Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce a selection of gigs for all musical tastes, including jazz legend Courtney Pine, New York singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, and the Let’s Travel the World International Food Festival.
The Billy Joel Songbook performed by Elio Pace and his band
Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 September, 8pm, Sage Two
Sage Gateshead is welcoming singer/songwriter and piano man Elio Pace to its Sage Two hall for two nights to perform the Billy Joel Songbook.
Elio, who has performed in venues around the world for more than 25 years, is bringing the UK and Ireland’s first ever theatre tour of Billy Joel songs to the Gateshead venue on 19th and 20th September, after being invited to stand in for Billy in a special reunion concert with his original touring band.
Elio has previously been featured on BBC Radio 2’s Weekend Wogan and has performed with musical legends including Brian May, Katie Melua, Huey Lewis, and Sage SummerTyne Festival favourite, Albert Lee.
He will be performing Billy Joel’s best-loved hits, including Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Areand The Longest Time with his six-piece band.
Courtney Pine Presents Black Notes From The Deep Featuring Special Guest Vocalist Omar
Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm, Sage One
Sage Gateshead is delighted to welcome British-born Jazz giant Courtney Pine CBE for a special performance of his latest project Black Notes from the Deep on September 21.
In the 80s, Pine was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene, when his first album charted the top 40. Since then, he’s won numerous BBC Jazz Awards and MOBOs, and has been nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. He has remained at the forefront of UK jazz, with a contemporary jazz style that integrates modern British sounds like drum ‘n’ bass and UK garage alongside soul, hip-hop, and deep-rooted influences from across the Caribbean.
For Black Notes from the Deep, Pine returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade. The performance features the vocal talents of UK soul star Omar, whose 1992 hit single There’s Nothing Like This established a truly distinct and instantly recognisable ‘signature’ sound. This has since earned him widespread critical acclaim, and has seen him collaborate with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone.
This very special project brings together two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents composing, recording and performing new original material together for the first time.
Let’s Travel The World – International Street Food Festival
Friday 22 – Sunday 24 September, from 12noon, Sage Gateshead
Welcoming an entire world under one roof as we prepare to travel between cuisines and cultures, sampling food and delicacies, spices and sounds.
All aboard as we take flight for one weekend, with a one-way ticket to experience the finest food and drink from across the region and beyond.
Calling upon world favourites, homemade secrets and unearthed gems, we invite you to broaden your horizons, try new things, and celebrate a truly international appetite on the Tyne.
Highlights include: regional food favourites, pop-up cinema, live entertainment, street food vendors, the We Are The World market, masterclasses, food talks, international beers, wines, and spirits, kitchen takeovers and special guest appearances
Brought to you in collaboration between 44Events and Sage Gateshead.
Kilimanjaro Live presents:
Suzanne Vega- Solitude Standing & 99.9 F° + more
Saturday 23 September, 7.30pm, Sage One
The legendary New York singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is celebrating the 30th and 25th anniversaries respectively of her albums Solitude Standing and 99.9F by performing both in full, as well as more tracks from throughout a distinguished career that has seen her sell over 7 million albums worldwide.
Vega will perform tracks such as Luka, Tom’s Diner, and Blood Makes Noise from the ground breaking albums.
Solitude Standing, Vega’s second album, was released in 1987, reaching number 2 in the UK album chart, going platinum, and earning a nomination for Record of the Year at the Grammys.
99.9F was released in 1992, with a more electronic sound, brought descriptions of ‘industrial folk’ and ‘techno folk’. The record was certified gold, and also won a New York Music Award for Best Rock Album.
Audiences can look forward to experiencing Vega’s distinctive and cutting vocals, matched with her unique ability as a storyteller looking back on the songs that encapsulate an iconic career.
Jeff Warner plus Cath and Phil Tyler
Saturday 23 September, 8pm, Sage Two
Jeff Warner is the son of American folk music pioneers Frank and Anne Warner, and grew up listening to the songs and stories of his parents and the traditional singers his they met during their folksong collecting trips.
Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons.
A native of New York City, Jeff has lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire since the late 1990s. He has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution, taught at Pinewoods, Ashokan, Augusta and Swannanoa summer music programs and recorded for Flying Fish/Rounder, WildGoose and other labels. His 1995 recording Two Little Boys received a Parents’ Choice Award.
Cath and Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Cath was a member of the band Cordelia’s Dad in the 1990s when she lived in Massachusetts, USA. Phil, from Newcastle upon Tyne has played in various folk, rock and ceilidh bands for many years.
Taking a more minimal approach to their material than some, they have been described as ‘one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene’, their music being ‘a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition’.