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The Zydecats are the funniest band this side of Louisiana. Known to play up to 25 instruments in one show, the Zydecats will have you shaking your arse to their root-flavoured music all night long!

Escaping from the smoking wreck of the widely and critically acclaimed Dude Ranch, Lucky Oceans (world renowned steel guitarist, and by now button accordionist) approached Bill Rogers (vocals, sax and harmonica) about starting a band to play some Zydeco. With ex-Dude Ranch guitarist/vocalist & Rock and Roll encyclopedia Kent Hughes involved, this trio began to rehearse while they searched for both repertoire and rhythm section.

From the start, the idea was to combine Zydeco with 'Cat' music - swing, jump blues and rockabilly, plus any other style that suited the line-up, including rock and roll, country blues, soul, R&B, Cajun and New Orleans R&B, plus a handful of Lucky's and Kent's own songs from the Dude Ranch song book.

Gary France (ex-Dude Ranch) was onboard during the formative stages and first few gigs but was soon replaced by the recent graduate of the Edith Cowan University jazz course, Evan Jenkins. Evan and fellow graduate, Paul Binns were the Zydecats' rhythm section for the first year, but were eventually replaced.

The drummer's stool was soon taken over by lovable giant, Konrad Park - a powerhouse funkster, whose enthusiasm for the band made a huge difference. Six months later, Paul was replaced by Ben Franz, who despite his age (early 20's) already had knowledge and experience of most of the styles encompassed in the Zydecats' repertoire; particularly blues, R&B, rockabilly and rock and roll.

By the end of the first year, the band had a healthy batch of good songs written by the three singers (Lucky, Kent and Bill), an ever-increasing repertoire in the various styles previously mentioned, and with a young and committed rhythm section willing to push the boundaries - with all members involved in arrangements.

The Zydecats will play 2 sets from 8.45pm. Opening the evening are The Grain with Special Guest Richie Pavledis (7.30pm).

The Grain

The GRAIN are all about swinging and rocking their way through Blues derived from the great Blues Keyboard players of our time. It’s a project put together by Bob Patient – rated as the best Blues Keyboardist in the country, featuring the Hammond Organ and Piano. Bob is joined by classically trained Jazz/ Blues musician -Sue Bluck on Piano and Vocal, and the talents of Garry Howard who is one of the best and most versatile drummers in the country on Drums and Vocals.

Richie Pavledis

Richie Pavledis is one of WA's foremost talents. While still in his teens in his teens, he began honing his skills with a number of local bands including Prayer Wheel, Buckshot, Slave and Barrelhouse. The 70's gave way to the 80's, by which time Richie had worked the blues circuit with the likes of the Dave Hole band, and the country scene with Alby Pool's No City Limits. Finally, he found the blend of styles that suited his eclectic foundations and wide ranging talents with Rick Steel and Marc Gordon in The Hot Biscuit Band.

While a great many bands have benefited from Richie's rhythmic interpretations and unique vocal style, there has always been a deep yearning to express his thoughts and feelings through his own compositions. So in the late 90's Richie began working on his debut album "Long Distance Dream" and with the help of Tony Shergold they put together a splendid CD featuring some of Western Australia's finest musicians. Dave Clark, Bob Patient, Marc Gordon, Tony Shergold, Jean Guy and John Burn.

Now with six albums under his belt, Richie continues to share his time and talent between WA and Switzerland, where he is soon to due return for the European summer. Don't miss this chance to see and hear him in action.

 

 

 

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