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Pelicana are a soul infused jazz-funk collective of some of Far North Queensland’s most experienced and well respected performers.  The insanely memorable compositions will linger, as the songs greet you like an old friend, with new melodies that are beguilingly familiar. The sophisticated rhythm section brings you a world of groove, complimenting each stanza with irresistible momentum. The musicianship conveys a confidence and fluidity that reflects the band’s experience, with soaring jazz-tinged solo’s and r’n’b accents. 

Pelicana are:-

Ben Hakalitz – Drummer, Percussionist, Producer and ARIA hall of fame inductee. A musical career spanning over 35 years, Ben has toured worldwide with international artists including, Yothu Yindi, Sanguma, Yirrmal and Tribe of Jubal.

Mike Rivett – Multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and producer. Awarded first place in the National Jazz Awards (Australia), regarded as Australia’s most prestigious jazz award. Mike has performed extensively in Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA, and completed a Master of Music Degree at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, New York.

Steven ‘Papa’ Stanley – ‘Papa’ was part of the legendary underground Brisbane scene of the ’90’s and is a well established and respected musician and DJ in FNQ, playing in a variety of notable bands including; One Straw, Freeside, ACT, The Fabulous Nobodies, Hot Rubber Glove, Syrup, the Tall Poppies, and the Raconteurs. ‘Papa’ has graced many a festival stage including Maleny, Woodford, Canberra National Folk Festival , Livid, the Medieval Faire, Tablelands Folk Festival, BMUP and Wallaby Creek. 

Steve Williams – Multi-instrumentalist, award winning songwriter, producer and performer. Steve has played extensively across the UK and Australia, as a solo performer and fronting a number of original bands throughout a 30 year + musical career.

Pelicana play the Panda Room “Big Trev’s Last Stand” gig Sat 9th Sept along with The Joker Pokers, Ju Ju Moon (Mission Beach) The Brazilian and Heffa Lump. Tixets available Here:- https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1097098

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