Archive for March, 2017

  • Funk On Fire

    By Chris Wells on March 30, 2017
    The funkmeister himself, George Clinton, is bringing his whole dang ParliaFunkadelicment extravanganza back to the UK real soon. At the moment the run of dates looks like: Glasgow, O2 ABC [May 10]; Leeds, O2 Academy [11]; Manchester, O2 Ritz [12]; Camber Sands, Pontins; Funk & Soul Weekender [12-14]; London, O2 Kentish Town Forum [13]; and Bristol, O2 Academy [15]. Visit […]
  • Supreme Fest Additions

    By Chris Wells on March 30, 2017
    Corinne Bailey Rae, saxman and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington, rekindled UK funksters D’Influence and always on fire Mica Paris [bringing her acclaimed Ella Fitzgerald Songbook project] are amongst the final acts added to the line-up for this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex in July. Headliners already announced include Herbie Hancock, George […]
  • 112, Dru Hill & Ginuwine Extra Show

    By Chris Wells on March 28, 2017
    US R&B superstars 112, Dru Hill featuring Sisqo and Genuine have added an extra date to their triple-header schedule this Autumn. The London, IndigO2 gig on Friday, October 6 has already sold out, so they’ll be playing the same venue on the previous night – Thursday, Oct 5 – too. They’ll also be at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Sunday, October 8. Tickets start from £32.50 and are available […]
  • Sounds For Spies & Private Eyes

    By Chris Wells on March 24, 2017
    Bristol Jazz And Blues Festival, Colston Hall, Bristol. The chuckle of recognition that greets the MC’s quip about a ‘big man… but you’re in bad shape’ is the quite perfect complement to a freesheet that features Michael Caine, a cold stare and a double-barreled shotgun in the immortal pose from Get Carter. This is Sounds For Spies & Private Eyes, a celebration […]
  • It’s Bootsy… Baby

    By Chris Wells on March 23, 2017
    Making his first visit to the UK in five years, the one and only Mr. Bootsy Collins, a.k.a. Casper The Friendly Ghost, is to play a single headline date in London this summer. Catch him twanging that funky rubber band at the Kentish Town Forum on Friday, June 23. Tickets are sale now from: Expect to pay between £35-£45 […]
  • Chuck Berry: On A Roll

    By Chris Wells on March 22, 2017
    Echoes Deputy Ed., Kevin Le Gendre has some thoughts on the passing of one of the all-time greats. The steady stream of tributes to Chuck Berry has swollen into an ocean of praise over the last few days, the common theme running through the eulogies being, of course, that the guitarist-singer was one of the progenitors of rock & roll. […]
  • R&B Kings Triple Threat

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2017
    Marking two clear decades in the music business, US R&B superstars 112, Dru Hill featuring Sisqo and Ginuwine will come together on a UK stage for the first time this October for a double-show triple-header. Catch them at London, IndigO2 on Friday, October 6 and Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Sunday, October 8. Tickets start from £32.50 and will be available […]
  • Bev Goes To Soulsville

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2017
    West End theatre star Beverley Knight returns to her first love of soul singing this summer when she takes her Soulsville tour out across the nation. So far the itinerary is: Northampton, Derngate [June 16]; Southend, Cliffs Pavilion [17]; Reading, Hexagon [18]; Nottingham, Theatre Royal [20]; Southampton, Guildhall [21]; Cardiff, St. David’s Hall [22]; Woking, New Victoria Theatre [24]; London, […]
  • Jacksons/Alex For Greenwich

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2017
    Currently celebrating their milestone 50th anniversary with a world tour, The Jacksons have just been announced as one of the headliners at this summer’s Greenwich Music Time festival. They’ll be joined at the eight-day event by soulman Alexander O’Neal. Other acts at the bash, which takes place at the World Heritage-listed, 5000-capacity Old Royal Naval College from June 30-July 7, include […]

    By Chris Wells on March 20, 2017