Oxjam hits a high note again

Booze Brotherz play Oxjam
Booze Brotherz play Oxjam

Leighton Buzzard’s eighth annual Oxjam festival contines this week with a superb line up of live music in aid of Oxfam.

Next up this Friday (March 11)is Woburn Jazz at the Conservative Club, High Street, from 8pm.

Tess and the Durbevilles play Oxjam

Tess and the Durbevilles play Oxjam

It promises to be a fantastic evening of jazz and popular big band entertainment. Free entry, with a collection for Oxfam. For more information, contact John Gates at j.gates@virgin.net.

On the same evening, The 38s, with Tess and the Durbervilles, and Louise Sian and Matt Bedford appear at the Red Lion, High Street, from 8.30pm.

Playing 60s soul to 70s punk, The 38s perform the songs you like to sing, drink and dance along to.

Tess and The Durbervilles are an exciting and versatile duo, with Tess on drums and vocals and Jeff on guitar and vocals, covering a broad range of artists from The Beatles to Jessie J.

Vocalist Louise will be accompanied by guitarist Matt Bedford. Free entry, with a collection for Oxjam. For more information, contact Anj on jowitt.consulting@gmail.com.

Other events coming up are as following:

Saturday, March 12:

> Open Air Music in the High Street, 10am-4pm. Six hours of live music featuring a range of local musicians and groups, organised by The Peppermint Store.

> Plus, The Big Busk – look out for singer-songwriter Kisa Austin and her team of volunteer buskers, performing for donations at selected spots in the town centre throughout the day.

> Kosmos at the Library Theatre, from 7.30pm. World music ensemble featuring Harriet Mackenzie on violin, Meg Hamilton on viola, and Milos Milivojevic on accordion. A dazzling journey across the globe, drawing on a fascinating variety of world music and classical influences. Collection for Oxfam. Tickets from Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre Box Office on 0300 300 8125 or online at www.lbmusic.co.uk.

> Red Diamond at The Crown, North Street, from 9pm. Red Diamond is a six-piece band that delivers great harmony vocals, cool guitar work, fabulous saxophone, and drum and bass rhythms guaranteed to get you up and dancing. Free entry, with a collection for Oxfam. For more information, contact Chris Christoforou at hireaband2day@gmail.com.

> The Booze Brotherz and Retroflections at the Southcott Village Residents’ Association Social Club, Grasmere Way, LU7 2PJ, from 8pm.

If you loved the musical antics of Jake and Elwood Blues, you’ll love this tribute ensemble and their lively rendition of classic numbers from the cult movie, plus others.

Retroflections will be completing this fabulous double bill with upbeat songs you’ll know and love. Free entry; donations to Oxfam on the door. More information at boozebrotherz@hotmail.com and retroflections@live.co.uk.

Sunday, March 13:

> Ale ‘n’ Acoustic Session at the Black Lion, High Street, from 2pm. Bring your voices and instruments to join in with this very informal and fun acoustic afternoon. Free entry, with a collection for Oxfam. For more information, contact Hollie at holliesmith@tiscali.co.uk.

Tuesday, March 15:

> Leighton Linslade Concert Band at Sacred Heart Church Hall, Beaudesert, from 7.30pm. Conductor John Ravenor leads this accomplished ensemble, with a varied programme that includes The Best of Bond and Phantom of the Opera.

Free entry, with a collection on exit; proceeds will be shared 50:50 between Oxfam and Sacred Heart Church. Licensed bar. For more information, contact John Cook on cooksjm@gmail.com.

> Oxjam runs throughout March. More at www.oxjamleightonbuzzard.org.uk