Perth has an immense wealth of musical talent to draw on, and it simply wouldn’t be Hullabaloo without a weekend jam-packed full of bands to swing out to! Check out the fine ensembles who will be throwing it all down.
PERTH CABARET COLLECTIVE
Assemble eleven of Perth’s best and brightest jazz musicians on a stage, add some sass and plenty of humour and you get the Perth Cabaret Collective. Since their formation, they have sold out several shows around Australia including Downstairs at The Maj, The Ellington Jazz Club and the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. The Collective plays a wide range of swing favourites from the likes of Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie; PCC will not only have you racing for the floor but will put on a show like no other!
PCC will be setting the tone at the Hullabaloo Ball on Sunday.
OZ BIG BAND
Oz Big Band have made their sound a trademark of the Perth scene since their Lindy Hop debut in 2006. It’s rare to witness a truly Lindy-friendly big band; these guys have made it their mission to bring you the finest and rarest of cuts from the archives of the Basie, Ellington, Lunceford and Henderson orchestras. Oz Band bring their massive sound and high-octane energy to every set.
Oz will be bringing the swing to the Hullabaloo Hop on Saturday.
ADAM HALL & THE VELVET PLAYBOYS
Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys are somewhat of an institution of the Perth swing music scene. The band is renowned for its captivating live performances, which are marked by slick presentation and raw energy. They’ve toured with legendary US Rhythm & Blues saxophonist Big Jay McNeely and played shows with legends Syl Johnson and Betty Harris. They’ve build up a steady following performing regularly throughout Europe and Asia since 2013, and were recently invited to play at the Singapore Jazz Festival.
Catch the VPs at the Mustang on Friday to start the weekend off with a bang.
JESSIE GORDON & FRIENDS
Jessie Gordon – jazz singer, blues dancer, lover of music, purveyor of fine cheeses, the scintillating songstress with a passion for all things swing is back for Hullabaloo 2017. Jessie is a fan favourite as far as Hulla is concerned, and this year she has assembled some of her most talented friends for something entirely new, and entirely different, from anything we’ve seen before. We can’t say too much, but this is a gig you don’t want to miss.
Come close out the weekend with Jessie Gordon & Friends at the Last Hurrah on Monday night.
DJs, DJs, DJs
Hullabaloo would be nothing without our DJs, and this year we have a stellar lineup that we are thrilled to present for your listening and dancing pleasure.
Originally a Perthie, Trevor returns for Hullabaloo 2017 with his mix of original music from the swing era; from the classic big band anthems to small group rarities and a few modern gems to spice things up. As an enthusiastic collector of vintage jazz and blues music, Trevor is a sought after DJ and has DJed at events around Australia. He has also featured as a guest DJ on Yehoodi Radio (USA), the Herräng Dance Camp (Sweden) and supported legendary sax blower Big Jay McNeely.
Our feature DJ this year, you can find Trevor at Easy Does It on Thursday, The Hullabaloo Hop on Saturday, and swinging us over the late night finish line at ‘Til Dawn on Sunday.
Crystle has been part of the Perth swing dance scene for over 16 years. Crystle took up DJing during a long period of injury in the hope it would fill the gap left by dancing… but DJing ended up filling, spilling over, and drowning the gap, giving Crystle a new personal endeavour which has brought so much joy to her social and professional life that she would now choose to DJ over dancing if she had to. Crystle prides herself on finding unusual recordings, unknown artists and big brass sounds to fill her set.
You can catch Crystle In The Wings on Friday.
When asked to submit a DJ bio, this is what Dan Carruthers had to say about Dan Carruthers: “Music music music. DJ. Swing. Lindy Hop. Dancey dance dance. Fun. Good times. Blah blah blah. Feels feels feels. Tahdah!” Having played regularly in his hometown of Perth for the past 5 years as well as playing for dancers in other states and overseas, you may have seen Dan in the DJ booth over the years at SeaJam, CSI, Hullabaloo, Swan City Swing, Perth Lindy Jam and Canberrang.
Dan will be keeping the party going at ‘Til Dawn on Sunday.
