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Jul
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2019
The Alter Eagles @ Arlington Arts
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm
The Alter Eagles are delighted to bring their two hour-plus tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time to the Arlington Arts Centre for the very first time. Since they started in 2004, the six piece have built a reputation as one of the most faithful tributes around, ensuring that the audience enjoys a loving note-for-note recreation of songs like Hotel California, Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid in Town, Take it Easy, Tequila Sunrise, Take it to the Limit and Life in the Fast Lane – as well as more recent Eagles’ classics like How Long, Busy Being Fabulous and  and Long Road out of Eden; there’s even time for key Don Henley and Joe Walsh solo numbers like Boys of Summer and the classic Rocky Mountain Way.  Expect rocking twin lead guitar breaks, sumptuous four part country harmonies and an attention to detail that’s second to none. 
 
So what makes a great tribute? It’s more than simple mimicry, according to singer/guitarist Jay Stezaker. “It’s not as if we dress up like the Eagles or anything like that – we’re more interested in the music.”
 
“It’s been a real education,” says guitarist and singer Steve McCormack. “One of the Eagles’ great strengths is that they make everything sound so simple, but when you come to pick it apart, you realise how much is going on and what great songs they really are.”
 
The process can be painstaking but it’s always worthwhile. “There’s a real buzz when you crack a particular harmony or when Mike and Steve nail a guitar duet. Once that’s happened, we just want to get the song out there and start playing it in front of people,” says Stezaker.
 
The band members are Steve McCormack (vocals, guitars) Jay Stezaker (vocals, guitars) Alan Tomkins (keyboards, guitars, vocals) Rob Beattie (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals) Mike Bradley (guitars, vocals) and Jacob Booth (drums and percussion). Find out more by visiting the band’s website at www.altereagles.co.uk.
 
“A joy to watch.” – EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES
“One of the best tribute bands I can remember seeing.– WINDSOR OBSERVER
“World class” – LEMONROCK GIG GUIDE
“Pitch-perfect harmonies” – BRIGHTON EVENING ARGUS
Sep
13
Fri
2019
T.Rextasy @ Arlington Arts
Sep 13 @ 8:00 pm

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Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era.  With Bolan’s special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs, the band had a string of huge hits throughout the 1970s including Love to Boogie, Telegram Sam, Jeepster and 20th Century Boy.

T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex.  The band is now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management.  The band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.

Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages – If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you!

T.Rextasy – awarded the accolade of ‘The Best Live Tribute Band in the UK ’ by BBC1 TV.

www.trextasy.com

‘They’re the closest you’re ever going to get to the real thing’ – Bill Legend (original T.Rex drummer)

‘T.Rextasy are the tribute act who break all the rules by being bloody brilliant.  Danielz is an exact replica of Marc, he’s uncanny. – The Independent on Sunday

Sep
14
Sat
2019
Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream @ Arlington Arts
Sep 14 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrating the incredible music of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton & Cream – Voodoo Room are a stunning high energy ‘Power Trio’  featuring some of the U.K.’s finest musicians whose credits include: Steve Winwood, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Fish, Thunder, Lulu etc.

No wigs, no pantomime – just great music played by great musicians!

“Incredible musicians!” – Neneh Cherry
“Superb” – Time Out

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Oye Santana @ Arlington Arts
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm

Oye Santana – The Woodstock 50th Anniversary tour from the UK No.1 Winner at the 2018 National Tribute Music Awards

On Sale Friday 24 May at 10am

What makes award-winning Oye Santana so good? First, the music. There’s a treasury of five decades of catalogue to draw on since that electrifying performance at Woodstock catapulted Santana into stardom – and every number in Oye Santana’s set is a gem in its own right. Expect to hear Smooth, Black Magic Woman, Samba Pa Ti, Maria Maria, Oye Como Va, Corazón Espinado, She’s Not There and many more – played with power, passion and perfection.

Then there’s the musicianship. Check out the credentials of Milan ‘Carlos’ Webb; of Gez Kahan and Hector Gomez; the astonishing breadth of abilities that Paul Murphy, Pete Lockwood and Jon Quirk bring to the on-stage set-up. This really is a feast of musical talent.

