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Listings for November, 2011

APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Paul Dabek – Truant Trickster! [+]

Tickets £7 advance, £8 Door

Direct from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe

Join the self-professed truant trickster and relive school days through the eyes of a misunderstood misfit of magic. So untuck your shirts, loosen your ties and throw away your textbooks because school’s out!

An eclectic mix of jaw-dropping sleight of hand, enchanting illusion and quick-fire comedy, presented with an impish sense of mischief from a critically acclaimed performer.

Awarded The Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year and The International Brotherhood of Magicians’ British Shield.
“Paul Dabek is quite simply superb!” The Stage
“Entertainment at its very best.” Chester Chronicle

APPEARING ON Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Dance Classes

APPEARING ON Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Jazz Union [+]

Free Entry

Inspired from the funky, soulful jazz of the early 60’s

APPEARING ON Friday, November 4th, 2011

The Calimocho Club [+]

Friday 4th November

Free admission before 9pm, £4 thereafter


The Calimocho Club are as raw and low-rent as the drink that inspired their name.

Salfordian natives Gary L Hope (Vox/Guitar) and Tom Pickford (Drums) deal in a gloriously ragged concoction of fuzzy two-man blues.
Like the drink, the outcome is tastier than the sum of their parts would suggest…

Gary backs his bittersweet soulful howl with fuzzed-up riffs.
Tom has designs on the frontman role; every attack of the drumkit is a challenge to his compadre.
The gauntlet is ALWAYS accepted; The result is electrifying…

Their debut EP ‘Whoa Whoa, Hey Hey’ is 13 minutes and 5 tracks of trash blues soul, recorded amidst a haze of rum, cigarettes and a desire to just get the tracks down.

Recorded or live, the vein is the same.
Pitch up.
Plug in.

APPEARING ON Saturday, November 5th, 2011

The Travelling Band [+]

£4 Entry

Extensively touring the UK to promote the new album.

‘Screaming Is Something’

– OUT NOW on Cooking Vinyl –

“The Travelling Band take me back to my musical roots. Marvellous music to savour and enjoy” Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival

An inventive brand of guitar-laden country folk pop with a cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage.” Clash Magazine

“Sweet harmonies, strong song writing and an unforced take on country rock make for a beguiling debut” Independent on Sunday


APPEARING ON Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Open Mic Session With Mercy Elise [+]

Free Entry

Come down and join this ecelecticly diverse singer songwriter whose beautiful vocals will insipre anyone to get up and have a go. Acoustic open mic night kicks off around 8.30pm.

APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Nick Harper [+]

Tuesday 8th November – Tickets £10.00

To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist’s guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows – from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own – he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). He also has the alarming ability to break guitar strings almost by sheer force of will… and then change them without dropping a beat. For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado.


APPEARING ON Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Dance Classes

APPEARING ON Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The Scene & The Vevars [+]

Free Entry

Special Guest DJ ONO

The Scene

The Scene are a Wrexham born band consisting of 5 lads and a little lady with a passion for live n loud Indie/Rock music!

Lead singer, Craig Spencer Griffiths remembers “…watching bands like The Who and their performances, taking bits of their songs, inspired me to express my own feelings into words and tell my own stories.  I drew from my own experiences and my musical influences and brought them together”.

By 2010 the band felt confident that their original material should be the focus of the band. The band then entered into the Live and Unsigned competition where they won all heats and got to the final at London’s prestigious O2 Arena.

Guitarist Gareth Holmes said “It was great to perform at the O2 Arena.  Most importantly we did a few gigs prior to try and keep a local adventure playground open.  We also got to take 52 people including some of the children from the scheme to the O2 which was very important to us.”

After coming runners-up in the live and unsigned competition, the band and have expanded their lineup and began a short tour of North Wales in November and December.

Having released and toured their debut EP and supported the likes of Denise Johnson of Primal Scream, Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets), The Charlatans, Shaun Ryder, Ffenech Soler, Dead Sons, Masters in France and Mani of The Stone Roses, 2011 has been an absolute blinder of a year.  Look out 2012 – The Scene are coming!


The Vevars

The Vevars are an English rock band that formed in Chester Cheshire in 2009. The band has an upbeat blend of alternative rock and indie rock sound! but the band has gradually expanded their sound to include a variety of genres.

