The Shed with Dan Berkson
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Dan Berkson

The Dan Berkson Trio perform modern jazz with a strong sense of both history and innovation. Drawing on the traditions of the great piano trios of Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett, and Bill Evans, they also bring their own sound communicated through Berkson’s compositions. Come see him in action with Jon Scott on drums and Andrea Di Biase on bass.  

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm 

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52nd Street with Pete Horsfall
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

52nd Street with Pete Horsfall

Find the late night subterranean haven of Smitty's off of the busy thoroughfare of Broadway just as the original hipsters did in 30s and 40s New York. 52nd Street was the place where musicians got together after their "legit" gigs and put everything on the line to birth the most exciting sounds to ever be called jazz. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30

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Basement Tapes with Jack Gillen Trio
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Jack Gillen Trio

Jack Gillen is a London based guitarist and composer who fuses Jazz, Rock, Folk, Blues, and Classical influences into his distinctive style. His debut EP ‘The Long Way Down’ (released in the latter half of 2018) features melodically focused compositions, dark harmonic twists and turns and lots of dynamic improvisation. This high energy guitar trio features the grooving and explosive combination of Darren Beckett on drums and Phil Donnelly on bass.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Wind Up with Amaro Frietas
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Amaro Frietas

In the sweltering North-Eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco lies the coastal city of
Recife, where Amaro Freitas is pioneering the new sound of Brazilian jazz. For the
prodigious young pianist, the spirit of his hometown runs deep. From the Afro-Brazilian
maracatu born on the sugar plantations of slavery, to the high intensity carnival
rhythms of frevo and baião, Amaro’s heavily percussive approach to jazz is as
indebted to these Pernambuco traditions as it is to Coltrane, Parker and Monk.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Take Out with Richard Fairhurst Trio
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Richard Fairhurst Trio

Steinway Artist and BBC Jazz Award winner Richard Fairhurst has been an important figure on the UK jazz scene since the mid 1990’s. His ongoing significance is evident in the recent album recorded with the late, great John Taylor. This performance features Richard’s trio accompained by the bass work of Dave Whitford and drummer Tim Giles. Their music combines both cerebral and lyrical improvisation full of emotion with high-energy grooves.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with Emanuele Filippi
Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Emanuele Filippi

Italian award-winning pianist and composer Emanuele Filippi is making his first appearance at Smitty's with his debut record “Polyphonies” featuring original compositions inspired by the sounds of European classical music. He'll be joined by two London-based musicians that have slowly become regulars here at the bar: Peter Wilson (guitar) and Luca Caruso (drums). 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm



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The Shed with Bird / Herbert / Sanders
Jul
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Bird / Herbert / Sanders

A brand new trio featuring drummer George Bird (Saltwater Samurai / Zara McFarlane), bass player Tom Herbert (Polar Bear / The Invisible) and guitarist Greg Sanders (Teotima / Kadialy Kouyate), exploring folk music traditions from around the world and songs by artists such as Nick Drake, Manuel da Falla and Abdullah Ibrahim.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Saturday Night Special with Mark Lewandowski
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday Night Special with Mark Lewandowski

Mark has always been part of the Kansas Smitty’s family. Since moving to the States and taking part of the celebrated Artist Diploma programme at the prestigious Juilliard School, he came a long way. He’s performed with a diverse range of musicians such as John Surman, Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Greco, Sheila Jordan. We’re happy to welcome him back home for this one-off Saturday night.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Basement Tapes with Francesco Ciniglio
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Francesco Ciniglio

Since moving to New York at the age of 21, Francesco's career skyrocketed: he studied with John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Mike Holober, Dan Carillo and Scott Reeves and became drummer of the Artist Diploma ensemble at the Juilliard School of music, on a full scholarship. After many collaborations with musicians such as Aaron Parks, Joe Sanders and Shai Maestro, we're happy to welcome Neapolitan drummer Francesco Ciniglio back for an appearance at Kansas Smitty's. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Gypsy Jazz Masterclass with Gonzalo Bergara
Jul
11
11:00 AM11:00

Gypsy Jazz Masterclass with Gonzalo Bergara

Gonzalo Bergara has forged his own style of progressive and modern Gypsy Jazz by mixing the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. He is now considered as one of the most respectful guitarist composers of the last ten years. For this reason, we are more than happy to host him today for an exclusive masterclass at Smitty's. There's a limited amount of tickets, so make sure to book your slot as fast as you can.

