Perth swing king Earl Cole has swapped his designer suits for a healthy dose of Hypercolour. Earl’s joined Perth music veterans Mark Hemery, Mark Simpson, Kevin Stevens, John Leotta, and Louise Tayler-Lloyd for his new musical venture, 80s Inc. The newly minted six-piece promise to bring the pop sounds of the decade that fashion forgot to the masses.

After warming up a recent wedding, 80s Inc are ready to share their love of 80s party music with their big launch night at Swanbank Bar & Café on October 5. Tickets are just $35, a real bargain when you consider the free cocktail food! As there will be no door sales on the night, you’ll need to get yours early through Heatseeker outlets or online.

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Western Australia’s Earl Cole and Chelsea J Gibson are ringing in the silly season with a festive dinner and show at Perth’s Bouchon Bistro on December 21.

A Swinging Christmas will see the local duo performing seasonal songs including “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and my personal holiday favourite, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

Everyone’s budget is stretched tight at this time of year, but tickets are quite reasonable at $110 for the show and a three-course dinner. You can book yours by calling Bouchon Bistro on (08) 9387 3898.

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Earl Cole and Chelsea J Gibson are stepping back in time for a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald later this month. The talented pair will play a dinner and show evening at Perth’s Bouchon Bistro on August 24.

The duo will bring the jazz and swing stylings of these musical legends to diners, backed by The Lady Velvet Cabaret dancers. It’s sure to be a visual and aural feast, with plenty of lavish costumes and the songs that have stood the test of time.

Tickets cost $110 per person, including a three-course French feast, or $100 per head for groups of six or more. The duo’s shows regularly sell out though, so I wouldn’t wait too long before making a booking. You can reserve a table by calling Bouchon Bistro on (08) 9387 3898.

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Four of Perth’s finest musicians – vocalists Earl Cole, Jay Weston, Clara Helms, and pianist David Wickham – are teaming up to celebrate some of the greatest music ever written for one special night at Mosmans Restaurant.

The musicians will perform the songs of the Gershwin brothers and Cole Porter at this intimate dinner show on May 25. Together these songwriters created some of the most iconic music of all time. To hear it at the riverside restaurant, while enjoying a three-course feast, sounds sublime.

Tickets cost $129 per person, a steal for the three courses, bubbly on arrival, and all the entertainment. Book your place by calling the restaurant on (08) 9383 3388.

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Mothers Day mustn’t be too far away, as we’re starting to be bombarded with the kind of mellow music designed to make mums everywhere swoon. Adding his voice to the mix is Perth crooner Earl Cole with his third album When the Lights are Low.

The album follows the tried and true formula followed by so many artists these days; take a collection of time honored classics and remind your listeners why these songs are so special. Michael Buble, David Campbell, and Rod Stewart have all done it many times, so why should we listen to Earl?

Happily there are a few reasons to give this local version a spin. The collection of tracks here is something special, with a few well known classics sitting alongside those that may be unfamiliar to modern audiences. It’s not the same old thing that we’ve heard on every disc of this ilk, and that variety is refreshing. Clearly Earl is a man who really knows this music, rather than one who chooses to sing what has become popular.

He’s also someone who has a real passion for the material. He’s performed these songs for years, and the confidence that comes from that intimate knowledge of the music really shines through. He sings with a real reverence for the originals, never pushing the envelope or attempting to make them hip. Some may argue that you shouldn’t cover a song if you can’t bring something new to it, but I’m not so sure.

Ballads are clearly Earl’s strength, but so many of them strung together makes the album a bit sleepy in places. I wish there were more upbeat numbers like the standouts, “Orange Colored Sky” and “I’ve Got the World on a String,” to bring a bit more lightness to the disc.

If you’ve never warmed to the music celebrated by Michael Buble, David Campbell, and performers of their ilk, there’s probably little on When the Lights are Low to change your mind. But then again, I don’t think Earl made the album for you. He knows his market, and he knows the mums of Australia are going to love this.

You can listen to samples of the album and order it through Earl Cole’s website.

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If you missed Earl Cole and Chelsea J Gibson shaking their groove things on New Years Eve, or you’re just keen for a second helping, make sure you get to Perth’s Bouchon Bistro on March 2.

The pair will perform the songs of Abba, Gloria Gaynor, The Village People at their fun Disco Inferno show. Tickets are a steal at $110 per person, as that price also includes a lavish three-course dinner. Earl and Chelsea always sell out venues, so make sure you reserve your table by calling the bistro on (08) 9387 3898.

March is going to be a busy month for Earl as he’ll also release his third studio album. When The Lights Are Low features some of Earl’s favorite songs, including “At Last,” “Orange Colored Sky” and “When I Fall in Love.” With classics like that, I predict those CDs will make great Mother’s Day gifts!

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Western Australian crooner Earl Cole will show us a very different side when he slips on his disco shoes this New Years Eve. He’s part of the Disco Inferno show taking over the South of Perth Yacht Club on December 31.

Earl will appear with Chelsea J Gibson, DJ Grandmaster Mac, and the Inferno Dangers for a boogielicious evening of 70s disco and funk. Make sure you dress in your best glad rags, as there’ll be prizes and giveaways for the hippest male and female.

Tickets cost $165, which isn’t bad at all when you consider that includes cocktail food, a cocktail on arrival, and all the beer, wine, bubbly, and soft drink you need. They’re available now through Heatseeker.

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If you love the musical stylings of Perth’s resident king of swing Earl Cole, make sure you get to Bouchon Bistro on October 20. Earl will team up with Perth’s own Chelsea J Gibson for his final dinner show of the year, a night celebrating the music of Michael Buble and Norah Jones.

The night costs $110 a head, which isn’t bad for an evening’s entertainment and a three-course meal. Groups of six or more will get their tickets for $100 a piece, and receive a free Earl Cole CD so it’s worth getting together a few friends for the night out.

If you want to enjoy a night of classic tunes and fine food, I wouldn’t wait around to reserve your place. Earl and Chelsea have performed two shows at the Bouchon Bistro this year and both sold out, so no doubt this one will also see them play to a packed house. Call the Bouchon Bistro on (08) 9387 3898 to reserve your place.

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Western Australia’s king of swing Earl Cole is gearing up for another show at Mosmans Restaurant. This time around fans will be treated to the songs of Rat Pack favourites Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jnr.

Earl has just returned from performances in Malaysia, so doubt the locals are keen to welcome him home. Earl frequently sells out shows, but he assures me that there will be just one Rat Pack performance. If you want to go, make sure you book your tickets quickly.

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Studio Portrait Of Nat 'King' Cole

Following their sell out Moulin Rouge show in April, Chelsea J Gibson and Earl Cole are reuniting for a tribute to the music of Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie.

Nat King Cole is one of the world’s most enduring jazz and swing figures. Despite leaving us in 1965, his musical legacy lives on. Earl has performed his Nat King Cole tribute overseas, and now Perth is lucky enough to see it. His set will draw on Nat’s early music from his trio days right through to the end of his career.

Meanwhile Chelsea will touch on Natalie Cole’s early soul career and her more recent jazz and pop tunes. We can also expect to enjoy a number of duets, including the number one hit “Unforgettable.”

Chelsea J Gibson and Earl Cole will play Perth’s Bouchon Bistro on June 30. Tickets cost $110 and include a gourmet three-course dinner. Group discounts are available for tables of six or more. Seating is strictly limited, so call (08) 9387 3898 to reserve your place.

EDIT: This show sold out in just 24 hours! To meet the demand Earl and Chelsea have announced one more “Unforgettable” tribute show for July 1. There’s not likely to be a third, so make sure you get your tickets quickly!