On this particularly auspicious 100th anniversary, The Legacy Show Band with The Ripping Horns celebrates the blues while remembering our servicemen and women in the annual PBC ANZAC show. Join these two bands and guests for a night to remember not only the music, but all those who fought and/or died for our country.
The Legacy Show Band features players with shining pedigrees: including Bob Patient, Roy Daniel, Marc Gordon, Gary Howard with special guests: Sue Bluck, Rick Steele, David Milroy and Matt Taylor.
The tradition began twenty years ago when Rick Steele dedicated Forever Young to the Vietnam Nam Veterans at the Busselton Beach Festival in front of 5000 people. After the show, two veterans approached him: "They thanked me and so it has become a continuous association with the Veterans and now Legacy," said Rick.
Opening the night is Cowboy (8pm)
Entry: $15.00, Members $10.00
Matt Taylor has been wowing audiences for over 40 years with his brand of Australian rhythm and blues, now it's time his fascinating story was told. An Introduction to Oz Blues with Matt Taylor will be an education! Last time in the Blues to Oz Blues show, Matt told the story of his history and how Oz Blues developed from traditional US Blues. This time Matt will perform much of the story in music. He'll start with a song about being an Australian blues musician on the road in 1970 coupled with a song written 44 years later on the same subject!
Matt Taylor will take us through an epic solo journey that tells the very personal story of his career and the evolution of the blues in Australia. This is something that no blues aficionado, or anyone who has any interest in Australian Music history, should miss!
"I will be telling my life story, which is pretty much the story of blues in Australia," said Matt.
The format of the two-hour show is part storytelling and part music. "It is a story that needs to be told and there are not many old enough to tell it!"
"It is about my experiences. True blues is your experience. It's useless me singing about cotton fields when I have never seen one! The blues hasn't stopped evolving and it hasn't evolved in isolation. For it to work, it has to be what you are feeling and thinking now. Apart from that, it is just a fun little story."
Australian Blues didn't just suddenly appear, it had to evolve and Matt Taylor was there all the way through. His personal journey takes in many of the great changes of the last 50 years, from a time when police could cut a young man's hair with a razor blade without complaint, to a time when people power could end an unpopular war.
Matt plays two sets (8pm and 8.45pm) and is supported by Lez Karski and the Nervous Investors (10pm)
Entry: $20.00, Members $15.00
Pretzel Logic returns with a brand new eight-piece line up, performing the songs of Steely Dan.
They will play two action-packed sets of memorable Dan songs featuring classics like: Peg, Babylon Sisters, Deacon Blue, Josie and Kid Charlemagne.
The band is firing on all cylinders and will deliver unique and enigmatic arrangements to create a cascade of colour with its infectious tunes. Irresistible grooves, bodacious harmonies, sleek subversive lyrics, blazing solo work and a rich ensemble explore the jazz, funk, rock, R&B groove of the Dan.
The Dan is known for its obsessive perfectionism in the studio and Pretzel Logic captures this element in a real-live situation.
The band has worked regularly in and around Perth in the 2000s with founding members Cliff Lynton and Bob Hawker taking the lead. Pretzel Logic was the band of choice to perform at the final closing of the legendary Hyde Park Hotel.
This is a show that must be seen!
Pretzel Logic will be supported by The Danny Pash Band (10pm)
Entry: $15.00, Members $10.00
We're delighted to announce that John Heussenstamm (USA) will present a one-hour Blues Guitar Workshop on Tuesday May 12 from 7pm to 8pm - prior to his performance at the Perth Blues Club.
John is happy to answer any questions you may have concerning the blues guitar and how to define that style of music. As a professional musician for 40 years, John has contributed to two Hal Leonard blues projects - the 200 Blues Licks DVD and the 100 Blues Lessons Book.
This will be a unique opportunity to learn from one of the US's best blues guitarists.
If you want to attend the workshop, make sure you turn up early - doors open 6.30pm. We hope to see you there.
John Heussenstamm (USA) is back visiting Perth, a place he called home back in the 80s. He will be playing with Bob Patient, Roy Daniel and Gary Howard.
