MARCH

MARCH

THE LIST IS CONSTANTLY BEING UPDATED. GET ON THE MAILING LIST OR FOLLOW US ON TWITTER FOR WEEKLY UPDATES. 

NOT ALL EVENTS ARE PRE-BOOKABLE. 

CONCESSIONS ARE FOR STUDENTS WITH VALID ID, OVER 60s & MUSICIANS' UNION MEMBERS. 

BK = BEAR KEEPER (MEMBERS)

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

WE CLOSE AROUND MIDNIGHT. 


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THURSDAY 01 mARCH

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 7.00-11.30pm.


FRIDAY 02 MARCH

THE LOW LAMPS - **CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER**

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Sorry folks, we have to cancel tonight… the band can’t here here easily… and neither can a lot of you. 

We’ll try and make it happen again another time. 

Stay warm

Bear


“these two resourceful maestros reach out to a wide audience”
– The Guardian ★★★★

“When it comes to empathy, this duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection”
- The Observer ★★★★

SATURDAY 03 MARCH

OXLEY-MEIER GUITAR PROJECT

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Armed with a stage full of guitars, Pete Oxley and Nick Meier return to The Bear Club (following two  previous sell-out gigs) as a quartet with Raph Mizraki on bass and Paul Caviacuti on drums. 

Expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of latin America to English pastoralism. Hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric and acoustic 12 strings, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more! 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SUNDAY 04 MARCH

JAZZ JAM

With its new home on the first Sunday of the month,...  Come to watch, come to play, come to drink...

What is the Jazz Jam?

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. 

Who is it for?

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. 

What's the vibe?

It's a relaxed Sunday afternoon feel, very friendly and a chance to see some great music up close, often with musical combinations and improvisations that you will never see again.

If you are lucky...

....you might even see Perry's jazz dancers who stop in every now and then, clear some tables, and hit the floor.  

Find the Jazz Jam on Facebook HERE

DOOR: 1.30pm
MUSIC: 2.00pm - 5.30PM
£4 / £3 (BK)

NO RESERVATIONS. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. 


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THURSDAY 08 MARCH

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 7.00-11.30pm.


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Credit to J&F Photography

FRIDAY 09 MARCH

CHRIS CORCORAN

Chris Corcoran is one of the UK's finest Blues guitarists.  His latest CD 'Blues Guitar Grooves' was awarded 'Best Instrumental Album' by US Blues Magazine 'Blues Junction'.  He has recently been asked by 'Guitarist Magazine' to produce a series of Jump Blues columns.

With the expert pairing of Matt Radford (Bass) and Peter Greatorex (Drums), the Chris Corcoran Trio are a truly unique presence on the UK Blues scene.  The show is an astonishing instrumental tour de force.  Not to be missed! 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


"If you think you have heard everything, then think again, The Greg Coulson Band
 are so cool my goosebumps had goosebumps”
 -  Blog of The Blues

SATURDAY 10 MARCH

GREG COULSON

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Greg is a hi-octane showman who blows audiences away and gets them dancing! Don't miss this great opportunity to see him back at The Bear Club. 

He will be joined by a fantastic line up including some of the UK's best musicians, Stuart Dixon on Guitar (Dani Wilde/Marcus Malone/Never The Bride) Adam Gammage on Drums (Elliot Sumner/ Rebecca Fergusson/Baxter Dury) & John Thompson on Bass (The Selecter/Bad Manners/Bent)

The band will be playing brand new tracks from Greg's upcoming debut album, 'What's New?' alongside some choice, fiery renditions of classic R&B numbers.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

SOLD OUT - SORRY


SUNDAY 11 MARCH

UNPLUGGED CORNER

A new quarterly guest programmed event starts this month at The Bear Club....

 

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THURSDAY 15 MARCH

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 7.00-11.30pm.


FRIDAY 16 MARCH

SUGARKANE

Sugarkane evolved from original John O'Leary Band which first hit the road in 2002.  In 2009 the name was changed and since then the band has trail blazed an unique and uncompromising brand of blues based music and in the course of its journey, has both thrilled and challenged audiences wherever it has played.

The band's musical foundation lies wholeheartedly in the blues but there is also a hefty mix of Jazz, Funk, Latin, Rock and even Reggae to produce a potent individual musical brew. Noted for its jamming approach, today, Sugarkane is an established and popular attraction on the British blues scene.

The band consists of founder John O'Leary  (harmonoica), long term members Jules Fothergill (guitar), Roger Inniss  (bass), Jools Grudgings (keys) and Joachim Greve (drums), reinforced by  the recent addition of guitarist & composer Steve Wright.  

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


“A UK-jazz supergroup, this band sets the bar pretty high for the art of making
idiomatic, eclectic contemporary jazz” - John Fordham, The Guardian

SATURDAY 17 MARCH

JULIAN SIEGEL QUARTET

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With the Julian Siegel Quartet, Julian has chosen to work with some of this generation’s most distinctive voices to create a group that is becoming one of the most in-demand quartets on the UK Jazz scene.The band features inspirational pianist Liam Noble, his fluid touch and dazzling imagination perfectly complementing Siegel’s music and playing, and providing a perfect foil for the many directions the music can turn. With the creative spark of dynamic drummer Gene Calderazzo and the deep groove of bassist Oli Hayhurst dove-tailing perfectly with Siegel and Noble this is unquestionably one of the UK’s most exciting and powerful quartets. Following up from their London Jazz Award winning album 'Urban Theme Park' (Basho) the band release their third Album 'VISTA' (Whirlwind Recordings) in February 2018. Recorded at Livingston Studios, London it features ten of Julian’s compositions plus an arrangement of Bud Powell's ‘Un Poco Loco’.

