Perth Blues Club (PBC) is delighted to announce a partnership with West Australian Music (WAM) to promote its Next Gen Blues events, which showcase young, West Australian blues talent.
Nurturing young, local blues players is a PBC tradition, one it intends to continue. PBC President, Rick Steele quotes his Vampire Theory: "New blood is essential in ensuring the blues is perpetuated as an enduring musical genre in the years to come.
"It does an ol' blues man's heart good to see the skill and the passion these young guys possess. I can say with the utmost confidence that the future of WA blues looks bright," he said.
"WAM's support of Next Gen Blues makes a statement that recognises the importance of encouraging young players to explore this timeless music genre. I am really very pleased to count on the backing of the peak body that champions West Australian music in joining PBC to champion the cause of the blues. It's an acknowledgement that these young players deserve."
WAM Chief Executive, Mike Harris says: "Perth Blues Club is a fantastic institution that gives opportunities to local musicians to flex their delta muscles in one of music's great genres.
"Ever since Robert Johnson stood on the crossroads and chose a life musical, the blues has been a calling. Next Gen Blues takes kids to those same crossroads and allows them to follow that calling. WAM is very happy to partner with PBC to help foster this."
Along with Old Blood and The Bonekickers,multi-award winning songwriter, performer and vocalist, Morgan Bain is performing at the upcoming NEXT GEN BLUES SHOWCASE - Tuesday 7 July at the Charles Hotel, North Perth.
"There are so many forms and genres of music that have stemmed from the blues, including all the ones I play; soul funk and rock'n'roll," says Morgan.
"So I'm extremely thankful for the blues. The Perth Blues Club gives us youngsters the opportunity to give it a crack and showcase our version of the blues, which is awesome!"
And let's not forget the words of Rolling Stone, Keith Richards: "If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music."
The Perth Blues Club prides itself it in support of the next generation of blues players and is delighted to announce that the club's series of Next Gen Blues showcases are now supported by WAM (West Australian Music).
Fostering young, local blues talent has become a PBC tradition. Club President, Rick Steele quotes his Vampire Theory: "New blood is essential to the long term success of any organisation like ours to ensure the blues is perpetuated as an enduring musical genre in the years to come and beyond.
"It does an ol' Blues man's heart good to see the skill and the passion these young guys possess. I can say with the utmost confidence that the future of WA blues looks bright," said Rick.
Performing in this showcase are: Morgan Bain (8pm); Old Blood (8.45pm); and The Bonekickers (10pm).
Entry Fee: Members $10.00; Non-members $15.00
In the '70s, John Meyer was on 'the most wanted list' of rock guitarists, finding fame with nationally successful bands Swanee, Sharon O'Neill, Rose Tattoo, Chain and Perth bands Bakery and Fatty Lumpkin.
Today Meyer can still kick any young butt from here to hip hop with his enthusiasm and passion to master the guitar's seemingly endless scope. Simply, John Meyer is an Oz Rock Icon.
He still performs, mainly at the Perth Blues Club with a spin-off of the John Meyer Band, John Meyer's Blues Express.
For a guitarist who never envisaged playing beyond his twenties, he found it staggering that he was inducted into the WAM Rock 'n' Roll of Renown in 1993, and the WAM Hall of Fame in 2004, in recognition of his extensive music career.
Born in Three Springs and growing up in Perth in the 1960s, Meyer was raised on jazz with a father who also played in a band. He first followed in his father's footsteps, playing drums but soon moved onto guitar, citing the beguiling shape of the instrument for his change in preference. Meyer's record collection extended from Eric Clapton to Muddy Waters while growing up to the sounds of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin but it was the rawness of primal blues that became his passion.
John Meyer shows no signs of slowing down. Working six days a week recording in his studio, tutoring guitar privately, playing the occasional gig and, writing jingles for TV and radio.
John will be supported by Bret Mosley, USA (8.00pm) and The Simon Cox Band (10.30pm)
Entry Fee: $15.00 Members; $20.00 Non-members.
With over a combined 200 years of music performance credentials Paul Daly and the Heavy Hitters can rightfully claim to be one of the best Australian power R'n'B bands currently performing. If you like your R'n'B delivered with power and passion these guys are not to be missed!
Dynamic frontman and harmonica king Paul Daly drives the Heavy Hitters through an exceptional range of Chicago Blues' hits from Howling Wolf to Paul Butterfield that is also interspersed with a cluster of R&B originals. The band's line-up features the exceptional musical skills of Ace Follington on drums, Roy Daniel on bass and Russell Smith on guitar and vocals.
