About Hume Blues Club
Hume Blues Club Inc. is a not-for-profit blues club, founded in 2014 to fulfill the need for a Melbourne blues club in the Northern suburbs of Victoria, due to lack of blues venues on this side of Melbourne. Local blues enthusiasts and blues musicians can now enjoy listening to or playing live blues without travelling far across town.
We are located at 27 Ballantyne St, Thornbury, (home of Thornbury Bowls Club). Join us every week for our Thursday evening blues jams
- To provide an intimate, upbeat and cosy atmosphere to enjoy the blues.
- To provide a framework for a mutually beneficial network between new and experienced musicians.
- To encourage and mentor budding musicians of all ages.
A Hangout For Blues Music Lovers...
Hume Blues Club @ The Shake Shack provides an inviting vibe similar to Blues Clubs in Memphis, a blues hangout where you can enjoy listening to or playing authentic live blues music such as Blues Roots, Chicago Blues and Texas Blues. A place to boogie (either on the floor or in your seats). A place to get together, converse, enjoy the company of and network with like-minded blues music enthusiasts.
Our jam nights format begins with a DJ to start the night off, we kick off with a set with jammers then followed by our feature act, finishing the night with a final jam session. Meals and drinks are available. Blues enthusiasts, and all music lovers are welcome for a fun and chilled out night.
Invitation to Blues Musicians...
Any blues musicians wishing to play at one of our jams are always welcome, bring your friends as well. It is our intention that our jams format ensures as many musicians as possible get good representation on stage, with a good mix/match of both experienced and novice musicians, which will give confidence to the novices and also provide quality music the whole night through.
Help Us Grow
- Visit our blues jam nights page to see what's upcoming, or sign up below to our newsletter to get updates.
- Connect with and share us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.
- See our Sponsors or become a sponsor.
- Spread the word! Bring your friends and family along to one of our blues nights.
Meet the Committee Members and Crew
Barry "Baz" Maxwell - President
Barry fell in love with the Blues in the early 80's after growing up listening to music from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton. He traced the music back to the source, discovering Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters etc. Once found, there was no turning back. This passion for Blues led to Barry producing and presenting his Radio show, Blues On The Hill, dedicated to 'Keeping the blues alive', spinning the latest and greatest from around the globe with one hour dedicated to new Australian blues.
Barry is very excited to be involved with the Hume Blues Club and promises you will hear only the best new blues going around. He is co-founder and President of Hume Clues Club where he also books artists. He also MC's for special Blues events around Melbourne, Blues Music Victoria (as President) which brings together venues, festivals, clubs and the Blues industry.
Some of his activities and skills...
Blues Radio Presenter for:Blues On The Hill Blues Radio, Sunbury Radio, Caldonia's Crossroad Radio: and
Rock Radio UK
President of Blues Music Victoria
Winner MBAS Allan Stafford Award for services to Blues Music 2015
International Blues Challenge Judge Memphis 2016/2019
Reporter for Living Blues Magazine (USA) Charts
Reporter for Australian Blues and Roots Charts
Blues Events, Festival MC, Stage Manager
"Smokin" Sam Salzone - Vice-President & Secretary
Smokin Sam Salzone is an Italian-born Melbourne-based blues singer and harmonica player who is also at home playing rock and funk. With his harmonica in hand and his innate ability to woo his audience with his positively infectious vibe, Smokin Sam is one mean son-of-a-gun on-stage. Sam's main music influences are Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, among others.
Hume Blues Club is the brainchild of Sam, who was frustrated with the lack of blues music venues in his local area, and decided to form his own blues club. To help him create this dream, he contacted Barry Maxwell, who was very enthusiastic about the idea. Together, they recruited a great hard-working team, and Hume Blues Club was born.
Paul "Gatemouth" Glover - Treasurer
Paul has been involved in the blues scene in Launceston Tasmania for many years as a committee member and president for the Launceston Blues Club. He had a band in Launceston called "The Sofa Kings", who did the circuit around Tassie for 5 years, playing Blues, Rockabilly and Rock. Their greatest achievement was playing at the Forth Valley Blues Festival and also taking out the Damien Greenwood Award for best Blues Band.
Paul's inspirations are Charlie Musslewhite, Dr Feelgood, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Peter Green to name a few. He has also been fortunate enough over years to play with some of Australia's best musicians, including Tim Gaze, Rob Grosser, Chase The Sun, Blues Bombers and many more.
Other Committee Members
Anne Breen (In-House Co-ordinator & Fundraiser)
Tanya Catelli (Social Media & Promotions)
Harold Bradbury-Flint (Jam Co-ordinator)
Eden Brandon (Sound Engineer)
Paul Glover & Christine Manetta & any volunteers (Sound set up & help Engineers)
Natalie Feillafe (Instagram Co-ordinator)
Web101 Group (website)
group shot of the Committee.... Baz, Paul, Sam, Harold, Anne, Tanya
Our sound engineer... Eden Brandon
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