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Funk, Soul and Motown in Bristol

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Bristol's Funk And Soul Scene

Live Funk in Bristol
Funk isn't huge in Bristol but there are still some good funk bands playing regular gigs, even if the market is slightly smaller than it used to be. Quality hammond led jazz-funk jams can often be found at the Golden Lion on Gloucester road. For faster more sweaty funk gigs, keep and eye on what's on at the Mr Wolfs in Bristol city centre.

Live Soul in Bristol
In the early 2000's there was a much needed soul revival in the UK. At the core of this revival was Brighton and in particular it's Tru-Thoughts record label. Artists like Alice Russell and Belleruche ventured into 'nu-soul', while bands like the Quantic Soul Orchestra revisited raw early funk. While the albums made during this period were nothing hugely special, the performances that came with them were a welcome return of quality and engaging soul music. Being an important city in the UK's live music scene, Bristol and it's venues were (and still are) a key tour-stop for modern soul gigs. Whilst the revival is not as strong as it was, there are still some consistent soul and funk venues in Bristol to check whats on. Metropolis is the new home of Tru-thoughts / Stones Throw / Freestyle Recs type tours, with recent (2010) Bristol events including Belleruche, Speedometer and The Bamboos. The 02 Academy, Colston Hall and the Bristol Thekla are Bristol's main venues for bigger name musicians or comeback tours for legendary Motown and soul singers. It's also worth checking the Start the Bus listings, they seem to have a great ability of booking upcoming talent before it hits the big time. While not strictly soul or funk, the venue has hosted some great cross over artists including Little Dragon and The Apples.

The Park Bar in Clifton with it's Hot Buttered Soul nights is also worth looking into.

If you're looking for disco clubnights in Bristol check the mainstream city centre venues (which we don't list on this website).
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LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Canteen
We Are Leif
Comprised of four established Bristol jazzers, they deftly span the balance of jazz sensibilities with groove more associated with Nu-Soul,
The Thunderbolt
Speaking In Tongues
Bristols Finest Talking Heads Tribute!
El Rincon Bristol
Hopkins-Hammond Trio
Scorchingly good jazz/funk trio led by ace guitarist
To The Moon
One Soul - Afro Nick & Delboy Rousseau
One Soul is every Friday at To The Moon, DJs playing the best in soulful music all on vinyl.
No.1 Harbourside
Jump Blues Belle
Bristol based group fronted by Belle Day making the very best Soul, RnB and Blues music
Motion
Disco Isn't Dead (Day & Night Party) with ∆dmin
It's been an exciting year for us at team PARADISCO & to finish off our events this summer we bring you our biggest yet, DISCO ISN'T DEAD.
Exchange
Jus' Begun - Midsummer fundraiser for TEMWA
Afrobeat/Latin/Funk/Reggae fundraiser clubnight for Temwa Charity
The Attic Bar
The Brass Funkeys
The Brass Funkeys / Ruth Royall / Stevie Bear
The Gallimaufry
Forth & Back Hip Hop Jam
Golden Era Hip-Hop House Band
The Canteen
Freesoul Familia: Dos Hermanos
This Sunday evening their stripping it down with the exceptional voice of front woman Dee Gomez and guitarist Jerome Gamble. Next level vibe
Fringe Jazz
BEN WAGHORN QUARTET
Groovy Hammond and Guitar type things with a brilliant Saxophonist up front.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Feat. 3dYwK (aka Ric Yarborough)
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Canteen
Lacuna
Jazz fusion with a love of dirty re-harmonisations and irregular time signatures, this quintet are bringing their best grooves.
To The Moon
One Soul - Ethan Harrison
One Soul is every Friday at To The Moon, DJs playing the best in soulful music all on vinyl.
Exchange
4 J Dilla
the legacy of ‘Dillaesque' music
Fiddlers
Ata Kak W/ Kinlaw, Sunun + Chukwudi
Colston Hall X Satsumas present Awesome Tapes From Africa's Ata Kak W/ Kinlaw, Sunun + Chukwudi
Pasture
The Connoisseurs Soul Sessions
Paul Alexander, Playing his Soul Train dose Ibiza set
The Plough
Easton Standard Time
John Stapleton & Steve Rice playing vintage vinyl soul, reggae and more...
Fringe Jazz
IBOU TALL & JAZZMATES
Afro-Senegalese rhythms and melodies blended with Jazz
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Cosies
Jus' Begun presents Analog Africa
Return of label boss Samy Ben Redjeb plus John Stapleton
Motion
St Pauls Carnival Official After Party: Motion
Lee Scratch Perry, Mad Professor, Laid Blak, Reggae Roast, Buggsy + many more!
No.1 Harbourside
Mustard Brass Band
New orleans style brass band with a bristol twist featuring Jimbino Vegan’s Tuba
Motion
Art Battle Bristol
Live Painting Competition
To The Moon
Bring Your Own Tracks: Pride (Open Deck/Mic)
An LGBT special of our open decks night for Pride week
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Thekla
Lucky Chops
Lucky Chops perform at Thekla
No.1 Harbourside
The LBJBS
Heavy funk. These guys have been ramming dance floors wherever they go especially at Leftbank up the road for their weekly residency.
LEFTBANK
The Globo Collective
All the way from Valencia
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Hy-Brasil Music Club
Monsoon Season
A free party that explores the sounds & grooves of the eastern hemisphere
Basement 45
Code Of The Streets
Bristol's popular night out Code of the Streets delivery it's next event of the year with the 'SUMMER EDITION'
Basement 45
Zero Funks Given
Pure funky grooves crossing different genres
Rough Trade Bristol
Snapped Ankles & Guests
Post-everything noise/drone/techno avant-garde mayhem!
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Thekla
Craig Charles Summer Party - Bristol
Craig Charles returns to Thekla!
Crofters Rights
Stay Put w/ MR BONGO at Crofters Rights
Mr Bongo records join Stay Put to bring their global sounds Bristol
Crofters Rights
The Grey Area presents: Brushy One String
Honest and heartfelt music from Jamaica played on a 1 string guitar
Thekla
Rising Appalachia
Rising Appalachia perform at Thekla
The Volunteer Tavern
Monsoon Season Yard Party
An outdoor free party that explores the sounds & grooves of the eastern hemisphere
Mr Wolfs
IT: Breakout Blues Band & The Harry Miller Band
Debut headline show from the Breakout Blues Band!
Crofters Rights
Tony Allen X Amp Fiddler
A riotous exploration of electronic funk, Afrobeat and relentless groove
Thekla
Imarhan
Imarhan perform at Thekla
Rough Trade, Bristol
Paris Monster, White Feather Collective
New York Alt Duo back in the UK by popular demand - you've seen them go viral….now catch them LIVE!
Thekla
Curtis Harding
Curtis Harding performs at Thekla
Thekla
Ezra Collective
Ezra Collective perform at Thekla
Thekla
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 perform at Thekla