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Sep
27
Fri
Beats & Pieces Big Band
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm

Beats & Pieces Big Band take the big band sound to places it’s never been before.

Their distinctive blend of high energy and precise interplay, makes for an infectious floor-filling night of music. Individually, each band member is at the top of their game, but this is all about the collective interplay; tight, dynamic, and relentlessly driven!
The 14-strong ensemble has earned a reputation for their joy-filled live shows, delivering a set that swings from the get go.

A driving force of the vibrant Manchester music scene, we are delighted to present Beat & Pieces big band to Belfast for the first time ever, this September. Bring your dancing shoes.

“A big band with the feel and dynamics of a small group and the force and impact of an orchestra” – AJ Dehany, London Jazz

“News Fast becoming one of the foundations of the current UK jazz scene, Beats & Pieces make fun, grooving, high- impact music Mancunian style… continuing the great tradition of UK big bands” – Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3

Oct
2
Wed
Stephen James Smith & Tony Walsh
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm

 

The Black Box is delighted to present Stephen James Smith & Tony Walsh

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views.

In 2017 he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s festival to write a new poem as a “Celebratory Narrative” of Ireland. The resultant piece ‘My Ireland’ is accompanied by a short film which has been viewed over 300,000 times and was screened at the London film festival.

In 2018 he was commissioned by Dublin stadium sponsor Aviva to write a poem to highlight the recent rugby final between England & Ireland on Paddy’s day. The poem entitled “Bring it Home” chalked up over 750,000 views across the weekend – and Ireland won!

Stephen has performed at high profile events & venues such as Electric Picnic, other voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in London, Vicar Street & the London Palladium (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard); The Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, Glastonbury Festival and many more.

Stephen facilitates poetry workshops in schools around Ireland and is artist in residence with Dunamaise arts centre & Laois arts office. His poetry is included on the syllabus at Western Connecticut State University and his work has been translated into multiple languages.

His debut collection “Fear Not”, published by Arlen House, was launched in September 2018 in Dublin at Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square.

 

Forget what you imagined a poetry night could be and expect belly-laughs, tears and everything in between from this stunning, big-hearted performer who often leaves audiences on their feet, dazzled and breathless.

“Now a national hero” (The Guardian) having “stunned millions of people” (Huffington Post) with his iconic performance in Manchester in May 2017, international audiences are quickly discovering what has been an open secret for well over a decade: an evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist at the very top of his game.

Tony’s performance will including brand new and little heard poems from his eagerly awaited new collection, WORK | LIFE | BALANCE alongside some much-loved audience favourites. Tony’s poems have had over five million views online in 2018 alone.

Tony will be available for book signings after the show.

 

Oct
6
Sun
Jeff Clayborn – GOOD BAR ATTENDER TOUR
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm

An evening with Texas Country Music Star Jeff Clayborn in the Green Room Café @ The Black Box Theatre. Relax to real country storytelling at its best by JC and his band with special performances by Pete Kennedy and Shannen Carroll. Open Seating… Doors open at 7pm.

JeffClayborn.com

Oct
12
Sat
The Orphan Brigade Album Launch Show
Oct 12 @ 8:15 pm

The Orphan Brigade
(featuring Ben Glover, Neilson Hubbard and Joshua Britt )

The Orphan Brigade is a community of artists and musicians based in Nashville. It was founded by Ben Glover, Neilson Hubbard and Joshua Britt. The group’s first album ‘Soundtrack To A Ghost Story’ was written, recorded and filmed in a haunted, Civil War house in Kentucky. Originally they assumed this was a one-off project but after touring Italy in 2016 this side project evolved into a solid band.

In 2017 they spent time in 2500-year-old-caves in the Italian city of Osimo, writing and recording ‘Heart Of The Cave.’ No Depression called it ‘an extraordinary album’ in which the songs explored themes of mysticism and personal transformation.

The Orphan Brigade will strengthen their Irish connection in 2019 as their upcoming album will be heavily influenced by the rich folklore of County Antrim, the home area of its member Ben Glover. Like it’s predecessors this album will be recorded on the sites and locations that inspire the songs.

American Roots UK described the Orphan Brigade as “tugging at the heartstrings, is often uplifting, includes gorgeous melodies, great vocals and playing, brilliant arrangements and atmospheres that flow between deep, dark and spooky, as well as eerie and haunting with occasional flashes of light”

Earlier this year the band spent time on the North Antrim coast writing songs for the new album before taking over a church in Glenarm to record. The result is a stunning new record. This will be the first opportunity to hear these new songs in a live setting.

Oct
13
Sun
Isaac Butterfield – Why So Serious?
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm

After selling out over 55 shows across Australia in 2018, Isaac Butterfield returns to the stage for his brand new hour of unfiltered and raw social observations of the society we live in today.

‘Why So Serious?’ explores the PC culture of our ever so changing world – from the good, the bad and the ugly; Butterfield doesn’t hold back!

With the fastest growing audience for a comedian in Australian History – Isaac proves to audiences week after week with his hard-hitting commentary videos (35 million+ video views) that he is bolder than ever to tackle down the issues everyone else is too scared to mention.

This is more than just a night of comedy; this is the beginning of a movement.

Oct
18
Fri
LOGAN MIZE-BETTER OFF GONE TOUR
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm

LOGAN MIZE
BETTER OFF GONE TOUR

Friday 18 OCTOBER 2019
BELFAST, Black Box

Tickets on Friday 28 June at 10.00am

Logan Mize’s life story has more twists and turns than the rural Kansas backroads he grew up traveling

Trying to get all of Logan Mize’s backstory straight is a little bit like herding cats. But it makes for some great songwriting material.

