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Southside Blues - Autumn Gigs at The Green Room

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Lazy Sunday sessions of live music
A Birmingham bar is marking its 20th year with a series of live Sunday acoustic blues and folk gigs.

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Southside Blues in Birmingham features a series of live acoustic gigs.

Southside Blues takes place at The Green Room Cafe Bar, at the Arcadian Centre, off Hurst Street - right opposite Birmingham Hippodrome.

The sessions, organised by dancer and music enthusiast Dominic Antonucci, feature bands Naked Blues, Mellow Peaches, Wes Finch, Conor Pianoman and Steve Ajao between September and November.

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Steve Ajao will perform in Birmingham at Southside Blues

The first gig on Sunday September 14 is Coventry band Naked Blues, who are an eclectic roots acoustic blues band, featuring Baz Eardley on guitar and vocals, Bryan Lea Bradford on harmonica and vocals, and Rick Medlock playing Cajon and percussion.

October 12 sees Mellow Peaches take to the stage at the intimate bar. Mellow Peaches consists of Amit Dattani and Rich Harris, who have been influenced by Mississippi John Hurt and describe their music as "rootsy stomps and grooves".

Wes Finch follows on October 26 and is joined by Jools Street and Ben Haines (Doc Emmett Brown Trio) at The Green Room.

The music is a little more eclectic in this session as Wes Finch turns his hand to other genres including Americana, jazz and swing. You can see him in action in this YouTube video.

Wes Finch appears at Southside Blues in Birmingham

Blues fans can enjoy two gigs in November when Connor Pianoman performs on November 2 followed by Steve Ajao on November 30.

Worcestershire-born Pianoman has a history of blues, rock n roll, boogie woogie, jazz and rockabilly, while Birmingham-born Ajao is a Blues guitarist as well as saxophonist.

Ajao has made a name for himself over the past three decades in the business and across the UK as one of the leading Blues guitarists.

He was just 13 when he started performing in his dad's band and playing soul, blues R&B and reggae to audiences.

Southside Blues Autumn Gig Listings

Sunday 14 Sept. 3pm. Naked Blues

Sunday 12 Oct. 3pm. Mellow Peaches

Sunday 26 Oct. 3pm. Wes Finch

Sunday 2 Nov. 3pm. Connor Pianoman

Sunday 30 Nov. 3pm. Steve Ajao -Solo and Unplugged

Contact details: 0121 622 5049
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Why? Live Blues in Birmingham
When: September to November
Phone: 0121 622 5049
Where: Lazy Sundays at The Green Room
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