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(Fri, May 24) WAZ E JAMES BAND Feat. Andrew Pendlebury (The Sports)

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm AEST

Waz e James and Andrew Pendlebury both lived in Richmond in the late ‘80s and often crossed paths while dog walking. They would chat and jam occasionally while each pursued individual careers. Waz would often head to Slaughtermen gigs as a fan while his own grunge band, Brokenhead, was establishing itself in the Australian music scene. In 2018, while walking his dog in St Kilda, Waz spotted Andrew, and a conversation about music ensued. Waz mentioned that he had a gig that night at the Lomond and Andy could join him if he wanted − which he did. This led to the formation of the WEJB feat. Andrew Pendlebury, with Steve Hadley and Scotty Martin.
Waz E James is often referred to as ‘Australia’s best kept secret’. He a veteran of the Australian roots blues and country scene, starting his musical journey as a teenager in the 70s, in the Melbourne folk scene. His country blues styled song writing style caught the ear of US producer John Beland, (Flying Buritto Brothers) which started a crossover to the Austin TX scene and top selling US Albums to follow. His band was a stalwart at festivals, including the Tamworth Music Festival playing legendary shows over a 20 year period.
Take a listen to some Waz e James band below:

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Andrew Scott Pendlebury (born 1952) is an Australian guitarist-songwriter. From 1977 to 1981 was a member of The Sports (with Stephen Cummings) and from 1986 to 1988 he joined Slaughtermen (with Ian Stephen). He has undertaken other projects and issued four solo albums. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1993, Pendlebury’s solo work, Don’t Hold Back That Feeling, won Best Adult Contemporary Album. In 1999 Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, described Pendlebury as having “pursued a career that garnered him much critical acclaim, but little in the way of mainstream success. Although occasionally compared with Tommy Emmanuel, Pendlebury has preferred to follow a more low-key, highly specialised path away from the limelight”. From 2003 he has been a member of The Mercurials.
Stephen Hadley was a member of The Black Sorrows from 1991 to 1993 appearing on the album Better Times (1993). In the mid 90s he joined Paul Kelly’s Band and later Professor Ratbaggy and Stardust Five. In 1998 he was part of the Singers For The Red Black & Gold who released a cover of “Yil Lull” which was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Indigenous Release. Along with Paul Kelly, Shane O’Mara and fellow members of Professor Ratbaggy he provided the soundtrack to Lantana. This earnt him an ARIA Award for Best Original Soundtrack Album in 2002. Hadley has also had stints in Joe Creighton Band, Vince Jones Band, Kate Ceberano and The Ministry Of Fun, Christine Anu Band, Men at Work and the Colin Hay Band.
Doors open at 7pm and tickets can be purchased below:
See you there 🙂

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        


May 24
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm AEST


George Lane St Kilda


George Lane St Kilda