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 May 27 ::
Mojo’s Bar – 237 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle
Wide Open Mic
Open mic night
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 May 28 ::
Perth Blues Club – https://perthbluesclub.com.au/
Charles Hotel – 509 Charles St, North Perth – 7 pm – Entry $20 members $10
Gabriele Campani – 7.30pm.
Gabriele is an Italian/New Zealand guitar player/singer, composer and teacher. At present he’s doing a solo performer music show, guitar and vocals: from finger picking blues and folk roots to finger style jazz. He recently recorded 2 albums of personal arrangements of what it can be considered the final result of his stylistic musical journey. “The Jazz Album” was produced last year, and “The Acoustic Album” issued recently is a tribute to the root blues/folk music, a big part of his personal musical and professional background: when young players listened to their guitar heroes on vinyls, trying to figure out what they were doing…many years before the internet…
Swamp Dogs – 8.30pm.
Resonator one of Perth’s most entertaining cover bands, a three‐piece outfit with a big, fat and fulfilling sound. The band plays pub rock and boogie classics from a wide range of styles, including electric rock, lowdown blues, acoustic country and funky grooves. Add Simon Cox on Keyboards and Lauralee Faith on vocals and you have Swamp Dogs playing a great set of music that will get you heading to the dance floor.
Suburban Reptiles – 9.45pm.
A powerful blend of searing guitar tones and compelling vocals, evenly layered atop a rich and steady rhythm. A versatile and dynamic live show from traditional blues through a range of originals and hand-picked classics. Band Members; Darren Luff – Vocals / Drums, Harmonica; Dave “the Sting” Wray – Bass / Vocals and Rob Pollock – Guitar / Vocals
Radio Geraldton – 100.5 FM
Mama Sings da Blues – 5 pm – midnight with Colin Campbell
:: Wednesday May 29 ::
Indian Ocean Hotel – 27 Hastings Street, Scarborough – 7 pm – entry $23.80
Juzzie is a ridiculously talented One-man band, based in Byron Bay Australia. Juzzie’s unique style is bluesy/folk mixed into a groove of its own. Marked by an amazing ability to play up to six instruments at once combining the Guitar, harmonica and juggling percussion. Juzzie Smith has had the honour of performing to both international and national crowds from Byron Bay Blues Festival to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, sharing his raw warm vocals with a simple message of loving life.
Rosemount Hotel – 459 Fitzgerald Street North Perth – 7pm
Open mic night
Bassendean Hotel – 25 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean – 7:30pm
Open mic night
:: Thursday May 30, 2019 ::
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 May 31, 2019 ::
Charles Hotel – 509 Charles St, North Perth – 7 pm – Entry $34.12
The originators of ‘Oz Blues’, Chain have reached a milestone in 2008 as they celebrate 40 years since first forming in 1968. They are still the only blues band in the world to have a number one on Australian charts (Black’n’Blue) as well as a number two (Judgement). Together with singer Matt Taylor another number one (I Remember When I Was Young) and the double gold album ‘Toward the Blues’ ensured them a place in rock history.
With the Australian Blues Music ‘Chain’ Awards honouring their achievements at the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn each year and as the first act listed in the new blues section of Screensound (National Archives) the accolades continue.
Founder member/guitarist Phil Manning and singer/harmonica player Matt Tayloreach have highly successful careers as solo performers, and are regarded as among the finest exponents of their respective instruments this country has produced. Drummer Trapper’s spectacular playing amazes audiences everywhere and together with the powerful drive of bassist Dirk Dubois, form the engine that motors the band through all their hits from the seventies to more recent Chain hits such as Spring Hill.
Their new material retains the earthiness of the 70s while including the insights and musicality expected from a lifetime of experience in the blues genre. Chain live is a great entertainment experience, and with over four decades of albums and performances under their belt, it doesn’t get any better than this!
“Chain’s influence on Australian music has been enormous. They are renowned for their onstage chemistry and for being unafraid to admit their Australianness.” – Rolling Stone magazine
Tickets available from – Ticketmaster – https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/matt-taylor-chain-charles-hotel-north-perth-tickets/venueartist/156935/2640239 or from the Charles bottle shop.
Duke of George – 135 George St, East Fremantle – 7:00pm – entry $17.23
Big Boss Man Blues Band
Is a local sour-mash of stomp-swamp blues originals and standards inspired by the juke-joint traditions of Junior Kimbrough, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Muddy Waters. The Big Boss Man Blues band grinds out gnarly slacker blues with groove and growl. Be ready to dance!
