the city LIVE NIGHTS @ MAMA’S Mama Liz’s have another packed month of live music throughout July – as their licence is under threat, get down there and support the venue! First up is Vince Ray on July 2 – the legendary artist comes to Stamford with his ghoulish, breakneck rockabilly that takes inspiration from 50’s American counter-culture and adds zombies, bad girls, fast cars and a fair amount of booze. On July 9 is Girl.Kill.Smile, a mysterious London electro shock trio with a very big secret, then on July 15, the Folkwit Tour 2010 calls in and features Jezz Hall, Andy Whittle and Daniel Carlson playing the best in acoustic folk. Jail Guitar Doors, mentored by Billy Bragg, play at Mama Liz’s on July 17. The charity and band were inspired by the death of Joe Strummer, all money raised buys acoustic guitars for prisoners and helps them learn a new skill and express their anger in a more constructive way. For more information, visit www.mamaliz.co.uk
JAZZING IT UP IN CATHEDRAL SQUARE A series of free weekly summer jazz has kicked off a great summer vibe in Cathedral Square and will continue through until mid-September. Each week, a band will perform a two-hour set from 2pm to 4pm with a short break so you can chill to some tunes by the fountains, hopefully in the sun. It’s great to see live entertainment in the Square – let’s have more of it! Look out this month for the CSD Brass Band on July 4, The Soham Comrades Brass Band on July 11, The Wississippi Jazz Band on July 18, Dog House Dixie Band on July 25 and Savoy Jazz on August 1.
FENLAND FAMILY FUN Take the kids along to one of the Family Fun Days, either at St. Guthlac’s School, Crowland on July 23 or at Sutton Bridge Children’s Centre on August 4. As they’re part of the South Holland Food Festival, there’ll be loads of tasty treats for you to try while you watch cooking demonstrations. Once you’ve stuffed yourselves, the kids can take part in loads of activities including the Yogabugs, Magical Movers and Tiggerz. For more information, call Holbeach Children's Centre on 01406 426064, Sutton Bridge Children's Centre on 01406 359327 or Spalding Children's Centre on 01775 712071.
GET READY FOR RANDALL ROOTZ MK4 Festival season is most definitely upon us and one of Peterborough’s best is set for a return next month on August 20 / 21 / 22. Once again ESP is proud to support this fantastic event. The Pogues tribute act The Dead Rabbits will kick the festival off in style on Friday August 20 at the Brewery Tap. These guys launched the first ever Randall Rootz back in 2007 which was set up in memory of well-known local percussionist and promoter Mark Randall who sadly lost his battle with cancer that year. Every single penny raised goes to Sue Ryder Care at Thorpe Hall, where Mark was cared for in his final months. He spent most of his life either playing music or getting bands to come to the city, and this festival organised by his friends and family aims to continue his love of music, diversity and community, meaning it has a vibe unlike any other. The full list of artists both local and international will be announced in the coming weeks but expect a rollicking good line-up to rock Charters’ beer garden as well as entertainment for the kids. The Dead Rabbits gig is ticket only but the weekend festival at Charters is free and ESP will be down there to capture the action. We’ll have full details next month. www.fandallrootz.org