Aug 10

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The Black Seeds

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Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest bands and with a solid foothold in Europe and North America, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation on the back of mulit-platinum selling albums, and a masterful live show that has been filling dance floors across the globe for over a decade.

While firmly based in the island grooves that inspired the birth of the band over a decade ago, The Black Seeds’ sound casts a wide net, layering funk, soul, Afrobeat, and other eclectic elements over their dub/reggae foundations. It’s “contemporary groove music with influences from soul, funk and reggae rhythms – and even rock on the new album,” explains guitarist/vocalist Barnaby Weir.

Described recently by the German Rolling Stone as ‘The best reggae band in the world right now’, The Black Seeds supremely danceable live show infuses raw energy and good vibes wherever they go making the band a regular fixture at the world’s leading music festivals.

The Black Seeds
Aug 15

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Hailu Mergia

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Master accordionist and veteran bandleader, arranger and keyboardist, originally from Ethiopia returns to perform is hypnotic music with his band.

An innovative Ethiopian keyboardist, accordionist, and bandleader, Hailu Mergia rose to prominence in the early ‘70s fronting the Walias Band, an instrumental funk and jazz ensemble and fixture of the Addis Ababa hotel circuit. Immigrating to the U.S. in the early ‘80s, Mergia issued a series of homemade solo releases while working as a taxi driver, later rediscovered by the Awesome Tapes from Africa label, whose reissues in the 2010s helped him mount a successful late-career surge that resulted in the 2018 comeback album Lala Belu.

Hailu Mergia
Aug 16

Take me to the Alley - A Night of Gregory Porter

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Take me to the alley - A night of Gregory Porter

From his first album ‘Water’ to his most recent release ‘Nat King Cole and me’, come and enjoy a night full of Gregory’s best songs.

As well as all the hits, you’ll also hear some of his unique covers that he has performed over the years.

Accompanied by a full live band, Irish Jazz singer Bobby Mc will pay tribute to Porter with his own take on his beautifully melodic music.

Gregory’s first gig in Ireland was in The Sugar Club back in 2013, what a perfect venue for a tribute to him and his music.

Take me to the Alley - A Night of Gregory Porter
Aug 23

Harvest - A Tribute to Neil Young

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Harvest, Ireland’s premier Neil Young tribute band, will host two very special shows at the Sugar Club in Dublin on Fri 23rd & Sat 24th August 2019.

Harvest will be performing Neil Young’s classic albums “After The Gold Rush” and “Harvest” in their entirety, followed by a selection of greatest hits and favourites.

Arguably Young’s most popular records, “Gold Rush” and “Harvest” contain the gems “Heart Of Gold”, “Old Man”, “The Needle And The Damage Done”, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and the rocking “Southern Man”.

Fans will get to hear songs that Neil Young himself has rarely played - “There’s A World”, “Alabama”, “Cripple Creek Ferry” and “Till The Morning Comes”.

The band will perform “After The Gold Rush” on Fri 23rd August and “Harvest” on Sat 24th.

Each performance will be followed by a selection of greatest hits and fan favourites, a lottery of classics songs such as “Helpless”, “Ohio”, “Harvest Moon”, “Like A Hurricane”, “Cortez The Killer”, “Down By The River” & “Rockin’ In The Free World”, to mention but a few.

Don’t miss these passionate renditions of two of Neil Young’s best loved records, by Ireland’s finest Neil Young tribute, at the Sugar Club in Dublin on Fri 23rd and Sat 24th August 2019.

If you like Neil Young, you will love Harvest.

Harvest - A Tribute to Neil Young
Aug 24

Harvest - A Tribute to Neil Young Saturday 24th Aug

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Harvest, Ireland’s premier Neil Young tribute band, will host two very special shows at the Sugar Club in Dublin on Fri 23rd & Sat 24th August 2019.

Harvest will be performing Neil Young’s classic albums “After The Gold Rush” and “Harvest” in their entirety, followed by a selection of greatest hits and favourites.

Arguably Young’s most popular records, “Gold Rush” and “Harvest” contain the gems “Heart Of Gold”, “Old Man”, “The Needle And The Damage Done”, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and the rocking “Southern Man”.

