The Caravan's very own tonight show will premiere on Thursday June 1st and will run on the first Thursday of every month from then on in. You ask whatever happened to variety entertainment? It's back.
Be there on June 1st for the gala opening when your host RRR's Jon von Goes and the IOT house band will be joined by guests ANGIE HART (Frente) and PAULIE STEWART (Painters & Dockers) lt'll be like being at home watching telly when there were 4 channels and everything was live. Singing, dancing, interviews, a desk, a couch, a house band, a house poet, a barrel, a wheel, prizes, mall talk, local legends, big names, small names, dinner, show. ... Continue Reading
Iconic Aussie country rock band STARS are back again reunited after 40 years with the original line-up of Mick Pealing, Mal Eastick, Glyn Dowding and Roger McLachlan. Catch Stars with Nick Charles on guitar and Tracy Kingman on backing vocals. Special guest KEVIN BENNETT.
Originally from Adelaide Stars moved to Melbourne after being discovered by Beeb Birtles of Little River Band. By this stage the Andy Durant joined the band and began writing some of the most notable Australian songs before his untimely death at the age of 25. STARS supported The Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt, and Joe Cocker and toured extensively to sell out gigs Australia wide. Many have said their country rock blend coupled with Durant’s lyrics were well ahead of their time and are often referred as Australia’s Eagles. ... Continue Reading
Touring their brand new releases, “Bill Chambers - Cold Trail” and “Raechel Whitchurch - Outlaw”.
Bill Chambers new album, ‘Cold Trail’, is his first studio album in four years, following on from his last live album ‘Live @ The Pub Tamworth’ CD & DVD. In reality, Bill has left anything but a ‘Cold Trail’, continuing to tour the world playing in daughter Kasey’s band, and also his own solo shows, playing anything from house concerts and coffee lounges, to major festivals. ... Continue Reading
With a stellar career spanning more than 45 years and showing no signs of slowing, ROSS WILSON is one of Australia’s most respected and well known artists. Come see a legend of rock and his band ‘THE PEACENIKS’ perform a rockin' show at the Caravan
From the time Ross Wilson, the future Daddy of Cool began to Mondo Rock out of suburban Hampton with the 1960's outfit The Pink Finks, he was intrinsically aware of the heritage of growing up on the fringes of a major city. When he performed in 1966 at The Onion Patch, home of the Red Onions Jazz Band, little did he know he would be returning 48 years later to the very same stage, now The Caravan Club, to perform a homage to the streets of his youth. ... Continue Reading
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. 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. ... Continue Reading
Hugely talented artist JOHN FLEMING (Scared Weird Little Guys), pays tribute to the legacy of Taylor’s musical brilliance. Fleming’s fine guitar playing, crystal voice, exceptional musicianship and clear storytelling make this a performance not to be missed.
Fleming has also brought together a lineup of Melbourne’s finest musicians to fill out the JT arrangements with GAVIN GRAY (oxo-cubans) on drums, BRUCE HAYMES on keys, DOUG ROBERTSON (icecream hands) on bass and STEVE RANDO on Guitar and also a phenomenal female singer named LISA HANLEY who brings the Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon side of the picture. James Taylor is an icon of music the world over, catching the mood of America in his songs which blended late 60’s folk into the new rock. ... Continue Reading
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. "The vocals of Pascal Latra are as sweet as nectar, as intoxicating as tsipouro, a spirit much stronger than ouzo”. ... Continue Reading
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. That early experience guided Kirk through high school as a member of the jazz band, and by graduation he was collaborating with friends and taking off on road trip tours around Southern California. ... Continue Reading
Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, MICK THOMAS is best known as the song master of pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything. His ever-evolving talents as a writer and performer define a career as intriguing as it is enduring.Special Guests RAISED BY EAGLES
2017 sees Mick Thomas release his new retrospective double CD These Are The Songs, a companion album for his new autobiography, These Are the Days, the story of an inspired and uniquely Australian creative force that covers his life in music from his days in Weddings, Parties, Anything until now. The Album titled ‘These Are the Songs’: is a lovingly crafted compilation album spanning the past eighteen years and more of Mick Thomas’ creative life. ... Continue Reading
Annnexe Arts presents the first Winter Sunday Session 2017 featuring RASCAL with Andrew Mc Sweeney, Gerry Spieser, Andy Dixon, John Fleming and Monigue Boggia). Also appearing VOCAL AGENTS (6 piece A Capella)
RASCAL This is rascal and we’re the Kings and Queen of the Castle. With a love-conquers-all, take-no-prisoners attitude and a fresh crop of songs ready and rude, rascal is taking it all. A powerhouse rhythm section, overlaid with double guitars, keys and a generous helping of vocal harmonies make this cross genre ensemble a sweet satisfaction to hear. VOCAL AGENTS Singing everything from jazz to soul & reggae to awesome covers of rock and gospel tunes. ... Continue Reading
Melbourne’s first lady of soul and ARIA Hall of Fame inductee returns with her dynamite live show to the Caravan. With a recording career spanning 30 years, RENEE GEYER is one of the few musicians in Australia to have released music in each decade from the 1970s to now.
