This month, grab a drink and hit the dancefloor, or sit back and relax with free shows at the Visitors' Book Café!
We've recently reimagined the Woolwich Works café and bar as an informal space for intimate performances, creating a brilliant new 'little venue in a big venue'.
So we're inviting you to come and grab a drink or two, check out the revamped space and enjoy a live performance for free on Saturday evenings through March!
We recommend booking in advance to secure your place, but it's free entry all evening so you're welcome to come in at any point throughout the show if tickets are still available, and soak up the atmosphere with wines, cocktails, beers on tap or a soft drink. You can also treat yourself to a delicious charcuterie board or a light snack while you're here!
The music will be a selection of American jazz classics, with a special focus on the legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal.
Pianist Jack Williams presents a programme of tunes by well-loved jazz artists such as Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, Bill Evans and Pat Metheny, as well as some of his unique original compositions.
In his original brand of jazz, Jack and his band mix heavy grooving melodies with samples, harmonies and even the odd ballad. You can expect some incredibly creative improvisation over renditions of a selection of jazz classics.
Then on Saturday 25 March, it's the perfect soundtrack to a Saturday night as we're delighted to be welcoming Jelly Cleaver, one of the most talented guitarists and singer-songwriters on the London music scene right now for a very special acoustic set in the revamped Woolwich Works bar.
Jelly will start the evening with an intimate live set performing a mix of her favourites across jazz, folk and soul, as well as some of her originals. This will be followed by a turn on the decks, selecting some of her favourite disco, jazz and hip-hop tunes, providing the perfect Saturday night soundtrack to South East London's 'best new culture spot'.
Described as ‘James Brown meets Rodrigo y Gabriela’, Jonjan is playing at the VBC on Saturday 1 April. Expect a combination of the athletic skill of passionate Flamenco with highly dynamic Funk playing - pushing an audience’s expectation of what a solo guitar can do in the right hands.
Born in Istanbul with British/Turkish heritage, and having performed for George Benson, Apple, the BBC, Google, Yamaha and in Jimi Hendrix’s former apartment to name some highlights, Jonjan is a master of his craft.
And on Saturday 15 April, DJ, music producer and performer Henry Keen is bringing a carefully curated set of soul, jazz and disco to the VBC as well as tracks picked up on his travels in Morocco, Turkey and Latin America.
As well as being a passionate vinyl crate-digger, Henry performs as a member of Electric Jalaba (Strut Records), a sextet fusing Moroccan gnawa with dancefloor-focused electronics, and Soundspecies, an electronic duo who've recently explored the connections between traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and contemporary dance music.
So book now to make sure you've got a space. Get your dancing shoes on, or grab a seat and enjoy the ambience!
We'll see you at the VBC!