5 Favourite Perth CBD Bars Shared By Claire Fahie

A regular on Perth’s live music scene, jazz-blues-soul artist Claire Fahie has the expressive vocal ability to get audiences dancing up a storm as easily as she taps into every sensation with her soulful performances .

A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and influenced by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Eva Cassidy, Claire has performed a series of shows dedicated to her heroes, including soul queen Aretha Franklin and Queen bey beyonce

Claire’s latest show is fun, stylish and a bit frivolous as she brings the party vibes covering a variety of jazz, funk and soul classics inspired by Scott Bradlee’s famous Postmodern Jukebox.

Their next stop is to perform Jazz Party! In The Style Of Postmodern Jukebox at Jazz By The Beach, which returns next weekend (August 27-28) to Perth’s Scarborough for two days of jazz sensations that will transport music lovers to the French Quarter of new orleans

After hosting a successful inaugural event in 2021, this year Jazz By The Beach features 50 musicians and 15 individual events across 10 venues on the Scarborough coast.

The entire program features world-class local musicians including Libby Hammer Trio, Adam Hall Trio, Russell Holmes and Simone Craddock, as well as festival founder and organizer Catherine Summers.

“We want to give people the experience of a French Quarter in New Orleans and a buzz with jazz spilling out into the streets and where visitors can easily walk from one jazz venue to another,” says Catherine.

The festival features a mix of free and ticketed events that will take place from brunch to lunch, afternoon to dusk and evening festivities; there is even a black tie event.

Here, Claire shares her favorite bars in the Perth CBD, perfect for catching up with friends or family, escaping down an alley to another world or simply soaking up the live music.

1: The Ellington Jazz Club

The Ellington Jazz Club transports you back in time from the moment you enter its doors. Not only do they host live bands seven nights a week (often multiple shows a night, which as a fellow performer I really value), the overall relationship between the staff, performers and patrons is one, one big family and not I could love to place it more.

2: Lane of the Wolf

Wolf Lane encompasses everything I love about a small bar. Quirky decor, friendly staff and delicious cocktails. There is something to be said about walking down an alley and finding a hidden treasure. It makes me feel like I’m traveling the world on an exciting vacation.

3: Anything in state buildings

State buildings. . . where to start!? This building to me demonstrates history, class and a true dining ‘experience’. From Petition Bar to Wild Flower, you can’t go wrong with a reservation at one of these gorgeous venues. I hear there’s also a hidden jazz bar in the basement.

4: Pica Bar

Pica is the perfect place to catch up with family and friends. It is a local hub for Perth artists and right next door to the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. You can relax outdoors on their spacious patio and watch the people of Perth stroll by.

5: Joe’s Juice Point

Joe’s is one of those places where you’re sure to have a good time. If you want a late night drink or some chicken wings, this is the place! Loved by many musos and hotel workers as a night meeting point.

Jazz By The Beach takes place at various venues in Scarborough (Perth) from August 27-28.

Jazz By The Beach 2022 schedule

A Swinging Gatsby Jazz Soiree with Catherine Summers’ New Orleans Nine
The Adam Hall Trio
The Basilio brothers: Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra in concert
Beyond The Sea with Simone Craddock
The trio Brodie Stewart and Russell Holmes
Tribute to the great vocalists: Reece Clark
Jazz Festival! In the style of the postmodern jukebox: Claire Fahie
Jazz Soul Sessions Part I with Carrie Pereira and Joe Southwell
Jazz Soul Sessions Part II with Micheal Pignéguy Sextet with Solomon Pitt
Late Night Jazz Sessions The Libby Hammer Trio
REIMAGINED Sundowner feat. Catherine Summers six piece
The Ricki Malet Trio
Swingin’ at the Savoy
The trio of Tristan Wills and Harry Mitchell

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