Music & Drama
Thursday 1st October
20:00 Norwich Art Centre
Price: £ 15.00 Adv; £18.00 Door (Standing)
Pat Thomas & The Kwashibu Area Band
+ DJ Cameron Black (Boiling Point)
Few genres of music can bring a smile to a listener’s face more quickly than highlife, and few highlife singers have a voice as uniquely powerful and resonant, yet silky sweet as the “Golden Voice Of Africa” and Ghana’s “first rock star”, the legendary Pat Thomas
Friday 2nd October
20:00 Norwich Art Centre
Price: £ 9.00 Adv; £11.00 Door (Standing)
The Bohicas + support
“Like a punch in the face in the best possible way” Annie Mac, Radio 1
“Straddle early-60s Merseybeat, blues rock, Krautrock and Velvets fuzz-fuckery while throwing in modernist electro twists. A radical reimagining of the pre-Beatles age.” NME
The Bohicas release Swarm, their razor-sharp new single, on Friday the 21st of August, alongside the release of their debut album entitled The Making Of.
The Bohicas are rock and roll painted in vivid primary colours. Hi def, loud, fast and shiny. A barrage of killer hooks, razor blade riffs and choruses that slap you in the face, grab your hand and lead you onto the dance floor. All shot through with pulp imagery torn from the pages of a graphic novel.
Saturday 3rd October
21:00 Norwich Open, NR2 4SF
Price: £ 15.00
STORMZY + Guests
Michael Omari, better known by his stage name Stormzy, is an English MC who makes both grime and rap music. Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the 2014 MOBO Awards and was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC's influential Sound of 2015 list.
19:30-22:00 Union House, Blue Bar, UEA
Hosted by: African Caribbean Society and Live Music Society Event
Open Mic Night
Hosted by: African Caribbean Society and Live Music Society Event:
Info: Hussam Hussein: @UnionUEABME / union.ethnicminoriti .u k
Wednesday 7th October
20:00-23:00 Platform Twelve, 12 St. Benedict Street, Norwich
Free entry (donation welcome)
The First Wednesday Club
Norwich's multi-Arts multi-genre Performance Club welcomes the Anna Mudeka band for a NBHM special
for more information or to book your 15 minute session please go to
Saturday 10th October
19:30 Theatre Royal
Price: £ 8.00 - £ 29.00 + fee
Special guest: Shawn Jones
Legendary guitar musician and singer-songwriter Robert Cray returns to Norwich following No1 chart success with his 2014 studio release In My Soul. Previous accolades include 5 Grammy wins, 15 Grammy nominations, and multi-platinum selling albums.
Over four decades Robert Cray has laid down track after track of good-time, uptown, low-down blues, and has been known as one of the most popular artists in blues and soul music. Cray helped to shape the blues on the national scene in the 1980s with his breakthrough album Strong Persuader in 1986. His soulful and creative guitar work has been a dominant force in blues. Over the years Cray’s musical influence has been widely recognized and he is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. He has written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan to John Lee Hooker
Wednesday 14th October
20:00 Norwich Art Centre
Fuel presents Racheal Ofori: Portrait
A frank, fun and provocative look at the trials and tribulations of modern life seen through the eyes of a young black woman. Inspired by Racheal’s own experiences, Portrait uses music, poetry, humour and dance to examine identity and role models and challenge cultural stereotypes.
An exciting debut solo show from writer, performer and rising talent Racheal Ofori (The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe). Directed for Edinburgh and UK tour by Kate Hewitt
Supported by Arts Council England and the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.
Age guidance 12+
Wednesday 14th October
20:00 Dereham Jazz Society, Lakeside Country Club, Quarry Lane, Lyng, Norfolk NR9 5RS
Price: £ 12
Lewis Wright and Chris Cooper
Lewis Wright and Chris Cooper have a lot in common. Both are local to our area, both are sons of jazz-musician fathers and both studied at the most eminent music schools. As a vibraphonist Lewis has performed world wide and guested with Wynton Marsalis at the Barbican. Chris Cooper is well known in Norfolk as a first rate pianist and teacher. Expect a programme of modern jazz standards with a good helping of Latin rhythms.
Lewis Wright, vibraphone; Chris Cooper, piano; Owen Morgan, bass; Rob Masters, drums
Tuesday 20th October
19:30-21:30 The Hive, UEA
Hosted by International Students Society Event
The UEA International Students Society are hosting a freestyle dancing event. Come and have fun grooving to some amazing tunes.
