The much-anticipated PBC calendar event 'Harp Attack' is coordinated and hosted by Dave Billing of Diamond Dave and the DooDaddies.
"I always look forward to Harp Attack when the tin sandwiches take over the Perth Blues Club," says Dave
The traditional workshop will start at 7.30pm and you bring along a Diatonic 10-hole harmonica in the key of C if you wish to partake in a beginners lesson.
"You may wish to look at the display of harmonicas, microphones and equipment and have a chat with other like-minded harmonica enthusiasts to perhaps find out about the WA Harmonica Club."
Chris Parkinson opens the show proper blowing his harps with his partner in music Matt Cal. They played some great shows at The Bridgetown Blues Festival.
"And we have a new special guest from our West Australian Harmonica club, Tommy Bosson who was a top surprise at last year's Harp Attack," recalls Dave.
"Gary 'Gus' Collinson will be there, too, with his vibrant, enthusiastic and inspiring teaching and advice. He will also be performing on stage.
Special guests are highly-experienced WA performers: Howie Smallman is the brilliant Chicago Blues Harp player from many bands, most recently The Hips and a fair while back now, The Sneekers. Paul Walter Daly, powerhouse R'n'B player, will be blowing the back off his tin sandwiches with his beautiful custom Turner Microphone, hopefully you can get a close up look at this beauty!
The DooDaddies featuring Dave Brewer, John Wilson and Yugon Chobanoff are the backing band for all our special guests.
"The plan is to get some jamming happening in the last set, pull a few harpists from the crowd, encourage some spontaneity and have a huge amount of fun! Dancing permitted and encouraged," says Dave.
There will be Harp related prizes - generously provided thanks to Mando Harps.
So come on down to PBC on April 26 and celebrate one of the most soulful instruments.
In 2014, PBC President Rick Steele had to spend some time in hospital. During that time, he experience, first hand, the level of care and selfless dedication that our Nurses give to patients. He was so grateful that he decided to put together an annual event that celebrated and said thank-you for that care and dedication. Tonight is that night.
Opening the night is Big Boss Beaver, a swing/jump, Chicago style blues band that also likes to cut across the genre to play lively Texas shuffle and modern rhythm and blues numbers.
The band has been playing at corporate, hotel and party functions for about 10 years and was a finalist in the WAMI awards for original compositions and performance in the not too distant past.
Big Boss Beaver will certainly get your toes tapping, so get yourself up and hit the dance floor.
Taking the main spot is Bloozology, so expect another great performance of blues-based jazz/funk/R&B from these wonderful musicians on their return to Perth Blues Club.
The band features Alan Lyford on vocals & bass, Paul Millard on sax, Vince Pavitt on drums, Tony Celiberti on keys, and Alan McCowat on guitar & vocals.
And rounding off the night is the Alan McCowat Band.
Formed about this time last year, this will be AMB's second appearance at PBC, and cnce again, the band has chosen material ranging from the hard hitting blues standard Look over yonder wall, to the funky jazzy Comin' home baby, and the swinging Alright, ok, you win.
These guys like to come at the blues with influences from the fields of rock, soul, jazz, funk, blues and R&B. This appearance will feature the amazing vocals of singer Paula Graham as their special guest.
The Alan McCowat Band is Alan McCowat: guitar & vocals, Mark Gale: bass, Sam Pettit: drums, Ivan Shaw: keys, and Paul Millard: sax & flute, with special guest Paula Graham on vocals.
This will be a great night out, so come on down to the PBC and celebrate the work done by our country's nurses.
Entry Fee: $15.00 ($10.00 members and nurses with ID)
- Tuesday 10 May: Lachy Doley Trio (8pm); MattyTWall - CD Launch (9.15pm); Lovebites (10.30pm)
- Tuesday 17 May: Paul Gioia's "Across The Tracks" (two sets 8pm and 9.30pm); Old Blood (10.30pm)
- Tuesday 24 May: Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan Revue (two sets 8pm and 8.45pm); PBC House Band with Special Guests (10.30pm)
- Tuesday 31 May: Shake 'em On Down (8pm); Karl Morgan Band (8.45pm); Patrick Woodley Band (10.30pm)