Summer Sounds

Summer Sounds
Summer Sounds is an annual favourite of the Hobsons Bay events calendar, providing an afternoon of free quality entertainment at two waterfront locations: Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown and Logan Reserve, Altona and introducing a special Summer Sounds event In Your Neighbourhood bringing local music to a local park in Altona Meadows and Summer Sounds Skate at the Altona Meadows Skate Park. 

The diversity of music on offer is fitting given the diversity of culture, people and interests in Hobsons Bay. There is something for everyone – ALT COUNTRY, SWING JAZZ, DJ, CLASSIC COVERS AND ALL ROUND GREAT MUSIC  – it’s all in the mix at Summer Sounds.

It is the ‘backyard’ music festival that brings the whole community together and it returned for its 12th consecutive year in 2017.

Each event is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the afternoon sun, kick back, and take in some easygoing, family-friendly entertainment. Bring a rug, picnic, deckchair, hat and sunscreen, and enjoy hearing some of Australia’s best musicians as if they were playing in your backyard. 

There is parking available nearby and plenty of food outlets on Nelson Place where Commonwealth Reserve is located, and in Pier Street, Altona adjacent to Logan Reserve.

Summer Sounds: Steve Purcell and the Pearly Shells plus guests and Martin Gibson Trio
Saturday 11 February, 4pm to 6pm
Logan Reserve, Altona

Summer Sounds Skate: including Live DJ
Saturday 18 February, 12pm to 3pm
Altona Meadows Skate Park, HD Graham Reserve, Queen Street

Summer Sounds: Shane Nicholson and band with The Cliffords and Out of The Blue
Saturday 25 February, 3pm to 6pm
Seaworks, Williamstown 


Summer Sounds: In Your Neighbourhood featuring Kylie Cooper and Pearly Shells
Friday 3 March, 5pm to 7pm
McCormack Park, Laverton

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Steve Purcell and the Pearly Shells

Over more than 15 years, The Pearly Shells have gained a reputation as Melbourne’s premier Jazz/Swing/RnB band with a classic style and look reminiscent of the Golden Age of  Basie, Goodman, Ellington and Brother Ray Charles.

Famous for their Swingin’ back beat sound and Hollywood style, luminescent clam-shell stands, The Pearlys have been providing atmospheric sound tracks and irresistible dance grooves in bars, clubs, festivals and dancehalls as well as at parties, receptions and other “doos” uncountable.

With their enormous repertoire and variety of band sizes, The Pearly Shells pride themselves on striking the right tone for any musical situation.

The Pearly Shells are proud to perform with some of finest female vocalists in Australia, including:

*Jazz Diva Yvette Johansson

*Swing Siren Julie O’Hara

*the Queen of the Blues Kerri Simpson 

Martin Gibson Trio

The Martin Gibson Trio formed in early 2014 as a result of a re-uniting of three musicians who have known each other since childhood - Michael Poole, younger sister Gail Knight and school friend Stephen Wright. While Michael and Stephen are accomplished guitarists, their main passion, along with Gail, lies with the wonderful blending of their voices and the creation of rich, smooth, three-part harmonies.
Michael and Stephen first played together as teenagers, and soon discovered that raw rock and roll was giving way to a more harmony based sound as influenced by such acts as The Hollies, The Everly Brothers, Crosby, Stills and Nash and, of course, The Beatles.
Gail's musical beginnings were largely concerned with stage musicals where she often performed in the lead role, firstly in high school productions, and later with amateur theatre groups.
Some forty years later, they have united to create music as never before. Each individual brings a wealth of experience that comes together for the first time. Their music is still largely derived from that of the 60s, 70s and 80s, along with a selection of more contemporary tunes. Many of the songs are enriched by the introduction of carefully crafted harmonies, though the odd solo spot adds a further dimension to the Martin Gibson Trio

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight is a close harmony vocal trio (Alison, Erin and Maddy) that are accompanied by two talented instrumentalists: Luke on guitar, and Josh on double bass. Their style is varied, they perform swingin’ jazz standards, as well as songs from musicals, sensual blues tunes and classic hits immersed from other vocal trios such as the Boswell Sisters. Lady Midnight bring their own modern twist to many old tunes, as well as recreating modern pop tunes and presenting new original works. They’re sure to get your legs swinging, your hearts melting and your grandparents reminiscing in no time. 

Shane Nicholson

"Hell Breaks Loose", the sixth solo album from the Australian singer-songwriter, songs written over several years and during a period of personal change.

Hell Breaks Loose is Nicholson’s first recording of original material since the breakdown of his marriage to Kasey Chambers, with whom he recorded two ARIA Award-winning alt-country duet albums, Rattlin’ Bones (2008) and Wreck & Ruin (2012).

Several songs address his new circumstances directly, including the superb ballad Single Fathers and the starting-over honesty of Secondhand Man. Others range across topics from the decline of a once-great city (Irons and Chains, about Detroit), living with depression (Weight of the World), to learning to choose which battles are worth the fight (Bury My Guns).

“Many of these songs are about self-discovery and new horizons,’’ Nicholson says. “And also how that’s not always great, it can also sometimes be difficult. You can veer down a few wrong paths. It can take time to adjust. Writers will always find turmoil to write about even if there isn’t any, but the writing for this record certainly came from an authentic place, and was very cathartic.’’

Nicholson’s career began as a teenager recording his own songs in his bedroom in Brisbane. He first made waves with rock band Pretty Violet Stain and released his debut solo album It’s A Movie in 2002. Since then he has explored everything from folk to country, bluegrass and rock, picking up 8 Golden Guitars, 2 APRA awards and 2 ARIA Awards along the way. 

Out of the Blue

‘Out of the Blue’ is made up of four western suburbs musicians with diverse musical backgrounds who play an eclectic mix of blues, rock and pop classics in a laid-back acoustic style.


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