History of Rock n Roll Dancing in Melbourne

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Tassy bushfire fundraiser 2013

Rockin Suzies Good Friday appeal 2016

Eddies Good Friday fundraiser 2019

Fudriaser dance to raise money for the band Flashback who had their equipment stolen.  The dance was either in 1984 or 1985.  The Doveton dance was held regularly over those years.  Flyer waas kept by Frankie Stevens who also performed on the night.

Good Friday Appeal 2017

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Rockn' Suzie's Good Friday Charity Dance 2017

There are many things one can feel proud as a rock & roller in Melbourne, and the charity dance held on Good Friday every year is certainly one of those proud moments. The charity dance is a small but nonetheless a very practical avenue for rockers to show their financial & moral support for those in need and who are in less fortunate circumstances. This year there are at least a couple of major events being staged - Rockn' Suzie in Berwick and the hot rods show & bands at Keilor Hotel. From all reports both events were well attended by rockers and the general public.

I have been attending the dance in Berwick for a number of years now. This year, at the latest count, over $13k has been raised and there are still coins to be tallied up. Well done to all and specially the Rockn' Suzie crew who put in a big effort in organising and staging the event. There were about 8 bands for the event including the popular Robin & the Rancheros, Fender Benders, Honky Tonk Rockers, Smokin' Wingtips and the Phoenix. It was non stop dancing from morning to night. There were merchandise & food vendors, hot rods and classic cars on display and for the little kids, face painting and pony rides too.

A special highlight on the day for the little ones and also those not so little ones was Easter Bunny making an appearance dancing with the kids and later distributing Easter eggs. Lots of photos were taken of the very excited little kids in seeing the Easter Bunny.

Keep rockin' and let's do it again in 2018 .....

Jitterbug (Paul Wan ) Copied with permission from Vicrock.com.au


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Rock n roll dancers have always supported a good cause and over the years lots of money has been raised by bands donating their time to put on dances where all funds raised have gone to a good cause.

Good Friday Appeal

Each year dances have been held on Good Friday to raise money for the sick kids. Little Maria’s, Waltzing Matilda, Rockin Suzies, Keilor Hotel, Double Deuce in Sunshine (2011) ...

Rockin Suzies Good Friday at Berwick, 10am - 10pm, 10 bands, stalls, DJ Jeff, cars, food, kids entertainment. 2006 - 2018.  2017 raised $13,000, Bands donating their time were : Dirty Boogie , Smokin' Wingtips, Fender Benders, Robyn and the Rancheros, Who ws that Cat, Phoenix, Original Mustangs, Kustoms, Kevin Hannah Bnad, Honkytonk Rockers


Cars for Kids at Keilor Hotel, 11.30am-11.30pm, bands, cars etc. 2016 raised $28,000,  Bands included Fender Benders.  2019 raised $36,000

Little Maria's Good Friday Appeal at the Whitehorse Club, Held each year 2000-2013. $5060 riased in 2011. $5000 raised in 2013

Eddies Bandroom Fundraiser, Chesterville Rd, Moorabbin. 2019 Bookman and and DJ Adrian, raised $1100

DJ Ashley Good Friday Appeal in 2019

2020 virtual Good Friday Fundraiser live streamed on Facebook due to the Corona Virus lockdown, raised $1500.  Organised by DJ Antony with

performances from :  Pete Daffy, Sheryl Scharkie, Rick Charles Hogg & son Adrian, James Bookman,  Mark Nunis,  Terry Leonard and  Matt Birse.


World Vision and Legacy Fundraiser April 1999, at the Whitehorse Club organised by Adrian Spadaro with Itchy Fingers and Andrew Portelli raised $2,200.  This was the first rock n roll event at the Whitehorse Club and due to the success the first of many rock n roll dances was held on the 21st May 1999 with the Speedsters and DJ Adrian.


Tsunami Appeal run by Adrian Spadaro and VRRDA, hled at St Gerardi Primary School in Dandenong.  Bands Crash & Fender Benders, Flashback, Shadoogie, Connie & Bardozers


Prairie Oysters Drought Relief Concert Fundraiser, Castlemaine


Springy Rock Bushfire Relief Fundraiser, Springvale Town Hall raised $8,928 for the Lions bushfire appeal. Organised by Lou Mingaars from Top Cats, 8 bands, dance performances, raffles, stalls etc 1pm - 10pm

Benifet For Madison Bartlett, Immortals Motor Bike Club & the Hurstbridge Police Station have united forces toward raising money for a very special girl Madison Bartlett, Countless stories of sorrow and survival have come from the Black Saturday fires, but few could be more poignant than that of 12 year old Madison Bartlett in Royal Children’s hospital with burns to 50 percent of her body and will remain in there for some time to come. 7 bands at Immortals Clubrooms, Bayswater

Northside Rock EASTER SATURDAY Fundraiser featuring “Battle Of the D.J’s”, with DJ Flash Gordon & DJ Jeff Poole. This will be a fundraiser for cancer research, from 7:30pm until 12:30am at the Heritage Receptions High Street Epping. NO BYO DRINKS or FOOD Tickets are $15 and children $7. Enquiries with Clive on 0424 403 762.

