Bar – Northbridge
: Bassendean Hotel
: Mojo’s Bar – Freo
: Fremantle Navy Club
: Hilton Park Bowling and Rec Club
: Mundaring Sporting Club
: Fly by Night Club – Freo
: Bar Orient – Freo
: The Sewing Room – Perth
: Rosemount – Nth Perth
: Hyde Park Hotel – Nth Perth
: The Paddo – Paddington Ale House – Mt Hawthorn
: South St Ale House – Freo
: Univesal Bar – Perth
: Parkerville Tavern – Parkerville
: The National Hotel – Freo
: Alabama Song Bar – Nth Bridge
“Legendary Blues Club Every Tuesday Nite @ The Charles”