Katana set for live venue relaunch

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IF I had a pound coin for every time someone has said to me in all seriousness with good heart in the past 20 years that they were going to set up a live music venue in Harrogate I would be absolutely. . .well, £25 better off, probably.

It’s one of those ideas that’s easer in principle than practice, one that only the Blues Bar, Monteys Rock Café and the Harrogate Brasserie (in jazz terms) has managed to turn into a realistic, long-term prospect.

So it’s pleasing to note that Katana supremo Craig Gerdes has announced his intention to turn his stylish two-storey bar on Union Street down a ginnel off Oxford Street near the back of Debenhams into a live venue

To that end he is booking some big name bands once a month, building a purpose-built stage upstairs and introducing a series of regular live music nights.

The intention is to have live music each and every night and here’s how it looks so far on Katana‘s Live Venue Relaunch Weekender:

Thursday, December 1: Katana Keys - A weekly piano session starting with Andy Crowley and Dave Dowson performing the first week, then different acts from then on.

Friday, December 2: The return of The Birdman Rallies. The Harrogate area’s leading alt-pop geniuses plus guests star in the first instalment of a weekly band night.

Saturday, December 3: Carnival Latin Party - New monthly Zumba Brazilian Night with live musicians, dancers, Brazilian cocktails and more.

If any acts would like to play Katana, please email music@katana-bar.co.uk

More information at www.katana-bar.co.uk

ANOTHER recent club to convert to live music in Harrogate called The Club (ex-Cardinal Sins) seems to have embraced the facial hair charity sensation that is Movember with a Thursday night live music, fundraising night. Taches and beards ahoy, though not from me, did you see my pathetic effort at a hairy upper lip in the build-up to the first Fringe!

IT’S like a Cold War dream - the Soviets and the Chinese have joined forces to create a helluva noise, okay, it’s not quite the same but, for the first time ever, two of Harrogate’s best rock music nights are linking up.

After years of great success separately, Metal (and more) night Bottom of the Bottle and punk promoters North Yorkshire Hardcore are coming together this Sunday night at Rehab.

The line-up is good and so is the cause, to raise funds for local charity C.E.T.A. Cancer Research UK .

Chosen jointly, there will be six live acts in this remarkable gig: Croak Ditch (whose most recent CD, a double album, recently fell into my grubby little hands), End Reign, Drowned in Flames, Crave, Shark Bait and NxAxA - plus mix master DJ Trev himslf on the decks.

Putting their money where their mouth is, all the acts perorming (including Trev himself) are doing so free of charge.

The action starts early at 8pm, so make sure you get there in time.

FANTASTIC local promoters RipleyBlues continue to put on name r’n’b and blues acts year after year at its lovely home at Ripley Castle.

Next up upstairs in its Blues Room at the town hall on Saturday, December 3 is Martin Harley.

The internationally-acclaimed slide guitar player and songwriter is fresh from appearing in the Virgin Music Festival in Barbados and a stint of recording in Texas and is not to be missed. Tickets priced £8/£10 are strictly limited.

Also going fast are tickets for RipleyBlues’ traditional Christmas visit from Nine Below zero. More information from www.ripleyblues.com

NICE Ripon wine bar/eaterie etc Great Northern Wine seems to have done a great job of being an occasional live venue, attracting name acoustic, blues and Americana acts from the national circuit.

Next up this Sunday is excellent local talent Dan Burnett. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £10. www.greatnorthernwine.co.uk

X Factor fans have their weekly fix of real in the flesh finalists when The Risk and Jonny appear live tonight, Friday at Harrogate’s Viper Rooms’ night club.

LOCAL singer-songwriter Elliot Long, who is known from his residency at the Pitcher and Piano on John Street in Harrogate is one step from the final of the Open Mic UK competition.

All that stands between him and the stage of the 02 Arena in London is the final regional event in Dewsbury on Sunday, December 11.

But he needs your support so he’s offering tickets to see him at Dewsbury.

Just email him at Elliot@specialisedcovers.co