Forthcoming concerts:

June 10th 2017 - XRey, plus Eric Moens' Jive. XRey flies in from Barcelona to make a welcome return to the BRBC. Be prepared for an evening of highly energetic music featuring XRey's own funky blues songs plus classics from Hendrix, The Doors and Tony Joe White.

October 14th 2017 - Gene Drayton Unit plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is thrilled to welcome back the fantastic GDU. With blues at the roots, GDU's sound fuses jazz, rhythm and blues, garage, Northern soul, rock, funk and punk. From 2001 to 2010, GDU released 7 vinyl singles and 3 LPs, gigging extensively across the UK (regularly at London's prestigious 100 Club), Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Ireland and Belgium. GDU reformed in 2016 and feature Mark Norton on saxes, flute and harmonica, Toby Kinder on organ and keyboards, Lenny Bignell on guitar, Raydn Hunter on bass and Mark Clayton on drums and percussion.

November 18th 2017 - Guest band to be announced, plus Eric Moens' Jive.

December 9th 2017 - The Basement Apes, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The Basement Apes will be returning to the BRBC with their potent cocktail of rock, blues and R&B classics from the 60s onwards, everyone from Albert King to ZZ Top, plus originals. The Basement Apes feature Geoff 'Animal' Meade on drums, Craig Winneker on guitar, Paul Meller on guitar, Pete Reichert on bass and vocals and Ian Elders on vocals.

January 13th 2018 - Guest band to be announced, plus Eric Moens' Jive.

Where:

Le Sounds: 28 rue de la Tulipe in Ixelles (between Place Fernard Coq & Chaussée de Wavre)

When:

All BRBC concerts start at 9pm and last until around 1am.

Previous concerts:

May 13th 2017 - Iñaki de la Torre, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is excited to welcome back Iñaki de la Torre, flying in especially from Madrid. Former frontman of the now sadly defunct BRBC favourites Los Malditos Mojarras, Iñaki is blessed with an extraordinarily powerful voice. He will be playing his repertoire of classic rock, blues and soul ranging from Wilson Pickett and Sam Cooke, through Chuck Berry and Nina Simone to the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Beatles. Videos of Iñaki’s previous appearances at the BRBC with Los Malditos Mojarras are available here.

April 29th 2017 - Gemma & The Travellers, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Gemma & The Travellers gives a nod to the early deep Soul, R&B, Northern Soul and Funk of the 60's but the unique songwriting gives a refreshing twist. Gemma has a powerful, inimitable voice and the rhythm section replies, as do the uplifting harmonies of sax, wurlitzer piano and guitar. Signed to “Légère Recordings”, one of Europe best Soul & Funk labels, their début album “Too Many Rules & Games” will be released on 21st April 2017. Recently aired of BBC radio’s “Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show” and opening live for his show at the Jazz Café in Camden London, Craig described the latest single as a “tasty little nugget”. The band comprises Gemma M (lead vocals), Robert P (guitar), Damien B (Wurlitzer electric piano), Robin T (drums), Alan B (bass) and Kevin H (tenor & baritone saxophone).

March 25th 2017 - Roman & his band, plus Eric Moens' Jive. BRBC is delighted to welcome back for an all-too-rare concert the fantastic singer-songwriter Roman. Known for his distinctive voice, and simple, effective songwriting, much of Roman's music is an echo of either comic or tragic themes. His signature songs include "It's Raining", "Pornstar", "K-Boogie", "Jerry Springer", "The Pain Within Her Heart", "Rider", "The Honeymoon Song", "What Have I Been Drinking?", and "Hazy". Highlights in his career have included appearances on French TV's Taratata and on the Octaves de la Musique Awards ceremony. His album "Any Place But Home" and his single "Day Off" are available on iTunes.

February 11th 2017 - Scotch, No Soda, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is delighted to welcome back Belgian blues and rock 'n' roll band Scotch, No Soda with their interesting mix of original songs and idiosyncratic interpretations. You can always expect enthusiastically introduced, danceable, tight live music. Ilias Scotch is one of the most talented boogie and blues singer-pianists of the moment. He's accompanied by Kurt De Bruyn on guitars, Micha Teller on bass and Koen Van Peteghem on drums.

January 14th 2017 - The Pretty Things plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is delighted to welcome back the legendary Pretty Things with Phil May, Dick Taylor and Frank Holland, backed by Jack Greenwood on percussion and George Woosey on bass. Named after Bo Diddley’s song 'Pretty Thing', the band were pillars of London's early 60s rhythm and blues scene. In the mid-60s the UK press called them the "uglier cousins of the Rolling Stones". Dick Taylor played with Dartford Grammar contemporary Mick Jagger in Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys and was the first bass player in the Rolling Stones, before Bill Wyman, but left to study at London’s Central School of Art (where he met May). Contemporaries of the Kinks, the Who, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things had a string of mid-60s hits including 'Rosalyn', 'Don't Bring Me Down' (both covered by David Bowie on 'Pin Ups'), 'Midnight to Six', 'Honey I Need', 'Cry To Me' and 'Come See Me'. Lasting commercial success eluded them, partly because the music industry saw them as too wild and uncontrolled compared to the Stones or the Beatles. They released the first ever rock opera 'SF Sorrow' in December 1968, which Pete Townsend admits was an inspiration for The Who's Tommy, and the psychedelic masterpiece Parachute in 1970. The Pretty Things were awarded Mojo magazine's Heroes Award in 2009. They released their excellent new album "The Sweet Pretty Things (Are in Bed Now, Of Course)” in 2015. See videos of their last BRBC concert here:

December 10th 2016 - The Inflexibles, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The Inflexibles are a classic blues rock band based in Brussels since 2005. As well as their own compositions, they cover blues and rock songs from the 70s to the 90s. The band comprises Sandro Santamato on vocals, Beppe Abbamonte on lead guitar, Francesco Faiulo on guitar & vocals, Pierre Collard on bass and Jerome Carette on drums.

November 19th 2016 - Chris King Robinson Band plus Eric Moens' Jive. Many think guitarist Chris King Robinson, aged just 21, will become the standard bearer for ‘The Blues’ for years to come, Chris’s fresh, modern take on the blues led him to play the Lead Belly Festival at New York City's Carnegie Hall on February 4th 2016 in front of a sell out crowd, sharing the bill with Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout and many more. In 2013 Chris' first single ‘Lipstick On Her Cigar’ hit No.1 on the iTunes & Amazon Blues charts after just one day of sales. Chris' current band comprises Nig Turner on bass, Steve Simmonds on drums and Zac Wood on keyboards.

October 15th 2016 - Gene Drayton Unit plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is thrilled to welcome back the fantastic GDU after hosting what we then thought was their last ever gig in March 2010. With blues at the roots, GDU's sound fuses jazz, rhythm and blues, garage, Northern soul, rock, funk and punk. From 2001 to 2010, GDU released 7 vinyl singles and 3 LPs, gigging extensively across the UK (regularly at London's prestigious 100 Club), Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Ireland and Belgium. GDU reformed in 2016 and feaure Mark Norton on saxes, flute and harmonica, Toby Kinder on organ and keyboards, Lenny Bignell on guitar, Raydn Hunter on bass and Mark Clayton on drums and percussion.

June 18th 2016 - The Willie J Laws Band (US), plus The Basement Apes. The BRBC is delighted to welcome Texas guitar slinger, songwriter and vocalist Willie J. Laws and his band. Boston-based Willie creates music that is a soulful mixture of South Texas blues/funk, classic R&B, country and rock & roll. Think Robert Cray meets BB King while visiting Jimi Hendrix - it can't help but groove you.

May 28th 2016 - Alex Smith and About Time II, plus support. About Time II play a judicious mix of Cream/Hendrix/Doors/Muddy Waters classics plus original material. Dark horse Al Smith will be demonstrating his extraordinary talents on vocals, harmonica and keyboards, with Thierry Gutmann on drums, Barry McNeese on bass and Michel Castillano on guitar.

