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JFK — Album Launch Show

JFK (also known confusingly as JFK Blues] is a London /Surrey five piece band that has been playing their rock ‘n’ rolling blues — spiced with jazzy manouche touches — for about a year or so.

If John Etheridge met Ray Davies at Le QuecumBar and they discussed a rhythm and blues project — this is probably how it would have turned out…

The band is composed of some very experienced musicians — PAUL BLOUNT on keys who once lived in L.A. and worked with Jeff Beck, SOL EZRA on drums [an early member of Talk Talk] gypsy-rock guitarist IAGO BANET ; LES ‘LEO’ VICTOR on bass [he played with the Blockheads] and the youngest member of the outfit — lead vocalist/guitar CHRIS ELLIOTT who they found busking at Covent Garden Tube and invited along for the ride.

Paul Blount on keys – they bring blues, jazz, pop and boogie to the people…
Picture by Neil Mach

We attended the “Rough Round The Edges” album launch show at the legendary 100 Club in London’s West End this week.

We enjoyed JFK’s beautifully crafted self-penned songs that began with “St Joseph” and had mellow, mid-tempo beats and instantly catchy melodies.

Chris Elliott’s poignant and cheery R&B voice on songs like “Shadowlands” reached clear trebles without too much difficulty — and this talent helped to take the sounds from blues origins and into pop-rock territory whilst still retaining the genre’s emotional content.

If we really had to designate their brand we would say the JFK sound is similar to that of the Alexis Korner band — in other words, they bring blues, jazz, pop and boogie to the people…

We’re not really a blues band…” Chris shouted to a passionate audience… directly before the band embarked on yet another raw-blues number — this one adorned with flinty peaks of guitar and a boogie underbelly.

We enjoyed the really excited rhythmic patterns and the cleverly woven guitar songs, such as “Having a Real Good Time.”

Often these songs had insistent backwoods blues-vibes that took us directly to those all-night parties down on 18th and Vine.

This was a poetic and vibrant show delivered by a pack of musicians who have clearly spent a lifetime entertaining their audiences.

Words & Images: @neilmach 2017 ©
Link: https://www.facebook.com/JFK4Blues/

See next:

The Old Ticket Hall, Windsor 14th April
The Bull’s Head, Barnes 1st May

Excited rhythmic patterns and the cleverly woven guitar songs…
Photo: Neil Mach
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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.


See The Sketch at Staines


The Sketch at Staines


Sep 21 2008 THE SKETCH 8:00P

£3

with LIGHTS OFF. CLARITY, STARS OF THE SEARCH PARTY

@ Hobgoblin  Staines

The
Sketch

This 4-piece band from Kent -have been compared to ‘Saves The Day’, ‘Jimmy Eat World’ and ‘Weezer’

The Band:

Ajay, Ian, Mikee and Joe

You can purchase the new Sketch E.P. Here

Best Kid in Town- Sketch

The Best Kid in Town [Enhanced]

~ Sketch (Artist)

Price:     £6.99

http://www.myspace.com/thesketchmusic

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Lights off. Clarity

Lights Off. Clarity are a 3-piece Rock / Pop / Alternative band from
Kingston, Surrey. They’ve recently finished recording a couple promo
songs and now aim to hit every venue that allows them to set up and
play. Come and hang with them at THE HOB this week if you can make it.
They’d love to see you there!

Ollie Wright – Vocals/Guitar

Brian Leftley – Bass/Vocals

James Robinson – Drums

http://www.myspace.com/lightsoffclarity

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Stars of the Search Party

Stars of the Search Party are a 6-piece rock band from Guildford in
Surrey. They play music which ties together all their
favourite genres, ultimately creating something that can appeal to the
majority of music fans out there. They hope you enjoy listening to it
as much as they enjoy writing and peforming it.

Rock / Alternative / Electro

2.


Blues & Classic Rock  – at Shepperton


Firewater



Sep 19 2008  9:00P Kings Head-Shepperton Firewater

Firewater was formed in 2000 and has been regularly gigging around

London and the South East since then. The early blues material gave way

to more classic rock songs as time went on and the duo format lends

itself to a stripped down approach to the songs, showcasing the

considerable talents of singer Ed Hudson and lead guitarist Tim Scopes

If you like blues and classic rock (and don’t like being deafened in

the process of hearing it!) come and see us-you will not be dissappointed….

Ed Hudson-vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica. Tim Scopes-Lead guitar,
slide, backing vocals.

