Musical artefacts of American culture feature at Orange's Bloomfield Hall | Video

ROCKABILLY: Ebo "Wrecking Ball" Brown, Peter "Felix Albert" Thoms and Hugh "Hot Rod" Brown will perform at Jam Orange's Making Americana Great Again. Photo: SUPPLIED
ROCKABILLY: Ebo "Wrecking Ball" Brown, Peter "Felix Albert" Thoms and Hugh "Hot Rod" Brown will perform at Jam Orange's Making Americana Great Again. Photo: SUPPLIED

Bloomfield Hall will be jumping and jiving on Saturday night as three bands transport people to early 20th century America.

The Honey Drippin’ Mudskippers, the Lone Star Trail and Felix Albert and the Gentlemanly Two will give Orange locals a taste of Americana.

JIVE: Ben Lander, Marty Ferguson, Tony Mansfield, Ken Smith and Tam Wilson of the Honey Drippin' Mudskippers. Photo: SUPPLIED

JIVE: Ben Lander, Marty Ferguson, Tony Mansfield, Ken Smith and Tam Wilson of the Honey Drippin' Mudskippers. Photo: SUPPLIED

Musician Ben Lander plays double bass for the Honey Drippin’ Mudskippers and said Americana was going through a revival and was music people could connect with.

“It’s the artefacts of American culture in music,” Mr Lander said. 

“The genre of Americana covers many things, including the sounds which emerged from folk, country, blues, jazz and rock and roll.

“It evokes images of prohibition era speakeasies, juke joints, 1930s dance halls and smokey New Orleans jazz clubs.”

Mr Lander said the music would appeal to listeners both young and old.

“Older people connect with it through memories of that music played by their parents or grandparents and young people get that feeling of the different time and connect with different types of instruments and through catchy songs,” Mr Lander said.

COUNTRY: The Lone Star Trail's (in no order) Alan Ford, Craig Mills, Rod Dickson, Mel Harris, Roger Hargreaves, Ross Gilbert, Rocky Rochelli. Photo: SUPPLIED

COUNTRY: The Lone Star Trail's (in no order) Alan Ford, Craig Mills, Rod Dickson, Mel Harris, Roger Hargreaves, Ross Gilbert, Rocky Rochelli. Photo: SUPPLIED

“It’s an emotional experience.”

Orange’s Peter Thoms, who performs under the stage name of Felix Albert, said rockabilly was timeless.

“I started in a band with my wife, Vanessa, called Fannie Mae and the Haystack Hoons, Felix Albert is a side project,” he said.

“It’s a genre that never ages, it just seems to appeal to little kids and old people in their 80s and 90s.”

While rockabilly music was closely associated with hot rods and the 1950s, Mr Thoms said Felix Albert and the Gentlemanly Two would cover the genre’s classic to contemporary interpretations.

Mr Thoms promised a night of great music and “plenty of dancing”.

Mr Lander said no two shows of Americana were the same.

“It’s a very improvisational type of music,” he said.

“We live in a live fast paced, plastic sort of world and this music gives people the opportunity to connect with the style of an older era.”

Tickets for Jam Orange’s Making Americana Great Again will be available from Lander’s Music until 1pm and then at the door at Bloomfield Hall for $25, with children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult.