Recently described by Guitar World as the “Jimi Hendrix of Sacred Steel”, Nikki Brown is an electric lap steel guitar phenomenon, melding strikingly vocal-like slide guitar lines with wild and funky wah-infused rhythms creating a sound that is sonically rich, vibrant and uniquely her own. Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, Nikki was born into a Church-based slide guitar tradition known as Sacred Steel and learnt from renowned steel guitar master, Del Grace breathing an infectiously fervent energy into what is a traditional guitar style. To add, Nikki, is a powerful singer and performer with a distinctive approach developed over a lifetime of gospel singing, resulting in a powerfully rich, raspy soul-gospel vocal style delivered with impeccable flare and flamboyancy. Nikki’s sisters Gloria (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Belinda (bass guitar and vocals) and cousin Tomika (drums and vocals) share the same deep musical heritage and love of infectious gospel-soul funk- blues music, a sound that has its melodic roots in the Sacred Steel guitar tradition. Joining Nikki and the Browns is legendary Australian guitarist and music producer, Dom Turner, of the awarded Australian blues act, Backsliders.
THE TURNER BROWN BAND
with support DAN DINNEN and ANTHONY SHORTTE
The RORY ELLIS TRIO
“Rory Ellis is one of the great storytellers on the Australian roots scene. A big man with a huge voice, with a trove of outstanding material at his disposal, he immerses us into his world… His huge, deep voice is a remarkable instrument of rich and raw emotion. It is that voice, the absolute quality of the musicianship and incomparable song writing talent that really sets him apart as an artist.”
Stemming from Melbourne, this charismatic singer-songwriter, long heralded as an underground hero of the Americana music scene, began his musical life in 1989, performing in various acts before touring the country solo 10 years later, gathering the stories of those around him to be retold through his music and lyrics.
SPECTRUM plus HEY GRINGO
The original, and in some people's eyes, the unsurpassable four piece line-up of Spectrum with Daryl Roberts providing the essential link with the original keyboard-centric concept. Broc O'Connor has comparatively recently replaced the late Bill Putt as bassist and now the quartet appears to be set for years of development according to the inspired charter of the original Spectrum in the late '60s and early '70s. Songs in the current Spectrum repertoire include: I'll Be Gone, Launching Place Part Two, Going Home and Fly Without Its Wings, Ariel's Jamaican Farewell, Rock & Roll Scars, Hard Way To Go, Red Hot Momma and Worm Turning Blues, Murtceps' Esmeralda, Some Good Advice and We Are Indelible,and heaps more.
Return of the Cup Eve Ska Train
with THE SKA VENDORS
and special guest LUKE YEOWARD
It’s back, Cup Eve with The Ska Vendors! After a year’s break, Way Out West have reprised the traditional Cup Eve Way Out West celebration in the company of The Ska Vendors. Having made their first Sunday afternoon debut at the massive Hop It To The Top in August, The Vendors are ready to bring the party to the bowlo with two big sets for your dancing pleasure. Opening will be the real deal rock n roller Luke Yeoward, fresh from an east to west dash of the USA in October where he performed as many as 10 shows in as many days as he traversed the country. This will be first first show since landing back on home turf. He will bring his guitar, voice and presence to open with a swag of self penned tunes. The food is cheap, the beer is tasty and plentiful and the vibes will be hot! See you on the dancefloor!
with support CHARLIE BEDFORD
Andy Cowan is one of Australia's foremost performing songwriters. He possesses a voice that invites comparison with the likes of Tom Waites or Leonard Cohen, with the soul of Ray Charles. But these are superficial comparisons, Andy's virtuoso Piano and Keyboard playing contain both energy and melodic beauty. His songwriting and performing skills give him a strength and quality that define him as the complete artistic entity - the "King of the Keys".
Opening for Andy will be Charlie Bedford; a 16-year-old blues musician who performed at the “International Blues Challenge - Youth Showcase" in Memphis earlier this year.
DUTCH TILDERS TRIBUTE with THE BLUES CLUB REVIVAL
Don’t miss this show! The Blues Club Revival celebrates the music of Aussie blues legend Dutch Tilders and features original members of Dutch's dynamic combo 'The Blues Club' re-uniting to pay tribute to their great friend and mentor. Guitarist Geoff Achison and drummer Winston Galea spent several years on the road with the great Australian bluesman backing him up superbly in 'The Blues Club'. Respected bass-man Peter 'Boom Boom' Beulke, who worked with Tilders in his Bluesicians, completes the revitalised line-up.
Multiple award-winning Australian Blues musician Darren Jack has been electrifying audiences with his signature powerhouse Rock ‘n’ Blues and original music for over twenty years. Darren has played alongside some his most important artistic influences, opening for and sharing the stage with artists such as: Robert Cray (USA), Jimmie Vaughan (USA), Canned Heat (USA), Ford Blues Band (USA), George Thorogood (USA), Chris Cain (USA), Andy Just (USA), Long John Baldry (UK), Kevin Borich, Ian Moss, Jeff Lang, Phil Emmanuel, Dave Hole and Chain.
WOW XMAS with CHRIS WILSON
Warm up for Christmas at the Way Out West Christmas gig. Join Chris and an all star band for a great afternoon of music.
ABOUT OUR CLUB
We started on a wing and a prayer in December of 2001. A group of Roots music fans whose regular watering hole was the Williamstown RSL pooled together $50 each to put on a gig featuring the Hornets. With the blessing of the RSL management we put the word around Town that blues music was coming to the West. Up until that time we had to travel on the road and over the river to catch quality live music. It was a gamble but it worked and gave us the confidence to build on that day’s success. Here we are years later an Incorporated Club hosting the best roots musicians in the land and also getting calls from international touring artists who want to come Way Out West.
