Oakleigh RSL, 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh Victoria 3166
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BEN WATERS (UK)

Ben is recognised as one of the UK’s supreme boogie piano players and has had a remarkable apprenticeship, having worked and recorded with many of the legendary greats of the rock ‘n roll world – The Rolling Stones. Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Jools Holland, Ray Davies, Procul Harum, Mick Hucknall,, and many others.

Ben recorded his album “Boogie for Stu” at Jools Hollands studio (which Jools donated freely) – it is a commemorative album in honour of the late Ian Stewart, family friend and founder of The Rolling Stones , all of whom, along with Jools and P-J Harvey are featured in the CD. It has topped blues and rock ‘n roll charts world wide with proceeds from sales and Ben’s advance going to the British Heart Foundation in Stu’s memory.

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Fri 24th February
Doors open: 8 pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $35+bf, General Admission- $25+bf
$30 at the door if available
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Reimagining Nina Simone

Acclaimed folk/jazz singer Nicola Watson and award winning pianist Nathan Liow are joined by National Jazz Awards finalist 2015 Adam Spiegl (bass) and Justin Olsson (drums) to reimagine the music of the late, great Nina Simone.

One of the most arresting and commanding artists of modern musical times, Nina Simone offered her voice and songs to the civil rights movement as well as advancing the legacy of jazz, blues and soul music. A formidably talented classical pianist, Simone brought glistening textures from her classical training to a world of music rooted in struggle, soul and beauty.

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Sat 25th February
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $30+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at door if available

Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller's Singalong

Singalong Society is all about relaxed community singing. 1st Wednesday night of every month, the much loved Melbourne Singer/songwriters Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller will direct things where fun is the prime objective. Not your average choir. So anyone who can hold a tune is welcome.

You don’t have to come every month just check in when you need a dose of joy and maybe a glass of wine. Rebecca says “Some of the most memorable, intense, fun and therapeutic moments of my life have been when singing and even better when singing with other voices”. The Singalong Society is for people who want to sing Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Rolling Stones and anything great.

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Wed 01st March
Doors open: 7pm (Singing starts 7.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats-$18+bf
$20 at door (if still available)

Chain

The originators of Oz-Blues, CHAIN will return to the Caravan Music Club after sell-out shows in 2016. Chain rekindles the spirit of the sixties and seventies plus bring a thoroughly modern approach with the tight sound they are known for.

Having formed 49 years ago, Chain went on to have a number of hits in the early 70’s -‘Black ‘n Blue’, Judgment’ and Matt Taylor’s ‘I Remember When I Was Young’

Their double gold album ‘Toward the Blues’ is a landmark recording in Australian music history and has influenced the direction of blues and roots performers in this country since.

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Fri 03rd March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $35+bf, General Admission- $28+bf
$30 at the door (if still available)

Chain

The originators of Oz-Blues, CHAIN will return to the Caravan Music Club after sell-out shows in 2016. Chain rekindles the spirit of the sixties and seventies plus bring a thoroughly modern approach with the tight sound they are known for.

Having formed 49 years ago, Chain went on to have a number of hits in the early 70’s -‘Black ‘n Blue’, Judgment’ and Matt Taylor’s ‘I Remember When I Was Young’

Their double gold album ‘Toward the Blues’ is a landmark recording in Australian music history and has influenced the direction of blues and roots performers in this country since.

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Sat 04th March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $35+bf, General Admission- $28+bf
$30 at the door (if still available)
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Ross Daly

Many years before what we call "World Music" appeared on the scene, certain individuals had already understood the enormous value and vast variety of the world's various musical traditions and had dedicated their lives to their study. One such person is ROSS DALY.

Although of Irish descent, Ross Daly does not really fit into any particular ethnic stereotype given that his life has been spend in many different parts of the world and his home for the last 35 years is the island of Crete in Greece. Ross Daly, at a very early age, discovered that music was, in his own words, “the language of my dialogue with that which I perceive to be sacred”.

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Sun 05th March
Doors open: 7pm (Showtime 7.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $40+bf General Admission- $28+bf
$30 at door if available

Hollie Smith (NZ)

Following on from her successful acoustic shows in 2016, legendary soul diva & multi-platinum selling artist HOLLIE SMITH returns to Australia this time with her full band to perform at the Caravan before her appearance at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in Victoria.

The release of Hollie Smith’s latest album “Water Or Gold” in 2016 had her at #1 in New Zealand charts and received rave reviews in Australia.

