October 2022

The bongolian album launch party
Friday 28 october 8pm

Row F may have a restricted view – for more information please visit https://arlington-arts.com/seating-plan/

Harlem Hipshake sees the welcome return of The Bongolian AKA multi-instrumentalist and Big Boss Man front man, Nasser Bouzida.

Harlem Hipshake finds The Bongolian deeply immersed in his lifelong love for the music of the sixties New York’s Latin Soul scene, particularly the music of Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Joe Bataan. Principally a drummer and percussionist by trade, Nasser has once again delivered another set of heavy breaks and percussive grooves underpinning this brand new collection of songs which he has written and produced. Support comes from DJ Ken Brookes.

Special Guests: Simon Currie
There aren’t many musicians who are equally at home on all these instruments: Flute, clarinet, and soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. In 2001, Simon joined The Manfreds, playing alongside Manfred Mann founder members Paul Jones, Mike Hugg, Tom McGuinness and Mike d’Abo. Roxy Storm will also be joining The Bongolian and co. onstage for some sensational acrobatic dance moves.

In addition, Nasser will be exhibiting and selling his original handpainted sixties inspired psychedelic original designs that take you on a magical mystery tour of colour and shape – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BongolianArtCompany


Dare (Support: Troy Redfern)
Saturday 29 October 8pm

DARE is best known for their frontman singer songwriter, Darren Wharton, who first rose to fame in the early eighties playing keyboards with legendary Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. From the tender age of 17, Darren went on to record the famous Chinatown album with Philip Lynott, Scott Gorham, Snowy White (Pink Floyd) and Brian Downey.

After a year of selling out concert halls around the globe, Thin Lizzy once again returned to the studio. Now, as an established member of the band, Darren was about to embark on his second Thin Lizzy album ‘Renegade’. After co-writing ‘Angel of Death’ with Philip Lynott, Wharton’s talent for song writing began to emerge. Several world tours later, Darren went on to co-write ‘The Sun Goes Down’, ‘This Is The One’, ‘Heart Attack’ and ‘Someday She’s Gonna Hit Back’ on the legendary Thin Lizzy album ‘Thunder and Lightning’. After four great years of playing alongside Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Whitesnake’s John Sykes, Thin Lizzy disbanded.

UK Rock band DARE are pleased to announce Troy Redfern (aka The King of Slide Guitar) as their very special guest on their forthcoming 12-date October 2022 UK tour. The news follows hot on the heels of Troy supporting When Rivers Meet’s UK tour on their April and May UK tour, and dovetails with Troy’s new studio album slated for release this summer. Hailed by Rock and Blues Muse as part of their Best of British ’15 UK Blues Artists to Check Out Today’, the influential music website had this to say about Troy – “His performances are passionate and intense, and while his style certainly references its delta blues roots, his delivery pulls it into the 21st century through a swamp of distortion and contemporary rock n’ roll aesthetics.”