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The Music Scene in Perth & WA

While some capital cities are struggling, WA’s live music and musician scene is booming, as evidenced by the hundreds of thriving live-music venues running across the state. National and international tours plus week-end long festivals in Perth and the Southwest attract big crowds from the east coast as well as locals and expats musicians from South East Asia. WASO leads myriad classical music companies and jazz continues to thrive.

Also, check out our Gig Guide

Latest News

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Fremantle photographer Tashi Hall a music award finalist

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Indie favourites announced for Ice Cream Factory Summer Festival

Indie favourites announced for Ice Cream Factory Summer Festival

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Reimagining classic tunes with WAAPA’s music artists

Reimagining classic tunes with WAAPA’s music artists

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Piano Battle is heading to Perth Concert Hall

Piano Battle is heading to Perth Concert Hall

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Perth’s musical star Tim Minchin is BACK in 2020

Perth’s musical star Tim Minchin is BACK in 2020

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International artists performing in Perth this winter

International artists performing in Perth this winter

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Gigs to attend this long weekend

Gigs to attend this long weekend

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A guide to this weekend’s top gigs

A guide to this weekend’s top gigs

From album releases to hometown returns, there is no better time to catch some of WA’s most acclaimed and eclectic...
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The music scene in Perth & WA

The music scene in Perth & WA

While some capital cities are struggling, WA’s live music scene is booming, as evidenced by the hundreds of thriving live-music...
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Guides


The Courtyard Club 2020

The Courtyard Club is back with free sets from local legends in the State Theatre Centre of WA Courtyard.

  • Dates:Every Friday; Nov 6 - Dec 18
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA Courtyard

Details

  • Hosted By:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Venue Address:174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Free
  • Music:DJs,Gig Guide,Free,Indie & Alternative
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA

Description

Running over 7 weeks, this collab between State Theatre Centre of WA and RTRFM is the perfect place to start your weekend with friends while experiencing live radio and local music for free. An all-ages event, there's also a licensed bar and food options available.

 

A Boy Named Cash

A Boy Named Cash starring Monty Cotton is a Johnny Cash experience like no other!

  • Dates:Nov 13
  • Time(s):Doors open 6.30pm, Show 7.30pm
  • Venue:Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre
  • Venue Address:48 Canning Road Kalamunda
  • Ticket Price:Concession and standard
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Music:Blues,Country & Folk

Description

The energy and uncanny vocal resemblance that Monty Cotton can so aptly perform is something that needs to be seen to be believed!

A few years ago Monty Cotton decided it was time for a sea change. Leaving behind a corporate accounting job in Sydney, Monty set sail to pursue the life of a musician in Western Australia.

Monty woke up one day and realised he could imitate Johnny Cash so he set out across Australia and the UK performing his A Boy Named Cash show and even took it to TV on The Voice Australia.

 

James Abberley - 'You're The One' Tour - Vancouver Arts Centre

James Abberley, with his warming, coastal acoustic sounds and gently pulsing minimalistic beats, has released his new single 'You're The One'

  • Time(s):8.00pm to 10.30pm AWST
  • Venue:Vancouver Arts Center
  • Dates:Nov 13

Details

  • Music:Country & Folk,Indie & Alternative,Gig Guide
  • Hosted By:James Abberley
  • Venue Address:85 Vancouver Street Albany, WA 6330
  • Ticket Price:22.19

Description

With his warming, coastal acoustic sounds and gently pulsing minimalistic beats that push and pull with the tides of the ocean, James Abberley from the Western-shores of Australia is releasing an introspective single, 'You're The One' (Out October 30).

Over the past number of years, Abberley has hit impressive milestones throughout his career which include supporting the likes of Xavier RuddThe WaifsPaul DempsyAsh Grunwald and Kim Churchill. Abberley's also performed at a number of WA festivals including Nannup Festival and Into The Sun Festival to name a few.

In January this year, Abberley made his way to New Zealand for the first time where four of the six shows sold out. This trend has continued with the return of live music in WA with Abberley selling out his last 5 shows. 

Now in quick succession to follow up his most recent single 'Drifting' (released in August) is 'You're The One'. With a "from the heart" passion and seriousness, this weighty number is indicative of the heart-pounding emotions tied to a yearning for the one as the title suggests. Abberley states:

"'You're The One' is about that moment when you are trying to fall asleep, but no matter what you do, you just can't get that person that you love or want out of your head. It's amazing to me that you can feel like a slave to your own thoughts."