Her band features the likes of Darren Mathiassen on drums who also is a member of NZ drum & bass outfit Shapeshifter, renown session keyboardist Daniel Hayles, and the enigmatic & multi-talented Marika Hodgson on bass – a powerhouse lineup and a show not to miss!

“…a dominant force.

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Fri 10th March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40pm)
Price: $25 General Admission (Standing Room Only)
$27 at door if available
SOLD OUT !!!

Stelios Kazantzidis - A Live Tribute

Stelios Kazantzidis is widely considered the most prolific Greek singer of all time.

In his musical career, he recorded more than 1,500 songs. He was recognized as the voice of the working class, since many of his songs talked about their problems and complaints. Using his expressive vocal interpretations to capture the joys as well as the melancholy longings of Greeks everywhere, especially those in the working class and emigrants in the Greek diaspora.

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Sat 11th March
Doors open: 8pm, Show (8.40pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $28+bf, General Admission- $20+bf
SOLD OUT !!
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Dori Freeman (US)

Breakout Americana artist DORI FREEMAN will make her debut at the Caravan. Dori Freeman has a perfect country voice: languid and pure-toned but with a little Appalachian dust on it. Freeman’s storytelling soaks up the wisdom of more decades than the 25-year-old has been around. Her songs hit you like a train. They are stunningly gorgeous, lyrically rich and so thoughtfully executed. Her lilting vocals shine – at times reminiscent of Emmylou Harris – and are delivered with such an aching, melancholic sincerity that her reflections on love, loss and heartbreak wind up buried deep under your skin. SPECIAL GUEST MATT HENRY

Dori Freeman has its own unique sound while also drawing from many different genres.  Freeman says the distinct sound of the record, produced by acclaimed singer/musician Teddy Thompson, came about organically.  “We just wanted it to sound genuine,” she says.  “To be current and sincere.”

That sincerity is palpable on the album, made up of songs full of longing, wit, and haunting vocals from Freeman, who sings in a seemingly-effortless but layered, sensual way, causing each word—and note—to take flight.

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Wed 15th March
Doors open: 8pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $37+bf, General Admission- $30+bf
$33 at door if available

Mundy (IRE)

MUNDY is back doing what he does best: writing ridiculously infectious pop-rock songs that lodge in your cranium like squatters in a vacant house. Celebrating two decades since his breakthrough classic ‘To You I Bestow’, Mundy’s performances are both powerful and melodically dynamic. With the self-titled album ‘Mundy” the popular artist gives us his infectious sixth studio album, which was released in April 2015.

Mundy teamed up with Youth, who produced his debut album, the critically acclaimed Jellylegs in 1996. Jellylegs yielded such hit songs ‘Gin and Tonic Sky’ ‘Life’s A Cinch’ and cc which featured on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’ s Romeo & Juliet. Following Jellylegs, Mundy went on to release the multi-platinum record 24 Star Hotel, with hit tracks ‘July’ and ‘Mexico’ becoming firm favourites.

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Thu 16th March
Doors open: 8pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $42+bf, General Admission- $35+bf
$40 at the door if avaialable
Selling fast !! Dont miss out !!

Into The Mystic – St Patrick's Day Party

We welcome back JOE CREIGHTON and his eight piece band (including The Belfast Horns) to present INTO THE MYSTIC - St Patricks Day Party celebrating The Music of Van Morrison.

This line-up have been performing to sell out venues for 2yrs and with lead singer Creighton, born and raised in Belfast, he brings a tremendous authenticity to the show.

Creighton grew up in Belfast, at the same time and on the same streets as Morrison and he would often watch Van perform live in the early days of his first band “Them” at the Maritime Club in Belfast.

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Fri 17th March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $38+bf, General Admission- $27+bf
$30 at the door if available

Martha Tilston (UK)

BBC best newcomer Folk Awards nominee, Acoustic Stage opener at Glastonbury, guest vocalist with Zero 7, six critically claimed internationally released albums, MARTHA TILSTON returns to Australia with her latest record - a musical invitation to sit out under the stars around a fire and reconnect with a long-lost part of our selves. SPECIAL GUEST - THE THIN WHITE UKES

She delivers a mesmerising set of songs and astute observations through her beautiful crystal-clear vocals, with the support of an eclectic ensemble of multi-instrumental musicians.