Fans will get to hear songs that Neil Young himself has rarely played - “There’s A World”, “Alabama”, “Cripple Creek Ferry” and “Till The Morning Comes”.

The band will perform “After The Gold Rush” on Fri 23rd August and “Harvest” on Sat 24th.

Each performance will be followed by a selection of greatest hits and fan favourites, a lottery of classics songs such as “Helpless”, “Ohio”, “Harvest Moon”, “Like A Hurricane”, “Cortez The Killer”, “Down By The River” & “Rockin’ In The Free World”, to mention but a few.

Don’t miss these passionate renditions of two of Neil Young’s best loved records, by Ireland’s finest Neil Young tribute, at the Sugar Club in Dublin on Fri 23rd and Sat 24th August 2019.

If you like Neil Young, you will love Harvest.

Harvest - A Tribute to Neil Young Saturday 24th Aug
Aug 28

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King Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band

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King Yellowman has an incredible history in Reggae music. His upbringing at the Maxfield Home orphanage in Kingston and being albino in Jamaica were two obstacles the he overcame and went on to be (at one time) the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley.

The rudest Dancehall toaster of the 1980s, Jamaica’s albino son Yellowman made as many enemies as fans with his controversial, often overtly sexist (if tongue in cheek) lyrics. Now back on the Ragga scene, singing at a slightly slower pace, Yellowman’s witticisms are as cheeky, spirited and intelligent as ever, and delivered with his customary sharp, melodic style.

King Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band
Sep 08

Lady Barbalade & The Newfangled Four

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Reigning queens of Irish Barbershop, Lady Barbalade are celebrating their Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Gold Medal year by partnering with world-famous quartet, The Newfangled Four to bring their exciting brand of Barbershop singing around the country this September. The Newfangled Four, America’s comedy sweethearts, are currently ranked 6th in the world. These young men hail from California, and with their brilliant comedy combined with their sublime voices, they are one of the best loved barbershop groups in the world.

The flagship event of their 5-date tour will feature Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Female Chorus Champions 2018, Blingmasters. This sparkling group of ladies dedicate their time to fabulous dresses and even more fabulous singing. Formed in 2018 by Rebecca Gilbert of Lady Barbalade, the ladies of Blingmasters sing, dance and entertain and are sure to bring a smile to any audience, young or old.

We are also delighted to feature the multi-award-winning 4 In A Bar. One of Ireland’s best loved vocal acts, these gents sing everything from current chart toppers, to old Irish melodies, and much more. With many songs arranged for them by their own Eoin Conway, these gents are a treat not to miss.

Come along and enjoy a wonderful evening of song, dance and laughs. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Lady Barbalade & The Newfangled Four
Sep 11

Presented by Music Network

Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh & Nell Ní Chróinín

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Tara Breen, fiddle

Laoise Kelly, harp

Josephine Marsh, accordion

Nell Ní Chróinín, voice

Music Network brings together four leading traditional musicians to pool their considerable talents, and the results are even greater than the sum of the parts. Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh and Nell Ní Chróinín have been setting the bar high as performers, both at home and around the globe.

Name-checking Danú, Kate Bush, The Chieftains and Christy Moore amongst their collaborators, and with Presidents Obama, Clinton, Higgins and the Queen as audience members, these artists have a quiet authority that comes with true mastery and understanding of their music and heritage. Dedicated and passionate, theyll lead audiences through a programme of traditional tunes and songs, and for good measure, into a new Music Network commission by Josephine, a gifted tunesmith. This is a warm and intimate conversation of equals, one on which listeners are privileged to eavesdrop

Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh & Nell Ní Chróinín
Sep 12

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Jay Electronica

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Tickets go on sale Thursday 10am April 11th

From floating in the Dead Sea or better yet touching the Sphinx, standing on Mount Everest, praying with the Monks in India or traveling illegally into Mexico, all manifested not because of what he could pay or because of who he is but because he was seeking the answer to the most critical question that has been asked for centuries by Alchemist, Artist, Magi, Sages and Wizards “ What is truth?” The answer he found “ The truth is the best of what is in me, the best in us all”.

