Events

THE BASEMENT BAR

Sun 3rd March 7:30pm
Book Tickets
£ 12.50

Our first performance of the spring features bandleader Mike Guy (accordion, piano) and very special guest Adam Kovacs (percussion) who features on the recently recorded Coloriage album! A fiery mix of Mediterranean tango, Brazilian baiao, Afro-Cuban and a whole lot more!

Adam’s musical journey began at a very young age. At 9 years old he began studies in classical piano, also learning percussion a few years later. Inspired by such geniuses as Giovanni Hidalgo and Michel Camilo he immersed himself in Afro-Cuban music, focusing on congas, bongos and timbales. By age 15 he was touring internationally.

When not on the road he gained a great deal of experience as a session-man in recording studios, including for major labels such as EMI. He has performed and recorded with numerous pop bands as well as flamenco, salsa and Latin-jazz bands. He has been seen and his compositions heard on all kinds of radio and television stations.

Adam has been resident in the UK for around a decade now. Within weeks of arrival he was asked to play Percussion & Keyboards on touring Michael Jackson show Thriller Live. Alongside a cast many of whom worked with Michael, this took him all over Europe and as far away as Greece, China and South Africa. Immediately afterwards he was asked to join the orchestra of Disney’s The Lion King (the most successful musical production in history). In 2014 Adam joined Inala, collaborating with Grammy winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Together they even performed for the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance and the project got nominated for the Grammys in 2016 in World Music category.

2015 and 2017 sees Adam hit the road again with Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole and later in ’15 he joins the Magic Radio house band led by Tim Maple where he had the privilege to perform with Anastacia, Mick Hucknal (Simply Red), Robbie Williams, Rick Astley, Seal, Gregory Porter, Ronan Keating, Boyzone, Lemar, Gregory Porter, Kim Wilde, Beverley Knight, Gabrielle, Sophie Ellis Bextor, George Ezra, Mel C, Chris Farlowe, James Blunt, Emeli Sande, The Shires, Ward Thomas, James Morrison, Jason Manford, Marisha Wallace, Jack Savoretti, Will Young, Katherine Jenkins, Andreya Triana, Rebeca Fergusson, Alfie Boe, Beau Dermott, Joe McElderry, Jack Pack. In 2017 he joins the Magic of Soul house band led by Ernie McKone and Tim Maple where he has performed with Martha Reeves, Gwen Dickie, Kenny Thomas, Martha Reeves, Mica Paris, Roachford, Jaki Graham, Heather Small, Shola Ama, Tommy Blaize, Michelle John, Sean Escoffery, Andrew Strong. Later that year he recorded percussion for the Voices of the Amazon production what is narrated by Jeremy Irons and toured in Moscow, London and Singapore. He was a guest percussionist for the Broadway star “Mrs Melissa Errico sings Sondheim” London shows with Tedd Firth on piano. Played percussion for the CBBC Festival broadcasted live on TV with Union J, Bars & Melody, Max & Harvey, Mackenzie Ziegler and Johnny Orlando. Also joined The Soweto Gospel Choir and The Brand New Heavies for numerous occasions.

In 2018 Adam joins the “Thriller Live” West End production. He can also currently be seen with: Andrew Small, Nate Williams, The Doug Harper Experiment, and in his Latin jazz trio Duende alongside London’s finest jazzers. In 2020 he started recording his own EP AK-37. During lockdown he has joined the Output/Input project led by Melvin Davis.

Adam is a proud endorsee of Vater sticks, Latin Percussion instruments, Protection Racket cases, Roland electronic instruments.

Doors open 7.30pm, Music starts 8pm. The venue is mixed seated and standing. Tables are limited, and available on a first come first served basis, so if you’d like a seat, we recommend arriving early!