The 2016 Winter Blues Festival Is Back

Kicking off Friday 29th, 30th, and 31st of July


This Year's Line-Up Includes:

Friday Night from 8:30pm


Safari Motel


Performing regularly at festivals around the state SAFARI MOTEL have attracted a large and loyal following. Live performance has been the key to SAFARI MOTEL’s popularity. Their mix of feel-good, high energy original funk, groove, blues and soul music has earned them a place in the thriving Melbourne music scene as one of its most sought after live acts.

 Nicole Nehemia delivers a dynamic performance backed by her rhythm section Jason Nehill (bass) Taleb Taleb (drums), keys/hammond Rowan Mumford and guitarist Mark Evans. Nicole has always demonstrated mastery over funk, gospel, R&B and soul and all her performances exhibit her versatility across the spectrum. Nicole brings heart, soul and passion to all she does.After forming in 2013,  SAFARI MOTEL have produced 2 sold out live albums (LIVE AT THE SOUNDBAR and LIVE AT THE FACTORY) and they are back hard at work writing material for their next full studio album due late 2015. SAFARI MOTEL are based in Melbourne and they can be found performing at many of the popular live music venues around town and are now regular performers at the major music festivals around the state including Motor City Music Festival, Echuca Winter Blues Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and the Blues Train. As finalists in the MBAS International Blues Challenge and having their first album debut in the top 30 in the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart, SAFARI MOTEL are certainly an act on the rise. SAFARI MOTEL will soon be touring further afield to bring their music to a national audience.  “SAFARI MOTEL are showing no signs of slowing down in 2015. Don’t miss their special brand of Funk, Soul and Blues at a show near you.” - Blues Illustrated (88.3 Southern FM /Mint Magazine) 

“Lead singer, Nicole Nehemia is a powerhouse performer with a voice that perfectly compliments the band and their musical style…. strong enough to keep you transfixed through every note, yet tender enough to showcase the undeniable talents of the other band members.” – The Soundtrack 2 My Life


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Saturday Afternoon from 2:00pm


Ezra Lee & The Hacoc Band



Ezra Lee & The Havoc Band, Delivering high energy piano based Rock'N'Roll, Blues, Honky Tonk Country, Rhythm & Blues and Boogie Woogie.

Ezra Lee on Lead Vocals & Piano. 
Shaun Havoc on Drums & Lead Vocals/Backing Vocals 
Kevin Spiers on Guitar & Vocals 
Ray Westcott on Electric & Upright Bass.

Playing all over Australia and the world , available for all shows & events. 
Special Guests by invite :)

Ezra Lee .. At 14 Ezra joined the legendary Australian pub band Johnny Green's Blues Cowboys and toured with the band for six years. In 2009 the Melbourne rockabilly label Preston Records released two original albums Out Of The Valley and Ezra's first full length album, You Can't Stop A Freight Train engineered by Grahame Thomas and in May 2010 traveled to Barcelona, Spain to perform at the Screamin' Rockabilly Festival to support Bill Haley's Original Comets.

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Saturday Night From 8:30PM

Lachy Doley



Lachy Doley is Australia’s most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player. He’s been dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, a player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent.

Lachy Doley has seen much of the world, recording and touring with acts as diverse as Powderfinger, Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes, The Beautiful Girls – more recently recording on a new album of Joe Bonamassa’s which came out in early 2015. It was 2010 though, that saw the birth of THE LACHY DOLEY GROUP and they have been heavily recording and touring ever since.The group’s latest album CONVICTION has taken Doley onto the world stage reaching #5 on the UK Blues Broadcasters Charts, #1 on the Australian iTunes Blues Charts and #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts.

Along with the group’s 2 performances at the legendary BB Kings in Memphis in January, Doley has cemented himself as a world renowned Blues and Soul ArtistThe Lachy Doley Group are a unique sound in the classic and sometimes very traditional genre of the Blues. A power trio consisting of Bass, Drums and of course Doley firing on the Hammond, his vocal screaming from the heart and the incredibly rare Hohner D6 Whammy Clavinet in which most people double take on when they realise that sound isn’t an electric guitar but a 70 stringed keyboard with a huge Whammy Bar sticking out the guts of it.

The Lachy Doley Group have played over 100 shows and festivals around Australia since the first release in 2011 including Queenscliff Music Festival, Mojo Burning Festival, Rock In The Vines Festival, PEAK Perisher Festival, Echuca Blues, Noosa Jazz, Mitchel Creek Rock&Blues and were the stand out hit at the Gold Coast’s Blues On Broadbeach Festival for the last 3 years running.“If music storms existed on this planet, it might as well be Lachy Doley’s vocals and fiery instrumental performances you hear pulsating from cloud to cloud amidst flashes of lighting and claps of thunder” HEIDI LEIGH AXTON – Rhythms Magazine

“One of the greatest organ players of any generation” GLENN HUGHES (Deep Purple Mk3)

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Sunday Arvo From 2:30PM

Cass Eager and the Velvet Rope


‘…down the end on a small stage in a patch of light under a mass of wild curls, a girl sits, cradling a big-bodied guitar, like a still from The Bottom Line in ’68. And that voice, mixing Memphis soul and delta blues, is husky from a thousand melodies with a touch of Bobbie Gentry. And that voice, with a simple guitar strum, throws to images of a girl in a faded floral dress standing in the dirt by a house near the coast watching a storm roll in from the ocean. Those songs of hers take you somewhere, where good songs always take you.’ Greg Perano

Named by folk-blog Timber and Steelas ‘Janis Joplin and Ben Harper’s love-child’, Cass Eager’s mix of raw soul, husky blues and light-hearted ditties are all punctuated with her unique whisky-soaked vocals. Emotive, slightly raspy, at times tender and at times powerful, Cass’ authentic voice is always the driving force of her music.

Internationally renowned but defiantly grassroots, Cass Eager is one of those rare artists that’s mastered everything from the foot-stomping blues to a sensual slow burner. She’s been called ‘one of the best female singers in Australia’ by Richard Glover (ABC), ’the girl with the golden voice’ (Daily Examiner), and Diesel claims ‘she has a voice so sweet she could sing the phone book and you wouldn’t get bored’.

‘One of Sydney’s most gifted singer-songwriters, whose refreshingly honest, almost Joplin-esque like voice is hers alone, and whose songwriting will spellbind the listener.’ (The Music)

Cass’ music has taken her to some of the world’s most far-flung places. Performing in diverse locations from CBGB’s in NYC to the beachfront huts of Dili has given Eager a depth and richness that comes from experience. She’s done several ‘tours of duty’ entertaining Australian troops, from Egypt to East Timor (with Paul Kelly and Peter Garrett), the Middle East to the Solomon Islands. She’s toured through North America and Canada – alone with her acoustic guitar; alongside Ash Grunwald; and with US musician Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo; ex-Wilco). Cass also performed for Prince Harry during his Australian visit, and after being invited back for a repeat performance, ended up giving the prince guitar lessons.

More recently, Cass supported Michael Franti & Spearhead on their 2015 Bluesfest tour, sat in with Alabama-native Kristy Lee’s Bluesfest sideshows and played alongside G. Love & Special Sauce and JJ Grey & Mofro. 2016 saw her perform with Canadian artist Irish Mythen at Bluesfest and national dates.

A finalist for Best Group and Best Female Vocalist in the Australian Blues ‘Chain’ Awards and Best Blues/Roots Artist in the MusicOz Awards, Cass’ EP ‘Down On My Knees’ was voted ‘Top 10 Album’ of the year in Rhythms Magazine.

File under: roots, soul, alt-country, blues


Watch Cass Eager Here







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