Rox Empire It’s all in the name: Rox Empire rock. The tight quartet chug and plug their way through a lengthy songbook of hard-pumpin’, fist-wavin’ rawk classics, bluesy burnouts, air-guitar fests and modern chart material. Free entry. Mon-Fri, 9.30pm-late. Maxx Music Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotel, Barsha (04 409 8000).
The Boxtones This British covers quintet claim to know more than 300 tunes, honed during five years gigging in far-flung locations from China to Africa. They also write their own music. Free entry (except for special events). Wed-Mon 9pm-1.30am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
The Jazz Collective Made up of six players drawn from the Abu Dhabi Big Band, The Jazz Collective put on a traditional piano gig at The Ivy’s new weekly jazz night, alternating the trio’s line-up each week and playing standards and more. Free entry (no need to dine). Thu 8pm-11pm. The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8767).
The Rock Spiders Rightly recognised as a Dubai institution, after ten years on the scene the uniform-clad Rock Spiders are still going strong. They may specialise in rock and pop hits – but they can still funk a mean James Brown. Free entry. Daily 9pm-2am. Rock City, Howard Johnson Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 393 9911).
The Rony Afif Quartet Lebanese drummer Rony Afif – the older brother of bassist Elie – is one of just a handful of authentic jazz musicians in Dubai. Every Friday he leads his lively quartet (bass, keys, sax) through instrumental standards and hard bop. Expect masterful musical workouts. Free entry. Fri 9pm-late. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre (04 332 0000).
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Phil Jones Jun 20, 2012 08:30 pm
Indeed they are one of the biggest and best institutions in Dubai but Time Out does need some up-to-date pix of the band - this pic is nearly two years old...
Please visit the Rock Spiders Facebook page or contact me regarding some newer pix. The band is now an amazing 10 piece band playing at Rock City Club, Howard Johnson Hotel, Bur Dubai.