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Datura4 headlines tonight's show with music from their forthcoming CD Blessed is the Boogie, the eagerly anticipated third album

They will be performing at 8.00pm, so be there early or you'll miss out.

In 2009, a combo of highly respected Western Australian musicians came together to have some fun playing no-frills boogie rock n' roll in pubs around Perth and Fremantle. But it was a yearning by leader Dom Mariani to get back to his early influences that formed the foundation of the band.

Blessed is the Boogie” is ten new songs that build on Datura4’s ‘guitars to infinity’ approach of “Hairy Mountain” (2016) and the hard rocking, progressive blues and psychedelic stylings of debut LP “Demon Blues” (2015). Both albums were released through Alive NaturalSound Records and gained critical acclaim at home, in Europe and the USA. Mostly recorded in a studio farmhouse south of their home town of Fremantle, “Blessed is the Boogie” takes Datura4 a few swaggering steps further. Mariani continues his successful collaboration with bass player Stu Loasby (The Majestic Kelp) and drummer Warren “Wazza” Hall, the original drummer for The Drones. Upping the legend quotient on the record are long-time friends and Australian music stalwarts Bob Patient (Fatty Lumpkin) on keys and Howie Smallman (the Jaywalkers) on harmonica.

Kicking off with the pummelling drums and heavy riffage of ‘Black Dog Keep Running’, Datura4’s mission statement is clear: a rucksack full of boogie-sharp, heavy psychedelic rock plugged into and spewing forth from vintage amps. The title track follows, with its incessant groove and wailing harmonica and slide guitar. It’s a personal invitation from the band to get up off your seats and rock-steady. The hard rocking riffage of ‘Looper’ complements a self-loathing commentary, while ‘Run with Lucy’, fuelled by rollicking slide guitar and a chorus heavy on hooks, is an observation on a world dominated by the current crop of crazies. Their take on the R&B classic ‘Oop Pooh Pah Do’ comes thundering through on a heavy wave of riffs, as newcomer Bob Patient cuts loose on the B3. Patient’s keyboard also adds a far-out new dimension to the album on heart felt tracks Not for Me’ and ‘Cat on A Roof’.

Dom Mariani came to prominence on the music scene in the 1980s with legendary garage rock combo The Stems who released a string of now classic singles that topped the alternative music charts, culminating in the release of their debut album “At First Sight…Violets Are Blue”. Mariani later went on to form revered power pop outfits DM3 and The Someloves, where his knack for writing infectious melodies gained him respect and a well deserved reputation on the international scene.

Growing up in the isolated port town of Fremantle in the 1970s on Australia's west coast, Mariani was a budding guitar player who worshipped the Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival. As music trends evolved, he found himself deep in Australia's burgeoning pub rock scene, thanks to hard rocking local groups like The Aztecs, The Coloured Balls, The Masters Apprentices, Daddy Cool and Carson. At his first ever rock concert he witnessed The Coloured Balls and Sitting Bull, two bands that would spark his interest in the heavy sounds of rock and blues guitar. Sitting Bull were local heroes that would eventually play at Dom’s high-school social. This, along with a music/art program GTK which aired each week day for 5 minutes at 6:30pm on the ABC that offered many of the great bands of the day nationwide exposure - set Mariani on a journey of blues and heads-down, full-tilt boogie discovery.
Datura4 debutants Bob Patient and Howie Smallman are connections to that period of Perth music for Mariani. Patient and Smallman each have weighty musical credentials, and a shared history of the psyched-out stomp of 1970’s Australian rock ’n’ roll.

“Blessed is the Boogie” wouldn’t be complete without a spooky guitar story. The guitar Mariani uses on most of the record is a ’69 Black Les Paul, previously owned by one of his early heroes: the late and much revered Sitting Bull guitarist Paul Felton. Unsubstantiated rumour also has it that this magic axe might once have been owned by the front-man of the legendary Daddy Cool. Fitting, then, that the driving, original guitar sound on “Blessed is the Boogie” has echoes throughout the rebellious formative years of Australian blues rock.

Datura4 are stoked to share with you this new collection of songs.

The CD version of Blessed is the Boogie will be released in April, but it is already available for download through iTunes.

"Blessed is the Boogie" is now available for download on iTunes.

The Rough Housers

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IF YOU'RE READY TO DANCE, JUMP UP!

The Rough Housers are a trio of rockabilly lovin' dudes, bringing energetic fun to audiences with their own versions of great rock 'n' roll and rockabilly classics from years gone by. Formed by three members of popular local group Murphy's Lore with a mutual love of rock 'n' roll, country and rockabilly, The Rough Housers set out to get people up & dancing.

The trio consists of local gun guitarist Jason 'Eddy J' Smith on hollow-body twanging geetar, Kieran Murphy on standin' up drums and hollerin' & Shaun '110th' Street on upright bass and background hollerin'. Following on from the famed work of such luminaries as Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochrane, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Ronnie Hawkins & the king himself Elvis Presley, The Rough Housers are getting ready to bring down the house!

We love playing this music together. It’s our passion project and people always wonder where we’ve been.

The Rough Housers are supported by The Boys Club (7.30pm) and Rose Coloured Glasses - featuring Lauralee Faith (9.50pm)

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

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The Perth Blues Club is run by a team of volunteers — some serve on the committee planning the weekly shows and upcoming events etc., while others provide valuable services on the night such as door and shop staff, meet & greet, and selling raffle tickets.

We're now at the stage where we need more volunteers to help with distribution of promotional materials, assistance with social media promotions and listings on events websites, or to use their skills in an advisory capacity in sub-committees or focus groups etc.

If you can spare a few hours every few weeks, we'd love to hear from you and if you have special skills that can help us, all the better.

Our volunteer team is run by Volunteer Coordinator Jayne Brooke and she can be contacted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by filling in our expression of interest form.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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The Perth Blues Club will be closed on Tuesday 5 March but will reopen the following Tuesday 12 March.

The Charles Beer Garden

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Following the success of our first Sunday Blues Session for our Birthday Party back in December, we're happy to present a second afternoon of Blues in the Beer Garden at The Charles Hotel.

The line-up is yet to be confirmed, but rest assured it will feature a great selection of top local blues acts.

As usual, The Charles will be serving food all afternoon with a number of specials and a wide range of cool beers, crisp and smooth wines, and mature spirits.

So come on down for a relaxing afternoon with some of Perth best live bluesicians.