Bush Fire Appeal 22nd March at Heritage, Epping

Geelong Jukebox Rockers Bushfire appeal


Keysbourough Hall 4 bands, funds raised for Rhiannon Tracey for rehabilitation from spinal cord injury.

Hope Ellis-Buxton Fundraiser, 6th of March in the Hallam Rec Hall in Frawley's Rd . 3 Bands Blackhill Ramblers, Atomic Hi-Tones and the Flyin Saucers. Hope is the granddaughter of Rhonda Ellis who is part of the furniture in the collective Melbourne, Rock'n'Roll/Rockabilly/Hot Rod scene, Adorable Hope who just turned 3, was born with a few problems that require lots of special equipment to support her while sleeps and to help her get around.


Combined rock and roll clubs in Gippsland - Hooked On Rock, Lakeside Rockers, S`Coolhouse Rock and Latrobe Rockers Charity Fundraiser for Cancer research

FFF fundraiser for baby James Hampson

Fundraiser at Skyways run by Rhonda & Ray from Renegade Rockers raised $3,000 for Brett Sommers who was battling cancer.

Danny Boyd memorial cancer foundation fundraiser at Furlan

Rockabilly @ 'CHRISTINES' Fundraiser for the Flood Appeal, raised $1500 for QLD floods


Combined rock and roll clubs in Gippsland - Hooked On Rock, Lakeside Rockers, S`Coolhouse Rock and Latrobe Rockers Charity Fundraiser for the Heart Foundation.


Tearin' it up for Tassie fundraiser Sunday 24th March 2013 at Lucky 13 Garage, Moorabbin. Fundraiser for The Fire Victims of Tasmania, organised by Emily Mason with 5 bands donating their time :The Sin & Tonics (Tas), Paulie Bignall & The Thornbury Two,The Rechords, The Detonators, Matt Dwyer & The Magnatones.

FFF 2013 Fundraiser dance at Bayswater Senior Citizens hall. $2200 raised for Dunalley School which was burnt to the ground durring the Tassie Fires. A very small community was devastated. The FFF Group (Fundraising Friends Forever) was formed from people wanting to help others less fortunate.


Typhoon Hayan, Phillipines – Chelsea RSL, 2 Feb 2014, noon - 7.30pm, 7 bands and DJ T.C. Organised by Lou Mingaars and helpers.  Bands donating their time : Fender Benders, Rockin' Daddys, Vincents, Jamie Curtis, Ray Smith Rusty Strings, Frankie Stevens, Jump & Jive.


Springtime Harvest Farmers Aid, Altona.  Shake Two, Rick Charles.


Bushfire relief appeal fundraiser dances organised by Adrian Spadaro and Red Hot Rockers, were held on Fri 17th Jan at Eddies Bandroom and on Mon 27th Jan at Maribyrnong Bowls Club.  A total of $15,135 was raised from the dances and raffles.  The money was donated to the CFA at the Syrena Polish club dance on the 13th March 2020.  A fabulous effort by all involved.  Thank you to all the bands who donated their time, those who donated raffle prizes and all who helped out at the dances.

Bush Fire Benefit Event - Eddies Poolroom

A bush fire benefit gig featuring the Honky Tonk Rockers and Jump Cats was held at Eddies Poolroom last Friday night drawing in a big crowd of rock n roll and swing dancers who were very enthusiastic to do their little bit in support of those communities devastated by the recent, and ongoing, bush fires around Australia. It was a fantastic night of dancing to country rock music by the Honky Tonk Rockers and jump blues from the Jump Cats. Announcement of total collection on the night was eagerly waited and it came to over $5,000 collected from entry fees, raffles and personal donations. Well done everyone! This is a wonderful effort and congratulations go to all who came to support the event, Eddies Poolroom, the bands involved and Adrian who organised and coordinated it.

This is tangible proof that rockers not only love their music and dancing but they also care for the community at large and especially those hit by tragedies and natural disasters like floods and bush fires. Our rock n roll community should feel proud having held such events in the past, and I am certain we will continue the tradition of showing goodwill in future years to come.

Another bush fire benefit event at Eddies is scheduled for Friday, 7th February with three bands playing - the Pearly Shells, the Treblettes and Lost In Louisville. Please come along to support this second bush fire benefit event. Come and dance to the bands and have a great time. But most of all, come with a big heart in support of those who have suffered great losses in the bush fires.

Another fundraiser to be held on Mon 27th Jan (australia Day holiday). Live bands and dancing from 1pm to 10 pm will be held at the Maribyrnong Bowls Club located at 195, Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds. There will be 5 bands contributing freely of their time and music to the bush fire appeal dance and they are the Fender Benders, Joe Galea Band, Josie & the Corvettes, Kid James Trio and the Uptown Cats.

Paul W. Copied with permission from Vicrock.com.au