As festival season starts to settle, the coming weeks offer a perfect chance to head out to some local venues and catch the best national and international talent on display. Coming up this week, we’re looking forward to a couple of excellent charity gigs in the city, as well as the welcome return of “Europe’s most adventurous jazz festival“. With that and more to look forward to this week in MCR, read on for our picks of the best shows on offer.

Monday 24th: Danny Gruff (Castle Hotel)

// Welsh folk singer-songwriter Danny Gruff is out in the city supporting his eponymous debut album, released last month. If you get the chance, ask him about swiss roll

Tuesday 25th: Natalie Holmes (Night & Day Cafe)

// Keeping in tune with Monday’s indie-folk exploits, Tuesday sees a visit from Bristol-based singer-songwriter Natalie Holmes at Night & Day.

Wednesday 26th: China Lane (ibis Styles Manchester)

// Wednesday sees hotly-tipped local synth-pop quartet China Lane play an exclusive free gig in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, for ibis Lates on Tour. Read our full preview here.

Thursday 27th: Sam Outlaw Band (Night & Day)

// Return again to the Night & Day Café on Thursday for an appearance from Californian country troubadour Sam Outlaw and his band. Since 2015 debut LP ‘Angeleno’, the LA-based singer has found fans capturing traditional country, presented in a contemporary package.

Friday 28th: Riot Jazz Brass Band (Festival Square), Wedding + Irma Vep (Soup Kitchen)

// The “peace-lovin’ aggro” of the Riot Jazz Brass Band is set to open the Manchester Jazz Festival at their Salon Perdu with a funked-up night of jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop. The nine-piece brass band’s energetic displays have gained them a cult following Manchester; this will be their third show in the city this year. Read our full preview on MJF 2017 here. Elsewhere, local indie outfit Wedding are back on the road, offering a homecoming show at Soup Kitchen.

Saturday 29th: Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club (Band On The Wall), Daniel Land / Dorcha / The Academy Of Sun – LGBT Charity Show (Soup Kitchen)

// Saturday sees Manchester Jazz Festival host the return of the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, a night quickly becoming a staple of the UK festival scene. His collection of all things funk and soul from the roots of black music through to the current club sounds are always a hit on the dance floor. Returning to Soup Kitchen, they’re hosting a solidarity shindig raising money for the Russian LGBT Network, supporting those targeted by recent state-sanctioned violence, torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya.

Sunday 30th: Camilla George Quartet (Festival Square)

// London alto sax newcomer Camilla George takes over the magical 1920s Salon Perdu for a Sunday afternoon of rich feel-good sounds, with one eye/ear on African roots jazz, along with a twist of calypso and hip hop.

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A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.

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