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BRAD

GILLIES

BLUES

Hailing from Launceston, in Northern Tasmania. Gillies has a sound lending itself to a sometimes rock & sometimes swamp(slide) southern style guitar, fused together with the blues + a solid stomp section as well as a vast vocal range and the harmonica a new addition to Gillies sound/act. Bringing a dynamic & yet full wall of sound for the listener.

Having supported acts such as Thirsty Merc, Jeff Lang, Shaun Kirk, 19-Twenty, Ash Grunwald & many more as well as playing festivals like The Esk Beerfest, Fresh Hops Fest (Launceston & Devonport), Fractangular, Taste Of Tasmania & Hobart Beerfest, we look forward to welcoming this talented man to 12 Bar...

23RD AUGUST

8PM

ROB PAPP

Rob Papp is a singer-songwriter and legendary guitarist with many years of experience performing in bands, duos and solo gigs, and as a studio recording artist.

Robs career was influenced from a very young age by College of the Arts founder Bruce Clarke who tutored Rob in a comprehensive education of reading, writing and playing music he also took Rob on as a protégé and taught Rob all he knew about playing Jazz.IO

24TH AUGUST

8PM

LIMELIGHT

Melbourne trio who add their own spin to jazz, fusion and blues. Dynamic guitars and vocals coupled with a tight rhythm section. Forming in 2015 after a Youth in Blues Workshop, Limelight are a band that played together and stayed together, playing jazz, blues, fusion and all things in between. Their music evolves as fast as they grow!

The fact of the matter is, they are so good, in 2017 they played in Memphis, Tennessee, in the International Blues Challenge. Standing ovation. The only youth band from Melbourne ever to have this opportunity. Voted by the Charlottesville Blues Society as the best youth band, hands down!

31ST AUGUST

8PM

OPEN MIC & HOSPO NIGHT

OPEN MIC & HOSPO

NIGHT

SHOW UP TO SHOW OFF YOUR TALENT WITH YOUR FABULOUS HOST CHRIS FROM @THEGECKO COLLECTIVE!

CLASSIC HOSPO NIGHT WITH MAD DRINK SPECIALS! 

EVERY MONDAY NIGHT FROM THE 15TH JULY

FUNK DE VUE

NEW ORLEANS R&B..

The Funk De Vue was established in the winter of 2012 on Friday nights jamming. Vocals Arnold Tihema, Bass Guitar George Kirov; Drums David Wiltshire; keyboards Andrew Feugal & Dave Adam Guitar.

COMING

AGAIN SOON...

PREVIOUS

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PHIL PARA DUO

Phil Para is a guitarist/ singer/ songwriter and undoubtedly one of the most exciting performers in Australia. Distinctive guitar talents push all the boundaries and are combined with exceptional vocal abilities and a powerful stage presence. Phil’s energetic performance includes a remarkable degree of showmanship such as playing with his teeth and behind his head. Phil earns great respect from peers and audiences alike and attracts a cult-like following wherever he plays. 

5TH APRIL

8PM

GECKO

Inimitable sound of one of the Hills finest talents... this authentic & original  powerhouse has a gritty, infectious vocal & a stage presence that keeps you wanting more... 12 Bar welcomes back GECKO with open arms!

COMING AGAIN SOON...

ROSCOE JAMES IRWIN

& FRIENDS

Roscoe James Irwin has cemented himself as a kind of musical mastermind in Australia. As a multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger, he’s been a go-to guy for Paul Kelly, Passenger, Angus and Julia Stone, Josh Pyke, Thelma Plum, Seth Sentry, The Paper Kites, Brooke Fraser, Gossling, You Am I, Washington, The Cat Empire, and The Bamboos, as well as working with international music legends Brian May and Roger Taylor (Queen), Suzi Quatro, Belle and Sebastian, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Stax legend Eddie Floyd, Ben Elton, Patrick Watson, and that’s just to name a small few. As a large-scale composer and singer/songwriter, he has an almost iconic underground status, having a slew of live shows all across the country under his belt!

COMING AGAIN SOON...

