Venue: Oakleigh RSL, 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh Victoria 3166 Phone: (03) 9568 1432

Pokey Lafarge

With special guest: LUKE WINSLOW KING

Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. After signing with Jack White’s Third Man Records to release his fifth full-length album (Pokey LaFarge) in 2013, he performed as a musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show on Ireland’s RTÉ One network. Pokey’s rendition of “Lovesick Blues” with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, featured on an episode of Boardwalk Empire, was selected for inclusion on the series’ official soundtrack (Vol. 2). Additionally, Pokey appeared in Disney’s The Lone Ranger (both on screen and on the original score), was featured on A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s World Cafe, and recorded a song for ATO Records’ Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War, produced by Randall Poster.

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Wednesday 08 April
Doors open: 8pm (showtime 8.30)
Price: All Tickets - $49.90+bf

A Night Of Lucinda Williams feat. The Album 'Essence'

A collection of Melbourne's finest singers and musicians including LISA MILLER, REBECCA BARNARD, TRACY McNEIL, SHANE O'MARA & many more will be paying homage to the great American Singer/Songwriter - Lucinda Williams with a focus on her 2001 release "Essence". UNMISSABLE

Essence is a compelling masterpiece of wilful intimacy, occasionally haltingly sparse and subtle beautifully realised songs , a chronicle of the search for transcendence over sorrow .

Lisa, Shane, Tracy and Rebecca will be joined by Nick O’mara [guitars & vocals]  Dan Lethbridge [guitar & vocals] Steve Hadley [bass] and Bree Hartley [drums] for an  evening of versions and interpretations of Lucinda’s amazing songs featuring her album Essence as  centrepiece.

Friday 10 April
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $30+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at the door
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Canyon - 'Westcoast Sound'

Signature four part harmonies, classic songs about deserts, forests, raging water, open highways and broken hearts… cue Canyon! For the coolest acoustic-driven, harmony fuelled music this side of the West Coast! Performing the songs of Eagles, America, Linda Ronstadt, The Band, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell and more; spanning America’s rich West to East coast tradition, this acoustic band will take you on a musical road trip like no other. Unmissable!

Canyon features the vocally formidable Peter Chapman and Louise Dempsey (yes, Paul’s sister), as well as Robert James Kirk (RJK & The Sisters of Sin) and Bruce Packard (Coolgrass, Concordia Mandolin Orchestra). Together, Canyon blends harmony and instruments including guitars, mandolin and bass.  Canyon transports the audience to a time and place alive and rich in synchronicity and steeped in the best acoustic traditions.  Canyon sings some of the greatest songs ever written creating a potent mix combining the elements, history and the weathering over time of musical storms…

Sunday 12 April
Doors open: 3pm (Showtime 3.30)
Price: Reserved Seating- $25+bf General Admission- $18+bf
$20 at the door (if still available)

Bustamento

Nicky Bomba's BUSTAMENTO closed out 2014 with a bang, launching the brand new album 'Intercontinental Journal' through Nicky's label Transmitter Records at the AWME Festival closing party with a mind-blowing performance! The shaking seven-piece will take their infectious vibes to to the Caravan Club in April.

Bustamento pays homage to the upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean, covering the Calypso, Mento, Early Reggae and Ska styles, all with an international flavour. Check out the lead single ‘BACK AGAIN’, which has a real Motown base with that signature calypso sound.

After spending the last 2 years performing around the globe, BUSTAMENTO have returned to musical shores with a great collection of songs capturing the international flavour of their intrepid travels. An exciting departure from the Carribbean based style of their ARIA-Nominated first album (Intrepid Adventures to the Lost Riddim Islands), the new release shows the band flexing its creative muscle.

A collection of eleven original songs penned by the band and co-produced by Robin Mai (John Butler, Augie March, Blue King Brown) ‘Intercontinental Journal’ is a musical mission on a round-the-world adventure of fun and games.

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Saturday 18 April
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $30+bf, General Admission- $20+bf
$25 at the door

Baby Et Lulu - CD Launch

Join us and be swept away by these sultry songbirds and their prodigious band in a celebration of la vie française. Tickets won’t last so secure yours rapidement!

Baby et Lulu, Australia’s seductive French-language duo, are set to release their sensational new CD, ‘Album Deux’.

A truly magnetic musical partnership, much loved artistes Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge (FourPlay) perform a selection of new self-penned compositions as well as classic and contemporary chansons written by some of the greatest French songwriters.

“Très charismatic pairing of sexy songstresses’” The AU Review

“Dobson & Goodridge’s vocals entwine; two lovesick songbirds in a melancholic pas de deux. Superb… ” Australian Stage

“There’s a joie de vivre… C’est tres bon.” Sydney Morning Herald

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Saturday 02 May
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats $42+bf, General Admissison-$30+bf

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the huge growth in popularity of this show, to guarantee a seat, it is essential you book your ticket direct with Caravan Music – via online or via email info@caravanmusic.com.au.  Also, the Bistro is a separate business, and a booking for dinner does not guarantee a booking for Singalong, so please book separately – Thank you :-).

