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Calendar

Mar
23
Sat
TIME TO BE PROUD’S 10TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE NIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF LUX INTERIOR (1946-2009) & THE CRAMPS
Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm

TIME TO BE PROUD’S 10TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE NIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF LUX INTERIOR (1946-2009) & THE CRAMPS ★ ★ ★

The Cramps were a wonderfully wild ‘n’ wacky punk alternative psychobilly rock ‘n’ roll band. The group was first formed by lead singer Lux Interior and guitarist Poison Ivy Rorschach in 1976 in New York City along with drummer Miriam Linna and guitarist Bryan Gregory. They distinguished themselves from the rest of the pack by their deliciously campy ‘n’ crazy sensibility, wholehearted passion for both old-fashioned straight ‘n’ simple retro 50s rock music and entertainingly trashy grade B movies, and an appropriately raw ‘n’ bluesy full-throttle raucous rollicking sound. They continued to record and play live until Lux Interior died at the age of 62 from a heart condition on February 4, 2009.
★ Ryan Fitzsimmons will be playing the music that inspired Lux and The Cramps and their psycho garage punk contemporaries. Not to mention a whole B-movie sci-fi rocket ship load of Cramps Cramps Cramps!!!

★ Expect, 50s Raging Rockabilly, The Cramps, Rhythm & Blues & RnR, The Cramps, 60’s Sci-Fi Surf, The Cramps, Odd Ball Weirdo Delights, The Cramps, 70s New York Punk Rock n Roll and oh yeah, did we mention – THE CRAMPS!!!

★ Plus! Live music by Cramps lovin’ humanoid bands as they trash it up with renditions of some of their favourite Cramps songs!!!

The Sabrejets (Rock’n’Roll as it was intended to be)
Madhouse (Frantic Psychobilly)
and introducing The Chil Tones (Prime evil Cramps no more no less)
★ And! Tons of Cramps footage and videos beamed in glorious psycho-vision all night long!!!
£5 admission from 8.30pm. The first 100 admitted will receive a free copy of the newly recorded Cramps tribute EP featuring a Cramps Cover from each of the bands performing.

Stay Sick……………………..

Mar
30
Sat
TOUCH SENSITIVE DJS
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm

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Touch Sensitive is a Belfast-based record label that has beaten an ad-hoc, pan-genre path with it’s new and archival releases.

With that in mind, Touch Sensitive’s Green Room residency will take in anything from new-age drifting to rudimentary post-punk electronics to dayglo odd-house boppers and loads more.

Music for supping, head-nodding, and maybe even gently cutting a rug too.

touchsensitiverecords.com

Lore
Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm
The Band that add sophistication to Pop, Lore formed in 2015.  Famed for turning the legendary Teenage Kicks on its head, Lore have went from living room dreams, to sell-out Theatre Tour success.
With stunning vocal harmonies & finely crafted songs, Lore’s rapid rise to Theatre success has come to a band yet to release an album.  With impending European Tour Dates, the Band begin to write another remarkable chapter since their inception in 2015.
Lore return to the Black Box to provide a night of unforgettable songs and music.
Apr
3
Wed
QUB Big Band
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm

This Popular event is given by local jazz specialists QUB Big Band! The concert will feature an array of local soloists, offering a programme of jazz classics under the baton of Stephen Barnett.

Apr
6
Sat
Back Track Soul Night
Apr 6 @ 9:00 pm

Back Track events feature a dance floor friendly spectrum of records from classic ’60’s Detroit Motown sounds through to the Northern Soul vibes of the infamous Wigan Casino era right up to the smooth Philly grooves of the ’70’s-something there for every fan of good soul music!

As always Back Track dj’s will only be spinning vinyl letting you hear great soul music as it should be heard- on original records.

Apr
11
Thu
BFF- Bruce Springsteen On Screen
Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm

Our tribute to the work of one of america’s greatest performers. Featuring footage of Bruce from his early days to the present, with concert performances, music videos, interviews and more as part of this celebration.

Born on September 23, 1949, in the town of Long Branch, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen, also known as “The Boss,” played the bar circuit while assembling his famous E Street Band. His breakout record “Born to Run” united arena rock with human-size tales of working-class America. With dozens of awards under his belt, including 20 Grammys, and selling more than 65 million albums in the U.S. alone, Springsteen is one of the bestselling and popular artists of all-time.

