Mike Doughty was born on June 10th 1970 in Fort Knox, Kentucky and is an American indie and alternative rock singer-songwriter and author. The former frontman of Soul Coughing barely sounds like his former self these days. Doughty began writing solo songs in 1995, but nothing materialized until Soul Coughing broke up in 2000, at which point Doughty began touring solo with his acoustic guitar after becoming clean and sober. ‘Skittish‘ was finally released to the masses along with the EP Rockity Roll on the ATO record label.Doughty’s sound is that of muted acoustic guitar rhythms and nasal vocals with impeccable melodies. His lyrics are unique and he could well be described as a master wordsmith. Mike Doughty
‘Saturdays’ at Soup Kitchen
The guys at Soup Kitchen have gone for a simple solution when it came to naming their regular Saturday night event and consequently it will be called… er… “Saturdays”! The night will exhibit friends and local talents in the cavernous surroundings of their underground dancing den. They have DJs on rotation in the Kitchen and hand the cellar over to a different promotion every week, this week it’s the turn of Hot Milk.
Hot Milk’s Reggae* Got*Soul*Special
Tonight the basement belongs to Hot Milk, bringing dancehall, soul and dirty south to Stevenson Square with this Reggae*Got*Soul*Special . The night is hosted by Fox and playing tonight are Tyler Daley and Konny Kon with support coming from Hot Milk favourites and residents Bobby Irish (http://soundcloud.com/
10pm-3am / £5 before 11 / £6 after
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF
Paper Recordings presents Cottam
Paper Recordings are well and truly back on the block with a new stable of artists re-defining the Paper sound but keeping it deep, disco and dancefloor. To celebrate their new compilation ‘Paper Cuts # 1‘, they are throwing a party in their home town of Manchester for the first time in a long time. Stepping up will be house hero Cottam to unleash his box of bass heavy deep house and disco floor fillers. Support comes from Neil Diablo, a forthcoming Paper label star and resident Flash Atkins. The party is in 2022NQ and so the capacity tonight is just 200 so if you get there you are one of the lucky ones! Paper Recordings
10pm-2.30am / £6 adv / £8 otd
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ
Night & Day
Toba Caldera / Sunny Jim & The Size 9′s / Brief Legend + more TBA
Barnsley isn’t somewhere you’d usually associate with producing edgy psychedelic rock,or psychedelic anything really, but this could all change in the near future following the emergence of Toba Caldera, a group of 20 year olds from that very town. Toba Caldera are James Gilroy; vocals, Matthew Clayton; guitar, Nevyn Stevenson; guitar/ vocals, Thomas Hemingway; bass/ vocals and Conor Egan; drums. Described by on-line psych-zine ‘GOD IS IN THE TV’ as ‘Accidental psych-grunge…at last!…this is the noisey side of northern youth.’ they have been together for just over a year during which time the band have gained a reputation for dynamic, ferocious live performances with intense layered guitars, shamanic 3 way vocals and driving looped grooves, bringing favourable comparisons to The Cooper Temple Clause, The Black Angels, BRMC and The Horrors.
8pm – Midnight / £5
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
The Ruby Lounge
Ultimate Power is a night playing nothing but the greatest power ballads ever written, celebrated by the friendliest clubgoers around, creating a night of pure euphoria. Since launching in December 2010, Ultimate Power has rapidly replicated its enormous success in London and Brighton, becoming the hottest new club night in Manchester. After 5 sell out events in a row, Ultimate Power is back at the Ruby Lounge, so come and witness the phenomenon or to find out more check out the website www.ultimatepowerclub.com
“As high octane as it is infectious – it’s taking over the capital” ~ Time Out
“The ultimate communal karaoke” ~ London Lite
“Stupendously successful….a night dedicated to the glory of the Power Ballad” ~ Guardian
“A fun-as-fuck communal club experience” ~ NME
10pm / £6
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Band On The Wall
Show Of Hands featuring Miranda Sykes + support Luke Jackson
Show of Hands return to Band on the Wall in a year that sees them play the Royal Albert Hall as they celebrate an incredible partnership that has put them right at the top of British folk.The triple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners (Best Live Act, Best Duo, Best Original Song) are singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi instrumentalist Phil Beer, joined by double bassist/vocalist Miranda Sykes. Their music dips and dives through roots, rock, blues, country and trad folk giving it an unmistakable signature sound played out on a wealth of instruments from slide guitar to mandocello, fiddle to South American cuatro. This gig promises a memorable, harmony-rich programme of punch-packing original songs with support tonight coming from the young and incredibly gifted roots singer songwriter Luke Jackson. Show Of Hands
“Voted Best Duo and the Best Original Song” ~ 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
“Formidable operators in the roots arena. A class act” ~ The Independent
This concert will begin at 8.30pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open from 5.30pm for delicious food and drinks.