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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Wednesday 06 May
Doors open: 7pm (Singing starts 7.30pm)
Price: $15+bf (GA) online,
$15 at the door (if still available)
Please book dining reservations separately :-)

CHARLIE PARR

“Charlie Parr is one of the greatest musicians and human beings I know. So many country-blues artists are crippled with retro-ism and purism, but he has brought wonder and excitement to this music. Even Charlie’s foot coming down on the floor boards screams with more soul and life than most anything – past or future” Alan Sparhawk (Low)

Inspired by greats such as Charley Patton, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Reverend Gary Davis, Woody Guthrie and  Leadbelly Charlie Parr is one of the most authentic American blues artists produced in recent times. With  sparks flying off his National resonator, 12-string guitar and banjo Parr’s spellbinding finger picking and slide  techniques place him among the worlds foremost string-benders. His lovingly executed East Coast Blues style  comes across as authentic, organic and honed from a deep-rooted love of the music, which has invited  collaborations from the likes of Mimi Parker & Alan Sparhawk from indie darlings Low and progressive  bluegrass outfit Trampled By Turtles.

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Saturday 16 May
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: $35 + bf Reserved Seating $28 + bf General Admission
$30 At Door If Available

Introduction to 'Oz blues' feat. Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor will take us through an epic solo journey that tells the very personal story of his career and the evolution of the blues in Australia through his songs. This is something that no blues aficionado, or anyone who has any interest in Australian Music history at all should miss!

Last time in the Blues to Ozblues show matt told the story of his History and how Ozblues developed from Traditional US Blues. This time Matt will perform much of the story in music. He’ll start with a song about being an Australian Blues Musician on the road in 1970 then a song written 44 years later on the same subject.

On Saturday May 23rd, Matt Taylor will take the Caravan stage in an epic solo journey that tells the very personal story of his career and the evolution of the blues in Australia.  “I will be telling my life story, which is pretty much the story of blues in Australia” says Matt.

Matt Taylor has been wowing audiences for over 40 years with his brand of Australian rhythm and blues and it is time his fascinating story was told.

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Saturday 23 May
Doors open: 8pm (Music Starts 8.40pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $32+bf, General Admission- $25+bf
$28 at the door

Kevin Borich Express

"He's amazing, he's one of the best guitarists I've heard" (says SANTANA)... and we are very pleased to have KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS back at the Caravan.

With a professional career spanning over 40 years, Kevin Borich has delivered his talents with his band, the Kevin Borich Express to audiences all over the globe. Kevin is well known for his high-energy electric guitar style and his performance is hailed throughout the music industry as world class. A special moment in 1979 saw Kevin jam with Carlos Santana before 80,000 at the Rock Arena mega shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Santana praised Kevin, saying “He’s amazing! He sounds so much like Jimi Hendrix yet has an individual style. He presents his music honestly and is one of the best guitarists I’ve heard.”

Youtube LinksLive Clips of ‘Heart Starter’ HERE ‘Hellbound Train’ (Blues Rock Funk Set) HERE

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Saturday 30 May
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $30+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at the door

My Friend the Chocolate Cake - Sunday Arvo Matinee

Due to huge success last year, we are very pleased to have MFTCC back at the Caravan as a Sunday Afternoon Family Friendly Show.

Celebrating almost 25 years at the forefront of Australian music, My Friend the Chocolate Cake are back at Caravan Music Club for a family friendly Sunday matinee show on 31 May. This is the band with the strings, the piano, the big tunes and the plainly daft name. Here’s your chance to experience the imaginative and intensely colourful and new music of My Friend the Chocolate Cake. Singer/songwriter and pianist David Bridie, alongside the glorious strings of Helen Mountfort’s cello and Hope Csutoros’ violin are high in the curious collision of elements that have made MFTCC a failsafe concert draw, triple ARIA winners and a vivid presence on countless film and TV soundtracks. Their eight-album history, including 2014 release ‘Best Cake In Show’ is a multi-dimensional mural of modern Australia that illustrates its geography, its political mores and its predominantly suburban identity — all by the kind of stealth that makes the most haunting, exhilarating and enduring music… Prepare for a head-on collision with the quiet achievers of Australian pop.

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Sunday 31 May
Doors open: 3pm (Showtime 3.30)
Price: ADULT SEAT- $40, CHILD SEAT- $20. ADULT GA- $30, CHILD GA- $12 (plus b/f)
ADULT- $33 at the door CHILD- $15 at the door
Kid Friendly Show

Belmar Records Top 10 Vol.3 CD Launch

Belmar Records is Melbourne's newest Roots Music Label specialising in Melbourne-made Blues Jazz and Soul. The night will feature CONTINENTAL ROBERT SUSZ, YVETTE JOHANSSON, THE PEARLY SHELLS and many more! So come to the Caravan and be a part of their 3rd Birthday celebrations!

