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The search for WA’s best songs returns, offering over $45,000 worth of prizes!

Returning to celebrate exceptional WA songwriting, WAM Song of the Year 2017/18 is closing for submissions TOMMOROW - Monday 12 February.

The state-wide search for WA’s best songs offers over $45,000 worth of prizes to songwriters of all ages, levels and genres. With this year’s competition now open to published works, there are even more opportunities for local songwriters to have their work heard by leading music industry judges.

GET ON IT QUICK BEFORE IT CLOSES!

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Hussy Hicks last appeared at the PBC after Bridgetown 2017 and now they're back !

There are dozens of words that can describe the music of the Hussy Hicks - passionate, spontaneous, exuberant, emotive, intricate, explosive and fun spring to mind, but there is nothing that can adequately describe the feeling that swells in the heart of their audience during a live performance.

It's that inexplicable magic that has swept these two girls from the small town pub where they first met on a journey that has spread their unique acoustic music across the globe and seen them perform on some of the most prestigious venue and festival stages across Europe, China, America, the Middle East and their home country of Australia.

Julz Parker's eclectic approach to the acoustic guitar, initially inspired by her dad's extensive blues record collection, is rooted in the Emmanuel-esque tradition then inspired by Spanish streets, European gypsies and Arabic intricacies and has been celebrated by guitar enthusiasts all around the world.

Leesa Gentz is most recognised for her soaring vocals, endearing stage presence and her ability to express her deepest emotions in every song. Their set touches upon funk-gypsy through folk/country to high energy blues/roots and with their harmonies and intense rhythms they pump out a heck of a lot of sound for two small girls.

Don't miss this high-energy duo - they'll blow your socks off !!

Hussy Hicks will be supported by Rupert Guenther (7.30pm) and Craig James & the DB Brothers (10pm)

ENTRY: $15 / $10 (Members) at the Door

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Nine times Nominee USA Blues Music Awards; Soul Blues Artist of the Year & Album of the Year, USA Blues Blast Magazine Nominee for Contemporary Blues Album and Winner of the Albert King Lifetime Award “The Lucy Award” at the 2017 Jus' Blues 17th Annual Music Awards, Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges is a nomadic musician living his life on the road. His home is wherever the next performance takes him, and every year this is from America through Europe, to Australia with many other stops in between.

Currently, Eugene is in Australia and will be making his way to the Perth Blues Club on Tuesday 27 February. Supporting Eugene are Ora with Maera Paki (7.30pm) and Patrick Woodley (10pm).

This evening will also be a "Thank-you" to Warren Humphrys for his long and dedicated work for the Perth Blues Club"

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The Zydecats are the funniest band this side of Louisiana. Known to play up to 25 instruments in one show, the Zydecats will have you shaking your arse to their root-flavoured music all night long!

Escaping from the smoking wreck of the widely and critically acclaimed Dude Ranch, Lucky Oceans (world renowned steel guitarist, and by now button accordionist) approached Bill Rogers (vocals, sax and harmonica) about starting a band to play some Zydeco. With ex-Dude Ranch guitarist/vocalist & Rock and Roll encyclopedia Kent Hughes involved, this trio began to rehearse while they searched for both repertoire and rhythm section.

From the start, the idea was to combine Zydeco with 'Cat' music - swing, jump blues and rockabilly, plus any other style that suited the line-up, including rock and roll, country blues, soul, R&B, Cajun and New Orleans R&B, plus a handful of Lucky's and Kent's own songs from the Dude Ranch song book.

Gary France (ex-Dude Ranch) was onboard during the formative stages and first few gigs but was soon replaced by the recent graduate of the Edith Cowan University jazz course, Evan Jenkins. Evan and fellow graduate, Paul Binns were the Zydecats' rhythm section for the first year, but were eventually replaced.

The drummer's stool was soon taken over by lovable giant, Konrad Park - a powerhouse funkster, whose enthusiasm for the band made a huge difference. Six months later, Paul was replaced by Ben Franz, who despite his age (early 20's) already had knowledge and experience of most of the styles encompassed in the Zydecats' repertoire; particularly blues, R&B, rockabilly and rock and roll.

By the end of the first year, the band had a healthy batch of good songs written by the three singers (Lucky, Kent and Bill), an ever-increasing repertoire in the various styles previously mentioned, and with a young and committed rhythm section willing to push the boundaries - with all members involved in arrangements.

The Zydecats will play 2 sets from 8.45pm. Opening the evening are The Grain with Special Guest Richie Pavledis (7.30pm).

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At long last, we've been able to secure one of the hottest shows in Australia - Natalie Gillespie and band.

Natalie Gillespie's powerful songs take you on a journey many miles deep. Having toured her second album Courage to Love with well loved blues guitarist Dave Brewer at various venues including The Ellington, she will grace the stage of the Perth Blues Club on Tuesday 6 March with Dave, Ric Eastman (drums) and Roy Martinez (bass).

Natalie is a passionate storyteller and a dynamic performer with a universal message of struggle, hope and joy.

Natalie and the band will be performing two sets from 8.45pm and support will be Coffee Cats (7.30pm)

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