Tuesday, 24 November 2015

#LastJoker from @AgenturEAM with @ANewNowhere @SaintsOfArcadia @OnceMoreRoundUK at @O2Academynew 29/1/16

Last Joker To Play the O2 Newcastle
Saints of Arcadia
Once More Round
A New Nowhere

Last Joker was formed by Miguel Mega, portuguese guitar player, in the late eighties in
Santos, São Paulo, Brazil.
In 1990 Last Joker recorded their first demo tape with the songs Without You, Last
Joker, Hold on Tight and Every Night and started a career playing for eager
crowds in the São Paulo state. Because of their musicality , stage presence and sold out
concerts they got the attention of Metal Rock Records and recorded their first LP simply
called Last Joker and toured Brazil supporting bands such as Sepultura, Angra, Dr.
Sin, RDP among others. In the middle nineties the band broke up and Miguel Mega moved
to LA and started a solo career and released around 10 instrumental solo cds and
appeared on several compilations alongside Greg Howe (Howe II, Michael jackson, Maragold), Kiko Loureiro (Angra, Megadeth) among others.

Photos by Ruth Hindson Photography

In 2014 Miguel Mega moved to the UK and regrouped Last Joker with singer Roddy B. (Avenger, Abbadon), guitarist Yves Martian, bassist Al Pringle and drummer Adam Proud and have just recorded their new cd release for Into the Limelight Records,
Last Joker - Ulterior Motives and have released the video clip for the single Kissed by the Lake.
When the A&R scouts of Into The LimeLight Records listened to the new material it was clear that this was something different.
Refreshing, fantastic rock songs, catchy and with a quality you may expect of these very experienced musicians. Reason to offer a contract straight away. 

Last Joker are playing the O2 Academy in Newcastle on the 29th January 2016. 
Doors: 6.30pm
Curfew: 10pm
Ticket price: £6.00 adv STBF


O2 Priority Pre sale: Monday 23rd November 2015 @ 9am 
General sale: Wednesday 25th November 2015 @ 9am

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#venuechange @gateshead_ale Festival, a Winter #Food and #CraftFair , get your #gifts sorted, enjoy the music and refreshments.

Winter Food and Craft Fair 
at Gateshead Rugby Club
5th and 6th December

"CHANGE OF VENUE - due to advice we have received from our marquee provider about the safety of the marquee in strong winds forecast for Saturday we have changed the venue of the event. It will now be held at the Dryden Centre, Evistones Road NE9 5UR. This is just around the corner from the Rugby Club and has its own car park. "

"Our first Winter Food & Craft Fair will be on Saturday 5th & 6th December and is held at Gateshead Rugby Club.
The event will be held in both the rugby club hall and a heated marquee, with over 70 stallholders confirmed, each day,  with a wide variety of wonderful gift items including north east themed products, personalised artwork & Christmas products, real Christmas trees and locally sourced food products. 

Planning is coming along very nicely with a full programme of entertainment for the Saturday and Sunday this includes traditional Christmas carols, The Salvation Army brass band, George Welch & Christine Jeans, Simma & the Acoustic Circus, 2Sum and the brilliant Dave Lynas.

Simma (©Jowheretogo)

On the Saturday we have characters from Frozen coming along to meet the children and we also have a drop-in craft workshop where you can decorate ceramic Christmas decorations to take home. We also plan to have face painting available on both the Saturday & the Sunday.

We appreciate that shopping can be thirsty work so over the course of the weekend we will have a selection of Christmas ales including:- Xmas Chaos, Santas little smelter, Santa paws, Hapi Christmas, The Great Escape, A Spiced Pear and Brandy porter and a Creme Caramel Stout. Not to forget our mulled wines & ciders
Wear your christmas jumpers or festive headwear with pride and you could win a a family day pass to Washington Wetlands Trust or a pair of tickets to Gateshead Beer & Music Festival.
We are supporting three charities over the weekend. Save the Children will be having a stall selling their delicious jams and marmalades and we will be a collection point for both the Gateshead Food Bank and the Salvation Army toy appeal.

The planning has been a real labour of love and we're all really excited about the Fair and like the beer festival we hope it will become an annual event and bring a wide community together to celebrate local products, services and some fantastic charities.
For more information about the stall's and musicians please check out our Facebook event page "GATESHEAD WINTER FOOD AND CRAFT FAIR".

The festival takes place at:-

Dryden Centre, 
Evistones Road

Trading hours
Saturday 5th  - 10am to 6pm (Live music until 8pm)
Sunday 6th - 10am to 5pm  (Live music until 6pm)

Admission price
£1.50 Adults, Children U16 and OAP's free"

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Review: @Blamed4Nothing @Destructo9000 and @BLKATOMMOVEMENT at @WeAreThinktank 20/11/2015

Black Atom Movement are a highly skilled duo. They manage to blend Iommi-like guitar, Grohl-like drums and Kilmister-like vocals in a blues metal mix to create a massive sound with just two instruments. I particularly enjoyed The Sheriff,a very bluesy number. A wireless connection for the guitar might be advisable, as vocalist and guitarist Aaron is very twisty turny on stage and kep pulling the lead out. Set yourself free Aaron!

