This page features British Blues Exhibition dates. See festival dates here.
A regular night to look out for is the last Monday of each month at The Bull’s Head in Barnes, London. The Alan Glen/John O’Leary Allstars plus guests perform. The monthly Flamingo Club celebrates the famous West End club. Started in 1952 by Jeffrey Kruger, the club moved to Wardour street in 1957 and became a home to the best in blues, r&b, soul and jazz. The 7 piece house band includes John O’Leary (Savoy Brown/Sugarkane), Alan Glen (The Yardbirds/Nine Below Zero), Nick Newell sax (Zoot Money/The Kinks) Papa George gtr/vox, Pete Miles (Radical Sheiks), Glynn Evans (Ray Davies), Tim Penn (Kevin Coyne/Andy Summers/Cadillac Kings). Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club also features The Blues Explosion line up regularly, here.
28-30th – Maryport Blues Festival, Cumbria. The travelling British Blues Exhibition has a very early booking to appear….
7th-9th – Beer R & B festival, Devon.
25th-29th – Aberjazz Festival, Wales
19-21st – Old Bush Blues Festival, Worcestershire.
15th-17th – Upton Blues Festival, Worcestershire.
16-19th – Blues on the Farm, West Sussex.
12th – British Blues Exhibition Live music night 2 ‘Transatlantic Blues’, feat. Laura Holland, Sister Cookie, and the Right Reverend Swifty LeZarre – tickets here.
16th-17th – HRH Blues, Sheffield, Yorkshire.
5th – The Rolling Stones ‘Exhibitionism’ opens at the Saatchi Gallery in London, and remains open until 4th September, website here
18th-20th – Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival
13th-15th – Tenth Tenby Blues Festival – congratulations on your 10th anniversary from the British Blues Exhibition
7th-8th – Prudential Blues Fest, 02 London
24th – ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, a special tribute concert celebrating the life and music of Jack Bruce at London Roundhouse in aid of Jack’s favourite charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The event, which takes place one year after Jack’s passing, will be musically directed by Nitin Sawhney and feature a host of special guests including Ginger Baker, Joss Stone, Ian Anderson, Phil Manzanera, Vernon Reid, Mark King, Liam Bailey, Fiona Bevan and Jack Bruce’s Big Blues Band.
26th – A Celebration of Women in Blues: A Tribute to Jo Ann Kelly – at The Ship Theatre, Sevenoaks, Kent. The travelling ‘Suitcase’ version of the British Blues Exhibition will be present.
3rd – The British Blues Exhibition’s Briefcase Full of Blues display appears at the Boisdale Canary Wharf in London on a night when Mike Vernon and the Mighty Combo are playing. The Patron of Music at the venue is Jools Holland. Story here.
30th-31st – The British Blues Exhibition appears for two days at The British Stage at the Great British R & B Festival in Colne. Story here.
24th-26th – White Cliffs Blues Festival, Dover, Kent. Details here.
1st – A Special Tribute To BB King, with Ben Waters, Bill Wyman, Elliott Randall & Friends. The Strand Pizza Express, London. Details here.
27th –Debut ‘Suitcase’ version of the British Blues Exhibition (2-5pm) at the Sevenoaks Summer Festival in Kent with Katie Bradley, herself a noted British Blues harmonica player and vocalist, and the talented Dave Ferra. The venue is The Anchor. The exhibition’s content will be leaning towards the women of British Blues. More on Facebook here.
15th – Lead Belly Fest, Royal Albert Hall, London
22nd-24th – Reivers Rock and Blues Festival in Northumberland. A new festival
20th-22nd – Broadstairs Blues Bash, Kent – see www.broadstairsbluesbash.com
21st – Mothers Music Club, Birmingham, Reunion – see www.facebook.com/events/771710992895285/. Features a psychedelic lights display from 2pm courtesy of psychedelicatessen