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Upcoming events

    • 20 Jul 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah
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    CHASE THE SUN

    Canberra Blues Society proudly presents Chase The Sun.

    Sydney’s kings of epic blues-rock shred, Chase The Sun have become somewhat of a cult band of late, with their powerhouse live show becoming harder and harder to find in recent years with the boys in the band opting to become spectators in the race for fame and fortune.

    Guitarist Jan Rynsaardt is recognised by aficionados as one of Australia’s best, and the band combine elements of acoustic blues, stoner rock, Psychedelia and Stevie Ray Vaughn boogie into a sound that quickly established them as crowd and critic favourites at festivals all over the country when they hit the scene back in 2007. With Ryan Van Gennip on bass and Jon Howell on drums, this three piece deliver their own take on a classic sound.

    2024 sees Chase The Sun back in the hot seat, with a national tour and new music on the horizon -this is a show not to be missed by lovers of loud guitar blues and blazing hard funk played with a cranking 70’s southern rock feel.

    Doors: 7pm  Show: 8pm

    Pre-sales: CBS members $27 / General $30

    Door: $35


    • 21 Jul 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah
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    Hosted by

    BALD & THE BEAUTIFUL

    Bald & The Beautiful hosts Canberra Blues Society July Pro Blues Jam.

    Enter the enigmatic trio, Bald & The Beautiful, whose music outruns mere notes and chords. With a masterful blend of even tempered composure and tensioned restraint, their originality invites listeners on an odyssey through the depths of human experience.

    Crafting secretive lyrical content from deep seated experiences, the band dishes out their messages over the grail of guitar, bass and drums with a sly finesse. Their music is a roller-coaster of emotions, ranging from pressurised intensity to charming allure, from shocking revelations to soul searching introspection, keeping you hooked at every twist and turn.

    Bald & The Beautiful emerged from the fertile grounds of the vibrant 80s music scene, comprised of lifelong friends, Saul Burgess on vocals and lead guitar, Greg Whitford anchors the bass and David Sell fuels the drums. Absorbing influences ranging from Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Ian Dury and The Cure, they’ve sculptured a sound that’s impossible to pin down, one that defies categorisation.

    Reunited in 2016, their synergy has only deepened, resulting in a silent understanding that infuses their original music. With 100% Home-Grown authenticity, Bald & The Beautiful invite you to explore their sonic landscape, where every note reveals and every lyric evokes imagery.

    The host band will be followed by some of the finest musicians in the Canberra region jamming together for a fabulous afternoon of live Blues music.

    CBS members: $10 / General: $15 / Children under 16: free entry


    • Jammers are expected to meet a competent standard of musicianship and be familiar with standard 3-chord, 12-bar blues songs.
    • CBS provides a lyric folder of classic blues songs if required.
    • If this is your first time, ask to speak to the Jam Session Coordinator to secure a place in a jam session.
    • Jammers are encouraged to have their names on the whiteboard by 1pm.
    • Late arrivals (after 1.30pm) cannot be guaranteed a spot in the Jam Session.
    • The coordinator will try to give everyone an opportunity to perform.
    • A rehearsed act may do a set as a band if it is prearranged at least 24 hours in advance of the jam by contacting the musicians representative via the contact us or the enquire now buttons.

    NOTE: This is a Blues Jam so it is expected that blues orientated songs will be played.

    • 3 Aug 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah
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    INTERNATIONAL BLUES MUSIC DAY 2024

    PRE-SALES ENDS AT 1PM 3 AUGUST.

    Canberra Blues Society celebrates the 12th International Blues Music Day with 9 fantastic acts on 2 stages.

    Hot Rod display from 12 noon, busking and specialty market stalls from 1pm.

    Music from 3pm in the Zeppelin Room & 3.30pm in The Keller Bar.

    • MINNIE & THE MOONRAKERS
    • TYPICAL DREW
    • GARTH PRENTICE & THE BLACK SHEEP BLUES BAND
    • BIG MAMA & THE MEDICINE MAN
    • THE STAGE INVADERZ
    • AARON POLLOCK
    • THE MARVELLOUS HEARTS
    • THE MCNAMARR PROJECT
    • SHANE PACEY TRIO

    Over 7 hours of live Blues music!!! Fabulous raffle prizes and CBS members’ lucky door prize.

    Thank you to our wonderful sponsors: Harmonie German Club - Better Music - Yamaha Guitars - Knuckles Restaurant - Mojo Guitar Teachers - Tony Cini's Blues On The Water - Rhythms Magazine - Songland Records - Murray Foote Photography - Capital Vintage Guitars - ArtsoundFM - ValleyFM

    PRE-SALES: NOTE: Pre-sales ends at 1pm on 3 August. Tickets will be available at the door.

    • General - $45
    • CBS Member - $35
    • Children 12 to 16 - $25
    • Children under 12 - FREE ENTRY

    DOOR: $50 (no discounts) / Children 12-16 - $30

    Enquiries: 0419 607 710



    • 24 Sep 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah
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    Charlie Musselwhite (USA) @ The Zeppelin Room

    Gerrard Allman Events is proud to announce the return of legendary American artist Charlie Musselwhite for a run of not-to-be-missed Australian dates in September. Grammy-Award winning Musselwhite will be bringing his excellent touring band with him for the tour - Kid Andersen on Guitar, June Core on Drums and Randy Bermudes on Bass.

