Kyla Brox can be tender, urgent and gritty: she blurs the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. The daughter of blues singer Victor Brox, Kyla started singing on-stage at the age of 12 and has several albums to her name, including the band triumph Coming Home (2004) and the stripped and sensitive Grey Sky Blue (2009).
An Edinburgh-born musician, Nik Rutherford celebrates his first album: Suntrap. Driven by a love of writing and performing his own music, Nik Rutherford Quartet deliver music that is fresh, melodic and exciting to listen to.
Mancheska is a horn-fronted nine piece performing original ska, laid back rocksteady and classic reggae. Formed in Manchester 2012 inspired by ska originators The Skatalites, Mancheska's unique brand of 'northentic' ska is so infectiously upbeat you can't not dance.
Mancheska at Matt & Phreds promises to be the most fun you've ever had ever!
Speakeasy Bootleg Band are purveyors of the "Finest Quality Bootleg Music Since Records Began.... Distilled & Bottled in New York and Chicago", but consumed wherever finer things are appreciated.
Have you ever dreamt of performing on the Matt & Phreds stage? Here’s your chance… ‘Next Up’ is the only Sunday acoustic open mic event in Manchester’s city centre.
Whether you slam, jazz, funk or rap, come and show us what you’ve got. Otherwise, sit back, relax and be charmed by the show.
Every 1st Monday of the month is the very popular Blues Jam. Our resident band will jam the night away with players of any standard, so bring your guitars, mouth organs, sticks or vocal chords and play the blues. Just seek out Franny when you arrive and they'll give you the lowdown on how it works. All welcome to join in or kick back and watch the players in action!
Rioghnach Connolly sings lowdown dirty jazz and blues with a stellar band of bluesmen. Repertoire ranges from such diverse sources as the timeless Boswell Sisters, Paul Robeson and Bessie Smith to more modern artists such as Dr John and Jolie Holland. Expect classic blues and swing delivered as if you were walking down Bourbon Street itself.
Mexican singer songwriter and guitarrist Milton Navarron created Guajiro Calentano in 2012. He recorded CAMINA, his first EP, the following year, with guest musicians, delivering his own Afro-mexican & Latin beats fusion.
He performed across Europe, from Sevilla to Paris, Manchester and London bringing his fluid and intense voice, great