April 16th 2016 - Muzzy Horn Trio, plus The Basement Apes. From playing at the CBGB’s Gallery with Tough Sheep in New York in the late 80s, to jamming with several of Belgium’s blues artists at the Blues Corner in Brussels through the 90s, Muzzy Horn’s trademark sound, playing his unique 8 string slide guitar, has charmed a lot of people over the years, leading him to open for John Mayall in 2010 in Lessines. After releasing two CDs as Geezer Young, (Guru Blues -2010 / Blues From A Broad -2013), he has re-invented himself in his own name “Muzzy Horn” on his third album, No Regular Joe, serving up the funkier side of the Muzz, while blending back into blues, country and folk tracks. Muzz will be playing with Gianni Manenti on drums and Cedric Oliver on bass. The Basement Apes will be returning to the BRBC with their potent cocktail of rock, blues and R&B classics from the 60s onwards, everyone from Albert King to ZZ Top, plus originals. The Basement Apes feature Geoff 'Animal' Meade on drums, Craig Winneker on guitar, Paul Meller on guitar, Pete Reichert on bass and vocals and Ian Elders on vocals.

March 12th 2016 - Bai Kamara Jr and his Quartet plus the BRBC Houseband. It is a pleasure to welcome Bai and his band back to the BRBC. Bai always brings his warmth and creates a great atmosphere. His music is a mixture of soul, funk, R&B, rock, Funk and latin wrapped around a jazzy vibe. He has produced 4 albums to date and his 5th album is due out this spring. Bai has supported both Vanessa Paradis and Dani Klein. Bail will be playing with Eric Moens on guitar, Thierry Rombaux on bass and Patrick Dorcean on drums. Check out some recent videos of the Bai Kamara Jr Quartet:

February 20th 2016 - The Pretty Things plus the BRBC Houseband. The BRBC is delighted to welcome back the legendary Pretty Things with Phil May, Dick Taylor and Frank Holland, backed by Jack Greenwood on percussion and George Woosey on bass. Named after Bo Diddley’s song 'Pretty Thing', the band were pillars of London's early 60s rhythm and blues scene. In the mid-60s the UK press called them the "uglier cousins of the Rolling Stones". Dick Taylor played with Dartford Grammar contemporary Mick Jagger in Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys and was the first bass player in the Rolling Stones, before Bill Wyman, but left to study at London’s Central School of Art (where he met May). Contemporaries of the Kinks, the Who, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things had a string of mid-60s hits including 'Rosalyn', 'Don't Bring Me Down' (both covered by David Bowie on 'Pin Ups'), 'Midnight to Six', 'Honey I Need', 'Cry To Me' and 'Come See Me'. Lasting commercial success eluded them, partly because the music industry saw them as too wild and uncontrolled compared to the Stones or the Beatles. They released the first ever rock opera 'SF Sorrow' in December 1968, which Pete Townsend admits was an inspiration for The Who's Tommy, and the psychedelic masterpiece Parachute in 1970. The Pretty Things were awarded Mojo magazine's Heroes Award in 2009. They released their excellent new album "The Sweet Pretty Things (Are in Bed Now, Of Course)” in 2015. You can see videos of their previous BRBC concerts here:

January 23rd 2016 - Boogie Boy Paul Ambach, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is privileged to welcome the legendary Belgian Boogie Boy, Paul Ambach on piano and vocals. Paul is a veteran of the Montreux Jazz Festival and has played with among others BB King and John Lee Hooker. It's difficult to resist Paul's infectious enthusiasm for the blues. Paul will be backed by Eric Moens on guitar, Barry McNeese on bass and Bilou Doneux on drums.

December 5th 2015 - The Basement Apes, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The Basement Apes will be returning to the BRBC with their potent cocktail of rock, blues and R&B classics from the 60s onwards, everyone from Albert King to ZZ Top, plus originals. The Basement Apes feature Geoff 'Animal' Meade on drums, Craig Winneker on guitar, Paul Meller on guitar, Pete Reichert on bass and vocals and Ian Elders on vocals.

November 14th 2015 - Scotch, No Soda, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Belgian blues and rock 'n' roll band Scotch, No Soda make their debut at BRBC with an interesting mix of original songs and idiosyncratic interpretations. You can always expect enthusiastically introduced, danceable, tight live music. Ilias Scotch is one of the most talented boogie and blues singer-pianists of the moment. He's accompanied by Kurt De Bruyn on guitars, Micha Teller on bass and Koen Van Peteghem on drums.

October 17th 2015 - The Paul Garner Band, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is delighted to welcome back UK-based The Paul Garner Band after the brilliant performances at BRBC in April 2014 and May this year. The Paul Garner Band, from London, is an original, progressive, guitar/organ blues trio. They put out a gritty, funky sound to back Paul's intelligent and cliché-free original blues songs. Individually and collectively the band exhibit the highest standards of musicianship, and are one of the few groups on the scene today with the talent and vision to push the blues into new territory while maintaining a strong connection with the roots. With Paul Garner on guitar and vocals, Claudio Corona on Hammond organ and Jason Ribeiro on drums.

June 20th 2015 - Alex Smith and About Time II, plus Eric Moens’ Jive. About Time II play a judicious mix of Cream/Hendrix/Doors/Muddy Waters classics plus original material. Dark horse Al Smith will be demonstrating his extraordinary talents on vocals, harmonica and keyboards, with Jacky Coppens on drums, Barry McNeese on bass and Michel Castillano on guitar.

May 30th 2014 - The Paul Garner Band, plus Eric Moens’ Jive. The BRBC is privileged to welcome back the outstanding Paul Garner Band, a truly original, progressive, guitar/organ blues trio based in London. They put out a gritty, funky sound to back Paul's intelligent and cliché-free original blues songs. Individually and collectively the band exhibit the highest standards of musicianship, and are one of the few groups on the scene today with the talent and vision to push the blues into new territory while maintaining a strong connection with the roots. “You cannot deny the strength of Paul as a musician, and I’m not talking about his sublime guitar-playing only. The man owns one of the most magnificent voices I heard on CD this year” said Steven Verhoeven of Bobtje Blues. Paul Garner plays the guitar and sings, with Claudio Corona on keyboards and Jason Ribeiro on drums.

April 25th 2015 - Gene Taylor and Geneviève Dartevelle, plus Jive with Muzzy Horn Gene Taylor is an extraordinary blues piano-player and singer, originally from Los Angeles, California. From the age of 16 he started playing with such L.A.-based blues legends as Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson and Pee-Wee Crayton. He was a member of the legendary band Canned Heat from November 1974 until June 1976 and played with The Fabulous Thunderbirds from 1993 to 2006. Gene will be playing with Geneviève Dartevelle on harmonica and Koen van Peteghem on drums.

March 21st 2015 - Iñaki de la Torre, The BRBC is excited to welcome back Iñaki de la Torre, flying in especially from Madrid. Former frontman of the now sadly defunct BRBC favourites Los Malditos Mojarras, Iñaki is blessed with an extraordinarily powerful voice. He will be backed by Eric Moens on lead guitar, Thierry Rombaux on bass and Thierry Gutmann on drums for his repertoire of classic rock, blues and soul ranging from Wilson Pickett and Sam Cooke, through Chuck Berry and Nina Simone to the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Beatles. Videos of Iñaki’s previous appearances at the BRBC with Los Malditos Mojarras are available here.

February 7th 2015 - The Inflexibles, plus Eric Moens’ Jive. The Inflexibles play classic rock from the 60s and 70s. The line-up is Sandro Santamato on vocals, Beppe Abbamonte and Igor Taccani on guitars, Jérôme Carette on drums and Pierre Collard on bass.

January 17th 2015 - De Ferre Trio, plus Eric Moens’ Jive. Spanish bluesman Fernando Neris is now based in Liège after leading several groups in Málaga and Louvain. De Ferre's acoustic project explores a pre-war blues repertoire: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson and Skip James among others. De Ferre Trio are Fernando Neris (De Ferre) on vocals, acoustic, dobro and lap steel fingerpicking style guitars, Manu on double-bass and Bello on percussion.

