Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers w Special guest Justin Yap

After the interesting news that Geoff Achison and Justin Yap both won the Australian Blues Award (ABAs) “Duo or Group of the Year” together this January we bring you a one of a kind guitar driving blues explosion on Australia Day Eve.

Geoff is a living legend of the Australia blues world and the fact that he took “Album of the year”, “Song of the year”, “Artist of the year”, “Producer of the year” and “Duo or Group of the year” at the ABAs this year is testament to that.

Justin is a young gun but last year his second album release “Let Love” hit number one on the Independent Blues and Roots Radio Charts and sat in the Charts for a massive five months. Justin is in the headlines again having take home along side Geoff “Duo or Group of the year” this year at the ABAs.

The two guitar masters, young and old are teaming up this January to bring you a night that you will never forget..

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Justin’s Website

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Grand WaZoo ’60s -’70s Soul Extravaganza

Since 1981, Grand WaZoo has been Australia’s premier 13 piece soul music outfit presenting the Black Soul hits, rare gems and band originals to appreciative audiences, across generations!

Grand WaZoo present timeless music from Motown, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Etta James, Sam & Dave & others of the era. If you enjoy, listening to the great tunes that were the soundtrack to a generation. Pack your dancing shoes, phone your friends, book your tickets and savour the vibrant, time-honoured sounds of this amazing band – after 36 years, still the most entertaining and authentic Soul exponents in town!

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Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks

From the legendary band Daddy Cool who’s number one anthem Eagle Rock smashed all previous sales records in Australia to the 1977 formation of Mondo Rock, delivering hits such as Cool World, State of The Heart, Chemistry, No Time, and Come said The Boy before Ross left to pursue a solo career, with the 1989 release of Dark Side of the Man spawning the hit Bed of Nails recently used as the theme to Bed of Roses and continued song-writing and producing credits with his songs being recorded by artists as diverse as Jimmy Barnes, Def FX, Custard, Jennifer Rush, Troy Cassar-Daley, You Am I, Renee Geyer, Christine Anu, The Wiggles (this version of Eagle Rock again topped the charts in July 2008!) and, of course, John Farnham, his brilliant song-writing delivering Johns unforgettable hit A Touch Of Paradise.

A rock legend not to be missed! Checkout Ross on Facebook!

Please Note: This show is strictly 18+

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‘Leave Your Hat On’ – Honouring the Legend That is Joe Cocker

 

This great big band is paying 100% respect to that reggae-loving working-class soul man Mr Joe Cocker…

A young white man from Sheffield England with more cigarettes and bourbon on his voice than your average 60-year-old black blues singer from Alabama. Not to say he couldn’t croon as well…people have used much imagery to attempt to describe the sound… pouring molasses on to sandpaper? One abrades one sooths…

Back in 1969 Joe burst onto the scene and blew everyone away with his outrageous performance at the legendary Woodstock Festival. He and Leon then teamed up and followed that up with the brilliant ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ tour which then became a very influential movie seen by millions. A rite of passage, to New Orleans-influenced pianists everywhere. It was also a major box office success in America and the World, helping to cement both their places forever in Rock ‘n’ Roll and R&B legend.

Later on throughout his 55-year career Joe sang mainly rock, soul, reggae, blues, and R&B and stamped them all with his unique sound and special talent. Producers always wanted to work with him and he tried all styles of roots-based music. He would never just cover a song he insisted on re-writing the original groove and always giving the song a respectful new path.

We’re also doing it for the wonderful Leon Russell… that New Orleans honky tonker who as well as piano played a mean Les Paul and wrote George Benson’s biggest hit “Masquerade” amongst so many other songs. He and Joe were big partners for a long time. We lost Leon earlier this year… piano player Andy Burns is a huge Leon fan.

This show will feature the incredible Rick Evans out front backed up by a hard rocking 12 piece band made up of some of Australia’s finest musicians including: guitar Brenden Mason, piano Andy Burns, drums Jeff Barnes, bass TK Colejoy, hammond Michelle Johns, backing vocals Kerry Maher, Nardia Rose, Georga Byrne, trombone Tim Blamey trumpet Bryan Chetcuti sax Jez Blamey.

Sure, you might hear ‘A little Help From My Friends’, ‘Feelin’ Alright’, ’Hitchcock Railway’,’ Delta Lady’, The Letter’, etc., but then we always like to add in a few surprising choices from his 50 years of making albums (with the cream of world producers and collaborators) …just to keep it interesting!

This gig celebrates the legendary sound of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell right from when they were the two leaders of the “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” pack and wowed Woodstock!

Leave Your Hat On‘ is full of energy, emotion and passion, and truly celebrates the spirit and sound of the much-loved sadly missed Mr Joe Cocker.

