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Hailing from Chicago USA, The Original Chicago Blues All Stars (OCBAS) are the Blues band that Willie Dixon, the greatest Blues songwriter of his generation, put together as a touring band in the 1970s. With Willie at the helm, the OCBAS toured and thrilled audiences for more than 10 years worldwide. The band re-formed more recently to carry on the legacy of the founders of the Chicago Blues. They have played extensively all around the city and the world as well as appearing as Good Will Ambassadors for the City of Chicago in Paris and Toronto.

The current lineup is headed by Freddie Dixon, bass player extraordinaire, who learned the instrument at the feet of his father, Willie Dixon. Freddie, the second son of ‘The Seventh Son’ was born and raised in Chicago and has been covering many of his father’s hits, such as The Seventh Son, Backdoor Man, 29 Ways, and The Same Thang, just to name a few. He has played and recorded with many of the greats of the Chicago Blues scene, and Freddie continues his father’s legacy by singing and playing the Blues worldwide.

Other acts performing are: Bridie King (7.30pm) and Old Blood (9.45pm)

ENTRY: $30.00 (General Admission) | $20.00 (Members)

Bridie King

Bridie King first came to national prominence as a blues and boogie pianist with her recording of Piano Frenzy on The Hippos' album Hippocracy in 1988. Bridie studied classical piano for 16 years, including 6 years at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, and has a Master’s degree in Music (Music Education) and a Diploma in Music Education. She teaches classical, blues and improvisation on piano at her home practice. Bridie taught her Blues course at the Sydney Conservatorium’s Open Academy 2003-09.

Throughout Bridies's early childhood she was exposed to African-American music of the '20s, '30s, '40s, and '50s through her family's involvement with the Sydney Jazz Club and her father's love of rhythm & blues, gospel and traditional New Orleans Jazz. In the late 1970s she formed the band Mona and the Wail with her sister Sally King, on whose original soul and blues songs the band was centred.

Bridie has attracted many overseas performers to play as her special guests. They include Buddy Miles ( Jimi Hendrix Band), Jimmy Vaughan (Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Thunderbirds), Johnnie Johnson. and members of Dire Straits and Soko Richardson (Tina Turner's Band). She was invited as special guest to play with Blues guitar legend Albert Collins at Selina's, Coogee.

In July 1999 Bridie recorded her first CD under her own name, titled My Blues. The CD attracted excellent reviews. John Shand of the Sydney MorningHerald enthused that ‘Bridie oozes vitality’ and awarded the rating of 3 and½ stars. A reviewer in the Melbourne Sun felt the music of ‘My Blues’was‘in the key of joy.’ The CD has sold 2000 copies and is on its second pressing. It has featured on the ABC shows, the Planet and AndrewFord’s program, and on numerous FM stations, especially on the 2MBSFM program Stormy Monday.

In 2011 Bridie took a few months off and came back to record her new album “Blue Ivories” The record features mostly piano trio instrumentals and two vocal tracks by such heroes of boogie woogie piano as Memphis Slim and Amos Milburn, repertoire you would expect from Bridie’s lifelong love affair with piano blues. Add to the boogie, tunes by Henry Butler, recently dubbed by Dr. John as the ‘pride of New Orleans’, and Professor Longhair one of the true great originators of New Orleans piano, Bridie is keeping the Louisiana flag well and truly flying. This album also features tracks by The Young-Holt Trio, soul-jazz men from Philedephia, bringing a fresh new acoustic sound to Bridie’s repertoire. There are also two originals adding a completely new sound too.

Old Blood

Celebrated as one of the best live acts WA has to offer. The band comprises Tyler Ray Michie on drums, bassist Shaun Liddell Jennings and guitarists Edo Ekic and Jules Peet, with their modern 'Grunge' blues stylings strung tightly together by the captivating stage presence of vocalist Tony Papa-Adams.

Their strong and persistent following has seen Old Blood appear at coveted local festivals including West Coast Blues and Roots Festival (2015), Wave Rock Weekender (2015), Beaufort Street Festival (2015,16), RTRFM’s Harbour Sundays (2016), Blues at Bridgetown (2013,14,15), Fremantle Winter Music Festival (2015) and Angove St Festival (2014). Additionally, they have headlined their own sold out shows at a myriad of local venues including The Rosemount Hotel, The Bakery (RIP), Mojo’s Bar Fremantle and The Bird.

Beating a path into the hearts and minds of their audiences, Old Blood's debut release was long awaited CD “Live at Rada Studios”. It was recorded last year at Rada Studios, Perth, with track "I Just Want a Little Bit" released earlier this year featuring the vocal talents of Ofa Fotu (Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics). The CD will be available on the night.