December 6th 2014 - The Pretty Things Unplugged (UK), plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is delighted to welcome back the legendary Pretty Things with Phil May, Dick Taylor and Frank Holland, playing an acoustic set. Named after the Bo Diddley song 'Pretty Thing', the band were an important part of London's early 60s rhythm and blues scene. By the mid-60s they were known in the UK press as the "uglier cousins of the Rolling Stones" with Phil May claiming to be the longest haired man in the UK. Dick Taylor played with his Dartford Grammar contemporary Mick Jagger in Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys and was the first bass player in the Rolling Stones, before Bill Wyman, but decided to go to the London Central School of Art (where he met May) rather than stay in the Stones. Contemporaries of the Kinks, the Who, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things had a string of mid-60s hits including 'Rosalyn', 'Don't Bring Me Down' (both covered by David Bowie on 'Pin Ups'), 'Midnight to Six', 'Honey I Need', 'Cry To Me' and 'Come See Me'. Lasting commercial success eluded them, partly because the music industry regarded them as too wild and uncontrolled compared to the Stones or the Beatles. They released the first ever rock opera 'SF Sorrow' in December 1968, which Pete Townsend admits was an inspiration for The Who's Tommy, and the psychedelic masterpiece Parachute in 1970. The Pretty Things were awarded Mojo magazine's Heroes Award in 2009. You can see videos of their previous BRBC concerts here:

November 8th 2014 - Roman, plus Eric Moens' Jive. BRBC is delighted to welcome back the fantastic singer-songwriter Roman, with his band, for one of his extremely rare live appearances. Known for his distinctive voice, and simple, effective songwriting, much of Roman's music is an echo of either comic or tragic themes. His signature songs include "It's Raining", "Pornstar", "K-Boogie", "Jerry Springer", "The Pain Within Her Heart", "Rider", "The Honeymoon Song", "What Have I Been Drinking?", and "Hazy". Highlights in his career have included appearances on French TV's Taratata, on the Octaves de la Musique Awards ceremony and on RTBF''s D6bels On Stage show. His album "Any Place But Home" and his single "Day Off" are available on iTunes.

October 18th 2014 - The Basement Apes, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The Basement Apes will be returning to the BRBC with their potent cocktail of rock, blues and R&B classics from the 60s onwards, everyone from Albert King to ZZ Top, plus originals. The Basement Apes feature Geoff 'Animal' Meade on drums, Craig Winneker on guitar, Paul Meller on guitar, Pete Reichert on bass and vocals and Ian Elders on vocals.

June 14th 2014 - Toby Beard (Aus), plus Eric Moens’ Jive. Energetic, raw, and feisty singer Toby Beard from Perth, Australia, has performed nearly 1000 shows around the world over the past seven years, mainly in Australia, Europe and Canada. In the meantime she has released 4 albums, 2 live DVDs and several EPs. http://www.youtube.com/tobybeard

May 17th 2014 – CROSSTOWN, plus Eric Moens’ Jive. Crosstown play classic blues and rock, plus some of their own compositions. With Johanna Storimans on vocals, Bernd Martenczuk on guitar and vocals, Maarten Meulenbelt on keyboards and vocals, Jens-Henrik Jeppesen on bass, harp and vocals and Thomas Grusemann on drums.

April 5th 2014 - The Paul Garner Band, plus Eric Moens’ Jive. The Paul Garner Band is an original, progressive, guitar/organ blues trio. They put out a gritty, funky sound to back Paul's intelligent and cliché-free original blues songs. Individually and collectively the band exhibit the highest standards of musicianship, and are one of the few groups on the scene today with the talent and vision to push the blues into new territory while maintaining a strong connection with the roots.

March 8th 2014 - The Excellosplus Eric Moens' JiveThe Excellos are a Belgian swing/jump blues band with a touch of boogie woogie and rockabilly featuring Jive Mc Pat on guitar and vocals, Geneviève Dartevelle on harmonicas, T-Bass on double bass and Mighty Mike on drums. Their influences include Hollywood Fats, Little Walter, Rod Piazza, R.J.Mischo, Jason Ricci and Tom Waits.

February 1st 2014 - The Inflexibles, plus Jive. The Inflexibles play classic rock from the 60s and 70s. The line-up is Sandro Santamato on vocals, Beppe Abbamonte and Igor Taccani on guitars, Filippo Amato on drums and Pierre Collard on bass.

January 18th 2014 - Roman, plus Eric Moens' Jive. BRBC is delighted to welcome back the fantastic singer-songwriter Roman, with his band. Known for his distinctive voice, and simple, effective songwriting, much of Roman's music is an echo of either comic or tragic themes. His signature songs include "It's Raining", "Pornstar", "K-Boogie", "Jerry Springer", "The Pain Within Her Heart", "Rider", "The Honeymoon Song", "What Have I Been Drinking?", and "Hazy". Highlights in his career have included appearances on French TV's Taratata, on the Octaves de la Musique Awards ceremony and on RTBF''s D6bels On Stage show. His album "Any Place But Home" and his single "Day Off" are available on iTunes.

December 7th 2013 - The Pretty Things Unplugged (UK), plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is delighted to welcome back the legendary Pretty Things on their 50th Anniversary Tour, with Phil May, Dick Taylor and Frank Holland, playing an acoustic set. Named after the Bo Diddley song 'Pretty Thing', the band were an important part of London's early 60s rhythm and blues scene. By the mid-60s they were known in the UK press as the "uglier cousins of the Rolling Stones" with Phil May claiming to be the longest haired man in the UK. Dick Taylor played with his Dartford Grammar contemporary Mick Jagger in Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys and was the first bass player in the Rolling Stones, before Bill Wyman, but decided to go to the London Central School of Art (where he met May) rather than stay in the Stones. Contemporaries of the Kinks, the Who, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things had a string of mid-60s hits including 'Rosalyn', 'Don't Bring Me Down' (both covered by David Bowie on 'Pin Ups'), 'Midnight to Six', 'Honey I Need', 'Cry To Me' and 'Come See Me'. Lasting commercial success eluded them, partly because the music industry regarded them as too wild and uncontrolled compared to the Stones or the Beatles. They released the first ever rock opera 'SF Sorrow' in December 1968, which Pete Townsend admits was an inspiration for The Who's Tommy, and the psychedelic masterpiece Parachute in 1970. The Pretty Things were awarded Mojo magazine's Heroes Award in 2009. You can see videos of their fantastic November 2012 BRBC concert here:

November 16th 2013 - The Basement Apes, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The Basement Apes will be returning to the BRBC with their potent cocktail of rock, blues and R&B classics from the 60s onwards, everyone from Albert King to ZZ Top, plus originals. The Basement Apes feature Geoff 'Animal' Meade on drums, Craig Winneker on guitar, Paul Meller on guitar, Pete Reichert on bass and vocals and Ian Elders on vocals.

October 12th 2013 - ARAMAK iAB, plus Eric Moens' Jive. ARAMAK iAB is the sensational rock and R'n'B combo of talented singer/songwriter Bai Kamara Jr, with Manu Ribot on guitar, Thierry Rombaux on bass and Didier Fontaine on drums. See recent clips:

June 8th 2013 - The Inflexibles, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The Inflexibles play classic rock from the 60s and 70s. The line-up is Sandro Santamato on vocals, Beppe Abbamonte and Igor Taccani on guitars, Filippo Amato on drums and Pierre Collard on bass.

May 4th 2013 - Bob Christopher (Texas) and his Band, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Bob Christopher plays the blues the Texas way: with spontaneity and swing and a strong dose of improvisation, whether it be classic blues and boogie or his own compositions. He's supported by the solid rhythm section of the Moltchanov Brothers from Moscow, Russia, with Igor Moltchanov on the drums and brother Vassili on the bass, plus special guest Geneviève Dartevelle on harmonica. It's a blues adventure, not a recital. See videos of Bob and Geneviève's last appearance at BRBC here:

April 13th 2013 - Roman, plus Eric Moens' Jive. BRBC is delighted to welcome back the fantastic singer-songwriter Roman, with his band. Known for his distinctive voice, and simple, effective songwriting, much of Roman's music is an echo of either comic or tragic themes. His signature songs include "It's Raining", "Pornstar", "K-Boogie", "Jerry Springer", "The Pain Within Her Heart", "Rider", "The Honeymoon Song", "What Have I Been Drinking?", and "Hazy". Highlights in his career have included appearances on French TV's Taratata, on the Octaves de la Musique Awards ceremony and on RTBF''s D6bels On Stage show. His album "Any Place But Home" and his single "Day Off" are available on iTunes.