VICTOR CRIPES

Victor Cripes delivers a distinctive, dirty blues sound which echoes the styles of over 100 years of blues music - from the blues masters of yester-year to the British / American blues revival of the 1960’s. A partnership of Australian easy groove, American thump and British tube overdrive, while keeping an original modern twist.

14TH APRIL

2PM ON

LEROYZ HAMMOND COMBO

LeroyZ Hammond Combo was formed by Liam Kealy (Hammond B3 Organ/bass pedals), with Neil Richardson (drums), and Dean James (guitar/vocals). After establishing himself as one of Melbourne’s “go to” Hammond players for local, interstate and international visiting artists, Liam formed the group with Neil after they met as part of the rhythm section at a series of festival gigs supporting well known Blues artists.

27TH APRIL

8PM

LUKE VELU SASSAFRAS

If you dare, Luke Velu is more than meets the ear. You'd be gently greeted with dreamy pop atmospheres & perhaps bored by hypnotic sleepy trances, until he was sure you were listening. Sharing experiential sentiments in lilt & anthem is his offering, crooning lyrics you'll almost always remember, sculped among lush grooves that delight & brood.

COMING AGAIN SOON...

PHIL PARA

Phil Para is a guitarist/ singer/ songwriter and undoubtedly one of the most exciting performers in Australia. Distinctive guitar talents push all the boundaries and are combined with exceptional vocal abilities and a powerful stage presence. Phil’s energetic performance includes a remarkable degree of showmanship such as playing with his teeth and behind his head. Phil earns great respect from peers and audiences alike and attracts a cult-like following wherever he plays. 

COMING AGAIN SOON...

RHYTHM X REVIVAL

Soulful harmonies, infectious melodies, hypnotic electric guitar licks and an animated rhythm section underpin Rhythm X Revival as an energetic Australian rocking country blues band.

A cohesive unit backed by Jeremy Neumann (keys) and Chris Rourke (bass/vocals), Rhythm X Revival’s chemistry creates music that has inspired a global audience. Rhythm X Revival will be performing live at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January.

3RD MAY

8PM

CAM WALTER

Ready to welcome the talented blues man Cam & his band back  to 12 Bar where there will be some deep Hendrixian style blues, delta slide blues, and some gritty boogie. Cam is renowned for his different styles including Country Blues, Boogie, Jump Blues, Soul & old Rock 'n' Roll.

1ST OF MARCH 8PM

LEO SOUZA

TRIO

BIO COMING SOON...

5TH MAY

4PM

THE BEAN PROJECT

From the eastern suburbs of Melbourne come The Bean Project, a vibrant French horn-clad acoustic quartet blending the raw sounds of folk, jazz and singer-songwriter - most aptly described as 'the odd marriage of James Taylor and The Cat Empire'. Named the 2016 Folk Alliance of Australia Young Artist of the Year, the award-winning outfit will be releasing their debut album ‘Naked Trees’ in June 2017, accompanied by a national tour visiting Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and much in between.

AARON POLLOCK

Aaron Pollock has become growingly noticed throughout the music community as an exceptional guitarist, as well as a singer songwriter. Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, from the age of 14 Aaron has followed his passion for the ground roots of Blues and Folk music, aswell as developing a taste for popular Alternative and Indie Rock artists. He has already released two E.Ps and two full independent studio albums to date.

4TH MAY

8PM

WILSON & WHITE

Troy Wilson & Matthew White, Original Songs, Smoking Ballads, Bawdy Blues and Juke Joint Boogies. These acoustic artists will take you right back to the source to drink in the original sounds with resonator guitars and custom harmonicas. From fingerpicking to harmonica train impersonations from the 1930′s, with songs by Bo Carter, Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson just to name a few. Wilson & White bring fun, surprise and laughter to their twist on the Juke Joint tradition.

7TH APRIL

SUNDAY SESSION

SOULFIRE TRIO

Since 1999, Andrea Marr has been delivering her brand of feel-good, high energy original funk, groove, blues and soul music around Australia. Through sheer hard work she has earned a place in the thriving Melbourne blues scene as one of its most sought after live acts. 

