What’s On

On this page we will bring you details of the artists we have booked for 2018

Please note that for gigs at The King’s Head; this is a pub room and not entirely seated. If you need a seat, we advise you get there early. Refunds will not be given.

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“The best house band in the country” Wizz Jones.

 

The Kalamazoo and Class Acts — you can’t have one without the other, as an old song goes.

Friday June 14  

Jill Jackson

Support: The Blinkin’ Buzzards

8 pm £15

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Jill Jackson ticks all the boxes, Kalamazoo-wise. Truly an artist after our own heart! High-class guitarist. Check. Superb songwriter. Check. A musician who can effortlessly swing from country to jazz to blues.

Then there’s the voice. Well… over to Boo Hewerdine, producer of her acclaimed album Are We There Yet?  “She’s one of the bestsingers I’ve ever heard,” says Boo.  “And she writes fantastic songs with deceptive ease. Brilliant.”

Growing up in Paisley, Jill had a guitar in her hands at nine, was writing songs at 11 and fronting Glasgow rock band Speedway at 20. Signed to a major label, they hit the charts and Top of the Pops.  But being moulded into a pop act was not what she wanted.

Contracted to tour the US with boy band Blue, her mind was on playing Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe – which is what she did (to a stranding ovation).

Speedway broke up and she began her solo career. She also carved out a reputation as a musician’s musician, hired for Natalie Imbruglia’s band, Rod Stewart’s too. Turning down Kylie Minogue, she took off, “slumming it,” instead on a 50-state US tour with Nashville’s Kevin Montgomery.  

Tickets for gigs in her homeland are like gold dust. Come and see why!  


Friday July 12

Brooks Williams

£15 8 pm

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Someone said that if country blues and Americana had a love child, it would be this man. Mean finger-picker, stunning slide player, Brooks Williams is rated among the top 100 acoustic guitarists – and the string skills come with a voice that, according to one writer, “you just melt into.”

He is, as Martin Simpson says, “the real thing.” Maybe he was born to be a blues musician – he does, after all, come from Statesboro,Georgia, made famous  by the legendary Blind Willie McTell.

His career began in the bars of Boston and now, 40 years and 28 albums later, he has amassed a fantastic repertoire of blues classics and self-penned songs.

“His writing stands comparison with any of his peers,” said American Roots UK. ” He is one of the most consistently excellent musicians in roots music.”

“He would undoubtedly be lauded as one of the acoustic guitar gods of our time,” said the Boston Globe..” were he not such a sweet singer and smart songwriter.”

“How soulful a solo guitarist can be when he has talent, taste and astonishing technique,” said Blues Revue.

One thing’s for sure – nobody does it like Brooks, as we saw last year when he and Hans Theessink played a cracking Kalamazoo gig. Roll on his return!

 

Friday August 9

The Cosimo Matassa Project

£15 8 pm

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The Cosimo Matassa Project
The Cosimo Matassa Project by Laurie Lewis

The spirit of New Orleans in all its glory is conjured up at the Kalamazoo tonight in a celebration of the music that set the world dancing in the 1950s.

Cosimo Matassa was the man who recorded some of the greatest singers and musicians in the history of rock and roll and rhythm and blues.  

Through the portals of his studio came the likes of Fats Domino, Little Richard,

Ernie K Doe, Clarence Frogman Henry, T-Bone Walker, Dr John and, of course, the great Allen Toussaint. 

“The magic,” said Cosimo, “was in that party sound ….New Orleans was a party town because it wasn’t a wealthy town. The ethnic make-up of New Orleans was such that music was part of everybody’s lives.”

Seventy years on and here is a group of ace session musicians who, says vocalist Dai price, aim to: “summon up all the joy that pervades those recordings.”

Double bassist Dai (of the fabulous Dai and the Ramblers) and piano maestro, arranger and fellow rambler Alan Dunn are at the core of The Cosimo Matassa Project along with drummer Roy Pfeffer.

Al’s CV includes work with Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright and Bob Geldof.

Koining the lineup will be the hottest of horn sections; Damian Hand (whose tenor sax has accompanied Van Morrison, Jerry Dammers and Allen Toussaint among manyohers) and trumpeter Dave Boraston from The Stone Foundation.

Friday September 13

Wizz Jones

£15 8 pm

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He is lauded by the gods of rock but never became one himself.

The status enjoyed by the stars who sing his praises (Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Rod Stewart among many) always eluded the incomparable Wizz Jones.

But, as music writer Colin Harper put it: “The stadium’s’ loss is the folk world’s gain.” Over nearly 25 years, the Kalamazoo Klub has loved the company of the folk-blues master.

Why did superstardom pass him by?

“I was there at the beginning,” Wizz told Harper a while back. “I just didn’t make the right moves. Maybe I wasn’t talented enough, maybe I wasn’t good-looking. Maybe I wasn’t clever. Who knows? I can only blame myself, so I’m happy, you know. I still enjoy playing and people still clap, so fair enough.”

There was a time, 40 odd years ago, when Wizz, did feel “a little bit
bitter. I wanted to be a great guitarist but I couldn’t be. It took me a long time to realise that what I do is adequate. The combination of voice, guitar and
material works.

“There are probably a lot of young people who assume I did have some success way back – otherwise, why are people mentioning me? I mean, Clapton bandies my name around – he’s always doing it in interviews. It doesn’t do my reputation any harm but it doesn’t do my bank balance any good!”

Great to have Wizz back in the club he calls “the good old Kally.”