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Cool Perth Nights and The Perth Blues Club proudly present The North Perth Blues Festival 2019 at The Rosemount Hotel Saturday 26 January starting at 5.00 pm - an event that will satisfy your soul with a holiday blues fix.

The line up boasts a great selection of Australian and American blues artists revered across this big brown land and beyond: Dave Hole and his band, Bob Log III, Blue Shaddy, Rick Steele and the Blues Busters, Mama Red & the Dark Blues, The Bonekickers and DJ Holly Doll.

The show runs from 5.00pm to 11.00pm and tickets are available for $30+bf from oztixztix and also available at the door.

Dave Hole

Hailing from Perth, Dave Hole is an Australian Blues Rock slide guitarist who burst onto the international scene in 1991 with his first album Short Fuse Blues, which was picked up by America’s most prestigious blues label, the Chicago-based Alligator Records. He has since released nine more albums; all of which have earned critical acclaim from such publications as Billboard, Guitar Player, Guitar World, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Esquire magazine. His Under The Spell album won an Australian ARIA award.

Dave’s explosive live show and innumerable tours of the US and Europe have solidified his stature as one of the very best slide guitarists playing today and have earned him accolades from around the globe. He has headlined festivals in America, Germany, Denmark, Holland, France, Switzerland, Norway, Brazil, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Poland and The Czech Republic.

Dave Hole has a dedicated world-wide fan base and is widely regarded as one of the all time slide guitar greats. His latest album, Goin’ Back Down, topped AirPlay Direct’s global blues chart for three consecutive months in 2018.


The Backyard

  • Mama Red & The Dark Blues (5:10pm - 5:40pm)
  • Bob Log III (6:00pm - 6:40pm)
  • Rick Steele and the Blues Busters (7:00pm - 8:00pm)
  • DJ Holly Doll (before + in between + after)

The Main Room

  • Blue Shaddy (8:20pm - 9:00pm)
  • Dave Hole & band (9:20pm - 10:20pm)
  • The Bonekickers (10:40pm - 11:10pm)



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Michael is a four-piece band from Perth WA that is fronted by Reggie Michael (vocals) and Sam Michael (guitar), and backed up by a rhythm section of bassist Giles Lowe and drummer Alex Megaw.

Having crossed paths playing in a variety of local outfits over the last twenty years, this quartet have finally come together to deliver their own take on dirty blues.

We're delighted to welcome Michael back to the Perth Blues Club and we know you'll be blown away by this young band.

Michael will be supported by TBA (7.30pm) and Cross Eyed Cats (10.00pm)

Entry: $20.00 / $10.00 (members)

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Author WAM (c) 2018. Published 30 November 2018.      

Today federal Labor announced a comprehensive music policy that will see significant investment in contemporary music.

The party stated: “From encouraging more Australian children to learn and play music, to assisting young bands reach overseas markets, to more support for live music and ensuring fans aren’t being ripped off when they buy tickets – Labor says they want to see more Australians making music, listening to music, and seeing music live.”

The policy will see $28 million delivered over three years:

  • $10 million going to the new Sounds Australia, helping them remove barriers for Australian live music venues and help more emerging Australian artists break into overseas markets.
  • $7.6 million in extra support for youth music education and music teachers.
  • $5 million in grant funding to establish and grow music hubs around the country.
  • $4.2 million for mental health charities Nordoff Robbins and Support Act.
  • $750,000 in funding for the Association of Artists Managers to train new and emerging managers.
  • $300,000 for the New Recordings program to help more artists into recording.
  • Plus, they’ll also include measures to crack down on ticket scalping sites like Viagogo, and consult on any changes to copyright reform to ensure artists are properly paid for their work.

WAM highly commends Tony Burke and federal Labor for having a specific music policy, and appreciates the opportunity to have contributed to the development of this.

“It is fantastic to see music front and centre in cultural policy making,” said WAM CEO Mike Harris.

“It is a testament to the power of music that sees it hold this position at a state level, and now federally.”