Andrew O'Neil performed a stand-up set, which was a pleasant change. This was a veritable variety evening!Mr O'Neil entertained with stories and improvised songs from the satirical to the surreal. He's an appealing character onstage and this continued into the Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing set, as he is the guitarist and second on vocals.

The Men who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing specialise in songs telling tales of the Victorian era. The music itself, however, ranges from political punk like Doing it For The Whigs, to folk, to the waltzing lament of  How I Became an Orphan: Victorian diseases could rob one of ones family and friends.

The Men Who...are highly entertaining as a live band, they've cornered the market in Victorian subject matter. Songs about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and Charles Darwin are not something you find often.
The show is anything but Victorian in its volume however, shredding of guitar and pounding of drum was interspersed with bow-played carpentry saw. Frontman Gerhard "Andy" Heintz struck a striking figure in his long dress coat and top hat and can be mildly menacing in a good way.The band got the crowd moving and joining in with choruses to make it a splendid, all round night of entertainment.

I got all the way through the review without once mentioning steampunk...

Words: Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo PR
Photos: © Stephen Oliver for Jowheretogo PR

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

@vamos_social : a versatile cultural hub in the heart of #Newcastle

Get social with iVAMOS! at the heart of Newcastle!

Sharing the same building as Jowheretogo PR is a real cultural gem in the city centre: 

Newcastle’s new cultural hub iVAMOS! Social, which is delivered by ¡VAMOS! and Breeze Creatives, has opened its doors and is set to present an up-and-coming programme of Latin infused events at its Market Street residence.

Located on the ground floor of Bamburgh House which already hosts various creative organisations under its roof, its reformation has transformed the venue from a previous nightclub into a social space that runs both day and night in partnership with Northeast arts organisation, Breeze Creatives.

iVAMOS! Social founder and iVAMOS! Festival Director Nik Barrera said: “iVAMOS! Social aims to introduce a vibrant community centre for everyone from Wednesday to Saturdays by offering food and drinks, DJ events, live music and film screenings. Plans for development in the near future includes workshops, markets, exhibitions, talks and hot-desking opportunities.

A permanent residence for the region born renowned Latin festival iVAMOS!, which celebrated its’ 10th Anniversary in June 2015, hosted five events including exhibition openings, film screenings and international DJS in its new social space as part of its debut.

Nik Barrera added: “This is finally a place for us to call home. It might not be entirely iVAMOS! festival related after this opening but iVAMOS! will be at the heart of what happens here.”

iVAMOS! Social officially opened its doors on 26th September 2015 with its first monthly edition of World Disco, featuring a myriad of tunes from different locations such as Afro house beats, Iranian pop, Bollywood and Brazil Disco. Other monthly series introduced at the space within the last few weeks included ‘Mi Casa Su Casa’ (featuring Salsa tunes), ‘Masterjamz’ (an 80s/funk jams night), ‘Kizomba’ (playing sensual, Angolan-originated beats) and much more to come.

Since the opening on 30th of October as a dynamic daytime hub, ¡VAMOS! Social has been embraced by everyone delighted by its transformation from a former nightclub. A variety of Latino cuisine is found on the simple and fun bar menu, such as the Bocadillo (Spanish style sandwiches), Charcuteria meat plates and Boquerones (a white anchovies meal) along with Colombian and El Salvador coffee and organic teas.

The Ladies From Midnight Blue, at the Launch,
A brand new residency Rubix will also feature – offering a world music series launching on Saturday November 7 with Auntie Flo, Contours and more. Auntie Flo push a unique ‘Afro-futurist’ sound and garnered a ‘Scottish Album of the Year’ award nomination for his album release,  Future Rhythm Machine. It was also rated as one of the best albums of 2012.  DJ Tom Burford started ‘Contours’ as a project that incorporate beats from Africa and Latin America to explore an eclectic, fusionist rhythm between jazz, Afro-beat, electronic, house and soul music. Contours is the co-founder of Newcastle based Rubix club night and we’re thrilled to have them part of the ¡VAMOS! Social journey!

Specially selected beers for ¡VAMOS!

¡VAMOS! Social is located on Level 1 Bamburgh House, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BH. Open from Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm to 12am.
Jose: resident artist and chef.

Jo went along to the launch and found a very versatile venue with a delicious range of food and drinks. 

You can find out more about ¡VAMOS! Festival at www.vamosfestival.com
iVAMOS! Social


Photos by Jowheretogo

Friday, 13 November 2015

There's #onlythenow and #ageisjustanumber Review: Tom Robinson at @Sage_Gateshead #photos @FreshNet

Tom Robinson 
Mighty Sword of Justice Tour 
at The Sage, Gateshead 09/11/2015

Tom Robinson is known to many as the voice on BBC6Music with his unique Saturday Night Show with its blend of the classic and brand new. Tom is on tour after the release of his album Only The Now, his fist studio album in nearly 20 years. 

