DanceEast have linked up with Suffolk broadcaster Stephen Foster to bring two household names from the world of music to the Jerwood Dancehouse on the Ipswich Waterfront.
On Saturday 28th September Shakatak, one of this country’s most successful smooth jazz groups, return to the town. They emerged on the British funk scene in the early 1980s and soon notched up hits with classics like Night Birds, Easier Said Than Done, Down On The Street and Streetwalkin’. For the past thirty years they have toured the world and continue to make superb albums. Their latest, Once Upon A Time, comprises acoustic renditions of 13 of their very best compositions. Unlike many of their peers from the ‘80s, Shakatak have a full quota of original members – Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Roger Odell and George Anderson. They remain a must-see act, oozing with class. Shakatak have a big following in Suffolk so get in quick to secure your seat for a Saturday night that will live long in the memory.
A fortnight later, Saturday 12th October, legendary rhythm and blues band Dr Feelgood play their first Ipswich gig in ages. The original line-up took the music world by storm in the 1970s enjoying a number one album with Stupidity and a top 10 single with their anthem Milk And Alcohol. Since then the Feelgoods have remained a big attraction throughout Europe and have released numerous albums, the most recent being Repeat Prescription which, was made down on Canvey Island where the Dr Feelgood story began. With songs like Roxette, She Does It Right, Down At The Doctors and Milk And Alcohol, the modern day Feelgoods – Robert Kane, Steve Walwyn, Phil Mitchell and Kevin Morris – guarantee a great night of rocking, old-school R&B. Make an appointment now! Opening for Dr Feelgood will be Suffolk’s premier blues band Blues Situation. This is not-to-be-missed.
Tickets for both concerts are now available in person from the box office at DanceEast or by calling 01473 295230. Check out the website for more details www.danceeast.co.uk