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The Blues & Brews event is part of the two-and-a-half-week 'Taste Great Southern Festival' held across the major townships along the coast and the inland forest areas of Western Australia's Great Southern region.

Held on Sunday 12 March from 3pm to 9pm at Boston Brewery, Denmark, the music is provided by Eugene Hideaway Bridges (USA), Blue Shaddy, Miles Mitchell and Tom Fisher & the Layabouts.

In keeping with the theme of the the main festival, all the beers are made on premises and a focus will be on American Beers to match the Blues, as well as American-styled local produce with an emphasis on the BBQ smoker. 

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Two Australian Blues legends have joined forces to produce an unrivaled show for Blues and Soul fans - Billy Neal and Lez Karski.

Blues singer and saxophonist Billy Neal won the hearts of Poland when he sung at Sopot Festival in 2011.

He has since performed all over Poland and recorded three CDs with the late Jarek Smietana, and worked with many stars including violinist Nigel Kennedy (UK), Krzysztof Scieranski, Wojtek Karolak, Adam Czerwinski, Hanna Banaszak, Ryszard Rynkowski, and Marek Raduli.

In Poland and the UK, Chicago and Australia the Polish musicians include Pawel Tomaszewski (Hammond Organ), Adam Czerwinski (Drums) and Tomasz Kupiec (Bass). They and Billy are currently touring with the charismatic English violinist Nigel Kennedy, with dates at the Sydney Opera House and Perth Concert Hall.

Lez Karski (founder member of Bondi Cigar) is the unique vocal & guitar style of the Hippos, Bondi Cigars, Foreday Riders & Nervous Investors. He is, as you would expect, a top-shelf Australian blues and soul player, with a hint of country for good measure. 

Always engaging and dynamic, Lez’s unique guitar and vocal style is blues at its best.

We are delighted to welcome Billy Neal with Lez Karski and "very special" international guests to the Perth Blues Club on Tuesday 7 February.

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The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organization will present on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues musicians, The Blues Music Awards upholds its rich cultural tradition by honoring the past year’s superior achievements in blues performance, songwriting, and recording. This annual ceremony represents the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans around the globe.

Sugar Ray Norcia, individually, and collectively with his band, The Bluetones, received the most nominations with seven, including B.B. King Entertainer Award, Best Song, Best Album and Best Band. The total reaches ten with the inclusion of his Bluetones bandmates Monster Mike Welch (Instrumentalist-Guitar), Michael “Mudcat” Ward (Instrumentalist-Bass) and Anthony Geraci (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player). Chicago-based guitarist Toronzo Cannon garnered four nominations and he faces off against Norcia in both the Best Song and Best Album categories. Best Album probably ranks as the most competitive category, with Norcia and Cannon battling Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, William Bell and the Nick Moss Band, who all have three nominations.

Several nominees will be defending their titles won at last year’s Blues Music Awards. Instrumentalist-Harmonica winner Kim Wilson is one of this year’s nominees, and Cedric Burnside might again claim the Instrumentalist-Drums crown. Shemekia Copeland and Bettye LaVette also return to the categories they won last year (Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Soul Blues Female Artist, respectively), while 2016’s Acoustic Artist winner, Doug MacLeod, is one of this year’s contenders too.

The Awards also honor the next generation of blues performers with the Best Emerging Artist Album category. In fact, two Emerging Artist nominees also are contenders for a second award. Detroit native Thornetta Davis’s “I Gotta Sang the Blues” is up for Best Song, while Terrie Odabi is competing against the likes of Bettye LaVette and Mavis Staples to be named Soul Blues Female Artist.

A ballot will soon be sent to all Blues Foundation members, as they have the privilege of deciding which nominees will actually take home a Blues Music Award in May. Anyone interested in casting a vote to decide this year’s winners may receive a ballot by joining or renewing their membership with The Blues Foundation at any time up to February 28, 2017.

The Blues Music Awards ceremony - to be held May 11, 2017 in Memphis - proves to be one of the year’s best shows. Not only does almost every nominee attend, but they also perform, creating a lineup featuring the best of the best in blues all in one evening. 

Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The 38th Blues Music Awards are also sponsored by BMI, GET and I-55 Productions, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sony/Legacy.

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The Australian Blues Music Awards have unveiled their 2017 list of finalists ahead of the February awards show recognising blues excellence across Australia. 

Melburnian Geoff Achison and his band The Souldiggers lead the nominations with four nods, including Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Artist Of The Year and Duo/Group Of The Year. Hurricane Hearn and Brisbane's Blues Arcadia have both picked up three nominations a-piece, while Claude Hay and Justin Yap Band score two each. The Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Artist Of The Year, Duo/Group Of The Year and Best New Talent of the Year awards are all presented based on recorded product only, by a panel of diverse judges.

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This year's Nukara Music Festival takes place over the weekend of 18-19th MARCH 2017.

Set in a unique outdoor bush setting on Nukara Farm in the scenic Chapman Valley near Geraldton, this boutique music festival has been successfully running and growing carefully for a decade now. NMF has had musicians from many parts of the globe grace its stages and some amazing smothering’s of some great Australian acts, many from our own creative backyard of Western Australia!

It’s a very casual event which camping is encouraged ($10 pp payable at gate), BYO Beverages, southern-style cook up from the ‘Burnt Barrel’ crew, around 8 hours of music (not counting the recovery breakfast) & good vibes!

This year's line-up for the Main Stage includes: Things Of Stone & Wood; Kallidad; The Swamp Stompers; The Tommyhawks; Carus Thompson and Lucy Peach. The more intimate 'Creek Stage' will have Songbird (Alexia Parenzee); Corey Legge (from The Swamp Stompers); Darcy Hay; Jack Hunter & Navana.

Earlybird tickets are available now from www.ticketbooth.com.au

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