Generating this feeling is Abberley's easy listening blend of acoustic-folk, minimalistic beats and his tender vocal tone that is laced with a soft Australiana accent.

Abberley's music imbues a sense of tranquillity and meditative space for introspection. 
 
For those in WA wanting to catch Abberley live-looping performance, find more information about the single tour which is expected to sell out below.
 
'You're The One' Single Tour  

Nov 6 - The Aardvark, Freemantle.
Nov 13 - Vancouver Arts Center, Albany.
Nov 21 - Little Village, Margaret River.
All tickets via Eventbrite.com.au

Joanna's Sunset Lounge: "Blues by the bay" with Lauralee Faith

Lauralee Faith..soulful, stripped back & raw, backed by some of Perth’s finest musicians, Patrick Woodley & Dan Ablett.

  • Venue:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Dates:Nov 13
  • Time(s):5:30 - 7:30pm, 7:30 - 9:30pm Sunday Night

Details

  • Music:Blues,Soul & Gospel,Rock
  • Other:Music
  • Food & Drink:Food Event
  • Hosted By:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Venue Address:Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach, Fremantle 6160 WA
  • Ticket Price FROM:$22.50
  • Ticket price TO:$45.50

Description

With songs from Solomon Burke, Tedeschi Trucks & Sam Cooke to Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt & Etta James and a couple of originals thrown in for good measure. It’s a night to be remembered.

La La's Python & The Strays

2 great bands "The Strays" and "La La's Python" perform brand new Aussie Pub Rock,

  • Venue:The Stirling Arms Hotel
  • Dates:Nov 13
  • Time(s):7:30 - 11:30

Details

  • Hosted By:La La's Python, The Strays, Starr Entertainment, The Stirling Arms
  • Ticket Price:$10.00
  • Music:Rock,Gig Guide
  • Venue Address:117 James Street, South Guildford

Description

"La La's Python" and "The Strays" are new bands with some of Perth's most accomplished veteran musos performing a mix of original music from recent releases and soon to be released. A great night out keeping the traditional Aussie pub rock alive and well in downtown Guildford. 

90s Mixtape – Girl Power Vs Boy Bands

Live shows are ‘Back For Good’ in Perth so ’Spice Up Your Life’ and get down to the Astor because ‘Backstreet Boys are Back.'

  • Dates:Nov 14
  • Time(s):Opens 7.30pm
  • Venue:Astor Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:659 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:$45.85
  • Music:Pop
  • Event Venue:Astor Theatre

Description

Get *NSYNC because the battle is on. It’s Girl Power vs Boy Bands in a LIVE show featuring the best music of the 90’s. All your favourites including Spice Girls, Boyzone, All Saints, Westlife, B*Witched, Five and more.

You know all the songs so ‘Say You’ll Be There’. ‘Everybody Get Up’ cause you ‘Wannabe’ hot like Pussycat Dolls ’Don’t Cha’?  Be ready for the surprise ending where ‘2 Become 1’…Boom Boom’

The Astor is in concert mode, the bars are open, so get your dancing shoes on and get down for 90’s Mixtape.

Limited tickets. Book Now!

Milford Street Shakers Rock the Quarry with Tell Mama: The Music of Etta James!

Eleven piece soul band The Milford Street Shakers will ring out the music of Etta James and get you up and dancing at the splendid location of the Quarry Amphitheatre.

  • Dates:Nov 14
  • Time(s):Starts at 6.30pm
  • Venue:Quarry Amphitheatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Retro Music Box
  • Venue Address:Quarry Amphitheatre, 1 Waldron Drive, City Beach
  • Ticket Price:$79 plus booking fee
  • Music:Soul & Gospel,Jazz
  • Event Venue:Quarry Amphitheatre

Description

The Milford Street Shakers, will feature Yara Neto as lead singer and guest Mia Matthiessen taking advantage of the splendid Quarry Amphitheatre for the tribute performance, first performed by an earlier incarnation of the band, Stratosfunk.

The West Australian in 2013 described Tell Mama as "a commanding and musically inspiring show” and also won Stratosfunk the 2013 Fringe World Music Award.

The music of Etta James, including songs like At Last, Something’s Got a Hold on Me and I Just Want To Make Love To You, will be celebrated by 11-piece band The Milford Street Shakers on November 14.

