JUNE

JUNE

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IF YOU DON'T SEE THE DATE HERE, WE ARE NOT OPEN. 

WE CLOSE AROUND MIDNIGHT. 


SATURDAY 01 JUNE

“This is definitely a trio on which to keep a sharp eye”, All About Jazz…

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MATTHEW READ TRIO

JAZZ

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

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"Proof indeed that the British Jazz scene at the moment is in incredible form"
Chris Philips, Jazz FM

Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches for music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play. Drawing influence from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motian and many more, MRT brings a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio.

Benedict Wood -Guitar,
Arthur Newell - Drums
Matthew Read - Double Bass.

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SUNDAY 02 JUNE

The first Sunday of every month…

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JAZZ JAM

OPEN JAZZ SESSION

2PM - 5.30PM

£4 / £3 (BK)

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

Come to watch, come to play, come to drink...  The Jazz Jam is a session led by a great house band, where musicians and singers come to try out material, play old classics and sit in with other players. It is for everyone. Half of the crowd come to play, half come to just watch. It's the sort of gig where you don't know what's coming next. 

Find the Jazz Jam organisers on Facebook HERE


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THURSDAY 06 JUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.
Come for company. Come for solitude.
It's your bear. 


FRIDAY 07 JUNE

Footstomping blues, ragtime, swing and folk music…

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WASHBOARD RESONATORS

FOLK / RAG / BLUES

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

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The Washboard Resonators hail from Leeds, and have been described as being “like a ragtime street band meets a Hollywood musical on a theatre stage somewhere in around 1932”.

Their favorite performers include the jazz, ragtime, hokum, blues, comedy and vaudeville sounds of Louis Armstrong, Blind Boy Fuller, Fred Astaire, The Washboard Rhythm Kings, Robert Johnson, Gene Krupa, Max Miller, Tampa Red and The Memphis Jug Band. The spirit of these long gone artists and their music is summoned every time Martyn and Jack take the stage with their mixture of old traditional songs and new songs written by the band.

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SATURDAY 08 JUNE

Live album concert recording taking place…

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THE MARCO MARCONI TRIO
feat. Max Ionata


[ LIVE RECORDING ]

JAZZ

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 FUNDRAISING TICKET*

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Marco Marconi - piano
Tom Farmer - double bass
Emiliano Caroselli- drums
Max Ionata - sax

Hot on the heels of their critically-acclaimed album Trialogue; Marco Marconi Trio have been thrilling spectators with their contemporary jazz stylings at notable nightspots. Helmed by Italian pianist Marco Marconi, and ably assisted by the excellent Tom Farmer (double bass) and Emiliano Caroselli (drums), this dynamic trio comes with an impressive pedigree, honed here in the UK and abroad.

The live recording will also feature famed saxophonist Max Ionata, who has worked with a long line of jazz icons and Grammy-winning musicians.

Due to the live recording, slightly stricter than normal noise control will be in effect… so don’t bring your noisy friends.

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*We are not discounting this evening, sorry! We’re running the night to raise funds towards the recording of the album. Bit of a test for the space, and in support of a great local-born project.


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THURSDAY 13 JUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.
Come for company. Come for solitude.
It's your bear. 


FRIDAY 14 JUNE

22 million people tuned in to see these fingers…

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HENRI HERBERT

BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUES

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

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"Like Jools Holland possessed by Jerry Lee Lewis and The Devil"
Evening Standard

*photo Jim Herrington

Are you one of the 22 million people who has seen Henri's public piano performance on YouTube? Henri Herbert is a piano-playing phenomenon, among the best and most sought after boogie woogie blues piano men in the world. The former pianist of the mighty Jim Jones Revue now blazes his own trail, and after extensive solo touring around the UK, Europe, USA and Canada including performances at SXSW and Cincinnati Blues Festival, Henri has firmly established himself as an electrifying live act and accomplished songwriter.

Strongly influenced by the greats Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Jerry Lee Lewis and equally at ease with a pounding boogie or a soulful jazz standard, Henri has amassed an incredible 22 million hits on Youtube for his performance at St Pancras train station... prepare for boogie detonation!

Henri is accompanied by Jez Southgate on the bass and Jim Russell on the drums.

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SATURDAY 15 JUNE

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BLUES BUSINESS

BLUES

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

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Good time blues, from this band who have played all over. Featuring 'Wildman' Roger Fuller on vocals and harp, the fabulous 'Mr 110%' Mark Roberts on Drums,  'BB' Bruce Fryer on Guitar and 'Alan' on Bass. They're as fun as they sound. 

