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

Juke Joint Jump feat. The Three Kings (CD Launch) & Chris Russell

Already being described as a Melbourne blues super group Three Kings will bring together a trio of this country’s most dedicated, authentic blues artists to the Caravan Club with down and dirty, totally inspiring results. In November 2014 Three Kings; Ian Collard (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Benny Peters (vocals and guitar), and Jason Liu Soon (drums), will again take the Caravan stage to launch album number two. So recently recorded that it as yet, has no name. So rare that it's still bleeding, so new born that the doctor is yet to slap it's ass and the fathers are yet to light celebratory cigars. With special guest: CHRIS RUSSELL.

A few days before nominations closed for the EG/Music Victoria awards closed The Three Kings released their now legendary self titled debut on an unsuspecting world.

A richly deserved “Hail Mary’  that came from the clouds to win the ‘Blues Album Of The Year’. Thoroughly earned but so totally unexpected that the band didn’t attend the lavish ceremony to pick up their gong!

Fast forward 12 months to November 29 and the Three Kings will again take the stage of The Caravan to launch album number two. So recently recorded that it as yet, has no name. So rare that it’s still bleeding, so new born that the doctor is yet to slap it’s ass and the fathers are yet to light celebratory cigars.

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Saturday 29 November
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $25+bf, General Admission- $18+bf
$20 at the door

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 on the 30th of November for the very first time! With special guest: ALEX FORMOSA BAUDO (ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT)

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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Sunday 30 November
Doors open: 3pm (Showtime 3.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $42+bf, General Admission- $30+bf (SOLD OUT)
$33 at the door if available (SOLD OUT)
SOLD OUT

REBECCA BARNARD & BILLY MILLER’S SINGALONG - A Christmas Special

Singalong Society is all about relaxed community singing. SOLD OUT

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 03 December
Doors open: 7pm (Singing starts 7.30pm)
Price: $15+bf (GA) online,
SOLD OUT
Please book dining reservations separately :-)

JC & The Po' Boys

Fronted by JOE CREIGHTON, this nine piece band delivers a banquet of New Orleans second line funk, soul and R&B from artists such as The Meters, Dr John, Professor Longhair, the funk of Sly & the Family Stone and the Commodores and the soul and R&B of Mavis Staples, The Temptations, The Staple Singers, Ann Peebles and Etta James. UNMISSABLE!

In 1994 Joe Creighton released his first solo album “Hollywell” and toured with his band supporting The Neville Brothers around Australia. That was the start of a great friendship that culminated in a visit to New Orleans where he was hosted around town by The Neville Brother’s drummer, Willie Green.

In new Orleans Joe was introduced to world class musicians that inspired and captivated him and he was privileged to experience gigs at the Heritage Festival with Cyril Neville’s Uptown Allstars and of course The Neville Brothers at the famous Tipitina’s.

Joe quotes being in “hog heaven”. He had been a big fan of The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Dr John, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and many more since the funky 70’s and he was now living the dream.

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Friday 05 December
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $35+bf, General Admission- $27+bf
$30 at the door

The Blackeyed Susans Christmas Show

The Blackeyed Susans return to the Caravan Music Club for a very special Christmas show on Saturday December 6th with special guests Jill Birt and Alsy MacDonald (The Triffids). Amidst the tinsel and the lights, The Susans will play a hand-picked set featuring the best of the their extensive back catalogue and some choice Christmas classics too.

Formed in Perth in 1989, The Blackeyed Susans have built a reputation for their moody romanticism and op-shop stylings. Over the past twenty odd years they have toured the world, played with the likes of Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen and released countless albums, singles, vinyl and CDs of strange and beautiful music. A retrospective box set entitled ‘Reveal Yourself’ was released in 2009 charting the band’s illustrious history.

Earlier this year, lead singer Rob Snarski released his critically acclaimed solo album ‘Wounded Bird’, playing to sold out shows around the country. The Blackeyed Susans plan to release their next album in 2015.

Come celebrate the birth of little baby Jesus in style with The Blackeyed Susans this December.

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Saturday 06 December
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $33+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at the door
Selling Fast

Things Of Stone & Wood

Things of Stone and Wood are touring once again in their original lineup, for the first time since 1997 for a limited run of special shows playing favorites from across their multi-decade career including "Happy Birthday Helen" and many more. With special guest: PHILEMON. Their Melbourne shows have been selling out, so get in quick if you want tix!

