Apollo's Attic makes its debut at Perth Blues Club on Tuesday 22 May.

Blues infused rock n’ roll with an optimistically dark core, Apollo’s Attic brings an energetic catalogue of original songs born from a diverse and eclectic mix of influences.

True blue Aussie, Luke Crabb (percussion) grew up in Esperance and, with a gospel influence, brings a heavy funk drive to the music. Thomas Grober (bass) is originally from Germany where he found musical inspiration in the local acid jazz, rhythm & blues and funk scenes. Matt Hennessy (lead guitar) provides a raw blues sound with searing guitar lines influenced by Clapton, SRV andhis fellow countryman, Rory Gallagher. English-born, Paul Wesson (vocals & guitar) adds a little darkness to the sound citing influences such as Peter Green, David Bowie and Australia’s own Nick Cave.

The glamour is delivered by Perth-born and bred Christine Ang (Saxaphone). Christine is classically trained and has been playing sax since the age of 10. This collaboration with Apollo’s Attic is a considerable move away from her WA Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Big Band history and has put Apollo’s Attic on the musical map.

Joining Apollo's Attic are Bret Mosley (7.30pm) and The Grasshoppers (10.00pm)

Entry: $15.00 / $10.00 (members)

Bret Mosley

Americana artist Bret Mosley smiles off to the side, “I first picked up my father’s Stella Harmony guitar when I was six. A few years later—a good while before turntables became musical instruments—I turned a Chet Atkins record by hand to learn 'Yakety Axe' note-by-note. I still have the guitar, even though some dear soul at UPS drove a forklift through it several years ago…the culmination to an extremely uphill stint in L.A. It was that experience, though, that helped wring out my first song, 'Lord, Girl'…I still need to record that one.”

Mosley’s critically-acclaimed debut album Light & Blood was released in December 2007 on Woodstock MusicWorks, and hailed as “a heart-felt masterpiece” by NeuFutur Magazine. The album’s thirteen tracks were recorded over a two-day span in March 2007 by Pete Caigan (Bad Brains, Tony Levin) at Flymax Studio in Woodstock, NY. The record was mixed by Grammy-nominated engineer Roman Klun (Sarah McLachlan, Joan Osborne, Spin Doctors). Every track was performed live with no overdubs or punch-ins. The result is at once lean and lush...a smoldering confessional work...soulful Americana laced with a driving groove...and a few thousand self-distributed copies later, an Australian reissue of Light & Blood dropped in November 2015.

Mosley toured tirelessly across the US—200+ dates per year—following the album’s release and enthusiastic reception. With signature idiosyncratic intensity, his unreservedly original, deeply authentic sound has garnered an audience ranging from cowhands to bankers, from rastas to cops.

Mosley has opened for George Porter, Jr., Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Cedric Burnside Project, the Subdudes, Patterson Hood, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jackie Greene, Good Enough For Good Times, Junior Brown, Donavon Frankenreiter, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Kaki King, Kelly Joe Phelps, et al—comparisons have included Chris Whitley, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Richie Havens, Van Morrison, Ben Harper and Taj Mahal.

Living in Perth since late 2014, Bret is building touring momentum in Australia—having shared the stage recently with Ian Moss, Morgan Bain, Minnie Marks, The Pierce Brothers, Kalidad, The Hussy Hicks, Blue Shaddy, Tex Perkins and John Meyer.

The Grasshoppers

The Grasshoppers with Silvadee - singer/songwriter/guitarist/frontman and founder of The Grasshoppers - has been graciously operating for the last 10 years doing originals and covers along the coast of Western Australia.

The band has been very successful with the sales of the first two albums I Guess I’m Lucky and I’m Taking You Home Tonight and is presently in studio mode recording a third album. Inspiration is at an all-time high and the motivation is strong with the good vibes with the album.

The song choice and genre has been the biggest contribution to the band’s popularity – which is reggae/rock/rhythm & blues, in both original songs and covers. Even though it has gone through a change in the lineup in the last 10 years, the colour and magic of the band has been elevated.

The energy and magical performance makes the show a success every time and gathers a following with each and every venue they rock. That’s what every band strives for and The Grasshoppers do it every time.