Please Note: This show is strictly 18+

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Soul Chic present ‘The Eva Cassidy Experience’

An artist that could not be pigeon holed into one genre, Miss Cassidy took it upon herself to interpret an array of songs from different genres in the form of Jazz, Blues, Pop, soul, gospel & Folk. Songs that she related to, songs that she believed in and songs that she made her own.
The lead singers of the band Soul Chic Nardia & Georga whilst having many influences have been particularly taken by Eva
Cassidy’s story. They have delicately arranged their favourite Eva Cassidy songs and the show is interwoven with very small snippets of life of Eva Cassidy…Through their delectable unique Jazz & Blues voice blend they have mastered the art of harmonies and have since performed as a harmony duo around Australia & Europe. This pair has been described as both memorizing and highly entertaining to watch.

The music has been carefully orchestrated by Stuart Byrne for the following instruments played by an incredible group of musicians! Thomas Byrne on keys, Steve Rando on guitar, Adam Spiegl on double bass, Kieran Rafferty on drums, Sophie Anderson on a cello and special guest each show on the Saxophone.

A MUST SEE!

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The Black Sorrows

The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most enduring touring bands and a festival favourite!

Membership in The Black Sorrows has always been loose and fluid with Camilleri being the only constant. The current band also consists of; Claude Carranza (guitar/vocals), Mark Gray(bass/vocals), John McAll (keyboards/vocals) and Angus Burchall (drums). Spontaneous (forget set lists) and emotionally driven, Joe ensures that no two performances are ever the same. Camilleri’s mantra is simple ‘we come to playand leave the audience feeling exhilarated’.

Camilleri launched The Black Sorrows, a loose band of like-minded musicians, in 1984 following thedemise of his seminal band Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons the year before. From humble beginnings playing inner-city cafes around Melbourne and selling albums from the boot of a car,Camilleri transformed the band into one of the most sophisticated ensembles in the country. The independently released album DearChildren, represented a turning point once CBS/Sony stepped in with a world-wide deal. When radio picked up the classic track, Mystified, The Black Sorrows really took flight releasing multi-platinum sellers ‘Hold On To Me’, ‘Harley & Rose’ and ‘The Chosen Ones’. The Black Sorrows have won the ARIA for Best Band, played sell-out shows across Europe and sold more than two million albums worldwide.

Writer of milestone Australian songs such as ‘So Young’, ‘Hit And Run’, ‘Shape I’m In’, ‘Hold On To Me’, ‘Harley and Rose’, ‘Chained To The Wheel’, ‘Never Let Me Go’ and the ‘Chosen Ones’, Joe Camilleri’s music has become part of Australian music culture. As a member of Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, Joe was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007. Camilleri has shown fans and critics alike that he is a performer with an undeniable energy and love of it all.

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Reverend Funk & The Horns of Salvation present ‘Soul with a Capital S’

‘Soul with a Capital S’ on 29th December will see the band cover the best their 20 year repertoire of…covers! Reverend Funk and band are tight, punchy, energetic and vibing. This band gives soulful definition to the catchphrase made famous The GodFather of Soul himself ‘jump back, I wanna kiss myself’… Well that’s exactly what you’ll wanna do! Come along to dance, listen and shake your booty and enjoy the power and style of Melbourne’s funkiest, tightest, slamminest Soul Funk tribute Band.

***This Show is Strictly 18+***

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DYLANesque – The Bob Dylan Story

Bob Dylan changed music forever when he burst onto the scene in the 60s in Greenwich Village. DYLANesque pays tribute to his extraordinary life, the times and his music, as singer Jeff Jenkins cleverly intersperses stories of key moments from Bob’s life, with a spellbinding performance of more than 30 of Dylan’s finest songs. Together with his electrifying 4-piece band they are stunning audiences with their authentic, powerful homage to one of the 20th Century’s greatest songwriters.

‘Jenkins’ voice is eerily similar to Dylan’s –great – but eerily similar!’- Lindy Burns, Radio Presenter, ABC774

‘I saw Bob Dylan in concert but I prefer the DYLANesque version’ – Phil Kafcaloudes, ABC radio

‘Fantastic…and that’s from someone who knows the words – and intonations – of every single Dylan song!’ – Jill Fraser, TV Producer

***This Show is Strictly 18+***

 

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The Herberts

Cast your mind back to the 1960s, and in the back corner of any tiny English pub, just a few blocks from Carnaby Street and the Beatles at the Cavern Club, were bands of young men sweating it out, playing that famous 60s sound. The played long, they played hard and they really rocked the joint! Now this British invasion has been transported in to the 2000s, and The Herberts have brought with them that unique 60s look and sound. For the grooviest, hippest night out on the social calendar, dust off your stove-pipe pants, mini-skirts and knee length boots, and then tease up that beehive hairdo.

The Herberts will have you dancing all night long to the biggest 60s hits from Them, Spencer Davis Group, Easybeats, The Monkees, Kinks, Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Donovan, The Beatles, The Animals, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, The Troggs, Chuck Berry and many, many more!