March 9th 2013 - Tom Goldschmidt and Blue Kiss, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Blue Kiss play blues, rhythm and blues, blues rock with a hint of country rock and a pinch of rock 'n' roll. Their influences run from Elmore James, Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones through to Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong. With Tom Goldschmidt on vocals and harmonica, Marty Townsend on guitar, Barry McNeese on bass, Bernard Wrincq on keyboards and guitar and Bull Ghaye on drums.

February 2nd 2013 - Tony O'Malley, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Tony, a hugely talented keyboard player with a beautiful voice, makes a very welcome return to the BRBC after his stupendous performance in May 2012. Tony founded London-based soul group Kokomo in 1972 and later played with 10cc before pursuing his solo career.

January 19th 2013 - Beth and the Black Cat Bones, plus Jive featuring Roman. Beth and the Black Cat Bones are an original six piece soul band based in London. Beth formed the band back in 2009 as a Rhythm and Blues outfit performing at well established venues across the UK with credits to their name such as the Ignite sessions at the Royal Albert Hall and performances across Europe. Within a year Beth had established the band as an original outfit in it's own right. Her song writing has originality leaning heavily towards soul without losing her rhythm and blues roots and her vocal talent has been described as powerful, effortless and dynamic with performances brimming with honesty. The band is made up of Clinton Hough on guitar, Bleddyn Jones on bass, Matt Klose on drums, Jon Gillies on saxophone and Paul Jordanous on trumpet. They have collectively toured the world from Russia to Barbados with well established artists and their own creative projects.

December 8th 2012 - Gene Taylor Trio, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Gene Taylor is an extraordinary blues piano-player and singer, originally from Los Angeles, California. From the age of 16 he started playing with such L.A.-based blues legends as Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson and Pee-Wee Crayton. He was a member of the legendary band Canned Heat from November 1974 until June 1976 and played with The Fabulous Thunderbirds from 1993 to 2006. Gene will be playing with Bart de Mulder on guitar and Koen van Peteghem on drums.

November 17th 2012 - The Pretty Things Unplugged (UK), plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is delighted to welcome back the legendary Pretty Things, with Phil May, Dick Taylor and Frank Holland, playing an acoustic set. Named after the Bo Diddley song 'Pretty Thing', the band were an important part of London's early 60s rhythm and blues scene. By the mid-60s they were known in the UK press as the "uglier cousins of the Rolling Stones" with Phil May claiming to be the longest haired man in the UK. Dick Taylor played with his Dartford Grammar contemporary Mick Jagger in Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys and was the first bass player in the Rolling Stones, before Bill Wyman, but decided to go to the London Central School of Art (where he met May) rather than stay in the Stones. Contemporaries of the Kinks, the Who, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things had a string of mid-60s hits including 'Rosalyn', 'Don't Bring Me Down' (both covered by David Bowie on 'Pin Ups'), 'Midnight to Six', 'Honey I Need', 'Cry To Me' and 'Come See Me'. Lasting commercial success eluded them, partly because the music industry regarded them as too wild and uncontrolled compared to the Stones or the Beatles. They released the first ever rock opera 'SF Sorrow' in December 1968, which Pete Townsend admits was an inspiration for The Who's Tommy, and the psychedelic masterpiece Parachute in 1970. The Pretty Things were awarded Mojo magazine's Heroes Award in 2009. You can see videos of their fantastic December 2011 BRBC concert here:

October 13th 2012 - Lord Rochester (Scotland), plus Eric Moens' Jive. Lord Rochester (aka Russell Wilkins of Pop Rivets/Milkshakes/Gruff Men/Len Bright Combo/Wildebeests fame) makes a very welcome return to the BRBC. His Lordship plays Gretsch guitar, vocals and harmonica, and will be accompanied by Lady Muck on bass and vocals and Siberian Tim on drums, maracas, violin and vocals. They leapt into the limelight at the Edinburgh Festival 2007 with a set of Bo Diddley covers which was very well received. Glasgow Night Out describer them as "perfectly pitched rock 'n' roll at it's purest, unadulterated, tartan sports jacket wearing, lo-fi, fiddletastic best." Their CD "Hey!", featuring 13 of their own songs, prompted UK Rock Magazine in July 2009 to say "Lord Rochester are a breath of fresh air ... Not since King Kurt have I heard a band with such a complete understanding of what constitutes rock n' roll, and then also had the ability to playfully subvert it, while remaining within the genre." See here their last BRBC appearance.

June 9th 2012 - Roberto and His Rockers, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Living legend Roberto was the original Brussels rock'n'roller, a regular feature at the long-lost Florio's in the centre of town. Hailing from Italy, Roberto has an unbelievably powerful voice, delivering impeccable renditions of rock'n'roll classics by Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley (pre-Colonel/Vegas), Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Freddy Cannon, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Accompanying Roberto will be his brother Marco Epis on drums, Patrick Story on guitar and Roland Kert on bass.

May 5th 2012 - Tony O'Malley and His Band, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Tony founded London-based soul group Kokomo in 1972 and later played with 10cc before pursuing his solo career. Tony's keyboard talents and beautiful soul voice will be augmented by Marty Townsend on guitar and backing vocals, Frank Deruytter on sax and backing vocals, Roberto Mercurio on bass and Patrick Dorcean on the drums.

April 21st 2012 - Men in Blue, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Men In Blue will be returning with their potent cocktail of rock, blues and R&B classics from the 60s right up to the 2000s, everyone from Albert King to ZZ Top, plus originals. MIB feature Geoff 'Animal' Meade on drums, Craig Winneker on guitar, Paul Meller on guitar and keyboards, Pete Reichert on bass and vocals and Ian Elders on vocals. See clips of Men in Blue at the BRBC here.

March 17th 2012 - The John Frick Blues Band, plus Eric Moens' Jive. BRBC is delighted to welcome back John Frick, now with his Netherlands-based Blues Band focusing largely on original blues songs spanning the period 1988 to the present. John Frick has also previously performed some of these songs in his earlier bands including "The Blues Broers" (South Africa) and "The Blues Hombres" (Belgium and Holland). The band's music is heavily influenced by classic blues legends like Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Freddy King and many more. The modern American and British blues guitar masters, like Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Jimmie Vaughan and others have also influenced their sound. Although their music can be compared with some of these bands, The John Frick Blues Band has a unique sound rooted in an "own" guitar and vocal approach. Towards the end of 2011, their debut 12-track album, "Boogie With The John Frick Blues Band" was released on iTunes and Spotify, as well as other online stores. The songs are all original tunes and feature a range of blues styles, including a special Bo Diddley-style track called "Red Hot Lover", which also features the percussion and backing vocals of well-known West African musician, Serigne CM Gueye. The band has already started working on their next album, which will feature a wider range of musicians and a selection of brand new blues tunes. The three full-time members of the band are Michel De Man (on drums), Roel Loen (on bass guitar) and John Frick (on vocals and guitar) and at the BRBC they will be joined by Leo Birza (on keyboards and vocals) and Loek Proper (on blues harp).

February 11th 2012 - Roman, plus Eric Moens' Jive. BRBC is delighted to welcome back the fantastic singer-songwriter Roman, with his band. Known for his distinctive voice, and simple, effective songwriting, much of Roman's music is an echo of either comic or tragic themes. His signature songs include "It's Raining", "Pornstar", "K-Boogie", "Jerry Springer", "The Pain Within Her Heart", "Rider", "The Honeymoon Song", "What Have I Been Drinking?", and "Hazy". Highlights in his career have included appearances on French TV's Taratata, on the Octaves de la Musique Awards ceremony and on RTBF''s D6bels On Stage show. His album "Any Place But Home" and his single "Day Off" are available on iTunes.

