Liteside – 24th September

After the toe tapping evening we had on Wednesday, courtesy of the very talented duo Jinski, we want to keep the ball rolling! We will be welcoming Liteside, a firm favourite at Caffe Portico, on Saturday 24th September.

Liteside are a Newark based band and have been playing together for the past 8 years. Their six piece outfit (3 horns, 3 rhythm) have played in all the Newark jazz festivals and at Caffe Portico on many occasions.

Liteside’s smooth, melodic tunes mean you don’t have to be a jazz buff to enjoy them; they call it “jazz for people who don’t think they like jazz”. Their foot-tapping swing & Latin tunes and smooth ballads make for sweet listening. Think Duke Ellington meets Jools Holland and you’ll be in the right area.

Follow this link to have a listen, they’ve put together a compilation to give you a flavour of what a Liteside jazz evening will be like.

Tickets are an absolute steal at £6 so pick up yours while we still have seats available!

As usual a special menu will be prepared, the food being nearly as much of a treat as the music!

We hope to see as many of you there as possible, its not a night to miss, call 07956653156 for more details.



Upcoming music nights!!!

At Caffe Portico we’re looking forward to this Wednesdays Live Music Night when we will be hosting the acoustic roots duo Jinski!

There’s still time to get tickets for this event and at £6 each it’s shaping up to be a great mid-week treat. Tickets are available at the Café or you can call 07956653156 to reserve.

Don’t miss out on a great evening!

In addition to Wednesdays live performance the summer’s line-up continues with Liteside on Saturday the 24th September



A firm favourite at Caffe Portico, Liteside are a Newark based band and have been playing together for the past 8 years. Their six piece outfit (3 horns, 3 rhythm) have played in all the Newark jazz festivals and at Caffe Portico on many occasion.

Liteside’s smooth, melodic tunes mean you don’t have to be a jazz buff to enjoy them; they call it “jazz for people who don’t think they like jazz”. Their foot-tapping swing & Latin tunes and smooth ballads make for sweet listening. Think Duke Ellington meets Jools Holland and you’ll be in the right area.

Liteside have played at Caffe Portico on many occasions and never fail to impress, so hurry to get your tickets! Again they’re only £6 each, available from the Caffe.


Franc Cinelli

Franc Cinelli was a big hit at his debut appearance at Caffe portico, so we’re delighted to have him back on the 1st October.

Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk, Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From up-tempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and love-struck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path.

His new album The Marvel Age has been called “A roosty, bluesy, folky confection” by R2 Magazine and “A road album evoking images of long distance car journeys through barren wastelands” By the Acoustic Magazine.

Another bargain, tickets are only £6! Available at the Caffe.


As always all our music nights will be accompanied by a specially prepared menu for the evening and as many of you know the combination of good food and music is a real treat.

At each event doors open at 7pm, food will be served from 7.30pm and the music to begin at 8.30pm.

So, make room in your calendars for some truly great nights of music at Caffe Portico.

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Next Music Night- Wednesday 17th August – JINSKI

After the last season of music ended we have had a short break to establish our pizza nights on a weekly basis. Now we are serving pizza every Friday. However in that time we have had multiple enquiries about when the next music nights will be held. You spoke and we listened. So, the next music will be on Wednesday 17th August, followed by a new programme of live acts for you all to enjoy. To kick us off we will be welcoming the fantastic duo Jinski.

Recently they appeared live on BBC 1 The One Show and were featured on Channel 4 News. They also just opened for Lindisfarne at The Palace of Arts Newcastle on 3rd June.

Based in Newcastle Upon-Tyne, JINSKI are song writer Stephen Wegrzynski and musician Dave Kennedy. Their music touches the borders of folk, country, and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern. JINSKI tell stories that capture the mundane and the magic in everyday life.

They have supported O’Hooley & Tidow, Martin & Eliza Carthy and The Poozies last year and headlined the 12 Bar Club in London, also playing on the main stage at Broadstairs Folk festival.

They have just supported US band The Grahams on several of their dates last November at The Met Bury & The Musician in Leicester.

Their music has been described as ‘Folk for Modern Ears’ – MAVERICK magazine

In addition they had an article in Feb/Mar R2 Rock n Reel magazine:


If you would like to hear them in action this is a link to their most recent live video:


And to listen to more tracks go to

My ball makes a square 1

Down here by Jinski

Check out their Facebook Twitter and Website for more about the band.

Tickets are now on sale at the Caffe for only £6, you can call 07956653156 to reserve tickets. The event will run as usual, a specially prepared menu will be served from 7.30pm and music to start at 8.30pm. We hope to see as many of you here as possible for another great night of music at Caffe Portico.


Mambo Jambo – 20th May

Acoustic roots duo, Mambo Jambo, will be taking you on an intriguing and joyous musical journey mixing elements and sounds from world, folk and jazz on the 20th May. Featuring music from New Orleans, Cuba, Brazil and Eastern Europe, as well as cajun, bluegrass, boogie, and their own compositions. Between the two of them they carry with them more instruments than the average orchestra – Pete on guitar, vocal, banjo, percussion, tres (traditional Cuban guitar), ukulele, accordion, suitcase and Frankie on saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, vocal, and percussion.

Mambo Jambo have firmly established themselves as one of the country’s finest live acts, the pair play a bewildering array of acoustic instruments – all played with flair and enthusiasm. To describe their music as ‘feel-good’ is an understatement – I guarantee it will give everyone a lift after the winter blues”Martin Peirson, Processed Pea Folk Club

‘Mambo Jambo are quite simply two of the most talented and entertaining musicians around. Their welcome return visits to the Hunsley Acoustic Music sessions are always a sell-out way in advance of their concerts which is a tribute to them as artists! The audience never cease to be enthralled and captivated by their versatility and their warm, entertaining delivery and exceptional talent. Once seen…never forgotten!!!’Will Richardson, Hunsley Acoustic Music

“Mambo Jambo- Wonderful sound”Gareth Evans, BBC Radio Sheffield

“The sheer enthusiasm & joy of their music along with their wonderful musicianship & great stage presence combine to create an act that will undoubtedly go down a storm wherever they play.”Jim McLaughlin, Musicport Festival 

Take a look at some of their tracks:


Tickets are £6 from the Caffè, Call 07956653156 for more details, see you soon!


