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Louise Petit: Stables show this week
Louise Petit: Stables show this week

If we mention Sad Cafe, you might think we are referring to the place where the unfortunates who have lost Lord Sugar’s Apprentice task are sent to ponder their failures.

But actually, long before those two little words ‘You’re Fired’ had found such fame on the small screen, Sad Cafe was the name of a rock band dating back to the late 70s.

They came from Manchester, when the Oasis brothers were still knee-high to a grasshopper, and enjoyed six hit singles, and five smash albums.

This evening, they will be reliving those days with a date at The Stables.

Or maybe you’d rather Richard Digance, at the Wavendon venue tomorrow?

Bob Harris reckons he is ‘a national treasure,’ and we aren’t about to disagree.

The BAFTA-nominated, comedy entertainer, acclaimed poet, author and artist is bringing hysterical nostalgia to the fore, where it will jostle with new songs and anecdotes aplenty.

Well worth splashing sixteen quid on a ticket for.

Remember Shakatak? Incredibly, they are 31 years into their career, and still out on the musical beat.

On Saturday, the night birds will bring numbers including Easier Said Than Done and Down on the Street to the venue for you.

They’ve got staying power too – four of the six-piece showing out for you this weekend are original members.

Also on Saturday, check the Louise Petit Band.

The Staffordshire-mob come complete with their own little chunk of Milton Keynes in their ranks – drummer Tim Heymerdinger!

Full of folk and American-tinged tracks, Louise and her associates have worked exceptionally hard to put their music about.

This year alone they’ve hopped on board a number of festivals – including Greenbelt. But they’ll probably play in your humble abode if you ask nicely enough.

Visit www.louisepetit.com to make contact, or go give them a nudge at Saturday’s gig.

‘Remote, earnest, indie-folk this isn’t; expect crowd sing-a-longs, between-song banter and leaving afterwards with a grin,’ they say.

Tickets are a tenner and support is coming from Jump Acoustic.

The show by Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns on Sunday has been cancelled, so no swing dance revival for you this weekend, unfortunately.

Little folks will be in luck at the venue on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Dinosaur Zoo set to be a right roar!

These pre-historic creatures arrive here all the way from Dinosaur Zoo, and they will be little and large: ‘From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants,’ apparently.

Perfect for everyone aged three years and above, this wonderful show comes with a polite warning – that not all of the jurassic giants are as tame as they seem. Yikes!

Performances: Tuesday 1.30pm and 4.30pm, Wednesday 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Also on Tuesday, but >on Stage2, Duo Plus will engage your attentions.

The two-piece (the clue was in the name there) are multi-instrumentalists Jim Hart and Ivo Neame and they promise music that is ‘rhythmically charged while being very fluid and open.’

Fans of our own legend Dame Cleo Laine will recognise Jim as the regular drummer keeping check behind her ever glorious voice.

Tickets are a tenner. Go get ‘em and be duly impressed.

A great meeting of two musical minds wraps up things in the Jim Marshall Theatre on Wednesday, when former Communards collaborator Sarah Jane Morris makes a musical union with acclaimed guitarist Antonio Forcione.

His stringed ability in jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian or indeed improvised will dazzle you. He is amazing.’

Call and book on MK 280800.