Long Street Blues Club

Long Street Blues Club: Gigs 2020

New GIGS announced for 2021!
includes re-scheduled Antonio Forcione, Mark Flanagan, Mike Zito and Billy Bremner's Rockfiles gigs


From the USA - JIMMY CARPENTER | POSTPONED New Date TBC

Jimmy Carpenter

Jimmy Carpenter, saxophonist, singer-songwriter, and arranger, began his musical journey over 35 years ago. In the '80s, he toured the east coast with the renegade blues band, The Alka-Phonics, in the '90s with the blues-rock band The Believers, with whom he learned about the music business.

Over the years, Jimmy has toured internationally with Tinsley Ellis, Jimmy Thackery, Walter Wolfman Washington, Eric Lindell, and others. In 2012 Jimmy joined Mike Zito, his long-time friend and musical cohort, and recorded and toured as a member of Mike Zito and the Wheel. In addition to touring nationally & internationally, Jimmy has written, arranged and recorded the horns for many artists, and has gained a reputation as a master Blues, Rock-n-Roll and R&B saxophonist.

Jimmy has also released three solo albums: Toiling in Obscurity, (2008); Walk Away (Vizztone 2014), and Jimmy Carpenter Plays the Blues (Vizztone 2017). After many years in New Orleans, he currently lives in Las Vegas with his partner in crime and musical inspiration, Ms. Carrie Stowers.

In addition to leading his own band and playing with numerous others, he is the Musical Director for the Big Blues Bender, and leader of the Bender Brass, The Bender's house band. He is the current president of the Las Vegas Blues Society, and in 2019 was nominated for a Blues Music Award, his 4th for Best Instrumentalist/Horn.

Tickets on sale as soon as new date announced


NEW date - 27th February 2021 | MARK FLANAGAN BAND | Doors 7.45pm

Mark Flanagan

We are over the moon that one of the great British guitarist is coming to the club with his own band as part of a rare club date.

For nearly 30 years Mark Flanagan has been the guitarist in the Jools Holland Orchestra. He’s played with all the great names including Eric Clapton, BB King, Amy Winehouse and many more. He has also built a reputation as a fine singer songwriter. Performing his rootsy blues originals this will be a night to remember.

‘A truly great guitarist’Eric Clapton

‘He understands everything.. He can swing it and then rock it’ - Jools Holland.

Do not miss this opportunity to witness one the great stars of the U.K. Music scene in a very intimate setting.

Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door









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Saturday 6th March 2021 | BILLY WALTON BAND | Doors 7.45pm

Billy Walton Band

As a result of phenomenal public demand we have got Bill Walton back for their third visit.They have now replaced King King as the house band of Long Street Blues Club. If we had to put our hand on our heart and pick out the best band that has played at the club over the last decade this band is the one we have chosen.

Truly a product of his New Jersey roots, and a graduate of the same late-night jam scene which taught Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny their chops, Billy has been a member of the legendary Asbury Jukes for the last five years and earlier this year supported The Boss himself. Yet his funky blues deserves huge recognition on its own merits. The time has come for Billy to take his place in the pantheon of Jersey greats.

"True guitar hero fronting an old-school rock’n’soul band, you might describe Billy Walton as ‘Jimi Ray Clapton’ or ‘Exile On E Street’ – a man who will take you on a journey through the American rock and blues landscape.

There was a time when the Jersey Shore represented the best in American entertainment. Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, the Rat Pack, Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, they all made stops on the Jersey Shore. Tony Mart’s was the club Levon Helm was playing when Dylan called. Of course we all know what happened in Asbury Park. The town, ravaged by riots in the late 60’s, became a melting pot of musical experimentation. Late night jams that ended when the sun came up were the norm. Bruce Springsteen & Southside Johnny were the two acts that made their way to an international stage from these humble beginnings.

For decades musicians have come and gone, always hoping to make a living and pursue a dream. Billy Walton is no different. Billy’s proving ground was Long Beach Island. There he was chaperoned from gig to gig by his Mom, two young to drive around and enter the clubs on his own. He always was up for a jam and looking to learn some tricks. For years Billy spent his time sharpening his skills, developing his stage act until he decided to step up to center stage with the Billy Walton Band.