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WEDNESDAY 19 jUNE

Happy Shark Comedy

**SHOW CHANGE NOTICE**

We've had the really unfortunate news that Tom Allen will no longer be able to make it to The Bear Club, Luton on Wednesday 19th June. He sends his deep apologies but due a very late change in schedule for a TV project, he has no option but to pull out.

We, of course, offer our apologies too and we're just as disappointed as you are! Unfortunately this is always the slight risk when working with higher profile acts.

The good news is the show goes on, the rest of the line up is unchanged and we have sorted a fantastic replacement headline act. Someone who matches Tom in terms of profile and hilarity!

Here's the thing though, we're contractually not allowed to announce who it is! This is one where I ask for you to trust us a little bit. This act has appeared on Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You, The Royal Variety Performance and just about everything else you can imagine. He is one of the best in the business and I guarantee you won't be disappointed if you come to the show.

  • Adam and the Happy Shark team


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THURSDAY 20 jUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.
Come for company. Come for solitude.
It's your bear. 


FRIDAY 21 JUNE

Focus on Jazz present…

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TAHIRA MEMORY

JAZZ / SOUL

DOOR 7PM

£22.50 / £15.50 (BK)

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Hot off the press - a Focus on Jazz special! The return of Tahirah Memory to The Bear Club, where she’ll be hosting her 2nd album launch ‘Asha’.

We are very excited about Tahirah’s return to Luton, and we hope you will join us at the Bear Club for this special event. As always, our Host Lee Drummond and Starpoint Radio’s DJ Paul Goldsmith will round of the evening to perfection.

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SATURDAY 22 JUNE

Some African grooves arrive at The Bear…

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SEBY NTEGE BAND

EAST AFRICAN GROOVES

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

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Seby Ntege is a uniquely charismatic singer and songwriter from the Busoga region of eastern Uganda renowned for producing some of East Africa's best multi-instrumentalists and is himself a master of half a dozen folkloric instruments, including the akogo thumb piano, endongo lyre, adungu harp, and the one stringed fiddle called endingidi.

Born into a musical household Seby joined the family band Nile Beat Artists aged 13, introducing him early to the international stage and touring neighbouring African countries as an instrumentalist and dancer. In 2018, gathering a multicultural band around him, Seby distilled this journey into a highly autobiographical album that would showcase his virtuosity as a musician. 

 Seby’s current band features vocalist Diana Lwanga who has released her own album of Luganda language children’s nursery rhymes, guitarist Ben Avison who along with drummer Lucas Keen were members of Rise Kagona’s (Bhundu Boys) Jit Jive Band, and on bass Rob Stevens, producer of Seby’s album Five Notes and another multi-instrumentalist. 

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THURSDAY 27 jUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.
Come for company. Come for solitude.
It's your bear. 


FRIDAY 28 JUNE

Blues from Brasil!…

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BIG GILSON

BLUES

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

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“When I see such a young man so far from America, playing the blues so well, I feel happy and proud that my mission in this life is done”
B.B. King

Brazilian blues guitarist Big Gilson is an electrifying guitar player, playing all over the world and sharing stages with some of the biggest blues and rock artists. He will be playing The Bear Club in a stripped down format which will include Storm Warning’s vocalist and blues harp player Stuart Maxwell and bassist Derek White. You can expect to hear versions taken from many of Big Gilson’s albums including his new 2019 album plus foot tappin’ blues standards.

Big Gilson was one of the forerunners of the blues in Brazil and founder of the legendary Big Allanbik in 1991, one of the pioneering Brazilian blues bands. He honed his chops gigging for many years in Brazil, Argentina, Europe and USA. He opened for Steve Winwood on his Brazilian tour, Johnny Winter and Johnny Rivers (70.000 people), and twice to the master B.B. King. While touring America, and gigging at such clubs as Florida’s Bamboo Room, New York’s Blue Note, and all over Chi-town, Big Gilson  knocked out such blues gods as Corey Harries, Duke Robillard, Lonnie Brooks, Magic Slim, Saffire, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Buddy Guy, who extended the boy from Brazil an open invitation to play his Legends Club anytime. Big Gilson is a recording artist for  Top Cat Records in Dallas Texas and Mississippi Delta Blues Records in Brazil.

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SATURDAY 29 JUNE

In your face once more…

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JAZZFACE

JAZZ

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

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Bear favourites back with another dose of their high energy interpretations of latin, fusion and jazz standards - musical firewrorks aplenty and a great night guaranteed!

Craig Stallwood - piano
Steve Seal - drums
Pete Myatt - bass

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