One of the most talked-about rappers of 2008, Jay Electronica built his reputation via the Internet and word of mouth, without so much as a single commercial release to his credit. Born Je’Ri Allah in 1976, he grew up in the Magnolia projects of New Orleans, where he lived until age 19. In the years that followed, he lived a nomadic lifestyle, moving back and forth between Atlanta, New York, Detroit, and Baltimore, among other cities. He adopted the Jay Electronica alias while living in Baltimore circa 2000. While in Detroit, he befriended associates of J Dilla, working closely with engineer Mike “Chav” Chavarria and collaborating with producer Denaun Porter (aka Mr. Porter). As a rapper, he distributed his recordings via the Internet, primarily his MySpace page. Among these Internet-circulated recordings, a few stood out and helped create a buzz: “Act 1,” an epic homemade rap over Jon Brion’s score for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; “Bitches and Drugs,” a J Dilla production; “Extra Extra,” a Madlib production; and the StyleWars EP. The word of mouth didn’t hurt, either, as Erykah Badu, Just Blaze, Nas, and others spoke highly of Jay Electronica in the media. Moreover, Badu reportedly made him the first signee of her Control FreaQ Records label.

Jay Electronica
Sep 13

Presented by Catfish Blues

The Irish Santana Experience

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The Irish Santana Experience

The Irish Santana Experience is an exciting 8 piece band that recreate the supernatural sound of Carlos Santana live. Comprised of Irish and South American musicians performing original arrangements of classic tracks like Black Magic Woman, Shes’s Not There, Samba Pa Ti, Oye Como Va and more modern hits such as the Grammy award winning Smooth. Venezuelan guitar maestro Hector Castillo delivers Carlos Santana’s back catalogue with a level of passion and soul reminiscent of one of the world’s best-known guitar greats.A two hour Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion show including full brass section and Latin percussion not to be missed…

Support from - The Catfish Blues Orchestra

Ireland’s definitive 8 Piece Blues Big Band produce a high octane show including blistering guitar, creamy bass, steam train like percussion, melodic vocal work, succulent sax and true blues harp. In 2018 the Catfish Blues Orchestra released their debut album and single “The Trip” receiving a BBC radio exclusive and extensive festival dates at home and internationally.

The Irish Santana Experience
Sep 18

Pat Silke

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Pat Silke - Singer /Songwriter - For One Night Only- Sept 18th 2019.

Pat Silke and his band present a collection of his finest songs from 3 critically acclaimed solo albums. The range, depth and quality of his songs are of the highest calibre. Pat’s song craft and this show reflects a life long passion for excellent songs, superb musicianship and a quality live performance. The show will reference Pat’s musical influences from blues to gospel and from country to rock and Americana.

It promises to be a fantastic night of music - For One Night Only - Don’t Miss it.

Pat Silke
Sep 21

Strictly Handbag

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Sat Sept 21st 2019 Strictly Handbag returns to celebrate all things SH with family, friends and very special guests!

Strictly Handbag
Oct 02

Presented by Music Network

Bangers and Crash Percussion Group

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Bangers and Crash Percussion Group

Alex Petcu, percussion

Emma King, percussion

Brian Dungan, percussion

Having a physics background can be a useful thing indeed if you are ace percussionist Alex Petcu. So the required sounds don’t exist on conventional instruments? No problem, you just invent and build what you need. And that’s what audiences can expect when he and fellow percussion adventurers Emma King and Brian Dungan take to the road with their kitbag of the usual suspects of the drum world, along with a fascinating array of metal, wood and string. Three young and energetic virtuosos cook up a menu of new music (a pity Beethoven never wrote for marimba) which will tickle tastebuds and defy expectations.Their appetite for exploring rhythmic influences from around the worldFlamenco, Afro-Cuban, Javanese gamelanis healthy, hearty and irrepressible. Audiences can expect a programme of 20th century works by composers including Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Thierry De Mey, as well as a new Music Network Commission from Alex Petcu. (Please note:no sausages will be harmed in the making of this programme).

Bangers and Crash Percussion Group
Oct 03

Presented by Aiken Promotions

Stephen James Smith with special guest Tony Walsh

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Aiken Promotions proudly presents Dublin poet Stephen James Smith live at The Sugar Club with special guest Tony Walsh on 3rd October 2019. Tickets €16.00 inclusive of booking fee, on sale Thursday, 23rd May at 9AM.