“All parties should develop such a policy given the participation rates for music, the contribution to the economy, and importantly the impact music has on social inclusivity and community well-being. As well as Australian music being recognised globally for its high quality, music has an enormous effect on the physical and mental well-being of millions and millions of Australians.”

“We look forward to working with whomever is in power to deliver on outcomes that benefit music and musicians; especially working on how that benefits WA and WA artists.”

“That said I call on all other parties to come forward with their music policies and enter into a national debate on how best to support Australia’s music industry. In the meantime well done federal Labor.”

The music industry contributes nearly $6 billion to the Australian economy each year, and according to ARIA the Australian music industry will be worth $100 billion globally within a decade. Live music alone supports around 64,000 jobs in Australia. And there are even more Australians attending live music than sport!

Read more about how federal Labor’s music policy aims to help our thriving industry grow here.

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Author WAM - 21 December 2018 (c) WAM

Seems Christmas has come early, with The McGowan Government today announcing a new $1 million open access grants program for Western Australia’s contemporary music artists.

Opening next month, the grant program for the Contemporary Music Fund will assist WA artists and music industry professionals with producing and promoting their work, nationally and internationally. It will also aim to improve the representation of Aboriginal, regional, cultural and gender diverse music artists in the industry.

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman made the announcement this morning at Perth venue Lucy’s Love Shack, alongside WAM CEO Mike Harris and WA artists such as Pheobe Gunson (Your Girl Pho), Carla Geneve, Jordi Davieson and Scarlett Stevens (San Cisco), Suzie Tuilali (Hyclass), Ofa Fotu (Odette Mercy) and more, who all welcomed the news.

Grants will be available in two categories, depending on the amount requested.

  • Music artists seeking up to $15,000 in funding can apply throughout the year starting from 8 January 2019. 
  • For applications between $15,000 and $60,000, three major grants rounds will be offered with the first set to open on 22 January 2019.

The grant program is part of the Contemporary Music Fund, a McGowan Government election commitment, which will inject a total of $3 million into WA’s contemporary music sector over the next four years.

$2 million in targeted initiatives will be announced in early 2019.

WAM CEO Mike Harris commended the McGowan Government for their ongoing support of WA music.

“The Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program is a culmination of about three years of hard work between WAM and The McGowan Government. It’s a fantastic result that will create more opportunities for WA artists to promote their music, distribute their music and showcase their music, nationally and around the world.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Department to nurture and grow WA music into the future.

“The message to the music sector is, let’s use the new Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program to excel so we can continue to lobby for further funding as we head into the next election.”

The Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. For more information visit

Read original article here.

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The Big Town Players' Perth Launch of their debut CD Big Town will take place at the Perth Blues Club on Tuesday 15 January. 

The CD contains 10 original songs, mostly penned by Howie Smallman or Phil Bradley, with one penned by the whole band. It's a truly in-your-face production that sounds just as good as a live performance. Make sure you don't miss this night and support local musicians by buying a disc. 

The Big Town Players are a harp/ guitar-driven old-school Rhythm and Blues band with a 90% original repertoire and have been playing around town for nearly three years. Their blues covers range from Taj Mahal to The Red Devils. Featuring local stalwarts Howie Smallman, Phil Bradley, Pete Lisiewich and Phil Riseborough, the band boasts 4 vocalists and has been wowing audiences at the Perth Blues Club and other local haunts with their energetic, spirited performances. Sporting a weighty, traditional-style old-school sound with a new-school approach to songs and song-writing, the Big Town Players promise to be a wild card on the local scene. The band has recently recorded its debut album.

Howie has played at the Festival of Adelaide, Blues at Bridgetown in Lee Sappho and The Body and Fender Band, as well as Bridgetown in other outfits including The Hips. Phil Riseborough has played Bridgetown with The Hips, and Phil Bradley has played Bridgetown as a solo act.

In 2017, The Big Town Players appeared as guests of The Perth Blues Club, playing a resounding set that had the punters dancing from the first number. Since then, they have been a firm club favourite.

Phil Bradley - Guitar/Vocals
Pete Lisiewich - Bass/Vocals
Phil Riseborough - Drums/Vocals
Howie Smallman - Harmonica/Vocals (occ. guitar)