Masterclass – 11am to 1pm

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The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Jul
11
8:30 PM20:30

The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

Following the great success of the Winter Tour 2018, The Gonzalo Bergara’s Quintet is excited to announce their come back to Europe presenting a new ake on the project “Django Meets Piazzolla”. Tonight Gonzalo Bergara Quartet will perform an incredible intimate concert planned for Kansas Smitty’s, bringing along multi-talented UK based musicians such as Andrea Todesco (guitar), Maki Bergara (cajon) and Pete Thomas (double bass). 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

www.natpressplay.com

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The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Jul
11
9:30 PM21:30

The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

Following the great success of the Winter Tour 2018, The Gonzalo Bergara’s Quintet is excited to announce their come back to Europe presenting a new ake on the project “Django Meets Piazzolla”. Tonight Gonzalo Bergara Quartet will perform an incredible intimate concert planned for Kansas Smitty’s, bringing along multi-talented UK based musicians such as Andrea Todesco (guitar), Maki Bergara (cajon) and Pete Thomas (double bass). 

Doors 9.30, music from 10pm

www.natpressplay.com

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Take Out with Ofer Landsberg
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Ofer Landsberg

Shortly after his arrival in New York, aged only seventeen, jazz guitarist Ofer Landsberg was performing regularly with legendary jazz greats such as pianist Frank Hewitt and drummer Jimmy Lovelace. Distinguishing himself as a striking talent, he frequented gigs at the celebrated clubs Smalls and Fat Cat, where during this time he met his mentor, the renowned bebop pianist and teacher Barry Harris. Join him 


Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Masterclass with Gilad Hekselman
Jul
17
4:00 PM16:00

Masterclass with Gilad Hekselman

Gilad Hekselman has been developing a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists in the jazz scene since his arrival in New York in 2004. After only a few years he shared the stage with some of the greatest artists in NY, including Chris Potter, Mark Turner, John Scofield, Anat Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Esperanza Spalding, Sam Yahel, Jeff Ballard, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Tigran Hamasyan, Aaron Parks and Greg Hutchinson. We're pleased to welcome him back to London for a one-off, exclusive experience at Smitty's. 

Masterclass from 4pm to 5.30pm. 

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Basement Tapes with New Orleans Swamp Donkeys
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys started in the authentic grassroots music scene, playing traditional jazz, blues, vaudeville, original music, modern jazz adaptations, and many other jazz and New Orleans-derived styles. They performed at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues FestMonte Carlo Sporting Summer Fest, and North Sea JazzFestivals; along with Ronnie Scott's in London, The Hamilton in Washington, DC, Cliff Bell's in Detroit, and many more. Come see them perform at the bar for this one-off show.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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The Shed with Kadialy Kouyaté
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Kadialy Kouyaté

Kadialy Kouyaté is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Friday Hat Trick with Finger Counting Trio
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Finger Counting Trio

Finger Counting Trio comprises trumpet player Freddie Gavita, guitarist Nick Costly-White and bassist Tim Thornton. The trio took inspiration from the album Finger Painting, in which Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitfield and Christian McBride performed the music of Herbie Hancock. Following this thread they chose some other classic albums such as Count Basie's Atomic Basie to re-imagine in this more unusual trio line-up. The evening will consist of a selection of the musicians favourite compositions.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Saturday Night Special with Will Arnold Forster Trio
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday Night Special with Will Arnold Forster Trio

Born in London, Will began playing at the age of five and after ten years of classical training he caught the jazz bug at the age of 17. He’s quickly become one of our favourite guitarists and hosts for our monthly Peanut Butter Jam. Today we welcome him as he will be playing with his own trio for this Saturday Night Special.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Wind Up with Dirty Ragtimers
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Dirty Ragtimers

The Dirty Ragtimers play classic American music from the early 20th Century. Bringing quality singing, finger-picking blues, hot/swing jazz, ragtime, country and gospel together to satisfy audiences like a great rediscovered recipe. The band work their own arrangements, original songs, crying violin and sweet harmonies with an original sound drenched in history and quality craftsmanship. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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The Shed with The London Django Collective
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with The London Django Collective

The best music is made collectively. The London Django Collective was born out of the desire to create a local and innovate forum for musicians influenced by the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt. The Collective remains in the spirit of Django, whilst pushing the genre of ‘gypsy jazz’ in London forward into a modern sphere. Fresh out of the studio the collective will be coming out with a number of regular digital releases and videos throughout 2019, showcasing each member in turn.

