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Jun
5
Fri
POSTPONED-The Soda Popz Summer Hit List!
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm

*POSTPONED- NEW DATE 4TH DECEMBER 2020*

 

Following their sell-out Christmas show, the sensational Soda Popz 1950s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll band are returning to the Black Box on Fri 5 June 2020, bringing all your favourite hits from the 50s and 60s including ‘Summer Holiday’, ‘Wipeout’, ‘Tequila’ and more! So ‘Let’s Twist Again’ to this fantastic, authentic band and start your Summer with a swing and a smile!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Best night ever! The Soda Popz are just brilliant and the dancefloor was jumping!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 We saw The Soda Popz last night in Armagh. Brilliant show, brilliant nights entertainment.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thank you Soda Popz. I was transported back to my childhood days…I knew every song you played and loved them all. You are a wonderful uplifting set of entertainers.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The audience are always so enthusiastic for this band, jiving away with abandon and what a set list!

Doors 7:30PM

Start 8:00PM

Aug
25
Tue
A Night to Remember with The French Martinis
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm

Starting up in 2018, The French Martinis have begun to take a huge step forward in the Belfast music scene. The band features experienced musicians trained to degree level as they are finishing their final year at Queen’s.

The band mixes jazz, funk, soul and pop to create songs with a colourful sound, catchy melodies and infectious grooves filling the dancefloor wherever they perform.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars, The French Martinis are always ready to deliver a high energy performance combined with polished musicianship and a varied repertoire moving seamlessly from old school tracks to modern hits.

The most distinct aspect of The French Martinis music is the joy of performing together!

Come and join the party with the one and only French Martinis. Let’s make it the ultimate night to remember!

Sep
3
Thu
Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Alan Kelly Gang, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary trad acts, team up with Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction). The result is sheer musical synergy in its most natural form. Brimming with powerful instrumentals, alluring songs and buoyant harmonies this is a wonderful union of Scottish and Irish traditional and folk music from true masters. Critics have described it as an astonishing concert, sumptuous and exceptional.

Hailed by New York’s Irish Voice as ‘in league with the best piano accordionists in the world’, Alan Kelly is also joined by highly acclaimed New York singer and flautist, Steph Geremia, guitar innovator, Shane McGowan, and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas.

Sep
26
Sat
THE MOTOWN SENSATIONS
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm

Heralding from South Africa, Darryl Hendricks, Bongi Lolwana and Wesley Adams brings you Ireland and the United Kingdoms leading vocal tribute to all things Motown. At a typical MOTOWN SENSATIONS show you can expect to hear all those classic hits from iconic acts such as The Temptations, The Fourtops, The Drifters, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson and so much more. Delivered with the charisma, vocal harmonies and the on stage choreography that you would expect to hear straight from the Hitsville office.
No other record label in history has exerted such an enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture than Motown, come to a Motown Sensations show and witness a little musical history for yourself.

 

“Amazing vocal harmonies and on stage choreography, a fantastic tribute to Motown”

Oct
8
Thu
LUCA STRICAGNOLI CHANGE OF RULES TOUR 2020
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm

LUCA STRICAGNOLI CHANGE OF RULES TOUR 2020

With very special guest Meg Pfeiffer

UK & IRELAND DATES

Tickets £17.50+booking fee

Doors 7pm

Music 8pm

After three albums, his music videos having internet views in the hundreds of millions and multiple sold out world tours, the sensational Luca Stricagnoli is to return to the UK & Ireland playing shows across 19 cities!

Celebrating the release of his new album ‘Change of Rules’ and with very special guest Meg Pfeiffer…music lovers, this is one not to be missed!!!

LUCA STRICAGNOLI: Born and raised in Italy, is an acoustic guitarist known for his unique style and innovative playing techniques. His original approach to music has led him to a variety of successes from obtaining over 100 million views on his music videos to having the opportunity to perform all around the globe.

Using up to five guitars in the same piece, modified capos, and self-conceived stratagems, continually leaving his audiences in awe. In addition to his musical abilities, Luca brings an enthusiastic energy to the stage that attracts concert requests from every corner of the world.

His music has been featured in countless magazines and TV channels and has grabbed the attention of world-famous artists such as the bands “Red Hot Chili Peppers” and “Walk Off The Earth”.

