TomKatz is the premier music venue on the southern Mornington Peninsula. Located in the heart of Sorrento, TomKatz promotes live Australian music, encouraging both emerging and established entertainers. With a musical heritage that began in the 60s, TomKatz is proudly supported by the Sorrento Portsea RSL.
Please note that our gig guide is accurate as of the end of July 2022 but our web guru is on leave Aug-Oct, so please check our Facebook page for updates during this time, thanks!TomKatz on Facebook
One of our favourite regular bands at TomKatz is celebrating 25 years! They wanted us to pass on a few words...
"We wouldn’t have thought after our first gig at The Swan Hotel in Richmond on August 16th, 1997, that we’d still be firing some 25 years later. On that gig which went from 11pm to 2am we played 3 sets including some original songs which truly set the future ball rolling. We played The Swan for the next few Saturday nights until they decided to discount our already small pay, so we quit our first residency and went out looking for more work. After that incident we have never looked back. We estimate about 3000 gigs since we’ve been going, pubs, festivals, clubs, weddings, birthdays, a funeral, car shows, the lot.
We’ve been docked, drunk, starved, left without promised accommodation after a gig and played weddings where we received just one meal for all of us. Once we played a bar in Cowra where a massive fight started. We had to stop because the fighters were falling on our P.A. and gear. Later that night we were docked for finishing early. We’ve had stacks of good times which far outweigh the bad. Touring isn’t easy and not for everyone, but we do it so we must love it.
We all know 25 years is a long time so come down to the gig and enjoy our stuff because we sure like making it and playing it."
The Geezers love playing all your Brit pop & rock faves like Beatles, Stones, Police, T-Rex, Fleetwood Mac, Kinks, Sweet, Dire Straits, Animals, Suzi Quatro, Led Zeppelin, Who, Status Quo, Queen and more. You're in for a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, foot-stomping afternoon of hits - what's not to love about that guv'nor?
Playing the best of the British Invasion, The Substitutes recreate that 60s excitement and rawness that often gets lost with cover bands. Listen to a Dave Davies guitar solo or a Keith Moon drum fill and know that the 60s were about experimentation and shock, not just good pop melodies. With the incredible vocals and superb guitar work of Michael Barker, a rhythm section with Pete Robinson on bass (The Strangers) supported by Peter Reed on drums (ex New Dream) plus the punk energy of Adrian Scott on guitar and keys (Air Supply), The Substitutes faithfully produce the sounds of the 60s, just like the record, but with a real spirit, dry humour and a passion that you will remember ... they are simply the best 60s band in Melbourne, bar none!
This thundering 5 piece know how to takes you back in time a few decades! Playing the vintage rock 'n' blues of bands like Chris Rea, Bad Company, The Who, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones and ZZ Top, the fellas (Starry, David, John, Al and John M) will transport you back to a time when rock was young. Well, not a kid, but still only in its twenties!
This high energy classic rock party band play songs by Easybeats, The Police, Hunters & Collectors, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Kinks, Roxy Music, The Beatles, AC/DC, Jimmy Barnes, Rolling Stones, CCR, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Daddy Cool, Dragon and more. Come and share the classic rock hits and have a dance!
Louis King (Tommy McEwan) has been at the top of the roots music scene in Australia since his first CD was released in 1996. His music is a dangerous mix of blues and rockabilly songwriting, polished by years of touring Australia and overseas, with a stage act that is a mixture of an outback roadhouse and a Glasgow pub dance. His Klub plays stacks of tracks in blues, rock’n’roll and rockabilly to get you flipping, jumping and jiving! What's not to enjoy?
Regulars at TomKatz, and playing the best of bands like the Beatles, Stones, Animals, Eagles and many more, the Cruizin' boys are guaranteed to get the crowd up and dancing.
If your tastes are inspired by the greatest couple of decades of music creativity and, just for a moment, you wish to relive your youth, come and check them out!