January 14th 2012 - Bob Christopher (Texas) and his Band, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Bob Christopher plays the blues the Texas way: with spontaneity and swing and a strong dose of improvisation, whether it be classic blues and boogie or his own compositions. He's supported by the solid rhythm section of the Moltchanov Brothers from Moscow, Russia, with Igor Moltchanov on the drums and brother Vassili on the bass, plus special guest Geneviève Dartevelle on harmonica. It's a blues adventure, not a recital.

December 10th 2011 - The Pretty Things Unplugged (UK), plus Eric Moens' Jive. The BRBC is immensely honoured to host the legendary Pretty Things, with Phil May, Dick Taylor and Frank Holland, playing an acoustic set. Named after the Bo Diddley song 'Pretty Thing', the band were an important part of London's early 60s rhythm and blues scene. By the mid-60s they were known in the UK press as the "uglier cousins of the Rolling Stones" with Phil May claiming to be the longest haired man in the UK. Dick Taylor was the first bass player in the Rolling Stones, before Bill Wyman, but decided to go to the London Central School of Art (where he met May) rather than stay in the Stones. Contemporaries of the Kinks, the Who, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things had a string of mid-60s hits including 'Rosalyn', 'Don't Bring Me Down' (both covered by David Bowie on 'Pin Ups'), 'Midnight to Six', 'Honey I Need', 'Cry To Me' and 'Come See Me'. Lasting commercial success eluded them, partly because the music industry regarded them as too wild and uncontrolled compared to the Stones or the Beatles. They released the first ever rock opera 'SF Sorrow' in December 1968, which Pete Townsend admits was an inspiration for The Who's Tommy, and the psychedelic masterpiece Parachute in 1970. The Pretty Things were awarded Mojo magazine's Heroes Award in 2009.

For a foretaste see:

November 19th 2011 - Los Animistas (Spain), plus Eric Moens' Jive. Los Animistas feature Inaki de la Torre on guitar and vocals (singer and bass in BRBC favourites Los Malditos Mojarras) and play rock from the 60s and 70s from Van Morrison, Rolling Stones, late Beatles, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and The Kinks. The other musicians are Alex Ortin on drums (of Rock and Roll Animals), Maarten Poiesz on bass and Claudio de Casas on guitar (formerly in La Movida bands La Frontera and Las Ruedas).

October 15th 2011 - Beth and the Black Cat Bones, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Beth and The Black Cat Bones, a young 4 piece soul/blues band based in London, UK, will be making their European debut at the BRBC and intend to get you all dancing. Formed in 2009 by frequenters of the London blues jams, they quickly made their way to being the busiest female led blues band playing the best of London's venues. The music is blues and has a big soul vibe, rather than the Texas or Chicago styles of most blues acts. The high energy performance aims to get the crowd moving and the band having fun doing it. The Black Cat Bones recorded the EP "Off to the Moon", featuring five original tracks which wonderfully shows the bands talent and thirst for playing more than the blues standards. The live show has plenty of them, but the less known blues tracks feature greatly, among the ever growing list of originals. Fronting the band, Beth has a voice with an amazing range, from a beautiful soft tone to emotion drenched might, all done with wondrous but rare behind the beat blues phrasing. Beth's big soul influence comes through in her writing as much as her vocals, and the original songs pull away from the usual 12-bar formula. Their impressive repertoire takes classics and lesser known gems from the bare roots of the blues through to 60's soul. Beth and The Black Cat Bones are Beth Packer on vocals, Bleyydn Jones (ex Gene Drayton Unit) on bass, Matt Klose on drums and Clinton Hough (ex Gene Drayton Unit) on guitar.

Check them out on YouTube:

June 18th 2011 - XRey, plus Eric Moens' Jive. XRey makes a welcome return to the BRBC (see Concert Videos section). Be prepared for an evening of highly energetic music featuring XRey's own funky blues songs plus classics from Hendrix, The Doors and Tony Joe White.

May 14th 2011 - Men in Blue, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Men In Blue will be returning with their potent cocktail of rock, blues and R&B classics from the 60s right up to the 2000s, everyone from Albert King to ZZ Top, plus originals. MIB feature Geoff 'Animal' Meade on drums, Craig Winneker on guitar, Paul Meller on guitar and keyboards, Pete Reichert on bass and vocals and Ian Elders on vocals. See clips of Men in Blue at the BRBC here.

April 9th 2011 - Aramakiab, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Aramak Iab is the sensational rock and R'n'B combo of talented singer/songwriter Bai Kamara Jr, with Manu Ribot on guitar, Thierry Rombaux on bass and Didier Fontaine on drums. See clip of Bai performing at the BRBC in Concert videos section.

March 12th 2011 - Roman, plus Eric Moens' Jive. BRBC is delighted to welcome back the fantastic singer-songwriter Roman, with his band. Known for his distinctive voice, and simple, effective songwriting, much of Roman's music is an echo of either comic or tragic themes. His signature songs include "It's Raining", "Pornstar", "K-Boogie", "Jerry Springer", "The Pain Within Her Heart", and more recently "Rider", "The Honeymoon Song", "What Have I Been Drinking?", and "Hazy". Highlights in his career have included appearances on French TV's Taratata, on the Octaves de la Musique Awards ceremony and on RTBF''s D6bels On Stage show.

January 8th 2011 - Lord Rochester (Scotland), plus Eric Moens' Jive. Lord Rochester (aka Russell Wilkins of Pop Rivets/Milkshakes/Gruff Men/Len Bright Combo/Wildebeests fame) makes a very welcome return to the BRBC. His Lordship plays Gretsch guitar, vocals and harmonica, and will be accompanied by Lady Muck on bass and vocals and Siberian Tim on drums, maracas, violin and vocals. They leapt into the limelight at the Edinburgh Festival 2007 with a set of Bo Diddley covers which was very well received. Glasgow Night Out describer them as "perfectly pitched rock 'n' roll at it's purest, unadulterated, tartan sports jacket wearing, lo-fi, fiddletastic best." Their CD "Hey!", featuring 13 of their own songs, prompted UK Rock Magazine in July 2009 to say "Lord Rochester are a breath of fresh air ... Not since King Kurt have I heard a band with such a complete understanding of what constitutes rock n' roll, and then also had the ability to playfully subvert it, while remaining within the genre." Not to be missed.

December 11th 2010 - Vox and Trouble (Italy), plus Eric Moens' Jive. Vox and Trouble are a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band from Umbria playing Texas blues and rock'n'roll, with Sandro Ciotti (guitar and lead vocals), Mirco Duvalloni (bass and backing vocals) and Diego Boni (drums).

November 20th 2010 - Jive, plus Los Malditos Mojarras (Spain). Los Malditos Mojarras make a very welcome return to the BRBC (see Concert Videos section), playing classic soul, R’n’B and blues from the 60s and 70s. Their repertoire includes Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Steve Wonder, Nina Simone, Al Wilson, Freddie King, BB King, Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers. The line-up is Inaki de la Torre on vocals and bass, Fran on guitar, Alberto on Farfisa organ and piano and Punko on drums.

October 16th 2010 - Remembering Thong - A Celebration, with Jive (with special guests Bai Kamara, Bob Christopher, Rey Pereira and others) and The Inflexibles. A special evening to celebrate the life of Thong Van Dang, the extraordinary and much loved lead singer of The Witness, who sadly died suddenly in mid-August 2010.

June 18th 2010 -  Late Special (Finland), plus The Witness. Kari Hirvonen sings like "The King" himself; Kari is from Finland and features with Late Special especially for their appearance at the Brussels Rhythm and Blues Club. On lead guitar is Kalle Jämsen, who has a wide repertoire and plays different styles from Django to James Burton with his telecaster. Matti Mannila plays the second guitar and the sounds from his Vox-amp are just awesome. On drums is Joni Volanen. He has been playing drums and percussion since he learned to walk, Mr Beat. Lauri Sulanko plays the bass and he keeps the groove and the gear in good shape.

