Hullabaloo isn’t Hullabaloo without some kick ass bands, and this year is no different! The Perth Swing Dance Society is committed to supporting swing in all it’s 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 2021.
The Milford Street Shakers
Let the good times roll with the Milford Street Shakers, Western Australia’s spectacular 11-piece soul band.
These charismatic cats live and breathe the 1960s, when big bands ruled the dance halls and gospel, rhythm and blues and jazz music converged to inspire some of the most soulful tunes of all time.
Frontwoman Mia Matthiessen and her world-class band deliver epic renditions of beloved soul and Motown classics that make it impossible to stand still, infusing joy into sophisticated celebrations.
Elegant like Mad Men, exuberant like Palm Springs and with trademark camaraderie, the Milford Street Shakers never miss a beat, pumping out hit after hit with stunning vocals, pulsating rhythms and howling horns.
Where can I see them?? The Milford Street Shakers will be fighting for our souls at the Sunday night Battle of the Bands!
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.
Where can I see them?? Catch Adam & VPs at the Mustang on Friday to start the weekend off with a bang.
The 950 Express
The 950 Express has become a regular in the Perth swing scene, most recently and notably at the Perth Jazz festival’s Cotton Club event held at the Rechabite. Their repertoire is a dancer’s heaven with tunes from Basie, Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and ol’ blue eyes Sinatra – it’s all killer, no filler with this 15 piece big band!
Where can I see them?? The 950 Express will be your band of choice for the Monday Hulla Picnic.
Oz Big Band
It’s hard to believe that this is a community band as they are one of Australia’s premier Big Bands. They have been performing since the 80s! The Oz Big Band has developed a quality all of it’s own and is a standing favourite of dance scene across Australia. Onthe mic, vocal extraordinaire Leah Guelfi lead the band through favourites from The Duke, The Count, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee. This 17 piece band really knows how to “wind it up, and let it go”
Where can I see them?? Our Perth sweet hearts will be playing at the Hullabaloo Ball on the Saturday night!
MORE COMING SOON!