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Newport Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival - "Bringing solid sounds to South Wales"

Solid Entertainments is delighted to announce that Newport Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival will be taking place at The Neon on Saturday 2nd June 2018! 

In a country with an undeniably strong musical connection, we wanted our first festival in this area to deliver some of the very best blues rock in the UK; and with King King headlining, the legendary Climax Blues Band and five other very different, but striking bands in the line-up, this will undoubtedly be a great festival and one live music event not to miss!

King King are the band to beat.  Glasgow’s favourite sons have already been saluted as “the best blues-rock band in the world” (Blues Rock Review), credited for “setting the blues world on fire” (Classic Rock), nominated for Best New Band at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour and handed back-to-back British Blues Awards.  They’ve proved their mettle on bills with Thunder and John Mayall, triumphed as far afield as Mumbai and taken the roof off major venues from the 02 Glasgow to Wembley Arena.

King King haven’t wasted a moment of their white-knuckle career.  Formed in 2010, the band’s four-album hot-streak includes 2011’s Take My Hand (Maverick: “Tremendous”), 2013’s Standing In The Shadows (The Blues: “A sure-fire hit”), 2015’s Reaching For The Light and last year’s Live album that topped the Amazon Blues Chart and was called “thumping-good” by Classic Rock.  Words alone cannot convey the musical dynamics and chemistry of this quartet  and the only way to truly experience this is by seeing them live.  Having said this, you can get a feel for what they are all about by having a look and listen to them playing the punchy “Waking Up” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHrFVi9JLe4 and vocally brilliant “Rush Hour” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52alWswfyss

This year’s full line-up comprises of:

King King – need anything else be said!

Climax Blues Band – it’s been a long road, but one thing for sure is that the Climax Blues Band of today carries the same standard of quality as it did when the band formed back in the late 60s!

The Brew – when you see The Brew live on stage it becomes crystal clear why they get rave reviews wherever they play; a reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting rock acts!

Ken Pustelnik’s Groundhogs – historically speaking, Groundhogs in their current form have been in existence for but a moment in time, yet their back story is extensive and varied!

Stacie Collins – sporting a slam-bang rock ‘n’ roll band and a hard-core honky-tonk wail, the Nashville based singer-songwriter pushes the boundaries of rock, blues and country!

Ben Poole – the twenty-eight year old is currently being described as one the most exciting young Rock, Blues & Soul artists to come out of the UK for a long, long time!

The Luke Doherty Band – since he found an old music VHS in a cupboard when he was 7 years old, featuring several Blues players, Luke is never happier than when he is playing Blues!

KING KING / Shot by Rob Blackham / Guildford / Surrey / www.blackhamimages.com

With this calibre of artist stepping on stage, festival goers will see top class live performances and hear a range of incredible sounds with sets that incorporate a creative mix of Blues, Rock and R & B, with a sprinkling of country in this year’s mix! 

No need to worry about searching for food and drinks on the day either, there will be a range of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, real ales available and a varied menu that should meet everyone’s taste!

Don’t miss out on going to Newport Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival on Saturday 2nd June

The festival will take place at The Neon, Clarence Place, Newport, South East Wales NP19 7AB

Early Bird tickets are only £25 and to book, please call 01472 349 222 or go online at http://www.solidentertainments.com/blues/newport/tickets.html

To find out more about the line up and festival in general, please visit http://www.solidentertainments.com/blues/newport/index.html

Don’t be late, doors open at 1.30 p.m and the music starts at 2.00 p.m. and ends at 11.00 p.m.

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https://www.facebook.com/bluesfestivalsuk

 

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion play in North Devon

A truly independent and original band at the cutting edge of the British blues scene!

The great news for blues-rock fans, live music lovers and aspiring musicians in and around North Devon is that they will be playing at The Palladium Club on Saturday 28th April……….guaranteed to be a great night and one show not to miss!