She has worked with Chaka Khan, Joe Cocker, Neil Diamond, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt and Sting. She is a singer, songwriter, producer and author, and one of Australia’s most loved live performers. Expect signature tunes like It’s a Man’s World and unique versions of songs such as Why Can’t We Live Together. Don’t miss this chance to see the incredible Renee Geyer perform her mix of jazz, soul and blues. ... Continue Reading
Melbourne’s purveyors of the finest country soul THE MELTDOWN, are delighted to be performing at the Caravan to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album on HopeStreet Recordings. Blending country, gospel and 60s soul, the result is a unique take on Australian soul music and a record full of life, energy and deeply felt storytelling. Special Guests THE TESKEY BROTHERS
The Meltdown With influences ranging from Father John Misty, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Alabama Shakes built above a steady foundation of southern soul music, this collection of stellar players have created a mesh of Stax and Motown with a healthy dose of the Nashville songwriting tradition. Making the song the focus, The Meltdown stay true to the common goal of the story and keep your attention on the honey soaked tones of Simon Burke's incredible voice. ... Continue Reading
As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band 'Gomez', BEN OTTEWELL is well know for his unmistakeable voice and knack for blistering guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared; 'Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.' and GQ Magazine once wrote, 'his voice is not of this world.'
Simultaneously stripped-down and lush, Ottewell's new album Rattlebag is a collection of beautifully poetic tales of salvation and redemption, of sanctuary and braving rocky seas in search of distant shores. Ottewell's infectious melodies and bluesy riffs will stick with you and beg you to sing along. Ben Ottewell proffers hope and promise accompanied by sublime acoustic and slide guitars, and that's something we can all use. ... Continue Reading
THEY,RE BACK !! Melbourne’s answer to Gene Autry and The Sons of The Pioneers bring their fabulous harmonies and outrageous humour to The Caravan Music Club Their appearances are rare these days so do yourself a favour... Yippee Yi Yay!
The Clip Clop Club are consumate semi professionals who pride themselves on the quality of their performance, their adaptability to different/difficult situations and their ability to entertain people from disparate age groups and backgrounds. They have played over 2,000 gigs in their 20 year career including pubs, festivals, weddings, corporate functions, parties, radio, film and television (The Midday Show, Countdown, In Melbourne Tonight, Today Tonight, A Current Affair, Steve Vizard’s Tonight Live, Richard Stubbs’ Tonight Live). ... Continue Reading
Australian music legend RUSSELL MORRIS heads back at the Caravan with his rockin' band, performing songs from his ARIA award winning album "Sharks Mouth" as well as hits throughout his vast musical career.
Russell Morris is one of Australia’s most enduring singers. A major pop star in the late ’60s, he went on to become one of the country’s first singer/songwriters. Both ends of his career feature predominantly in the soundtrack to the movie The Dish. Morris’ career started in September 1966 with the formation of the Melbourne group Somebody’s Image, which rose to prominence with a local hit version of the Joe South song “Hush. ... Continue Reading
REBECCA BARNARD'S long awaited 3rd solo album is finally here. 5 years in the making MUSIC FOR LISTENING AND RELAXATION is sometimes sparse, sometimes lush. It is a homage to love, the wonder and beauty of nature and the connection we all share. She will be launching the album with a stellar band including legendary piano player BARNEY MCALL. Special guest VICTORIANA GAYE
Rebecca grew up in a legendary Jazz family, with her renowned drummer father, Len, his brother, Trumpeter Bob, and their bands. She has featured in many Australian bands: The Escalators (1982-1984), Black Coffee (and the Beans) (1985), Wayback 5 (1986), Romance Without Finance, Peaceful Anticipation Social Aid and Pleasure Club (1990), Stephen Cummings Band (1986 and 1990–91), Triple Peaks (1991), and the Rebecca Barnard Band (1992). ... Continue Reading
In a world full of gifted and respected young songwriters, it is hard to stand out from the pack, so when two Artists do, you know it’s got to be special. Enter JOE PUG & COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS.
Chicago born and raised Joe Pug is no stranger to this part of the world and makes a welcome return to headline shows after coming down for 2016’s Out On the Weekend festival. His third and critically acclaimed album Windfall, a 10-song indie-folk gem that has cemented his reputation as one of America’s most respected young songwriters, was met with high praise with The Australian describing it as “absolutely brilliant. ... Continue Reading
Have a truly magnifique evening with French-language duo ABBY DOBSON (Leonardo’s Bride) and LARA GOODRIDGE (FourPlay) as they tour Australia with their prodigiously talented band performing songs from ARIA Nominated 'Album Deux'.