Twenty-five years ago a rag-tag bunch of folkies got together and formed a band called Things of Stone & Wood that went on to define Melbourne in the early 90s.

Off the back of their top 10 single ‘Happy Birthday Helen’, the band achieved national success, international tours, a gold album ‘The Yearning’ and even a Late Show parody, kicking off a career that would place them as one of Australia’s most loved Folk-Rock bands.

Described as “Melbourne’s most inspired and
inspiring acoustic band” (Michael Dwyer), their
imaginative use of organic instruments set off an
acoustic/folk movement that paved the way for the likes of John Butler, The Waifs and Angus & Julia Stone.

Their live show has always been full of energy and passion and whilst they’ve won many an industry award, including an ARIA and APRA Songwriter of the Year, it’s on stage that demonstrates why they’re so loved.

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Sunday 07 December
Doors open: 3pm (Showtime 3.30)
Price: Reserved Seats- $40+bf, General Admission- $30+bf
$33 at the door
Selling Fast

"Hallelujah" It's a Jazz Party!

Hallelujah - A Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ Shout Out Loud Christmas Party! Featuring the sensational JAZZ PARTY BAND (Harry Angus, Jules Pascoe, Darcy McNulty & Hue Blanes), South Of The River Choir, The Trailer Trash Choir and exciting special guest vocalists. UNMISSABLE

Monday Night Jazz Party featuring some of Melbourne’s hottest young Jazz cats  has been a North of the river phenomenon for  the past 3 years.

We are so excited they are bringing their exuberant New Oleans style jazz down South to  The Caravan where they will set up on the floor in the middle of the room and be joined by two choirs and the audience.

We are not encouraging audience participation…we are demanding it!!!!

Wednesday 10 December
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.15pm)
Price: $20+bf (unreserved chairs & tables available)
$20 at the door (if available)
Selling Fast

Glenn Tilbrook (UK)

Squeeze's iconic frontman returns for his first time since 2007 for a December tour of Oz with his brand new studio album, Happy Ending, on limited edition vinyl, CD, and digital bundle."stuffed with ludicrously catchy melodies" — Mojo Magazine * * * * We're so pleased to have him drop in to Oakleigh on the Caravan Stage. With special guest: MICHAEL WAUGH.

As half of the iconic songwriter team Difford and Tilbrook of beloved pop legends Squeeze, Glenn Tilbrook has written some of the most enduring pop classics of ’80s UK New Wave with such global hits as “Tempted” and “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell).”

With more recent performances in the States on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live from the Artist’s Den, Squeeze has proven itself to be relevant and enduring as new generations of fans discover the band’s incredible songbook.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Tilbrook is back — ducking and diving, bobbing and weaving — with his fifth non-Squeeze album, Happy Ending, available now digitally and as a limited edition vinyl through www.glenntilbrook.com,  iTunes and Amazon.

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Friday 12 December
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $40+bf, General Admission- $30+bf
$33 at the door if available

Normie Rowe & The Playboys

Australia’s biggest pop star of the sixties is back at the Caravan by popular demand. He will be performing is greatest hits including “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, “I Who Have Nothing”, “Que Sera Sera”, “Shakin’ All Over” and much more. NOT TO BE MISSED!

Normie & The Playboys have never sounded better and they’ve never had more fun. In December 1964 they were playing dances in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne, experimenting with sounds and songs. Within months they were appearing on the GO!! Show and Normie was about to become the most successful Pop artist in Australian music history. An extra-ordinary run of hit singles followed – “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, “Que Sera Sera”, “I Who Have Nothing” and “Shakin’ All Over” were the monsters but then there was “Pride & Joy”, “Stubborn Kinda Guy”, and on…on it went to England and “It’s Not Easy” and “Ooh La La”. Last year they got back together for shows at The Caravan and Flying Saucer Clubs and had a ball. The audiences were terrific and they couldn’t wait to get back!

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Saturday 13 December
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $40+bf, General Admission- $28+bf
$30 at the door if available.

George Butrumlis and the Contemporary Creatures

After nearly 30 years with his legendary band Zydeco Jump and a wonderful farewell gig here last April, George has gathered together a group of superb musicians for this new project, 'Contemporary Creatures'. With special guests: THE JUNES.