Dublin poet Stephen James Smith playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views.

In 2017 he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s festival to write a new poem as a “Celebratory Narrative” of Ireland. The resultant piece ‘My Ireland’ is accompanied by a short film which has been viewed over 300,000 times and was screened at the London film festival.

In 2018 he was commissioned by Dublin stadium sponsor Aviva to write a poem to highlight the recent rugby final between England & Ireland on Paddy’s day. The poem entitled “Bring it Home” chalked up over 750,000 views across the weekend – and Ireland won!

Stephen has performed at high profile events & venues such as Electric Picnic, other voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in London, Vicar Street & the London Palladium (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard); The Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, Glastonbury Festival and many more.

His debut collection “Fear Not”, published by Arlen House, was launched in September 2018 in Dublin at Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square.

An evening with Tony Walsh, special guest on the night is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist at the very top of his game.

“Now a national hero” (The Guardian) having “stunned millions of people” (Huffington Post) with his iconic performance in Manchester in May 2017.

Oct 05

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The Mystery Lights

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In an era when the city kvetches that there are no good NYC bands, when half of the music scene has split for sunny California, the Mystery Lights are an anomaly. Not only did these bold young men reverse the direction – optimistically migrating east against the tide from the west coast, but they also landed in the wormy apple to immerse themselves in the action and diversity of New York City. They all share an apartment in Ridgewood, Queens - the basement of which they’ve converted into a makeshift rehearsal space. Betting against the odds to live the archetypical 20th century downtown musician lifestyle in 2016, though inevitably further east of the bridge, they also play with the kind of conviction, immediacy, and raw power of their mighty ancestors – from the Velvets to the Voidoids and beyond. The Mystery Lights are living proof that vital contemporary music, in this case real-deal rock’n’roll, can still be dreamed, constructed, and performed in the Empire City.

Mike Brandon and L.A. Solano have been in many different versions of The Mystery Lights under assorted monikers since their teens. In a heroic jump from the small town of Salinas, California to NYC, the band solidified its lineup to also include Alex Amini, Kevin Harris, and Noah Kohll. The explosive live shows gradually became the stuff of legend as the quintet won their following one fan at a time in dives from Brooklyn to the Bowery. Organically unfolding over the nights months and years, the Lights’ sound has evolved into a fuzz-fueled hopped-up 21st Century take on 60s garage pebbles, and artful 70s punk, that is all their own.

2016 found these rock’n’roll knights embarking upon the next logical step - unleashing their own brand of kick out the jams on tour and in the studio. When Daptone Records launched their Wick Records rock imprint, they wasted no time approaching Mystery Lights as their inaugural act.owned and run, as much as we see our reflection in the sound of bygone powerhouses like Stax and Motown, we also feel special empathy and affection for the smaller independent soul artist and effort. Daptone owes a special debt and feels a warm kinship to the example and aesthetic of these past artists and their recordings. So, Daptone goes forward, anxious to use this new arm of our company to tell the story of some of Soulful music’s little known sounds that continue to guide us today.

The Mystery Lights
Oct 05

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Johnny Osbourne

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A DJ/MC show with support tbc… Johnny Osbourne is undoubtedly one of the most popular Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer of all time.

Rising to success in the late 1970s and mid-1980s, his album Truths And Rights was a huge roots reggae hit, featuring timeless tracks ‘Jah Promise’ and the titular ‘Truths and Rights’.

He also enjoyed big hits with covers of U.S. soul tunes like “Ready Or Not” and Earth Wind and Fire’s “Reasons”. Thanks to his nickname of ‘Dancehall Godfather’, Osbourne is the most in-demand vocalist for dubplates, best known for his mid-1980s dancehall reggae hits ‘Buddy Bye’ (based on King Jammy’s Sleng Teng riddim), ‘Ice Cream Love’ and ‘Water Pumping’.

Johnny Osbourne
Oct 11

Presented by Adam O'Brien

Spectrum

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Spectrum is a unique evening where living a life with autism is explained using the art of Magic. Expect to experience all the emotions as Adam delves into living on the Spectrum showing how he has used magic to help cope with social situations.

