MAY

MAY

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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 03 mAY

SLOW NIGHT

Clod Magazine DJs explore acoustic jazz eras, plus exotic, quixotic and rarified sounds, played on a record player and digital device. 

BAR OPEN FROM 5.30PM

EVENTS START FROM 7.30PM

FREE.


FRIDAY 04 MAY

BIG MAMMA'S DOOR

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No other band in the UK grinds and swings the blues like Big Mamma's Door. 

They've played clubs and festivals all over the country, fronted by the wonderful vocal talent of Fiona McElroy. Big Mamma's Door have been working on an entirely new showcase, devoted to the music of the Chess and Modern labels - guaranteed to have you dancing all night long. 

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

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

SOLD OUT 


"One of the best, if most unlikely, acts to come out of Brighton – hands down – this brilliant trio plays bluegrass, gospel and rockabilly as if their lives and loves depended on it, mixing Americana classics with tuneful originals full of superior lyrics" 
Time Out

SATURDAY 05 mAY

THE CURST SONS

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The Curst Sons unique take on Americana mixes traditional roots genres with gutsy live shows and powerful original songs.

Now in their twentieth year the Curst Sons have released 6 CDs and one 10” vinyl EP on their own Curst Mountain label. They have been runners up in the international song writing competition (ISC), nominated for 'Best Alt Country Album' in the Independent Music Awards and for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards.
They have played far too many pubs, clubs and festivals to remember, twice been Time Out magazine’s critic’s choice and recorded two live sessions for much missed Mark Lamarr show on BBC Radio 2.

www.thecurstsons.com

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SUNDAY 06 MAY (AFTERNOON)

JAZZ JAM

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

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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SUNDAY 06 MAY (EVENING)

THE UNSIGNED & UNSPOILT SHOWCASE

Crazy James is a singer/songwriter/rapper from Luton.. He's been creating music for over ten years now, performing up and down the country, appearing on BBC introducing and releasing music commercially. Over the past year he has headlined shows at the Luna Lounge in London, as well as the famous Notting Hill Arts Club and recently performed at the O2 Academy.

Here, James presents a more cut-back acoustic vibe show and will be supported by the exciting and authentic sound of April Blue.

APRIL BLUE's songs spring from a bed of brooding electronic soundscapes. Frontman Ozz LP's soulful vocals drive the music, finding their perfect compliment in the deep rhymes of rapper Ian Morcher. Meanwhile, the sultry grooves of the band masterfully walk the line between laid back sleaze and gritty Rock. Their original sound has earned them recognition as 'Best Pop Artist' at the NMG awards, 'Slickest Sound' at the NVMAs and backing from BBC Introducing, where their third single 'Valentine' featured as track of the week.

DOOR: 6.30PM
MUSIC: 7.30PM  
£10 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 10 MAY

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


FRIDAY 11 MAY

AN EVENING WITH MARY GAUTHIER

Following last year's wonderful and intimate sell-out concert at The Bear Club, Mary returns with violinist Michele Gazich as part of her UK tour, presenting songs from the new album 'RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS', a heart-wrenching work written over four years at the 'Songwriting With Soldiers' workshop.

Mary collaborated and co-wrote all the songs with veterans, in order to open up debate and awareness on an array of mental and physical health issues that they live with on a daily basis. A life-changing and, in some cases, life-saving experience for many of the soldiers' stories featured in this brave and beautiful new work. 

A Louisiana-native turned Nashville-resident, Mary Gauthier (it’s French - pronounced Go-SHAY) has had an extraordinary life.  A teenage runaway who found her first shelter among addicts and drag queens, struggled with drug addiction and became a chef/owner of three restaurants in Boston before selling them in 2001 to become a full time songwriter. 

She has subsequently received countless accolades for her six studio albums. The New York Times music writer John Pareles picked 2001’s Filth and Fire as the #1 Indy release of the year, 2005’s Mercy Now earned her the Americana Music Association’s New/Emerging Artist of the Year title and 2011’s The Foundling was named as one of the Records of the Year by the LA Times.  

Mary’s songs have been praised by both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Boy George, Tim McGraw, Candi Staton amongst others. 

Trouble and Love, her first studio CD since 2010, was co-produced by Mary with Patrick Granado (whose credits include Grammys for a Delbert McClinton record he produced and a tribute CD to Stephen Foster),  recorded in Ricky Skaggs studio outside Nashville and features the support of Darrell Scott, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Ashley Cleveland.  

