Tony Cini's Blues Explosion


Tony Cini’s Blues Explosion is a 4-hour showcase of some of Australia’s top blues and roots acts supported by up-and-coming artists.

Blues Explosion was established in April 2008 and has featured some of the country’s premier blues and roots performers such as Chase the Sun, Ray Beadle, Marshall and the Fro, Gail Page, Darren Jack, Kim Churchill and Genevieve Chadwick, just to name a few.

In response to the declining number of venues catering for blues and roots in Sydney and the surrounding areas, Blues Explosion was created in the hope of rejuvenating the diminishing blues and roots scene by opening doors to venues who previously did not cater for this music.

In 2009, Bad Penny Records released the first Blues Explosion CD featuring 12 acts that had performed on a Blues Explosion bill.  The purpose of that CD was not only to promote the artists but to provide the venues with a product that showcased them.

In the last 3 years, Blues Explosion has become a “must see gig that should not be missed”.  Blues Explosion has played at a number of venues in Sydney, the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Central Coast, Hunter Valley and the Central West of New South Wales.

Our Goals

• To promote Australian blues and roots music to people who are yet to discover this genre

• To assist aspiring artists in getting their music heard by a wider audience by:

inviting them to be included on the Blues Explosion CD

–  performing on a 3 artists’ bill with an established headliner

–  nurturing and sponsoring those artists in their endeavours

–  treating them with dignity, paying them well and promptly

• To produce a quality CD which showcases known and less known artists and promoting that CD to the best of our abilities

• To rejuvenate a diminished blues and roots scene in Australia by opening doors to venues who do not cater for this genre of music and … finally …

• To tour Blues Explosion Australia-wide and eventually take it overseas.