Martha Tilston

https://www.youtube.com/user/squigglyrecords

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Sun 19th March
Doors open: 3pm (Showtime 3.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $35+bf, General Admission- $25+bf
$30 at door if available
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Nick Barker & The Monkey Men celebrate 1976 Rolling Stones Tour

NICK BARKER & THE MONKEY MEN (Nick Barker , Shane O’Mara , Ash Davies ,Grant Cummerford and Justin Garner) is a rare collection of local Melbourne talent brought together specifically to celebrate the music of The Rolling Stones and on this occasion they will focus on the Rolling Stones 1976 European Tour

This infamous Spring 1976 Tour saw The Rolling Stones at perhaps their wildest ever. Featuring the classic line-up of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman with help from Billy Preston, Ollie Brown and Ian Stewart.
The tour saw shows in Germany, Belgium, Scotland, England, Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Austria and even included a headline spot at Knebworth Fair in England.

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Sun 02nd April
Doors open: 3pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $32+bf, General Admission- $25+bf
$30 at the door (if still available)

Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller's Singalong

Singalong Society is all about relaxed community singing. 1st Wednesday night of every month, the much loved Melbourne Singer/songwriters Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller will direct things where fun is the prime objective. Not your average choir. So anyone who can hold a tune is welcome.

You don’t have to come every month just check in when you need a dose of joy and maybe a glass of wine. Rebecca says “Some of the most memorable, intense, fun and therapeutic moments of my life have been when singing and even better when singing with other voices”. The Singalong Society is for people who want to sing Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Rolling Stones and anything great.

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Wed 05th April
Doors open: 7pm (Singing starts 7.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats-$18+bf
$20 at door (if still available)

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, times and 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.

Jeff Jenkins, lead singer, (and writer / producer) opens the show with the tale of how a young 19 yr old Bob Dylan hitch-hiked his way from Duluth Minnesota to New York City with a guitar and $10 in his pocket – and went on to become one of the world’s most successful songwriters of all time.

Starting from his humble beginnings busking in cafes, ‘DYLANesque – The Bob Dylan Story’ is a 2-hour narrated rock show that leads you through the songs and events that shaped Dylan; his relationships and breakups, religious conversions, the dramatic scenes when Bob ‘went electric’ at Newport Folk Festival in 1965, how he went from playing solo to playing with The Band, through all his incarnations including the much loved Travelling Wilbury’s.

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Sat 08th April
Doors open: 8pm (Show 8.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats $35+bf, General Admission $23+bf
$25 at door if available
GA tickets available on Mon 24th April

TONY JOE WHITE (US)

The Swamp Fox, TONY JOE WHITE, is to put it simply a bona legend of the music game and at the age of 73 he just keeps getting better. So it with great pleasure Love Police are pleased to announce his return to Australia in April 2017. Special guest LEAH FLANAGAN.

Tony Joe White was literally born for the blues, the part-Cherokee musician being brought up as part of a big brood on a cotton farm in Louisiana, raised on a diet of Lightnin’ Hopkins and local bluesmen, an upbringing reflected to this day in his evocative, haunting music and adding a veneer of authenticity to everything that he touches.

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Sun 16th April
Doors open: 3pm (Show 3.40pm)
Price: Reserved Seats-$49.50+bf, General Admission-$35+bf
SOLD OUT !!

Sweet Creeps & Outlaws - Featuring Henry Wagons, Jonny Fritz & Ruby Boots

In April 2017 the Sweet Creeps & Outlaws Tour featuring HENRY WAGONS, JONNY FRITZ & RUBY BOOTS will do a rollicking Americana lap of the Australian East Coast.

Henry Wagons is a true renaissance man, with a unique swagger reminiscent of a day when front men gave back bucket loads of charm and were shrouded in enigmatic mystery. Drawing on a broad-ranging swag of influences, Henry’s show is a high sensation roller coaster ride that ranges from the bluster of sweaty jumpsuit era Elvis, post karate kicks, to the sombre, drunken malaise of Lee Hazlewood.

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Thu 20th April
Doors open: 8pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $44+bf, General Admission- $33+bf
$35 at door if available
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Boom Crash Opera

With 2017 marking 30 years since their debut release, BOOM CRASH OPERA return for a very special show at the Caravan.

Boom Crash Opera have always had a reputation for exciting live shows that blend boisterous, angular rock with soulful singing and a sense surging of joy and camaraderie.  They have a classic repertoire of hit songs – Onionskin, Great Wall, The Best Thing and Hands Up In The Air  to name a few.

