Jug Jaw’s Beat Club presents Dove and Boweevil, Lank Smith & the Pythons, John Sparrow, and the Norwich Community Choir, live in The Crypt, Bedfords Bar, Norwich. 8 May 2014, review and photos by Richard Shashamane
The ever brilliant Jug Jaw’s Beat Club this month not only had a fine array of performers but also a first appearance at Bedfords Crypt for the vintage column speakers recently acquired for Jug Jaw’s Beat Club.
We are very excited to announce that for Thursdays Jug Jaw’s we have sourced and recovered another two extremely rare column speakers from an ancient BBC storage room!
We now have the full 1967 Shure Vocalmaster Rig as used by The Beatles, Elvis, The Who…terribly exciting! True stereophonic sound.
Arriving in good time but absolutely soaked to the skin from a torrential downpour I was not going to be deterred from enjoying another of these special occasions, hearing great music through vintage analogue equipment.
First on stage was John Sparrow who played a short acoustic set to warm things up.
After a short break it was time for a first full length set from the brilliant Lank Smith & the Pythons, who clearly enjoy playing as much as we enjoy hearing them. A blistering high energy performance featuring the likes of Gimme Some Loving, Rumble, Too Much Monkey Business, and a storming What’cha Gonna Do About It, it was simply fantastic and exhilarating. They usually play a few numbers as the Jug Jaw’s house band and I’ve always wished to hear more from them so tonight was an absolute treat hearing a full set.
Whilst we all regained our breath there was a short surprise set from the Norwich Community Choir, featuring Chris’ mum.
Tonight’s headliners were our own Dove and Boweevil Band, who seemed an excellent match for a Jug Jaw’s night. They obviously had enormous fun too, smiling and sounding superb they played on for as long as they could, to lots of whoops and cheers, they were in great form.
On Thursday May 8th in the bowels of Bedfords Crypt, an incredible 13th century basement Crypt (only rediscovered in 1965 when the owner fell through a bricked up doorway) we have for you an all star bill of the East’s most promising rhythm n’ blues cats.
Placing them in a hedonistic beat environment as it would have been in 1967, every detail will be catered for. Cutting edge technology in the form of a ‘Shure Vocal Master Announcement system’ from 1967 will amplify our singers, accompanied by real tape echo units and spring reverb tanks. The stage will be completed with an array of the rarest vintage valve amplifiers, a gold sparkle Del Rey drum set, column speakers, vintage stage lights, persian rugs and beat decor. A truly unique experience. PHAW.
First on we have a rare acoustic performance from local 60s garage pioneer John Sparrow of New Diesel Music. Very exciting!
Following we have resident anglo-american house band LANK SMITH & THE PYTHONS. Making their stage debut at Jug Jaw’s grand opening the band consists of members of internationally acclaimed KILL IT KID and sad-core-fun-pop troubadours HELLO BEAR. They will host the night and for the first time PLAY A FULL LENGTH SET.
Finally we bring to you the highly renown Dove & Boweevil! Having treaded the boards of juke joints across the world we are thrilled to see them in the bowels of The Crypt. With dark electric Delta guitar grooves and a vocalist Channeling the the swagger of Janis Joplin and guttural punch of Bonnie Rait…THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED.
£5 on the door, £3 for students. Doors 8pm SHARP.
We need you to make this special, a good audience is just as important as the acts themselves. Please tell your friends and come and support local live music.
Many thanks to Chris and Steph, Dove and Boweevil, all the performers, and all at Bedfords Bar.
words and photos, richard shashamane 2014