In the beginning (way back in 1969) there was Spectrum, and in those days Spectrum was a Very Serious Band. When Spectrum’s alter-ego, The Indelible Murtceps, was created in 1970, suddenly fun and dancing became the order of the day. Murtceps (Spectrum backwards) even produced an album called Warts Up Your Nose from which the cheeky single Esmeralda was lifted - and The Indelible Murtceps became a legitimate contender for the crown. Despite this success Spectrum continued to use Murtceps as their support band, never giving them the kudos they felt they deserved.
Now, fifty years later, The Indelible Murtceps, featuring My Crudd (vocals, guitar), Agent Smith (bass) Chopped Liver (keys) and Robbo McRobbo (drums), are back with the star billing and, perhaps ironically, Mike Rudd’s Indelibles, which covers Rudd’s bands from Spectrum to the present day, is in the support role now.
Catnip the band are quality musicians with a wealth of experience, having played in many top Melbourne cover bands over the years. Lineup is Aldo Lennard (the lennard brothers, tv/recording artists) on lead vocals, Mike O’Dowd on drums, Barry "Stick" Hooper on bass/vocals, Ron G on vocals/keyboards and ROB "Kiwiw" Webb on guitar/vocals. The band’s "big" sound relives classic hits from artists such as Billy Joel, the Eagles, John Cougar Mellencamp, Bryan Adams, Robert Palmer, Bruce Springsteen, Dragon, Paul Kelly, Bryan Ferry, Cold Chisel, Santana, Mental as Anything, and more, with gusto and a whole lot of fun on the way. Catnip will "ROCK" TomKatz ... are you ready to party?
The Hornets feature some of the country’s most well known and respected blues and roots musicians, including ARIA Hall of Fame guitarist Jeff Burstin (Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, The Black Sorrows), ARIA winning keyboard player Bruce Haynes (Paul Kelly, Renee Geyer, Archie Roach) and author/singer songwriter Craig Horne on vocals and guitar. The Hornets have been described by The Age newspaper as “The best blues band in Melbourne” and the Herald Sun as a band that “demanded attention”. 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of The Hornets and despite COVID and the Melbourne lockdown they’ve managed to write and record a whole new album (their seventh!) which we'll be getting a sneak peek at when they hit TomKatz.
Meet the band that creates a unique blend of Cajun, Zydeco and Blues-inspired music. Geoff Le Blanc (the le blanc brothers) brings true Cajun royalty with his Cajun Accordions and those original bayou tunes that flow from him like his Cajun blood. Paul Jonas (fire & theft), one of Melbourne finest violin players, melds his unique style to bring a truly original sound that you can kick yer heels up to.
Nick Thorpe (prayerbabies) drives the music with his beautiful double bass and voice. Billy Abbott (crawfish dave) on lead vocals, soulful clarinet and snappy washboard brings a wealth of Zydeco/Cajun experience. Paul Dalby (prayerbabies) on guitar and vocals, and Michaela Burke from Melbourne's famous Celtic City Sons is on drums, bringing some great female energy to the band. So, now that we have been introduced to our loveable crazy boys and girls from bayou country, get ready to dance the day away until you can’t take any more. Then get up and do it all again!
Australia's piano playing wild man with an original style that's steeped in rumbling blues and untamed rockabilly. With a voice that’ll stir the soul, Ezra combines early rock 'n' roll with rhythm & blues. The Oz answer to Jerry Lee Lewis he may well be - he's even supported Jerry in Vegas!
The fabulous Moon Rockers band features multi-award winning blues guitarist Matt Dwyer, Bruce "The Moose" and Shane Simmonds on sax, international artist Tommy McEwan on drums and Pete Mavric on double bass. Together, their brand of rockin’ blues, boogie woogie and honky tonk will knock your sox off!
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that TomKatz is situated on, the Boon Wurrung (Bunurong) people.
TomKatz is fully wheelchair accessible and has accessible toilets and facilities.
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