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The Perth Blues Club's Christmas Party is one of the major events of the year and a fitting way to celebrate a year of amazing music by incredible musicians. This year, it will be held on Tuesday 18 December and will feature internationally acclaimed artist Ezra Lee along with local band Resonator. 

Ezra Lee Matzenik was born on 15 October 1986 in Tamworth NSW. His father, Ed Matzenik (born 28 December 1944), helped run Enrec Studio in the rural city with Steve Newton. Ed is also a country blues musician and has played bass guitar in Johnny Green's Blues Cowboys, alongside Pete "Flash" Sheedy (Lee's uncle), on lap steel guitar. Lee started playing piano at the age of four, learning the Floyd Cramer tune, "Last Date", from his father. Lee used his father's record collection to teach himself boogie woogie and barrelhouse piano styles. He obtained blues lessons from Dr John and Johnny 'B. Goode' Johnson when they toured Australia. Lee developed his piano style within these genres.

By 1999 Lee was living in Maitland, and played piano on weekends with different country artists at the local club, The Tin Hut. He was a session pianist for Flash Sheedy, at Angelwood Studios in Currabubula and toured outback New South Wales with guitarist, Buddy Knox.

2014 saw Ezra move to Melbourne, Victoria and along with former drummer Shaun 'Havoc' Lees, formed the new band, Ezra Lee & The Havoc Band, which also features Mark McGurgan on sax, Kevin Spiers on guitar and Pete Mavric on double bass. In 2015, Ezra Lee & The Havoc Band have recorded a debut self-titled album, which features Alison Ferrier on fiddle and Shane Riley on pedal steel guitar, set for limited release in Australia in August and released by Rhythm Bomb Records in November 2015.

Amplify's Gary Bradshaw felt their set in April was:

"songs best described as Americana... Or Rockabilly... Or Blues... You know what, I don't really have a pigeon hole that this band will fit into" and that "the tunes and music style is very infectious. It is hard to watch the band's enthusiasm for what they are playing, as well as listen to well-constructed tunes, and not get sucked into having a good time."

The PBC is delighted to have secured Ezra Lee for the Christmas Show as part of his Australian/European Tour 2018-19. Be early to secure a seat and be ready to party through 'till very late.

Ezra Lee will be supported by local band Resonator.

Entry: $25.00 / $15.00 (members)

Please Note: The Club will be closed on Christmas Day 2018 and New Year's Day 2019.

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Back in about 1982, one of the first of what we now call ‘Open Mic‘ nights was created. It was called ‘Garage Band night’ and was created and presented by Rick Steele. It ran for just over five years at the Civic Hotel in Beaufort St. until an upwardly mobile young fellah rang Rick Steele and told him, he had registered the name and to cease using it.

The Show moved to the Indy Bar in Scarborough and was re-branded as, ’Beat the Blues Show’.

Five years later, with a lot of middies under the bridge, meetings, and performances, the Perth Blues Club became an Incorporated, not-for-profit,organisation on December 9, 1992. The club, run entirely by volunteers, was and still is based at the Charles Hotel.

Over the 26 years of operation, every Tuesday evening, many a memorable night has been witnessed and performed. Nationally and Internationally, its reputation is as the best run and most enjoyable blues club in the nation.
International names such as Charlie Muslewhite and Johnny Johnson are just a couple of the many great acts that have featured at the Town of Vincent landmark.

To mark this notable and auspicious occasion we will be celebrating in the Beer Garden and part of the Carpark at the Charles Hotel. Second-hand stalls, car boot sales, umbrella stalls, a Perth Blues Club Merchandise Marquee, buskers, an outside stage, and Birthday frivolity will be evident. Indeed, we hope you will also find that elusive Christmas present for the person who has everything!

Stalls - with all their goodies for sale - will be open from 12 noon for those with a keen eye for a bargain. Very limited spots are available at a small fee, so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. right away if you wish to secure a stall.

Our special guest performer will be Italian guitar virtuoso Gabriele Campani, who recently relocated to Perth, along with twenty or more of our local entertainers, including Club President Rick Steele. We will be providing almost non-stop entertainment from 2pm until 6pm.

The whole affair will be family friendly and we encourage you to bring Nono, Nanna, Grandpop and the kids - as long as they are house-trained. Baby Boomers are also welcome and. of course, the bar will be open and food will be readily available.

Come along for an afternoon of fun, food and some of the best music around @ the Perth Blues Club's 26th Birthday Party.

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It's been a tradition at the PBC when one of our local blusicians reaches the big six-o we share the moment with a big party. This time it's the turn of Paul Gioia, who will take the main spot with The Lawrie-Gioia Band. 

Bill Lawrie and Paul Gioia have made the rich piano and guitar sounds of pre-war America their own, blues that is at once raw, poignant and loud. They are consummate performers, with Lawrie's gravel voice and Gioia's stompin' piano standouts in the Australian blues and roots scene.

Their duo CD, Dead Cat Blues, is unique for an Australian release, and has featured on national radio as well as the Australian Blues and Roots Charts. Their original solo music extends their repertoire to country, gospel and beyond, and with rhythm heavyweights Greg Brenton and Joe Southwell the band delivers an extra dimension that will rock your socks off.

The Lawrie-Gioia Band will be supported by Trevor Jalla (7.30pm) and Blind River Blues Band (10.00pm).

Entry: $20.00 / $10.00 (members)

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Dilip n the Davs are delighted to present Freo Mojo, their brand new live release to the Club. This blues-infused work is their eighth album and was recorded live over a month of Sunday residencies at Clancys in Fremantle.

The selected tracks capture the energy and virtuosity of the Davs, with a couple of covers plus more original material written by the band. Andrew Pring on harp, Daniel Wiggins on guitar and Paul Cozens on keys are strongly backed by Mark Wiggins on bass and Rolf Fox on drums. Lead vocals for the album are shared between band members including Dilip Parekh. For the Perth Blues Club Show, newest band member, Alannah Chapman, a talented, young jazz trained saxophonist from Albany will also take the stage. 

Celebrate Life, dance with the Davs !

Dilip n the Davs will be supported by Mystic Rebellion (7.30pm) and Two Dollar Dog (10.00pm).

Entry: $20.00 / $10.00 (members).

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Battle scarred, ruggedly handsome, veterans of a dozen or so campaigns, Jack Royale and his more than adequately named Hotshot Playboys are your one way ticket to Rhythm and Blues central. Jack Royale (aka Nick Sheppard) – guitar, vocals. Rusty McMahon (aka Pete Stone) – piano, vocals. Big Mickey London (aka John Short) – guitar. The Evil Petless (aka Phil Morgan) - bass.

Supporting Jack Royale & the Hotshot Playboys are Moonshine Trust, who will be launching their new CD (7.30pm) and Kerry B Ryan Band (10.00pm).

Entry: $20.00 / $10.00 (members).

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