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The Milford St Shakers, Beyond Hitsville: Motown to Muscle Shoals

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Big band pays tribute to 60s Motown from Aretha to Ray
Fans of the 60s sound of Motown are in for a treat with nine-piece big band, the Milford Street Shakers, in concert at Subiaco's Regal Theatre on Saturday July 8.

The band will pay tribute to the toe-tapping soul music, the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown and Etta James. Band leader Dom D'Leno said their style of music appealed to a wide age range.

"People love the hits of the 60s Soul and Motown era. It's music you want to dance to," he said.

Milford Street Shakers, Regal Theatre, Motown, big band
the Milford Street Shakers will be performing at the Regal Theatre on July 8. Picture supplied.

"We'll have 21-year-olds up and dancing on the same floor as 75-year-olds."

Spaces will be created on either side of the theatre for people to get up and dance without obstructing the views of those in their seats.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the Milford Street Shakers will play two sets from 8.15pm to 10.30pm.

Beyond Hitsville features the distinctive Motown sounds of Detroit, to the swamps of Muscle Shoals in Alabama; from Chess Records where Etta James recorded a lot of her music, to Stax Records, which had a dirtier sound than the polished Motown sound; and Atlantic Records in New York where Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin recorded a lot of their material.

Dom said The Milford Street Shakers takes its audience on a journey from the late1950s to the early1970s Chicago, Memphis, New York, and Alabama.

"It will be a brilliant night," he said.

"It's the kind of music people love to sing along to and it's fantastic being up on stage, hearing the backing vocals coming back loudly from the audience.

"It helps create a real energy that feeds the band and helps create an incredible vibe on the night."

The Milford Street Shakers kept audiences dancing right to the end of the Leeuwin Concert as support for James Taylor earlier this year and the show was nominated for the Music & Musicals Fringe World Award.

The band's line-up includes 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 the Milford Street Shakers had evolved from his previous 60s Soul band, Stratosfunk.

When lead singer Yara Neto left the band to have a baby, Stratosfunk went on hiatus before Dom brought some of the former members back to form the Milford Street Shakers line-up with a slightly new direction and style.

"This band is so much fun, both to watch from an audience perspective as well as to perform in," Dom said.

"Lee's background experience with Disney and musical theatre adds another level to our show.

"Her beautiful, warm energy radiates through her delivery of a song, which is often breathtaking."

Early bird tickets are $58 per person for bookings until Friday May 26, standard tickets are $65 and groups of 10 for $59 per person and are available from Ticketek.

Adding to the fun of the evening will be an after party at the Regal Attic Bar with music by the Soul Purpose Radio Show DJs, Jim Pearson and Tim King, along with the Beehives Go-Go dancers.
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Why? A fabulous evening of 60s Motown music.
When: Doors open 7.30pm, two sets from 8.15pm
Where: The Regal Theatre, 474 Hay Street, Subiaco WA
Cost: Early bird tickets $58 until May 26, standard tickets $65, groups of 10 $59 per person
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