Following the closure of Williamstown RSL Sub Branch in 2016 we were forced to look for another home in the area. After considering various sites we now find ourselves at Newport Bowls Club where we are going from strength to strength.
As the great Paul Kelly song goes ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’. We now find ourselves an integral part of the Roots music scene. We are so proud to have been able to create a much needed venue in the West. If you have not been to the Club then please come down and check us out, we guarantee to make your day a good one.
- President: Rob Rowe
- Vice President: Terry Smith
- Secretary: Jenny Brockman
- Treasurer: Wendy Rowe
- Committee: Dave Padroth, Ian Fraser, Mick Newington, Trish Hart, Marshall Gibbs
- WOWRMC Photographers: Wendy Rowe, Bruce Davis
Annual General Meeting: Held in October each year (venue to be confirmed)
Way Out West RMC Pricing Policy
We do not pre-sell tickets for the majority of our gigs. General admission is by way of payment at the door on the day. Only certain events are ticketed and will have a 'Buy your tickets now' button against the gig details.
WOW Honour Roll - Past Gigs to Savour
Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond, Harry Manx, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, Owen Grey, ‘Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Hamilton Loomis, Kelly Joe Phelps, Del Ray & Steve James, Steve Arvey, Hans Theesink, Corky Siegel, Kieran Kane & David Francey, Lulo Reinhardt, Big Jay McNeely, Watermelon Slim, The Turner Brown Band, Joe Louis Walker
Backsliders, Lil’ Fi, Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, James T (ex- pat USA Canned Heat), Bondi Cigars, Anni Piper, Darren Jack, Continental Robert Susz, Max Merritt & the Meteors, Doug Parkinson, David Ross McDonald, Pete Cornelius, Mental As Anything, Pugsley Buzzard, Harper, Matt Finish, Ray Beadle, Brewster Brothers, Dragon, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Dom Turner & Supro, Kevin Bennett (Flood), 8 Ball Aitken, Jimi Beavis, John ‘Swanee’ Swan, Rose Tattoo, Shane Pacey Trio, Cyril B Bunter Band
Dutch Tilders (R.I.P.), Joe Camilleri & the Black Sorrows, Geoff Achison & the Soul Diggers, Chris Wilson, Jeff Lang, Chain, Ross ‘the boss’ Wilson, Andy Cowan, Broderick Smith, the Dingoes, Renee Geyer, Tim Rogers, Vika Bull, Mick Thomas, Mark Seymour & the Undertow, Dave Graney & the Yellow Lurid Mist, the Hornets, Collard Greens & Gravy, Dave Steel & Tiffany Eckhardt, Blues Before Sunrise, Spectrum, Nick Barker, Neil Murray, Madder Lake, the Detonators, Paulie Bignell & the Thornbury Two, Jimi Hocking, Dave Hogan’s Meltdown, Jerome Smith (ex pat USA), Phil Manning, Kerri Simpson, Fiona Boyes, Ash Grunwald, Chubby Rae, Brian Fraser, Lloyd Spiegel, Diddley Daddies, Sam See & Glyn Mason, Nicky Bomba & Bustamento, Blackfeather, Slide Devils, Phil Para, Deborah Conway, Way Out West, Ross Hannaford, Alex Burns, Mike Ellrington, Jaimi Faulkner, Zydeco Jump, Andrea Marr, Bobby Bright, Firebird, Ska Vendors, Red Sand Shuffle, Joe Galea, Ray Vanderby, Steve Purcell & the Pearly Shells, Nick Charles, Tabasco Junkies, the Nudgels, Benny & the Fly By Niters, Hey Gringo, David Holmes, Lyman Debut, Stevie Paige, the Vagrants, Men In Blues, the Pardoners, Jason Lowe, Moveable Feast (Billy Miller, Mark Ferrie, Sean Kelly & Stephan Fidock), Backwood Creatures, Fats Wah Wah, Suzannah Espie & Big Boy Lemonade, Mike Brady, Jordie Lane, John Schumann, Dan England, Rory Ellis, Brunswick Blues Shooters, Danny Burton, Sweet Felicia, the Blue Zone, Alex Legg, the Rich Family, Stephen Bowtell, Jules Boult & Bob Whetstone, Stockley See Mason Band, Tom Pedersen, Matt Walker, Howlin’ Time, Jimmy Fong, White Goat, John Dallimore Trio, Damian Rogers, Steve Romig, Kelly Auty’s Wild Women Show, Ashleigh Mannix, Matt Kelly, Ed Patrick, Stringybark McDowell, Oh Pep, Louis King & the Liars Klub, Luke Watt, Dan Dinnen, Blue Dukes, Andy & Peter Baylor, Tom Richardson, the Laments, John Luke Shelley & High Speed Steel, Blues International, Barb Waters & the Mothers of Pearl, Little John, Graveyard Train, Leslie Avril, Mick Pealing, Cabin Fever, the Rechords, the Saucermen, Cash Savage, Toot Toot Toots, the Band Who Knew Too Much, ‘Fast’ Eddie Boyle, Chris Russell's Chicken Walk, Ridge Back Blues Band, Funk Buddies, Candy Apples, Marco Goldsmith, Shannon Bourne, Wayne Jury, Doc White & Tabasco Tom, The 3 Tones, Ska Vendors, The Three Kings, Catfish Voodoo, Joe Creighton, Brewster Brothers, Jarrod Shaw, The Sammy Owen Band, Tex Miller