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THE NEW YORK MINUTES at the MBAS House of Blues + Blues Jam

December 12, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm AEDT

Tuesday 12th DECEMBER 2023 • FREE ENTRY, all welcome!
8pm: Feature act: THE NEW YORK MINUTES
9:00pm – 11pm: Blues Jam (Jammers to register by 8:30pm)
6:30pm: Doors open + KITCHEN OPEN FOR MEALS (6:30pm – 8:30pm)
FREE entry and walkups are always welcome, but attendees are encouraged to pre-book via the MBAS website for guaranteed table seating. Please ‘BOOK’ a single or multiple (group) ticket here: https://www.mbas.org.au/house-of-blues-12-12-2023
THE NEW YORK MINUTES is a Melbourne based blues ensemble, performing funky modern blues and 70’s style soul and funk. With a formidable lineup of nine musicians, this collective is a powerhouse, seamlessly blending the sultry vocals of Anna Struth, the electrifying guitar riffs of Nick Cerase, and a part horn section that builds a big sound and an infectious groove front and center, Anna Struth’s vocals are a captivating force, a soulful narrative that weaves tales of love, pain, and the raw essence of the human experience. Alongside her, Nick Cerase’s guitar work adds a layer of dynamism, that pays homage to blues roots while embracing modern rock n roll.
The heart and soul of NewYorkMinutes lie in its horn section. A robust assembly, featuring Michael Macri (Tenor and Soprano Sax), Su Rogerson (Baritone and Also sax, and Disco Flute) Robert Rizzo (Trumpet) and Nicholas Chiselett (Trombone), echoes the grandeur of blues and jazz traditions. Gary McFarlane brings a traditional elegance with his keyboard, and Oliver Davey (bass) and Sandy Oro (drums) drive the band with their groove and dynamic rhythms.
As the NewYorkMinutes continues to carve its place in the Melbourne music scene, they extend an invitation to all who crave a soul-stirring blues experience. With each note, they redefine what it means to feel the blues, inviting listeners on a journey where the echoes of Albert Collins, Renée Geyer, and Nina Simone intertwine seamlessly with the spirit of Melbourne’s musical soul.
ABOUT THE MBAS: Formed in 1990, the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) is a not-for-profit organisation run by a volunteer team of blues music lovers. MBAS hosts free Tuesday night live music events and jams at its clubhouse at Flemington Bowls Club, alongside producing special ticketed events and a free “Blues Weekly” e-newsletter. All MBAS initiatives – including the annual International Blues Challenge, Women ‘N’ Blues and Youth in Blues Programs – are funded by weekly raffle drives, Membership fees and donations.

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.        


December 12, 2023
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm AEDT
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Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society – MBAS
Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society - MBAS


Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society – MBAS