The band has focused its’ effort in Europe. 13 tours since 2007 have established the group in the fertile British Blues Rock scene. In 2010 Billy got the call to join in with one of the masters of the Asbury Park sound, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. For years Billy toured with the Jukes. Most people don’t know that the creative force behind Southside was none other than Little Steven. A highpoint in Billy’s tenure with the Jukes was when they recorded a live version of Southside’s most acclaimed release, Hearts of Stone, with Little Steven.

Rest assured this gig will be a total sell out in record time so you have to get tickets for this show as early as possible.

ON SALE SOON - Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door


NEW date - Saturday 3rd April 2021 | MIKE ZITO BAND- A tribute to Chuck Berry | Doors 7.45pm

Mike Zito

We welcome back one of the most popular artists to appear at the club. Mike zito is founding member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood along with Devon Allman.

He may be one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today, and rightfully so, but for Mike Zito, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered Zito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every effort he’s offered since.

“I have nothing to hide; it seems my honesty is what people relate to most,” he once told Vintage Guitar magazine. “Anders (Osborne) told me early on, ‘If you don’t believe what you’re singing, you’ll never be a good singer.’ I try not to write fluff; I try to make every word count.” ​

That point became convincingly clear with his last record 2018’s First Class Life, a collection of songs that detailed his journey from addiction to sobriety and the subsequent success he achieved through his award-winning body of work. A multiple award winner and nominee, Zito has built his career on an ability to tap into tradition while maintaining contemporary credence all at the same time.

Zito’s upcoming album -- his 16th -- due this November on Ruf Records and descriptively titled Rock N Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry, finds him broadening his boundaries still further even as it marks a return to his roots. The album consists of 20 Chuck Berry classics performed by Zito and an impressive array of 21 guest guitarists, among them Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth, Luther Dickinson, Albert Castiglia, Anders Osborne and, significantly, Chuck’s grandson, Charles Berry III.

“This was a very special project for me,” Zito says. “I lived in Chuck’s hometown of St. Louis for 32 years, and I worked at a small musical instrument store where his drummer also happened to be employed. Chuck’s son would drop by on occasion as well. He was an icon, and rightfully so. I’ve been playing his songs since I was a kid. Needless to say, he was a tremendous influence on my career, and, of course, on many other musicians’ as well.”

" If you don’t believe what you’re singing, you’ll never be a good singer.’ I try not to write fluff; I try to make every word count " Mike Zito

Produced by Zito himself, the album was recorded at his own Marz Studios and mixed and mastered by David Farrell. “We recorded the basic tracks and then sent them to each guest musician,” Zito recalls. “They added their contributions and then sent the files back to us. The process took a year to complete." Naturally, patience and perseverance have been Zito’s stock and trade since the beginning. He began playing guitar at the age of five, and by the time he reached his late teens, he was already a fixture on the local St. Louis music scene. He initially released his music independently and then signed with Eclecto Groove Records in 2008. "Pearl River," the title track of his 2009 album for the label, won Song of the Year at the Blues Music Awards and marked his first collaboration with Cyril Nevill, with whom he’d later work in the Royal Southern Brotherhood.

A steady succession of critically acclaimed albums followed, culminating in 2011’s Greyhound, which was nominated for Best Rock Blues Album at that year’s Blue Music Awards ceremony in Memphis. Two years later, he signed with Ruf Records and released Gone to Texas, the story of how he gained his sobriety, offered an emotional homage to the state that left an indelible imprint on his entire life. It also marked the debut of his band, the Wheel. 

From 2010 to 2014, Zito also played an integral role in the super group of sorts, Royal Southern Brotherhood. The group released two albums and a DVD, Songs from the Road - Live in Germany, winner of the year’s Blues Music Award for Best DVD. He also made his mark behind the boards by producing albums for Samantha Fish, Albert Castiglia, Ally Venable, Jeremiah Johnson, Jimmy Carpenter, and many others.

Meanwhile, the accolades keep coming. His album Make Blues Not War debuted on the Billboard Blues Album Chart at number one and garnered him recognition as the 2018 Rock Blues Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards. Last year’s First Class Life followed suit, also entering the charts at number one. Alternate Root magazine insisted that “The First Class Life that Mike Zito titles his upcoming album can be heard in the sweet sound of Blue Soul rising like heat waves from his guitar and his vocal.” American Blues Scene said “Mike Zito’s return to the blues is, in a word, triumphant!” No Depression declared, “Once again, Zito has delivered the goods, a first class package with no postage due.”

