Join wild west coast racketeers, Wal*tones for the release of their first recorded output right here at the Perth Blues Club.
Let the boys take you on a swingin' safari and musical joy ride through TexMex blues-a-billy and the spaghetti western sounds of the Kalgoorlie dustbowl, Bollywood rumbas and beyond.
Wal*tones is a four-piece band whose members have a track record that spans decades. Favourites of the Perth Blues Club and other spots like the Mustang Bar, Clancy's Freo and Devilles, Wal*tones feature harmony vocals, stand up drums, upright bass and slap back echo guitars.
Wal*tones are CW (vocals and acoustic guitar), Pablo (vocal and drums), Trainwreck Fuller (guitars) and Hank (upright bass).
Wal*tones will be supported by Mike Elrington (8pm) and Bang Bang Betty and the H-Bombs (10pm)
Entry: $10.00 Members; $15.00 Non-members
Toby is so much more than just energetic, raw, and feisty, she is power defined. Her voice has the potential to create a musical revolution. Toby is simply an incredible performer. That's not just referring to her powerful, sexy, awe-inspiring voice nor is it referring to her energetic, rocking, guitar work: It's her energy, her spirit and her soul!
Over the past seven years Toby has performed nearly 1000 shows around the world. Focusing mainly on Australia, Europe and Canada, nothing seems to stop this woman from touring. In the meantime she has released five albums, two live DVDs and several EPs.
Her live shows are a deeply emotional and joyous experience. The Perth born songstress wears her emotions, thoughts and adventures on her sleeve as clearly as the delighted smile she sports while playing. It's that chemistry and connection, in between plenty of dancing and jumping from both sides, that makes each performance so strikingly unique and deliciously unpredictable.
Passionate and known for her unwavering commitment to her craft Toby is willing to take the risk and be vulnerable with her thoughts and emotions committed to song.
"What sets Toby apart from other performers mining a similar vein is her infectious energy, a kind of worldly appreciation of life that makes even her most melancholy songs thrum with a kind of joyousness." X-press Magazine
"It's a gifted singer-songwriter who is daring enough to remain this
raw. It's the same reason why Toby's audience has found such a home in her music" The West Australian
Toby will be supported by The Warmups (8pm) and Flamin' Crows (10pm)
Entry: $10.00 Members; $15.00 Non-members
Electrifying good old Chess recordings, Steve Garde and Richard Roberts joined forces with the infamous rhythm section of Roy Daniel and Ace Follington to form The Chess Set.
The band's repertoire is drawn from the pre-eminent blues label of the 50s and 60s, Chess Records, including tunes from Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon and Etta James.
"There are only a handful of record labels that can claim to have changed the course of popular music and Chess Records is one of them," said Richard Roberts.
"The Chicago-based label was responsible for signing and developing some of the greatest names in music. Chess provided the blueprint for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, helping set the fundamental foundation stone for pop as we know it."
The Chess Set are supported by Brad and David Capper (8pm) and Mindfreakz (10pm).
Entry: $10.00 Members; $15.00 Non-members
We're delighted to Announce that we've secured Gray Bartlett MBE, one of New Zealand's top guitarists, to perform at this year's show. Gray is well-known throught New Zealand, and now, Perth has a chance to see and hear him perform.
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 - musicians and those connected with the PBC.
Confirmed appearances also 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 to have the hilarious Peter Dee as our Special Guest - a very funny man!"
Tickets are on sale NOW from the PBC Shop on Tuesdays and through The Astor's website - http://astortheatreperth.com/perth-blues-clubs-12th-annual-memorial-showcase-the-astor-theatre/
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
In brilliant Perth sunshine and the sombre yet celebratory atmosphere of the 100 year anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipolli landing, the City of Canning's ANZAC Concert – organised by Perth Blues Club President Rick Steele – was a huge success.
After Peter Heeney delivered the Ode and the Last Post had been played the concert began.
Rick opened with ANZAC, his tribute to the troops with the memorable chorus "we will remember you". He received fabulous applause from the more than 2000 crowd that had gathered.
John Heussenstamm (USA) thrilled the audience with his 'in-the-crowd' guitar playing before Matt Taylor took to the stage and wowed them with his supremely accomplished blues harp playing and some well-known songs from the Chain years.
Then came Dave Hole, whose incredible prowess on slide guitar had the crowd begging for more.
Throughout the concert, the audience were up on their feet dancing, singing along and warmly applauding the local and visiting talent.
Peter Heeney, PBC committee member and one of the national Directors of Legacy in Australia, was delighted with the outcome.
"We raised over $2620 for the Legacy widows and children of deceased and incapacitated service personnel," he said.
The City of Canning officials were equally delighted with the concert and the public turnout, and have invited Rick to organise the event for 2016.
A big thanks to all the performers and also to PBC committee members Ken Brook and John Galia for manning the Club stand.