Mojo’s Bar – 237 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle – 8pm – entry $24.50
Fremantle-based rock psych-blues outfit Datura4 released their third album Blessed is the Boogie worldwide on 5 April, marking an exciting new evolution for the critically acclaimed band. Blessed is the Boogie builds on Datura4’s ‘guitars to infinity’ approach of Hairy Mountain (2016) and the hard-rocking, progressive debut Demon Blues (2015) – and takes the band a few swaggering steps further into psych-blues territory.
Front man and creative force of the band, Dom Mariani continues his successful collaboration with bass player Stu Loasby (The Majestic Kelp) and drummer Warren “Wazza” Hall, the original drummer for The Drones.
Upping the legend quotient on Blessed is the Boogie are long-time friends and Australian music stalwarts Bob Patient (Fatty Lumpkin) on keys and Howie Smallman (the Jaywalkers) on harmonica. Patient and Smallman each have weighty musical credentials and a shared history of the psyched-out stomp of 1970’s Australian rock ’n’ roll.
The ten-track record kicks off with pummeling drums and heavy riffage of ‘Black Dog Keep Running’ then the title track follows, with its incessant groove, slide guitar and wailing harmonica from Smallman. Datura4’s take on the R&B classic ‘Ooh Pooh Pah Do’ is like finding a rare pair of vintage Levis in your size: original and very cool. Bob Patient’s keyboard adds a far-out dimension on heartfelt tracks ‘Not for Me’ and ‘Cat on A Roof’.
Mostly recorded in a studio farmhouse south of their home town of Fremantle, Blessed is the Boogie is a rucksack full of boogie-sharp, heavy psychedelic rock spewing forth from vintage amps.
Blessed is the Boogie” wouldn’t be complete without a spooky guitar story. The guitar Mariani uses on most of the record is a ’69 Black Les Paul, previously owned by one of his early heroes: the late and much revered Sitting Bull guitarist Paul Felton. Unsubstantiated rumour also has it that this magic axe might once have been owned by the front man of one of Australia’s most well known rock bands. Fitting, then, that the driving guitar sound on Blessed is the Boogie has echoes through the rebellious formative years of Australian blues-rock.
Rodney’s Bait ‘n Tackle – 598 Stirling Hwy, Mosman Park
Clancys Fish Pub – 51 Cantonment St, Fremantle – 7:30 to 11:30pm
Clancy’s resident band for the last 20 odd years, The Zydecats are a show not to miss out on! Lead by the Grammy award-winning Lucky Oceans, this Louisiana-inspired band of legends still produce one of the best live shows you’ll ever see. Get on down some of that famous Zydecat Gumbo!
Mustang Bar – 46 Lake Street, Northbridge – 7pm -9:30pm
Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys – 7pm – 9.30pm.
Formed in 2005, the band is renowned for its captivating live performances, which are marked by slick presentation and raw energy. Along with Adam (Vocals/Trumpet) it features some of WA’s finest musicians. Their large repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm and Blues music of the 40’s & 50’s from artists such as Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson & Chuck Berry. The band also has a large library of Original music. Jump, Jive and Lindyhop dancers compete for space on the ample dance floor & the after work atmosphere is electric with the sounds of swing
:: Saturday June 1, 2019 ::
Alcoa Pinjarra WA Day Concert – Edenvale Homestead – Cnr George and Henry Street – Pinjarra
From 4pm to 8pm – Free entry – Celebrating all things WA, the concert, hosted by the Shire of Murray, will feature an incredible West Aussie music line-up.
With four decades of albums and performances under their belt, smooth rockers Chain will bring their cool blues sound to the Alcoa Pinjarra WA Day Concert. The only blues band in the world to have a number one on the Australian charts (Black’n’Blue) as well as a number two (Judgement), the band is sure to get festival goers up and dancing.
Hailing from the Seychelles, Grace Barbe and her band bring an international element to the Alcoa Pinjarra WA Day Concert. Sure to make attendees get up on their feet – the now Perth local – fuses traditional beats and rhythms with pop, reggae and psychedelic rock creating a truly unique sound.
Family Shoveller Band
Another true-blue group entertaining concert goers is The Family Shoveller Band, who through a fusion of pop and contemporary rock tell stories of the Karajarri culture.
Jack Runaway, fueled by a sense of nostalgia, shares familiar themes in a swirl of melodies and tones that cut across genres. The band funnels life experience into every song and taps into a place of raw emotion from memories, current day happenings, and everything in between.
