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THURSDAY BLUES SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE READING

THE PEOPLES’ REPUBLIC OF THE BLUES – IN READING BUCKS

Blues is truly the peoples’ music – with many venues being run by dedicated unselfish guys purely for the love of the music – THIRD THURSDAY BLUES AT SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE in Reading is no exception –now in its 6th year Andy Wilkin & Dick have worked like Trojans to build a successful venue – in their own words -

On the Third Thursday of every month, at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading, for stupidly small sums of money, it is possible to expose yourself to the very best in Blues this country, and quite a few others, has to offer.

 

Now in their fifth magnificent year the loons known as Andy and Dick are still convinced that many more artists deserve their forty five minutes of fame than will ever reach public acclaim by the ’normal’ channels. (Jools Holland, Simon Cowell and ‘talent’ shows – is that all that’s left by way of normal?)

 

The original big idea: To put on a band with a name to draw in the public and team them with a local support who will knock their socks off, has grown into the current season of ‘best night out’ combinations. If, for instance, you had booked Chris Farlowe (Sept) you would expect to sell-out, you would want a band who were different, innovative, relatively new to the scene and able to take full advantage of the evening – enter Reading’s own Jason Manners and his laid back, slightly jazzy trio 3 Buck Shirt.

 

If you have booked Ireland’s full on, high octane Grainne Duffy (June) then why not the Delta Ladies as an obvious choice for a varied and entertaining evening.

 

Each one is planned to be the ‘best night out ever’ – not that we’re over-ambitious or anything. The idea was never to make money (just as well) and if any evening ever shows a profit the cash will be rolled forward for the next batch of Blues Nights.

 

It will only cost £10* to see:

 

April 19 – Rag Mama Rag – Beggars Belief support

May 17 – Wizz Jones and Sonny Black – double header

June 21 – Grainne Duffy + Delta Ladies

July 19 – Spider John Koerner and Chip Taylor – Dave Peabody support

August 16th – The Retreat Monday Blues Session hits the Spotlight

September 20th – Chris Farlowe and the Norman Beaker Band + 3 Buck Shirt

October 18 – Dave Raphael Band + support

November 15 – Mercury Blues Band + Clare Free

December 20 – Giles Robson and the Dirty Aces + Chris Massmayhem and the Shambles

 

*(£7.50 if you sign up as a member -no fee)

 

Over the years we have had a couple of disasters and many great memories, including – The Ragtime Jug Orchestra handing out kazoos to the entire audience, Dave Arcari scaring the pants off us soft southerners, Michael Roach not wanting to go home and sitting in the auditorium singing gospel songs with his support act and the many, many times friends and colleagues have stepped up and exceeded even their own expectations in front of an attentive, knowledgeable Blues audience.

 

If you want a hobby that combines the tensions of teetering on the brink of disaster and insolvency with absolute tiredness and (sometimes) the pleasure of complete satisfaction then a Blues Club is the way to go.”

 

So there you go people ‘THIRD THURSDAY BLUES AT READINGS SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE – as recommended by www.liveblues.info

 

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