See Baby et Lulu bring a passionate tour-de-force of French music, featuring a mix of classic and contemporary songs including tunes made famous by Edith Piaf, Brigitte Bardot and Francoise Hardy, as well as their original French compositions. They were the stand-out at Queensland Cabaret Festival, Mullum Music Fest, WOMADelaide, Woodford, Adelaide Cabaret Fest and more, and are not to be missed! "A must-see act that will seduce your ears with its chansons. ... Continue Reading
After a huge success last year The Caravan Music Club is again proud to host The Very Round Robin this July. This year we will feature TRACY MCNEIL, GALLIE & ROESY, each with their own style, sensibilities and approach to songwriting and storytelling. If sitting around a campfire listening to stories and songs is your thing then this is the warmth you are looking for, book your tickets today.
The concept behind The Very Round Robin as simple as it is endearing is by no stretch a new idea. It is as old as the idea of a music show itself. We bring together three wonderful artists on stage to share their stories and songs. The honest and stripped back nature of the show gives the audience a personal insight into the background of each songsmith’s creation.
It is a dellight to welcome back JEFF LANG for a South Side of the River Launch of his new album 'Alone in Bad Company'.
In a twenty-five year career with at least as many recordings, Alone In Bad Company is JEFF LANG'S momentous new album. It is the most organic union of Lang’s talents and influences yet. Filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies, it shows Lang is nothing if not a lover of song. Lang’s hard-won style is unmistakable– fluid but with an edge-of-the-seat recklessness. Acoustic fingerpicking, slide guitar, electric lead, banjos, mandolins and blue-eyed soul singing drop into place like puzzle pieces in a portrait. ... Continue Reading
Shane has become a steady and constant figure in the Australian music industry, currently celebrating 20 years as a recording artist. From his early days with Brisbane’s Pretty Violet Stain, through his first solo albums It’s A Movie, Faith & Science and Familiar Ghosts, his hugely successful collaborations with then-wife Kasey Chambers Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck and Ruin, to his more recent works Bad Machines, live album Pitch Roll & Yaw, and his latest offering, ARIA and Golden Guitar-winning Hell Breaks Loose.
Shane is widely regarded as a major player in the Alternative Country field, not only in his native Australia where he is the current CMAA Alternative Album of the Year recipient, but also in the USA, having been nominated multiple times at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville. Now also working as an in-demand producer for other recording artists and as talent scout for Lost Highway Australia, Shane continues to proudly nurture the Australian country/roots/folk scene. ... Continue Reading
Critically acclaimed production, Sun Rising - The Songs That Made Memphis, pays tribute to both the artists and music from Sun Records in a spectacular cabaret show that has sold out across Australia and now, this rock 'n' roll ride of incredible music and amazing stories about Memphis royalty brings you a show celebrating three of music's biggest names!
It's meat-and-potatoes R&B, but done with considerable love and joie de vivre. This is where it all started for STEPHEN CUMMINGS and a place that still takes up a significant space in his head along with his glorious grin and magnificent bone structure.
SHANE O'MARA will be strutting up and down the stage with his Gibson guitar like a warrior-swapping conspirator looks with bassist, BILL MCDONALD, machine-gunning the bopping audience with inflections from drummer STEVE PINKERTON, of Dallas Crane fame. The mix of jackhammer drums and hyper guitar riffs, a gathering storm beneath rumbling bass monologues and CUMMINGS wailings all flung together and scrambled. ... Continue Reading
For those who missed out on New Years Eve kick start your weekend with The Black Sorrows . . Witness first hand two big sets of passion and joy for music that sees Joe Camilleri still touring after nearly fifty years.
The Black Sorrows have earned the reputation as a dynamic live act. There is a level of accessibility to The Black Sorrows that can appeal to the newest of fan. At the helm, Camilleri steers the band through an energetic interplay of solid grooves and well- crafted songs that mix those well-worn ingredients of blues, soul, R&B, gospel, country and even Brill Building pop. Spontaneous (forget set lists) and emotionally driven, Joe ensures that no two performances are ever the same. ... Continue Reading
The 20 legged beast that is Petulant Frenzy rides again, spreading far and wide the religion that is Frank Zappa. Experience the exquisite joy of 10 terrific musicians paying tribute to one of the world’s most enigmatic and polarising composers.
