Six places: to hear good music during August

This article is from 2008.

Voodoo Rooms
  1. Voodoo Rooms
    Recently given a major facelift (pictured), this swanky venue plays host to club nights and live music of indie, hip hop, blues, jazz, soul, funk and cabaret flavours. Expect anything and everything.
  2. The Royal Oak
    Home to the city’s underground folk scene for the rest of the year, not much changes in August, with unpretentious strummy singalongs from local talent on the ground floor, and slightly (but only slightly) more formal folky sounds down in the basement. Authentic and hugely entertaining.
  3. Henry’s Cellar Bar
    Scruffy but homely year-round indie venue has an impressive international line-up for August, with indie from Norway, punk from Japan, French grindcore and, apparently, ‘crust from Australia’.
  4. The Jamhouse
    Jools Holland’s venture in the north, so you know what to expect – high quality blues, boogie-woogie and funk across the board. Weekends have special guests and new talent, while there’s funk from Geno Washington and South American soul from Voces del Sur throughout August.
  5. The Jazz Bar
    Packing in a plethora of acts at a venue styled in the spirit of the classic jazz joint you might find in NYC, there’s everything from serious post-bop jazz to hedonistic funkateering crossover, kicking off early in the day into the wee small hours. Look out for the likes of Mosa Funk Club, trumpeter Colin Steel and New York’s own Will Vinson.
  6. The GRV
    The random nature of their programming – comedy one night, club night the next, experimental music showcase the next – means there’s always a surprise in store for those venturing in to this off-the-beaten-track culture bolthole. Bolstered with the addition of the urban garden for the duration of August, there’s underground musical innovations abound.

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