Words by Ian Pennington
As often seems to be the way, we’re starting this gigging week on Tuesday 15th, but with Easter’s long weekend looming, there’s plenty to condense into the six days from Tuesday to Sunday.
So to begin, there’s a musical style divide between Band on the Wall / The Ritz – the former hosts Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate’s international funky jazz, while the latter stages Aussie electro wunderkind, Cut Copy.
Onwards to Wednesday 16th, when US psychedelic overlords Sleepy Sun return following mixed reviews of their new album, Maui Tears. They’re still worth catching though, and are heading to the Deaf Institute.
As the precursor to the Good Friday Bank Holiday, Thursday 17th . Our pick goes to local lad Werkha, whose jazz cutting DJing is now familiar to the regulars at the So Flute club night and listeners to Gilles Peterson’s 6Music show alike. He lines up for this Tru Thoughts showcase at Band on the Wall with a small live band in tow – the strings sections adding to his live production gadgetry.
Failing those, check out 70s funk master George Clinton with his P-Funk entourage at The Ritz.
While your mouth’s watering for novelty chocolate carvings, Friday 18th’s gig listings are just as sweet. Laura Stevenson gets our nod – the American singer-songwriter calls into the Anneke room at Cornerhouse for a show.
Posturing, pouting, ballad-heavy club night Ultimate Power is back again at The Ritz. Expect more singalongs than on your old Disney VHSs.
It’s a speedy return to the city for Withered Hand, whose recent Dulcimer show went down a treat. The band are upgrading to the Night & Day Café this time on Saturday 19th.
Also that night is another Hey! Manchester booking, but closer to the synth pop genre. Gymnast headline at The Castle Hotel, where they’re supported by a welcome return for local electronic-orchestral producer, Veí.
On Sunday 20th, see the whole day through at the venue hanging onto its premises by the skin of its teeth in the light of Piccadilly Station expansion plans, the Star & Garter. They’re hosting the Light It Up All Dayer topped by Vic Godard.
Or the night owls should revisit the ageing Micron club night, who’ve set up an Easter Sunday special featuring the headline grabbing Tiger & Woods.