Eighteen-year-old and Pinjarra High School graduate, Brooke Bugeja will represent the local music scene, bringing her soulful music to the Main Stage. The Voice contestant who has only been playing music for a short time will play a mix of covers and originals.
In the spirit of celebrating the best of local produce and all things WA, Thorny Devil, a true contender in the craft-beer world, will have drinks flowing all evening. Foodies will also be spoilt for choice by the variety of food on offer from over twenty-five street food vendors showcasing a variety of local and international cuisines. Festival goers will also enjoy a variety of market stalls, which will highlight the best of local produce, products and community groups.
Ellington Jazz Club – 191 Beaufort Street, Perth – 9228 1088 – http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/
Matty T Wall – Blues-Rock Masterpiece – 7.00pm – entry $20
WA blues shapeshifter Matty T Wall is set to continue his 2019 live assault of WA stages, with an epic, not-to-be-missed night at The Ellington Jazz Club.
It comes as overseas acclaim continues to pour in. Wall featured on the cover of the December/January issue of Blues & Co, France’s national blues magazine, and his song, Walk Out The Door, was recently nominated in the International Song Competition’s ‘Blues Category’, and is now charting in the Netherlands. This marks the fifth time Wall has hit the Dutch Top 100, joining previous chartbusters Sidewinder, Broken Heart Tattoo, Burnin’ Up Burnin’ Down and This Is Real, the latter trio from his debut album, 2016’s Blue Skies.
Wall is currently working on a ‘guitar-jam’ project featuring guests such as Eric Gales, Dave Hole, Kid Ramos and Kirk Fletcher soloing over selections from the blues songbook. He’s also assumed the mantle of Australian Blues Columnist for UK magazine, Blues Matters.
With his cracking band (Stephen Walker on bass with drummer Ric Whittle) Wall brings it, live and kicking.
“We’ve got a really pumping live show at the moment,” he says, proudly. “The band is locked in, really tightly. It’s really punching well. We’ve got about five hours’ worth of material to play in total, so we’re going to be able to switch up songs here and there. I really like extending songs as well, especially the instrumental songs, so you’ll see a lot of improvisation happening and from there we’ll make different experiences.” “We’ll be looking at recording these gigs as well, so perhaps we’ll get a release out. We’ll see how we go there.”
Duke of George – 135 George St, East Fremantle – 7:00pm – entry $23.45
Bill Chambers with Lucky Oceans
With his honest, rough-hewn, genre-bending style and his foundational role in the Chambers musical dynasty, Bill is a legend of Australian roots music. Here from NSW for his only Perth city gig, playing with frequent musical collaborator Lucky Oceans.
Mustang Bar – 46 Lake Street, Northbridge – 7pm -10pm
Rusty Pinto and the Blue Flames – 7pm -10pm
Specialising in 1940’s and 1950’s jump blues and rockabilly. This band will not disappoint former Rusty and the Dragstrip Trio fans, it is still full of the same energy and enthusiasm but with a broader range of music. The combo plays original 40’s versions of popular rock n roll songs, cool jump blues to dance to and wild rockabilly to go crazy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
:: Sunday June 2, 2019 ::
Duke of George
135 George St, East Fremantle – 5:00pm – entry $15.00
Dave Brewer Deluxe Combo
Get ready to groove at the Duke’s house Sunday blues session, with Dave Brewer’s Deluxe Combo. Dave began playing with Perth Blues band The Elks in 1976 and toured Australia extensively until The Elks shifted base from Perth to Sydney in 1980, and from there began two years of constant gigging up and down the East Coast.
65 Lloyd Ave, Ravenswood (just off Pinjarra Rd)
Juzzie Smith “One Man Band” – with special guests – 6:00pm. – entry $18.80
Juzzie is a ridiculously talented One-man band, based in Byron Bay Australia. Juzzie’s unique style is bluesy/folk mixed into a groove of its own. Marked by an amazing ability to play up to six instruments at once combining the Guitar, harmonica and juggling percussion. Smith has had the honour of performing to both international and national crowds from Byron Bay Blues Festival to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, sharing his raw warm vocals with a simple message of loving life. Tickets http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=99033 & the venue
Hilton Park Bowling Club
64 Shepherd St, Beaconsfield – 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Steve Tallis with The Snakes Of Desire
Phil Bradley (Guitars), Howie Johnstone (Drums) and Pete Lisiewich (Bass)
The Woody – 50 East St, Guildford
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 email@example.com
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:: 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”