Róisín Gadelrab’s music news
10 March, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Queen’s Crescent band Miraculous Mule
THERE’S sooo much to tell you about, so forgive the brevity this week…
• The Jazz Cafe launches new club night Soul City on March 10 – a night dedicated to DJ performances from a range of artists, aiming to “connect the dots between all of the music” across the venue’s programming. The launch night begins with London-based band The Invisible, who released their last two albums on Ninja Tune and have remixed the likes of Alt-J and Everything Everything
• It seems we never tire of a good old-fashioned talent competition. The regional heats of The Pogues Irish Whiskey presents: A Shot at Discovery competition take place at Islington Academy on March 16 with Finding Kate, Dead Man’s Whiskey, Bare Hunter, Fuzzwalker, Toffees and Cackle competing to get through to the next stage – and yours truly joining the judging panel.
• We’ve seen Tim Robbins play sea shanties at The Union Chapel and Steven Seagal playing the blues at Clapham Grand, so I guess it shouldn’t be too much of a shock that Hollywood royalty and actor-turned-country-singer Kiefer Sutherland (above) is bringing his tour to Islington Assembly Hall June 22.
• After a brief closure for refurbishment, Borderline relaunches with a sleek new layout, bar area and live music programme on March 16, with a set from Charlie Worsham.
• Grammy Award-winning group De La Soul headline the Roundhouse stage with a full live band, following the release of latest album, And The Anonymous Nobody – their first for 12 years – on March 10. The album features contributions from Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Little Dragon, Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, Usher, Estelle, Jill Scott and more.
• We’re not sure what to make of this Notorious BIG pop-up shop coming to Provender Building, Camden Market, between March 10 and 12. Promoted as marking the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s death, his fashion label Hypnotize wants to transform Camden into Brooklyn with a range of clothing, accessories and the chance to try out a recreation of the rapper’s throne. Expect music from London hip-hop group Livin’ Proof.
• The Roundhouse Trust holds its 10th anniversary gala on March 16, marking a decade of charitable work that has transformed the lives of hundreds of young people over the years through fostering their creativity. There will be music and entertainment from world-renowned artists including Ronnie Wood, Jesse Wood, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Roger Daltrey CME and Imelda May, alongside Roundhouse home-grown talent. The gala helps to raise funds for the Roundhouse’s charitable work.
• Scottish singer Rab Noakes celebrates his 70th birthday and his 50th year touring at Kings Place on March 11 following the launch of his EP The Treatment Tapes. The album comes after Noakes underwent intensive courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy after being diagnosed with tonsillar cancer in 2015.
• Sudanese-American rapper and producer Oddisee (aka Amir Mohamed el Khalifa) & band Good Compny bring their quality hip-hop to Islington Assembly Hall on March 11.
• The Jewish Museum relaunches the critically acclaimed exhibition, Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, on March 16, with the Amy Winehouse street art trail launching the day before.
• Broadcaster, award-winning alto-saxophonist, MC and double MOBO award-winner Soweto Kinch is joined by Reuben James on piano, Nick Jurd on bass, and Ed Richardson (drums) at Ronnie Scott’s on March 15 with support from Yazz Ahmed HAFLA Quintet.
• Queen’s Crescent band Miraculous Mule play The Garage on March 15.