June 5th,  2010 - John Frick and the Blues Hombres ,  plus The Witness.  John Frick and the Blues Hombres are making a  welcome return after their blistering performances at the BRBC in June 2008  and May 2009 (see Concert Video section).  They play original, genuine house-rocking blues music,  capturing the  wild and vibrant sounds laid down by legends, including Elmore James, Bo  Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters, etc. Blues  singer/guitarist/songwriter John Frick was a founding member of what became  one of South Africa’s most popular blues bands, The Blues Broers. Since then  he has entertained audiences in Europe, Africa, America and  Australia. John Frick will be joined by Peter Van Zon on blues harp, Ben Van Der Vegte on bass and Michel De Man on drums.

May 8th 2010  - XRey,  plus The Witness. XRey makes a welcome return to the BRBC (see Concert Videos section). Be prepared for an evening of highly energetic  music featuring XRey's own funky blues songs plus classics from Hendrix, The Doors and Tony Joe White.

April 17th 2010 - Chilly Wolf , plus The Witness. Chilly Wolf,  features Patrick George (Toddlers, 95B) on harmonica, tenor sax and vocals.

March  20th 2010 - Gene Drayton  Unit(UK), plusThe Witness. The GDU  makes a very welcome return to the BRBC, sadly for the band's last ever gig.   GDU references the sixties, but is at the same time thoroughly modern.  With the blues at the root, the sound fuses jazz, rhythm ‘n’ blues, garage,  northern soul, rock, funk and punk. Live Drayton shows are renowned for  their energy, excitement and unpredictability - nothing’s ruled out in the  GDU repertoire; as Gene always maintains, You Can’t Sit Still. The Unit has  released 7 vinyl singles and 3 LPs, and has gigged extensively across  England (regularly at London's prestigious 100 Club) and in Italy, Spain,  Sweden, France, Ireland, Belgium and Scotland. The GDU line-up is Toby  Kinder on Hammond organ and piano, Clinton Hough on guitar, Bleddyn Jones on  bass and Mark Claydon on drums and percussion.

February 6th 2010 - Soulbeek, plus The Witness. Soulbeek play high energy rhythm and blues and soulful Texas blues, in the style of Albert King, Freddie King, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Howlin' Wolf, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding. The band features Howlin' Marc Biefnot on guitar and vocals, Lorenzo Solo on lead guitar, Ibop Bebop on bass and Kay Von Beatburg on drums.

January 16th 2010 - Roman, plus The Witness . Roman is a French expatriate singer-songwriter and performing musician. Known for his distinctive voice, and simple, effective songwriting, much of Roman's music is an echo of either comic or tragic themes. His signature songs include "It's Raining", "Pornstar", "K-Boogie", "Jerry Springer", "The Pain Within Her Heart", and more recently "Rider", "The Honeymoon Song", "What Have I Been Drinking?", and "Hazy". Recent highlights in his career have included appearances on French TV's Taratata on 8th May 2009 and the Octaves de la Musique Awards ceremony in July 2009.

December 19th 2009 - Men in Blue, plus The Witness . Men In Blue will be returning with their potent cocktail of rock, blues and R&B classics from the 60s right up to the 2000s, everyone from Albert King to ZZ Top, plus originals. MIB feature Geoff ‘Animal’ Meade on drums, Craig Winneker on guitar, Paul Meller on guitar and keyboards, Pete Reichert on bass and vocals and Ian Elders on vocals. See clips of Men in Blue at the BRBC here. Special guest Ferran Tarradelas Espuny will be bringing some additional Christmas cheer.

November 14th 2009 - Los Malditos Mojarras (Spain), plus The Witness. Los Malditos Mojarras making a very welcome return to the BRBC (see Concert Videos section), play classic soul, R’n’B and blues from the 60s and 70s. Their repertoire includes Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Steve Wonder, Nina Simone, Al Wilson, Freddie King, BB King, Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers. The line-up is Inaki de la Torre on vocals and bass, Fran on guitar, Alberto on Farfisa organ and piano and Punko on drums

October 10th 2009 - Bob Christopher (US),  plus The Witness. Texan  Bob  Christopher  plays the blues the Texas way:  with spontaneity and swing and a  strong dose of improvisation, whether it be classic blues and boogie or  his own compositions. He's supported by the solid rhythm section of the  Moltchanov Brothers from Moscow, Russia.  With Igor Moltchanov on  the drums and brother Vassili on the bass, it's a blues adventure, not a  recital.

June 13th, 2009 - The Crawling Kingsnakes,  plus The Witness. The Crawling Kingsnakes deliver Chicago blues from Elmore James, Muddy Waters and others plus a wide range of Rhythm and Blues classics. The Crawlin' Kingsnakes feature Akis Meimaridis on vocals, Stama Pitropakis on lead guitar, Malcolm Parry on slide guitar, harp and backing vocals, Jan Parmentier on bass, Dimitri Giotakos on keyboards and "Zen" Fannoy (ex- Mark Marshal Band) on drums and percussion.

May 16th, 2009 - John Frick and the Blues Hombres, plus The Witness.  John Frick and the Blues Hombres are making a welcome return after their blistering performance at the BRBC in June 2008 (see Concert Videos section). They play original, genuine house-rocking blues music,  capturing the wild and vibrant sounds laid down by legends, including Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters, etc. Blues singer/guitarist/songwriter John Frick was a founding member of what became one of South Africa’s most popular blues bands, The Blues Broers. Since then he has entertained audiences in Europe, Africa, America and Australia. He came to The Netherlands in 1993 and currently lives in Belgium. He plays with Steve Kotlarchuk (Canada/USA) on electric bass and the BRBC's very own Geoff Meade on drums.

April 25th, 2009 - Gene Drayton Unit (UK), plus The Witness. The GDU makes a very welcome return to the BRBC.  GDU does the Hammond & horn thing in a way that references the sixties, but is at the same time thoroughly modern. With the blues at the root, the sound fuses jazz, rhythm ‘n’ blues, garage, northern soul, rock, funk and punk. Live Drayton shows are renowned for their energy, excitement and unpredictability - nothing’s ruled out in the GDU repertoire; as Gene always maintains, You Can’t Sit Still. The Unit has released 7 vinyl singles and 3 LPs, and has gigged extensively across England (regularly at London's prestigious 100 Club) and in Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, Ireland, Belgium and Scotland. A new GDU single (Chips and Beans/Geno) and album (Done'n'Dusted) are now available. The GDU line-up is Mark Norton on saxes, flute and harmonica, Toby Kinder on Hammond organ and piano, Clinton Hough on guitar, Bleddyn Jones on bass and Mark Claydon on drums and percussion

March 14th 2009 - The Inflexibles, plus The Witness. The Inflexibles play classic rock from the 60s and 70s. The line-up is Sandro Santamato on vocals, Beppe Abbamonte and Igor Taccani on guitars, Filippo Amato on drums and Pierre Collard on bass

February 7th 2009 - Los Malditos Mojarras (Spain), plus The Witness. Los Malditos Mojarras making a very welcome return to the BRBC (see Concert Videos section), play classic soul, R’n’B and blues from the 60s and 70s. Their repertoire includes Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Steve Wonder, Nina Simone, Al Wilson, Freddie King, BB King, Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers. The line-up is Inaki de la Torre on vocals and bass, Fran on guitar, Alberto on Farfisa organ and piano and Punko on drums.

January 10th 2009 - XRey, plus The Witness. XRey makes a welcome return to the BRBC (see Concert Videos section). Buoyed by their recent well-received performance at the Big Rivers Rhythm & Blues Festival in the Netherlands and playing on the same stage as the legendary 'Ten Years After, XRey with its blend of funky blues and rock is not resting on its laurels and is continuously exploring new frontiers. The band has made it to the finals of the Handzame Delirium Band competition with the winners having a chance to play alongside Snowy White (of Thin Lizzy and Pink Floyd fame) at a festival in 2009. The current line-up features Reynold Pereira (Rey) on vocals, Johan Barra on guitar, Marc Creten on bass and Andy Leleu on drums. Be prepared for an evening of highly energetic music featuring XRey's own funky blues songs plus classics from Hendrix, The Doors  and Tony Joe White.

December 13th  2008 - Men in Blue, plus The Witness. Men In Blue will be returning with their potent cocktail of rock, blues and R&B classics from the 60s right up to the 2000s, everyone from Albert King to ZZ Top, plus originals. MIB feature Geoff ‘Animal’ Meade on drums, Craig Winneker on guitar, Paul Meller on guitar and keyboards, Pete Reichert on bass and vocals and Ian Elders on vocals. See clips of their last BRBC concert here.

