The West Coast Blues Club burst onto the scene with its opening night on 1st August 2001, and nearly two decades later is still going strong. The club is dedicated to keeping Blues music alive – by providing a friendly welcoming atmosphere to all past, present and future members as well as Blues music lovers.
The club has a commitment to providing a venue for like-minded musicians to connect, interact and perform together. Every month the club has a different top-class main act, plus support act – covering a wide range of blues type music from old-school Blues – to roots and alternative Blues styles. Every Club Blues Session has something to offer both players and the public. It’s a load of fun for all.
The club’s base is at the Fremantle Navy Club. It’s a great venue UPSTAIRS on the corner of 64 High Street and Pakenham Street, Fremantle. There’s a huge stage and the drinks and food prices are very reasonable. 🙂
This year, West Coast Blues Club is represented by the Steve Rae Band. They came into being in late 2017 … after guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Steve Rae was introduced to drummer Damo – with a view to forming a Blues-based band. After some initial line-up shuffles, the band drafted in Perth saxophonist Douglass Jones (with whom Steve had played, while a member of the Blues band: John Smoker’s Midnight Jammers) and bassist James Johnson, to complete the line-up.
Rooted in the Blues, but branching into jazz-tinged funk, Blues-rock and soul, the Steve Rae Band draws from a diverse range of original material penned by Steve, coupled with covers of the band’s favourite Blues / Blues-rock tunes. Steve’s earthy vocals are supported by the powerful, driving, yet classy rhythm section of Damo and James… which in turn provides the ideal backdrop for Doug’s soaring sax solos and Steve’s sizzling lead guitar.
Nick Leach • President – Has always been a Blues fan, became the club webmaster ten years ago and has been El Presidente for the past eight years. Plays guitar, bass and sings the odd vocals.
John Smoker • Vice President – Been in bands for a long time, knows the business well. Passionate about The Blues, keen to share it and to help.
Julie Butler • Treasurer and Administrator of all things complicated.
Plus, a great bunch of very supportive committee members who put in a lot of time and effort, including Greg Rowse, Greg Lewis, Lorraine Thompson, Mark Hutchinson, Mike Stone, just to name a few.
Fremantle Navy Club, Fremantle
Western Australia, Australia
Steve Rae – guitar, vocals, songwriter
James Johnson – bass
Damo – drums
Douglass Jones – saxophone