Liteside Jazz

Friday 18th January
Food served from 7:30pm
Music starts at 8:30pm

Liteside are a six-piece swing, Latin and party band. “We call our music Latin jazz for people who don’t think they like jazz. It’s jazz-based but on the lighter side. We play sweet, foot-tapping tunes and smooth ballads for you to dance and bop around to. From swing to boogie-woogie, rock & roll, classic pop such as the Beatles, Latin and jazz rock.”



Café Portico June/July Events

It’s time to share the next series of events at Café Portico.  We have a range of fantastic music nights coming up covering piano and guitar, indie, funk, soul and jazz.  And, if that didn’t whet your musical appetite, there’s also an evening with Lydia Bauman where we’ll be discussing the life and works of landscape and Oxfordshire artist, Turner.

Tickets can be purchased directly from the café during opening hours or by calling 07956 653156 or emailing events@cafeportico.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The team @ Café Portico


Freeloaders Quintet

Friday 1st June 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

The Freeloaders Quintet play cool jazz with a hint of funk and soul, creating a unique blend of jazz standards from the classic era of cool and modal jazz with a fresh and contemporary feel, mixing original arrangements to bring the music up to date so it’s emergent and full of flavour.

Freeloaders Quintet music night at Cafe Portico with lead singer Sean South

An Evening with Lydia Bauman: Turner

Tuesday 12th June 2012
Starts at 6pm. Tickets:
£10 (including a glass of wine)

Turner created a revolution in painting at the beginning of the 19th century, responding to a modern industrial landscape with a freer style and new approaches to composition.

 An Evening with Lydia Bauman discussing Turner at Cafe Portico

The Hot Tomarles

Friday 15th June 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

This completely unique duo has stretched the boundaries of what can be done in the acoustic blues genre by creating the sound of a five piece band played by only two members.  How?

The idea is simple – Chris loops the double bass played live on the first 12 bars, thus giving him the opportunity to pick up the harps on the second round.  Simultaneously, Aidan is providing guitar, vocals and floor stomp box to give a full band sound to an otherwise conventional acoustic duo.  This original idea has never been seen before in the blues genre and the band hopes to set a precedent for what can be done live with only two musicians.  We’re impressed!

 The Hot Tomarles music night at Cafe Portico

An Evening with Mambo Jambo

Friday 29th June 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

Acoustic roots duo, Mambo Jambo, will take you on an intriguing and joyous musical journey mixing elements and sounds from world, folk and jazz; 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, this duo carry with them more instruments than the average orchestra with 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 music night at Cafe Portico

An Evening with Billy Lockett

Saturday 7th July 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

With the backing of top producers and a newly-won place on Fearne Cotton’s Radio1 playlist, Billy Lockett’s flair for piano and guitar has landed him a distinctive style, aided by a soulful voice, charming lyrics and enough allure to leave crowds muttering choruses into the night… and you thought Northampton only made good shoes?

 Billy Locket music night at Cafe Portico

That’s Not Me

Friday 13th July 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

Following another acoustic tour of the UK, That’s Not Me will be playing an intimate, acoustic gig at Café Portico, bringing their mix of country and blues with a modern indie feel.  You can look forward to a variety of music from foot stomping banjo action to rough blues and harmonious acoustic folk/indie tunes. Lincoln’s own NME-reading hillbillies will be sure to entertain!

 That's Not Me music night at Cafe Portico

An Evening with the Karl Svarc Trio

Friday 27th July 2012
Music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets: £5

The Karl Svarc Trio smoothly blends elements of blues, country and world music, creating organic rhythms with the lyrical sensibility of a poet.  Singer/songwriter Karl Svarc is provides vocals and guitar;  Sean South is on lead guitar, and ‘Easy’ Bob Reid plays the harmonica.  Expect a laid back evening of superb harmonies born of musical kinship and shared delight.

This is a night not to be missed!

Karl Svarc music night at Cafe Portico