Jarrad cut his teeth listening to jazz, so it’s no surprise that his love of Lindy Hop is all about the music. He has DJed at events around Australia since 2006 and you might recognise him as previous coordinator and trumpet player for Perth’s stalwart Oz Big Band. Jarrad fills dance floors while showcasing his particular affection for big band tunes, and is especially partial to anything featuring some sweet vibraphone.
You’ll find Jarrad swinging us home at By Moonlight on Saturday, and kicking off the pyjama jam at ‘Til Dawn on Sunday.
It’s all about the music, right? When Julia started dancing, she discovered quickly that the DJ had a huge influence on her enjoyment of the night. This is what drew her to DJing – she wanted to see if she could be the one creating an awesome time for the dancers in the room, where people would not want to leave the dance floor. Julia has DJed at countless Lindy, Balboa and Blues events over the last six years, and has a huge collection of music very much suitable for anything from very slow to very fast dancing, and anything in between. She always starts out her sets with a blank page, creating the mood as it comes, all tailored to the feeling she gets from the people in the room and the direction the dancers want to take the night.
You can catch Julia playing her favourite fast tunes at ‘Til Dawn on Sunday.
Now living in Perth, Kenneth learned to DJ in Adelaide where he fell in love with swing dancing and DJing for swing dancers. Kenneth learnt many new styles of DJing while travelling. When it comes to DJing music, he is particularly a fan of the Icelandic style of þetta reddast. When not DJing, Kenneth likes to forage for new music in bins, and grumble about people not liking Glen Miller.
You’ll find Kenneth playing some sweet blues tunes at By Moonlight on Sunday, and closing out the weekend with a bang at The Last Hurrah on Monday.
Loz brings enthusiasm and joie de vivre to her dancing and DJing, and has DJed major events in Australia and internationally. From phat big band beats to a bit of ye olde jazz fiddle, slow, sweet, fast or fiery, Loz is a fan of all things swing and it’s her number one goal to keep your toes a’tappin and your fingers snapping.
You can find Loz kicking off the party part of the weekend at In The Wings on Friday.
Lauren, simply put, loves all things dance and music. She fell in love with swing in early 2001 and her understanding of the dance and music comes from over 10 years of teaching Lindy, Blues, Balboa and Solo Jazz. She has been involved in several large events around Australia, teaching at Camp Oz and Hullabaloo and DJ’ing Blues, Lindy and Balboa events such as Hullabaloo, WLX, Black Swan Blues, Swan City Swing, Fremantle Swing Festival and Swing Zing BalShag Weekend. Lauren firmly believes that it is the music that drives each dance – it’s all about just having fun and playing with musicality in that moment.
You can find Lauren kicking off the blues room at By Moonlight on Saturday.
Shane loves to dance, when he’s not dancing he likes to sit, and when he’s sitting, he likes to DJ. Shane has DJed around the world and once had Frankie Manning shout across the foodhall: “That kid knows how to DJ!” Which was pretty mint. Shane likes to play Big Band tunes, but not Glen Miller. Glen Miller makes him break out in a rash.
You can catch Shane kicking off the late night swing at By Moonlight on Saturday, and bringing the soul party vibe to ‘Til Dawn on Sunday.
Michelle loves original swing music and it has always been her passion as a dancer and DJ. She has been DJing regularly in the Perth scene since 2002 and has played at other national Lindy exchanges such as MLX, SLX, Canberrang and TasSwing. She has also DJed at swing events in New York, Detroit, Singapore, Auckland and Los Angeles, and loves nothing better than to see a full floor of Lindy Hoppers dancing to what she loves to play for them.
You’ll find Michelle spinning her best four to the floor tunes at the Hullabaloo Ball on Sunday.
…and also featuring Tim King
A favourite of the local small bar scene, DJ Tim King will be spinning his old school vinyl at our Thursday night mixer. Honing his craft over many years on the radio airwaves both in Perth and in the UK, Tim also runs a radio show “The Soul Purpose” on Radio Fremantle. Renowned as Perth’s Master of Soul, Tim will be bringing the good vibes to ease you into the party mood for the weekend ahead.