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Musicianship is the watchword for Southern Blues 2016, with Steve Gower joining Gail Page, Zkye Blue, Isaiah B Brunt and the Steve Brown Band as live music acts throughout the weekend. Southern Blues has sourced the best DJs from around Australia to match this musical powerhouse and take dancers seamlessly from set to set, and well into the wee hours.
Gail Page has one of the biggest voices in the business. Her earth shattering vocals and bubbly personality draw immediate attention when performing live and leave the audience with the feeling they have witnessed something exceptional and special.
Gail’s 2007 album "Colours That Run" received 6 nominations out of a possible 7 available at the prestigious Australian Blues ”Chain” awards in February 2008. Gail has won Best Female Artist, and Best New Artist; with “Colours That Run” picking up the Best Producer award. Gail auditioned for the Voice 2012 and was invited back again in 2015, this time making it all the way to the top ten. Since Gail’s sudden shot to Blues fame she has performed as a headliner at venues and festivals throughout Australia.
Her mix of blues / Soul & Funk brings a vibe and feel, which rejuvenates ones soul.
Zkye Blue is a deep rockin’ Adelaide soul blues band set to kick off Southern Blues’ Saturday evening on a waaave of soulful songs. Featuring Zkye’s powerhouse vocal stylings and the commanding guitar flair of Nick Panousakis, backed by Paul White on the piano, Andrew Bignell on the drums and Damien Steele Scott on the bass. Zkye Blue is a favourite on the Adelaide Blues scene and sure to get the juices flowing for our Saturday night.
Zkye Blue released their debut album recording “Live At Mixmasters Vol. 1” in 2015 and took out the 2014/15 ARBA Blues Album of the Year. Zkye herself has twice won the SA Blues Awards Female Vocalist of the Year.
With a voice like single malt whisky and the soul of a preacher, Steve Brown leads his band of superlative musicians on a different path down the blues highways every time they play. Never pigeon-holed, never stuck for a song, the Steve Brown Band can snap to attention to pound out the blue beat or free-form the blues till it steps on the toes of jazz. Showcasing an award-winning line-up of David Rhodes (guitars), Denis ‘The Preacher’ Surmon (bass), Jeff Algra (drums) and Peter ‘Doc’ Martin (keys and harmonica) and the man himself, Steve Brown (vocals and Guitar), the band has been a steady performer at blues events and festivals for some years and never fails to win the hearts and feet of any music-loving crowd.
Brown has worked as a busker, a solo performer and fronted many blues and rock line-ups in his career and considers his current band one of the most ‘comfortable’ he has worked with. While the band has produced both live and studio CD compilations they are best appreciated in a live performance where the workmanship and team effort combines to produce that old blues magic like nothing else.
Isaiah B. Brunt spent years in Australia being a music studio owner and production guy. He worked with everybody from the Goo Goo Dolls and Julio Iglesias to Randy Jackson. But his first love has always been the blues. All the while he was working with other peoples music, Isaiah always knew where his heart lay. The same place it first was when he heard his father strum the ukulele, blow harmonica and unleash the lap steel.
Isaiah was the 2010 Sydney Blues Society’s Performer of the Year and some of you may have caught him at the 2011 IBC, probably the best dressed cat in Memphis and good enough musically to be one of the very few to be reviewed in The Memphis Daily. A fine songwriter and singer, he is a proud practitioner of old school blues, with tasty slide guitar chops to prove it.
When Steve Gower takes the stage, you don’t get copycat cover versions, backing tracks or electronic loops. What you get is authentic, old-school, analogue musicianship.
Vocals, guitar, harmonica and foot-percussion provide his unique, honest sound, and his extraordinary ability to play three instruments at once ensures it’s no generic, colour-by- numbers act. Steve’s stage presence, interaction with the audience and skilful improvisation mean that no two performances are the same.
A skilled songwriter, Steve mixes his own songs with pieces from Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan and more. But he doesn’t do ‘covers’, he makes the songs his own.
Steve is a musician. It’s all he does. He’s spent years honing his skills, and it shows. He can read a crowd, raising the tempo when it’s time to party and keeping it smooth and mellow when it’s time to kick back. He plays real music with real flavour, and he’s ready to play it for you.