Next, the authenticity. They could go off on self-indulgent flights of fancy, but they don’t. They painstakingly recreate the original Santana arrangements of the big hits that you know and love to bring you the true Santana sound. But playing the right notes is only a start. There’s much more to being the Best Santana Tribute in the World…

There’s the passion. Carlos Santana’s guitar playing is instantly recognizable not just because of his tone or his trademark licks, but because of the emotion he puts into every note he plays. Oye Santana have that covered. And there’s the good-time feel. They’ve got that covered too. Every track is a fiesta – come and dance, come and party.

And every Oye Santana performance is a show, a visual feast of lights and action that will have you singing along, smiling along and dancing along from the first chink of a tambourine to the explosive finale. You’re going to love Oye Santana.

Oct
11
Fri
2019
The Kris Barras Band @ Arlington Arts
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm

UK guitarist Kris Barras is known for his high-energy hybrid of no-nonsense rock, blues and country. Winners of ‘best new band’ in the 2018 planet rock awards, The Kris Barras Band have become one of the UK’s fastest rising acts.

Recently voted one of the ‘top blues guitarists in the world’ (music radar) and winning the ‘best album’ accolade in the European blues awards, perhaps best demonstrates the band’s fluidity and appeal to fans of different genres. The band’s unique mix of foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes have made them the ‘must-see’ Blues/Rock band of 2019.

Kris Barras Band – Lovers or Losers (Official Music Video)

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Oct
26
Sat
2019
Mike Peters presents The Alarm – Hurricane of Change Tour 2019 @ Arlington Arts
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm

The Alarm lead singer and songwriter Mike Peters, will present The Alarm – Hurricane of Change 30th Anniversary Acoustic Tour throughout the UK this coming October

The tour will honour The Alarm’s late 1980’s trilogy of iconic album’s ‘Eye Of The Hurricane’, ‘Electric Folklore’ and ‘Change’, and will feature intimate acoustic readings of some of The Alarm’s most famous songs such as Rain In The Summertime (1987 – International Top 20 Hit), Sold Me Down The River (1989 – Number 1 Rock Song in the USA) and A New South Wales (1990 UK Top 40), alongside a host of Alarm standards as captured on the 1988 live album ‘Electric Folklore’.

30 years ago, as Mike Peters undertook a creative song-writing journey through the heart of his home country – Wales, the Berlin Wall would fall and Europe itself, would plunge into a period of enormous and seismic change. Caught in the middle of this political maelstrom, Mike Peters and the Alarm would record the albums ‘Eye of The Hurricane’ (1987), Electric Folklore (1988), and ‘Change’ (1989) each of which would in their own way, capture the essence of these most turbulent times.

The Hurricane of Change tour will be performed solo with a first set dedicated to ‘Eye Of The Hurricane’ followed by a second performance of ‘Change’ along with a third set featuring songs from The Alarm’s classic live recording ‘Electric Folklore”.
“I have always seen these three albums as an Alarm trilogy”, says Mike Peters“A lot happened to the band and the world, during the writing and recording sessions from 1987-1990. As one decade bled into another, the themes of response and resolve to contend with uncertain times are running through the core of each and every album. Played together these songs tell their own story and with the tumultuous times Europe can expect to face in the coming months and years, are still as relevant today as when they were first written.”
Mar
20
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2020
Fleetwood Bac @ Arlington Arts
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm

FLEETWOOD BAC are the world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself, the only Mac tribute to authentically replicate the classic ‘Rumours’ line-up.

Over the last few years they have received rave reviews from ‘The Stage’ newspaper, the U.K.s leading Fleetwood Mac fansites, the official Stevie Nicks website; and from ecstatic audiences wherever the band played, wowing audiences as far afield as Dubai, St. Tropez, the Cayman Islands and Monte Carlo, and twice selling out the world-famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

Fleetwood Bac have also been rated by The Times newspaper as one of the U.K.’s top 5 tributes, alongside The Bootleg Beatles, Bjorn Again and the Counterfeit Stones.

Fans include original Mac bassist and biographer Bob Brunning, who joined the band several times on stage, and Peter Green’s official biographer Martin Celmins.

The sound, the look, the mystical atmosphere and on-stage chemistry are all portrayed with the passion and energy that got the seal of approval from ‘Big Daddy’ Mick, and built up an excellent reputation amongst Mac fans through numerous tours, festival appearances, corporate events and TV and radio slots all over the U.K. and Europe.