Australian Stage said of the show “The Music of Etta James is a great show – you will come out buzzing and on a musical high”.

Aussie Theatre said “…she ripped into ‘Tell Mama’ and the audience began to sway, shoulder shimmy and tap along. They never really stopped”.

 

 

Nights at BFPL

Experience Nights at Brookfield Place with entertainment every Saturday from our award winning venues.

  • Dates:Nov 14, 21 & 28
  • Time(s):7pm - 11pm
  • Venue:Brookfield Place

Details

  • Hosted By:Brookfield Place
  • Venue Address:125 St Georges Tce, Perth 6000
  • Music:DJs,Jazz,Pop
  • Food & Drink:Restaurant Events

Description

Saturday 14 November

7:00pm
W. Churchill presents Kaviar Djs 90's RnB

7:30pm - 10:30pm 
Print Hall Bar presents Catherine Summers 
A fresh serving of café del mar style grooves, Catherine Summers and her 4-piece Groove band delivers a mix of top 40, soul and jazz songs each with an individual funk twist.

8.00pm 
Bar Lafayette presents Sam Nafie Live R&B
 

Saturday 21 November

7:00pm
W. Churchill presents Kaviar Djs 90's RnB

7:30pm - 10:30pm 
Print Hall Bar presents Catherine Summers 
A fresh serving of café del mar style grooves, Catherine Summers and her 4-piece Groove band delivers a mix of top 40, soul and jazz songs each with an individual funk twist.

8.00pm 
Bar Lafayette presents Sam Nafie Live R&B
 

Saturday 28 November

7:00pm
W. Churchill presents Kaviar Djs 90's RnB

7:30pm - 10:30pm 
Print Hall Bar presents Catherine Summers 
A fresh serving of café del mar style grooves, Catherine Summers and her 4-piece Groove band delivers a mix of top 40, soul and jazz songs each with an individual funk twist.

8.00pm 
Bar Lafayette presents Sam Nafie Live R&B

The Backyard Cards - “Lonely Girl” Single Launch

Fresh from the backyards of Booragoon, where the grass is green and patio tables are card laden, come The Backyard Cards. Fueled by burgers and booze, they have nothing left to lose.

  • Dates:Nov 14
  • Time(s):7:00pm
  • Venue:The Aardvark

Details

  • Hosted By:The Backyard Cards
  • Venue Address:9 Norfolk Street, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:$10 online, $15 at the door.
  • Ticket Price FROM:$10
  • Ticket price TO:$15
  • Music:Indie & Alternative,Rock

Description

Fresh from the backyards of Booragoon, where the grass is green and patio tables are card laden, come The Backyard Cards. This three piece post-punk indie rock outfit produces melancholic tunes imbued with the sprit of West Australian youth. Finally, they’re set to release their first single and to help them celebrate jumping into the music market, they’ve organised a killer line-up. Joining them at The Aardvark on November 14th will be: Ocean Cosmonaut with their specific indie sound that’s hard to pin down; indie pop/surf rock legends Amateur Retreat; and Amphead – the alt rock boys from Bunno. With a stellar line-up like that, this will be a night not to be missed. Tackling subjects such as social isolation, loneliness and being broke, The Backyard Cards, fuelled by burgers and booze, have nothing left to lose.

Burgers, Brews & Blues With Lez Karski

Your chance to experience solo Blues at its best!

  • Dates:Nov 15 & 22
  • Time(s):Sat 6.30pm to 8.30pm; Sun 1pm to 3pm
  • Venue:Jus Burgers (Subiaco)

Details

  • Hosted By:Jus Burgers
  • Venue Address:1 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, WA 6008
  • Music:Blues,R&B
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Restaurant Events
  • Type:Free

Description

Lez Karski is up next to perform at the Jus Burgers' live music series, "Burgers, Brews & Blues" in Subiaco. 

Producer of early Midnight Oil albums and ex-guitarist of the Hippos/Bondi Cigars, Lez Karski is a revered exponent of the Blues, par-excellence. 

Lez’s upbeat solo performances are legendary and will leave you uplifted and ready to boogie.  His masterful command of the Blues, hewn from decades at the leading edge of the Australian Blues scene, has earned him a strong following nationally as well as in his adopted home of Perth. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience solo Blues at its best!

Felicity Groom

Beloved local songwriter Felicity Groom is enjoying a brand-new musical adventure. Hear tracks from her new album Magnetic Resonance Centre, full of lush synth melodies and angelic vocals.