16TH MARCH 8PM

GARDINER & GABRIEL

'Old-school Blues' is all Gardiner & Gabriel say to sum up their music. Driven by a love of the blues, these boys are most inspired by the most earthy, smokey, authentic vintage blues from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago, citing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, John-Lee Hooker and Robert Johnson as the artists that move them most.

9TH MARCH 8PM

GREENHATCH BLUES

With a suitcase full of blues, Luke Dylan Greenhatch delivers timeless tunes from the Mississippi Delta, Texas & Chicago, plus loads of rootsy originals. With trademark soul-stirring vocals, guitarist Luke delivers timeless tunes and vintage grooves...

23RD MARCH

8PM

SUNDAY SESSIONS

CHANGES WEEKLY!

OPEN FROM 3PM

DOC WHITE

"I was always a late developer in everything. I didn’t start singing until I was in my late 20s. Songwriting came much later. When I was a kid, it was always the guitar. The damn thing was all consuming and it never came easily. When songs manifested themselves out of the ether, it was like discovering the right end of the telescope for the first time. Suddenly the purpose of the instrument became clear. Everything made sense. My horizons had broadened as my focus sharpened. The universe had been telling me all the while the guitar was supposed to be the means, not the end, I just wasn’t listening."

6TH APRIL

8PM

GLENN FORD

Never one to be pinned down, Glenn Ford combines honest, candid, sometimes heartbreaking and often refreshingly comical songwriting with truly inspirational guitar playing that leans heavily on blues, country, soul, jazz and gypsy influences.

COMING AGAIN SOON...

NATASHA JAYNE

A songstress from the elements, based and from Melbourne. That taps into the spirit of music to create soundscapes for the ears of all beings.

MR CONGO

Mr. Congo is a poet/artist turned DJ, his eclectic style of music fuses fashion and coolness. His sound is a mixture of old blues and jazz with a modern hip-hop twist.
Congo’s influences on deejaying are Prince, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and Outkast.

GWYN ASHTON

Ashton displays a dynamic blend of blues, country, jazz and reggae with alternative tunings, dirty fuzz slide guitars, octave pedals, blues harp, electronic self-generated loops.Ashton blasts out masterful guitar performances which are raw, up-tempo and in-your-face, bringing the whole blues genre into the 21st century, via1950s Chicago / New Orleans blues bars and 1930s Mississippi juke-joints.

BRETT

FRANKE

Brett Franke is a Melbourne based 12 String acoustic songwriter. A mixture of grunge, rock and folk with what can only be described as catchy footstompin tunes with a unique sound and vocal.

"Don't know if id have to travel back in time, most of my musical heroes are still alive. Jeff Lang, Ian Moss, Steve Vai. I guess i would've liked an audience with George Harrison simply because he was a wonderful human being and a fine musician and I know he would've loved my stuff and given me a few new ideas to take home!"

13TH APRIL

8PM

CAM WALTER

BLUES BAND 

Ready to welcome the talented blues man Cam & his band back  to 12 Bar where there will be some deep Hendrixian style blues, delta slide blues, and some gritty boogie. Cam is renowned for his different styles including Country Blues, Boogie, Jump Blues, Soul & old Rock 'n' Roll.

COMING AGAIN SOON...

HARRY COULSONS BLUE DOGS

Spend some time with Harry Coulson’s music and you’ll quickly get a sense of an authentic, unvarnished voice and an artist with no patience for over-produced sounds or overwrought lyrics. While earlier album Harry Coulson’s Rain Dogs was an engaging set of jazz instrumentals, the new album titled Harry Coulson’s Blue Dogs is chockful of larrikin poetry, brass driven soul and r’n’b, and Harry’s take-it- or-leave- it vocal delivery. 

10TH MAY

8PM

GROOVE

YARD

Groove Yard is a funky rhythm and blues band based in Melbourne Australia.
Groove Yard plays classic blues from artists such as Albert Collins, Freddy King, W.C Clark, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, BB King and many more.
Groove Yard is a six piece band with horns, playing tight funky grooves and classic blues shuffles, with that big band sound.