Music: AC-DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rory Gallagher, Free,
Rolling Stones, Hendrix, Humble Pie, Chuck Berry, Black Crowes, Steve
Earle

Future dates:

Sep 19 2008   9:00P    Kings Head-Shepperton


Oct
17 2008    9:00P    Kings Head-Shepperton

Nov 7 2008     8:00P   Barley Mow-Shepperton

Dec 12 2008   8:00P    Kings Head, Shepperton

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/firewaterduo

3.


Heavy Rock Mob from West London- at Staines


Purge at Staines


Sep 18 2008  8:00P Purge & The Vixens
@ Hobgoblin


One of Staines’ Favourite Bands!

A furious mix of distortion-fueled guitar accompanied by seat-tearing bass and knockout
percussion is shot at with a colt 45 of gravelly chants and rhyme delivering glory. Crushing heavy rock. Never a better solution.

Purge is:

Burgon (Vocals)

Kinghorn Mills (Guitar)

Stanley (Bass, Vocals)

Rogers (Drums)

If you miss ’em
this week you can catch them here:

Sep 25 2008      7:30P The Fighting Cocks Kingston

Oct 30 2008     8:00P The Hobgoblin (w/ Los) Staines

Nov 20 2008     8:00P The Hobgoblin (w/ The Hollers)     Staines

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/purgeuk

4.


Prepare to ‘Glam’ Up at Windsor!


Glamsters at Windsor


The Glamsters
Sep 20 2008      8:00P The Ticket Hall     Windsor

We Party like it’s 1973!

The Glamsters are the ultimate 70’s Glam Rock tribute band, unlike many
tribute acts, they encompass the whole genre of the 70’s Glam Rock era,
rather than concentrating on replicating a single act. Each member
models themselves on original icons of the Glam era. Rufus is the
ultimate ‘rock god’ front man, Jonny – a legend of The Glitterband,
Pussie – KISS kitten, Jimmy – the SWEET sensation, and Donny – ‘sex on
legs’ glam guitar hero. The Glamsters have been constantly working
since 1996, concentrating on Corporate Events as well asprivate
parties, festivals and good old pub gigs. When asked Rufus often says
‘we’ve never had a bad gig, people always remember the 70’s and the
great times they had, we just take them back to those fun times. We are
the spirit of the 70’s’

RUFUS FELTZ – Vocals… JONNY TEMPO – Drums… DONNY HARVEY OSWALD –
Guitar… JIMMY RIDDLE – Bass… PUSSIE GALAM – Vocals/Sax.

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/theglamsters

5.

Blues


Rik Martin


Rik Martin Band Sep 20 008      9:00P THE BARLEY MOW


The Rik Martin Band is based in Surrey
& has been regularly gigging around south London since being
put together in sept 05. The band was formed after a meeting with a
good lookin’ drummer girl by the name of Helen Watt (now Helen Martin)
at Robin Bibi’s blues jam at the Grey Horse, Kingston on Thames. Bass
duties are now taken care of by none other than “BIG” Barry Pethers of
Trafficker fame. We have also recently had the pleasure of occasionally
expanding the band with the talents of Plateman’s Ross Ewart. Ross is
without doubt one of the most talented guitarists I have heard
& had the priveledge to play music with, watch out!

The Band always plays a dynamic energy packed set of both covers
& original material giving the audience a truly memorable
experience of our brand of blues & boogie.

Hope y’all like…

Band Members:

Rik Martin – Guitar & Vocals

Helen Martin – Drums & Vocals

Barry Pethers – Bass

Ross Ewart – Guitar & Vocals

Influences:

Vaughan Bros, Albert Collins, BB King, Robert Cray

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/therikmartinband

If you miss Rik at Shepperton
this week then you can catch him here:

Sep 27 2008     9:00P SCRATCHERS (THE THREE LIONS)     Godalming

Nov 1 2008     9:00P THE HALFWAY HOUSE Barnes

Nov 9 2008     12:00A FARNHAM MALTINGS BLUES FESTIVAL

Dec 13 2008     9:00P THE BARLEY MOW Shepperton

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Get Your Tickets for Beck Theatre, Hayes


The Beck Theatre

Grange Road

Hayes

Middlesex

UB3 2UE






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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

Visit a Dolls House at The Rose, Kingston

A Dolls House

A Dolls House – the Kingston ROSE theatre  9 September – 27 September

Post performance talk: Tuesday 16 September

By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Peter Hall

In 1879, Ibsen’s new play stunned the world and provoked outrage. One critic compared it to the ‘dropping of a bomb into contemporary life’. Beautifully crafted and powerfully moving, no work better distils Ibsen’s genius than A Doll’s House.

The cast includes Catherine McCormack (The Land Girls, All My Sons), Finbar Lynch (Proof, Not About Nightingales), Anthony Howell (Foyle’s War), Christopher Ravenscroft (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries) and Susie Trayling (National Theatre, Heartbeat).