The band are: TIM NEAL (keys), SHANE O’MARA (guitar), YURI PAVLINOV (bass), LUCKY PEREIRA (drums),  RAY PEREIRA (percussion) & GEORGE BUTRIUMLIS (accordion). The music will be an intoxicating mix of dance grooves, tango, songs known and unknown and maybe even a tiny pinch of zydeco if the weather’s good. Come to dance or come to listen.

Either way you’re in for a treat. And this show will feature  very special guests,  THE JUNES (Sarah Carroll,  Suzannah Espie and Gleny Rae Virus).

Sunday 14 December
Doors open: 3pm (Showtime 3.30)
Price: Reserved Seats-$25+bf, General Admission-$18+bf
$20 at the door (if available)

THE SKATALITES

THE SKATALITES are heralding their return to Australia with the celebration of their 50th anniversary. It’s rare that a band can boast of this milestone achievement but THE SKATALITES are more than a band; they are an institution, made up of a collective of some of Jamaica’s finest musicians who not only defined the sound of ska in the 50’s and 60’s but influenced and inspired a number of generations and bands both on their own turf and around the world. UNMISSABLE

“They played for the mods and the ska-heads. They played for rockers and the raggamuffins. They played for the old and young. They played for the ages.” – Vinyl District

“The Skatalites are pure energy: hot like fire, with a scorching, skanking rhythm and big-band bravado.”  – Reggae Reviews.com

THE SKATALITES are heralding their return to Australia with the celebration of their 50th anniversary. It’s rare that a band can boast of this milestone achievement but THE SKATALITES are more than a band; they are an institution, made up of a collective of some of Jamaica’s finest musicians who not only defined the sound of ska in the 50’s and 60’s but influenced and inspired a number of generations and bands both on their own turf and around the world.

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Wednesday 17 December
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.30)
Price: Reserved Seats- $69+bf, General Admission- $59+bf
$64 at the door
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JEFF DUFF - BOWIE UNZIPPED

Aussie Rock legend Jeff Duff and killer band will take you on a musical journey onto planet Bowie... Performing David Bowies revolutionary music and breathing new life into the thin white duke's iconic songs.

The legendary Jeff Duff, often referred to as Australia’s answer to David Bowie, will perform the Thin White Duke’s iconic songs in a much anticipated new show called ‘BOWIE-Unzipped’. Jeff has been singing Bowie’s songs for many years with the glowing support of Bowie’s official website BowieNET. Together with a killer band, Duffo’s journey to Planet Bowie will include the songs Space Oddity, Lets Dance, China Girl, Life On Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust… amongst many other faves. Jeff’s all star band features guitarist Jak Housden from the Whitlams along with the brilliant keyboard player Glenn Rhodes and drummer- percussionist Jess Ciampa.

“Duffo started big! with Starman, followed by CHina Girl, which sounded better than Bowie or Iggy Pop!  If you closed your eyes, you could believe it was Bowie on stage, Jeff Duff is a legend!”.  Faster Louder Magazine

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Friday 19 December
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $40+bf, General Admission- $28+bf
$30 at the door
Selling Fast

JEFF DUFF - BOWIE UNZIPPED

Due to popular demand, we're pleased to announce a 2nd show, where Aussie Rock legend Jeff Duff and killer band will take you on a musical journey onto planet Bowie... Performing David Bowies revolutionary music and breathing new life into the thin white duke's iconic songs.

The legendary Jeff Duff, often referred to as Australia’s answer to David Bowie, will perform the Thin White Duke’s iconic songs in a much anticipated new show called ‘BOWIE-Unzipped’. Jeff has been singing Bowie’s songs for many years with the glowing support of Bowie’s official website BowieNET. Together with a killer band, Duffo’s journey to Planet Bowie will include the songs Space Oddity, Lets Dance, China Girl, Life On Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust… amongst many other faves. Jeff’s all star band features guitarist Jak Housden from the Whitlams along with the brilliant keyboard player Glenn Rhodes and drummer- percussionist Jess Ciampa.

“Duffo started big! with Starman, followed by CHina Girl, which sounded better than Bowie or Iggy Pop!  If you closed your eyes, you could believe it was Bowie on stage, Jeff Duff is a legend!”.  Faster Louder Magazine

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Saturday 20 December
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $40+bf, General Admission- $28+bf
$30 at the door
Selling Fast

Electric Mary

Award winning Melbourne Rock Band - ELECTRIC MARY will be rockin' the Caravan stage for the very first time on Boxing Day 2014. So finish up your Christmas pudding, let down your hair, and come along to the Caravan and see for yourself why Music Oz nominated them for "Best Rock Band'.

