Long Street Blues Club

Long Street Blues Club : Gigs 2016/17

Saturday 22nd October 2016 - Focus | Doors 7.45pm | Main Band 9pm

We are very pleased to get this band back again to the club as a result of unprecedented demand from people who insisted we get them back at the earliest opportunity.

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, as well as critically acclaimed albums 'Moving Waves', 'Focus 3' and 'Hamburger Concerto', the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!

After a comeback in the early 2000's, which resulted in the well-received albums 'Focus 8' and 'Focus 9', the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972. Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, complete the band's current line-up. Recently, Focus's biggest hit "Hocus Pocus" was used in a 4-minute Nike commercial before the World Cup broadcast. Focus music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK.

A new Focus era has arrived! There is a rejuvenated passion in the new compositions that adorn the new album 'Focus X', which features a full scale Roger Dean painting on the cover. Says Thijs van Leer, who holds the distinction of being the first ever knighted musician in Holland, “It's a thrill to have finally completed 'Focus X'; we are all ecstatic and looking forward to playing the new material on the forthcoming Focus X World Tour.”

Thijs van Leer - Hammond-organ, flute and vocals
Pierre van der Linden - drums
Bobby Jacobs - bass
Menno Gootjes- guitar

Please make sure you get your tickets extra early as this gig is sure to sell out.

Advance Tickets are £15.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies)

Tickets £17.00 on the door

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Saturday 19th November 2016 - from New Jersey USA - Billy Walton Band | Doors 7.45pm | Main Band 9pm

This is really going to be a very special night indeed. We've been trying to get this band for many years and finally we have got them coming to the club!

Truly a product of his New Jersey roots, and a graduate of the same late-night jam scene which taught Bruce Springsteen and Southside Jonny their chops, Billy has been a member of the legendary Asbury Jukes for the last five years and earlier this year supported The Boss himself. Yet his funky blues deserves huge recognition on its own merits. The time has come for Billy to take his place in the pantheon of Jersey greats.



"True guitar hero fronting an old-school rock’n’soul band, you might describe Billy Walton as ‘Jimi Ray Clapton’ or ‘Exile On E Street’ – a man who will take you on a journey through the American rock and blues landscape.

There was a time when the Jersey Shore represented the best in American entertainment. Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, the Rat Pack, Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, they all made stops on the Jersey Shore. Tony Mart’s was the club Levon Helm was playing when Dylan called. Of course we all know what happened in Asbury Park. The town, ravaged by riots in the late 60’s, became a melting pot of musical experimentation. Late night jams that ended when the sun came up were the norm. Bruce Springsteen & Southside Johnny were the two acts that made their way to an international stage from these humble beginnings.

For decades musicians have come and gone, always hoping to make a living and pursue a dream. Billy Walton is no different. Billy’s proving ground was Long Beach Island. There he was chaperoned from gig to gig by his Mom, two young to drive around and enter the clubs on his own. He always was up for a jam and looking to learn some tricks. For years Billy spent his time sharpening his skills, developing his stage act until he decided to step up to center stage with the Billy Walton Band. The band has focused its’ effort in Europe. 13 tours since 2007 have established the group in the fertile British Blues Rock scene. In 2010 Billy got the call to join in with one of the masters of the Asbury Park sound, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. For years Billy toured with the Jukes. Most people don’t know that the creative force behind Southside was none other than Little Steven. A highpoint in Billy’s tenure with the Jukes was when they recorded a live version of Southside’s most acclaimed release, Hearts of Stone, with Little Steven.

This is going to be one of those those great nights that The Long Street Blues Club is getting a big reputation for For all fans of the Boss and Southside this is a must see gig

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Saturday 17th December 2016 - Son of MAN | Doors 7.45pm | Special guest  appearance Deke Leonard

We are delighted to invite them back for our Xmas party gig!

Man played 2 classic shows at Devizes Corn Exchange in the early 1970’s and their legendary status just grew from there. They are a great outfit simply playing the West Coast sound that Man were so famous for..

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