Irregardless Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

Irregardless will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in April to honor the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz.

Certainly not a stranger to the music scene, Irregardless Cafe is Raleigh’s longest running Music Venue – having featured live musical entertainers every night of the week for 43 years! Local and touring Jazz musicians perform, as well as ‘Blue Grass Wednesdays’, folk and popular music talents occasionally.

Jazz month’s weekend lineup at Irregardless will boast an array of talented jazz artists on Fridays and Saturdays. The following guests will be featured on Saturday nights to perform at 9:00 PM.

April 7th at 9:00 PM, Cover $15
Giacomo Gates, Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Great
Gates has seven heavily acclaimed CD’s, the last four with Savant Records…his most recent release “What Time Is It?” in April 2017. His previous releases, “The Revolution Will Be Jazz-The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron” reached #1 for six weeks on National Jazz Playlist, and “MilesTones” was #1 for four weeks! “Everything Is Cool” reached #8…all three spent over three months in the Top 20 of the Jazz Week Charts, on over 300 stations. Learn More..

April 14th at 9:00 PM
Peter Lamb Quintet
Just listening to the no-boundaries, acoustic jazz quintet Peter Lamb and The Wolves, you might guess that it formed to celebrate Truman’s inauguration, not Obama’s. Called into existence in 2008 to play Humble Pie’s presidential party, the band that resulted was just too good to leave be. Nowadays, living up to their fairy-tale namesakes, the Wolves peddle languid sophistication that is always a little bit dangerous. Their repertoire reaches back to New Orleans’ earliest syncopaters but also forward to hipster bards like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits; a tango might trip on the heels of a French waltz or a Russian folk song. The Wolves are sought out by swing dancers, but their tenderer tunes make the perfect nightcap for late-night lovers. Learn More..

April 21st at 9:00 PM
Al Strong
Raised in the city that created “Go-Go” music, Al Strong carries an affinity for dance music that is apparent in his sound. Strong has had the pleasure of performing for artists such as Brandford Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken, and Linda Eder. He has also lent his trumpet playing to an array of talent including The Foreign Exchange, Yazarah, Soul Understated featuring Mavis ‘Swan’ Poole, and Big Daddy Kane, along with a number of others. In 2016, AL Strong released his debut album, LoveStrong Vol. 1. Learn More..

April 28th at 9:00 PM
Sidecar Social Club
Spirited, stylish and engaging, Sidecar Social Club is a shot of whiskey hitting your veins. Soaring through numerous genres effortlessly, their energetic sets take you to colorful and surprising places. From the gritty, riotous underbelly of speakeasy jazz to the bizarre cabarets of wartime Berlin. From the sounds of Latin American dance halls and the big band era to soulful R&B and fifties rock. With a number of infectious originals sprinkled in for good measure, SSC delivers a fresh take on songs, old and new. Learn More..

JAM is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more. Join us and let’s celebrate!