Electric Mary are Australia’s last great hope for the title of ‘Killer Blues-ish Hard Rock Band’. They carry on a lineage which began with the melding of blues structures to rock energy in the late ’60s and early ’70s and which has continued through artists like Whitesnake, Badlands, Mr. Big and Richie Kotzen. Soulful vocals, monster grooves that the dudes can headbang to and the chicks can dance to (or vice versa, really), and killer guitar work.

They have supported artists including Whitesnake, Judas Priest,  Alice Cooper, Glenn Hughes, Deep Purple and performed along side legendary music greats such as Carlos Santana, Dweezil Zappa and Buddy Guy.

Friday 26 December
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40pm)
Price: General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at the door

Black Sorrows - NYE Party

The very last night of 2014 will be an unforgettable night of fun, passion, music and hopefully lots and lots of dancing. It's the hottest ticket in town so there's no time to hesitate!

Joe Camilleri is one of Australia’s most adored musicians. His chart-topping band, The Black Sorrows, are about to release their seventeenth album, Certified Blue.

In classic Camilleri style, the album travels the full breadth of Joe’s musical tastes as it explores rock, country, blues and jazz. Featuring fifteen new tracks penned with Camilleri’s longtime co-writer, Nick Smith.

Joining Joe on stage will be John McAll (keys), Claude Carranza (guitar), Mark Gray (bass) and Angus Burchall (drums).
Don’t miss the chance to see Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows and get a sneak peak of some new tracks and a good dollop of old classics.

Wednesday 31 December
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $75+bf, General Admission- $52+bf
$55 at the door
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Shooglenifty (Scotland) feat. Kaela Rowan

It’s hard to believe that Shooglenifty has been at the forefront of contemporary Celtic dance music for a full quarter century – but that’s how long it is since their official debut gig, at the Orkney Folk Festival in 1990. Still unrivalled in their skill at welding beautiful melodies to wickedly potent grooves – together with kaleidoscopic influences from psychedelic rock to Balkan beats – they have a brand-new album, The Untied Knot, launching on their Australian tour, and for the first time some spectacular song will punctuate their set of wild ‘get-up-and-dance’ tunes.

The Shoogles are delighted to be kicking off their 25th year in Australia where they have always enjoyed an energetic reception: this is the band that incited the first stage invasion at Sydney Opera House in 1996 after all. In 2015 they are joined by their original bass player, the funktastic Conrad Ivitsky Molleson, and a pair of extraordinarily talented newcomers will challenge their fiddle-playing front man Angus to nightly duels on stage: Ewan MacPherson on mandolin and Kaela Rowan on vocals. Sparks will fly.

Bio:

Attempts to describe this almost uncatagorisable band include: ‘hypno-folkadelic-ambient-trad’ and ‘Acid-Croft’, which derives from late 1980s club music ‘Acid House’, a croft being a traditional Scottish rural dwelling.

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Friday 09 January
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: General Admission - 40+bf (Standing/Dancing Only)
$35 at the door (if still available)

Dave Faulkner & Brad Shepherd (Hoodoo Gurus)

Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd, main men from the legendary Hoodoo Gurus, will be performing a special intimate and exclusive Melbourne show for the very first time at the Caravan Club. They will be playing the cream of the Gurus back catalogue as well as some choice covers. Tickets are HOT, so get in quick!

Saturday 10 January
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $45 + bf, General Admission- $35+bf
$40 at the door (If still available)
Selling Fast

Bob 'Bongo' Starkie presents "MILLION DOLLAR RIFF"

Forty years ago, The Skyhooks literally changed the face of rock’n’roll in the 1970’s with numerous Number One and Top Ten singles to their credit as well as two of the biggest selling albums ever – “Living In The Seventies” and “Ego Is Not A Dirty Word”. BOB 'BONGO' STARKIE- Guitarist from the engine room of the Legendary ‘SKYHOOKS’ heads up a band at the Caravan for a Sunday afternoon performing all the hits featuring singer‘ LAURA DAVIDSON’ who sounds amazingly similar to Shirl. UNMISSABLE!

