Party-starters, mischief-makers and all round funsters, ARIA award-winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra (MSO) have a well-earned reputation for keeping the dancefloor twirling. Led by gregarious frontman, Nicky Bomba, MSO is a gaggle of brass, beats and frivolity under the skankin’ ska banner. Destined to be one of the liveliest nights of the season, this is an evening for more than a little hot shoe shuffling.
Way Out West Roots Music Club
A very untraditional Burns Supper
Opening the event fresh from 6 sold out shows at this year’s Perth fringe festival are The Caledonian Castaways a group of ex-pat Scots drawn from Melbourne's blues/roots scene. Original material covers amusing and heartwarming stories about their journeys from Scotland to Australia. Set to ska, rocksteady, funk, blues, country grooves - styles they know well.the Caledonian Castaways will celebrate Burn’s Night, in familiar surroundings, albeit a week late in two very different guises….Then to follow will be The Songs of Sun featuring, for the first time on stage together, the dynamic double act of Louis King and Pat Powell who will sing their way through a set of songs from the Sun Records era.
Sam Phillips formed Sun Records in 1950 in Memphis where he discovered and recorded influential musicians such as Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Although he famously sold Elvis Presley's contract for $35,000, he was a visionary record producer and talent spotter who took the Black Man's Blues and sold to white kids, and is credited with recording the first Rock'n'roll record "Rocket 88".
There’ll be pipes, haggis, good cheer and beer!
Pat Powell’s Ska/Blues/Soul Revue – Fringe side show
Some of Melbourne and Sydney’s finest blues and roots musicians are in Perth for a week of theatre shows for Fringe Festival in late January. They are keen to break out and do a huge live gig - this will be their only free pub show – make sure you get along!
Pat Powell is an ARIA winning Sydney singer. A pioneer of ska music in Australia, he tours internationally as a vocalist with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra
An all star band of Melbourne musicians will join him. Every member of the band runs their own killer band, musos like Steve Boyd (Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie), Steve Montgomery (The Ska Vendors) and Dave Evans (Band Who Knew Too Much).
Expect to hear some of their own material as well as some 2-tone ska, original Jamaican grooves, blues and soul.
All this – for FREE!!!
8pm – Odin Malchik – up and coming local act
9.00 – DJ Kilmarnock Steve will spin some Jamaican vinyl
9.45 - Pat Powell’s Ska/Blues/Soul Revue – 90min. killer set!
James Ryan is the award winning saxophonist, composer and band leader of The Subterraneans, Sonic Mayhem Orchestra, JR’s Jazz Jam, JR’s Blue and Boogaloo and more…
JR on sax and flute
Calvin Welch (Captain Funk!) on Drums
Adm Ventoura (Senor Soul!) on vocals and Bass.
Michael Coggins (Flamable Groove) on Guitar
+ Pat Powell on vocals!!!