New gigs in Dubai

We hear more about some cool events coming our way

It doesn’t stop. Just when we thought the new nightlife season had settled into a groove, we’ve been bowled over with a host of happenings on the horizon. While October dealt us the sucker punches of four major festivals in four weeks, it meant there wasn’t much room for smaller bespoke gigs, which might be why there’s a load more one-offs on the way.

First up, we’ve heard that the Sheraton JBR’s Bliss Lounge will host its first major live concerts, launching the Bliss on Soul night with a gig from US soul star Barbara Tucker on Thursday November 1. She’ll have competition though, with Black Eyed Pea performing at Nasimi on the same night.

We’re equally excited about a kooky gig happening at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel on Friday November 9. South African sextet Klopjag – who, bizarrely, seem to be more famous in Germany than elsewhere – promise a mix of folk and blues with a distinct Afrikaans twist. Playing 100 shows a year, and with five albums and ten years on the road under their belt, we’re expecting something special.

Yet December already looks as though it could top them all. Without even thinking about Christmas or new year parties, there are already a load of gigs to contend with, from the sublime to the ridiculous (we’ll let you decide). The biggest news is that seven-time Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau is coming to town, bringing his trademark blend of jazz, R&B and pop to Jumeirah Beach Hotel on Friday December 7 – the day after American soul singer Macy Gray plays The Irish Village and the day before US rapper Keith Murray makes it at Sublime. Concert crazy.

Finally, those hankering to for another high-end club where they can spend vast amounts of money need look no further – the aptly named Cash Club Dubai opened on Friday October 19 at Ibn Battuta Gate. The glitzy venue marries an Aztec theme (ie lots of gold) with the latest technology (apparently the most advanced sound system in the UAE) and will keep its moneyed patrons swaying to sounds of R&B on Thursdays and Fridays only. Watch this space for more.

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