Box Office: 0871 230 1552

Rose Theatre, Kingston
24-26 High Street
Kingston KT1 1HL

http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/

2.

Blues, Funk ‘n Soul it up – at Ascot

Robin BiBi


The Robin Bibi Band at
The Jagz Club & Restaurant, Ascot Sat 13th Sept

Robin Bibi is one of the UK’s top blues/rock guitarists and having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben.E.King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro, launched the Robin Bibi Band in 1996. The Band’s debut album ‘Blue Thrash Therapy’ was released a year later and quickly sold out leading to a recent re-release. Five albums on, Robin’s acoustic album ‘Fast Life Songs’ has also received critical acclaim and continues to sell well.

Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz are all rolled together in The Robin Bibi Band’s own feel-good concoction. Above all, the Band’s aim is to give their audience a night to remember whilst guaranteeing the best British Blues Rock can offer in a tried and tested, exciting, spontaneous, power trio format.

Because of their widely known reputation with a highly entertaining stage presentation, the Robin Bibi Band are now one of the busiest bands round the Southern music venue circuit and have played most of the major Blues festivals in the UK, Ireland, and Europe.

The music is exuberant passionate, dynamic, exciting and fun! It’s music played straight from the heart, it will move your head, your heart and of course your feet!

The Ascot show:

Saturday, 13th September
Show will start at 8.00P
Ticket cost: £8.00
Doors open from 7.30pm. £26 for 2 courses and entrance (£30 for 3 courses). Entrance for the bands is £8 but is strictly limited and on a first come first served basis. Entrance for dining or just the band INCLUDES free entrance to the nightclub

Jagz
Station Hill
Ascot
SL5 9EG

http://www.jagz.co.uk/

http://www.robinbibiband.co.uk/

Also see Robin Bibi at:

MON 29th BULLS HEAD 373 Lonsdale Road Barnes SW13
Robin is appearing with Never The Bride


3.

Have a Laugh- at Hayes

Jongleurs at Hayes

Jongleurs – On the Road The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Fri 12 Sep 2008, 8:00P

Best of British Stand-Up …on the road

The Jongleurs On The Road tour brings their top-quality stand-up shows to theatres and other venues across the UK, in areas

without a dedicated comedy club. They’ve been touring now for over two years, visiting more than fifty venues along the way

– from Newcastle to Newbury, Liverpool to Luton, Yeovil to Yorkshire. Hayes, Middlesex, is next…

JONGLEURS – ON THE ROAD
BECK THEATRE
The Beck Theatre
Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE
FRIDAY EVENING 20:00
12TH SEPTEMBER 2008

Tickets from £10

Click Here for tickets for BECK theatre THIS FRIDAY

4.

Prepare to Rock at The Hob Staines

Bloodloss at The Hob Staines

Bloodloss with Demure at The Hob Staines,  Thu Sep 11 2008      8:00P

Formed in 2006 BloodLoss is a pure all out metal 5 piece band from london/guildford with Barry O’connor on vocals, Daniel Kelly on Drums, Mark Browell On Guitar, Rob Ironmonger on guitar. With influences ranging from Metallica, Pantera, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Chimaira, Machine Head and  As I Lay Dying.  You must not miss the show!

Also more Bloodloss dates:

Sep 16 2008      8:00P RSVP, Woking     Woking

Sep 27 2008     8:00P The Drama Club   Bracknell

Oct 10 2008     8:00P The Star Inn         Guildford

http://www.myspace.com/thisbandisbloodloss

We salute you!


5.

Swing dance at The Rose, Kingston

Swing Dance at The Rose

Swing Dance Rose Theatre Culture Cafe Sun 14 Sept 2:00P to 5:00P
Admission free of charge, and no ticket required

Following the huge success of the first Sunday Tea Dance at the Rose in May, we’re delighted to announce three further dates throughout the summer. The Jive Joint Dance Company has been promoting and staging dance events across Surrey over many years and is bringing its legendary Sunday afternoon Tea Dance to the Rose Theatre, Kingston for dancers of Modern Jive, Swing, West Coast Swing, Rock n Roll, and, for latin dancers, Salsa, Merengue & Argentine Tango under the direction of international DJ John Vassallo and fellow DJ guests. Why not pay us a visit after shopping perhaps, have a boogie, a drink or a coffee and a snack. If you are a non dancer, watch the various dance styles on display and simply enjoy music
from the 1940’s right up to the present time.

Links

http://www.johnvassallo.co.uk/pages/danceevents.html

http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/culture-cafe

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