There’s not a lot you can do with $15 these days – unless you live in Perth. That’s the price for a night out during the Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series, a weekly concert series that sees five Freo venues host 45 acts throughout July.
Every Thursday this month, live music fans can attend gigs at National Hotel, Buffalo Club, Bar Orient, Navy Club, and PS Art Space. Local singer-songwriter Davey Craddock booked the line-up of local acts.
“The festival originally started to take advantage of all the unusual venues along that high-street strip,” Craddock says. “There’s some beautiful old worker’s clubs. They’re like times capsules.” Hidden Treasures, now in its fifth year, has evolved to be a celebration of that West End precinct.
“Music wise, it’s bigger-name acts deliberately programmed alongside young bands on the cusp of big things,” Craddock says. The old guard includes The Kill Devil Hills, Jim Fisher and Tim Rogers. There’s a hip-hop showcase of musicians selected by WAM Song of the Year winners Beni Bjah and Mathas; reformation shows by Freo favourites The Flairz and The Honeyriders; and new stuff by the likes of Verge Collection, Mt. Mountain and Stella.
“Musicians love the unusual rooms,” Craddock says. “They’re really up-close-and-personal with the audience. It’s not like playing a normal pub.”
In addition to the concert venues, chill-out space Nonna’s Lounge (opposite PS Art Space) will serve coffee, biscotti and surprise acoustic acts. Art is also on the program, too. Throughout the Winter Music Series, Bar Orient presents 20 Clicks: A Photographic Survey of Freo Music, a showcase of Fremantle rock photography pulled together by former X-Press editor Bob Gordon. On July 21, PS Art Space hosts four video artists.
The Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series runs from July 7 to 28. One $15 ticket gets you entry to all five venues and bands for that evening. Tickets available at the door, cash only.