12TH MAY

4PM

CHARLIE BEDFORD

Charlie Bedford is a 17-year-old guitarist & vocalist from Melbourne. Charlie performed at the “International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase" in Memphis 2017 and 2018 representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society! And is returning in 2019!
He has played with & been mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian Blues such as, Geoff Achison, Sweet Felicia, Jimi Hocking, Andrea Marr, Russell Morris & Lloyd Spiegel to name a few. Charlie is a fresh act on the festival scene, representing the next generation - keeping the blues alive! He'll get your feet tapping & leave a smile on your face!

18TH MAY

8PM

A GOOD GUY & THE GONE WRONG

We welcome A Good Man & the Gone wrong back to 12 Bar tonight with a bluesy,  folk fusion style & a Neil Young influence

19TH MAY

4PM

CAM WALTER

BLUES BAND

Ready to welcome the talented blues man Cam & his band back  to 12 Bar where there will be some deep Hendrixian style blues, delta slide blues, and some gritty boogie. Cam is renowned for his different styles including Country Blues, Boogie, Jump Blues, Soul & old Rock 'n' Roll.

24TH MAY

8PM

JUKEBOY EMMETT & THE

RESERVOIR DOGS

Sean 'JukeBoy' Emmett is a Melbourne-based active musician building a solid reputation on the Melbourne Blues scene. Whether it be leading his own band of all-star players or playing in the Aria award-winning band ‘Collard Greens & Gravy’, Sean knows how to create dynamics within the various Blues styles and brings a unique attitude to every performance. His music influences range from Jimmy Reed to Little Walter , so if you like your Blues shufflin' ,swingin’ and down-home, then JukeBoy Emmett’s show will be one that leaves you wanting more!

25TH MAY

8PM

FUNK DE VUE

NEW ORLEANS R&B..

The Funk De Vue was established in the winter of 2012 on Friday nights jamming. Vocals Arnold Tihema, Bass Guitar George Kirov; Drums David Wiltshire; keyboards Andrew Feugal & Dave Adam Guitar.

SATURDAY

1ST JUNE

8PM

STAND UP COMEDY NIGHT 

HOSTED BY FUNNY MAN ADAM JACOBS OF THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL, LAUGH YOUR PANTS OFF WITH A TOP LINEUP OF MELBOURNE'S FINEST ESTABLISHED ACTS!

THURSDAY

30TH MAY

8PM

LEROYZ HAMMOND 

COMBO

LeroyZ Hammond Combo was formed by Liam Kealy (Hammond B3 Organ/bass pedals), with Neil Richardson (drums), and Dean James (guitar/vocals). After establishing himself as one of Melbourne’s “go to” Hammond players for local, interstate and international visiting artists, Liam formed the group with Neil after they met as part of the rhythm section at a series of festival gigs supporting well known Blues artists.

FRIDAY

31ST MAY

8PM

KEVIN

BUCKINGHAM BLUES

After a short hiatus Kevin is back ripping it up with this fresh line-up of seasoned muso's. This band has drawn huge attraction since launching late 2015 with rave reviews at every show. Their connection & energy is obvious from the very first note. This is one band not to be missed!

The Kevin Buckingham Band (KBB) is not your typical blues band. Their sound has a hard rocky edge with a strong blues flavour – and their performances are reminiscent of the glory days of raw, honest Aussie pub rock.

15TH JUNE

8PM

THE DOYZ

A trio,of accomplished musicians playing an eclectic range of musical tastes but concentrating on soul/blues.Everything from James Brown to Eric Clapton.The new lineup has Stewart Kohinga a singer/song writer of impeccable taste and ability, who's guitar playing will send you to another planet.Harry Mullany a master musician of the highest calibre who has played and sang with outstanding acts for many years.Arnold Tihema, a vocalist/ percussionist who has been on the Melbourne music scene for many years.Come and be entranced by the quality and the interpretation of some classic tunes.

14TH JUNE

8PM