November 8th 2008 - Geezer Young (aka Muzz Horn), from Pennsylvania USA, styles himself as "Jimi Hendrix meets Ry Cooder à la Christ Whitley" and cites as his influences delta blues, psychodellic western, folk, punk, white funk and jazz-rock. Geezer/Muzz plays 8 & 6 string resophonic guitar and is accompanied by Vasilli Molchinov on bass guitar and Jordan Greenwood on drums, with guests Constantin Van Hiel on guitar/tanpura and Eisen Blatter on percussion.

October 4th 2008 - Alex Smith and About Time II, plus The Witness. About Time II play a judicious mix of standards and original material. Dark horse Al Smith will be demonstrating his extraordinary talents on vocals, harmonica and keyboards, with Jacky Coppens on drums, Barry McNeese on bass and Michel Castillano on guitar. BRBC house band The Witness will be making a very welcome return after an all too long absence.

June 21st 2008, John Frick and the Blues Hombres, plus BRBC house band Eric Moens' Jive. John Frick and the Blues Hombres play original, genuine house-rocking blues music,  capturing the wild and vibrant sounds laid down by legends, including Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters, etc. Blues singer/guitarist/songwriter John Frick was a founding member of what became one of South Africa’s most popular blues bands, The Blues Broers. Since then he has entertained audiences in Europe, Africa, America and Australia. He came to The Netherlands in 1993 and currently lives in Belgium. He plays with Jim Hunter (USA) on drums and Steve Kotlarchuk (Canada/USA) on electric bass.

May 31st, Roberto and His Rockers, plus Eric Moens' Jive. Living legend Roberto was the original Brussels rock’n’roller, a regular feature at the long-lost Florio’s in the centre of town. Hailing from Italy, Roberto has an unbelievably powerful voice, delivering impeccable renditions of Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley (pre-Colonel/Vegas), Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis.

April 12th 2008, The Crawling Kingsnakes, plus Eric Moens' Jive. The Crawling Kingsnakes deliver Chicago blues from Elmore James, Muddy Waters and others plus a wide range of Rhythm and Blues classics. The Crawlin' Kingsnakes feature Akis Meimaridis on vocals, Stama Pitropakis on lead guitar, Malcolm Parry on slide guitar, harp and backing vocals, Jan Parmentier on bass, Dimitri Giotakos on keyboards and "Zen" Fannoy (ex- Mark Marshal Band) on drums and percussion.

March 1st 2008 - XRey, plus Eric Moens' Jive. XRey make a welcome return to the BRBC (see Concert Videos section). The heart of the band is vocalist Reynold Pereira (Rey), who wrote and produced all the songs from their debut album. Originally from Singapore, Reynold has been plying his trade in Europe for the past nine years, first in France and now in Belgium. The music from their first album comprises of mixture of blues, rock, swing and some tinges of jazz and reggae.

February 2nd 2008 - Men in Blue plus Eric Moens' Jive. Men in Blue make a welcome return playing a selection of 60s classics from The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Doors and others. MIB feature Geoff ‘Animal’ Meade on drums, Craig ‘Cool’ Winneker, Paul 'Cuddly' Meller on guitar and keyboards, Pete on bass and vocals and Ian Elders on vocals.

January 19th 2008 - Lord Rochester plus BRBC house band The Witness. Lord Rochester (aka Russell Wilkins of Pop Rivets/Milkshakes/Gruff Men/Len Bright Combo/Wildebeests fame) plays Gretsch guitar, vocals and harmonica, will be accompanied by Lady Muck on bass and vocals and Siberian Tim on drums, maracas, violin and vocals. They leapt into the limelight at the Edinburgh Festival 2007 with a set of Bo Diddley covers which was very well received.  Glasgow Night Out describer them as "perfectly pitched rock 'n' roll at it's purest, unadulterated, tartan sports jacket wearing, lo-fi, fiddletastic best."

8th December 2007 - Gene Drayton Unit (UK), plus BRBC house band The Witness. Gene Drayton Unit is a five piece from London playing original instrumental rhythm 'n' blues with a modern Hammond-tenor sax-and-guitar twist. GDU, making a welcome return to the BRBC, has released 5 vinyl singles and two CDs (Smells Like '66 and At The Jazz Traffic Lights). The band has a residency at London's prestigious 100 Club, as well as gigging extensively across England, Ireland, France, Spain, Sweden and Italy.

10th November 2007Made J and his band, plus The Witness. Made J, who hails from Denpasar in Bali is Indonesia's finest blues guitarist.  His influences range from Robert Johnson, Bo Diddley, Johnny Cash, Son House, Screamin Jay Hawkins and Jimi Hendrix to Red Hot Chilli Peppers, James Brown and Cake. Made J plays steel guitar and is accompanied by acoustic bass (Fred Wauters) and drums.

6th October 2007 - Los Malditos Mojarras from Madrid, plus house band The WitnessLos Malditos Mojarras, making a very welcome return after their brilliant BRBC gigs in January and November 2006 (see Concert Videos section), play classic soul, R’n’B and blues from the 60s and 70s. Their repertoire includes Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Steve Wonder, Nina Simone, Al Wilson, Freddie King, BB King, Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers. The line-up is Inaki de la Torre on vocals and bass, Fran on guitar, Alberto on Farfisa organ and piano and Punko on drums.

16th June 2007Willy Willy & The VooDooBand , plus house band The Witness. Ostend's own Willy Willy, a.k.a   ' The Reverend of Grease & Sleaze, is a Flemish guitar hero, having made his name with Arbeid Adelt, Vaya Con Dios (Just a Friend of Mine) and The Scabs. He went back to his rock"n"roll roots to form the VooDoo Band in 1999, with whom he has recorded two albums and played live with Canned Heat, George Thorogood, Bill Wyman and Dr John. Apart from Willy Willy on guitar and vocals, the VooDoo Band comprises RC Stock (a.k.a  ' The Rumble ') on bass & double bass and Martijn "Marty" De Wagter (a.k.a  '  N' Awlinz Junior ') on drums. The VooDoo Band's influences include Link Wray, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins  and Bo Diddley.

12th May 2007 - Matt Schofield Trio,  plus BRBC house band The Witness.  This will be the Matt Schofield Trio's first appearance in Belgium since their July 2006 triumph at the Belgian Rhythm and Blues Festival in Peer. Inspired by the Blues, infused with the funk rhythms of New Orleans and topped-off by virtuoso musicianship, Matt Schofield, one of only two living British artists to be given a four star (excellent) rating in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings, is being talked of as the finest Blues guitarist to have emerged in Europe for several generations, perhaps even in the World. Britain's Guitarist magazine describes Schofield's guitar playing as "Dynamite", picking him as the only non-American in their review of the future of Blues guitar; while America's Blues Revue calls him "The entire package – a singer with range and soul, and a guitarist who delivers with devastating tone and superb dynamics". BBC Radio 2 presenter Paul Jones said of Schofield  "I think it's time he became a big star."  The LA Daily News describes Schofield as "Head and shoulders above the herd" while music bible AllMusic.com marks Schofield's approach "an enjoyable demonstration of what can happen when blues-rock and blues-jazz are united".  Matt plays alongside Jonny Henderson on Hammond organ, giving sleazy texture and dynamics while holding down left hand bass lines, and "drummers' drummer" Evan Jenkins provides compelling grooves. With their huge sounding, multi-layered and rhythmically infectious delivery this band redefines the meaning of "power trio" and are unlike anything else on the Blues scene today.

21st April 2007 - XRey, plus BRBC house band The Witness. XRey is hoping to make its mark on the Belgian music scene. The band has already performed at venues in Belgium, France and the Netherlands and has a song from their debut album, "Déjà Vu",  on a CD compilation released in Belgium in July this year. The heart of the band is vocalist Reynold Pereira (Rey), who wrote and produced all the songs from their debut album. Originally from Singapore, Reynold has been plying his trade in Europe for the past eight years, first in France and now in Belgium. The current line-up consists of Reynold on vocals and harmonica, Alex Pellegrino on guitar, Patrick Pletinckx on bass and Mario Zola on drums. The music from their first album comprises of mixture of blues, rock, swing and some tinges of jazz and reggae.