Mention the name Heussenstamm and people tend to think of him exclusively as a phenomenal blues guitarist and teacher but the truth is that he has played and has studied many different styles of music throughout his career. It's these eclectic musical influences that have contributed to his strength as a blues rock guitarist of renown.
John was born in Los Angeles, California. His musical journey began at the age of four on the piano and led him through a rich tapestry of experiences including: the trumpet after being inspired by Louis Armstrong; the electric bass guitar and the music of BB King and jazz.
After graduating high school, John went on a three-month surf trip to Mexico and made the transition from bass to guitar. He had a four track tape in his VW bus, and listened to and practiced the music of George Benson, Jimi Hendrix, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, and Wes Montgomery.
Shortly after returning from Mexico, John joined a modern, neo-classical type of rock band from Montana called The Magic Castle, led by Mike Rapp. He left them after 18 months to explore jazz/fusion.
Steve Bader, the bassist from Magic Castle, got John an audition for the New Orleans band Lovera. Then just 21 years old, John passed the audition, accepted their offer, and toured with them. During this time John felt he had the potential to become a blues guitarist with impact.
After leaving Lovera, John played with guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Chuck Smith. At the time, Chuck was the only white artist who had signed to Motown. In the late 70s, John joined the Surf Punks, a crazy, satirical punk rock and surf band. It was during this period that John became known as "Johnny Malibu".
In 1977, he joined the Deniece Williams band. They opened for many famous soul groups such as KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire, The Commodores, The Brothers Johnson, Lionel Ritchie, Al Green, the Ohio Players, LTD, and more. After leaving Deniece's band, he headed to Australia to visit his brother and do some surfing. While here, John fell in love with the surroundings and his future wife, Julie.
On his way back to the US, John stopped over in India and took lessons in the bansuri (bamboo flute).
Once back in the States, John got married and attended the Ali Akbar College of Indian Music. Even though Ali Akbar Khan was a master of classical Indian sarod, he indirectly convinced John to pursue his development as a blues guitarist.
In 1980, after a semester at the college, John and his new family moved back to Australia where he toured with his own bands for ten years. Many of them well-remembered to us like: the Alligators, the Lifters, Cicada, and the Rent Collectors.
John recorded an album on Chase Records with The Innocent Bystanders. He took the place of Johnny Diesel, who ended up becoming an Aussie rock star. The Bystanders were more of a pure rock group, and at the time John's heart was in the blues, so he moved on to pursue his passion – the blues.
At the time, John was asked by Matt Taylor to join Chain. They played great music and were a fantastic blues band, with a ton of power but John's group, the Alligators, was doing well, and John didn't want to abandon them, so he declined. Even so, John played with Matt both in Australia and later in California.
In 1990, John returned to the US. He has always taught guitar and worked in music shops when he wasn't touring. He has been teaching guitar on and off for over 30 years giving thousands of lessons, both in the US and Australia.
John has been fortunate to have been able to play great music, perform with talented musicians, teach, and raise a family. Now he would like to use the reach and marketing power of the internet to help fulfil his dream of entertaining and educating a wider audience.
John will perform two sets (8.45pm and 10pm) and will be supported by Empire Blues (8pm)
Entry: $20.00, Members $15.00
The Perth Blues Club's 12th Annual Memorial Showcase – A Rhythm and Blues Variety Revue – takes place at the Astor Theatre on Saturday 20th June in support of the uniquely Australian war veterans' charity, Legacy.
Organised by local bluesman and PBC President Rick Steele, the concert features a stellar line-up of WA's finest entertainers. They all come together to honour their departed mates.
Confirmed appearances so far include international blues legend Matt Taylor (Chain) along with other performers such as The Healys, Bronnie Gordon, and Rick Steele himself.
"I am personally very pleased that the Perth Blues Club can help such a great cause, which is close to my heart," said Rick. "This is the club's biggest annual event and we pull out all the stops to make sure it is a memorable one."
"We are also ecstatic the hilarious Peter Dee is our Special Guest - a very funny man!"
Tickets are on sale NOW through The Astor's website - http://astortheatreperth.com/perth-blues-clubs-12th-annual-memorial-showcase-the-astor-theatre/ and from the PBC Shop on Tuesdays at the club.