Harry Diplock (guitar), Robin Katz (guitar), Jeremie Coullon (guitar), Matt Holborn (violin), Giacomo Smith (clarinet) and Pete Thomas (bass)

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with The Sounding Circle
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with The Sounding Circle

Billy Adamson and Glyn Daniels were brought together over a shared love of vintage Americana.  Sounding Circle was inspired when camping out in the Californian desert whilst on tour in America. Where bands like Vulfpeck have updated Motown rhythm section playing into a blank canvas for wide-ranging collaborations, Sounding Circle swap in 70's Californian pop and psychedelia for their revolving cast of choice guests.  Sounding Circle want to make Smitty's the hub for London's most tasteful musicians and singers to feature with their ultrasolid rhythm section. They'll invite in songwriters and players to expand foundries within their timeless and genre-less style. Loose psychedelic gutter blues. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with Rachael Cohen
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Rachael Cohen

Rachael Cohen is no stranger to Smitty’s and is a mainstay at London’s most famous club Ronnie Scott’s. She was first the female artist signed the internationally acclaimed Whirlwind Recordings and is noted for her composing, her work with singer Judi Jackson, and New York drummer Jason Brown. This brand new band, composed by Ferg Ireland (electric bass), Rupert Cox (piano) and Jordan Hadfield (drums), had their debut at Ronnie Scott’s featuring the internationally renowned vocalist Heidi Vogel - famous for her work with the Cinematic orchestra. Expect: compositions rooted in heavy grooves and synthtastic vibes. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with Alex Merritt/Gareth Fowler
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Alex Merritt/Gareth Fowler

Alex is a London-based tenor saxophonist and composer involved with jazz, improvised music and contemporary classical music. Tonight his usual quintet with stateside guitarist Gareth Fowler and trumpeter Percy Pursglove will be revolutionised by a special guest, German pianist Pablo Held. Completing the line-up will be Josh Blackmore on drums and Oli Hayhurst on bass.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Delilah Montagu & Archie Faulks
Jun
18
to Jun 19

Delilah Montagu & Archie Faulks

Delilah Montagu is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter originally from Hampshire, now residing in London. She cites some of her influences as The Smiths, James Blake, Joni Mitchell and Bon Iver. Following her London residency - and a hugely successful spree of shows at The Great Escape in Brighton earlier this month - Delilah will be playing at Smitty’s for the last date of her UK tour.

Doors 7.30pm, music from 8.30pm


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The Shed with Matthew Read Trio
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Matthew Read Trio

Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches for music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play. Drawing influence from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motian and many more, MRT brings a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio. Featuring Benedict Wood (guitar), Arthur Newell (drums) and Matthew Read (double bass).

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Basement Tapes with Almanaque Quartet
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Almanaque Quartet

To kick off this Wednesday night, Luca Boscagin's Almanaque Quartet will present a powerful musical adventure into the depths of Brasilian and African grooves mixed with Jazz. The band, formed in 2015, have already performed at several festivals and clubs around Europe and they regularly feature at Ronnie Scott’s in London playing alongside Ivan Lins, Eumire Deodato and Pee Wee Ellis as well as others. Come down to see them play all of your favourite tunes by Milton Nascimento.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Old School and Smitty's Big Four
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Old School and Smitty's Big Four

No musical high can top the jubilant ensemble out-chorus from a great New Orleans jazz band. So join us for members of the Kansas Smitty's House Band and invited guests perform unearthed gems and new compositions in the vein of Jelly Roll Morton, Eddie Condon and John Kirby with a bespoke list of cocktails to sip on as the musicians urge each other on to ever greater feats. 

Doors from 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Basement Tapes with Rossano Sportiello Trio
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Rossano Sportiello Trio

The fabulous Italian-American swing pianist Rossano Sportiello joins bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown. Rossano was born in Vigevano, Italy, and graduated in classical piano aged only 16. Having transferred his allegiance to jazz, he became known as an exponent of the stride style and was compared to the late Ralph Sutton and Dave McKenna, but that understates his playing range. He can, as they say, do it all. He is aided in achieving this by having, in his words, the best of the best - poll winners Dave Green on bass and Steve Brown on drums to complete the sensational trio.


Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Take Out with Lilli Unwin + Nick Ereaut
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Lilli Unwin + Nick Ereaut

Singer and songwriter Lilli Unwin brings her EP launch party to Kansas Smitty’s. Her release ‘it may not always be so’ has been described by Becca Stevens as "a beautiful collection of songs featuring a wide array of styles and soaring melodies that stay with you long after each listen - Lilli is a refreshingly authentic, tender, and fearless songwriter poised for greatness.”

