The Spitz festival of the blues
We have a pair of tickets to give away for
Mon 11 Apr:
Sueref & The Blue Stars + Mudlow
+ DJ El Nino
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for the roots of the devil’s music is a socio-historical, cultural
and geographic journey – but it’s also a spiritual end in
Most of the delta blues masters are now dead. The juke joints of Beale
Street that were built on prohibition and segregation were phased out
as long ago as the late 1930s. Today only a handful of musicians and enthusiasts
can legitimately claim to have participated in the great evolution of
early rural hobo blues into the explosive urban sound of Memphis in the
1920s – and later the rise of electric blues in the Northern cities
of the forties and fifties. This development was rivalled only by the
advent of rock and roll in the South – another mutation of the delta
sound that was initially sold to the masses in the form of Elvis –
and later the sustained production of popular soul music in the Memphis
hit factories of 1960s and seventies (Stax, Sun and American).
We know the rest of that story already. Running parallel to, or around
it, however, is the story of the blues spirit – which travels widely
through time and space and defies musical or critical categorisation altogether.
It has evolved as radically and comprehensibly as any other form of popular
music and still comes in a variety of guises. Yes, the devil’s music
is definitely in the detail.
From the burlesque funerary orchestrations of Dead Brothers, the dragster
rock thrashings of the Blues Experimentation Society, the carnivalesque
one-man-band spectacle Petit Vodo, the ferocious 21st century lashings
of the Mississippi hill music blues trance by the Soledad Brothers, the
authentic Delta wizardry of veteran hell-raiser T Model Ford, and the
electrifying garage stomp rock trio Immortal Lee County Killers, we invite
you to experience some of the finest exponents of contemporary blues today.
And to drink lots of our Blackened Voodoo Beer shipped in especially for
the occasion. This will definitely be a one-off. Come feel the spirit.
Martin Wissenberg, Spitz Venue Programmer
Fri 1 Apr
Achison & The Soul Diggers + Trio
Gitano + Film
Screening of ‘Honeyboy’
Memphis International Award-winning Australian guitarist Achison headlines
this opening show to the first ever Spitz Festival of Blues. Opens with
a screening of Scott Taradash’s multiple award-winning documentary
following the life of Deep South Delta bluesman David Honeyboy Edwards.
Sun 3 Apr
(In association with Jules Toogs)
The Mutts + Daddy Fantastic + Son
Of A Preacher Man + Teasing Lulu + Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster DJs
A blues-tastic showcase of all things Brighton based beautifully put together
by promoter Brighton Rocks. Headliners The Mutts have wooed crowds playing
alongside the likes of The Raveonettes, The Warlocks and Radio 4.
Wed 6 Apr
Messer & The Second Mind Band + Son Of Dave + D-77 + Parkbench
Award-winning vocals and slide guitar meets ancient blues vinyl scratching
and rhythm guitar from Michael Messer (one of the UK's premier bottleneck
players), beatbox and falsetto blues-sterics from Crash Test Dummies runaway
Son of Dave, and howlin' and crawlin' Waits-esque showmanship from D-77.
Fri 8 Apr
(In Association With Not The Same Old Blues Crap)
Ford + Black
Eyed Snakes + Ghostwriter
+ DJs Ben Swank (Soledad Brothers) & David Viner
Gangster Blues from Greenville Taildragger T-Model Ford, the only one
of Fat Possum’s legendary big three still playing out. Alan Sparhawk's
Black Eyed Snakes leaves his quiet sensibilities firmly with Low to provide
a punk blues beast of mighty proportions as main support.
Sun 10 Apr
The Dirty + Los
Skeletones + E.T.
Explore Me + Curtis
Eller’s American Circus + Special Guest DJs
Primal anthemic sleaze of a stripped down, dirty rock ‘n’
roll sort from Artrocker’s The Dirty. Support from Amsterdam's screaming
surf-psych-blues rockers E.T. Explore Me and awesome banjo-fuelled songcraft
from ex-circus man Curtis Eller.