Luca’s previous album release “What if?” explored even more approaches to guitar playing. The first track of the album, featuring a new guitar invented by Luca and designed by Davide Serracini, obtained once again viral success with over 100 million views online and was published by magazines all over the world, such as NME, Spiegel and La Repubblica.

The album tour featured award winning singer songwriter and loop-station-artist Meg Pfeiffer, crossing over ten countries in Europe, Australia, Asia and America.

MEG PFEIFFER: A multi award winning singer/songwriter from Germany, achieved international success through a breathtaking usage of voice, loop station, drum pads and multi instrumentalism. Her unique vocal timbre, together with her exceptional songwriting skills, creates a magical atmosphere that reaches the soul.

Meg‘s career took off like a rocket with the release of her album “Bullrider”, published by Sony Music, which landed in the top ten of the German charts and was followed by a long list of TV shows, radio airplay and interviews.

She went on winning prizes at contests such as the “German Rock & Pop Music Awards” and more recently the “European Songwriting Award”, playing for brands of the caliber of MAN, Gibson, Mercedes, Audi, Chevrolet, Piaget and Yamaha, and performing in arenas with over six thousand visitors.

Through talent, dedication and hard work, she managed to bring her music on a global scale and starting an intense touring activity that led her to play across the globe.

Meg recently played in the Emirates at the Formula 1 Grand Prix Abu Dhabi, where stars such as Sam Smith, The Weeknd and Guns N’ Roses performed.

Oct
17
Sat
Saffyre
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm

Co. Down Band Saffyre return to Belfast for their first Headline Show at the Black Box. This promises to be an evening of stunning vocal harmonies and finely crafted original songs.

Saffyre is made up of sisters Shauneen and Maria and cousin Emma. The girls grew up in a large family where music and singing was a huge part of their lives. Singing together since they were children the girls were influenced by artists such as U2, The Corrs, ColdPlay Oasis, Norah Jones and Shania Twain. The melodies and harmonies which are signature to the Saffyre sound have been honed and perfected over years of recording and live performance. In May 2017 the band released the track ‘Run For Your Life’ produced by Grammy Award winner Jim Jonsin in Florida USA, who along with his team of writers, wrote the song with the girls. Their follow up releases are continuing to establish the group on the commercial scene alongside some of the best and most credible up and coming writers and performers in the Country.

 

Jan
10
Sun
MOM – Flook
Jan 10 @ 3:00 pm

Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.

There is certainly no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this band stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.

With a remarkably busy schedule this Moving on Music tour of the north will see the band perform music from their incredible new album ‘Ancora‘, which was released in early 2019 after a 14-year recording hiatus.

Twenty-four years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant, firmly cementing their reputation as one of the all time best.

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Best Folk group nominee, 2019

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Album nominee, 2019

“iconic, ground-breaking, progressive and all-round brilliant” – BBC Radio Ulster

“A sensational live act…. in the front rank of the innovators” – The Rough Guide to Irish Music

Feb
14
Sun
Ben Railway Robey- Like Father, Like Son Tour
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm

Starting the tour in Europe and traveling through Scotland, England and Ireland this is truly Blues on the road to get excited about.

This tour has been in the making for some time for Ben, he first started playing music when he was 5 years of age and has traveled the world since. After taking in much heartache and learning about things most people will never get to experience Ben tries to share this through the power of Blues Meets Rock. This tour is extra special to Ben as joining him on the tour playing bass is his Father in law from Chicago and also his biological Father from home will be playing the lead guitar role.

 

 

Boulimique de Musique Feedback · 10 may. A powerful acoustic rock-blues topped by an energetic vocal interpretation that is sure kicks some dust. This guitar fueled tune demonstrates the musicianship of the virtuoso players that deliver a very convincing live and intimate recording.

Boulimique de Musique Feedback · 5 may. A folk-rock song with strong blues influences is proposed to the listeners pushed by a totally mastered gravelly voice. The female vocal harmonies enhance this almost Gospel-like anthem by a few notches. That’s what a gut-inspired interpretation sounds like!