It involves stories about him living in his Suburban, Justin Timberlake being a fan, his great uncle discovering Buck Owens back in Bakersfield, selling out 2,000-seat venues with no record label behind him, driving a dump truck, wooing his now wife with sushi and a bucket of chicken wings, filming a commercial with Hayden Panettiere, getting a smile and a nod from Merle Haggard during a performance and being named the tourism ambassador by the Governor of the state of Kansas.

All true stories. And there are more where those came from.

Logan Mize hasn’t let any of the pitfalls that have been sprinkled throughout his musical journey slow him down. And why his new record, Come Back Road, is his best one to date. He has endured bands breaking up. Drummers moving away. Recording projects with big names going unfinished. He’s been homeless, he’s been turned down multiple times up and down Music Row, and he’s come out on top with a project chock full of great songs that is already generating more great stories to add to the story that is his life.

And if the success of the record’s first single, It Ain’t Always Pretty is any indication, this album is poised to be his biggest one yet. After being played on the nationally syndicated morning radio show, The Bobby Bones Show, the song catapulted to #2 on the iTunes chart and has been streamed more than 20 million times on Spotify.

Suddenly, all those years of sleeping on people’s floors and driving 6-hour round trips to Nashville to maybe get a chance to play at The Bluebird, seem to begin paying off.

Tickets for LOGAN MIZE live in Belfast go on sale Friday 28 JUNE AT 10AM from:-
All Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
24hr Credit Card Bookings:-
0818 719300 (ROI)
0844 277 4455 (NI)
Book on line www.ticketmaster.ie

For more concert information check www.aikenpromotions.com

Oct
21
Mon
The Night With… Garth Knox
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm

Garth Knox presents a programme of music for viola d’amore and electronics featuring music by Simon Mawhinney, Olga Neuwirth, Ed Bennet, Marin Marais.

Full programme:
– Fantasy on medieval tunes
– Simon Mawhinney – Nendrum
– Olga Neuwirth – Risonanze
– Ed Bennet – Ghosts
– Matthew Whiteside – Solo for Viola D’amore and Electronics
– Marin Marais – Folies
– Garth Knox – Cinq Petites Entropies
– New work by Student from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Garth is a specialist in contemporary music performing as a member of Ensemble InterContemporain and the Arditti String Quartet before becoming a pioneer of the viola d’amore, a fourteen stringed baroque instrument.

The concert will be presented in a relaxed style and in thirds and in partnership with the Belfast International Arts Festival

The Night With… Belfast Bundle, get tickets to both Garth Knox and Ensemble Offspring for £16 –> https://www.musicglue.com/the-night-with-dot-dot-dot/products/the-night-with-dot-dot-dot-belfast?selected=e0683bf9-15dd-4c93-8389-887c1a6ea110

Oct
23
Wed
Wonder Frog Improv Comedy
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm

Doors open 20:00. Show starts at 20:30. Show ends 21:30

 

Belfast’s longest running improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh, off-the-cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Our show is completely made up on the spot, on the night – and we can’t do it without you!

Comments from previous Wonder Frog shows:

“It was very good, I was very impressed at what they came up with and how fast. I loved ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and I loved this even more.”

“I think the show was great! It was very entertaining, spontaneous, interactive and witty. I enjoyed it very much!”

“Very creative improvising and very funny performances. I will definitely be coming to see this again!”

Doors: 8pm/Show: 8:30pm

Show duration roughly one hour (enough time after the show for a drink and the bus home!)

Oct
27
Sun
Randall Stephen hall “YOUR GOOD SELF” CD Launch.
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm
Randall Stephen hall    “YOUR GOOD SELF” CD Launch.

Randall Stephen hall

“YOUR GOOD SELF” CD Launch.

Doors Open 7.30. Show from 8.00-9.30 pm.

 

Tickets £10.00/Concession £7.00.

 

An evening of original songs with Randall Stephen Hall, singer songwriter & multi-instrumentalist: Brendan T. Monaghan performing as “YON BOYS”.

Link: “The Turning of the Year”.

A fusion of Folk, “Trad” and Americana, all whipped up in the “YON BOYS” blender, along with the occasional poem and elements of humour.

Tickets available at www.blackboxbelfast.com and on the door on the night.

BIO: Stephen was discovered on The Gerry Anderson Show Radio Foyle, BBC Radio Ulster, in 2010. Bringing together the group The Moon Shed 2010-2013 to play live. “I was surprised to get such local airplay at the time from Gerry. it really got me back into focusing on music once again.”

Brendan T. Monaghan has played with many different artists, even Doc Watson on one occasion. He plays The Uilleann pipes, bodhrán Low Flute, whistles and percussion.

 

Nov
20
Wed
Wonder Frog Improv Comedy
Nov 20 @ 8:00 pm

Doors open 20:00. Show starts at 20:30. Show ends 21:30

 

Belfast’s longest running improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh, off-the-cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Our show is completely made up on the spot, on the night – and we can’t do it without you!

Comments from previous Wonder Frog shows:

“It was very good, I was very impressed at what they came up with and how fast. I loved ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and I loved this even more.”

“I think the show was great! It was very entertaining, spontaneous, interactive and witty. I enjoyed it very much!”

“Very creative improvising and very funny performances. I will definitely be coming to see this again!”

Doors: 8pm/Show: 8:30pm

Show duration roughly one hour (enough time after the show for a drink and the bus home!)

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Film Hub NI BFI Cinema Children In Need