Legendary underground institution, Checkerboard Lounge, deliver a dynamic, soulful well of emotion and playful abandon in collective improvisation over classic blues, soul and originals. Singing drummer Carl Pannuzzo, guitar master Shannon Bourne, Hammond virtuoso Tim Neal and groove bassist Amos Sheehan curate shows fitting to events and venues, no two shows being the same, but each unforgettable live experiences, from standing ovations at Wangaratta Jazz Festival to crammed inner Melbourne pubs.
THE LACHY DOLEY GROUP
Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, Lachy Doley is Australia’s most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player in the world today. A player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent. Alongside powerhouse drummer Jackie Barnes and Bassist Joel Burton, The Lachy Doley Group are a super energetic soul/blues force like no other.
THE KEVIN BUCKINGHAM BAND
The Kevin Buckingham Band - Serious in your face hard Rockin’ Blues Comprising: Kevin Buckingham, Winston Galea, David Brimacombe & Peter Neagoe. Many songs are originals (some award winning) along with the band's own take on some classics. After a short hiatus Kevin is back ripping it up with this fresh line-up of seasoned muso's. This band has drawn huge attraction since launching late 2015 with rave reviews at every show. Their connection & energy is obvious from the first note.
This is one band not to be missed!
4 piece unplugged
During the late 60s Joe grew up with a backdrop of the civil rights movement, riots, religious and social unrest, all to the soundtrack of the early Van Morrison songs with the band ‘Them’. These were very exciting times and Joe can still remember walking down Royal Avenue and Ann St (Belfast’s equivalent to Carnaby St, London) and hearing the anthemic chorus of ‘Gloria’ booming out of boutiques and coffee shops. As a teen he would go and watch ‘Them’ perform at local venues and that early influence cemented his love for this style of music that is now reflected in his own song writing and singing style. Joe and his 4 piece acoustic band takes the audience on a journey that begins in the 60’s and moves through the decades encompassing Van’s worldwide hits with a sprinkling of some of the more mystical poetic songs from the ‘Astral Weeks’ album. The show pays homage to the music of a great Irish singer, songwriter and poet who is Van Morrison. The audience will weave through the ages, bringing back to life the soundtrack of people’s lives.
JESSE VALACH & THE TESTAMENTS
After gathering a huge following with Blues Mountain, Jesse is now bringing us Jesse Valach & The Testaments. This will be a great afternoon of soul and blues.
THE KELLY AUTY BAND
A child of the outback and a 'Kimberley dreamer', Kelly Auty is first, and foremost, an entertainer. Living now in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, she has a reputation as an energetic singing and songwriting dynamo. Renowned as a powerful vocalist and an inspiring performer, she delivers outstanding shows in her distinctive style. Kelly Auty: Entertainer, Singer, Songwriter Kelly is equally impressive across Blues, Gospel, R&B, Soul, Rock, Country and French Chanson genres. For those who have seen and heard Kelly perform live, the passion and power of her recorded work will come as no surprise. Kelly's work can only be described as honest and heartfelt, earthy and inspiring. As an independent artist, Kelly not only manages her own career, she also manages and features other creative musicians, composers and producers. With over 40 years experience in the music industry, nine (9) independent albums under her belt, Kelly is also a faultless senior event manager and caring teacher. Ultimately, Kelly Auty is a multi-talented entertainer.
THE NATHAN BERETTA BAND
Nathan Beretta has made his mark in the Australian blues scene with multiple award winning blues band Blue Eyes Cry. Growing up with Blues jazz and soul in the household, Nathan has brought his own unique style to the table. Influenced by artist such as Ronnie Earl, Albert Collins, Albert King and Buddy Guy Nathan plays from the soul with a “all killer no filler” approach. After taking a year of music Nathan is back on a mission to put the “edge” back in into the blues, with vibrato bending guitar solos and emotion. The Nathan Beretta band is a known, yet new act on the scene and is not to be missed if authentic Blues is your thing.
Jeff Lang’s unique musical vision easily finds a home in myriad settings, from large festival stages to the intimate, long-running Ann Arbor, Michigan club The Ark to the Sydney Opera House. Most importantly, Jeff Lang has achieved what is a rarity in the cluttered world of contemporary sounds: his own voice.
“Jeff Lang is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure, a truly gifted songwriter and an outstanding guitarist. He has been inspiration to countless Australian and internationally renowned roots artists and surely has a place in history as one of this generation’s finest. He has really touched me and musically, I had a kind of revelation…” John Butler, John Butler Trio
ROD PAINE & THE FULLTIME LOVERS
One of the most powerful and soulful voices in the roots scene, Rod Paine was one of the founding members of Melbourne’s legendary Chicago blues acts, Howlin’ Time, formed in 1989. In 1995 Rod formed the re-knowned 50s inspired retro blues outfit, The Redliners. For almost ten years The Redliners rocked around the country. In 2005 The Redliners had a baby, barely skipping a beat and became Rod Paine & the Fulltime Loves. Rod Paine & The Fulltime Lovers won the coveted award of the Australian Blues Performer of the Year (2013). A dirty post war electric blues combo inspired by the likes of Lazy Lester, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo, Ike Turner and Little Walter, the Fulltime Lovers keep it simple – dirty undertones, swinging rhythms and rumbling shuffles are served up to their audiences everywhere.
