MARK KAVUMA AND THE BANGER FACTORY At the verdict: 2030
Trumpeter Mark Kavuma leads the sextet that is the Banger Factory, which is said to feature ‘some of the most gifted, engaging and masterful musicians on the scene today.’ To judge their sound for yourself, click here. For venue details, click here.
GLOBAL MUSIC / MALI
AMADOU AND MARIAM AT CONCORDE 2: 1900-2200
A Grammy award-winning duo from Mali, Amadou and Mariam are two of Africa’s most popular artists. They both also happen to have been blind since childhood. “Amadou & Mariam’s story is one of the most inspiring tales of modern music; a love affair that propelled two grandparents from Mali into charts across the planet, winning enough awards to fill several sideboards and raising awareness of the difficulties in living in one of the world’s poorest countries. Into their orbit came such stars as Damon Albarn, Manu Chao, David Gilmour, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Scissor Sisters.” To hear their sound, click here. For venue details, click here.
CHORAL / 30s, 40s & 50s
A VINTAGE YEAR CONCERT AT ST GEORGE’S CHURCH: 1900
A vintage-themed,fundraising concert for The Martlets hospice, by the Martlets Good Vibrations Choir, which is made up of patients, carers, staff, nurses, volunteers and members of the local community. Audience members are invited to dress up in 30s, 40s or 50s outfits – and there’ll be a prize for the best-dressed. There will be a licensed bar, soft drinks, cake and a raffle.
Tickets: £10 / £8
DUCKS ‘N’ SWANS AT BOM-BANE’S: 1900
Bom-Bane’s is always fun – a quirky, homely interior, great comfort food and versatile musicians. Tonight looks particularly promising: the Silver Swans and The Duck Pond Sailors will perform a capella songs after a two-course dinner. There’s white fish (or aubergine) tagine with couscous and a salad, followed by chocolate waffles, fruit and ice cream. Comforting? These evenings are popular, so you will need to book in advance. For venue and contact details, click here.
EMPIRE AT SHORTT’S MUSIC BAR: 2130
There seems to be little that this versatile and high-energy Brighton-based band can’t handle: Soul, Funk, Motown, Indie hits, classic Rock & Roll. Happily the relaxed interior at Shortt’s is also a good space for dancing. To check out their sound, click here and here for venue details.
BRIGHTON CHAMBER ENSEMBLE PLAY SCHUMANN & BRAHMS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH: 1800
Another of the wonderful early evening recitals in the lovely interior of St Mary’s church. Pianist Steve Carroll-Turner and cellist Siriol Hugh-Jones will play Robert Schumann’s Drei Fantasiestücke and will then be joined by clarinetist Zoe Davies for a piece by Brahms. There is no charge to attend the concert or for refreshments, but donations, which will be split between the performers and the church’s piano fund, are very welcome. For venue details, click here.
Entry: free (donations)
ROCK / COVERS
RANDOM MAN AT SHORTT’S MUSIC BAR: 2100
AT THE FOLK HOUSE AT THE COACH HOUSE: 1700
An early evening folk jam session, in the hidden-away Coach House, just up from Brighton College Prep school. The session is hosted by Guy Hayes. For venue details, click here.
Tickets: donations (£2 suggested)
LIVE SUNDAY JAZZ AT THE HAND IN HAND: 2000-2300
How is it possible to fit so much entertainment into such a tiny, cosy space? The Hand in Hand team explains that the line-up for their weekly Sunday jazz sessions can change right up till the last minute – but neither that, nor much else, really, is a problem at this relaxed pub which specialises in unusual and specialist beers. For venue details, click here.