Zoë Schwarz’ dynamic and commanding vocal delivery is both eclectic and suave at the same time; just like a chameleon, one part Janis Joplin, one Billie Holiday, and one Nina Simone”…….in its entirety, the band create a luxurious and irresistible sound, displaying great skills and artistic finesse

Their exciting, energetic live set is based around rootsy originals: strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements, and exciting grooves featuring Rob’s electrifying, and unmistakable touch and flow on guitar.  The highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, Paul McCartney to name a few) bring massive musical authority and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion have made a considerable impact these last five years, and is one of the band’s that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK Blues

“Their originality and adventurous spirit gives them every right to be regarded as being in the vanguard of contemporary blues” – Pete Feenstra, Jan 2018 Get Ready to Rock Magazine

“A serious band with unique songs, tight instrumentation, and a powerful woman up front… edgy vocals, and scorching guitar solos.” – Blues Blast Magazine, USA 2017

“A great band. Terrific musicians, all four of them, very very nice indeed” – Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC radio 2, 2017

“Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond organist” – Making A Scene USA, 2017

“A whip-crack band… expressive voice… impressive material” – Classic Rock The Blues Magazine, 2016

Words alone cannot convey the special sound these musician’s exude and the only way to truly experience this is by seeing them live.  Having said this, you can get a feel for what’s in store, by having a look and listen to a video track of “Way Down In The Caves” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ3XLNCLjqc&feature=youtu.be …………blues-rock has never sounded or looked so good!!

Don’t miss out on seeing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion at The Palladium Club on Saturday 28th April

The venue is located on Lower Gunstone, Bideford, North Devon EX39 2DE

Advance tickets are £8.00 and can be purchased by calling 01237 478 860 and online at http://www.palladiumclub.co.uk/

To see, hear and find out more about the band and where else they are playing in the UK, please check out http://www.bluecommotion.com

Don’t be late, doors open at 8.00 p.m. and the music starts at 9.00 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/zoe.schwarz

https://twitter.com/bluecommotion 

 

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion play in West Sussex

A truly independent and original band at the cutting edge of the British blues scene!

The great news for blues-rock fans, live music lovers and aspiring musicians in and around West Sussex is that they will be playing at Chichester Inn on Saturday 21st April……….guaranteed to be a great night and one show not to miss!

Zoë Schwarz’ dynamic and commanding vocal delivery is both eclectic and suave at the same time; just like a chameleon, one part Janis Joplin, one Billie Holiday, and one Nina Simone”…….in its entirety, the band create a luxurious and irresistible sound, displaying great skills and artistic finesse

Their exciting, energetic live set is based around rootsy originals: strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements, and exciting grooves featuring Rob’s electrifying, and unmistakable touch and flow on guitar.  The highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, Paul McCartney to name a few) bring massive musical authority and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion have made a considerable impact these last five years, and is one of the band’s that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK Blues

“Their originality and adventurous spirit gives them every right to be regarded as being in the vanguard of contemporary blues” – Pete Feenstra, Jan 2018 Get Ready to Rock Magazine

“A serious band with unique songs, tight instrumentation, and a powerful woman up front… edgy vocals, and scorching guitar solos.” – Blues Blast Magazine, USA 2017

“A great band. Terrific musicians, all four of them, very very nice indeed” – Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC radio 2, 2017

“Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond organist” – Making A Scene USA, 2017

“A whip-crack band… expressive voice… impressive material” – Classic Rock The Blues Magazine, 2016

Words alone cannot convey the special sound these musician’s exude and the only way to truly experience this is by seeing them live.  Having said this, you can get a feel for what’s in store, by having a look and listen to a video track of “Way Down In The Caves” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ3XLNCLjqc&feature=youtu.be …………blues-rock has never sounded or looked so good!!

Don’t miss out on seeing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion at Chichester Inn on Saturday 21st April

The venue is located at 38 West Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RP

Advance tickets are £15.00 and can be purchased by calling 01243 783 185 and online at http://www.rootsaroundtheworld.com/artist/zoeschwarz.php

To see, hear and find out more about the band and where else they are playing in the UK, please check out http://www.bluecommotion.com

Don’t be late, doors open at 8.00 p.m. and the music starts at 8.30 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/zoe.schwarz

https://twitter.com/bluecommotion 

 

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion play in Worcester

A truly independent and original band at the cutting edge of the British blues scene!

The great news for blues-rock fans, live music lovers and aspiring musicians in and around Worcester is that they will be playing at Huntingdon Hall on Saturday 7th April……….guaranteed to be a great night and one show not to miss!