 

 

Mar
20
Sat
Bob Log III
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm

Bob Log III

“And then there’s this guy named Bob Log, you ever heard of him? He’s this little kid — nobody ever knows how old he is — wears a motorcycle helmet and he has a microphone inside of it and he puts the glass over the front so you can’t see his face, and plays slide guitar. It’s just the loudest strangest stuff you’ve ever heard. You don’t understand one word he’s saying. I like people who glue macaroni on to a piece of cardboard and paint it gold. That’s what I aspire to basically” Tom Waits

Bump Pow! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSy0HUbh48U

Shake The Boot- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMoIbua-Ids

Bob Log III, Fat Possum recording artist and one man band crown prince of punk blues from Tuscon, Arizona. Witnessing Bob Log live is an unmissable and unforgettable experience. By rights he should be a punk blues stadium super star. He takes to the stage with his face masked in a crash helmet with a black visor and a telephone wired in it for a mic and wearing a blue jump suit. Bob then unleashes a torrent of hardcore Mississippi Delta blues, hip hop beats and punk rock. The crash helmet telephone distorts the vocals and his hands, arms, legs and feet become a blur of jump suit clad limbs as he plays slide, triggers drum machines and drums with his feet simultaneously. Bob then adds extra ingredients to this punk blues bouillabaisse with his unique version of audience participation. More often them not he’ll bounce a couple of audience members on his knees while playing, and then bring on the infamous Boob Scotch. The audience are invited to literally stick their boob in his scotch which he then drinks. If Bob feels satisfied he will then launch into his anthem Boob Scotch!

Bob Log’s identity and history is shrouded in mystery and rumour, probably helped by his stage get up and also when his record company Fat Possum put out an early press release claiming Log had a monkey’s paw grafted on to his wrist after a boating accident as a child. Here’s an excerpt…..”When Bob Log III was a child, he lost his left hand in a boating accident. It was soon replaced with a monkey paw, and a new guitar style was born. ‘It’s my own personal style, see,’ Log says, ‘the paw moves much quicker than a normal hand, so my real hand has to flop around a lot to compensate.'” When asked to explain Fat Possum’s insistence that his right hand is a monkey’s paw, Log replied to an interviewer that, “My hand is just hairy. Very, very hairy. It is NOT a PAW. Fat Possum was drunk.” Log further clarified the monkey paw myth in an interview with Bizarre Magazine: “I’ve got all my limbs. It’s just that when I’m playing my guitar my hand moves so fast it looks like a monkey paw, a hairy paw. My hand moves really fast. Faster than a normal human hand”

In fact Bob Log III was born in Tucson, Arizona and is a virtuoso slide player who plays with extremely thick strings tuned very loose that gives him his unique “floppy” sound. Growing up, Log listened to artists such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and AC/DC, later commenting that “That’s what rock’n’roll is to me. You take a guitar, turn it up and have a good time…everyone else can go listen to Pearl Jam if they want to.” Bob Log got his first guitar at the age of 11, and by the age of 16 he had become smitten with Delta Blues, modelling his slide guitar style on that of Mississippi Fred McDowell. Log began his music career recording with Mondo Guano, a four-piece metal-blues band based in Arizona. Upon leaving Mondo Guano, Log went on to perform as one-half of seminal early Delta punk blues duo Doo Rag. Bob Log III was born when Bob was in the middle of a US tour with Doo Rag and his drummer quit. With necessity , ever the mother of invention, Bob donned a helmet he had picked up in a thrift store, took to the stage and kicked his guitar case for percussion and thus the legend of Bob Log was born. Bob Log eventually found his spiritual home on maverick Mississippi blues label Fat Possum in 1998 and released a trio of classic records: School Bus, Trike and Log Bomb.

In this current world of homogenised and mass marketed music, we need true mavericks like Bob Log III more than ever.

 

Jun
6
Sun
Kate Bush Night with Baby Bushka
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm

The music and magic of Kate Bush reaches far and wide across the seas and skies to San Diego, California where eight women gather to create the “wonderfully bewitching” Baby Bushka.

With great respect and wide eyes, this powerhouse troupe delivers “other-worldly versions” of your favourite songs “from the ethereal to the bombastic and back again”. Filled with four-part harmonies and epic choreographed dancing, Baby Bushka is a wonder you have to experience to believe.

Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm

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