Teams of the 'best of the best' of WA's swing music and dancing community will go head to head in one space - alternately performing in a fast-paced musical melee. This is the first event of its kind in Perth, and also the inaugural event for new Perth-based cultural creatives, HM Deluxe Pop-Up Productions, who are staging this event and have many more planned for the year to come.
It's being performed at the new State Theatre Centre Courtyard, a perfect space which combines the pleasures of an outdoor event with the security of a closed venue. The bar will be well stocked and ready for a thirsty evening of dancing, singing, stomping and romping and the event is proudly sponsored by The Mustang Bar, Fast Eddy's Morley and a range of other terrific sponsors, all of whom will be acknowledged in programs, on signage and on-line. Check out the website at www.
This will be the first time these talented jazz, swing and blues musicians have met in one incredible line-up, and it will be an event not-to-be-missed. Dance demonstrations, saucy cigarette girls and the crowd pleasing antics of MC Jed Handmer make this once a year spectacular the swing music scene's night of nights. Throw on your gloves, throw off your robe and let's get ready to rumble!
The Lucky Seven are Adelaide's premier dirty swing, jump blues and rockabilly act and they've come across from the East to give us a little taste of their rockin' tunes for a rockin' Perth crowd.
HM Deluxe Pop-Up Productions is bringing the boys over from Adelaide to headline their inaugural event, The Summer Swing Smackdown, but thought that, while they were in town, there could be no better place than our very own rockabilly headquarters, the Mustang Bar, to give these guys a stage to really cut loose on.
This will be a seriously 'rocked up' gig and the boys will be giving our terrific rock and roll and rockabilly dancing crowd an excuse to shake their thing on the floor and show these Adelaide cats a thing or two about the Perth dance scene!
So get yourselves down to the Mustang Bar on Monday the 16th of January with your dancing shoes on for an exciting night of high horns and dirty blues. Jive, Twist and Stomp: The three CD set is a unique collection of previously largely unavailable tracks making it an important piece of WA's music history.
David Arys has done an awesome job collecting tracks from old records, reels and audio tapes, converting them to CD format, and upgrading them using current technology. The quality of recordings is unexpectedly good and the CD set includes a vast array of photos from the era. It is a pretty special piece of WA memorabilia and makes an excellent companion to Murray Gracie and John Mill's book by the same name a dictionary style text documenting the bands of the era with vignettes and autobiographical notes.
This project was more than a year in the making. David was driven by a desire to preserve the material in a format that would be playable in the present, and near future. Technology has changed so rapidly that many people no longer have access to record players, even fewer have reel to reel tape-decks, or devices to play the old audio tapes.
As a result, this part of WA's music history was becoming increasingly inaccessible to anyone interested in accessing it. Through dedication, and hard work, David has preserved, and made readily available, this set of previously largely unavailable tracks. The songs selected are not the same 50 odd songs from the era that are played at most Rock'n'Roll gigs today, rather they represent many less played, and often forgotten, songs from the era such as: I found this refreshing and exciting.
It was like re-visiting the era - but with an authenticity not offered by many nostalgia festivals, or gigs. The CD includes tracks from: I highly recommend the CD set, and with a very limited pressing, don't wait too long to get a copy or you may miss out - only were made and about half are already sold.
Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Weekend: Now in its fifth year its third as a music festival , the weekend has some serious street cred, drawing over 7, people and cars from all over Australia, and the world, and is now one of the premier, not to be missed events on the Australian Rockabilly calendar. The festival is a massive credit to Arthur, now one our dearest friends, who spends months each year planning the event. Praise for Arthur's coordination of the event was sung by all attendees, performers and stall holders alike.
You'd be hard pressed to find a more dedicated man in all of Australia. A large contingent of WA Rockabilly cats and kittens ventured east to show the Victorians how we do things over here. Rockabilly John and Possum's very popular Rockabilly dance class on Saturday had a crowd of very delighted students learning new moves and a new attitude!
There was non-stop action and music all weekend. Bands kept the crowds dancing in the street from the Clocktower stage. On Friday and Saturday nights the place to be was the beautifully restored Theatre Royal where bands pumped out high energy music from three amazing rooms Rockabilly Room, Rock'n'Roll Room and The Tiki Marquee till the wee, small hours of the evening. The band line up had some serious punch. The headliner performance by Holland's Miss Mary Ann was an absolute show-stopper and the other heavy hitters were: For those not into dancing I guess there are a few out there?
The main street of Camperdown was cordoned off to allow for strolling through the variety of displays and events including over custom cars and hotrods, a brilliant array of vendor stalls, vintage fashion parades, dance demonstrations, and the very popular Glamour Central, where the gorgeous gals from Some Fancy Ladies: It was quite a sight to behold. Sunday's after-party jam session saw a collaborated effort by Pat Capocci and friends as they belted out an impromptu play list to an elated crowd.
This was the highlight of the weekend for us. Yet, perhaps not for Some Fancy Ladies Ms Candice Deville who had a rather fast rockabilly dance with John and lost a few vintage hair flowers in the process! This festival is certain to become a staple event in our Rockabilly calendar in years to come. In the past 30 years, the Poker Run has grown from an initial entrant number of 52 in to a record for its 21st celebration run in It now as an event that commands nine months worth of organising, involves numerous government departments and attracts a growing list of sponsors.
This cut-off date applies also to Japanese and European cars. Cars of US manufacture are not restricted. Always intended as an event for hot rods and cars of American origin, the Pre'78 cut-off recognises the classic Aussie muscle cars and cruisers that have always been part of the Poker Run.
We were made to feel so welcome and Bernard even came up with an innovation to give us all privacy within the confined space of the camper.
The music was great! The location was magnificent! What the Dicksons have constructed there has to be seen to be believed! Twenty-four hours packed with really memorable moments. The Property Walking around is like a visit to an Art Gallery. There are amazing constructions, sculptures and spaces set up all over the property. As a qualified and long-term practicing artist I was enthralled!
The place was put together by people with vision and imagination. There are massive wooden figures playing guitars, dinosaurs, an Olympic torch and a wooden Stonehenge. All are beautifully placed to get the most out of the setting, natural light, sunrise and sunsets. Even the "fencing" and toilets are interesting. The property is a visual experience not to be missed. The Venue "The Shed" is a bizarre, innovative, very Australian and fantastic venue.
The lighting and sound were top class. The stage is as good as it gets. The decor is eclectic, interesting and engaging. You continually discover new niches with interesting sets of memorabilia. The dance floor was good and there was enough room for Line dancers, Rock'n'Rollers, Quick-steppers and Tea-bag dancers. The Concert The Saturday concert was awesome. For us the show-stoppers were the band Broken Lines.
They engaged the crowd and had everyone rockin'. They were called back for an encore and continued to wow the crowd with a great range of music and a high energy performance. Gemstone Road, a Bunbury band, also had the crowd up and dancing. We really enjoyed their set. West and Kelly were the first musicians on.
Good music to sit and listen to. Paul Jane Band performed a good song written and dedicated to Harvey Dickson. Red Dirt closed the show. Those of you wanting to hear more of the interesting experiences during the day need to ask Bernard what happened during his shower Some great photographic records of the moments Recommend it to any who haven't been.
Many thanks to Harvey and Rose for their time, effort and kindness. The three and a half hour drive down was really worth it. See " Recent Events " for photos.