What’s On

On this page we will bring you details of which artists we have booked for 2017

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.

Friday August 11

The Blinkin’ Buzzards  +  special guests

8pm £10

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“The best house band in the country “

— Wizz Jones

We appreciate the compliment, Wizz … it’s a timely tribute from the guitar legend as the band celebrates the launch of a much-requested first album.

We went into Crouch End’s Crypt studios to cut some wonderful, largely-forgotten old tunes now familiar to the Kalamazoo crowd — interpretations of songs ranging from the work of Memphis folk-blues man Frank Stokes to swing band 30s superstar vocalist Al Bowlly along with instrumental nods to Clifford Gibson, Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti.

The eclectic mix  includes, of course, the band’s take on the current occupant of the White House, Mr Trump Don’t Like It – already piling up hits on YouTube — and we’re mighty pleased with the way everything turned out under ace Crypt studio sound engineer Anthony Leung.

The Buzzards hardly need introducing but we’ll do it anyway … Paul Alcantara on vocals, guitar and ukulele, Jamie Alcantara on ukulele, Jim Morrison on fiddle and mandolin, John Paxton on vocals and guitar and Guy Simpson on vocals and Dobro.

We’ll be joined by special guests, including our old friend Merlin Wildman, whose great song I Shot A Pizza Rider — backed by the Buzzards – features as a bonus track on the album.

And we also welcome the brilliant singer and guitarist Ad Vanderveen, from The Netherlands, who  has won acclaim around the world for his beautifully crafted songs rooted in the Americana tradition. Ad has worked with the likes of Al Kooper, Iain Matthews, Al Perkins and Texan singer Eliza Gilkyson  who says of him:”How did a Dutch guy inherit the soul of Americana? He is the real thing, a musical adventurer with the true gift of musicianship.”He’ll be accompanied tonight by our own fiddle maestro Jim Morrison, who featured on Ad’s gorgeous album, Faithful To Love a while back. Ad and the Kalamazoo?  It could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

A great night in prospect!

Listen to Mr Trump Don’t Like It, from the Buzzards’ forthcoming album


Friday September 8

Andy Eastwood

Supported by House Band The Blinkin’ Buzzards

8.00 pm £15

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Virtuoso: a musician (or other artist)  of the highest technical skill. Even the dictionary definition hardly does justice to our guest star tonight.

How can anyone conjure up such sounds from the four guts strings and the little wooden box that is the ukulele?  How can anyone dispute that he is the greatest exponent of the instrument and the ukulele-banjo? But it ain’t just Andy’s skill  that sets him apart and makes the him most unusual of all the Kalamazoo’s great roster of musicians.  Like his hero, George Formby, he is natural-born vaudeville entertainer.  “Sensational,” is The Stage’s verdict. The Formby factor, and the influence of his idol, is all part of this Lancashire lad’s show but there’s so much more. In the blink of an eye he can switch from When I’m Cleaning Windows to classical pieces .. from the William Tell overture to Moonlight Serenade.

This Oxford University music graduate, the only student ever to perform his degree recital on the ukulele, will have pianist David Carter alongside him for tonight’s show.

Meanwhile  house band The Blinkin’ Buzzards will be ready with some uke tunes in honour of our guest.

Eastwood is an act like no other you’ll see at the Klub. Catch this gig!

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