Now, with Rock N Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry, Mike Zito again does what he does best, making an album that’s humble, heartfelt, skilled and sublime....and, to paraphrase Chuck himself, letting it rock all at the same time.

Check out Mike Zito live on YouTube!Mike Zito

Fronting a superb band this will be one gig to savour. Get you tickets very early for this gig

Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door

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Saturday 10th April 2021 - KOSSOFF...The Band Plays On | Doors 7.45pm

Kossoff...The Band Plays On

We are really proud to get this band to the club. As most of the band are resident in the North East they do not venture this far south a great deal and also they carefully choose the times when they can take this project on the road.

The stunning blues-rock music of Paul Kossoff, the lead guitar prodigy whose soaring playing lit up 1970s rockers Free, is coming to Long Street Blues Club. Kossoff, of course, died tragically young after a drugs battle aged just 25, but his music lives on with The Band Plays On, a band featuring Terry Slesser, the lead vocalist of Koss’s post-Free band, Back Street Crawler.

Forty years on since Paul Kossoff, one of Britain’s finest guitarists, tragically passed away at the tender age of 25 in 1976. Singer Terry Slesser, the voice of Kossoff's critically acclaimed post-Free band Back Street Crawler, and a close friend of Koss, keeps the memory of one of the greatest British Blues guitarist and his music alive. Sless has chosen the guitarist John Buckton, of whom Simon Kirke said "If Free were to reform John would be my first choice as guitarist", to play a series of special dates reviving for the first time since the 70s the catalogue of Back Street Crawler songs as well as favourite Free numbers.

Also included in the lineup is drummer Clive Edwards (UFO, Wild Horses, Pat Travers) and highly respected keyboard player Mark Taylor (Elton John, Simple Minds, The Alarm). The Band Plays On play will feature the very best of Free’s back catalogue and also Back Street Crawler’s two-album sojourn.

Kossoff...and the Nand Plys On

The band’s name is fittingly also the name of BSC’s first album with Kossoff from 1975. Highlights include Free’s world-wide hit and rock anthem “All Right Now”, “Fire and Water”, crowd pleaser “The Hunter” and “Molten Gold”, one of the first tracks Slesser and Kossoff played together with Back Street Crawler.

ON SALE SOON - Advance Tickets are £17.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £19 on the door


CERES Promotions presents at the Corn Exchange, Devizes - Saturday 17th April 2021
CARL PALMER'S ELP LEGACY | Doors 7.45pm

More info to follow soon!

ON SALE NOW - Advance Tickets are £30.00 from usual outlets or book online (booking fee applies) Tickets £32.50 on the door

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NEW date - 1st May 2021 | ANTONIO FORCIONE QUARTET | Doors 7.45pm

Antonio Forcione Quartet

Back by overwhelming popular demand is the amazing Antonio Forcione this time with his renowned quartet.

The Antonio Forcione Quartet have been performing and wowing audiences at sell out concerts all over the world. They have also consistently been receiving 5 star reviews year after year at the Edinburgh Festival.

This is a truly international line-up with Jenny Adejayan from Nigeria/Grenada/UK, Emiliano Caroselli from Italy, Matheus Nova from Brazil and Antonio Forcione from Italy. Between them they have performed with some of the biggest names in both the pop and jazz world, done countless tours, charity concerts, workshops and albums.

The pieces performed by the Quartet are from Forcione’s prolific compositions as well as a mixture of rearranged classics but Dave Brubeck, The Police, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many others. There is an imaginative and joyful synthesis – a world class band with spectacular technique and rich composition who have developed a unique, powerful and exotic sound.

"A one-off musical sensation. Unmissable" The Scotsman

"A major international guitar virtuoso .. one of those very few entertainers who can cast a spell on almost any audience ... remarkable personal magnetism” JAZZ FM

"One of the world’s most highly regarded guitarists .. this is John Martyn for a new generation who, when he isn’t using his guitar as a percussive instrument is literally reinventing it. The guy is brilliant." Edinburgh Evening News

“Few acoustic guitarists can match Antonio Forcione for sheer instrumental virtuosity but fewer still come close to him as a composer.” Jazzwise Magazine

Last time we almost sold out so we are sure this will be a hot ticket event so early booking is a must.

