Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys are somewhat of an institution of the Perth music scene. Formed in 2005, the band is renowned for its captivating live performances, which are marked by slick presentation and raw energy. Along with Adam it features some of Western Australia’s finest musicians.
The Playboys have been a hit at major festivals and events around Australia such as: Great Southern Blues Festival Narooma (NSW) • Wintersun Festival (QLD) • Melbourne Lindy Exchange (VIC) • Alice Springs Cup Ball (NT) • Fairbridge Festival (WA) • Shinju Matsuri – Festival of the Pearl (WA) and Blues at Bridgetown (WA).
In 2013 Adam and the band toured Europe including Blue Note (Osnabruck, Germany) and Vienna Blues Spring (Austria).
Along the way, the VPs have also been nominated for a WAMi Award and backed US music legends Big Jay McNeely, Syl Johnson and Betty Harris.
Their large repertoire is rooted in the jazz and rhythm & blues music of the 40’s and 50’s from artists such as Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson and Chuck Berry. The band also has a large library of original music, which can be found on their three albums – their debut I’ve Got News For You featuring Big Jay McNeely (2007), followed by When It’s Party Time Down South (2011) and It’s You It’s Me (2012).
Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys can often be heard blowing the roof off at The Mustang Bar in Northbridge, Western Australia.
Perth – Western Australia, Australia
Adam Hall – vocals, trumpet
Mark Turner – guitar
Anthony Dodos – trombone
Matthew Schmalkuche – keyboard
Matthew Hanson – drums
Ashley de Neef – double Bass