Spring at The Apex...
Spring 2019 at The Apex
The Apex’s extensive programme of famous faces and less well-known known musicians means there’ll something going on to suit most tastes next year…
Spring’s eclectic line-up includes Paul Young’s band Los Pacaminos, who will play the very best in Tex Mex Border music on 11 January.
From The Jam sees Bruce Foxton & co celebrating the 40th Anniversary of ‘All Mod Cons’ on 17 January.
Accomplished star of the West End and Broadway Stage, Ramin Karimloo returns with his acclaimed Broadgrass Band on 29 January.
One of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts, Dr Feelgood return on 13 February. Dub-dance pioneers Dreadzone return with their unique blend of electro, dub and reggae on 1 March; Steve Harley & his Acoustic Trio are back on 14 March; John Illsley brings Dire Straits’ music and memories on 25 March; and blues-rock guitar prodigy Chantel McGregor returns on 29 March.
Although there is a wide variety of genres on offer, folk is always a favourite with local audiences. Judy Collins (28 January) is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of ‘Both Sides Now’ and ‘Send in the Clowns’ and her recent album was Grammy nominated for Best Folk Album in 2017. There are also welcome returns from The Young’uns with ‘The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff’ - a musical adventure about a working class hero on 4 February; Fairport Convention on 12 February; Irish music legends The Fureys on 9 March, Cornish choir Fisherman’s Friends on 21 March and charismatic multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman on 22 March.
Hailed as “nothing short of a world music super group”, Bokante on 30 January features Grammy award-winning guitarists Michael League, Chris McQueen, and Bob Lanzetti (all from Snarky Puppy) and a diverse ensemble from four continents.
Jazzers will be able to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of one of the world's most iconic music venues with The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars on 16 January. Two of the greatest jazz guitarists in the world, Martin Taylor and Ulf Wakenius play on 6 March and there will be a Big Band Spectacular from the Syd Lawrence Orchestra on 20 March. Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra’s tribute to Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Jazz Planets takes place on 19 February, while John Etheridge brings his tribute to Stephan Grappelli on 26 March.
For classical connoisseurs, European Union Chamber Orchestra perform works by Boccherini, Mozart, Grieg and Haydn with pianist Peter Donohoe on 31 January. The Academy of Ancient Music explore the full emotional gamut of baroque music on 25 February. East Anglia Chamber Orchestra make two visits, the first with the Cohens on 2 February and again with the Fairhaven singers on 23 March. Wolsey Orchestra bring their Spring Concert on 9 February and Suffolk Sinfonia bring theirs on 16 March.
You can hear plenty of tributes to popular music: The Chicago Blues Brothers (18 January), The Story of Guitar Heroes (20 January), The Simon & Garfunkel Story (24 January), Bob Marley Celebration (3 February), Let’s Hang On (Frankie Valli on 8 February), Simply Dylan (15 February), Barry Steele as Roy Orbison (16 February) and The Billy Fury Story on 27 February.
You can get down to Boney M Experience and Odyssey at Boogie Night 6 on 26 January, or rock out to Buster James Band, Let There B/DC, Counterfeit Quo and Creedence Clearwater Review at Monsters of Rock on 1 February.
There are many more shows on offer, so visit www.theapex.co.uk, ring 01284 758000 or pick up a spring brochure to get the full programme.