Mon 11 Apr
George Sueref & The Blue Stars + Mudlow
+ DJ El Nino (Lady Luck Club)
Little George Sueref has a downhome style and a voice to die for. He released
a Mojo Top 5 Album of the Year in 2002 and here plays out with respected
new-comers Mudlow who deliver a Bad Seeds style vibe but throw in the
ever down-and-under groans of their Lightin' Hopkins inspired frontman.
Plus Catweezel’s goodtime goodrockin' transcendental slide blues.
Thu 14 Apr
(In Association with Not
The Same Old Blues Crap)
Brothers + Mr
David Viner + The
Surgens + DJ-Hang Dog Trash Sound System & DJ Too Bad Jim
Soledad Brothers have been described as like John Lee Hooker on an amphetamine
jag. 21st Century Detroit Blues! Support from rising troubadour Viner
who's recently supported Dr John and Holly Golightly.
Fri 15 Apr
The Shrine Presents:
Afroblue feat. Nuru Kane’s Bayefall Gnawa & Errol
Linton’s Blues Vibe + Afrocentric Blues Body Shockin’
Roots ‘n’ Digital Soundscaping from DJs Max Reinhardt &
Rita Ray + Volcanic Visuals from YOUR MUM
Tonight, AfroBlue unleashes the magical Nuru Kane who’s teamed up
with Brixton Blues Bad Boy Errol Linton for a one-off night that_s guaranteed
to leave you quaking in your blue suedes. The Shrine Presents is an intimate
series of live gigs at the Spitz: Afrocentric Alchemy at work...a bubbling
laboratory of nu-roots from the frontiers of Africa’s cutting edge
“Errol is an immaculate virtuoso of a blues harp player, Brixton
bred, Sonny Boy Williamson and Augustus Pablo sparring in every note he
blows.” (Straight No Chaser)
late £6 before 9pm
Tue 19 Apr
+ Paul The Girl
+ The Blues Experimentation
Society + Parkbench DJ
Cult Babel-signed jazz blues guitarist Jenkins returns for this excellent
lineup which includes Paul the Girl's Rochford / Herbert rhythm section
(possibly the hottest in London?) and Belfast's fearsome dragster thrash
duo T.E.B.S (on stage last).
Thu 21 Apr
Brothers + Petit Vodo
+ Dennis Hopper Choppers + Hightown Crows + DJ Mistress Manray (Stranger
The Dead Brothers: a macabre rock 'n' roll party and an old fashioned
wedding at the same time. Petit Vodo and Dennis Hopper Chopper (Menlo
Park) represent a pairing of two of the finest multi-instrumentalist one-man-bands
on the European / UK circuit.
Sat 30 Apr
Closing show in association with Not
The Same Old Blues Crap
Lee County Killers + Clambake
+ High Plains Drifters + DJ Too Bad Jim
More than just a punk blues band, the Immortal Lee County Killers’
sound lies somewhere between the third dimension of depth, revealed on
the canvases of the great Renaissance painters, and the mod film, JAWS
"Immortal Lee County Killers: The essential f up blues straight
outta Alabama. Total destruction of the mind" (Rolling Stone
on Immortal Lee County Killers)
tickets are available admitting entry to all gigs at a cost of £50.
with the release on 25th April of ‘This is Punk Rock Blues’,
a CD sampler of all the artists who have played at the London punk rock
blues night Not The Same Old Blues Crap in the last year. (Not The Same
Old Blues Crap are co-promoting three of the festival’s shows).
for more information.
Pre-party hosted by DJ Dean & Lady Luck DJs from 6pm in the Spitz
10% off food to all diners when booking Spitz Festival of Blues tickets
through the Spitz Box Office (020 7392 9032).
association with Dixie Beer, Blackened Voodoo & Jazz amber light