The Magic Band
SUNDAY 10TH MARCH 2013
Sharing the vision of celebrating the music of the late Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart, original members Denny “Feelers Rebo” Walley, Mark “Rockette Morton” Boston, and John “Drumbo” French share the stage with guitarist Eric Klerks and drummer Craig Bunch to re-visit the classic Beefheart tunes with renewed fervour.
This band is “the best batch yet” and the chemistry has been duly noted with rave reviews from their 2011 Autumn visit to the UK, their follow-up in March with an explosive ATP Festival Performance and several venue dates, and a triumphant return to the European mainland in Fall 2012 with overwhelming response in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and Belgium.
ATP founder Barry Hogan was the first to bring the vision to reality in 2003 with two appearances in the UK. Since then, the band has re-assembled several times in altered incarnations to accept various invitations – including ATP at the Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach, CA USA, The Royal Festive Hall in London, Glastonbury 2004, and ATP Minehead 2009. A sellout show at London’s Scala in late 2011 proves that the band still has the right stuff, and in fact righter than ever according to both the audience and the critic’s reactions.
Releasing such recordings as “Back to the Front” ( ATP Records), “21st Century Mirror Men” ( Proper Records), and “Live at Oxford” (Sundazed Records), the group has proven to stay true to the original music, re-visiting the original recordings with both technical and soulful accuracy much to the joy of Beefheart Fans everywhere.
If you have not heard this band, you are in for a treat, as the music is a mixture of avante-garde jazz and delta blues that has to be heard to be appreciated. The intertwining complexity of the rhythms and melodies can seem a bit unnerving at first listen, but if you are like many, you will quickly become a fan of this quirky deviation from the norm.
Over 14s only. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Photogrpahic ID required for entry.