Lilli’s live band features some of London’s most exciting musicians; Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Rupert Cox on piano, Conor Chaplin on bass and Corrie Dick on drums. The band has developed a unique soundscape, lifting Lilli’s narrative for this journey of becoming. Imagine orchestral moments interspersed with layered vocals, anthemic melodies and subtle grooves. MOBO-nominated artist Natalie Williams adds her praise: "Lilli’s songs take you on a dreamy, immersive journey; with a beautiful voice to match”.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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The Shed with Dave Archer Trio
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Dave Archer Trio

For this special Thursday night, we would like to re-create our usual weekend, chatty and dynamic vibe. Because, we all know, Thursday is the new Friday, right? House Band guitarist Dave Archer is stepping out on his own as a band leader. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass and Jim Hall, Dave will join forces with two special guests to spice up your Thursday.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Take Out with Marton Juhasz Quartet
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Marton Juhasz Quartet

After returning from the United States in 2012, Marton has been active in Europe working with musicians such as Lionel Loueke, Gilad Hekselman, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Byron Wallen, and many more. Tonight he will be celebrating the release of his newest album "Discovery", with a few of our favourite UK based musicians: George Crowley, Rob Luft and Andrew Robb. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Saturday Night Special with Malcolm Edmonstone
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday Night Special with Malcolm Edmonstone

Malcolm is a key professor in the Guildhall Jazz faculty and Artistic Director of Jazz for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. He has played with many of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, including Mark Lockheart, Stan Sulzmann and Iain Dixon. Join him at the bar tonight as he will be playing with Will Cleasby (drums) and Will Sach (bass).

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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“Ain’t Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll” at Underbelly Festival Southbank
May
24
9:30 PM21:30

“Ain’t Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll” at Underbelly Festival Southbank

Kansas Smitty’s house bands reputation in london has always been synonymous with New Orleans. For this one off show on London’s Underbelly Festival Southbank they join forces with a roster of special guests, for a night inspired by the self-proclaimed ""inventor of jazz"" Jelly Roll Morton’s infamous interview with song collector Alan Lomax.

Kansas Smitty's House Band will be collaborating with England's living link to New Orleans jazz legend Louis Armstrong, Enrico Tommaso. They will also be joined by 'UK Jazz Invasion' superstars Theon Cross (Sons of Kemet) and Shane Forbes (Empirical).

Music from 9.30pm


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The Shed with Kit Downes/Reinier Baas/Ben Van Gelder
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Kit Downes/Reinier Baas/Ben Van Gelder

Guitarist Reinier Baas and saxophonist Ben van Gelder have shared the stage over 200 times in the past eight years, but continue to challenge each other as performers and composers. Together, they have developed a unique vocabulary that is rooted in the American jazz tradition, but is unmistakably European at the same time. Tonight's gig will be featuring five international "improv pros": Reinier Bass on guitar, Kit Downes on piano, Ben Van Gelder on alto saxophone, Connor Chaplin on bass and Will Glaser on drums.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Basement Tapes with TJ Johnson
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with TJ Johnson

TJ Johnson's brand new project, 'A Man and His Blues', will be heavily influenced by the songs and life of one of the greatest blues singers, Jimmy Witherspoon. Jimmy's style of blues - known as the "blues shouter" - grew widely popular in the 1950's. Tonight TJ and his band will be honouring his memory with a selection of hot jump blues tunes, some stomping swing and many soulful ballads. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Take Out with The Sounding Circle
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with The Sounding Circle

Billy Adamson and Glyn Daniels were brought together over a shared love of vintage Americana.  Sounding Circle was inspired when camping out in the Californian desert whilst on tour in America. Where bands like Vulfpeck have updated Motown rhythm section playing into a blank canvas for wide-ranging collaborations, Sounding Circle swap in 70's Californian pop and psychedelia for their revolving cast of choice guests.  Sounding Circle want to make Smitty's the hub for London's most tasteful musicians and singers to feature with their ultrasolid rhythm section. They'll invite in songwriters and players to expand foundries within their timeless and genre-less style. Loose psychedelic gutter blues. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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52nd Street with Pete Horsfall
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

52nd Street with Pete Horsfall

Find the late night subterranean haven of Smitty's off of the busy thoroughfare of Broadway just as the original hipsters did in 30s and 40s New York. 52nd Street was the place where musicians got together after their "legit" gigs and put everything on the line to birth the most exciting sounds to ever be called jazz. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30

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