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Upcoming events

    • 6 Mar 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah
    • 77

    Join us for our popular Jam Workshops for interested musicians wanting to develop their skills and gain experience in playing the blues in a band environment.

    Advice and mentoring will be provided by a house band featuring a selection of our finest players.


    Held on the 1st Wed each month, except January, at The Harmonie German Club and presented in a format similar to but more intimate than the monthly Blues Jams.

    The workshops are not intended to show you how to play your instrument, but they may give you a better understanding about how blues music is structured and how you can communicate this to the other members of your band.

    The workshop jams aim to create a comfortable, non-threatening environment where less confident musicians and singers can perform in a band situation. 

    NOTE: The selection of pieces to be used is at the Workshop Facebook Group

    • 17 Mar 2024
    • 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah

    Hosted by

    The Rod Mitchell Band

    NOTE - Start time changed to 2:30pm due to the German Markets

    The Rod Mitchell Band hosts Canberra Blues Society’s March Pro Blues Jam.

    Smokin Chicago Blues, Texas Bone Shakers, Mississippi Swamp Gurglers and Smooth Tennessee Whiskey Heart Wrenchers - Rod and the band deliver their very own, very colourful and very unique style and sound with heartfelt respect to the blues legends.

    "The blues is a feeling, you can't get it out of no book. You can't write the blues on a piece of paper, you just feel the blues."  John Lee Hooker (1917-2001).

    This band of seasoned bluesmen will take you away to places where the blues evolved from heartache and dispair to celebration, humour and wisdom.

    "The blues is celebration, because when you take sorrow and turn it into music, you transform it." Odetta Holmes(1930-2008).

    Rod Mitchell - AKA Howlin Mitch - Guitar / Vocals

    "An absolute blues machine" - Phil Manning.

    "If you were to blend swamp grooves, howlin vocals, guitar riffs that will get your foot tapping and your body moving, you would get Howlin Mitch! A man who brings incredible energy and vigor to all that he does!" -  Moruya Blues & Roots Festival.

    "Mitch is more than just a fantastic song writer, he s a gifted performer bringing a powerhouse of energy, passion & talent!" - L.P Entertainment.

    Paul (Paulo) Leeder - Bass

    "Playing the blues is my first love. Blues is pretty broad when you get down to it - slow blues, jump blues, jazz blues, swing blues, electric blues, acoustic blues, Chicago blues... I'm not allergic to other genres; I just really love the blues in all its forms." - Paulo.

    Paul Leeder is a talented & precise bass player - a product of years of experience both on stage & in the studio. A classic jammer who can jump in on any song & sound like he s been playing it for years.

    Phil Evans - Drums / Vocals

    With a wealth of experience as musician/vocalist, composer, sound engineer & media producer, Phil marks the start of his musical journey from his first paid gig at the age of 12. Since then he's performed with over 75 bands, orchestras & musical groups.

    Classically, he's played as a percussionist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera Orchestra & the Victorian Opera Company, concurrently crossing the musical boundaries of pop, rock, blues, latin, punk, reggae, jazz, skiffle – achieving great success in all genres.

    Duncan Bond - Keyboards

    From an unusual background in African percussion, studying and performing for over a decade with some of Sydney s most notable world music artists, Duncan has only recently turned his musical talents to blues harmonica and keyboard.

    Since starting this journey, a little under 5 yrs ago, Duncan s enthusiasm and unique rhythmic stylings have made him a valued member of the Sydney and Sapphire Coast blues 'jam' scene, where he thrives on the generosity of the community and the thrill of learning and growing his newfound craft.

    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.

    • 23 Mar 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah
    Kevin Borich Express @ The Zeppelin Room

    Australian music legend Kevin Borich is back on the road with a freshly announced tour, delivering his infectious brand of funkin' rockin' blues to audiences across our great southern land.

    Honed by years of experience playing the world over with the likes of Santana, to performing alongside Bo Diddley, Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Living Colour, Joe Walsh (Eagles), Canned Heat, Elton John, Status Quo, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy, Peter Frampton, AC/DC and more, Kevin Borich is a true force of musical nature.

    The tour comes following the release of Kevin’s latest album ‘Duets’, which was met with rave reviews and shot swiftly to number one on the Aria Rock, Blues and Jazz Charts. Bringing together 12 music greats, ‘Duets’ is practically oozing with a diverse mix of genres and style, combining professional brilliance in songwriting and stellar studio performances all distilled into one powerful record.

    Guest support: James Southwell

    Pre-sales: CBS members $30 / General $35 (pre-sale ends 23 March @ 6:30pm)

    Door: $40

    Doors open: 7pm Show starts: 8pm

    • 26 Apr 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah
    8 Ball Aitken Band @ The Zeppelin Room

    Canberra Blues Society proudly presents 8 Ball Aitken Band.

    The 8 Ball Aitken Band is on an Australian Tour for the first several months of 2024. Catch them at the club on Friday 26th April supported by Dillion James.

    8 Ball Aitken has toured the world for more than a decade performing his swampy-blues-rock across twenty countries to date. He’s earned a loyal fanbase from his live shows and internet videos, while paying his dues as a singer, songwriter, slide-guitarist, and producer. 

    8 Ball moved to Nashville, Tennessee, USA in 2012 and worked for nine years with many of the best in the blues business today. He won second place in the 2021 International New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival hosted by blues woman Samantha Fish. 

    He's back with a brand-new blues rock album ‘ICE CREAM MAN 2’ that hit #1 in the Australian Blues & Roots Charts in June 2023 and had 4 number #1 AMRAP Chart hits. This new 12-song recording was mostly completed in Nashville right before he re-located back to Australia. It’s a highly anticipated follow up to the first ‘ICE CREAM MAN’ album that also hit #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Charts in March 2021.

    8 Ball produced ‘ICE CREAM MAN 2’ himself. The cast of musicians include Grammy winning drummer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy), saxophone legend Buddy Leach (George Thorogood & The Destroyers), Sydney soul singer Taya Chani and 8 Ball’s younger brother Dillion James Aitken on Hammond organ and piano. 8 Ball’s partner Jessy Lynch also sang backup vocals. Jessy & 8 Ball welcomed their new baby boy ‘Sonny Miles Aitken’ into their musical family early last year.

    "8 Ball Aitken demonstrates that the blues is alive and well Down Under with this deep-in-the-pocket collection of modern blues and blues rock that's built atop a swamp blues structure" - Chicago Blues Guide

    Pre-sales: CBS members $30 / General $35 (inc booking fee)

    Door: $35

    Doors open: 7pm Show starts: 8pm

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