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Dynamic blues power outfit Empire Blues’ primary influences come from the British Blues invasion of the1960s. Initially, the band took its material from this period, but over time it has moved on to performing more original material in the belief that for blues music to evolve, you can’t keep just repeating the past. The band features prominent Western Australian blues musicians Andrew McIlroy  (guitar/vocal), Alan Dawson (bass guitar/vocal) and Frank Shinall (drums).

Empire Blues is supported by Dean Haitani (7.30pm) and Common Man Band (10.00pm).

Entry: $15.00 (Members $10.00)

Dean Haitani – 7.30pm 

It was Dean's first guitar teacher that introduced him  to the Blues, giving him a copy of B.B.King's "Live at  Cook County". This introduction had Dean hooked & led him to listen to Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Albert Collins, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Robert Cray and Jeff Healey. Come down early to hear how these greats have influenced this impressive player!

Common Man Band – 10.00pm

This mighty band was formed when Marc Gordon went to travel the world, leaving Rick Steele and Richie Pavledis (the other two thirds of the Hot Biscuit band), behind to keep the  rock n roll show on the road. Andrew McIlroy, and Billy Brothers were recruited along with Greg Thompson. In 2001, The Common Man Band recorded live at the Charles Hotel with the late Clint Gibson engineering and producing. Stay around for the reunion of all reunions  before Richie heads back to his second home for the winter - our winter, his summer.