Under The Bridge will welcome two of pop’s biggest names in December - multi-Brit Award-winning former Westlife lead singer Mark Feehily and one of the UK’s most successful female recording artists of all time Louise – as the West London music venue prepares to bring a successful 2017 to a close. Also performing before the end of the year is James Brown’s original soul sister Martha High, who will appear alongside Japanese funk crew Osaka Monaurail to showcase their collaborative album Tribute to my Soul Sisters, and the return of the popular country music showcase Nashville Nights.
Full details of all shows coming up over the next year are below.
Under The Bridge / November 2017 - July 2018
The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era altogether. That holds true for New York-based soul singer, songwriter, and Broadway chanteuse Morgan James. On her full-length debut for Epic Records, ‘Hunter’, she casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice, theatrical swing, and a soulful poise.
“A phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep.” – The New York Times
Martha High with Osaka Monaurail
James Brown’s original soul sister meets Japan’s heaviest funk crew. Martha High is the ‘Hardest Working Woman in Show Business” and was a part of the James Brown Soul Revue for over 30 years as well launching a successful solo career and being a key member of the Maceo Parker band for 16 years. Osaka Monaurail take us back to the origins of the funk of the 60s and 70s and have taken inspiration from the music of James Brown to create their own unique sound since their formation in 1992.
Mark Feehily, the multi-Brit Award-winning star, who notched up 14 number one hit records as one of Westlife’s lead vocalist is set to provide the soundtrack to Christmas with the release of his festive new album aptly titled ‘CHRISTMAS’. The release sees Mark return to the music spotlight after a two-year absence. The album, a collection of classic Christmas favourites, will remind fans of the ‘Flying Without Wings’ singer’s vocal brilliance and delight new audiences with his unique takes on timeless songs.
Mark’s music comeback is long overdue. He was widely regarded as ‘the voice’ in Westlife, and his stunning and soulful performance at Under The Bridge will only help to confirm that while boybands fade, talent lives on.
English 2 Tone and ska band led by frontman Buster Bloodvessel return to take his audience on a journey through the ska revival of the 1980s.
Louise – Intimate & Live
One of the UK’s most successful female recording artists of all time, and with a body of work spanning nearly 25 years, Louise will be revisiting some of her biggest hits including the R&B-tinged ‘One Kiss from Heaven’, power-anthem ‘Naked’, classic tracks from her time in Eternal, as well as some of her favourite covers.
Nashville Nights UK return with special live guest The South Companion to see off 2017. Party the night away Nashville Nights style in with 6 hours of non-stop modern country music and special guest performances by the best live acts from the UK and USA.
Oneness of Juju
Originally forming in 1971, Oneness of Juju are the brainchild of J. Plunky Branch. They mix Funk, Free Jazz, Afrobeat and Soul to create their own unique sound which has earned them places in the DJ box of Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, Masters at Work and more.
Originally formed by ‘The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’ members Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer, Atomic Rooster reformed in 2016 with the permission of Crane’s widow, bringing an all new line-up to pay homage to the band’s repertoire with hits such as Tomorrow Night and Devil’s Answer.
Live Dead 69 perform “Live/Dead ‘69”
Tom Constanten was the pianist with The Grateful Dead and he returns to London’s Under the Bridge with an all star line up featuring members of Jefferson Starship, Bob Weir’s Ratdog and David Crosby’s Band after bringing the house down at their last Under the Bridge concert.
Live Dead 69 perform “Skull & Roses ‘71”
Along with performing the “Live Dead 69” album, this time the group take on the “Skull & Roses” album from 1971 in it’s entirety. This was the second live album released by The Grateful Dead and their first certified Gold album.
Cindy Wilson is a vocalist, songwriter and founding member of The B-52’s. Cindy Wilson is about to release her extraordinary debut solo album ‘Change” and will perform exclusive UK concerts to celebrate in February 2018 taking on Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol & Under The Bridge in London.
British electronic band Blancmange first broke through in the early 80s with their mix of synthesizers and surrealism, fused in groundbreaking singles such as ‘Feel Me’, ‘Living On The Ceiling’, ‘Blind Vision’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me’. The inspiration continues with Blancmange’s new album “Unfurnished Rooms” due out on 22 September, 2017.
‘Music Pop Art has seldom been as good’ – Mojo Magazine
Ladies Of The Blues
Ladies Of The Blues returns to Under The Bridge with an exclusive, once only UK tour for the three blues stars; twice European blues vocalist of the year Connie Lush, Finnish Blues Awards’ Artist of the Year Erja Lyytinen and the most authentic blues singer of her generation Kyla Brox.
AGMP presents CULTURE “Two Sevens Clash” 40th Anniversary Concert Legendary Jamaican Roots Reggae Group announce an exclusive London Concert at the award winning Under the Bridge. Culture started out as a Rasta vocal trio from the Jamaican countryside, who released their debut album “Two Sevens Clash” in 1977.
The Blasters exemplify the best traditions of American Music, performing with passion and honesty that for over three decades has won the hearts and souls of fans worldwide. Composed of founding members vocalist-guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman and bassist John Bazz with Keith Wyatt on guitar, they carry on a hard-won legacy as one of the most recognizable and credible bands in American Music.
Nine Below Zero
The Iconic debut album performed with an 8 Piece Band for the first time ever! One of the UK’s finest Rhythm & Blues Bands, Nine Below Zero, formed in 1979 and named themselves after the famous Sonny Boy Williamson song. In 1983 Dennis Greaves left to form The Truth and it is not until 1990 when Nine Below Zero got back together for a sell out 10th Anniversary Concert at the Town & Country Club. Since then the band have played alongside Chuck Berry, Brian May, Eric Clapton, Ray Davies, Bruce Willis, Jools Holland & Glenn Tilbrook.
Atmosfear are one of a select group of home grown Jazz Funk bands of the early 80’s who formed the first wave of the Britfunk music scene. Atmosfear are generally regarded as one of the UK’s most influential bands of the early 80’s. Their timeless debut single ‘Dancing in Outer Space’ has stood the test of time and it was a featured track played regularly at the world famous and New York’s finest club; Paradise Garage. This show is a celebration of the Atmosfear’s music and pays homage to the soul boy club night era.
From The Jam
From the Jam are led by bassist/singer Bruce Foxton, one of the original members of immortal trio, later to perform with Stiff Little Fingers. He is joined by Russell Hastings on lead vocal & guitar. Together they will be performing acoustic interpretations of The Jam‘s classic back catalogue performing classic tracks such as “Start”, “Town called Malice”, “That’s Entertainment”, “In The City”, “Eton Rifles”, “Beat Surrender”, “Bitterest Pill” and “Going Underground“.
Shuggie Otis was compared, at the age of 15, with Jimi Hendrix and the great Kings of blues guitar (B.B. King, Albert King). He was a guitar prodigy, cutting sessions with Frank Zappa and Al Kooper whilst still a teenager, and went on to make two expansive, genre-defying, deeply curious albums, 1971’s “Freedom Flight” and 1974’s “Inspiration Information”. AGMP are proud to present the legendary Shuggie Otis in concert with his full USA band.
The Blues Band
Many of the Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. No one could have predicted that, 37 years on, they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuosity. The individual members of The Blues Band were already held in admiration by generations of rhythm & blues fans when they formed back in 1979. The band are today acknowledged throughout Europe and beyond as being amongst the very finest purveyors of rhythm & blues.