Gig Guide: 18th November- 24th November
Written by Kathi on 17/11/2019
Cherry Comedy bring you a truly electric night in Whelan’s every Monday –
This is stand-up comedy brought to you by young, new and emerging talent on the Irish comedy scene.
One of the top comedy clubs in Ireland, favoured by acts new & old,
entertaining audiences from around the world.
As seen on RTÉ, TV3, Vodafone Comedy Festival & more.
- 8pm – Mon 18th
- Upstairs in Whelans
- 8pm – Mon 18th, Texas Red Dirt Pub Crawl
Zandra, Queen of Jazz
With just her sax and a suitcase, Zandra Mitchell joined a jazz band and toured the world.
Born in Phibsborough, Dublin in 1903, she was Ireland’s first female saxophonist.
While the twenties roared she found her way through Europe to Berlin. The dictators rose;
the books burned; the bombs dropped…and Zandra played her sax.
Darn Skippy Productions present
Zandra, Queen of Jazz — a play with original music,
based on an extraordinary true story!
- 8pm – Tues 19th, Whelans Bar
- 7.30pm – Tues 19th,The Button Factory
Bluegrass Jam –
Hosted by The Dublin Bluegrass Collective
& friends, every Tuesday in Siné, Ormond Quay,
Dublin (in our fifth year) Music from around 9pm.
- 8pm – Tues 19th, Sin é Bar
Big Joanie are a black feminist punk band.
Based in London, UK, Big Joanie formed in the summer of 2013
to play at First Timers at the close of the year.
The band also functioned as a space where its members
(Stephanie Phillips, Chardine Taylor-Stone and Estella Adeyeri)
could be completely themselves as black women,
and within it discover their own power in creativity.
In 2014 Big Joanie’s Sistah Punk EP was released on Tuff Enuff Records,
and in 2016 they self-released their haunting single ‘Crooked Room’.
Establishing themselves amongst London’s thriving DIY punk scene
they have since toured the UK and Europe supporting acts such as Downtown Boys,
Shopping, Parquet Courts and more.
One evening in June 2018 Big Joanie were discovered by Thurston Moore,
Eva Prinz and Abby Banks whilst supporting seminal Dutch punk band The Ex.
Numbers were exchanged, a coffee date was set – and by the next morning the trio
had confirmed they would release the band’s debut album Sistahs,
and that they’d be launching a new label imprint called
‘The Daydream Library Series’ in order to do so.
- 7.30 – Wed 20th , The Grand Social
SOFI TUKKER is the genre-defying duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern
celebrated for their inclusive and global perspective on electronic music
and their work’s themes of liberation, unity, and self-empowerment.
Their debut single “Drinkee” was nominated for a Best Dance Recording Grammy,
which was followed by a Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy nomination for
their debut album Treehouse. Sofi Tukker’s records
have achieved Gold or Platinum status
on every continent other than Antarctica.
Their electric and energetic live show has sold out venues
and graced major festival stages across the planet,
and Sofi Tukker has also performed on major TV shows!
- 7.30 – Wed 20th , Vicar Street
Plain has announced her first Irish show in three years at The Workman’s Club on 20 November 2019,
following the release of her latest album ‘What A Boost’ on Memphis Industries and a raft of sold out dates
on her UK tour. With an approach that’s intricate and quietly off-center,
Rozi Plain emerged with her solo debut, ‘Inside Over Here’, in 2008.
Over the course of the next decade, she expanded her intimate electro-acoustic
sound while touring with artists including Devendra Banhart, James Yorkston,
and This Is the Kit. Collaborators on her fourth LP, 2019’s ‘What a Boost’,
included, among others, Sam Amidon, Chris Cohen, and sir Was.
- 8pm – Wed 20th, The Workmans Club
In celebration of the announcement of their debut album release date,
Tandem Felix will be headlining Bello Bar in Dublin on 21 November 2019!
The Dublin-based alt-country group re-emerged in 2017 with ‘Were You There
(When They Crucified The Birthday Boy)?’,
which was nominated for the Choice Music Prize Song of the Year.
They then opened for Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks at Dublin’s Vicar Street
before joining Saint Sister on their 2018 Irish tour.
