Free Music Programme Saturday 24th August

Three days of free fantastic live music performances take within the heart of Rye from 12.00 Midday to 8pm on Saturday 24th to Monday 26th August, where you can expect to hear the very best in Jazz, Blues, Roots, Fusion, Soul, Funk, Rock Blues, Latin, Hip - Hop, Rap and New Orleans Jazz with an array of amazingly talented musicians from the South East and further a field. Drinks and food can be purchased at the outdoor stage and we close the roads to allow you, your friends and younger family members to wonder freely so you can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere safely. See the full free line up for Saturday 24th August on the Kino Outdoor Stage and other fringe events.

Blues and Roots with Mark Harrison Band – Kino Outdoor Stage - Saturday at midday
A thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style - there is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating in the UK. His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him and his band to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes and we are delighted to welcome him back to the festival ion 2019.

Funky Hammond Organ Jazz with The Drawtones – Kino Outdoor Stage - Saturday 2pm
The Drawtones are one of the UK’s fastest rising British Hammond Organ jazz and funk bands and will be performing wonderfully arranged jazz & funk organ classics with influences including Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Brother Jack McDuff, Lou Donaldson, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock and many more…Grab yourself a drink and sink yourself into Saturday afternoon in style!

Fresh Swinging Lyrical Jazz with Sam Leak Quartet – Kino Outdoor Stage - Saturday 4pm
Sam Leak is a London-based Jazz pianist described by JazzFM’s Helen Mayhew as ‘One of the brightest stars in the Jazz piano galaxy, a heavenly improviser, and a brilliant prospect for the future.’ Today he is joined by UK Jazz scene heavyweights Brandon Allen on saxophone, Nicholas Costley-White on guitar, and Joel Barford on drums, presenting a thrilling set of hammond organ quartet arrangements inspired by Larry Golding’s classic album ‘Light Blue.’ Expect fresh, swinging, lyrical jazz, permeated by the blues.

High Octane 60’s Psychedelia with Freak Flag – Kino Outdoor Stage - Saturday 6pm
Freak Flag are a power trio dedicated to recapturing the rock pioneering spirit of Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, Deep Purple, Neil Young and other iconic artists of the era with experienced professional musicians; David Driver, drum, Neil Roberts, guitar and vocals and John Delipps: Bass and Vocal.

Spoken Word with MC Gramski and Birdspeed - The Butter Market - Saturday From 3pm
Spoken word is one of the UK’s fastest-growing art forms and as it gathers steam at festivals across the country we are excited to bring it to the Rye Jazz & Blues festival for the first time in 2019.

Vocal and Percussion workshop with local charity The Music Well - Rye Community Centre - Saturday 11:45am for a midday start
Don’t forget to check out the three educational workshops at the festival in 2019. All being held at the Rye Community Centre and the series opens today with 2019 Festival Charity The Music Well delivering a Vocal and Percussion experience for everyone!

‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ Street Pianos - Around the town all day
Look out for our brightly decorated ‘Street Pianos’ at five locations in the town during all three days of the festival. Join us in the celebration of both piano and visual art and feel free to pull up a stool, bring your sheet music and play away to your hearts content entertaining the crowds and passers-by in the morning, afternoon or evening! Let’s make great music and have some fun!

To see the full festival programme click here

The festival gratefully acknowledges the very kind support of private individuals, patrons and companies which have supported these free events in 2019 including the Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Chalk Cliff Trust, Rother District Council, UBI International, Pets Pyjamas, Benenden Hospital Trust, Harvey’s Of Lewis, Beside The Sea Holiday Cottages, Space Co Working, The Gallivant, Country Property Group, Rush Witt & Wilson Estate Agents, Heringtons Solicitors, PizzaExpress Live, Wilson Wilson & Hancock, Booker & Best Ltd, Eye Dream, Bramley & Teal Holiday Cottages, Reeds Rains Estate Agents, JD Architects, Stamco Building Supplies, Hastings International Piano Festival, Green Insurance Group and MRA Associates.

Posted on 10/07/2019 by Ian Bowden

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