Our aim is
'Keeping Live Music Alive'
We provide a platform for bands in
a friendly atmosphere with appreciative audiences. Some of the bands that
started out and played at BJ's on a regular basis have found success. All the
bands that play at BJ's get a great reception and always want to return and it
remains fully booked for a year ahead. The venue provides a mixed genre of blues
based music to suit all tastes... so if you like a variety come and join us!
Tin Pan Alley, 25th September
September's live music month here at BJ’s ended with an exceptional
talented band from Lancaster. TIN PAN ALLEY came to entertain and that
they did. Fronted by Nigel 'Tanny' Tanton on lead guitars and lead
vocals, he gave an outstanding performance. Tanny’s guitar work is
legendary he certainly nails the classic riffs and solos and his vocals
certainly hit the spot. The rhythm section off Graham Goral on a wicked
throbbing bass and Kevin ‘Cochise’ Cook on drums were just brilliant
together, musicians of the highest calibre. The first set included
classics from Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin
and to finish the set the song 'Free Bird' from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the
crowd went nuts, brilliant stuff. The second set kicked off with ‘I
Thank You’ from ZZ Top, followed by Joe Bonamassa, Peter Green's
Fleetwood Mac, Free, Montrose, Gary Moore, with Led Zeppelin to finish,
classic after classic a brilliant show from a band that have set the
bench mark for others to follow, fantastic.
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Rhythm Zoo, 18th September 2014
the 'Zoo' are back! It was a welcomed return to BJ's for the popular
band 'RHYTHM ZOO'.
Hailing from Shrewsbury, Harrogate and Bradford, Andi Hall fronts the
band on sultry vocals, with Phil Dean on amazing lead guitar. Keeping
that rhythm going were Pete Betts on bass and Dermot Hall on drums and
what a great set they did with a mix of self penned tracks and covers.
opening number, a slow blues 'I Just Want To Make Love To You', was pure
class. Andi's sexy vocals were superb and Phil's guitar work just
faultless. Funking it up next with 'Good Girl Bad Girl' then 'Part Time
Love' with an excellent guitar solo from Phil.
of a 'rockin' number, then on to a smokingly 'hot' version of the Robert
Cray track, 'Playing In The Dirt'. Slowing the pace, we moved onto the
excellent T Bone Walker's 'Stormy Monday' which was sung with passion by
Andi, with Phil's guitar solo that was just awesome, a brilliant take.
'Steal Your Love' gave us 'full on' power from the rhythm section, Pete
and Derm, on this earthy rockin' track with strong vocals from Andi. To
finish the first set a great up tempo gospel influenced number 'Whole
Lot Of Water' .
starting the second set, Andi was in her element with the rockin' blues,
'Wild, Wild, Woman'. Onto the self penned '12 Bar Blues' with great
vocals from Andi again. Slowing the pace, a slow sultry blues 'Never
Going Back To Memphis' with a haunting guitar solo from Phil.
classic 12 bar rhythm and blues with 'Tore Down' next, with drums and
bass working well. Then onto 'rock God' Phil taking lead vocals for the
classic Cream number 'Badge'. A brilliant take and what a great voice.
A slow blues next with 'Coco Blue', before moving on to 'I've Got My
Mojo Working' for a bit of audience participation. Guest Beryl was
invited to the stage with her tambourine yet again!
the penultimate number of the evening, rockin' 'Sweet Home Chicago',
got the dancers up. The final number, the classic Doors track 'Road
House Blues', was a fantastic finish to great evening. Here's hoping we
will see the amazing 'Rhythm Zoo' back at BJ's next year.
Rosy Greer -
Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer
The Shakers, 11th
SHAKERS describe themselves as - "a hard rockin' rhythm & blues band,
from deep down in the Fylde Coast Delta" - and I'll go with that!
at the prestigious BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club, Chorley, they gave the
crowd a full on performance of their 'Shakerboogie' with some classic
covers. Fronting the band on vocals, slide guitar, guitar and harmonica
was John Carroll, on rhythm and excellent lead guitar was Chris
Peacock. Keeping that rhythm going was Brian Hunter on bass and vocals
with the powerhouse of Craig Holland on drums.
evening kicked off with a great 12 bar blues and classic number 'Sweet
Home Chicago'. Taking the slide guitar into the audience, John set the
scene for the evening. A great guitar solo from Chris gave us the 'full
on' power opener.
of Hendrix classics followed with 'Foxy Lady' and 'Red House', then a
change with a Ray Charles number 'Unchain My Heart' with Brian on well
sung vocals. John brought in the harmonica for the Little Walter number
'My Baby', again with Brian on vocals which had a leaning towards jazz.
A bit of
harp led blues boogie with the John Lee Hooker classic 'Dimples', then
on to the final number of the first set, 'Stormy Monday', with guest
guitarist Javon Aziz. A nice bit of the 'youth of blues' as this young
man is only 17!
'Crossroads' opened the second set, followed by 'Little Red Rooster'
with great slide guitar. Another guest, Beryl, took to the stage with
her tambourine, for 'I've Got My Mojo Working', then onto a 12 bar
harp driven classic Howlin' Wolf, with 'Who's Been Talking', nice funky
overtones and good guitar solo. Then moving on to a Peter Green classic
'Oh Well', drummer Craig kept the power house going. To finish off the
evening a couple of R&B numbers 'Walking The Dog' and 'Treat Her Right'
with an encore of 'Hoochie Coochie Man'.
evening's entertainment with classic 'Shakerboogie' rhythm and blues.
Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer
Doctor Truth, 4th September 2014
This five piece band based in the
Manchester area have had a few changes to their personnel over the years, but
now it seems they have settled down to incorporate the wonderful soul blues
voice of Jocelyn Knight, who has an impressive CV, working in the past with M
People no less. With other top bands seeking her vocal services and for work in
the recording studios this lady of the blues is busy making music. Chris Roach
on lead guitar is well known on the Manchester band scene, a musician who works
his guitar with that picking Blues/Jazz feel at times. The rhythm section is as
good as it gets with Rick Lacey on the drums and Mike Collinge on bass guitar.
Rick is a top musician, again a drummer who has many styles to suit the band
type you can see him play in a few Northwest bands when the need arises. Mike
Collinge a well-respected bassist and a perfect match for Rick that is hard to
beat. Mike has a solid sound and an easy going style that lends itself to the
blues genre. The one element that was missing from this impressive line-up was
keys man Paul Ashton who was on holiday. The band played original works off
their CD “Code for the Road”. Doctor Truth heels the soul, and a tonic for
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Stealer, 28th August 2014
STEALER are a four piece rock/blues
cover band that pride themselves on performing authentic renditions of the
vintage bands from the 60’s and 70’s. They do it with a no-nonsense matter of
fact approach. Steve Clegg lead vocal and frontman for the band is a veteran
vocalist who thrives on the pub rock scene and the intimacy of the audience, he
engages them with a little light banter has he introduces cover after classic
cover. Steve G on lead guitar is a class musician his rendition of Parisienne
Walkway’s amongst others was spot on. Steve B is their bass player and backing
vocalist, he has a relaxed manner and his bass line on Keep on Running was
brilliant, alongside him completing the rhythm section was Anthony Da Souza a
hell of a drummer and he kept it together for the band, White Room, and
Substitute and Fool For Your Loving stood out for me. The classic covers kept
coming, in their second set, The Seeker, Rosalee, and Wishing Well, and a lot
more just fantastic. This band gives you a show, the audience wanted more, and
the band went home happy playing to a crowd that appreciates its classics.
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