Constellations and live music have been locked in an enduring love affair ever since the venue opened its doors back in 2014. Having played host to the likes of The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Fatima & The Eglo Band, Moses Boyd Exodus, Romare and many more, the venue has championed underground, left-field and forward-thinking live music throughout its short but colourful history. Whilst these names are now internationally recognised; with label contracts, headline tours and scores of albums behind them, they all began somewhere…
Enter, Live Music Thursdays at Constellations. A grassroots night inspired by the local artists who inspire the venue. From jazz improv. to rhyming emcees and even Senegalese mbalax, the weekly event is a showcase of Liverpool’s burgeoning local music scene.
In accordance with this, Melodic Distraction will be live-streaming each Live Music Thursdays event through the month of November. Last month, we broadcast the sights and sounds of Remy Jude & Friends, a close supporter of the station and part of the Huma and Buyers Club families.
November will see Mamadou & The Lekette Band, Ranga & Harambe and The Jam Scones Quartet pass through the venue, all with new material to share with the city.
Mamadou and the Lekette Band play a mesmerising mix of Senegalese mbalax, salsa, Afro-beat, jazz and reggae. Described by the Manchester Jazz Festival as a band “guaranteed to make you smile and move,” the Lekette Band are a five-piece consisting of drums, keys, guitar, bass and vocals. Built of musicians from the UK, Africa, the United States, and Spain, this global group have built up a strong reputation across the North West. Taking over the reigns of the venue’s monthly ‘Sounds from Afar’ segment of Live Music Thursdays, Mamadou will be landing on the first Thursday of November.
Just a week later, Constellations welcome the Wide Open crew through their doors with a live performance from Ranga & Harambe. From their early days at the Bakery Warehouse to performing for the masses at the Granby Street Market, the Wide Open crew are fast becoming known in the city for their experimental and forward-thinking sounds.
Masters in musical alchemy, Ranga & Harambe Maoni have been talk of the town ever since their warm-up slot for Kamaal Williams almost a year ago. Whilst Ranga chops things up on his dusty MPC, wobbly synth keyboard and punchy drum machine, Harambe dances over the top with sax flutterings and soaring melodies. Catch them playing throughout the night on Thursday 9th November with Ranga coming through with a number DJ sets between their duo’s live performances.
Finally, the Constellations house band, The Jam Scones Quartet will round off the month with jazz melodies and global rhythms inside the venue’s bar-come-art gallery. November’s gig will see the addition of Tony Pearce, trumpet player of the famous Grapes Band. Bookending the band’s performances, catch the Melodic Distraction DJs spinning jazz and rare soul early on and late into the night.
You can catch all the Live Music Thursdays x Melodic Distraction streams via the Constellations Facebook page, with the entire broadcast later being uploaded to the Melodic Distraction Mixcloud.