BCO songs are woven into 80s and 90s pop culture, featuring in films such as The Big Steal and Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead to name a couple.

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Fri 21st April
Doors open: 8pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $35+bf, General Admission- $25+bf
$30 at the door if available

Dave Warner's From The Suburbs

We look forward to DAVE WARNER'S return for an east coast launch of his new album 'When" with Martin Cilia (Atlantics, Mentals) James Gillard (Mentals) Lloyd Gyi (Perry Keayes) Nicole Warner, Tony Durant (Fuchsia) They will play a mix of material from WHEN and old classics. Special Guest JON von GOES

“No artist before or since has so extensively explored the theme of what it was to be Australian…”

Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs first official gig was in Perth in October 1976.  Fresh back from London, Warner wove material from his seminal punk band Pus (1973-75) with a host of new songs written in London, some arranged with guitarist Tony Durant.

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Sat 22nd April
Doors open: 8pm (Music starts 8.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $32+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at the door
ON SALE NOW !!

Apodomi Compania

Con Kalamaras and John McAuslan present Apodomi Compania . Originating in Brunswick, in Melbourne and now resident in Athens, Greece for the past 22 years, Apodimi Compania is one of the leading exponents of Rebetika and Greek Folk Song and Dance music.

Apodimi offers its listeners an unparalleled opportunity to experience the musical flowering of rural Greece with its various regional styles of Folk music plus 20th century urban Greek music, which is Rebetika, or as it is more often called, “The Greek Blues”.

Greek Folk music ranges from the songs and tunes of the Greek mainland to the haunting melodies of the Aegean islands, Crete, the coast of Asia Minor and as far north as the region of Thrace.

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Sun 23rd April
Doors open: 7pm (Showtime 7.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats $32+bf, General Admission $23+bf
$25 at door if available
GA TICKETS LEFT !!

TONY JOE WHITE (US)

The Swamp Fox, TONY JOE WHITE, is to put it simply a bona legend of the music game and at the age of 73 he just keeps getting better. So it with great pleasure Love Police are pleased to announce his return to Australia in April 2017.

Tony Joe White was literally born for the blues, the part-Cherokee musician being brought up as part of a big brood on a cotton farm in Louisiana, raised on a diet of Lightnin’ Hopkins and local bluesmen, an upbringing reflected to this day in his evocative, haunting music and adding a veneer of authenticity to everything that he touches.

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Mon 24th April
Doors open: 7.30pm (Show 8pm)
Price: Reserved Seats-$49.50+bf, General Admission-$35+bf
$40 at door if available

Spaniards

SPANIARDS formed in 1983 after a suggestion by keyboard player Mark Mannock who had worked with Mick Pealing's Ideals and Billy Miller's Great Blokes that the two front men get together and see what happens.

The yin and yang combination worked and with the addition of future “Electric Mary” frontman Russell Brown on bass and legendary drummer John Annas,  a formidable team of singers, musicians and songwriters took to the stage with a vengeance.
The band were together for 3 years releasing the charting singles “God Is Shield” produced by Molly Meldrum, “What Can I Do For You” and “Angel”
With numerous appearances on Countdown and sellout residencies at infamous venues like The Prospect Hill Hotel and The Venue in St Kilda  Spaniards also supported Tina Turner on her Private Dancer tour plus Katrina and the Waves on their Walking On Sunshine tour.

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Fri 28th April
Doors open: 8pm (Show 8.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $38+bf, General Admission- $28+bf
$30 at door if available
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Gemma Ray (UK)

Berlin-based, British-born GEMMA RAY and her band will bring their unique torch song psychedelia to The Caravan in support of her latest album The Exodus Suite. Released in mid 2016 – The Exodus Suite has earned Ray international praise, including Paste (“shadowy beauty”), Mother Jones (“Spine-tingling”), American Songwriter (“riveting”), Mojo (“beautiful, as ever”), Uncut (“a moving collision of past and present”), Rolling Stone Australia (“deep and meaningful seduction”), and Rhythms Australia ("Trademark Gemma Ray, all space and luxurious, shimmering and ominous") among others

Her sideways blues is cinematic and brooding, and sit more comfortably in the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds/PJ Harvey school, “blowing sugary femme-pop out of the water” (NME). It should come as no surprise that Ray has collaborated with members of the Bad Seeds, as well as the late great Alan Vega of Suicide, Howe Gelb, Sparks, and the Filmorchester Babelsberg, among others.

