Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival at The Apex...
On 1 September, an all-day Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival takes over The Apex, featuring Nine Below Zero, Zal Cleminson’s Sin Dogs, Steve Nimmo Trio, Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm, Southbound, Mojo Preachers and Connor Selby Band.
Formed in 1977, headline act, Nine Below Zero are still one of the best blues bands in the country. This preview of their forthcoming 'Are We There Yet?' 40th Anniversary Tour is set to be a celebration of all things NBZ, from the adrenaline rush of 'Doghouse' through to the soulful stomp of 'Don't Play That Song' and new live favourites like 'Ter Wit Ter Woo'.
As one half of Scotland’s highly respected Nimmo Brothers, Stevie Nimmo has been a well-known figure throughout the blues and roots world for over two decades. Stevie will be in full stride with his full-on, electric, no-holds-barred trio format, saying sometimes “…you just want to break out the Les Paul or strat, crank up the old orange amp and make some noise!”
Zal Cleminson is widely respected for his work with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, providing incendiary guitar and writing on seminal albums such as 'Next', 'Framed' and 'The Impossible Dream'. Zal also played guitar in Nazareth for several years in the late 70s, early 80s. Zal's metal-driven Sin Dogs bring raw, brutal, heavy rock with snarling attitude and excellent guitar work.
Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm features the unique vocal pairing of mother and daughter Lee and Tori Ainley and a band who mix the blues with a heavy helping of rock, funk and soul. Blues Storm draw on a wide range of influences taking in Bonnie Raitt, through BB, Freddie and Albert King and on to the likes of Etta James and Aretha Franklin.
Upcoming blues-rock band Southbound bring an exclusive take on British blues, with inspirations from rock, jazz, funk and soul. All these influences come together to create an unparalleled live experience that’s both entertaining and mesmerising, enthralling audiences with their unique sounds and grooves.
Far from conventional and hard to pigeonhole, Mojo Preachers repertoire spans fusion blues, psychedelic swamp, funk, rock and more. Delivering strong narratives dripping with an intense poetic, raw mojo vibe, their style dares to wander off the beaten path.
Connor Selby takes inspiration from the likes of Eric Clapton, Paul Kossoff, Gary Moore and BB King and although blues based guitar music has been his most prominent style, Connor's musical taste extends to folk, R&B, soul and Country and Western.
The Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival will be at The Apex on Sunday 1 September, starting at 2pm, see www.theapex.co.uk or ring 01284 758000 for more information or to book tickets.