APPEARING ON Friday, November 11th, 2011

King Porter Stomp [+]

Free admission before 9pm, £4.00 thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

With massive horns, heavy bass and deeply socially aware lyrics, King Porter Stomp have quickly established themselves as major players on the UK live circuit. Since forming 4 years ago, the Brighton based high energy seven piece have developed a unique breed of accessible ska, jazz and hip hop which feels as much at home busked on street corners as it is played out on major festival stages. With shows in Austria, 25 UK festival performances and a venue tour of the North last year, the seemingly unstoppable sextet have continued to build a large and dedicated fan base that stretches throughout the UK and beyond. With blistering new material soon to be unveiled, King Porter Stomp are all set to explode this Autumn.

Expect a fast paced, upbeat, high energy show that will leave you entertained, enlivened and enlightened!

APPEARING ON Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Pimp Clinic – The Mouse Outfit featuring Dr Syntax [+]

Saturday 12th November

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

The Mouse outfit is a 10 piece live hip hop band based in Manchester, comprising of drums, samplers, keys, synths, guitar, bass, saxophones, trumpet, flute and vocals.

They have gigged relentlessly around the UK over the last 2 years,  supporting many of their influences including – Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Youngblood Brass Band, Akil the MC (Jurassic 5), Souls of Mischief, The Sugarhill Gang, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), DJ Format, The Nextmen, 6ix Toys, Louis Logic, The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, DJ Vadim, The Herbaliser, Fabio.

In 2010 the band played two live sessions for the BBC at Maida Vale, first for BBC Radio 1 and secondly for the Mark Lamarr show on Radio 2. The group have also received support from The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, and The Ras Kwame Homegrown podcasts from BBC 1Extra.

The Mouse Outfit are currently writing and recording with UK  hip hop legend Dr Syntax, Bedos, Baba Israel, MC Presto and Sparkz. The Mouse Outfit have been dubbed ‘The UK’s Breakestra’ as their live show seamlessly blends original tunes with b-boy funk breaks and classic hip hop.


The Mouse Outfit have recently started guesting UK hip hop legend Dr Syntax on live performances.  Having cut his teeth on tracks with Foreign Beggar’s on their debut album ‘Asylum Speakers’, Doc Synners soon gained a reputation as one of the UK’s most talented wordsmiths and charismatic performers.

His 2007 solo album Self Taught received widespread acclaim and was featured in Hip Hop Connection’s Top 100 Albums of the Year. With keen eyed social commentary, contemplative musings on life and straight up cold rhyming, Syntax has showcased his abilities all over the UK and further afield with performances at Glastonbury, Hip Hop Kemp in the Czech Republic and Splash Festival in Germany.

In addition to brand new tracks from forthcoming EPs, The Mouse Outfit and Dr Syntax live shows will feature material from his second album ‘Benny Huge’, available on Dented Records.

APPEARING ON Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Alt Fashion – Vintage Winter Fayre [+]

Free Entry

Expect a selection of cherry picked vintage traders with a variety of clothing, homewares, & jewellery. Alongside plenty of jewellery and gift ware for the festive season.

Finished off with some festive tasty treats at our vintage tea area.

Open Mic Session With Baby Brave & The Lovebites

Free Entry

Emily & Jo picked up their paintbrushes and proceeded to create a series of earnestly peculiar lyrics and sunny folk-pop melodies, splattered with adorable harmonies and contagious catchiness. With a healthy dose of welsh heart from guitarist ‘The Lovebites’, the Braves are sure to get your toes tapping. Expect to be charmed by flute solos, feverish guitar riffs, hypnotic hands and a ukulele named Fiona.

APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Aynsley Lister [+]

Tuesday 15th November – Tickets £10.00

Aynsley has never been an artist to reheat the music of yesteryear. Influenced from an early age by the 60’s RnB era, Lister takes these key elements and mixes them with a more current and melodic lyrical approach.

He is one of very few artists playing blues infused rock with a modern edge -tangible, heartfelt, soul searching and full of fine songwriting; played with passion and vitality. His hard hitting rhythms and guitar work are reminiscent of a young Clapton.

Lister began his career when he signed to Ruf Records in 1998. During his time on the label he worked with producers such as Jim Gaines (SRV, Santana) and Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers) and recorded four studio albums, two live albums and two DVD’s. However, if these earlier albums were Lister making his mark as a well respected blues rock artist, it was when he signed to Manhaton Records in June 2008 that he showed he had more commercial appeal to a bigger audience.


APPEARING ON Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Dance Classes

APPEARING ON Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Higuera Records 2nd Birthday Celebrations [+]

Thursday 16th November

Featuring Jez Kerr & Sophie Bond

Free Entry

Higuera Records 2nd birthday party brings A Certain Ratio’s Jez Kerr and local favourite Sophie Bond to Telfords.

