A day of free music events around
Date: Saturday 8th July
Location: Kingston Bridge / Market Square / Rose Theatre
2pm: Brassroots – Kingston Bridge
2.20pm: Brassroots – Kingston Market Square performance
3pm: Ewa Plywacz Duo – Kingston Market Square Performance
4pm: Julian Marc Stringle Jazz Quartet – Kingston Market Square Performance
5pm: Tobias Ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater – Kingston Market Square Performance
7pm: The Gator Dog Snappers – Rose Theatre Cafe
8pm: Tankus the Henge – Rose Theatre Main House
9.30pm: John Coghlan’s Quo – Rose Theatre Main House
Dust of those dancing shoes, and swing along to Kingston RPM – Gig Day, a day of free music events around town on July 8th. With 8 special performances from some of the most illustrious rock ‘n’ roll, swing and jazz artists of today… from the insanely infectious Brassroots, culminating in a spectacular live concert with Tankus the Henge and John Coghlan’s Quo at the Rose Theatre.
Kicking off the day’s free events, will be Brassroots, a contemporary brass band, who put their unique twist on chart & dance classics. Their contagious beats have stormed the stages at Glastonbury, Ronnie Scott’s, and Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother. They will be parading over Kingston Bridge, making their way back to Market Square, to start off the day with a bang!
Other performances in the Market Square come courtesy of Julian Marc Stringle’s Jazz Quartet, and Tobias Ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater, an incredible duo who have been carving their way on the folk scene, garnering huge support from BBC Radio 6, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, and playing festivals, such as Green Man, Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party.
Then over to the Rose Theatre Café for festival favourites, & swing-dance regulars, The Gator Dog Snappers, opening the Rose performances at 7pm. A versatile crew of multi-instrumentalists, they’re sure to get those toes tapping. Tankus the Henge take over in the main house at the Rose Theatre, who draw together a “dizzying array of styles from 50s dancehall to gut-pounding Blues”.
The legendary John Coghlan’s Quo are closing the day’s musical extravaganza, at the Rose Theatre. The band was put together to recreate the authentic 70s Quo sound, so the perfect band to pay homage to all the greats that played in Kingston, and have gone on to influence many of today’s most celebrated artists.
This gig day is part of Kingston RPM: Records, People & Music, a music heritage project by Creative Youth, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Royal Borough of Kingston. The project has been dedicated to unearthing the rich music heritage that began when the American Army, stationed in Bushy Park, brought along their amazing jazz/swing records, creating a jazz scene in Kingston. Fast forward to the 60s/70s, and the likes of David Bowie, Queen, Little Richard, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more performed in Kingston.
So, with a nod to the old, and a salute to the new, come and celebrate Kingston, in all its musical glory.
Please note, events are FREE but ticketed so you must book a ticket for the Rose Theatre events at the Box Office. There is a small booking fee if tickets are booked online or over the phone.