    With nearly six decades of rich musical history behind him, including numerous albums, countless live performances, multiple awards and accolades, there are very few artists of the stature of Charlie Musselwhite. As Rolling Stone Magazine stated, “Superb, original and compelling…Charlie Musselwhite, with unabashed excellence, sets the standard for blues.”

    Charlie’s journey through the blues was from his birth in Mississippi to Memphis, Chicago and California. Arriving in Chicago in the early sixties, he was just in time for the epochal blues revival. In 1966 at the age of 22 he recorded the landmark Stand Back! to rave reviews. A precipitous relocation to San Francisco in 1967, where his album was being played on underground radio, found him welcomed into the counterculture scene around the Fillmore West as an authentic purveyor of the real deal blues.

    Fifty years of nonstop touring, performing and recording have reaped huge rewards. Charlie Musselwhite is living proof that great music only gets better with age. This man cut his (musical) teeth alongside Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the South side of Chicago in the early 1960’s. Thank your lucky stars that he is still with us telling the truth with a voice and harp tone like no other.

    Special Guest Support: FIONA BOYES

    With 8 USA Blues Music Award nominations, career tour dates in 20 countries, and her recent induction into the Blues Victoria Hall of Fame, Fiona Boyes is a relentless and curious musical explorer. Fiona plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles and has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, bandleader, vocalist and songwriter.  Winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA, she is also a Blues Blast Music Award winner and former Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the Year

    Pre-sales: CBS members $80 / General $85 (pre-sale ends 24th Sept @ 6:30pm)

    Door: $90

    Doors open 6:30pm Show starts 7:30pm


    • 18 Oct 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah
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    BONDI CIGARS

    Canberra Blues Society proudly presents BONDI CIGARS with guest support Divine Devilles.

    This award-winning quartet has well and truly established themselves into Australia’s musical heart since forming in 1989

    When the Bondi Cigars were first gigging around Sydney, late 1989, they moved in a blues/R&B circuit which, while robust enough since the 60s, had then been sparked into new life by the ‘blues revival’ of the mid-80’s, spearheaded by Robert Cray, Joe Louis Walker, Stevie Ray Vaughan and similar crusaders. And while many of the Sydney bands from that era have vanished, become historical footnotes or undergone major changes, the Cigars – true survivors – have battled on, without ever compromising their distinctive no nonsense style, to become a leading force in Australian R&B.

    That original Cigars line-up brought together four like-minded experienced players, all veterans of Sydney inner-west blues venues, and from the word go, the Cigars have been the very model of the ‘no passengers’ band, a well-oiled machine plus soul: no room for slackers here.

    The Bondi Cigars have also built a solid reputation as one of the best live acts in the country.

    Always one of the country’s hardest working outfits (on the road more than off), the Cigars have kept their music tight, hard-driving and down-to-earth: the Australian bar band par excellence.

    Shane Pacey (vocals and guitar) - Alan Britton (bass and vocals)

    Eben Hale (guitar and vocals) - Frank Corby (drums)

    Special guest support: Divine Devilles

    Singer/songwriters/musicians, Ali Penney and Dorothy-Jane Gosper, come together as Divine Devilles.

    Two well-travelled souls, each with a swag of awards, a suitcase full of songs, their hearts on their sleeves and a love of that sweet, swinging, shuffling, grooving place where Blues and Jazz meet.
    This is a powerhouse act with award-winning songs, vocals, keys and blues-harp, plus bags of cheek, charm and pizazz!

    Pre-sales: CBS members $27 / General $30

    Door: $35

    Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm


    • 1 Nov 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah
    Bek Jensen Band + The SunBears @ The Zeppelin Room

    Canberra Blues Society proudly presents Bek Jensen Band plus The SunBears. A fantastic night of Soul, Funk, Blues & Blues/Rock not to be missed.

    Bek Jensen and her world-class band brings forth a fusion of retro-soul, funk, and RnB that transcends genres and invites audiences on a euphoric voyage. With an innate ability to delve into the intricacies of love and vitalising her story as an empowered woman, Bek captivates with her raw authenticity and glittering songcraft. With a voice that is both moving and heartfelt, Bek delivers her music with 100% soul, creating a powerful and unforgettable sound leaving audiences spellbound in a kind of roller boogie wonderland. She has worked with some of Australia’s most iconic artists, including Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes, The Sleepy Jackson, and Lachy Doley, among others. Her rich tone and ability to blend seamlessly with other musicians is a testament to her exceptional talent and versatility. Onstage, she is womanly, flirty, and vibrant, blending soul, funk and contemporary blues music to deliver her dynamic performance. Bek has just released her new album Energy which she is touring in Australia and NZ throughout 2024.