  • Dates:Nov 15
  • Time(s):2 - 4pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Music:Free,Pop,Electronic,Indie & Alternative
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Type:Free
  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Venue Address:1 Finnerty St, Fremantle
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy a carefully curated line-up of WA’s best musicians every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s grounds. Due to COVID19 event restrictions, Sunday Music will run a little differently at the moment to keep our visitors, musicians and staff safe. The concerts will take place under the pine trees on our larger South Lawn to allow the audience to spread out. We will be operating with a strict crowd capacity, so head down early and settle in for the afternoon. Bring a rug and picnic (no BYO alcohol) to this family friendly event, or enjoy tasty treats from the food vendors and bar on-site. Some chairs provided.

Joanna's Sunset Lounge: "Acoustic Soul & RnB" with Melissa Erpen

Melissa Erpen is back for a night of “Acoustic Soul & RnB”. Joanna's Sunset Lounge, open Fridays & Sundays.

  • Venue:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Dates:Nov 15
  • Time(s):Friday 5-7pm & 7:30-9:30pm, Sunday 5:30-7:30pm

Details

  • Music:Other Music,Pop,R&B,Soul & Gospel
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Other
  • Hosted By:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Venue Address:Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach, Fremantle 6160 WA
  • Ticket Price FROM:$22.50
  • Ticket price TO:$45.50

Description

Melissa Erpen is back for a night of “Acoustic Soul & RnB” at Joanna’s Sunset Lounge. Accompanied by Josh Dyson on guitar and Joe Southwell on bass/electronic percussion, she’ll perform music from artists such as Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Childish Gambino, Lauren Hill, Frank Ocean and more. Recently returned from touring the world with Ellie Goulding, join her for a night of smooth serenades.

Bernie Dieter’s Berlin Underground

Join multi-award-winning cabaret performer Bernie Dieter and her degenerate family of misfits in the darkest, funniest, and most debauched club at Crown Perth.

  • Dates:Nov 17 - Dec 13
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Crown Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:Zaccaria & Dead Man Label
  • Venue Address:Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA 6100
  • Ticket Price FROM:$59.85
  • Ticket price TO:$95.53
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Music:Jazz
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret

Description

With never been seen before acts, sound tracked by a gin-soaked, Weimar-punk jazz band, this boundary pushing show is as inappropriate and provocative as it is breathtaking and hilarious. Bernie Dieter’s Berlin Underground will perform at Crown for a strictly limited season.

Evenings Of Life Drawing At The Corner Gallery Soiree

Join us for An Evening Of Life Drawing Soirée at the Corner Gallery. Fun relaxed vibes and all levels of artists welcome.

  • Dates:Nov 18
  • Time(s):Starts 7pm
  • Venue:The Corner Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:The Little Wing Collective
  • Venue Address:The Corner Gallery, 263 Hay Street Subiaco, WA 6008
  • Ticket Price:$50
  • Music:Jazz
  • Food & Drink:Food Event
  • Other:Arts & Crafts

Description

$50 entry fee includes all art materials & paper, two models, live jazz, a walking grazing table, bottomless drinks and a glass of Moet on arrival

Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm sharp start. Get in early to have a look at the exhibition of anonymous life drawing works that have been left behind over the past 18 months, meet the models from previous nights and find a comfy spot as we bring the food and drinks to you!

Bloom Sings The Amy & Adele Songbook (SOLD OUT)

After a sellout shows across the country and New Zealand, The Adele & Amy Songbook returns for 1 show only on Friday, November 20th.

  • Dates:Nov 20
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Freo.Social

Details

  • Hosted By:Freo.Social
  • Venue Address:1 Holdsworth St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price FROM:$29.90
  • Music:Pop,Tribute Band
  • Event Venue:Freo.Social

Description

Amanda Canzurlo – aka Bloom – brings to you the songs of two amazing artists... Adele and Amy Winehouse. This superstar brings her soulful vocal resonance to cover two artists that have taken the music world by storm over the last decade.

Adele and Amy Winehouse have amassed a legion of fans the world over, and have sold in excess of 20 million albums between them.

Bloom has recently returned from shows featuring John Farnham, John Paul Young, The Chantoozies, Eurogliders and many more, and she received accolades from some of Australia’s most successful artists with her voice.

Bloom was also asked to perform the National Anthem with the QANTAS choir to open the World Series Cricket , beamed “live” worldwide.