Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Luton over the next few days. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your event at least two weeks before it’s due to be held. Thank you.
Thursday April 30
Sing out with the Jewel Entertainments Karaoke Cabaret at The White Hart, Hemel Hempstead from 8.30pm. It’s led by Jules, who’s been a karaoke host for over 25 years.
A former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who have been forced to become soldiers tells his life story at Leighton Buzzard Conference Centre at 7.30pm. His life was turned into the 2011 film Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerard Butler. Entrance to the show will be free, but tickets guaranteeing admission should be ordered online from http://www. intothelightleighton.co.uk
FRiDAY May 1
The Natalies are a Herts-based four-piece Pop/Rock/Indie covers band. They play classics from the late 60s to the present day with a heavy nod to the 80s & 90s and perform at The Oddfellows Arms, Hemel Hempstead at 9pm.
The Wheatsheaf in Leighton Buzzard is throwing its stage open to you! It’s open mic night and anyone wishing to perform should contact Letty on email@example.com. Music starts at 9.45pm. Entrance is Free.
U.K. Subs are coming to the Hat Factory, Luton. The punk pioneers formed in 1976 and are widely recognised as one of the most consistent and successful punk bands ever - maintaining the true spirit of punk rock. With a powerful line up in place since 2005 (Charlie Harper - vocalist/ Jet – guitar / Alvin Gibbs - bass / Jamie Oliver – drums), they continue to entertain and enthuse worldwide and there are no signs of stopping. Support comes from Hazard. Doors open 8pm, Age 16+. Tickets £10 in advance and £12.50 on the door. Call 01582 878100
Saturday May 2
Shamima’s Mehendi Workshop every Saturday 1pm - 3pm. Learn how to create your own beautiful mehendi style artwork in acrylics on various surfaces such as card,canvases,boxes,phone covers. www.shamimasmehendi.webs.com
The Music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons: Following huge demand after their performance here last year, Let’s Hang On returns to the Grove Theatre in Dunstable at 7.30pm to take the audience on a musical journey through the history of one of the most successful bands of all time Featuring an anthology of hit songs, including Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Bye Bye Baby, December 1963 (Oh What A Night!), Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Working My Way Back To You, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Grease and many more. Prepare for an electric atmosphere and don’t be surprised to find yourself on your feet and dancing before the night is over. Full-price tickets are £23. Call 01582 60 20 80.
Sunday May 3
Basil Brush, a vulpine star with an ability to entertain and make people of all ages laugh and smile, comes to the Grove Theatre in Dunstable. He’s cheeky, irreverent, charming, naughty, quick-witted, scheming and foxy, but at the same time he’s kind, caring and affectionate. Basil has celebrated over 50 years in entertainment and The Basil Brush Show on BBC TV has been seen by millions of viewers all over the globe from 1968 through to today. The show was BAFTA nominated and voted best comedy show on TV. Now, Britain’s most loveable fox is back on the road along with his TV chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey). Come and join in the mayhem, along with Mr Stephen who is continually interrupted by naughty uncontrollable Basil. A show for all the family, it’s on at 11am and 2.30pm. Tickets are £14 for adults and £12 for children. A £1.50 transaction fee may apply. Call 01582 60 20 80.
Schrödinger’s Strings are a harp-based trio performing many original pieces as well as their own arrangements of classic rock and pop songs. Comprising two harpists and a guitarist, this entertaining band like to include an element of surprise, fun and variety in their performances. Covers range from Deep Purple to the Verve, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Procul Harum - in a way you’ve never heard it done before. They play at Wardown Park Museum from 2pm to 4pm. Tickets cost £5. Call 01582 878100.
Studio54 are an exciting, pro-standard five-piece band that perform the best current and classic dance, funk, soul, disco, boogie, latin, party songs. They feature covers from artists including Pharrell Williams, Joss Stone, Chic, Rhianna, Aretha Franklin, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, and Michael Jackson. See them at the Sugar Loaf in Luton at 9pm.
The Mojo Rising are covers band, specialising in funk, soul and disco and fronted by a former West End theatre singer, who has performed in the likes of Grease and Fame. Acts covered include Chic, Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones, They play the White Hart in Hemel Hempstead at 9pm.
Monday May 4
Covering three decades of rock, blues and pop, the Banned are back at The Wheatsheaf at 3pm to delight the audience with their repertoire from the 60s, 70s and 80s and a few more recent numbers for those lucky enough to be too young to remember the earlier decades! The Banned, together now for nine years, have a playlist of well over a 100 numbers and can possibly be persuaded to waive from the plan if a reasonable request is made. The range of artists covered include AC DC, Beatles, Deep Purple, Hendrix, Kings of Leon, Kinks, The Monkees, Muse, The Police, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, T Rex and many more including a few off beat numbers from Darkness, Mika or Jessie J to test Tobias’ higher octaves! The Banned are: Tobias - guitar and lead vocals, Gordon - Drums and backing vocals and Steve on Bass and backing vocals
Tuesday may 5
La Fille mal gardée is broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to the Grove Theatre in Dunstable at 7.30pm. Frederick Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk, dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet’s most emphatically English work. Certificate: 12A. Tickets cost £15 and a £1.50 transaction fee may apply. Call 01582 60 20 80.
Wednesday may 6
We’ll Meet Again is the name of a new cavalcade show coming to the Grove Theatre in Dunstable at 2.30pm. It’s led by Duggie Chapman MBE and celebrates 70 years since the end of the Second World War. Starring comedy entertainer Steve Barclay who will perform impressions of wartime comedians; by very special request, a return of Britain’s “greatest virtuoso of the ukele”, Andy Eastwood; singing star Maggie O’Hara who will be performing the songs of Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields and a touch of Ann Shelton. With full supporting cast of Mervyn Francis, the music of Martyn St James Band and special guests comedian and multi-instrumentalist Pete Lindup. Full price tickets cost £12.50, and a £1.50 transaction fee may apply. Pre-show cream teas are available, served from 1pm to 2.15pm for £5 per person. To book, call 01582 60 20 80 and please also state any dietary requirements that you have at the time of booking.