    Bek's Website

    The SunBears are an international, touring blues rock band creating a sonic inferno that ignites the stage and leaves audiences exhilarated. The band have released 6 singles, 3 of which reached #1 on the Australian National AMRAP charts with the remainder sitting comfortably in the Top Ten. They have toured Europe and also played at some of Australia's most iconic venues and festivals, including the Enmore Theatre in Sydney supporting Suzi Quatro.

    The SunBears Website

    Pre-sales: CBS members $25 / General $30

    Door: $35

    Doors open: 7pm Show starts: 8pm


    • 7 Dec 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah
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    19-TWENTY

    Canberra Blues Society proudly presents 19-Twenty.

    "Ask for forgiveness not for permission. No rules, no limits. The closest to punk the Blues will ever get. Raucous and manic." "One of the most exciting riff and groove based blues and roots acts emerging from the east coast of OZ!"- Tone Deaf

    19-Twenty are a high-energy blues and roots band who storm the stage like a freight train. With a sound that blends foot-stomping rhythms, raw energy, and an undeniable sense of fun, 19-Twenty has quickly earned a reputation as one of the country's most exhilarating live acts.

    Formed in 2010, the band consists of Kane Dennelly (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Berg (Drums), and John Gwilliam (double bass). Their music is a unique fusion of blues, roots, rock, and a touch of folk, characterised by soulful vocals, intricate guitar work, and a driving rhythm section. Whether they're performing at a major festival or an intimate venue, 19-Twenty's live shows are renowned for their infectious energy and ability to get audiences on their feet.

    19-Twenty has toured extensively across Australia and beyond, captivating and connecting with audiences with their dynamic performances like no other band on the touring scene. They have shared the stage with legendary acts and made a name for themselves at prominent festivals, including Byron Bay Bluesfest, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Blues on Broadbeach and 70+ other festivals nationally.

    Their discography features several albums that reflect their diverse influences and boundless creativity. From the rollicking energy of their debut album to the more polished yet still raw sounds of their later releases, 19-Twenty consistently delivers music that resonates with a broad audience. The band's lyrical themes often touch on personal experiences, life on the road, and universal themes of love and loss, adding depth to their infectious tunes.

    At its core, 19-Twenty is a band that thrives on live performance, where their chemistry and charisma truly shine. Their dedication to their craft and commitment to delivering unforgettable live shows has garnered them a loyal fan base and critical acclaim. Whether you're a blues aficionado, a roots enthusiast, or simply looking for a night of high-energy music, 19-Twenty is a band that promises to leave you wanting more.

    Guest Support: TBA

    Doors: 7pm  Show: 8pm

    PRE-SALES: CBS members: $27 / General: $30

    Door: $35


Past events

3 Jul 2024 Canberra Blues Society July Jam Workshop
21 Jun 2024 Frank Sultana Blues Band plus Tomcat Playground @ The Zeppelin Room
16 Jun 2024 Canberra Blues Society June Pro Blues Jam
5 Jun 2024 Canberra Blues Society June Jam Workshop
1 Jun 2024 Mitch Grainger - Keller Sessions
19 May 2024 Canberra Blues Society May Pro Blues Jam
1 May 2024 Canberra Blues Society May Jam Workshop
28 Apr 2024 Canberra Blues Society April Pro Blues Jam
26 Apr 2024 8 Ball Aitken Band feat. Dillion James @ The Zeppelin Room
3 Apr 2024 Canberra Blues Society April Jam Workshop
23 Mar 2024 Kevin Borich Express @ The Zeppelin Room
17 Mar 2024 Canberra Blues Society March Pro Blues Jam
6 Mar 2024 Canberra Blues Society March Jam Workshop
23 Feb 2024 The Arc Riders + The Wildfires @ The Zeppelin Room
18 Feb 2024 Canberra Blues Society February Pro Blues Jam
7 Feb 2024 Canberra Blues Society February Jam Workshop
30 Jan 2024 Walter Trout (USA) @ The Zeppelin Room
13 Jan 2024 Bucky's Big Birthday Bash Blues & Roots Charity Gig
10 Dec 2023 Canberra Blues Society Xmas Party Blues Jam
6 Dec 2023 Canberra Blues Society December Jam Workshop
24 Nov 2023 Youth In Blues Talent Spectacular
19 Nov 2023 Canberra Blues Society November Pro Jam
17 Nov 2023 Blues Piano Night @ The Zeppelin Room
10 Nov 2023 Bek Jensen Band + guest support The Barren Spinsters @ The Zeppelin Room
1 Nov 2023 Canberra Blues Society November Jam Workshop
15 Oct 2023 Canberra Blues Society October Pro Jam
7 Oct 2023 JEFF LANG + SPECIAL GUESTS - KELLER SESSIONS @ THE HGC
7 Oct 2023 The National Vintage Guitar Expo 2023
6 Oct 2023 Chase The Sun @ the HGC
4 Oct 2023 Canberra Blues Society October Jam Workshop
17 Sep 2023 Canberra Blues Society September Pro Jam
6 Sep 2023 Canberra Blues Society September Jam Workshop
20 Aug 2023 Canberra Blues Society August Pro Jam
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