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About MBAS

Who Are the MBAS?

The Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) was formed in 1990 and has been affiliated with The Blues Foundation in Memphis USA for over 10 years.

We are a not-for-profit organization which has a weekly Online Update, our own functions and weekly feature artists and jam nights.

Members receive a comprehensive monthly newsletter which provides you with informative updates on what our Blues community is up to and advertises member musician gigs. Membership also entitles you to discounts at a variety of co-operating businesses, MBAS functions and affiliated club functions. More importantly, membership supports live Blues music.

MBAS activities include Tuesday Night Feature Artist and jam night, Youth In Blues, Blues Performer of the Year, Victorian Tasmanian Blues Music Awards and other fund raising events throughout the year.

Patrons

Patron
B.B. King
about patron bb king

For more than half a century, Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics.

  Australian Patron
Geoff Achison
about patron geoff achison
Geoff Achison is an independent Australian musician who has forged his own path to a successful career that has won him fans all over the world.
  Eternal Patron
PatronDutch Tilders
about patron dutch tilders
In his long career, Dutch won numerous awards (most notably for his performances with his band, ‘The Blues Club’), recognizing his contribution to the Blues Music Scene.

 

History of the MBAS

The MBAS was formed in 1990 by a group of music lovers who gathered each week at the Station Hotel in Prahran to hear Dutch Tilders and the Blues Club. Dutch invited guest artists to perform with him. It was decided by the artists and music enthusiasts that what was required was a Society or Club that would support the current and developing blues artists of Melbourne. Thus the journey started for the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society.

 

 

about foundersFounding member, Alan Stafford, with Alex Burns, Nick Charles and Alan's wife, Dolly.

Blues On The Move

The MBAS continues to grow and it's influence is acknowledged by the large family of Blues artists that have succeeded both nationally and internationally and the ones that have just started their journey.

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The MBAS is based in Melbourne, Australia at:  PO Box 104 Williamstown VIC 3016 Australia.  Phone: 0425 776 613  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  View the MBAS Constitution Rules.