RHYTHM X REVIVAL
Soulful harmonies, infectious melodies, hypnotic electric guitar licks and an animated rhythm section underpin Rhythm X Revival as an energetic Australian rocking country blues band. Rhythm X Revival are an energetic new Rocking Country Blues band formed by John-Luke Shelley together with Johnny Tesoriero. A cohesive unit backed by Jeremy Neumann (keys) and Chris Rourke (bass/vocals), Rhythm X Revival’s chemistry creates music that has inspired a global audience. Rhythm X Revival Represented Australia in January in the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis as the 2018 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Band of the Year.
PHIL WIGGINS & DOM TURNER
The trans-pacific duo Phil Wiggins & Dom Turneris a recent collaboration of old friends – America’s foremost harmonica virtuoso, Phil Wigginsand legendary Australian blues guitarist/vocalist, Dom Turner. Phil Wiggins toured the world for the best part of 35 years with the Piedmont Blues duo Cephas & Wiggins. Dom Turner has played and toured for the last 30 years with the legendary Australian blues band, Backsliders.In June 2014 Phil & Dom performed a critically acclaimed series of east Coast USA concerts, their first formal collaboration and included a set-list packed with Piedmont, Delta, & Hill Country blues. In October 2014 Phil was invited to the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma NSW, Australia to perform with Dom in their first Australian concert together. In early 2015 the duo toured the East Coast of Australia beginning at the Blue Mountains Music Festival and ending at Australia’s most prestigious blues festival, Bluesfestin Byron Bay where they were described as one of the 10 ‘must-see’ Bluesfest acts. 2016 saw the duo perform at the National Folk Festival, a series of performances that resulted in a re-invitation to perform at the National in 2017.
Turner Brown Band
The Turner Brown Band is a joint Australia/USA musical collaboration between Australian slide guitarist and music producer Dom Turner (of awarded blues act Backsliders) and Ohio-based ‘Sacred Steel’ lap-slide guitar as well as vocal sensation Nikki D Brown. The result is a merging of Nikki’s southern style US gospel ‘Sacred Steel’ guitar and vocals with Dom’s blues-based sounds forming a duelling slide guitar eclectic and uplifting gospel-blues musical feast Nikki D Brown, born into a Church-based lap-slide guitar tradition known as ‘Sacred Steel’, learnt the instrument first-hand from myriad steel guitar masters including Ruth Durdel, Yolondo Ramsey, Del Grace and Henry Tyson, melding them all into her unique and wildly gritty guitar sound. Her powerful vocals and performance has developed over a lifetime of gospel singing, resulting in a powerfully rich, raspy soul-gospel vocal style delivered with impeccable flare and flamboyancy. Renowned Australian blues-based slide-guitarist and vocalist, Dom Turner has spent more than 30 years touring the festival circuit with Backsliders as well as various musical collaborations including Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner. Joining Dom and Nikki are her sisters Gloria Brown (rhythm guitar and vocals) and cousin Tomika Webb (drums and vocals) who share the same deep musical heritage and love of infectious gospel-soul music.
Phil para Band
Phil Para is a guitarist/ singer/ songwriter and undoubtedly one of the most exciting performers in Australia. Distinctive guitar talents push all the boundaries and are combined with exceptional vocal abilities and a powerful stage presence. Phil’s energetic performance includes a remarkable degree of showmanship such as playing with his teeth and behind his head. Phil earns great respect from peers and audiences alike and attracts a cult-like following wherever he plays. New Zealander, Phil Para has been a professional musician since age 9 & with Jimi Hendrix as his absent mentor and inspiration Phil’s talent soon grew to the point where he could accurately replicate the playing and vocal styles of the guitar greats including Hendrix, Clapton, Stevie Ray & Santana to name a few. Phil writes many original songs, drawing from a diverse range of music with blues, jazz, Latin and rock influences fusing into a style of his own. Phil’s performances combine original music with covers to create an exciting stage show that never fails to enthral. Phil claims vast and loyal audiences of an incredibly varied mix of ages and backgrounds that have allowed him to become one of the most successful and continually booked acts in Australia with his band, various duos and special tributes.
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: Trish Hart
- Committee: Wendy Rowe, Ian Fraser, Bernie Bicknell, Marshall Gibbs, Rob Smiley, Mick Newington, Rosemary Marsham, John Spice
- 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