Archive | March, 2014

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PREVIEW: Hot Club de Swing @ Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath), Fri 21st Mar

Hot Club de Swing returns to the Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath) on Friday 21st March. Doors open at 9pm, with tickets priced at £7  advance + more on the door. Billed as the ‘Swingamajig warm up show’, the event welcomes Liverpool’s The Chicken Brothers back to Birmingham – a ‘feathered duo’ who DJed the final […]

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BPREVIEW: Freestyle presents… Jamtidy, Lobster, Too Spicy, Call Me Unique @ The Bull’s Head (Moseley), Fri 14th Mar

Friday 14th March sees packed line up of Hip Hip, Ska, Reggae and Gypsy Punk at The Bull’s Head in Moseley. Promoted by Freestyle, Sam Redmore’s regular eclectic showcase, the event will include JamTidy, Lobster, Too Spicy & Call Me Unique. Doors open at 8:30pm, running until 2am, with entry £4 all night. JamTidy are […]

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REVIEW: Gabriela Montero plays Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 @ Symphony Hall, Thurs 6th Mar

Words by Jonathan Glen Performed by Gabriela Montero & the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Conducted by Michael Seal Tonight the Symphony Hall is witness to a duel between two great Russians. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is joined by Venezuelan-American pianist Gabriella Montero to take on Sergei Rachmaninov’s stirring 1901 Piano Concerto […]

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REVIEW: Welsh National Opera’s La Traviata @ Birmingham Hippodrome, Tues 4 Mar

Words by Althea Patterson / Production pics by Bill Cooper One asks the question, is opera is accessible to all? I’ve loved it since I heard Luciano Pavarotti sing during the 1990 World Cup – and chances are many will first experience opera through a crossing of mediums; absorbing ringtones or advertising, then wondering why […]

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REVIEW: Louise Petit + Rhiannon Mair @ Ort Café, Sat 1st March

Words by Ed King / Below pics courtesy of Spence Cater – “…and they’re not depressing. I promise you.” My friend agrees to meet me at Ort Cafe, where Rhiannon Mair and Louise Petit are playing tonight. He’s just come back from a romantic break in New York and my “…two female singer songwriters” […]

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