This new acoustic set of music moves freely through varied sound worlds and colours, from undercurrents of bop to searching ballads and joyful melodies.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


MONDAY 19 MARCH

MUSIC ON MONDAYS PRESENT...

New to The Bear Club for 2017-2018, we play host to the prestigious and long-running concert series by Luton Music Club. It's not every Monday, so look out for details. The concerts are open to non-members of the Luton Music Club, and more information about them can be found HERE

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SHE'KOYOKH

The grand finale to the music club's season is a performance from the seven strong legend that is She’Koyokh. They have spent fifteen years absorbing the rich folk music traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans and their passion for this repertoire is plain to hear in every scintillating note. This will be a fitting climax to our series of twenty thrilling concerts.

Meg Hamilton - violin, Çiğdem Aslan - vocals, Susi Evans - clarinet, Živorad Nikolić - accordion & vocals, Matt Bacon - guitar & naval, Paul Moylan - double bass, Christina Borgenstierna - percussion

“… one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain.” 
- Evening Standard

DOORS: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 7.30PM
ENDS: 10PM (approx)

If you are not a member of LMC, tickets are available on the door, first come first served. Bear Keepers will receive a discount.  Regular tickets £16. Bear Keepers £12


WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH

DON GALLARDO / ON TOUR FROM NASHVILLE

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A special mid-week gig from Don Gallardo, a returning friend of The Bear, who is touring the UK from Nashville, Tennessee. Named an "artist you need to know" by Rolling Stone magazine, Don blends Americana and Country beautifully, and we couldn't help open the doors again to him.

www.dongallardo.com

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 7.45PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


THURSDAY 22 MARCH

BBC INTRODUCING BEDS, HERTS & BUCKS PRESENT...

BBC Music Introducing in Beds, Herts & Bucks is back at The Bear Club in Luton for another amazing night of unsigned music chosen by BBC Music Introducing.

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PETRIE
Petrie are an alternative-pop band from Hertfordshire, seemingly intent on pushing songwriting boundaries to their limits. Brash guitars and lurching beats are combined with synth melodies.  Their track ‘Slurs’ hit no.11 on Spotify’s US Viral chart and was Introducing Track of the Week on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

THE SCRUFF
The Scruff started 2018 as ‘ones to watch’, following on from what feels like a break out few months for the Bedford rockers. Their track ‘Her’ was BBC Radio 1 Introducing Track Of The Week, supported by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music and featured as This Feeling Radio X Track Of The Week too.
There’s still plenty of big things to come for The Scruff and this could be the last chance to catch them play a special stripped back set in such a intimate venue.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR
 

CONNIE CONSTANCE
With her new EP Boring Connie, Watford’s Connie Constance is setting out to prove that she’s anything but. In the current wave of singer-songwriters emerging from the U.K., the 22-year-old artist stands alone, making indie rock-influenced, off-kilter soul with poetic narratives. It’s a sound that has turned heads from the NME, The FADER and BBC Introducing.
 

DOOR: 7.00PM
FREE / OVER 18s / FIRST COME FIRST SERVED


FRIDAY 23 MARCH

FOCUS ON JAZZ PRESENTS...


Focus on Jazz in Association with Confluence Promotions presents an evening with the one and only Terri Walker featuring the Peter Honegan Band plus special Guest James Francis. With support from DJ Paul Goldsmith, Starpoint FM. Hosted by Lee Drummond – The Real Reminisce

TICKETS ON SALE HERE

£23.50 in advance + booking fee (£19.00 + bf for Bear Club members).

DOOR: 7.00PM


SATURDAY 24 MARCH

THE MUSIC OF ELMO HOPE: Gradischnig/Raible Quintet:

 

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This group has been working together since 2014 and this marks their 5th tour, bringing together musicians from Austria, UK, Switzerland and Germany for the first time in the UK. 

The program features the music of the great bebop pianist and composer Elmo Hope (1923-1967). Much of the programme is arranged for quintet by pianist Claus Raible, with some transcribed Elmo Hope originals included. The challenging compositions of Elmo Hope deliver a hard swinging set fronted by the band’s co leader Herwig Gradischnig and Steve Fyshwick in the horn section. In 2015 the group recorded their debut record “Searching For Hope” while on a tour of Austria and Germany.

Herwig Gradischnig - Tenor Sax
Steven Fishwick - Trumpet
Claus Raible - Piano
Giorgos Antonio - Bass
Matt Home - Drums

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 29 MARCH

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 7.00-11.30pm.


FRIDAY 30 MARCH

SARA DOWLING

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Sara's voice is joy...  info to follow...

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


‘utterly swinging, with the restraint that comes from complete self-assurance,
 and hip as a New York minute’
- Eddie Myer, Jazz Views

SATURDAY 31 MARCH

SAM BRAYSHER TRIO

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Alto saxophonist Sam Braysher received critical acclaim for his recent debut album 'Golden Earrings', a duo recording with the New York pianist Michael Kanan, and their accompanying UK launch tour. His new trio project sees him presenting thoughtful takes on a diverse repertoire, ranging from Dexter Gordon to Gershwin incidental numbers to Disney. The group's sound is informed by the groovy ensemble concepts and arrangements of Ahmad Jamal, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. Braysher is joined by an exceptionally swinging London rhythm section: Connor Chaplin on double bass and Josh Morrison on drums.

www.sambraysher.com

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE