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Shakatak
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Sat-07-Mar (7:00pm) - £27.00
Shakatak
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music – but then Shakatak is a particularly unusual group. Because of the nature of their music, their fan base is one that is far reaching while always retaining an “underground” element. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious jazz/funk musicians, enjoying both high “cult” status and instant recognition as a household name.
After a number of successful top-twenty singles in the UK, the band went on to score unprecedented international success with the release of the classic “Nightbirds” recording, and the title track has now become a standard in the popular music repertoire. Along with this successful recording career, Shakatak had firmly established themselves as a vibrant live act, combining astute musicianship with a sense of fun that communicated strongly with world-wide audiences.
Jill Saward (lead vocals), Bill Sharpe (keys), Keith Winter (guitar), George Anderson (bass) and Roger Odell (drums).

Artist Website SOLD OUT Sorry this show is sold out.

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Shakatak
Sat-07-Mar (7:00pm):
Shakatak
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music – but then Shakatak is a particularly unusual group. Because of the nature of their music, their fan base is one that is far reaching while always retaining an “underground” element. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious jazz/funk musicians, enjoying both high “cult” status and instant recognition as a household name.
SOLD OUT Sorry this show is sold out.

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AN EVENING WITH BASHIYRA
Sat-14-Mar (7:00pm):
AN EVENING WITH BASHIYRA
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

We invite you to experience the distinct, seductive and dulcet tones of multiple award winning singer/songwriter Bashiyra. A true songstress who'll magically captivate you with her remarkable emotive vocals and lyrics.
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Wayne Hernandez: The Music of Marvin Gaye & Al Green – A Mother’s Day Lunchtime Special
Sun-15-Mar (11:59am):
Wayne Hernandez: The Music of Marvin Gaye & Al Green – A Mother’s Day Lunchtime Special
Show Time 1:30pm / Doors Open 12:Noon

Marvin Gaye 'Prince Of Soul' with the velvet falsetto. His life and music testifies to his unique abilities to make each song come alive. Wayne Hernandez is the perfect understudy to a Classic Soulful Vocalist such as Marvin. Come with us on this musical Journey of his life, Experience the emotions, Joy, sweetness, blues, and freedom. Feel the intensity of an intimate melody that heals. Marvin Gaye never had it so good. Tremendous stage presence, great band, concertgoers bouncing off the walls dancing and demanding more.
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An Evening with Charlie Boyle
Thu-19-Mar (7:00pm):
An Evening with Charlie Boyle
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Join Charlie Boyle (and supporting artists) on a unique and thought-provoking journey through a range of original and popular music, through film scores and classics. Charlie is a young professional musician and theatre practitioner based in the South-West, returning to the Music Room for the second time.
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Chris Corcoran Trio – Album Launch
Fri-20-Mar (7:00pm):
Chris Corcoran Trio – Album Launch
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Chris Corcoran Trio possess three of the Country’s finest and most in demand musicians. Their live instrumental show is packed full of dynamic musicianship and tight arrangements. Tonight is the CD launch party for their new album. If you like, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Swing, or just high quality music then do not miss it!
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5 In The Bar
Sat-21-Mar (7:00pm):
5 In The Bar
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

The cool sounds of ‘5 In The Bar’ are back once again with a programme of standards from great composers of our time and great singers such as Sinatra, Jack Jones, Harry Connick Jnr and many others. Fronting the band is 60’s top recording artist Dorian Gray.
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California Dreaming
Fri-27-Mar (7:00pm):
California Dreaming
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7pm

Remember those hazy 70's summer days? Rooftop down and the radio playing the west coast sounds of James Taylor, CSNY, Steely Dan, Carole King and Carly Simon. Hey – even if you weren't even born yet, come and feel the love as California Dreaming play and sing all the classic songs that defined an era. Between them they have worked with the biggest names in music including artists such as Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Kylie and Lily Allen.
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Shane Hampsheir
Sat-28-Mar (7:00pm):
Shane Hampsheir
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7pm

After several successive sell out shows, Shane Hampsheir returns to The Music Room with his band. Shane will swing and croon and fly you to the moon on a virtual roller coaster of big band hits from Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, and today's king of swing...Michael Buble. Don't miss the chance to see one of today's classiest singers with some of the counties best musicians!

"Shane Hampsheir is one of the brightest young stars in the big band world today, he has presence, tone and most of all, the phrasing of some of the greatest names of yesteryear - not to be missed!" Stage magazine
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Stacey Kent
Fri-03-Apr (7:00pm):
Stacey Kent
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

After a year of sell-out shows across 5 continents and 30 countries, celebrating the release of her acclaimed Warner album, The Changing Lights, Grammy Nominated, Platinum-selling singer, Stacey Kent and her band return to Maidstone, with a fresh programme of standards, Bossa Novas and originals from the pens of husband, saxophonist, Jim Tomlinson and the acclaimed novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro.
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L!sten Grand Final – Charity Music Contest for Kent Air Ambulance
Sat-04-Apr (7:00pm):
L!sten Grand Final – Charity Music Contest for Kent Air Ambulance
Show Time 7:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

L!sten Charity Music Contest in aid of The Kent Air Ambulance 2015 (or L!sten 2015 for short) is a contest for singer/songwriters which has toured Kent and showcased the best in local talent. Think of it as kind of like a local act X Factor. The contest has so far had shows in Folkestone, Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells and has featured some amazing talent.
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Peter White
Sat-11-Apr (7:00pm):
Peter White
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Peter White makes as welcome return to the Music Room in Maidstone. Los Angeles-based British guitarist Peter White is one of the international jazz scene's most respected artists. Recent winner (for the third time) of the National Smooth Jazz Awards 'Best Guitar', he has released 13 solo CDs and has played alongside established artists such as Al Stewart, Basia and Grover Washington during his almost 40 year career.
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Paul Dunton presents
Thu-16-Apr (7:00pm):
Paul Dunton presents
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Paul Dunton presents an evening of top quality original independent music from a selection of his acclaimed roster of superb original talent that comprises 450 acts. The showcases encompass a multitude of musical styles and genres and with four acts on the bill at each show, audiences will be treated to an exceptional night of local music culture.
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Goosebumps
Fri-17-Apr (7:00pm):
Goosebumps
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 6:30pm

Having packed out the Music Rooms and The Pheasantry on numerous occasions, Goosebumps make a very welcome return to Maidstone, bringing their unique blend of Swing, Jive, Jazz, Blues and early Rock ’n’ Roll with them! Coupled with cheeky on-stage humour, this highly animated, feel-good five-piece never fail to get the whole joint jumping!
Do not hesitate to catch Goosebumps, they cook up a storm wherever they go!
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PizzaExpress All Stars Reunion 2015
Sat-18-Apr (7:00pm):
PizzaExpress All Stars Reunion 2015
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Initially the band was led by clarinettist Dave Shepherd and included Digby Fairweather (cornet) Roy Williams (trombone) Danny Moss (tenor) Brian Lemon (piano) Len Skeat(double bass) and Kenny Clare (drums) but later leadership was taken over by the late tenor-saxophonist Tommy Whittle. Tonight’s celebration of thirty-five years of the All Stars (and fifty years of the PizzaExpress!) sees the reunion of four of the band's original members – Shepherd, Fairweather, Williams and Skeat – alongside a regular deputy with the band, drummer Stan Bourke and a brilliant newcomer – Tim Huskisson – on piano.
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S.E.L Live
Fri-24-Apr (7:00pm):
S.E.L Live
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

'It's been a busy year for S.E.L, with a world tour and now the preparation of her next single, alongside JazzieB and the Soul2Soul family. She has come back home and will be performing, with her full live band, a collection of authentic soul originals, with some great covers thrown in. Truly a night not to be missed.'
“Soulful Emma Louise…an incredible voice” Jazz FM
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Kyle Eastwood
Sat-25-Apr (7:00pm):
Kyle Eastwood
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Kyle Eastwood grew up in Carmel, California, as the eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood. As a child he listened to records of jazz stars such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis playing in the house. His father had been attending the Monterey Jazz Festival since it began in 1958 and when his children were born it became a yearly family outing. His latest album, “The View From Here” (Jazzvillage, Harmonia Mundi), embraces this musical heritage which goes back to the soundtrack of his youth when his father introduced him to the joys of the bass line.
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Maidstone Fringe 2015 - Paul Dunton Presents
Thu-30-Apr (7:00pm):
Maidstone Fringe 2015 - Paul Dunton Presents
Show Time 8pm / Doors Open 7pm

Paul Dunton presents an evening of top quality original independent music from a selection of his acclaimed roster of superb original talent that comprises 450 acts. The showcases encompass a multitude of musical styles and genres and with four acts on the bill at each show, audiences will be treated to an exceptional night of local music culture. For this special Maidstone Fringe Festival, Paul Dunton presents Tom Williams with support from Poppy Hopson.
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Maidstone Fringe 2015 - Cut The Funk
Fri-01-May (7:00pm):
Maidstone Fringe 2015 - Cut The Funk
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7pm

Cut The Funk is an original Jazz Funk, Soul & R&B band consisting of some of Kent’s most established musicians on the professional circuit, who have worked with Imelda May, Chris Barber, Robben Ford and Chaka Khan among many others. Their debut album ‘Weekend Coda’ has been received with enormous critical acclaim, receiving great reviews “absolutely incredible” (Jazz FM), “Devastatingly good” (Hayes FM). Cut The Funk are being described as a cutting edge band in British jazz funk scene and are highly recommended as a ‘must see’ band for.
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Maidstone Fringe 2015 - Mark Morriss
Sat-02-May (7:00pm):
Maidstone Fringe 2015 - Mark Morriss
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7pm

Singer songwriter Mark Morriss formerly the lead vocalist for The Bluetones, plays an intimate acoustic show at The Music Room for the Maidstone Fringe Festival, with a mixture of his recent solo material and classic Bluetones tracks. With support from David James Rumsey.
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Maidstone Fringe 2015 - Nine Below Zero
Sun-03-May (7:00pm):
Maidstone Fringe 2015 - Nine Below Zero
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7pm

Nine Below Zero are one of Britain’s most respected R&B bands, famous for their no-frills, punchy and direct approach. Frontman Dennis Greaves, with his rasping vocals and stinging guitar work, is joined by fellow-founder Mark Feltham on harmonica, and a driving rhythm section of Brian Bethell (bass) and Brendan O’Neill (drums). Their gigs are energetic affairs: non-stop, thrill-a-minute parties.
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Judie Tzuke - Songs and Stories
Fri-05-Jun (7:00pm):
Judie Tzuke - Songs and Stories
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 6:30pm

Judie comes to the Maidstone for a very special gig; she will be performing acoustically as part of her ‘Songs and Stories’ experience. This promises to be an intimate evening of old favourites and new songs and tales from across her life and career. Judie Tzuke is one of the UK's finest Singer/Songwriters and is known all over the world for her timeless song, 'Stay With Me Till Dawn', with many top 10 albums, including the revered classic, 'Welcome to the Cruise' and her exquisite live shows. Judie will be showing once again what an extraordinary artist she is!
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Vonda Shepard - Live in Concert
Fri-16-Oct (7:00pm):
Vonda Shepard - Live in Concert
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7pm

Long overdue, American singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard is coming back to tour the UK! Vonda first shot to fame through her long running appearances, performances and musical accompaniment to the smash hit TV show ALLY MCBEAL. This included the Top 10 hit single and show theme song 'Searching My Soul' which also spawned an international hit album. Now currently working on her 14th album, Vonda is looking forward to bringing new songs to her British fans alongside hits and old favourites in some of the UK’s finest intimate venues. This is a show not to be missed and early booking is strongly advised.
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