Witness the complexity, the mind melting dexterity and the utter silliness of Petulant Frenzy as they attack Zappa’s work with their unique and often contradictory blend of dignity, sweat, irreverence and panache.. The Frenzy have made some changes to their personnel and, as always, added to the track list and are looking forward to presenting a new show for you. Well-worn favourites and new arrangements of lesser-known material are being slaved over at this very moment, in readiness for plating and ingesting by willing diners. ... Continue Reading
Award-winning jazz vocalist NICOLA WATSON, with award-winning pianist NATHAN LIOW lead an all star six-piece band to tackle the legendary music of Bacharach, channeling voices from an era that was home to Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield and the Walker Brothers. Watson and Liow reimagine the music of Bacharach with recent Berklee alumnus TOM JOVANOVIC on trumpet, PERON LAM on guitar, ISAAC BARTER on bass and drummer JUSTIN OLSSON
The timeless compositions of Burt Bacharach are well-known and well-loved for their inventive melodies, unusual phrasing and complex harmony. From the early sixties, Bacharach’s unique musicality coupled with the moving lyricism of Hal David to create a prolific songwriting force, producing countless memorable hits for decades, such as ‘The Look of Love’, ‘Always Something There to Remind Me’ and ‘Make it Easy on Yourself’. ... Continue Reading
THE SONGS OF HANK WILLIAMS performed by ANDY BAYLOR and his Jambalaya Boys featuring PETER BAYLOR on vocals and guitar, SAM LEMANN, guitars, STEVE TEMPLE on double bass, BEN FRANZ from the Waifs on steel guitar SPECIAL GUESTS: THE DUSTY MILLERS & FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK.
It seems that ever since I picked up my first guitar, I’ve been hearing the name of Hank Williams. His songs are everywhere and he’s influenced just about everybody. Whatever style of popular music you’re into- country, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, rock, pop, folk and gospel, somewhere in the back of it all sits Hank Williams with his crackling’ voice, his smart, heartfelt lyrics and his guitar a’ strummin’. ... Continue Reading
Con Kalamaras presents : Legends of Rebetika 1950-1960
Join us for this special tribute to the Legends of Rebetika. Bringing together some of Melbourne’s best Greek Musicians . This special live concert will celebrate the cultural contribution these artists have made to the Greek musical landscape and also the world! This program covers the songs that propelled Rebetika to all parts of the globe. This would include songs from the following artists Tstitsanis , Vamvakaris , Mitsakis , Bellou, Ninou , Hadzichristos , Hiotis , Georgakopoulou , and more ! . ... Continue Reading
ANDREW DE SILVA from 90’s R&B sensation CDB and winner of Australia’s Got Talent, along with with some of Australia’s finest touring stars lead a Purple Revolution. Celebrate life with music in loving memory of our Purple Prince.
Featuring guitar virtuoso SIMON HOSSFORD (Men At Work, Tommy Emmanuel), PAOLO CECCHINELLI (Kate Ceberano, Vanessa Amorosi), ROD BUSTOS (Kate Ceberano, Vanessa Amorosi) and 'skin specialist' JOHNNY SALERNO (Belinda Carlisle, Jon Stevens). Whether you know him as the Winner of Australia’s Got Talent 2012, or from the Multi Platinum ARIA Award-Winning band CDB, or simply heard him sing with his acoustic guitar, well respected Producer/Artist Andrew is the “real deal”. ... Continue Reading
Having reformed for two sold out shows in Melbourne last September, the Bachelors are back with a special Sunday afternoon session at Caravan Music Club. Bachelors from Prague are HENRY MAAS (lead vocal), ANDREW PHILIPP (saxophone), JEFF RAGLUS (trumpet, vocals), BRUCE HAYMES (keyboards), TOM ROBERTS (guitar), GEORGE FRIML (bass), RUSSELL COOK (drums) & JUSTIN STAMFORD (percussion)
The eight-man group Bachelors From Prague formed in 1984 and fast became recognised as the flagship of a movement supporting new jazz in Australia. More than simply a musical foray, the Bachelors rise was an exercise in style. Having developed in the early years from a select bohemian interest into a passion for the youthful night club fraternity, Bachelors from Prague was super cool and in great demand. ... Continue Reading
The FOGHORN STRINGBAND is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead.
American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity. The Foghorn Stringband is comprised four master performers and historians: -Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) - From Orcas Island, Washington -Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar) - From rural Farmer, Washington -Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) - From the Gaspé Coast, Eastern Quebec -Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) - From Minneapolis, Minnesota Each member of Foghorn Stringband exemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures. ... Continue Reading
Con Kalamaras presents: Legends of Laiko 1960-1970
Continuing on from the special tribute journey, this concert will pay homage to the legends of Laiko Music. This musical experiences will take the audience on a nostalgic journey into Greece; and this ensemble will share their passion that you will never forget. Covering such artists as Hiotis, Kaldaras, Zambetas and more! One Show only!