Tell Mama: The Music of Etta James - FRINGE WORLD Festival

Tell Mama: The Music of Etta James - FRINGE WORLD Festival


Posted 2020-01-09 by Peter Hancockfollow

Fri 17 Jan 2020 - Sat 25 Jan 2020

Etta James may have battled with drug addiction, incarceration and physical abuse, but she also produced some of the most compelling music of the 1960s and 70s.

Songs like At Last, Something's Got a Hold on Me and I Just Want To Make Love To You earned her Rolling Stone Magazine's number 22 spot on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

To pay tribute to James, spectacular 10-piece band the Milford Street Shakers featuring Yara Neto will return to Fringe World with Stratosfunk's award-winning production, Tell Mama: The Music of Etta James!

Neto, frontwoman and soul queen for lauded Perth band Stratosfunk, from 2008 to 2015, earned a reputation for her performances of the Soul music of the 1960s and 70s.

In 2013 Tell Mama was dubbed "a commanding and musically inspiring show" by%% The West Australian.
It won Stratosfunk the 2013 Fringe World Music Award.

Many of Stratosfunk's band members went on to form the Milford Street Shakers, and Neto rejoins the 10-piece band to pay homage to Etta James, who died from leukaemia in 2012.

The band will be performing as a 10-piece along with backing vocalists Roera and Taonga.

As well as Neto on lead vocals, the band will feature; James Vinciullo on bass, Dominic D'Leno on drums, Andy Jarvis on guitar, Tristan Wills on keyboards, Robert Bresland on trumpet, Mark Sprogowski on tenor sax, Jemima Mills on baritone sax and backing vocalists Taonga Thomson-Lawrence and Roera Mako.

They'll be joined by special guest vocalist Aminah Hughes on a few of James' hits.

Hughes has appeared on eleven albums in Australia and Europe as a songwriter, vocalist, spoken word artist and flautist and has produced her debut solo album, Blue Wooden Boat.

Etta James' style evolved over the years and spanned a variety of music genres including rock 'n' roll, soul, R&B, gospel and jazz.

She was a multi-Grammy award winner, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Blues Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The New York Times described James as having "one of the great voices in American popular music, with a huge range, a multiplicity of tones and vast reserves of volume".

Milford Street Shakers band leader and drummer says the band brings its own flair and interpretation to the music.

Tell Mama will be performed at the Big Top at Sunset Veranda, Scarborough Beach on January 17 at 6.30pm, January 19 at 8.30pm and January 25 at 5.30pm.

The Sunset Veranda offers an opportunity to watch the sun go down and enjoy a drink from a pop-up bar and a bite to eat.

Tickets cost $35 and are available from

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