ALL STAR LINE-UP INCLUDES:

BOB ‘OL SILVER’ STARKIE – GUITAR VOCALS AND HUMILITY

LAURA DAVIDSON – EXTREMELY HIGH VOCALS

STEVE WILLIAMS – SAX,HARP VOCALS & JOKES

STUART FRASER – SPECTACULAR GUITAR

KIM MAY – BASS & PIERCINGS

SEAN MCLEOD – DRUMS & X-FACTOR

Sunday 11 January
Doors open: 3pm (Showtime 3.30pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $32+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at the door if available

KINKY FRIEDMAN (USA) - A JOURNEY IN TIME

Musician, author, politician, entrepreneur, animal saviour... Kinky Friedman has worn many hats over his long career that began in 1966 with the almost obligatory obscure, one-off single with his university band, King Arthur & The Carrots. We are so pleased to have Kinky back to perform another 2 shows at the 'Van. UNMISSABLE!

Austin – Kinky Friedman may have been returned to the private sector by his fellow Texas Democrats in the State Ag Commissioner political run off, but he isn’t bitter about it.  For Kinky, each path tested is just another small part of his amazing journey through life on planet Earth.  One can only imagine the tales Kinky can tell.

Or….one can attend a performance of Kinky Friedman – A Journey In Time and not leave it to the imagination.  For Kinky is telling the tales, both hilarious and poignant.  He’s talking about how he introduced the Frisbee to the natives of Borneo while in the peace corps; how he offended all equally with the Texas Jewboys in the seventies; how he counts former President Bill Clinton and the late Nelson Mandela among the millions of fans of his music and books.  Kinky is telling the truths about life as he knows them.

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Friday 23 January
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $52+bf, General Admission- $40+bf
$45 at the door

KINKY FRIEDMAN (USA) - A JOURNEY IN TIME

Musician, author, politician, entrepreneur, animal saviour... Kinky Friedman has worn many hats over his long career that began in 1966 with the almost obligatory obscure, one-off single with his university band, King Arthur & The Carrots. We are so pleased to have Kinky back to perform another 2 shows at the 'Van. UNMISSABLE!

Austin – Kinky Friedman may have been returned to the private sector by his fellow Texas Democrats in the State Ag Commissioner political run off, but he isn’t bitter about it.  For Kinky, each path tested is just another small part of his amazing journey through life on planet Earth.  One can only imagine the tales Kinky can tell.

Or….one can attend a performance of Kinky Friedman – A Journey In Time and not leave it to the imagination.  For Kinky is telling the tales, both hilarious and poignant.  He’s talking about how he introduced the Frisbee to the natives of Borneo while in the peace corps; how he offended all equally with the Texas Jewboys in the seventies; how he counts former President Bill Clinton and the late Nelson Mandela among the millions of fans of his music and books.  Kinky is telling the truths about life as he knows them.

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Saturday 24 January
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $52+bf, General Admission- $40+bf
$45 at the door

Chris Wilson & Band

Australian Blues Legend Chris Wilson will perform 2 rockin' sets in a Sunday afternoon session at the Caravan Club. UNMISSABLE!

“A magnificent voice ranging from soft tenderness to a bellowing roar that raised shivers at the back of my neck…” Richard Sharman of I-94 Bar website

CHRIS WILSON has been an essential part of blues and rock music in Australia since taking the stage with the Sole Twisters twenty years ago. Stints with Harum Scarum and Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls followed, and the end of the 80s saw Wilson as one of our finest vocalists, harmonica players and songwriters, fronting the superb Crown of Thorns.

His instrumental gifts have oft been utilised on recordings by the likes of James Reyne, Hunters and Collectors, Vika and Linda, Renee Geyer, Archie Roach, X, Deb Conway and Ross Hannaford’s Dianna KIss. Chris has enjoyed the company of Australia’s best musicians on stage and in the studio when realising his own visions in song.

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Sunday 25 January
Doors open: 3pm (Showtime 3.30)
Price: Reserved Seats-$20+bf, General Admission-$15+bf
$15 at the door (If still available)

Rolling Stones 'Black & Blue' Tribute

Featuring NICK BARKER, ASH DAVIES, SHANE O'MARA, BRUCE HAYMES, JUSTIN GARNER & GRANT CUMMERFORD - Celebrating The Rolling Stones' 'Black & Blue' record. Performed live in full (with a set of Stones' gems). NOT TO BE MISSED.