The musical virtuosity of each player brings a rich and powerful music feast to R'n'B lovers that is guaranteed to keep their audience boogying for the band's entire performance.
The Heavy Hitters will be supported by Wayne Green and Andrew Morgan (8.00pm) and Bag of Snakes (10.00pm)
Entry Fee: $10.00 (Members); $15.00 (Non-members)
What an awesome night of musical talent and entertainment.
More than 500 people attended the Perth Blues Club's 12th Annual Memorial Showcase at the Astor Theatre on Saturday 20 June 2015.
After the Last Post was played by Corporal Dave Scott from the Australian Army Band and the Lament by 51 Army Cadet Unit Piper Kipling Walker, MC Peter Heeney welcomed everyone on behalf of President Rick Steele and Perth Bluers Club members.
This year, we especially remembered the passing of Mr John Bertina, Belinda Bawden and Gary Stoyles. As their photgraphs appeared on the big screen, the vast auditorium fell silent as those present reflected on fond memories.
A young student from Mt Lawley High School, Griffen Reed-Lombardo, began the night with a wonderful solo performance letting us all know that the music industry in Western Australia is in good hands.
Rick Steel was joined on stage by John Talati, one of the original organisers of the Memorial Nights, and Rick thanked him for his insight and assistance.
Later in the evening, Rick was joined by his daughter Katy to perform together on stage for the first time ever. They rocked the audience and Katy once again showed what a talented young lady she is with three of her origianl songs. She brought the house to a standing ovation.
During the break, professional auctioneer and funny man "Tiny" Holly got up to auction a number of items, including a Steele Family toilet seat, which brough in $80, and a Gryphon Garage door, which sold for $3100.
The second half of the program saw a multitude of talent with Australian comedian Peter Dee. When the audience had recovered, New Zealand's guitarist extraordinare Gray Bartlett (MBE) took to the stage, ably backed by the Legacy House Band (including Bob Patient on keys). After a blistering perfomance and some great blues licks, it was time for the father of Australian Blues and WAM Hall of Fame inductee Matt Taylor.
As always, Matt entertained the crowd with his flawless, timeless music and thrilled them with his signature song "I remember when I was young".
To complete the night, all the musicians headed back on stage for the finale - "Let the Good Tmes Roll" - which drew roars of applause and acclamation.
Next time, make sure you get there for the club's biggest night of the year.
We haven't seen him for a while, but 2015 sees acoustic blues phenomenon Lloyd Spiegel celebrate 25 years on the bandstand with the release of a new double live album and extensive national tour.
Recorded over two sold out shows at The Wonderland Spiegel tent this past March, the new "Double Live Set" is a 25 track anthology featuring Lloyd Spiegel at his absolute best. The release highlights Spiegel's huge voice, blazing finger-style guitar playing and the personality-fuelled songwriting that has seen him wow audiences around Australia and the world over the past two-and-a-half decades.
The album's track list follows Spiegel's musical journey and includes blues classics from the likes of John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and 'Brownie' McGhee, and tunes from his Australian mentors Alex Legg and 'Dutch' Tilders also get the Spiegel treatment; all of this sitting comfortably alongside Lloyd's originals, comprising reworked live versions of the best work from his back catalogue.
Spending a quarter century on the road as an independent musician is no small feat for any artist, but for 35-year-old Lloyd Spiegel, it's a milestone that celebrates a unique story in Australian music. Welcomed into Melbourne's thriving blues community while still in primary school, Spiegel has gone on from child prodigy to become one of Australia's big guns of the guitar with a contemporary style that maintains tradition and authenticity without sacrificing originality.
Lloyd's 25th Anniversary Tour takes him to most capital cities, along with regional dates, with 25 shows winding over the months of June, July and August. He will play Perth Blues Club on Tuesday 25 August.
Double Live Set is available from all good retailers and online from 1st July 2015, with iTunes pre-order available from 18th May.
"Spiegel has stamped himself as one of the best songwriters in the country, regardless of genre, of history, of ANYTHING. It's a powerhouse of brutal honestly."
- Rhythms Magazine
"a guitarist almost without peer ... Spiegel deconstructs how the blues guitar is supposed to operate, makes sweet love to it, then kicks it out the back door."
- Australian Guitar Magazine