Advance Tickets are £17.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £19 on the door

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Saturday 22nd May 2021 - CSN Express | Doors 7.45pm

CSN Express

As many fans of Crosby, Stills & Nash know, they were the byproduct of three legendary rock bands of the 60s, The Hollies, The Byrds & Buffalo Springfield. CSN Express takes the audience on a musical journey that follows their career of over five decades.

You will see and hear the different phases they went through, from their debut at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, to their collaboration with Neil Young and on to their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

As an option, CSN Express offers Marilyn James perfoming a wonderful Joni Mitchell tribute which is a perfect compliment to this iconic tribute. This show captures the true music and the intricate vocal harmonies of Crosby, Stills & Nash under the direction of Bill DeLoach who has worked with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Danny Gans and many other name acts. With clever dialogue, and well-put-together medleys, this show delivers plenty of powerful music moments that always bring the audience to their feet clapping and singing along to their favorite songs.

ON SALE SOON - Advance Tickets are £17.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £19 on the door


Saturday 5th June 2021 - ALBERT CASTAGLIA | Doors 7.45pm

Albert Castaglia

American blues singer/guitarist operating from Florida. Born in New York, 1969. As a youngster he played in the band of Junior Wells. More info to follow...

ON SALE SOON - Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door


Saturday 19th June 2021 - SOFT MACHINE | Doors 7.45pm

Soft Machine

Soft Machine : One of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time.

Their work, from their earliest performances as a psychedelic band who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with, Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe's best known 'fusion' groups, has influenced several generations of bands, and continues to be name-checked by today's hip experimentalists.

Whilst the line-up of Soft Machine may have changed many times since the heady days of the late 1960’s, the band’s spirit of musical adventure, and the ease with which it freely avoids being pigeon holed and can move from powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia to free improvised jazz-rock to ambient loop music continues to make it both unique and totally contemporary.

ON SALE SOON - Advance Tickets are £17.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £19 on the door


Saturday 18th September 2021 - Gerry Jablonski Band | Doors 7.45pm

Gerry Jablonski

All the way from Aberdeen the longest journey for any UK band we have ever booked, they are well worth it.

Rory Gallagher fans will love this band great blues rock band who have spent the last ten years relentlessly touring and have spent this year playing a host of prestigious festivals both here and in Europe.

"Go see this band - the best band you never heard of"
Classic Rock Magazine
2018 was another milestone year for the UK’s favourite contemporary bluesman and renegade Americana'man. He scooped Best Male Vocalist and Best Acoustic Artist in the UK Blues Awards, adding to a long list of accolades in the UK, Europe and USA.

Gerry Jablonski & the Electric Band are a standout act with an energetic, no-holds-barred stageshow. They have a unique, trademark Heavy Blues Rocksound and style producing gutsy music with hooks, melodies and an intense presence that wins over any audience, anywhere, anytime. Guaranteed.

ON SALE SOON - Advance Tickets are £15.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door


NEW date: Saturday 30th October 2021 - BILLY BREMNER'S ROCKFILES | Doors 7.45pm

Billy Bremner

For the final night of our Beat the January Blues Weekend we welcome one of the true legends of the UK music scene Billy Bremner and his band. The evening will be dedicated to the music of Rockpile, a band he formed with Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe and had great commercial success.

Scottish Guitar Legend from Rockpile & The Pretenders. Billy Bremner started out in Lulu’s backing group The Luvvers. After joining Neil Innes in the band Fatso he recorded some solo singles under the pseudonym ‘Bill Murray’ before joining Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds in Rockpile.

Billy Bremner sang lead vocals on the 1980 Rockpile single “Heart”. He then wrote “Trouble Boys” which became a hit for both Dave Edmunds and Thin Lizzy. Bremner then released a few solo singles on Stiff Records before becoming a full time member of The Pretenders where he played the lead guitar on their 1982 hit “Back on the Chain Gang”.

ON SALE SOON - Advance Tickets are £17.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £19 on the door

 

 

 

 

 

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