The UB40 Experience
Saturday 29th April
Arches 31 & 32, Bristol & Exeter Mews, Lower Station Approach Road, Temple Meads.Bristol.
Tuesday 25th April
British blues artist Laurence Jones is often labelled “the future of the blues,” but this has to be factually incorrect, doesn’t it? He’s HERE and NOW - socking it to audiences around the world. Blowin’ the roof off every time. Several major awards. Selling serious numbers of his four solo albums. His fourth “Take Me High” just released - produced by legendary producer Mike Vernon. Does that sound like someone working at being “something” and “somebody” in the future? He’s not practicing. It’s not a rehearsal. He’s DEADLY serious and damn good at what he does. Hailed as “one to watch” as a teenager by the blues media, concert/festival bookers, blues fans and various guitar stars alike, young Laurence really has come of age. The blues cub has become a man with a plan. Turning heads and making jaws drop with his take-no-prisoners, incendiary live set and his stunning records. Laurence and his crack band - Laurence Jones on vocals and guitars, Roger Inniss on bass and Phil Wilson on drums/backing vocals - put the power into “power trio” - with their modern day blues rock with an edge. He sings, he plays and he writes – a triple threat – and he does so like a veteran of three times his age. You can tell this is far more than a job by the Cheshire cat grin glued to his face during every gig. LJ LIVES to play that guitar. He LOVES to play that guitar. He just HAS to play that guitar………
Doors Open 7.30pm | £12.50
Saturday 29th April
Back by popular demand after their amazing sold out performance at the venue early in 2015 and again in December 2015. The UB40 Experience was created in late 2013 . Featuring 'Stars in you eyes ' winner Andy Bagnali as Ali Campbell and a line up of hand picked world class muscians the band are set to be one of the biggest and best tribute bands in Europe The UB40 Experience are the only UB40 tribute that play homage to all members of UB40 , and are the only band to have an authentic 'Astro' ! ( Everton Pesso, from Jamaica , available from June 2014 onwards ) Each member of the band have studied the playing techniqes , style and sounds of the member of UB40 in which they are representing so that the real UB40 sound is present in there performance Members of the band have also played along side the real UB40 aswell as the likes of Steel Pulse , The Specials (check out their website).
Doors Open 7.30pm | £12.00
Monday 01st May
Bristol based Elles Bailey hasn't been dubbed a 'Blues Princess' for no reason. This young Bristolian cuts right against the grain in so many ways, that’s probably why she’s such a rapidly rising star in the British music scene. Her husky toned, lived-in voice sounds like she drinks Jack Daniels neat from the bottle and has a 60-a-day habit, was caused by a serious illness when she was three causing her throat to almost close up! Nowadays Elles and her band (made up of some of Bristol’s brightest and finest) are currently tearing up the UK and European scene, scoring raves reviews at every place they play from Bristol to Berlin, with energy packed hi-octane performances. That trademark gravelly voice providing the lead. Elles had a busy 2015, releasing her ‘Who am I to me EP’ and touring the UK and Europe in January, February and March then playing the summer festival circuit, and doing a mini tour in October. 2016 is set to be even busier - She has currently just finished an extensive tour of Europe taking the south of the UK, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Austria, finishing on home town soil with a slot at The Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival. || Gabriella Jones is a singer songwriter from Birmingham UK. She has played the Wireless Festival and Hard Rock Calling Festivals in Hyde Park along with the Isle of Wight Festival. The blues/rock singer has already supported massive acts like Bon Jovi and Slash at festivals and played at the LG Forum Live before acts such as Beyonce, Black Sabbath and Rihanna.|| Amy Khonsari - after graduating Amy performed professionally for three years in numerous productions here in the UK and overseas. She always held a strong desire to inspire and innovate through her songwriting and now felt compelled to take the next step – which led her to fully pursue a career as a solo artist.
Doors Open 7.30pm | £8.00
Friday 05th May
The word “legend” is loaded with meaning – especially when one thinks of Blues-legends. It conjures up images of seasoned older players that have been touched with a rare gift, and whose talent has been salted through the onslaught of years in the music business. To achieve legend-status as a Blues-musician at the age of 30 is almost unheard of. Enter Dan Patlansky – an artist who shares the muse that touched Hendrix, Zeppelin and Stevie Ray Vaughan. What Dan Patlansky can do with a six-string Fender Stratocaster at the age of 30, most critically acclaimed guitarists will never quite achieve in a lifetime. Dan Patlansky is a conglomerate of charisma, charm and musical genius - and all of this comes wrapped up in an unassuming, startlingly attractive package that bespeaks his Judeo-Spanish heritage. And yet, he doesn’t seem to realise the extent of his tactile appeal – both on stage and in person. Humility suits him well and is as much an extension of his being as his Fender. There are no airs and graces here – just sincerity and an incredible musical talent.
Doors Open 7.30pm | £15.00
Saturday 06th May
Enjoy a night of Motown and Soul classics delivered with raw energy and enthusiasm by one of the south west's best! "The Soul Destroyers just have to be the best party band around" - Bristol Evening Post
Doors Open 7.30pm | £10.00
Tuesday 09th May
No one can bring the house down quite like Devon Allman. With his soaring guitar licks, unique vocals that straddle the border between blues, rock and country, songs that touch upon the pulse of zen positivity and real deal life and love situations, Allman can rock hard, rouse up a crowd and become your best friend all within the span of a two hour concert. There are not many musicians out there that can do all this and not get lost in their own ego but Allman does it effortlessly. Allman is a believer in the power of real music. With only guitars, via himself and Bobby Schneck Jr, some bass and drums courtesy of Steve Duerst and Anthony Nanney, the music he brought to the Lava Cantina stage in Baton Rouge last week was passionate and full of crowd-connecting hymns. With a set filled up mostly by his own tunes, it proves that not all non-superstar bands have to fall upon covers to meat up their concerts to please the crowd in front of them. What this young man had to offer was good enough to have them cheering, dancing, singing and calling for more. “You have to always bring it,” Allman told me during his first interview in Glide in 2010. “Even if ten people came, they paid their money, they came to get lost from their world for a couple of hours and you always give it. Always. It’s always about the people.” With support from the excellent 'Curse of Lomo'
Doors Open 7.30pm | £12.50
Thursday 11th May
The venue has been booked for a private function. To book the tunnels for your party, function, or business event. Call 0117 929 0108 to speak to one of the events team, or email email@example.com
Doors Open 7.30pm | £0.00
Friday 12th May
Shawn Smith has been heralded as one of the best Vocalists of all time (Mojo Magazine). He has an album in the Mojo Greatest Albums Of All Time book (BRAD - Shame) and has 4 songs featured prominently in what is considered one of the greatest television shows of all time, The Sopranos. Shawn has released 35 albums in the last 23 years; solo and with his bands Brad, Satchel, and Pigeonhed among others. Beginning with Brad - Shame in 1993 up to his latest solo release, The Secret Lives Of People in November 2016. His return to the UK will see Shawn performing songs from his extensive solo career as well as tracks from his Brad, and Satchel projects with some choice covers sprinkled in.
Doors Open 7.30pm | £14.00