Spectrum
Oct 17

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The Souljazz Orchestra

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“An explosive clash of Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean styles, unleashed by blaring majestic horns, dusty vintage keyboards, and an arsenal of earthquaking percussion”

Since first arriving on the Canadian scene at the turn of the millenium, the Souljazz Orchestra has never stopped pushing the limits of its signature sound: an explosive clash of Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean styles, unleashed by blaring majestic horns, dusty vintage keyboards, and an arsenal of earthquaking percussion.

The Souljazz Orchestra
Oct 20

Presented by MCD

Craig Finn

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Perhaps best known as the singer of the Hold Steady, Craig Finn is a Minnesota-bred singer, songwriter, and guitarist based out of New York City.

Combining literary influences like Jack Kerouac and John Berryman with the musical influences of Bruce Springsteen and fellow Minnesotan Paul Westerberg, Finn’s highly descriptive lyrical style has a focus on narrative, crafting whole worlds for the people in his songs to exist within.

After five albums with the band, the singer and songwriter tried his hand at a solo album during some downtime from his main project, and in 2012 released Clear Heart Full Eyes through Vagrant Records.

In 2015, Finn dropped his second solo album; Faith in the Future, released by Partisan Records, was drawn from a set of songs inspired by themes of loss and survival that Finn wrote in the wake of his mother’s death. His third record appeared in March 2017.

Craig Finn’s eagerly awaited new album, I Need A New War, arriving Friday, April 26 2019. The third album in a trilogy. I Need A New War once again sees Finn expertly chronicling our complex, often confusing, modern era, drawing deeply felt character studies about regular people trying to respond to extraordinary times, attempting to find connection whilst wondering how to keep pace with a world moving faster than they are. The LP further finds Finn focusing his lens on New York City – his home for the last 18 years.

Craig Finn will play the sugar club on Sunday October 20th with tickets from €25 incl booking fee on sale Wednesday 3rd April at 10am from Ticketmaster

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Craig Finn
Oct 21

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Bobby Oroza feat. Cold Diamond & Milk

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When Bobby Oroza and the Cold Diamond & Mink production duo first got together in the studio they cut “This Love”. That turned out to be a hell of a start. Since they originally released it in 2016 the tune has become somewhat of an underground hit. From the heavy air play at car shows and swap meets in the South West to being featured in numerous movies and tv shows, it even made it’s way to an Earl Sweatshirt mixtape. All of this has lead to a lot anticipation for Bobby Oroza’s debut full length which is appropriately named after the tune that started it all. Big Crown Records is proud to present the debut full length from Bobby Oroza, This Love.

Bobby was born in Helsinki, Finland into a family of musicians and artists where he would be exposed to a wide range of music early on. Frequent family parties at Bobby’s were thrown to the sounds of his grandfather playing Latin and Cuban classics on his guitar or to his parents record collection which was full of early jazz and blues, Motown, gospel hits, and doo-wops. The Soul records were balanced out by Brazilian, African, North and South American folk songs, and Nuyorican Salsa albums. All of these influences make appearances in Bobby’s music.

Bobby pushes the borders of soul and rock balladry and creates a sound distinctly his own. Cold Diamond & Mink provide a pitch perfect collec- tion of lo-fi, low-key classics on which Bobby’s smokey tenor floats atop, breaking hearts on some tunes and melting them on others. Maintaining the band’s signature dark and intimate aesthetic, they run the gamut of tempos, breaking hearts on some tunes and mending them on others. The group’s second single “Your Love Is Too Cold” is a stomper that blends the groovy soul drumming of early Motown records with guitar that could have been lifted from a James Bond score and has been getting heavy spins across the globe at soul parties and on radio shows. Bobby takes care of the dancers with a few up numbers, ranging from the northern soul nods on “Lonely Girl” & “Falling in Love” to the 70s jazz funk nod on “Keep On Believing”. However, the ballad lovers with the uncontrollable urge to two-step late into the night will be the real winners with “This Love”. Bobby thrives on the bed of dark and intimate sensuality found on tracks like “Alone Again”, “Down On My Knees”, and “Deja Vu”. The world is about bear witness, and surely be taken back by this strange and unique shade of Soul born in Finland but made for the whole world to enjoy.

Bobby Oroza feat. Cold Diamond & Milk