17th March 2007 - The Crawling Kingsnakes, plus BRBC house band The Witness. The Crawling Kingsnakes deliver Chicago blues from Elmore James, Muddy Waters and others plus a wide range of Rhythm and Blues classics . The Crawlin' Kingsnakes feature Akis Meimaridis on vocals, Stama Pitropakis on lead guitar, Malcolm Parry on slide guitar, harp and back vocals, Jan Parmentier on bass, Dimitri Giotakos on keyboards and "Zen" Fannoy (ex- Mark Marshal Band) on drums and percussion.

17th February 2007 - The Gonks, plus BRBC house band The Witness.  The Gonks, based in Antwerp, will be bringing their Hammond-fuelled blue eyed beat with a touch of maximum R&B and powerpop to the BRBC, in the style of The Small Faces, The Who, The Prisoners (Chatham's finest) and Brian Auger. The Gonks comprise Colin on guitar and vocals, Eli on Hammond organ, piano, trumpet and vocals, Philippe on drums, Roel on bass and Will on guitar and vocals.

20th January 2007 - Gene Drayton Unit (UK), plus BRBC house band The Witness. Gene Drayton Unit is a five piece from London playing original instrumental rhythm 'n' blues with a modern Hammond-tenor sax-and-guitar twist. GDU, making their Belgian debut at the BRBC, has released 5 vinyl singles and two CDs (Smells Like '66 and At The Jazz Traffic Lights).  The band has regularly headlined at London's prestigious 100 Club, as well as gigging extensively across England, Ireland, France, Spain, Sweden and Italy.

16th December 2006 - Bill Roseman Trio, plus BRBC house band The Witness. The Bill Roseman Trio spreads the blues gospel with songs ranging from the likes of bluesmen like T-Bone Walker and Little Walter to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix, plus Bill's original funky, rootsy tunes. Bill, originally from near Philadelphia, plays with a guitar style influenced by, among others, the likes of Albert Collins, "Magic Sam" Maghett and Roy Buchanan.

11th November 2006 - Guest band Los Malditos Mojarras from Madrid plus BRBC house band The WitnessLos Malditos Mojarras, making a very welcome return after their stupendous BRBC gig in January 2006, play classic soul, R’n’B and blues from the 60s and 70s. Their repertoire includes Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Steve Wonder, Nina Simone, Al Wilson, Freddie King, BB King, Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers. The line-up is Inaki de la Torre on vocals and bass, Fran on guitar, Alberto on Farfisa organ and piano and Punko on drums.

7th October 2006 - Guest band The Kingsnakes from The Netherlands, plus BRBC house band The Witness. Veterans of the Belgium Rhythm and Blues Festival in Peer and the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Kingsnakes are a four piece blues band who mix excellent musicianship with a dynamic stage presence.  They provide versatile, intensive versions of vintage blues numbers as well as original material, always leaving their own distinctive stamp on each number. They really rock the blues. They comprise Sven van den Berg on vocals and harmonica, André Dieterman on guitars, Gerrit Wagemakers on drums and Arno Vervest on double bass.

17th June 2006 - BRBC house band The Witness, plus guest band The Five Aces (formerly known as The Boogaloo Investigators), a Glasgow-based group performing rhythm and blues for dancers. A growing repertoire of original material is accompanied live by a choice selection of cover material, from Hammond-led instrumentals from the likes of Booker T & the MGs, Jimmy McGriff and The Small Faces, to vocal numbers from the songbooks of Hank Ballard, The Gardenias, Gene Vincent et al.

6th May 2006 - BRBC house band The Witness, plus guest band Mother Tongue playing Santana, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Carly Simon, Don McLean, Norah Jones and Macy Gray plus some original songs.

1st April 2006 - BRBC house band The Witness, plus guest band Al Smith & About Time II playing a bluesy rock repertoire, made up of a judicious mix of standards and original material. Dark horse Al Smith will be demonstrating his extraordinary talents on vocals, harmonica and keyboards, with Jacky Coppens on drums and Michel Castillano on guitar.

18th February 2006 - BRBC house band The Witness, plus guest band Men In Blue and Angel City Horns playing a selection of 60s classics from The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Doors and others.  MIB feature Geoff ‘Animal’ Meade on drums, Craig ‘Cool’ Winneker and Jack 'Lovely Sausages' O'Shea on guitars, Paul 'Cuddly' Meller on keyboards, Ray on bass and vocals, Ian Elders on vocals and a selection of guest artistes. The Angel City Horns hail from the US of A and feature Michael Steinman on trombone, Chris Manley on saxophones and Dave Jenkins on trumpet.

21st January 2006 - BRBC houseband The Witness will be back. Guest band Los Malditos Mojarras from Madrid will be playing classic soul, R’n’B and blues from the 60s and 70s. Their repertoire includes Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Steve Wonder, Nina Simone, Al Wilson, Freddie King, BB King, Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers. The line-up is Inaki de la Torre on vocals and bass, Fran on guitar, Alberto on Farfisa organ and piano and Punko on drums.

17th December 2005 - Blues gypsies XRey (http://www.xrey.net) make a welcome return, playing classic blues rock songs from Hendrix, Doors and Stones plus their own compositions. Their international line-up features Rey from Singapore on vocals, Saïd Karume (Tanzania) on guitar, Pat (Belgium) on bass and Claude Hoffmann (Luxembourg) on drums. XRey will be presenting their new CD. Eric Moens' Jive will be playing a groovy R'n'B set in the style of the Yardbirds, Jimmy Reed, Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder and JJ Cale.

19th November 2005 -  Australian singer Bobbi Marchini will be demonstrating her extraordinary vocal talents, backed by Eric Moens' Jive.  Bobbi made her name in Australia with a string of hit singles in her own name and singing with bands including Southern Comfort, Duck and The Hooter Sisters (see http://www.bobbimarchini.co.uk). Bill Roseman Trio will be spreading the blues gospel with songs ranging from the likes of bluesmen like T-Bone Walker and Little Walter to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix, plus Bill's original funky, rootsy tunes. Bill, originally from near Phladelphia, plays with a guitar style influenced by, among others, the likes of Albert Collins, "Magic Sam" Maghett and Roy Buchanan.

22nd October 2005 - The Crawling Kingsnakes will revisit Chicago blues from Elmore James, Muddy Waters and others plus a wide range of Rhythm and Blues classics . The Crawlin' Kingsnakes feature Akis Meimaridis on vocals, Stama Pitropakis on lead guitar, Malcolm Parry on slide guitar and harp, Daniel Chux on bass, Dimitri Giotakos on keyboards and "Zen" Fannoy (ex- Mark Marshal Band) on drums and percussion. In addition, Eric Moens' Jive will be playing a groovy R’n’B set in the style of the Yardbirds, Jimmy Reed, Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder and JJ Cale.

25th June 2005 - Men In Blue playing a selection of 60s classics and featuring Geoff ‘Animal’ Meade on drums, Craig ‘Cool’ Winneker on guitar, Paul 'Cuddly' Meller on bass, guitar and keyboards and a selection of guest artistes, plus BRBC house band The Witness."

28th May 2005 - Puggy (www.puggyband.com) - acoustic rock trio , featuring Matthew Irons on vocals and guitar, Romain Descamps on bass and Egil ‘Ziggy’ Franzen on drums – “a blend of warmth, rhythm and mischievous personalities”. Catch them while you can at the BRBC as they are normally busy playing at top UK venues such as the Troubadour and West One Four in London and Reading University and they will be playing at the prestigious Reading Festival next August.

16th April 200595B (Chicago blues)

19th March 2005Xrey (www.xrey.net) classic blues rock songs from Hendrix, Doors and Stones plus some of their own compositions. Their international line-up features Rey from Singapore on vocals, Saïd Karume (Tanzania) on guitar, Pat (Belgium) on bass and Claude Hoffmann (Luxembourg) on drums.