8pm / £16 adv / £18 otd
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Matt & Phreds
Philip Clouts Quartet
When pianist Philip Clouts began his collaboration with F-IRE collective saxophonist Carlos Lopez-Real in 2008 sparks flew and a formidable new unit was born. Clouts is steeped both in the music of his native South Africa and in a diverse range of world musics which he has explored to critical acclaim with his larger outfit ZubopGambia. Lopez-Real has developed a ground breaking solo voice which builds on the work of M-Base founder Steve Coleman and maverick genius Dave Liebman, who himself has said of Carlos “he plays with a sound that comes from his soul.” Philips Clouts Quartet
“Enormously enjoyable…accessible but distinctive” ~ Jazz UK
“It has a very infectious feel-good quality about it” ~ Jazz FM
“Clouts swings with rhythmic deliberation and a crystal sense of phrasing” ~ Jazzwise
9.30pm – 1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Dusty Pop presents Templar / Whipcord / The Fifth Root / Addicted
In mid 2011, Paul Kirby, Jim Pierce and Sam Stanley felt it was necessary to create a music project playing a new variety of heavy metal inspired by history, patriotism and the valour of great warriors. From this inspiration and the recruitment in drummer Dave Phillips, Templar was born. Inspired by historical figures, events, everyday life and stories, Templar‘s music varies from the most positive and uplifting of songs to sinister and macabre themes. With melodic guitars alloyed with solid drum beats and groovy bass lines, Templar’s mission is clear, to bring cold forged metal to the ears of its followers. Templar Facebook
Whipcord are a rock n’ roll power trio from Salford. Within the noise they make is a classicist rock feel, drowning in a tar pool of punk rock fury. Described as “the bastard child of Motorhead and Foo Fighters” and that “…of polished anarchy, not unlike The Who’s live shows”, the band were formed in early 2006, by Duncan Purcell and Nicholas Barry.Whipcord quickly gained attention on the Manchester scene for there bewildering volume and volatile lives shows which soon spread as they toured endlessly around the UK. Whipcord Facebook
The Fifth Root
Currently a five piece, this hard rock band hails from Wigan and have been a band for around two years now. They have played places from The Amberswood Tavern in Ince to The Cavern Club in Liverpool. The Fifth Root play mostly originals but also covers. The Fifth Root Facebook
7pm / £5
4Q In The Dark with Patrick Stewart / Freeman & Ferrally / Dillan Joseph / Ronny Gill
4Q In The Dark has officially moved to Dry Live and seem to be slightly obsessed with DJs from Australia at the moment having booked Miss Jaime for their first party and now another Brisbane resident, Patrick Stewart for this follow up. Freeman & Farrelly are back too after smashing it out last time at 4Q’s first Dry Live party. Then they’ve got the ever popular Sankeys and Spektrum resident Dillan Joseph warming up for them and as always Ronny “Slap Head” Gill. The night is filmed for 4Q, so to get an idea of what you can expect from this House / Deep / Disco night check the video out here:
11pm / FREE before Midnight / £4 after
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Abigail Ward raises the roof with a blend of smoky jazz, swinging film scores, symphonic soul and thunderous afrobeat.
8pm-late / Free
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER
The Bay Horse
The Saturday Social takes place every Saturday in the wonderful surroundings of The Bay Horse Pub. A soundtrack of the weird, wonderful and well known, from the old to new, Funk to Punk, Disco to Indie, Folk to Pop, all played on lovely crackly vinyl. Your DJs for this aural journey are Craig Johnson and Ian Scott.
8pm-1am / FREE
The Bay Horse Pub / 35-37 Thomas Street / Manchester / Northern Quarter / M4 1NA
Mondo Pop! with Mof Gimmers
Mof Gimmers shares his love of outlandish pop music at his weekly, Saturday night musical variety show, Mondo Pop! Spinning soul, funk, disco, pop, rock and more from across the ages, expect cheeky cover versions of songs you know and songs you haven’t heard for ages, but wish you had. Good vibes and dancing to be had ’til late! “Dancing on tables encouraged”.
9pm – 3am / free before 10 / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Friends in Common with Goff (Wowie Zowie)
Every Saturday night (apart from the 2nd of the month) Common invite their favourite friends to play their favourite records. Expect to hear music you never knew you liked. Pop music played with sense and sensibility, country with soul, and maybe something that will make you dance. This week’s ‘Friend’ is Goff.
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / M4 1HW
Mutiny Events presents Malevolent Creation
Malevolent Creation are a death metal band originally hailing from Buffalo, New York. They moved to Florida in 1987 where they became a part of the emergent local death metal scene, landing a deal with Roadrunner Records. Their debut album, The Ten Commandments, became something of a landmark in the death metal underground, expanding on the early work of bands like Slayer, Kreator, Possessed, Onslaught, Obituary and Death.
6pm / £8
Moho Live continues its new regular Saturday night, Club Moho. During the night, in the Main Room, Jorge will play anything and everything commercial; pop, indie, dance, rnb, dance, you name it, Jorge will play it. While in Room 2 Glen from Coup De Ville hosts spinning old skool hip hop and electro. It’s £5 in all night (unless you find one of their flyering team and get a FREE ticket) and there are some drinks specials too for those looking for some value from their night out.
11pm- 4am / £4 Adv /£5
Moho Live / Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Funkademia with Kid Blast / Rich Reason
This Saturday Kid Blast and Rich Reason take control of the decks at Funkademia, which takes place every Saturday to a consistently full house, feeding a friendly crowd with a diet of pure unadulterated soul-funk with the dj collective taking you on a journey through four decades of the very best soul, funk, electric disco and hip-hop with a touch of smooth r&b and some big house classics. www.funkademia.net
This Northern Quarter stalwart sells out most weeks so you’re advised to either arrive early or purchase advance tickets.
The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs
MC T.B.C. (either they haven’t announced it yet or that’s just a really cool name!) presents Chris McCausland, Mickey D and T.B.A. (no relation to T.B.C.!) for The Frog and Bucket’s flagship Friday night show, Barrel of Laughs. The show goes on until 2am with one of the Frog’s resident DJ’s.
7pm / £17
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