Zoë Schwarz’ dynamic and commanding vocal delivery is both eclectic and suave at the same time; just like a chameleon, one part Janis Joplin, one Billie Holiday, and one Nina Simone”…….in its entirety, the band create a luxurious and irresistible sound, displaying great skills and artistic finesse

Their exciting, energetic live set is based around rootsy originals: strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements, and exciting grooves featuring Rob’s electrifying, and unmistakable touch and flow on guitar.  The highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, Paul McCartney to name a few) bring massive musical authority and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion have made a considerable impact these last five years, and is one of the band’s that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK Blues

“Their originality and adventurous spirit gives them every right to be regarded as being in the vanguard of contemporary blues” – Pete Feenstra, Jan 2018 Get Ready to Rock Magazine

“A serious band with unique songs, tight instrumentation, and a powerful woman up front… edgy vocals, and scorching guitar solos.” – Blues Blast Magazine, USA 2017

“A great band. Terrific musicians, all four of them, very very nice indeed” – Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC radio 2, 2017

“Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond organist” – Making A Scene USA, 2017

“A whip-crack band… expressive voice… impressive material” – Classic Rock The Blues Magazine, 2016

Words alone cannot convey the special sound these musician’s exude and the only way to truly experience this is by seeing them live.  Having said this, you can get a feel for what’s in store, by having a look and listen to a video track of “Way Down In The Caves” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ3XLNCLjqc&feature=youtu.be …………blues-rock has never sounded or looked so good!!

Don’t miss out on seeing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion at Huntingdon Hall on Saturday 7th April

The venue is located on CrownGate, Worcester WR1 3LD

Advance tickets are £16.50 and can be purchased by calling 01905 611427 and online at http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?eid=453060968

To see, hear and find out more about the band and where else they are playing in the UK, please check out http://www.bluecommotion.com

Don’t be late, doors open at 7.30 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/zoe.schwarz

https://twitter.com/bluecommotion 

 

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Sian Evans:  Sat 31st March @ The Electric Banana Weston super Mare 31st March 2018

Throughout the 2000s, Welsh singer & songwriter Sian Evans was known for being a front woman and singer-songwriter of the band Kosheen, a popular & well respected trip-hop/drum’n’bass group that, during that decade, placed two albums within the Top Ten of the U.K. album chart. Kosheen had released five studio albums.

After having spent almost two decades writing and performing with Kosheen, Sian has performed all over the world including Australia, Russia, Japan and the USA to name only a few, as well as countless UK and European festivals.

In 2011, Sian Evans teamed up with Dj Fresh writing and featuring on the number 1 smash hit ‘Louder’. It was released on 3 July 2011 on Ministry of Sound. The song debuted at number 1 in the UK Singles Chart, UK Dance Chart, UK Indie Chart and the Scottish Charts with first week sales in excess of 140,000 copies. ‘Louder‘ is considered an important landmark for dubstep music as it was the first of its’ genre to reach number 1 in the UK Singles Chart. Since then the single ‘Louder’ has won many awards including the Urban Music Award for best dance single and has been a worldwide hit. Sian also penned ‘Hot Right Now’ for Rita Ora, providing her with her first ever number 1 hit.

She also appears on several tracks on Roger Shah’s artist album ‘Openminded!?’. A new version of ‘Hide U’ along with two other original tracks ‘In The Light’ and ‘Shine’ all appear on the album. Sian has also collaborated with many artists and producers such as Dino Psaras, Dr. Meaker, Jolyon Petch, Jody Wisternoff, Brains, Martin Eyerer, Chicane, Paul Hazendonk, Lee Dagger, Bent, EZ Rollers and Bench.

In 2016 she featured on the track ‘Losing My Mind’ with eSQUIRE & Petch and in 2017 ‘Boy In The Picture’ with House luminaires Kid Crème & Jolyon Petch.

Sian Evans is currently performing with her solo shows and is in the recording studio.

She has teamed up with her long term writing partner Ron McElroy for her solo project. Their UK debut sold out Camden Jazz Café. Bookings for Glastonbury, Boomtown and Sunrise Festivals followed. They have also performed in Salzburg, Belgium, Ukraine, Russia and sold out the Roof Music Festival in St Petersburg, this time performing with the whole band. Mixing new works with Sian’s stellar back catalogue, they have brought about a perfect musical storm, with rays of sunlight shining through.

Future Dub Orchestra:

Future Dub Orchestra is the flowering of musical talent that is the brainchild of songwriter, producer and Musician J.T. Clarke. Committed to pushing the musical boundaries to take music in new directions and cites influences as diverse as Dub, Electronica, Reggae, Cinematic Ambient Soundscapes, and Film Music. From the outset the ethos has been that the music should form the centre around which a creative collective can grow…

Future Dub Orchestra’s unique sound is the result of an evolutionary, but truly shared, process that continues through all the stages of composition – lyrics, instrumentation, backing vocals, right up to and including live performance:

 

Tickets @  https://fixr.co/event/455904163