Late night sweet and sultry; gritty and dirty; slow hold-your-breath blues... DJ B plays a mix of traditional and modern blues artists with a good heady dose of fusion.
If you've been to Southern Blues before, you'll remember that Annie is one of Adelaide's amazing local DJs who truly shines in the wee hours of the morning. You can catch DJ B in the last set on Sunday, though if the crowd is large enough, there are rumours she could also be spotted keeping the Friday late playing through til dawn.
Scott's aim is to create moments for dancers which end in long hugs from the thrill of the adrenaline to the intimacy of a slow drag in a dark room. He first found Blues dancing in his hometown of Melbourne where he is one of the resident DJs for their weekly Blues dancing night, and his recent resume of DJing extends from exchanges across Australia (including Borderline Blues and Cider House Blues) to being asked to DJ for Vancouver's fusion scene. Scott takes his DJing very seriously and is preparing to do his part to make Southern Blues' Saturday late and Sunday night party very special for all who attend.
DJ Bro Diddley is well known as an insufferable blues nerd whose passion for the Blues lead him straight to the DJ booth. With a ton of house parties, social events, and a dozen exchanges under his belt, he loves nothing more than spinning MP3s and getting dancers moving. Brodie has a particular love of the Chicago and Louisiana swamp sounds of the 50s and 60s, but if it's Blues and makes him move, he'll jump at the chance to share it with you on the dancefloor. He'll be alongside the band at the Friday late.
Janine is making her Southern Blues debut after almost four years of blues dancing and DJing in Sydney and Buenos Aires. She has a background in tango and American Tribal Style bellydancing and loves fusing dance styles as much as she loves mixing up her music. With an emphasis on playing female artists, she DJs everything from high-energy blues classics to irresistible fusion tracks that take the night into sultry territory that skirts downbeat electro, RnB, indie and pop. Give her music a try at the Sunday night party.
Naomi loves the Blues and the connections that it brings about, and loves nothing more than watching dancers exploring connections with her music and with each other. She is expanding her repertoire of Blues genres and artists all the time and has also dabbled in a bit of fusion, cutting her DJ teeth at Melbourne’s Rent Parties and Community Nights. Expect plenty of strong women, chicken references and sassy lyrics from Naomi’s set in her Southern Blues debut at the big Saturday party at Henley Beach.
Peter has lived and danced in London, UK for over five years, and fell in love with the blues long before that, playing blues bass guitar as a teenager. He is infamous for his awesome boat parties back home on the Thames and he loves to bring the party spirit to the dance floor with a range of classic standards and unexpected treasures ranging across the delta, chicago and more modern genres. You can catch Peter's eclectic mix of playful funky numbers, soul-achingly slow tunes, and music with "more drama than Shakespeare" at the Friday late.
Many years ago Flouer fell in love with blues dancing, and ever since she has been fascinated with blues movement, history, and music. DJing has turned into a passion for her, the meditative process of discovering and organizing music & the thrill of watching a room of dancers thrum are some of her favorite things to do. Not only does she DJ regularly at events in her home town of New York City, but she has created musical experiences all over the world at National and local events... and will soon be playing for you at Saturday late night.
Chris loves DJing blues music nearly as much as he loves dancing to it. For Chris, watching people dance to the tracks he loves is a thrill he doesn't tire of. Chris DJs in his local blues scene in Sydney, national events in Australia and at international events with the latest being Berlin Blues Explosion in 2016. His proudest DJing moment to date was being voted best volunteer DJ at The Blues Experiment in the US in May 2015: and he'll be bringing his DJ talents to us first thing at the Friday early.
Max has been on the interstate DJ circuit for a couple of years now playing for Lindy, Balboa and Blues dancers alike at events such as Hullabaloo, SLX, Swing Camp Oz, MLX and Canberrang. This is his third year DJing at Southern Blues and he’s bringing a whole bunch of new tunes to the Saturday at Henley for your dancing and listening pleasure.
Sheryl will be DJing her first ever interstate event at Southern Blues, almost two years to the day since her DJ debut at Brisbane's Blues Room social. Since then she has filled her life with blues music and loves to weave all these songs together into a flowing set. If you're at the Friday early for her set, expect to hear a range of classic blues artists to contemporary Australian bands, smooth slow blues to upbeat jukin', with some raunchy lyrics thrown in for good measure.