Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers Debut Single Launch & Video Screening “When the Levee Breaks” George Lane Matinee show Dec. 10 3-6pm

by the partae

Kaliopi is a Melbourne-based Greek-Australian Blues Artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter who draws on the great blues tradition and the powerful blues women who made it their own.

Kaliopi and her band – the Blues Messengers – will soon launch the first single When the Levee Breaks and the video clip from their new studio album; and will be performing the album live at the launch. This will happen next Saturday December 10th from 3:00pm at the George Lane venue, which is at 1 George Lane, St Kilda

The recent Lismore floods inspired her to release ‘When the Levee Breaks’ as the first single from the new album. When the Levee Breaks is a country blues song written and first recorded by Memphis Minnie in 1929. The lyrics reflect experiences during the upheaval caused by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Led Zeppelin re-worked the song on the 70’s.

“I’ve always been a passionate advocate for the underdog, marginalised peoples, women’s rights and so-called obligatory roles; so mixing that with issues of subordination, slavery and displacement resonates with gut wrenching feelings, ignites improvisation and hollering that’s healing in the blues…” Kaliopi says. The lyrics of these traditional tunes draw on timeless metaphors that resonate to this day – such as climate change. Specifically, within the Memphis Minnie repertoire Kaliopi’s band have recorded, includes themes around domestic violence, substance abuse, systemic corruption, prostitution, discrimination, and subordination.

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