PLENTY for jazz fans to enjoy this week, beginning on Saturday lunchtime at Zena s Restaurant in Barnstaple with the Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band from 12 noon until 3pm. The band will in action that evening at the Union Inn, Dolton from 8-11pm. Shop to
PLENTY for jazz fans to enjoy this week, beginning on Saturday lunchtime at Zena's Restaurant in Barnstaple with the Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band from 12 noon until 3pm.The band will in action that evening at the Union Inn, Dolton from 8-11pm.Shop to a jazz beat at Atlantic Village on Sunday as the Gittisham Hall Swingboat Quartet entertain throughout the afternoon from noon-4pm.Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MS Oldenburg on Sunday evening with a black tie evening cruise from Bideford Quay, with the Guy Fenton All Stars and guests. Tickets (01271) 863636.The eagerly awaited Party in the Park is at Victoria Park on Sunday from 11am-3pm. There will be fun and music for the whole family at this free event, a host of local performers include the Dambuskers, Samba Sol, Martin and Marianne Lucas, Tony Finney and many more. AJ and the Underdogs continue to take music to the masses with their busy gig schedule, continuing this week at the Tavern-in-the-Port in Bideford on Saturday.The Dave Rich Band will be bringing a highly distinctive sound and music from their excellent first album Overload to the Palladium on Friday. On Saturday the venue invites you to its Northern Soul and Disco Night. There's a jamming session every Tuesday too.On Saturday The Swan at Bideford welcomes the Food Fighters from 9.30pm.Sod 'em and Sing Karaoke is at Quigley's tomorrow (Thursday) and at the Heavitree on Sunday. From now on there's a new gig for the karaoke-meister every Friday at Sherry's Tavern in Barnstaple. That's in addition to the existing Monday slot. Settle back to enjoy the sound of Cream T at the Joiners Arms on Saturday from 9.30pm.On Tuesday of next week (August 5) the Kingsley Inn at Westward Ho! will be continuing its open acoustic jamming sessions for any who wish to take part.The Plough at Torrington hosts a benefit gig for Free Tibet on Friday from 8pm, with a variety including Fiddlebix, Basil's Blues Band and more. Tickets (01805) 624624.Haydens Country will be the guests of the Ocean view Country Music Club at Alverdiscott Village Hall on Tuesday of next week from 8.30pm. Info (01271) 378273.Bullet Train will be speeding into the Inn on the Square, Barnstaple, on Saturday. The band offers classic British rock with a modern edge and plays their own material, with the odd great cover. Back by popular demand, with support from Millennium Child.The popular and always welcome Andy Russell band will be live at the Cork and Bottle in Barnstaple on Friday. The venue also has karaoke every Thursday night.Renowned acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter Keith Hills will be at the Castle Inn, Landkey, on Saturday from 8.30pm. The gig is free.The White Lion at Braunton has DJ Benny Joy at the decks on Friday and on Sunday it's Open Mic with Amy Newton.The Red Barn at Woolacombe hosts excellent ska band The Liquidators tomorrow.Also tomorrow at Cook Island, Mullacott Cross near Ilfracombe, the Average Blues band will be in the driving seat for another Open Mike Night extraordinaire. Get there early if you want a go...Birdmen or birdbrains? The annual South West Birdman is back at Ilfracombe on Sunday. This charity event, in addition to having people leap off the pier, features a range of live bands from 11am. The Chillis, Crystal Arcade, Harry Munk Project, Tabloid Press, the Yum Yums, Hip Route, Falling Apart and Chris Millington all feature. Details from www.ilfracomberoundtable.co.ukThe Castle Inn at Combe Martin has a great band in the form of Maybe Naked on Saturday from 10pm. Think rock anthems and a great gig and you have some idea.