Future Juke: London Festival Of 21st Century Blues

Future Juke Festival, Five Headline Acts, Dates and Venues across London

As John Lennon once said “The blues is a chair, not the design for a chair, or a better chair… It is the first chair.” Hip-hop guru Chuck D agreed – “Rap is the furniture, blues is the damn house…” Elvis opined – “If you haven’t got a partner, use a wooden chair…

Future Juke Festival intends to present some of the finest chairs!

29th May  Chair 1: Jake La Botz  at Paper Dress Vintage  joined by Sister Cookie & Annie Bea TICKETS

31st May Chair 2: Aidan Connell at The Islington joined by Husky Tones & Mudlow TICKETS

1st June Chair 3: Fantastic Negrito at Dingwalls  joined by Miraculous Mule TICKETS

4th June Chair 4: Eli iPaperboy Reed at 100 Club  joined by High & Might Brass Band &  Marcus Bonfanti TICKETS

5th June Chair 5: Jerron Paxton at Bush Hall  joined by Nia Wyn TICKETS

Jake La Botz  Chicago-born bluesman is a deeply compelling performer who learned at the feet of blues pioneers David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards and ‘Homesick’ James. His latest album, ‘Sunnyside’ is a masterclass in rootsy, grooving songcraft.

Sister Cookie is an in-demand DJ and an amazing soul-blues voice with the stage presence to fill a stadium. She’s performed at festivals all over the world, belting out a mixture of originals and covers from the classic eras of swing and R&B with ebullience, class and pizzazz.

Annie Bea helps head up The Rotten Hill Gang and Fjokra (whose fleet-fingered accompaniment also graces Annie’s solo performances). Annie is equally at home with punk, funk, prog and jazz – but blues is the natural home for her enthralling, evocative, smokey tones

Aidan Connell delivers guitar pyrotechnics and scintillating brand of garage-psych has graced stages with Gary Clark Jr and Iggy Pop. His debut album Grio, is a sonic stunner.

Husky Tones are launching their sonic rollercoaster of an EP, I Don’t Give A Damn Anymore at this gig. A stand-up drummer and a swaggering, swirling guitarist – boy/girl alchemical punk-rock-blues at its finest.

Mudlow’s dusty, gritty Americana is evocative and enthralling. Their new retrospective, Waiting For The Tide To Rise is proof that they are stars in a parallel universe.

Fantastic Negrito won the 2017 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. He is one of the most electrifying performers you will ever encounter. He is Bernie Sanders’ favourite bluesman. Chris Cornell personally asked him to be opening act on his final tours. The Daily Mirror wrote of ‘The Last Days Of Oakland’ – “The first great album of the post-Ali, post-Prince world.” The forthcoming, ‘Please Don’t Be Dead is even better

Eli Paperboy Reed is latter-day soul-blues don. He honed his skills in Mississippi jukes and Chicago gospel choirs. He has the voice of a classic 1960s R&B belter and superb guitar and harmonica skills to boot.

High & Mighty Brass Band 10-piece to make a frankly heavenly racket.

Blues-rocker Marcus Bonfanti is one of Britain’s very best a young gun guitarist who will and spirit and festival fizz to the evening

Jerron Paxton maybe young, but delves into the deep history of African-American musical traditions and breathes new life into them. He’s a multi-instrumentalist: guitar, banjo, piano, violin, harmonica and percussion, who has thrilled audiences globally. An evening with Jerron is a profound education and a joyous entertainment. He was a highlight of the BBC’s recent American Epic series and is a legend in the making.

Nia Wyn is a young woman with an extraordinary talent – blessed with a keening country/blues voice and mean guitar-picking skills, she developed her love of roots and soul music sifting through second-hand shops in her native Llandudno. She describes herself as a hip-hop soul in a blues body. Her star is on the rise.

Future Juke intends to present the most vital aspects of the genre. Our line-up will celebrate cross-pollinations between the blues and other musical forms, we’ll champion variety and diversity, and honour the past while shimmying towards the future.

Five Nights across five venues delivering every shade and tone of blues-infused delights

 

Future Juke: London Festival Of 21st Century Blues

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