Tell Mama: The Music of Etta James


- Please note this show has been postponed due to inclement weather to 19 & 20 March 2021- 

The music of Etta James, including songs like At Last, Something’s Got a Hold on Me and I Just Want To Make Love To You, will be celebrated by 11-piece band The Milford Street Shakers.

They will be performing their unique style of Soul at the stunning Quarry Amphitheatre where patrons have plenty of room to get up and dance to the energetic music.

In the 1960s and 70s Etta James produced some fabulous music at the same time she was battling incarceration, physical abuse and drug addiction. She died from leukemia in 2012.

Her song, I Just Want To Make Love To You, won her the number 22 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

The Milford Street Shakers, will feature Yara Neto as lead singer and guest Mia Matthiessen taking advantage of the splendid Quarry Amphitheatre for the tribute performance, first performed by an earlier incarnation of the band, Stratosfunk.

The West Australian in 2013 described Tell Mama as "a commanding and musically inspiring show” and also won Stratosfunk the 2013 Fringe World Music Award.

Australian Stage said of the show “The Music of Etta James is a great show – you will come out buzzing and on a musical high”.

Aussie Theatre said “…she ripped into ‘Tell Mama’ and the audience began to sway, shoulder shimmy and tap along. They never really stopped”.

Yara Neto says she is looking forward to engaging the audience with James’ music.

The band features James Vinciullo on bass, Dominic D'Leno on drums, Imogen Thomson on percussion, Andy Jarvis on guitar, Austin Salisbury 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.

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”.

Date: Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March 2021

Gates open: 6.30pm

Cost: Early Bird $69 + handling fee
General $79 + handling fee on sale 

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Check out the Milford St. Shakers on Youtube.

Dining at the Quarry

Bring a picnic, choose from a selection of delicious items from the Limestone Cafe on the night, or pre-order a delicious hamper or wood-fired pizza.

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  • Friday, 19 March 2021 | 06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, 20 March 2021 | 06:30 PM - 10:00 PM