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The blues is music that travelled on trains and steamboats from the Mississippi Delta to the neon streets of Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis. For MattyTWall – a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader – it is the supernatural sound that crossed the ocean to Perth, Australia to ignite his imagination and give power to his art. A young man with an old soul: Matty is connected to music with a wealth of history as he distills a diversity of genres into his own blues-influenced soul, jazz and rock signature.

His points of references are wide; he has studied and played a spectrum of styles including flamenco, swing jazz and funk, and he attests to a love for “heavier things” in his youth, bands like Metallica and Sepultura among them. But he remembers how the musicians he admired would honor the blues masters who came before them. And following the trail of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan backwards, he was hooked. “I discovered Robert Johnson and he made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” he remembers. “I got into the blues and have never gotten out of it.”

As a guitarist, Matty wrings raw emotions from single notes, stretching and bending the strings of a Les Paul into sounds both persuasive and human. While he is capable of blazingly fast leads, he also drives the beat with percussive punctuation and solid assurance. With his vocals, he coils along the lines of the guitar. “I enjoy using my voice as another instrument,” he avows. He says that his songs are primarily riff-driven, and he compiles his musical notations into a catalog of 50-100 concepts that he can call up when lyrical inspiration strikes.

In performance, Matty fronts a band of seasoned pros to support his songs. His preferred configuration is a trio: where the guitar has plenty of air around it. “Sometimes playing with a bigger band is a strait jacket,” he observes. “With a trio I can go crazy.”

While the music that Matty plays has roots in the past, he is a very much an artist in the present. Through his reverence for historic musical forms, he is not emulating, but redefining these sounds, as he introduces classic genres to new listeners and invests them with his own trademark.

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $10.00 (Members)

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Myles Mitchell evokes the lyrical storytelling of Johnny Cash, the baritone vocal stylings of Jim Morrison (The Doors), and the sounds of West Australian blues and roots to create his own unique blend of Hip Shaking Alternative Blues.

With more than 80 live performances across Australia and the USA in the past two-and-a-half years with Red Stone Sinners, and a debut album that received national airplay throughout Australia, Mitchell is at it again in 2016 with a new journey.

Stepping out under a solo banner and collaborating with a network of talented musicians, this is a new exploration of Mitchell’s song writing, which is worldly, wise, relevant, sexy, surprising and downright fun.

Mitchell performs solo or with a three-piece band and his distinctive style of high-energy performance and cheeky repartee is always part of the show.

Born out of the Perth Blues scene and schooled on tour in the USA, Mitchell distils a rich array of life experiences and global excursions into this deeply West Australian musical experience.

Stay tuned and stay connected as Myles Mitchell creates new musical transmissions for the world… emanating from the deep deep south.

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If you're into the harder edge of the blues, The Chess Set could be the band for you. Their "full strength blues" is the electrification of the good old Chess recordings.

Richard Roberts and Steve Garde have joined forces with the legendary rhythm section of Roy Daniel and Ace Follington to deliver songs 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.

The Chess Set will be supported by Midnight Sun (7.30pm) and Diamond Dave & The Doodaddies (9.30pm).

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $15.00 (Members)

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Michael is a four-piece band from Perth WA that is fronted by Reggie Michael (vocals) and Sam Michael (guitar), backed up by a rhythm section of bassist Giles Lowe and drummer Alex Megaw. Having crossed paths playing in a variety of local outfits over the last twenty years, this quartet has finally come together to deliver their own take on dirty blues. 

The band has garnered much local support with an eclectic repertoire featuring the music of such artists as Alain Toussaint, Etta James, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Howling Wolf, Buddy Miles and The James Gang.

This is a band not to be ignored, so check them out.

Michael will be supported by Kniki & Mike Beale (7.30pm) and The Whiskey Pocket (9.30pm).

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Men and Their Sheds present a show which is of the highest level both musically and visually. Featuring a song list which encompasses classics from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Hoodoo Gurus, Van Morrison, Green Day, U2, and Matchbox 20....catering for just about any setting and demographic.

Men and Their Sheds are supported by Rebecca Moore (7.30pm) and BB&Co featuring Bill Blissett (9.45pm)

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $10.00 (Members)