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Sat 29th April
Doors open: 8pm (Show 8.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $35+bf, General Admission- $25+bf
$30 at door if available
Dont miss this show !!

Mike Rudd

MIKE RUDD presents a retrospective show covering Spectrum, The Indelible Murtceps, and Ariel. Featuring Ariel's GLYN MASON.

Michael David Rudd was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. His first major group was the Chants R&B. The group came to Australia and settled in Melbourne in 1966 but broke up soon afterwards. Rudd then joined The Party Machine led by Ross Wilson and Ross Hannaford, who later formed Daddy Cool.

After Party Machine split up in late 1969, Rudd formed his own group, Spectrum, one of Australia’s first progressive rock groups.

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Sun 21st May
Doors open: 3pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $32+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at door if available
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Nikki D & The Browns with Dom Turner

Recently described by Guitar World as the “Jimi Hendrix of Sacred Steel”, NIKKI BROWN is an electric lap steel guitar phenomenon. Nikki’s sister Gloria (rhythm guitar and vocals) and cousin Tomika (drums and vocals) share the same deep musical heritage and love of infectious gospel-soul funk- blues music, Joining Nikki and the Browns is legendary Australian guitarist DOM TURNER, of the awarded Australian blues act, Backsliders. This is the official Melbourne launch of their debut album.

Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, Nikki was born into a Church-based slide guitar tradition known as Sacred Steel. To add, Nikki, is a powerful singer and performer with a distinctive approach developed over a lifetime of gospel singing.

DOM TURNER  Legendary Australian slide guitarist and music producer, of the awarded Australian blues act, Backsliders travelled to Toledo, Ohio in August 2016 to collaborate with Nikki on what is a series of slide guitar infused, gospel- soul, funk-blues tunes that demonstrate the kind of magic that happens when two like minded slide guitar tone freaks get together in one place.

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Fri 26th May
Doors open: 8pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $32+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at door if available

The Celibate Rifles

The 1980s were the golden age of rock’n’roll in the Australian music scene and the Celibate Rifles were in it up to their eye balls. Hailing from Sydney’s northern beaches, also home to Midnight Oil and INXS, the Rifles hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since. Special Guest SHE'S THE DRIVER

“The early 80s was an amazing time in Australian music, particular Sydney,” recalls singer
Damien Lovelock.  “It seemed like every pub had live music three or four nights a week and there
still weren’t enough venues to go around.”  Establishing themselves through their distinctive sound and high energy performance, the
Celibate Rifles quickly came to the forefront of the vibrant alternative music scene.

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Sat 27th May
Doors open: 8 pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $39.50+bf, General Admission- $29.50+bf
$33 at door if available
ON SALE NOW !!

The Habibis & Saray Iluminado

The HABIBIS perform exquisite traditional music from Greece, Anatolia, Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean..The haBiBis are Irine Vela (Laouto, bouzouki, guitar) Pascal Latra (vocals, baglama,percussion) Mulaim Vela (guitar). SARAY IIUMINADO plays new interpretations of Sevdah from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jewish Sephardic music from the Balkans.

The haBiBis perform music with passion and intelligence, which can move a listener of whatever ancestry”. Doug Spencer ABC radio.
ARIA Award winners for Best World Music Album,“The haBiBis weave the guitar, oud and bouzouki with consummate ease, in wide chiming choruses”” Rolling Stone.

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Sun 11th June
Doors open: 3pm (Show 3.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $25+bf, General Admission- $18+bf
$20 at door if available

Kirk Fletcher (US)

Widely considered one of the best blues guitarists in the world, KIRK FLETCHER has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers and fans across the globe. He is a four-time Blues Music Award nominee and has played with a variety of popular artists, including a four-year role as lead guitarist of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He is also the frontman of his own band, having released three studio albums. A live album and a fourth studio album are currently in the works.

Kirk first picked up a guitar at age eight, playing alongside his older brother Walter in their father’s church. It wasn’t just a gospel influence that Walter shared with Kirk, but an appreciation of many musical styles from Jimi Hendrix to Steely Dan. One of the most important lessons Kirk received from his brother was about having great guitar tone, something Kirk is known for today.

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Fri 16th June
Doors open: 8pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $32+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at door if available