Friday 30 January
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats-$32+bf, General Admission-$25+bf
$25 at the door (If still available)

Backsliders + Old Grey Mule (USA)

All the way from Sydney, BACKSLIDERS (Dom Turner, Rob Hirst & Ian Collard) are back in Melbourne after their successful cd launch - "Dark Side" earlier this year - described by the Australian as maintaining “an enviable history of redefining, refining and diversifying the [blues] genre” and they will be sharing the stage with OLD GREY MULE (USA) - a two-man Mississippi Hill Country and Raw Electric blues wrecking machine.

Backsliders powerhouse live performances are well-known on the Australian festival circuit, and. the band are just back from playing their trademark genre-bending swamp blues to main stage crowds at Byron Bay Bluesfest and Broadbeach blues festival.

In live mode “..Dom Turner’s over-driven steel guitar and Rob Hirst’s hyper-bombastic drumming wield a blues that is much louder, much more raucous, than blues-inspired rock acts like The White Stripes and The Black Keys’  ‘(FasterLouder.com.au)

About Old Grey Mule

All the way from the USA, Old Gray Mule are a two-man Mississippi Hill Country and Raw Electric blues wrecking machine. With five critically acclaimed albums in their catalogue, Old Gray Mule embodies the old school blues ethic: “Keep it simple, it’s for dancing yall.”

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Saturday 07 February
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $35+bf, General Admission- $25+bf
$30 at the door

Ruth Moody

Although best known for her work with The Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and insightful songwriting and we're so pleased to have her perform at the Caravan. "I can't take her off my jukebox." --Mark Knopfler

Ruth Moody is an Australian born, two-time Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding and current member of the internationally-renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the popular American radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. 2013 saw Ruth embark on a world tour in support of her sophomore solo album, These Wilder Things, which included 12 European shows opening for Mark Knopfler.

This is Ruth’s first time touring Australia with her own band, and her first appearance back in the country since 2006 when she was here with The Wailin’ Jennys.

“A voice as lovely as springtime’s freshest daisy” –Huffington Post

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Thursday 05 March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.30)
Price: Reserved Seats-$35+bf, General Admission-$28+bf
$30 at the door (if available)

Wayne 'The Train' Hancock (USA)

Wayne 'The Train' Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing--that alchemist's dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. You won't even notice that he doesn't have a drummer. And when Wayne steps on stage, he owns it. All the way from the USA, we are absolutely delighted to have him right here at the Caravan Club in March 2015.

Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never “retro;” bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.

Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you’ll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you’re wearing. If you buy his records, you’ll be rolling up your carpets, spreading sawdust on the hardwood, and dancing until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. Call him a throwback if you want, Wayne just wants to ENTERTAIN you, and what’s wrong with that?

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Saturday 07 March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.30)
Price: Reserved Seats-$47+bf, General Admission-$40+bf
$40 at the door if still available

PHIL WIGGINS & DOM TURNER Album Launch

Arguably America’s foremost harmonica virtuoso, Phil Wiggins, first met, shared stages and became friends with Dom Turner in the late 1980’s on the first ‘Cephas & Wiggins’ Australian tour and have had a mutual musical appreciation ever since. Guitarist / Vocalist, Dom Turner is well-known for his almost 3 decades of work with one of Australia’s leading blues acts, Backsliders. Together they are launching their new acclaimed album at the Caravan Club in March. UNMISSABLE

The duo performed a series of East Coast USA concerts in June 2014, and featured at the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma, Australia, their first formal collaborations and included set-lists packed with Piedmont, Delta, & Hill Country blues from artists such as Skip James, Robert Johnson and Lead Belly as well as original songs.

Phil Wiggins born in Washington, D.C., and began his musical career with some of Washington’s leading blues artists, including the locally noted slide guitarist and gospel singer Flora Molton. Phil is most well-known for his partnership with legendary guitarist & vocalist John Cephas. The WC Handy award winning duo toured the world as ‘Cephas & Wiggins’ playing every continent except Antarctica for over 30 years. Aside from his masterful harmonica playing, Phil is also a gifted songwriter and teacher and has managed and presented workshops across the US and internationally.

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Friday 27 March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $30+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at the door (if still available)

Jon Stevens

ARIA chart-topping successful front man of legendary Australian bands Noiseworks and INXS, Jon Stevens will showcase his musical journey throughout his 30 year music career.

Sunday 29 March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $45+bf, General Admission- $33+bf
$35 at the door (if still available)