Friday 05 June
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $25+bf, General Admission- $18+bf
$20 at the door (if still available)

Anne McCue - Album Launch

It's been way too long... Alas we are so pleased to have the Stunning Bluesy songstress and multi-instrumentalist Anne McCue back at the 'Van - this time launching her 6th studio album - "Blue Sky Thinkin' ". UNMISSABLE

“I’ve been a fan of guitarist/singer/songwriter Annie McCue for many years so I’m very honored and happy about singing with her on a damn fine song for her upcoming album. She wrote the song with John Hadley and the brilliant David Olney. You can’t go wrong with such talent.” -Dave Alvin

“I had done some gigs with Annie McCue out in California and thought that besides her phenomenal playing and great songs she had a unique presence. She has an angelic quality to her but also a Charlie Chaplin-esque vibe. Fearless and tender and alluring.” -David Olney

Alternative Country icon Lucinda Williams has said of McCue: “Initially, her stunning voice hooked me in. Then I got inside the songs. The first chance I got, I went to see her perform . . . I was floored!”

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Saturday 06 June
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $30+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at the door (If still available)

Brian Cadd & Band

It's an absolute pleasure to have such an iconic singer/songwriter/keyboardist BRIAN CADD perform with his band at the Caravan for the first time in June. With special guests: THE PARDONERS (Sam See & Glyn Mason).

 “His songs are timeless and he plays everyone’s favourites and some great new songs. He has the whole audience involved from the start…” Fan Review (Nov 2014).

From 1966 until his departure for America in 1975, singer, songwriter, keyboard player and producer BRIAN CADD was one of the most prominent musicians on the local scene. He remains a key figure in the history of Australian music; one glance at his extensive discography will indicate his prolific musical output, and he has been active in many other areas of the industry throughout his long and successful career.

Brian was born 1946 and raised in Perth, W.A. At the age of ten, his parents gave him the choice between tennis lessons or piano lessons — obviously he chose the latter. At twelve he entered a TV talent quest, from which he was offered the job as pianist in a junior band on a local children’s TV show. After that, Brian worked in his cousin’s club band, and in a pop group formed with school friends.

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Friday 12 June
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $40+bf, General Admission- $32+bf
$35 at the door

Chris Wilson & Shane O'Mara

Seemingly every two or so years Chris Wilson & Shane O'Mara reunite to revisit Chris's much loved iconic album 'Live At The Continental' & a few other tunes that are rockin' their boats... Come along and hear this unique duo play and provoke, laugh, bicker, prowl and delight in each others company for 2 magical and exclusive Melbourne shows at the Caravan Club. NOT TO BE MISSED!

Friday 26 June
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40pm)
Price: Reserved Seats-$32+bf, General Admission-$23+bf
$25 at the door (If available)

Chris Wilson & Shane O'Mara

Seemingly every two or so years Chris Wilson & Shane O'Mara reunite to revisit Chris's much loved iconic album 'Live At The Continental' & a few other tunes that are rockin' their boats... Come along and hear this unique duo play and provoke, laugh, bicker, prowl and delight in each others company for 2 magical and exclusive Melbourne shows at the Caravan Club. NOT TO BE MISSED!

Saturday 27 June
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40pm)
Price: Reserved Seats-$32+bf, General Admission-$23+bf
$25 at the door (If available)

Ian Moss

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul... and we're very much looking forward to him driving The Caravan in July for the very first time in 2015! With special guest: CRAIG HEATH

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. While primarily recognised as an axeman of unusual tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.

Born and raised in Alice Springs, Mossy started playing guitar in local teenage bands but moved to Adelaide after failing one of his high school years, planning to repeat in the big city. Fate intervened when he answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia – Cold Chisel. After Moss joined organist and principal songwriter Don Walker and drummer Steve Prestwich, the group took shape with singer Jimmy Barnes and eventually bass player Phil Small, starting the hard grind of playing gigs on the back of flatbed trucks and in suburban hotels. Barnes remembered young Mossy as “a boy from the bush who didn’t wear shoes but played fantastic”. They hit the road and paid their dues, playing countless one-night stands across the country.

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Saturday 11 July
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $42+bf, General Admission- $30+bf
$33 at the door if still available

Mick Pealing Band - The Songs Of Andy Durant & Stars

Mick and his five piece band return to the “Van” to celebrate the music of Stars and Andy Durant. From the 70’s albums Paradise, Land of Fortune, 1157 and the magnificent Andy Durant Memorial Concert. You’ll hear 2 big sets of classics including “Look After Yourself”, “Last Of The Riverboats”, “Mighty Rock” and “Quick On The Draw” and much more!. Get in quick before tickets sell out!

Saturday 10 October
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats-$35, General Admission-$27
$30 at the door
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