A CAPACITY crowd of more than 600 people packed the lawns of the historic Parkerville Tavern in February last year for a Hills shaking blues concert.
And in 2018, the Milford Street Shakers are set to do it again with Motown Hits The Hills.
Band leader Dom D’Leno said it was one of the band’s favourite performances of the year.
This year’s concert will be on Saturday, April 7, from 6pm to 9pm and will be supported by singer songwriter Reo Dunn (Te Reotakiwa Dunn), a New Zealand artist who won Best Maori Album in 2006.
His voice is compared to that of Stevie Wonder and his repertoire of R&B and blue tunes will be a perfect complement to the Milford Street Shakers.
The nine-piece, Milford Street Shakers features the power-house voice of Lee Morunga who spent 10 years touring with The Lion King with Disney in Germany, throughout Europe and Australia.
Parkerville Tavern director Joanne O’Connor said she was anticipating this year’s concert would be bigger and better.
“People were up on the grass and dancing almost as soon as the first chords were struck and we’re expecting the same again this year,” she says.
D’Leno said the band wanted to bring something a little different to its audiences with their smart 60s style dress and soul sound.
“There’s certainly nothing like us in WA,” he says.
In the last 12 months The Milford Street Shakers have rapidly earned a name for themselves as one of the state’s most dynamic bands.
Recent concerts have included an audience of 2000 people at Music Under the Stars Concert at ECU Joondalup, Fringe World Summerset Arts Festival, 4000 people dancing to their music as support for James Taylor at Leeuwin Estate Winery in February, two shows at the Wheatstone Gas Project in Onslow in April, a high-energy show at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco in July, an audience of 2000 people at the nameless Jarndunmunha Festival in Tom Price and the City of Perth New Year’s Eve Celebration in Northbridge for 3500 people.
Tickets are $25, with children under six free.
They are available from https://motown-hills-apr2018.eventbrite.com.au or on a first-come, first-served basis at the gate on the night.