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New Years Eve Party feat. The Substitutes presenting ‘The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary’

The ‘Summer of Love’ anniversary show will exclusively comprise of songs from 1967 across THREE HUGE SETS, dance the night away to The Beatles, The Doors, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, the Small Faces, The Who, The Byrds, Pink Floyd, Janice Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Procol Harum and let’s not forget Australian bands such as The Groop, Masters Apprentices, The Loved Ones, and The Wild Cherries plus more!

Summer of Love Guest Vocalists


Steve Lucas– vocals
he may have a famous punk persona from his seminal ‘‘80s band X but he has a profound love of ‘’60s pop. Those that have seen him perform at our previous shows will attest that he is a dynamic showman and a magnificent singer.

Billy Miller – vocals
Billy Miller is best known as the singer of The Ferrets who had a #1 hit in 1975 with “Don’t Fall in Love”. He has been performing, composing and producing music for over 40 years including 3 years in the cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar” (1972-75) and fronting the Great Blokes and The Spaniards (with Mick Pealing) through the 1980’s. Billy is a regular performer with this band The Love Brothers who had a 12 year residency at The George Public Bar in St. Kilda, and has played thousands of other pub gigs and functions as well.

Rob Price– vocals
Rob began acting at the age of 8, sang in the Melbourne production of Oliver at 12 and has had a successful and varied acting career appearing in Australian TV shows and commercials ever since. At the same time he  fronted a number of successful rock bands through the ‘70s and ‘80s, toured Australia as part of the Australian Crawl band in 1985 and in 1986 helped found Rattling Sabres that featured Australian roots legend Kerryn Tolhurst [The Dingoes].  US Grammy Winner Pat Benatar covered their 1987 song All Fired Up! which became a world-wide hit. More recently Rob has performed and recorded with the Pearly Shells and in 2016 formed the original soul band Flip Your Wig with Jody Bell. Their debut album will soon be released. Rob is a fine song writer, a soulful singer and a dynamic performer.

Kelly Auty – backing vocals
is well known in Melbourne, having released two albums and been performing with her band for many years. Kelly has sung supports for Janis Ian, The Drifters, Jose Feliciano and The Platters and has graced the stage at many festivals throughout Australia. She has produced 9 independent CDs including an album of original songs in 2013. She’s a dynamo, recognised as a great vocalist and inspiring performer.

 

Andrea Lees – backing vocals
Andrea is the daughter of renowned Australian singer Ron Lees and her singing career spans two decades. She has starred in cabaret, television, musical theatre and much more and supported leading stars such as Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Jimmy Barnes and many others.

The Substitutes are:
Neil Scott
Neil Scott grew up in Manchester and learnt to play guitar by listening to records by The Beatles, The Hollies and The Who. His natural ability and a succession of bands lead him to tour Australia as part of the successful British pop band Chalice who elected to stay at the end of the tour. Neil remained with Chalice until they split in 1979 when he went on to play with a number of popular Australian bands, notably Captain Spalding. He is an extraordinary guitarist, a fine lead singer and his Mancunian accent enables him to sing a range of British ‘60s songs with uncanny authenticity.

Peter Reed
Peter Reed is a veteran of Melbourne’s rock scene who began his career as the drummer in pop band the New Dream who had half a dozen top 10 hits in the late ‘60s. Since then he has played and recorded with numerous bands such as Gary Young’s Hot Dog (at Sunbury ’74), Pantha, the Mark Gillespie Band, The Tremors (with Kerryn Tolhurst from the Dingoes), Lynne Randell Band, the Phil Manning Band, the Jane Clifton Band. He has taught drums to budding students for many years (including Daddy Cool’s Gary Young) and is a highly regarded technician.

Pete Robinson
Pete was a founder member of one of Melbourne’s first ‘60s pop bands, The Strangers. This band appeared regularly on TV, had at least a dozen national hits, and featured John Farrar who went on to become a successful songwriter in the US. Pete’s subsequent musical career has included such roles as television musical director, arranger, record producer for the likes of John Farnham, Johnny Young, Russell Morris, Ted Mulry and the Masters Apprentices. Most recently Pete was invited to become Music Director for the Go-Show reunion shows that have toured Australia annually since 2010. Pete is very well known and highly respected within Melbourne musical circles.

Peter Summers
Peter has been obsessed with music in all forms his entire life and played in many different sorts of bands (jazz, country rock, punk) before forming New Wave band Strange Idols in 1979. They recorded a single and album and toured extensively in the early 1980’s. In 1984 Peter retired from music because of family commitments but re-emerged in 2004 after being forced to attend yet another corporate event with a B-grade covers band (involving a laptop computer). He decided to prove that ‘60s music could be played with the fire and originality of the period and hence formed The Substitutes with some first class likeminded musicians. The rest is on youtube.

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** PLEASE NOTE FREE TICKETS FOR GROUP BOOKINGS DO NOT APPLY TO THIS SHOW **   **STRICTLY 18+**

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