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Milford Street Shakers Christmas Party Extravaganza

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by Peter Hancock (subscribe)
Journalist, historian and naturalist living in Perth's eastern suburbs.
Shakers bring Christmas Soul to the Sewing Room
Last December, when nine-piece soul band the Milford Street Shakers threw their Christmas party at Perth's Sewing Room venue, it was a sell-out.

People queued at the door to try and get last minute tickets to hear the band's upbeat take on Christmas carols and songs.

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Enjoy a Christmas party with soul with the Milford Street Shakers.

They are doing it all again this year with their Christmas Party Extravaganza live soul music special at the Sewing Room in Perth on Saturday, December 22. Band leader Dom D'Leno says he is expecting the show to sell out again and recommended those wanting to attend to book early online.

He says people love the treatment of Christmas tunes and combination of the high-powered horn section and driving music. Songs like I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus and White Christmas take on a whole new vibe when they get the Milford Street Shakers treatment.

The band even brings its soul approach to Christmas carols. Dom says the Milford Street Shakers versions are more upbeat than people are used to hearing with the full-blown horn section really giving the Christmas music some oomph.

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The Milford Street Shakers in full flight. Photo by Frances Andrijich.

The band will also be playing many of its regular 1960s tunes, as well as the Christmas songs.

Located in the basement of one of Perth's glorious old buildings, built in 1910 at 317 Murray St in Wolf Lane, the venue was once a sewing room for one of Perth's leading fashion houses. The Sewing Room was opened with a nightclub license a little over a year ago and opens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 8pm to 5am. It is a purpose built, live music venue featuring a state-of-the-art sound system, flexible staging and the best mixing and lighting equipment available.

The Milford Street Shakers have burst on to the Australian entertainment scene with performances ranging from support acts at the big Leeuwin Estate Winery concerts to arts festivals and concerts all over Western Australia. Dom says the band attracts a big following from a wide range of age groups from 20 to 80, who love to get up and dance to the music of the Motown and soul music of the 1960s.

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After last year's sell-out, band leader Dom D'Leno recommends booking early online.

The band features Lee Morunga on lead vocals, James Vinciullo on bass, Dominic D'Leno on drums, Imogen Thomson on percussion, Kallan Phillips on guitar, Austin Salisbury on keys, Robert Bresland on trumpet, Glyn MacDonald on trombone and Mark Sprogowski on baritone sax.

Dom said while audiences enjoyed themselves the music was also a lot of fun for the band to perform. It was also great to have Lee Morunga, who had worked with Disney in The Lion King and other musical theatre around the world, fronting the band.

Also performing at the Christmas concert will be Perth DJ Smokestack Ash, who has recently returned from touring Europe, based in Denmark. Ash who has spun records all over the world, has played alongside the likes of Keb Darge, Jonathan Toubin, King Salami, Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes.

He also organises the Copenhagen Soul Weekender and has performed in Japan, UK, Germany, Spain, USA Switzerland and Sweden.

Doors open at 6pm at the Sewing Room, with pre-sale tickets here, costing $28.50 inclusive of booking fee or $35 at the door.
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Why? Come along and dance to soul music with a Christmas flavour to celebrate the festive season.
When: From 6pm on Saturday, December 22.
Where: The Sewing Room, 317 Murray Street, (Basement) Wolf Lane, Perth
Cost: $28.50 pre-sale or $35 at the door.
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