- 8pm – Thur 21st, Bello Bar
!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) make a very welcome return to Dublin this November to headline Whelans,
marking 10 years since their last sold-out visit at the venue!
Their eighth full-length, Wallop, follows in the band’s grand tradition of plugging straight
into our collective nervous system and sending funky, rubbery shock waves through the body politic.
If you’ve found yourself rubbing your temples while contemplating the collapse of everything around us?
Well, !!! are bringing the soundtrack to your next nervous breakdown.
- 7.30 – Thur 21st, Whelan’s
AikJ is an Irish R&B artist who has been an active participant
in the conversation surrounding the change of popular Irish music in mainstream media.
Previous releases ‘Hidden Agenda’, ‘Heights’, ‘Suite Life’ and recent release ‘Break it Off’
have gained AikJ over half a million streams on Spotify with Top 20 positions on the
Viral Charts and other curated Spotify playlists.
From the release of his EP 1992 he’s set to bring the experience to life at Lost lane!
- 8pm – Thur 21st November, Lost Lane
Surf Curse is the indie rock recording project of Los Angeles based
songwriters Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck. Surf Curse’s initial songs were
frantic punk anthems about adolescent heartbreak and alienation, and the band quickly
developed an audience of young people who resonated with Rattigan and Rubeck’s anecdotal writing.
Early on Surf Curse frequently performed at landmark all ages venues like The Holland Project,
The Smell, and Pehrspace. Their new record, Heaven Surrounds You, is a coming of age epic,
inspired by the many cult films they’ve cherished throughout their young adulthood that are
referenced across the album’s track-list. Rattigan and Rubeck worked with veteran
indie producer Jarvis Taveniere, carefully crafting a their most lush and vulnerable record to date.
- 7.30- Fri 22nd November, The Grand Social
Following a string of summer festival dates and currently working on a new album,
Miles Kane returns with his latest single ‘Blame It On The Summertime’ which is out now.
Miles has also announced he will head out on a special intimate run of UK & Irish dates
including a show in the Academy Dublin on Friday November 22nd!
Produced by Cam Blackwood (George Ezra,) and Jamie Biles and written by Miles Kane,
Jamie Biles and Paul Butler (The Bees), ‘Blame It On The Summertime’ is a feel good indie hit.
- 7pm – Fri 22nd November, The Academy
The Politics of Dance
‘The Politics of Dancing’ was a one hit wonder for British band Re-Flex.
Released in 1983, it has inspired our very first Festival of Politics club night.
DJ Rob Smith will play an eclectic selection of politically motivated and issues based music …
for dancing to. You’ll be moving to two tone sounds, rap manifestos, riot girl anthems,
inspiring guitars and all sorts of fun stuff. Strictly no Billy Bragg and no serious faces please.
- 11pm – Sat 23rd , The singer’s House and Lan
Chief Keegan are an instrumental funk band from Dublin
who will be no strangers to seasoned gig-goers or Irish musicians alike.
Comprised of Luke Dunford on keys, Mark Dudley on guitar,
Alan Elliott on bass and Cian Hanley on drums.
Comprised of musicians deeply embedded in the Irish music scene,
band members have played with bands such as
Zaska, Loah, Laoise, Akora, Sive, CC Brez and many more.
- 8pm – Sat 23rd , Sin é
Band of Skulls
Band Of Skulls – Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) –
will embark on a headline show in Dublin’s Button Factory.
Earlier this year Band Of Skulls released their fifth album, the Richard X produced ‘Love Is All You Love’,
described as “prowling pop perfection….
the most harmonious clash of muck and melody in recent history”
by Classic Rock in their 8/10 review.
- 7.30pm – Sun 24th, Button Factory
Aimée, born in Dublin, is a trained dancer and natural vocalist
and has walked a long road to get to where she is today.
Growing up listening to, and being influenced by nineties pop heavyweights such as
Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, Aimée is an artist who sounds completely in control
of her creative vision and her sound.
Embracing the early noughties production styles, influenced by the likes of Aguilera and Spears,
but coupling this with a love of modern artists such as Ariana Grande,
Charlie Puth and Demi Lovato, Aimée began working on her current material in early 2018,
after teaming up with Mark McCabe and Ovie for his track “Over me”.
- 8pm – Sun 24th, The Grand Social