Students Society Event: Performance Info: Hussam Hussein: @UnionUEABME / union.ethnicminoriti .u k
Friday 23rd October
19:30 Norwich Art Centre
Price: £ 10
Madou N'Daiye Cissokho & The Golden Kora Band + Abdoulaye Samb + Sefo Kanuteh
Dreams Music presents This is Senegal featuring Modou Ndiaye Cissokho & The Golden Kora Band + Abdoulaye Samb + Sefo Kanuteh
Master drummer and kora player Modou N’Diaye Cissokho is a member of the internationally reknown Cissokho family of griot musicians from the Casamance region of Southern Senegal. As a virtuoso drummer and percussionist with a superb repetoire of rhythms, he plays a variety of instruments ranging from djembe, sabar and talking drum to his leading instrument, the 22 string kora (West African harp).
Before the time of pen and paper in West Africa, it was the role of the Cissokho Griot family to preserve the region’s history by passing on stories of creation and culture through song. Entrusted by the Royal Mandingue Empire as advisers since the 14th century, Modou’s family are still notorious for producing the most highly -skilled musicians in Senegal’s southern region.
These traditional influences continue to inspire his music today whilst allowing him to collaborate with modern ensemble’s of electric bass and drumkit producing the updated Senegalese sound
Saturday 24th October
19:30 The Play House
Price: £ 21.50 full price; £19 concessions (+ £ 1.20 per transaction when tickets posted)
Swinging at the Cotton Club
Take a step back into 1920s New York City and through the doors of Harlem's hottest nightclub, The Cotton Club!
Swinging at The Cotton Club is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s famous nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s.
Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging - whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines.
In this show, the exciting dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous Jiving Lindy Hoppers, the world’s premier jazz dance company and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra featuring vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington
Monday 26th October
19:30 Theatre Royal, Norwich
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
Based on the 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, the play examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility. The 1994 feature film, regularly voted Britain’s favourite ever movie, starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Two of TV’s best loved leading men, IAN KELSEY (Andy Dufresne) and PATRICK ROBINSON (Red), star in this thrilling new production of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. Despite protests of his innocence, Andy Dufresne is handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover. Incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank facility, he quickly learns that no one can survive alone. Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, and things take a slight turn for the better. However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched… Recommended Age 15+
Monday 26th October
19:00- 22:00 Blue Bar, UEA
Hosted by: Live Music Society and African Caribbean Society
Love Music Hate Racism
Gig Solidarity with the migrants Our music is living testimony to the fact that cultures can and do mix. It unites us and gives us strength, and offers a vibrant celebration of our multicultural and multiracial society. Racism seeks only to divide and weaken us.
Let’s celebrate through Music - Rock – Hip-hop – Bhangra – Dubstep – Drum n Bass – Indie – Reggae – R&B – Punk – Grime – Jazz… OUR MUSIC Hosted by: Live Music and Music societies
Info: Hussam Hussein: @UnionUEABME /union.ethnicminoriti
Friday 30th October
19:30 Epic Studios, Norwich
Price: £ 18.00 (The event is for over 14's only)
Sure, Jazzy Jeff is known for being a star in Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but he is also a hip hop pioneer and icon who has won three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two NAACP Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards and an MTV Music Award. He has recorded with Fresh Prince star Will Smith, and continues to turn out truly majestic albums including ‘The Return of the Magnificent.’ Jeff has also lent his hand to other notable acts including Kenny Lattimore, Tatyana Ali and soul goddess Jill Scott, also from Philadelphia, he is also a Grammy winner for his incredible full length albums. As a DJ, Jazzy Jeff has to be one of the most accomplished in the world, with turntable skills honed to perfection over the decades.
Norwich Jams for BHM 2015
The jam session has deep roots in Black History. It is where the creative essence of jazz originates. The 1930’s and 40’s Swing Era brought the jam session to an artistic all time high. An abundance of great musicians swirled around the USA doing one night stands for dancers, but when work was over, they headed for the after hours clubs where their creative impulses were let rip. Suddenly Bebop was on the scene, and Modern Jazz was born. Norwich celebrates the jam session in BHM 2015!
Venues and Dates 8pm start
Monday 12th October, Norwich Jazz Club Jam session at the Maddermarket Theatre St John’s Alley NR2 1DR
Tuesday 15th October, Norfolk Blues Society Jam at Tracks, The Railway Tavern, North Elmham NR20 5HH
Wednesday 28th October at Walnut Tree Shades, Old Post Office Court, Norwich NR2 1NG
Open mike Every Wednesday at Platform 12 St Benedicts Street, NR2 4AG
Walnut Tree Shades Jazz Jam every Monday night