Hall 2 at The Sage was first entertained by a short set of eclectic songs, about, or related to, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, by Kitten Pyramid. The band on this occasion only consisted of frontman Scott Milligan (on various instruments) and his son Tom on drums. I found this interesting prog music for a live gig though perhaps would not be my personal choice of CD for a long journey.

Tom Robinson took to the stage to perform two sets with a short voice break in between. He mixed the old and the new with the audience joining in with such classics as Martin and Glad to be Gay but also with new tracks like Risky Business and Mighty Sword of Justice. Tom did some lyrical tweaking with older songs to fit the current political climate. Don’t Jump Don’t Fall was an emotional reminder of the dangers of falling off the edge of society when there are no mental health safety nets. 

Tom had a quality band with him including Adam Phillips on guitar and Lee Forsyth Griffiths providing acoustic guitar, vocals and in set 2, one of his own songs, Meet Me In The Middle. His song met with the approval of the friendly Sage crowd.

Gerry Diver added keys and violin and Faithless’s Andy Treacey provided percussion. The whole band put so much into the songs that War Baby sounded fresh as it did in the 80’s. Only The Now is a touching reminder to stop worrying about the past and future and live in the present. That’s really what this album and tour is about, if you want to do something with your life, there’s no time like the present.

Tom still plays with an energy, enthusiasm and a disregard for the fourth wall, that less experienced artists could learn from. He balanced the old and new songs keeping the audience with him all the way. 2,4,6,8 Motorway had most of the crowd on their feet for an extended singalong. This was a gig that made my heart grow a couple of sizes, with the warmth going between Tom and his fans. I would happily do this gig again! Tom is living proof that age is just a number and there is indeed Only The Now.

You can buy Only The Now at https://www.musicglue.com/tom-robinson/shop/

All words and photos © Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo. 

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Friday, 6 November 2015

@CherieCurrie3 Chats to Jo about her tour and the gig at @GlobeNewcastle in 14th Nov with @LGDreamers and @RFTKPromotions

Cherie Currie Chats To Jo
About Her First Tour In 20 Years

Cherie Currie is famous for her time as the lead singer in The Runaways in the mid to late 70’s. She’s had success as a solo artist, actress, wood carver and author since, and she’s heading to Newcastle on tour,  on 14th November. 

JO: First of all thanks for taking time out to talk to us at NE Volume/Jowheretogo. I'm sure you are very busy or just craving some nap time between all this travelling?

CC: Well, the heat here in LA has sidelined me from carving.  Thank God for the kindness and patience of my clients who are willing to wait until I return from the UK.

JO: How's the tour so far? Good band to work with?

CC: The guys are great.  Alexx Michael put together a great band for this tour and he worked so hard to make sure the fans are thrilled with the shows. 

JO: It's interesting tour in that you have chosen some really down-to-earth venues. For example the Globe pub in Newcastle, a really intimate venue. Is this you wanting to get closer to your fans on your first solo tour?

CC: I have always wanted to be close to the fans.  If it were not for them, this wouldn't be happening.  I am so appreciative that they never forgot me or The Runaways.  They kept us alive for 40 years!

JO: UK crowds...versus US crowds (we've calmed down since punk), who is best to play for, or an unfair comparison to make?

CC: I won't know that until I play but I have no doubt it will be a great reunion!

JO: We are talking 40 years since the Runaways were put together, and yet you still seem to ooze rock and roll cool. Have you any advice for young rockers (male and female) to keep their careers and themselves alive? 

CC: My only advice is, don't ask anyone’s opinion nor advice.  Everyone has their path that is their own.  You can't ask anyone to relate to what is burning inside you, what drives you.  They have their path and you have yours.  Stick to your path and never let anyone sway your conviction.  It never ends well.

JO: Do you think if some of the more traumatic events in your early career hadn't happened, you may not have been the artist you are today? Did it all make you more resilient?

CC: Yes.  It led me, each experience, to where I am now.  I don't blame anyone.  I except full responsibility for my good and bad choices.  That alone is empowering.

JO: Reverie...your first album since the 80s, how would you describe it? And will it be on sale at the gigs?
Yes it will be available at the shows.  I am blessed that it happened, that my son Jake got to work with Kim Fowley before he died and how this record brought me full circle.  It was important. 

Two fan questions: 

Gemma M Anderson asks: What do you love more...singing or chainsaw carving?

CC: I love both.  I was born to do them both and will continue to do what I'm passionate about.  As everyone should.  We were all put here for a reason and only we know what that is.  I'm blessed that I didn't let fear or others “opinions” stop me.  If I have learned anything in my 56 years, it's that lesson.

Jim Darmody asked:  Do you have any memorable moments from the first time you played Newcastle?

CC: To be honest, that tour was a whirlwind.  It was like being on another planet with the punk movement.  I look so forward to playing there now where it won't be such a blur.

Cherie is playing the Globe Pub on Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Ticket link: http://rftk.bigcartel.com/product/cherie-currie

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