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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)

Trevor Jalla

Blues, gospel, funk, folk and soul - music that speaks from the heart, to the heart. These are the styles Trevor Jalla grew up on, raised in a musical family and taught piano by his mother at the age of 5. He picked up the guitar at 8, and since then has grown to love the guitar sounds of BB King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Jimmie Vaughan and T-Bone Walker, the soulful vocals of Otis Redding, The Holmes Brothers and Al Green, the funky grooves of The Meters and James Brown, and the songs of James Taylor, Keb' Mo' and Kris Kristofferson.

Trevor is highly respected by his peers and is regularly called up as a special guest to perform with other local bands.

Blind River Blues Band

The Blind River Blues Band features on Danny "Choppers" Needham (Vocals and Guitar), a well known journeyman player originally learning his art in his native Yorkshire; Chris "Jimi" Peniston (Lead Guitar and Vocals) who honed his craft in a succession of bands on the East Coast before heading West a few years ago; Ian "Mr Cool" Rutter (Bass Guitar), who first came to prominence with the UK band "The Crew" and enjoyed top ten success with them on the UK charts; Chris "Bear" Fayle (Drums) who talks little about his past other than the fact that his music career started in Newcastle NSW many decades ago, and that he hits stuff for money.

The band plays Chicago style Blues with an injection of attitude.