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.

Buy a copy of The Blinkin’ Buzzards’ new CD featuring 12 tracks!

“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 August 9

The Cosimo Matassa Project

£15 8 pm

The Blinkin’ Buzzards

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Cosimo Matassa Project photo 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

The Blinkin’ Buzzards

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wizz jones

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.”