Blues returns to The Raikes in Blackpool
Posted on: Monday, May 21, 2007
Some good news from Alan Pearson…
Starting next month towerblues will be presenting a series of blues gigs at The Raikes Hall, Liverpool Road, Blackpool. The new management at the pub approached me with a view to re-establishing live blues at this historic venue.
Raikes Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Blackpool and was originally a manor house before becoming the centrepiece of the 40 acre Raikes Hall Gardens which opened in 1871 with tented circuses ( before Blackpool Tower Circus), a lake, racecourse, football & cricket ground, skating rink, aviary and many other attractions. It was also the original home of Blackpool Football Club.
On the music side it was home to Blackpool Jazz Club, Blackpool Folk Club and from 1988 to 1999 The Kite Club a (then) local blues club run by the inimitable Mick Schofield.
History lesson over!!!!
Starting on Friday June 8th the blues returns to The Raikes with the first visit by The Stumble. Doors open 8.30, admission £6.00. The following month, July 6th, sees the return of a Blackpool favourite, top British acoustic bluesman Steve Phillips. Tel no for enquiries is 01253 890927
I must stress that this is initially on a trial basis only and the permanent return of The Blues to The Raikes depends very much on the level of support.
From my point of view its a great room in a historic building where I have enjoyed many an evening of great music, both as a promoter and a member of the audience. With the added benefit of good beer at pub prices and plenty of parking in the streets nearby.