One track from Trouble and Love, “How You Learn To Live Alone”, co-written with Gretchen Peters, was chosen for Season II of the hit TV show Nashville. On the record, the legendary Duane Eddy plays guitar on this song.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR TRAILER FOR THE NEW ALBUM

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£20 / £15 (BK)

SOLD OUT (THERE MIGHT BE 5-6 TICKETS ON THE DOOR)


"The four musicians interact constantly throughout the set and never play the predictable"
 - Scott Yanow Los Angeles Jazz Scene Journal

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SATURDAY 12 MAY

JULIAN COSTELLO QUARTET

The Julian Costello Quartet plays contemporary music that incorporates a range of different grooves, moods and colours. Some of the tunes are really structured and scored while others are more free flowing and left to chance. The band plays with energy, creativity and humour. All the tunes are original compositions. They recently released an album called Transitions on 33 Records which was recorded at the Artesuono Studios in Italy with Grammy award winning ECM engineer Stefano Amerio. 

Julian Costello -saxes
Maciek Pysz - guitar
Adam Texeira - drums
Michele Tacchi - double bass 

www.juliancostello.co.uk

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 17 MAY

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


*****CHANGE TO THE ADVERTISED GIG*****

We are very sorry to announce that the Pearl Handled Revolver gig has been postponed due to unforeseen personal circumstances with the band. No-one likes to cancel a gig. Believe us when we say it’s just not possible to go ahead. The band and the Bear thank you for your understanding. We'll make it happen another time.

HOWEVER.. it is a Friday, and we always have music, so we’re pleased to welcome back THE HILL STREET BLUES BAND as a short notice stand in....

 

fRIDAY 18 MAY

THE HILL STREET BLUES BAND

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A genre scatter-gun of great music, played by experienced musicians whose passion is to play red hot Rhythm & Blues classics in the tradition of the original RnB artists like Smiley Lewis, Chuck Berry and Howling Wolf. Add maybe a twist of 60's Atlantic Stax Soul, a sprinkling of Rock and Roll and 50's Jump Jive seasoning you have the recipe for a hot steamy night of authentic blues, familiar and obscure. The Hill Street Blues Band will make you dance your socks off! No more hype just come and see us live and judge for yourself.

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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SATURDAY 19 MAY

JAZZFACE

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

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 24 MAY

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


FRIDAY 25 MAY

THR3E

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Powerhouse blues rock songs, written by the band and performed with energy, feeling and passion. That is Thr3e. With a style firmly rooted in 60s/70s British blues, but with influences ranging from old blues originals to more recent US and British rock 'n' blues, Thr3e do not try to fit into any 'genre'.  They just write great songs about what happens in their world and play them from the heart, with twin guitarists bouncing licks off each other and tight vocal harmonies to boot.

The band are going from strength to strength, performing at prestigious festivals and venues around the country and gaining support both from their ever expanding fan base and other established rock & blues luminaries. They're all local too! 

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 26 mAY

FOCUS ON JAZZ PRESENTS...

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An evening of soulful music with vocalist Darien Dean, the rising star of US r’n’b, featuring the Keith Bazari Band in their first-ever performance at The Bear Club

Darien has been touring his 2nd album 'Departures' extensively to sell-out audiences all across Europe and South East Asia, and he has graced famous stages such as Ronnie Scott’s in London and Bizz’Art in Paris. So having him appear at the Bear Club in Luton is a major coup and a very special evening is anticipated considering Darien’s growing pedigree amongst fans of soul music.

For support, one of the foremost voices to emerge from the local music scene in recent years is Carol Riley.  Carol has sung with some of the world’s greatest and most diverse voices such as Omar, Young Disciples, Boyzone, Westlife, Andreá Boccelli, Light House Family and George Michael. She will be performing a set that spans a repertoire of Soul, Jazz and Gospel, and this is Carol’s first solo performance in Luton for many a year.

DOOR: 7.00PM
ADVANCE TICKETS ; £24.50 / £19.50 (BK)
/ £29 on the door (limited)
CLICK HERE TO BUY


sUNDAY 27 MAY

THE LOW LAMPS

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The Low Lamps hail from the Southdown area of Harpenden Hertforshire. This is local blues with a distinctly raucous juke-joint feel. Often featuring slide guitar and groove-based jams, the Lamps try hard to avoid the obvious pub-blues playbook, and as a result they get audiences on their feet.

This gig was planned in March, and then it snowed. A lot. So let's try again. 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.00PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


THURSDAY 31 mAY

SOUL FOOD POETRY

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Soul Food Poetry is an event that was born to offer a platform for local talent in the spoken word field. The stage is always graced by local up and coming poets and artists, and their natural hunger, rawness and passion is what helps to make Soul Food Poetry such a sought after event. 

Top acts from around the country also join the evenings, maintaining a high level of quality and performance at every show. Soul Food Poetry hopes to give exposure to everyone whilst sending out a message of inspiration and motivation to other artists and members of the audience. 

And yes, there is soul food to eat too!

DOOR: 7.15PM

CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

(Bear Club members get in touch
for your member discount code)