Hullabaloo isn’t Hullabaloo without some kick ass bands & DJs, and this year is no different! The Perth Swing Dance Society is committed to supporting swing in all its forms across WA. We are immensely proud of the phenomenal talent WA has to offer and it is our greatest joy to bring some of them to you for Hullabaloo 2023.
WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra
WAYJO is Australia’s leading youth jazz orchestra and one of the country’s cultural gems. It provides a unique experience for jazz musicians aged 14 to 25 who are the absolute cream of young jazz players from Western Australia and beyond. Competition for places is fierce, those who make it are amongst the nations best young players. A unique hothouse for Australia’s young jazz musicians, WAYJO provides the bridge from aspiring musician to industry professional.
Where can I see them?? WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra will be playing at the Hulla Fair on April 16th!
Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys
Adam Hall and his exuberant band of brilliant musicians deliver an exhilarating evening of floor filling, joint jumping, jazz-tastic crowd pleasers ranging from Ray Charles to Walt Disney. Consummate musicians, great entertainers, fab night out!” – Ben Elton (Blackadder, We Will Rock You) Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys’. The band is an institution of the Australian vintage music scene and renowned for its captivating live performances, marked by slick presentation and raw energy. Alongside Adam (Vocals, Trumpet) it features some of Western Australia’s finest musicians, including:
Mark Turner (Guitar)
Anthony Dodos (Trombone)
Bronton Ainsworth (Drums)
Kane Shaw (Double Bass)
Tim Voutas (Keys)
The band’s repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music of the 40’s and 50’s, from artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Sammy Davis Junior, Harry Connick Junior, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry and The Blues Brothers. They also include a large library of Adam Hall originals and unique arrangements.
Where can I see them?? Adam and his iconic VPs will be kicking off Hullabaloo festival at Mustang Bar on Opening night!
Mace Francis and His 950 Express
Mace Francis and His 950 Express roll into town with their Rockin’ in Rhythm section, the 10 piece Horns of Persuasion and the incomparable Lucy Iffla on vocals. This band live to make toes tap, hips sway and put some boogie in you jive pants, playing the great music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald etc. Mace Francis and his delinquent jazz dogs will make you smile and dance as they drive The 950 Express straight to swing town.
Where can I see them?? Mace Francis and His 950 Express will be your band of choice for the Saturday Hullabaloo Hop!
Oz Big Band
The Oz Big Band has been performing for the community including Swing Dance events in and around Perth since the 80s. Since 2010 they have held a residency at The Mustang Bar, Northbridge and have become one of Australia’s most sought after dance bands. Touring the Eastern States no less than 7 times in the past 10 years (including 6 appearances at MLX), The Oz Big Band has developed a quality all of its own. On the mics, vocal extraordinaires, Leah Guelfi and Justin Gross, lead the band through many Swing Dance favourites including from The Duke, The Count, Ella, Peggy, the Big Apple and the Shim-Sham. A 17 piece band that knows how to “wind it up, and let it go”.
Where can I see them?? Our Perth sweethearts will be playing at Silver Screens on the Sunday night!
Hullabaloo Fair – Bron Veale
Mustang Bar – Crystle Challinger
Friday Late Night – Kenneth Gosnold & Tim Jones
Hullabaloo Hop – Shawn Rego
Saturday Late Night – Bec Vincent & Max Pogonowski
Silver Screens – Jethro Hardinge