- Blues Junction featuring Marcus Bonfanti
- Pizza Express Maidstone - Maidstone
2010 is witnessing some kind of natural, unforced blues revival and Marcus Bonfanti is front and centre of it. Bonfanti’s second album is full of the highs and lows we all know, referencing a cool range of influences from Tony Joe White to Led Zeppelin. But ultimately it’s his own style and ‘What Good Am I To You’ is the sound of the North London blues. The 27-year-old was born and raised in London to an English mother and a 'dangerously Italian' father. Being a self-taught guitarist he has already packed in plenty; from school days as a trumpet player to learning licks in his bedroom to the strains of ‘Black Dog’.
Bonfanti and his 3 piece band featuring Scott Wiber (Bass) and Alex Reeves (Drums) have been playing shows up and down the country throughout 2010 to promote the release of “What Good Am I To You?” his follow up to the acclaimed debut “Hard Times”. With confirmed appearances at this years Glastonbury, Maryport, Downpatrick and Carlisle festivals, as well as playing the prestigious South By South West festival in March, Bonfanti is fast building a reputation as one of the most exciting acts on the UK live circuit with a fierce show either with band or solo. Having learnt his trade playing 3 sets a night, 6 nights a week, he is no stranger to live performing and it shows. The 2008 debut album, ‘Hard Times,’ set the scene and sent some subtly effective messages about a new British voice demanding to be heard. ‘What Good Am I To You’ makes good on all those promises.
"Marcus Bonfanti deserves to become the next British blues guitar hero” - The Guardian
“He is fantastic live & certainly this album is excellent.” - Bob Harris
- Pizza Express Maidstone - Website
- 32 Earl Street
- ME14 1PS
Set over five floors in an early 19th century building full of character, PizzaExpress in Maidstone has served customers for over 25 years.
As well as a large open-plan restaurant and five impressive function rooms, it also has a vibrant Music Room. This has played host to well-established stars such as Ruby Turner, Humphrey Lyttleton, George Melly, Ray Gelato, Guy Barker and Stacey Kent, but also to local and up-and-coming talent. There are regular open-mic evenings showcasing vocal talent and these are always immensely popular with both singers and listeners. Not only high quality, you will find a very varied programme: from jazz, Latin and blues to pop, soul and even opera.
The seating is split over two levels, with the upper balcony directly overlooking the stage. Despite the surroundings, there’s nothing old-fashioned about the superb modern sound and lighting system!
The Music Room is an elegant and intimate setting in which to enjoy live music, and great food.
To reserve a table ring the bookings line on 020 8688 5916 – alternatively, for late bookings, please call the restaurant on 01622 683 548.
DOOR & SHOW TIMES
Friday doors open: 7.15pm
Performance starts: 8.00pm
Saturday and Sunday doors open: 6.45pm
Performance starts: 7.30pm
Follow the signs for the Fremlins Shopping Centre car park