Indulge your retro side with a trip to the Vintage Nightclub

Pierre Bensusan
Pierre Bensusan

IF you missed an evening with 10CC at The Stables last night, then how about enjoying session number two, this evening?

The band behind the classic I’m Not In Love (and a few besides) will be live from 8pm.

We imagine that tickets are scant, but it’ll be a special gig and comes at a pretty ‘special’ price too, of £35.

Friday night belongs to PP Arnold, a legend of rock and soul music who started out as an Ikette, with Ike and Tina Turner.

Not a bad starting point, and from there she toured with the Rolling Stones (and began her solo career under rubber lips’ supervision).

Since then, the woman who makes magic at the microphone has let her voice loose with Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Oasis and Primal Scream.

So have we, but we’ve only had the vinyl accompaniment!

PP will be joined by The Tony Remy Band.

Over on Stage 2, the M1 Music Night gives a platform to Paul Hegley, nephew of John Hegley. In fact, Paul first learned his craft, supporting his uncle on tour and some of you will have caught them both at the venue together in 2009.

Since then, Paul has issued his debut album Fallen Angel.

Catch him on stage from 8.45pm, tickets are a tenner.

Waves and Raves 2 runs between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, for those aged fifteen years and above who already have some experience of music technology, but want some more.

This course will tackle microphone technique, samplers, effects, mixing and mastering.

In the evening, 2009 Britain’s Got Talent finalist Julian Smith shows his Sax-y side.

Since that show, he has played for the Prime Minister and Prince Charles, and released the elpee Chilled 2 The Sax.

There are a mere handful of tickets left for Hedna’s – The Vintage Nightclub on Saturday evening, on stage 2.

‘If you’re 18, come to Hedna’s and find out how stylish your great grandmother was. If you’re 38 then you’ll see why your grandma looked so good in those fading photos.

“If you’re 58 then bring your parents and have a dance and if you are 78 then get out your 78s and your dancing shoes!” invite organisers.

Pierre Bensusan has the ability to make a lone guitar sound like a band entire, taking his audience on a tantalising musical journey as he goes.

Pierre truly is a terrific player, and his talent doesn’t start and stop with the guitar, for he is also a bilingual, brave improvisational vocalist who operates with his own scat technique.

What does he sound like?

A little bit of plenty – world, classical jazz, traditional and folk included.

“Listening to Pierre Bensusan is rejuvenating.

“Besides his extraordinary touch and tone, the notes and melody appeal directly to the tender side of our human nature,” says fellow fret-feeler Steve Vai.

It’s 35 years and counting for the French guitarist who shows his style to perfection on the new album Vividly.

Tickets are £14.

Last up this week, the return of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout, back with another album, Common Ground to shout about.

Like your blues-rock? Snap up a ticket, then.

The box office will get you sorted on MK 280800.