Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Thom Yorke; Bill Murray; Cerys Matthews
07 June, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
THE Jazz Cafe (above) has a special programme of events to mark its second birthday under new ownership between June 12-16.
• Watch out for the tight ticket restrictions for Thom Yorke at the Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday) – and make sure the lead booker (Roundhouse account holder, not necessarily the card holder) remembers photo ID. Yorke will be performing in a live mix with Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri, playing tracks from across his solo material.
• Actor Bill Murray performed an outstanding set as he premiered debut album, New Worlds, in the UK on Monday accompanied by an all-star classical chamber trio, in a one-off show at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. See Bob McCabe’s review online.
• See a rare London concert from Brian Jackson, one of the early architects of the neo-soul era, at 229 tomorrow (Friday). Jackson began writing songs in 1970 with classmate Gil Scott- Heron, the pair producing significant politically charged and soulful works including Winter in America, It’s Your World and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. In the ‘80s Jackson went on to collaborate with Kool and the Gang, Phyllis Hyman, George Benson, Gwen Guthrie and Roy Ayers.
• Chameleons Vox, the continuation of influential Manchester band The Chameleons, play 229 on June 9 to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of their album Script of the Bridge.
• Cerys Matthews and friends will explore the blues in a night of performance and discussion at Kings Place’s third Poetry and Lyrics festival on June 8-9. The festival will explore the themes of legacy and subculture with an eclectic line-up of music and performance including John Wilson interviewing Savages frontwoman Jehnny Beth, a supersonic poetry workshop for families led by award-winning Kate Wakeling, two raucous late-night parties with Benin City performing new album, Last Night, produced by cross-artform theatre company nabakov, and The College Dropout R.A.P Party combining extracts from Kanye’s iconic album and contemporary responses from 13 poets.
• HMV Vinyl Week celebrates the nostalgic medium, marking the 70th anniversary of the 12-inch vinyl LP format with a series of special limited releases (June 8-17).
• Eccentric rock band Pink Cigar play Camden Assembly on June 10.
• See The Italian Job in HD with live orchestra conducted by Robert Ziegler, bringing Quincy Jones’ soundtrack to life at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on June 10.
• Billed as Five Star playing Islington Assembly Hall on June 14, it looks like the only original member of the ‘80s band to appearing will be Denise Pearson, joined by four backing singers and dancers to recreate top 10 hits such as Rain or Shine, Can’t Wait Another Minute, and System Addict.
• Lamont Dozier, who has written over 50 No.1 hits for artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross & the Supremes, The Four Tops and more, as part of songwriting team Holland/Dozier/Holland, plays Union Chapel on June 14 and 15. Lamont and band, featuring acclaimed musician/producer/arranger Fred Mollin, will be performing his classic hits in support of a new album, which re-imagines these songs in a more unplugged form.
• Powerful new protest singer Josh OKeefe, who last year released tribute Grenfell Tower Fire, plays The Garage on June 14.
• Notable gigs this week: The Flaming Stars + The Reformers + Kajiki Volt, The Water Rats (June 9); Ann Sexton, 229 (June 13).