April 9th – Change to line up!

There is going to be a change in the line up for the April 9th gig at Caffe Portico. Ryan Farmer was booked to play however due to unforeseen circumstances he is unable to perform. Nevertheless, the show must go on, and the gig will be going ahead.

You have come to expect a high calibre of acts at Caffe Portico, and we don’t intend to disappoint. The new musician will be the gifted Jack Conman.

Jack combines the percussive potential of his guitar with heartfelt lyrics:

“if you’re an audience member, there are a fair few things that you can turn your attention to, from the technique of the playing, the melodies from both the guitar and the vocals, the lyrics and the emotion behind the song, and of course the foot tapping rhythm. The thing I think is the most important, however, is that the songs that you play, whether you’ve written them or if you’re covering, strike some form of emotional chord with the musician and the audience.”


You can check out some his first official video here:


In addition, he will be supported by Joseph Knight, another very talented musician who can get you warmed up for the main act.

Ticket prices will only be £5, tickets available from the Caffe, call 07956653156 for more details.

Doors open at 7pm, a specially prepared menu will be available before the performance, food served from 7.30pm, music at 8.30pm.

We hope to see as many of you as possible, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the next upcoming events.


Gabrielle Ducomble – May 10th

Talented vocalist Gabrielle Ducomble brings charm and sophistication to the British jazz scene. Singing in English and her native French, Gabrielle performs Parisian-style jazz and tango, putting a contemporary spin on songs by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg and Astor Piazzolla, plus her own original material. Her band, including some of Europe’s finest musicians in an authentic line-up of guitar, violin and accordion, provides the perfect anchor for her superlative vocals.

Gabrielle brings her special blend of Gallic charm and invites you to experience her Parisian-style jazz and tango as she performs songs by Piaf, Legrand, Brel and many more, supported by bass, accordion and the great guitarist Nic Meier. ‘Polished, classy and refined’…….Emma Freud BBC Radio 4.

Here’s a link to some of her videos:


Gabrielle will be playing on the 10th of May, Tickets £8 from the Caffe.

Gabrielle Ducomble


Ryan Farmer – 9th April

Ryan Farmer has taken influence from sounds of the Mississippi Delta, the traditional folk of the Appalachian Mountains and the Honky Tonk of a Texas bar room and will be bringing his unique blend of gospel, country and blues here, to us at Caffè Portico on the 9th April. So prepare for songs to make you dance, drink and cry in the space of a few minutes.

After the success of his debut Worries & Troubles in 2014 (I’m Not From London Records), Ryan is back with more tales of whiskey, women and worry. Ryan’s music has been praised across the midlands for the last two years:

“In fact, if it’s modern blues you’re looking for, you can’t go far wrong with this record. Chuck it on while you’re having a bottle of beer and a cigarette, then listen to it again when your head’s pounding the next morning.” – Leftlion

Here’s a link to his most recent videos.

Tickets are only £5 from the Caffe, call 07956653156 to reserve tickets.


ryan farmer


Mali & Me – 18th March

With the start of March the live music season will be getting into full swing at Caffe Portico. Our first live act, Franc Cinelli, has already sold out, however there will be many more in the coming months.

Mali & Me will be our next event on the 18th March. The local duo are bringing back the old fashioned piano and vocal combination, reviving this old tradition with some of their favourite Jazz and RnB tunes. This is the perfect act to have a relaxed evening with good food, wine and music.

Here are a couple of their tracks:

A cover of Nora Jones, I don’t know why.

Their first original track Right Here – Live at Leeds Corn Exchange.

Tickets are £6 from the Caffe or call 07956653156 to reserve.

We’ve already sold half the places available so don’t delay!


Live from Leeds Corn Exchange

Mali & Me – Live from Leeds Corn Exchange


Upcoming Music events in March!

You have all been very patient with us, but we can now say that music nights at Caffe Portico are now back!

We will be kicking off with two events in March; with more to follow in the coming months.

The First will be Franc Cinelli, an Italian born singer, songwriter who has toured the Uk, USA and Italy and will be bring his unique combination of Folk, country and Rock n’Roll here on March 4th

Here’s a link to his site: http://www.franccinelli.com

Following, on the 18th March, will be a fantastic local duo Mali and Me, a group who combine Jazz and RnB to create the perfect atmosphere to wine and dine, relax and listen to great music.

Check out their Facebook and a few of tracks here: https://www.facebook.com/maliandmeofficial

Tickets will be available from the Caffe or you can reserve by calling 07956653156.

For each event we will be serving a specially prepared dinner menu, please let us know if you wish to dine with us when collecting your tickets.

Don’t miss out on the return of live music to Caffe Portico and we hope to see you all soon.


New Years Eve At Caffe Portico with the Ben Havilah Revolution!

Ring in the New Year in style and comfort with us at Caffe Portico. Come join the Party and be treated to an authentic Italian dinner and music courtesy of The Ben Havilah Revolution.

Tickets for this event will only be £7.50 a person and dinner from £15.95. Come as a couple or a party, all are welcome to celebrate 2016 with great food and company.

Tickets are going fast so let us know as soon as you can if you would like to book. We will be taking reservations at the Caffe, on Facebook; by commenting on the event, or by calling 07956653156.