Saturday night music treats

A brace of intriguing music dates have been lined up for Saturday night – one in St Albans, and one in Tring.

Friday, 25th January 2013, 4:53 am

The St Albans show is at the Maltings Arts Theatre in the city centre, when Dr Shades and the Hill Street Blues Band share the stage.

The Hill Street crew have just formed, with a passion to play rhythm and blues classics in the tradition of the original artists like Smiley Lewis, Chuck Berry and Howling Wolf.

Add maybe a twist of 1960s Atlantic Stax soul, a sprinkling of rock and roll and a dash of 1950s jump jive and it’s the recipe to get the joint jumping.

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Dr Shades features the voice of Chris Lord and builds on the rhythm and blues recipe, with familiar standards and lesser known songs on the playlist.

Tickets are £10, call 0844 8700 887.

Over at the Court Theatre in Tring, El Bronson will be centre stage – and it’s fair to say that once you’ve seen them, you won’t be forgetting them in a hurry.

They’re billed as performing music others would never attempt, in a way others would never dream of – and did we mention that the frontman wears a full Luchador costume?

For those not in the know, that’s a Mexican masked wrestler rig, and it’s a matter of honour that his identity will never be revealed.

He can certainly belt out the numbers, though, backed up by a supertight band of experienced pros aiming to produce a good time sound.

Visit for ticket details, or pop into Beechwood Fine Foods in Frogmore Street to pick them up in person.