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Milford Shaers Soul Bowl

Pic credit Johannes Reinhart

It will be nothing like anything ever seen at the Bayswater Bowling Club when 11-piece Motown band The Milford Street Shakers brings its dynamic brand of 60s Soul to the club on Saturday, September 12.

Band leader and drummer Dom D’Leno says instead of bowls whites, patrons are encouraged to follow the band’s lead and dress in the style of the Motown era.

The Milford Street Shakers have been taking WA by storm with regional tours from the top to the bottom of the State, popular support appearances at Margaret River’s Leeuwin Estate concert for the last several years and a swag of sell-out performances at Perth festivals and music venues.

With venues opening up after the coronavirus pandemic, D’Leno said the Milford Street Shakers with their high-energy music and polished performance was the ideal band to get audiences up and dancing to blow away the COVID cobwebs.

New front woman, Mia Matthiessen, brings a new dimension to the band with her captivating, vibrant style which really engages audiences.


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.

Paying tribute to classic American Soul in their own unique way the band will perform songs including Stop! In The Name of Love, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Dancing In The Street which are guaranteed to get audiences of all ages out of their seats and dancing along to the vibrant music.

The concert will showcase the Motown sounds of Detroit, taking its audience from the swamps of Muscle Shoals to the big studios of the era from Chess to Stax.

With music from the big names of the era, including Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Etta James, D’Leno says audiences will be thoroughly entertained.

Perth born vocalist Mia Matthiessen brings a new, smooth and sultry style to The Milford Street Shakers.

Over the years her performances have included singing for Prince Charles at his 67th birthday celebrations and at the opening of Optus Stadium.

The band was invited to perform at the bowls club after the president and a group of friends were captivated by the Milford Street Shakers performances at the last few Leeuwin Concerts.

Soul Bowl is an event for 18+ year-olds and audiences are encouraged to bring their own food platters to share, with wine, beer, and spirits on sale at the club bar.

Tickets are $39 for general admission. Table seating is available indoors and outdoors on a first-come-first-service basis. Some seating will have restricted viewing.

Tickets for mezzanine level table seating, which overlooks the dance floor and has a clear view of the stage, are available for $49 on a first-come-first-served basis. Small groups may be required to share space on larger tables. Viewing in this area is not restricted.

Tickets are available from for the show which starts at 6.30pm.