Apr
13
Sat
TOUCH SENSITIVE DJS
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm

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Touch Sensitive is a Belfast-based record label that has beaten an ad-hoc, pan-genre path with it’s new and archival releases.

With that in mind, Touch Sensitive’s Green Room residency will take in anything from new-age drifting to rudimentary post-punk electronics to dayglo odd-house boppers and loads more.

Music for supping, head-nodding, and maybe even gently cutting a rug too.

touchsensitiverecords.com

Apr
21
Sun
Easter Sunday w/ BSC Soundsystem & Annaghtek
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm

Easter Sunday party at the Black Box

1800-2330 (bar open till 2200)

Get down early for those Spring afternoon Reggae vibes provided by Danny Dub morphing to Jungle from Undadog and finishing with some dub Techno from DJ The Swede.

No ticket required – just saunter on in

Over 18s only

Powered by the BSC Soundsystem

Apr
28
Sun
Luka Bloom
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm

With a poet’s heart and a rockster’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s most respected contemporary folk artists, having produced over 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do. A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. Like many who write songs, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets. Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life. And eventually they fly, bringing Luka with them to be heard in Byron Bay, San Francisco, Hamburg, or even Doolin.

‘ I did my first gig in Belfast in the dark old days of 1976. I was booked by Geoff Harden to sing in The Sunflower club. And since that time I have sung in Belfast for over 40 years now. Opening for Bert Jansch in the old McMordie Hall in Queens. Feile an Pobal; the Rotterdam; The Errigal, The Waterfront, to name but a few.
But in recent years I have only sung my songs in The Blackbox.
It is an intimate, welcoming venue, with a good sound, and great people there. We always have a good time. Even though I have a recent record REFUGE; I just trawl through the 20 records, and sing whatever the night needs. No opening act; just myself and my 3 guitars. A lot of songs, and the best audience in Ireland.’ – Luka Bloom

May
2
Thu
CQAF-Neu! Reekie!
May 2 @ 8:00 pm

Neu! Reekie! are a prize-winning literary production house based in Scotland with anchors in poetry, music, animation & film, performance and the weird realms in between. Neu! Reekie! curated The Curfew Tower, Cushendall in 2018. This show will reflect this and involve writers that participated including Neu! Reekie! Founders poets Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson.

Salena Godden
Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost poets whose electrifying live performances have earned her a devoted following. Her latest poetry collection, Pessimism is for Lightweights, was published in July 2018 to wide acclaim.

Bill Drummond – Elvis & Me
In the November of 1992, Bill Drummond, deep into his midlife crisis, formed the belief that it could only be Elvis who had the power to save the world from itself.

Drummond’s course of action to enable Elvis saving the world, was for him, to take an icon of Elvis to the North Pole. Once there this icon of Elvis would be left to leak love, peace and happiness down the longitudes and out across the latitudes and world peace would shortly follow.

This course of action lead to a set of circumstances where Bill Drummond ended up owning The Curfew Tower in Cushendall, County Antrim which he ran as an artist residency for almost 20 years.

As part of this year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and the Neu! Reekie! involvement with it, Bill Drummond will be joining the dots between Memphis, Tennessee, The North Pole and Cushendall, County Antrim. The joining of the dots will have the title Elvis & Me.

Eugene Kelly
Eugene Kelly is a Scottish musician best known as a founding member of the group The Vaselines. Kurt Cobain was a big fan of the band, with Nirvana covering several Vaselines songs including Molly’s Lips, Son of A Gun and Jesus Don’t Want Me For a Sunbeam.

Kelly’s solo album, Man Alive was released in 2003. Since 2008, The Vaselines have continued to perform around the world and Kelly continues to perform as a solo artist.

Michael Pedersen
‘Leading the way in new Scottish Writing’, Michael Pedersen is a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship winner, a John Mather Trust Rising Star of Literature, a Canongate Future 40 and much mare. His recent collection, Oyster (Polygon 2017), was illustrated by and performed live with Frightened Rabbit’s lost giant Scott Hutchison.

Kevin Williamson
Writer, publisher, poet and performer of Burns, Kevin Williamson has an impressive track record of building a community around his activities. Williamson is also co-founder of the political and cultural publication, Bella Caledonia, and founded and ran the cult literary powerhouse, Rebel Inc, which published early work by authors including Alan Warner and Irvine Welsh.

Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating

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