Jez Kerr is bass guitarist, songwriter and vocalist of A Certain Ratio, the band he formed in Manchester in 1977 with three friends – Simon Topping, Peter Terrell and Martin Moscrop – who bonded over a shared love of Northern soul, Kraftwerk and Brian Eno, taking their name from a line in the Eno song A True Wheel. Signed for pretty much all of  their career to Factory and then Rob’s Records,  their repertoire includes classics like “Shack Up”, “Won’t Stop Loving You”, “Wild Party” and “27 Forever”. ACR’s cult following and appeal has never dimmed with Soul Jazz Recordings re-issuing ACR’s early albums in the Noughties. However, Kerr is the only member who remains a full-time musician. A digital-only single, Play Sumthing Fast, was released by Wrexham based indie Higuera Records earlier this year, and another, Rip You Right Back came out at the end of May, with his debut solo album Numb Mouth Eat Waste released 12th September. “The singles sound distinctly Read more… »

APPEARING ON Friday, November 18th, 2011

Yr Ods [+]

Friday 18th November

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

Yr Ods are an up and coming Psychadelic indie pop outfit hailing from North Wales. The 5 piece have toured the length of Wales and secured airplay on Radio Cymru, Radio 1 and various regional stations. Following successful appearances at numerous summer festivals – including Glastonbury and Wakestock – the band are now looking forward to the release of their debut album and a string of gigs from London to Llanfairpwll!

Five absurdly young, psychedelic indie scamps from north Wales who make a gleeful racket full of summer-of-love melodicism. They sing in Welsh but will be perfectly intelligible once the, er, “good vibes” kick in.
Sarah Boden, assistant editor, Observer Music Monthly

They’re really young, Welsh and somewhere between Super Furry Animals and Arctic Monkeys. Their banter between songs is so funny and they have brilliant pop songs, loads of energy. If you go to watch them I promise you won’t leave until the very end of their set.
Emily Eavis, Glastonbury Festival

APPEARING ON Saturday, November 19th, 2011

The Loose Kites [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Greg Fenton

Hometown heroes the loose kites come at you all guns a’blazin’ at their favourite Chester venue, Telfords Warehouse for a very special gig on Saturday November 19th.

Not only will they provide you with all their hits, new songs, and trademark banter, but the guys will also be raffling a signed Farida acoustic guitar. The proceeds from the raffle will be given to chaaaarity. Dig deep, and rock on.

The kites are truly one of Chester’s very best live bands, so be prepared to throw off your cares and worries, and smile the night away.



The five-headed, ten-legged monster should include Si, Jai, Oli, Mike and Josh, but you never know what might befall our heroes, in the line of duty. They’re even promising to bring Dom and Merlin on strings and brass respectively – so the monster has more heads and legs! Whilst their influences include Crosby, Stills & Nash and Simon & Garfunkel, they are guaranteed to bring something fresh and exciting to all of their performances.

Here they are then, the loose kites, your new favourite underground band.

APPEARING ON Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Open Mic Session With The Rusty Cadillacs [+]

Free Entry

Tom Durkin & The Rusty Cadillacs are a band that express contemporary ideas through the traditional music forms of both Folk and Country. The Bangor and Chester based band, Ramble around the country and the North of Wales, playing unique and entertaining shows no matter how small or big the venue may be.

Influence by great American artists and songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Tom Durkin tries hard to be as honest and as socially accurate as possible in his lyrics.

Some come on down and join them on the Telford’s stage at Chester’s longest running open mic session.

APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog & Georgia Ruth [+]

Tuesday November 22nd

£4 Entry (Free NUS)

It’s going to be a lovely, intimate affair with folkish vinyl crackling in the background, lots of candles, many friendly faces. If there is an appetite for early week, beautiful sounds in Chester, then we’ll definitely do more of these. But an appreciative audience is key… which is where you excellent folk come in.

Please make a note of the date in your diary. It’s going to be a real antidote to the winter chill and the world’s troubles and I’d love you to be able to come along.

It’s a mere £4 to get in (free with NUS card) – but don’t let that intimate that these are anything other than the highest quality artists. Both Georgia and Cowbois have graced the prominent stages at Green Man and Glastonbury, and earned airplay at the very highest level. I’m very much looking forward to seeing you there.



Growing up in west Wales, Georgia Ruth Williams became accustomed to sea mists, strange sounds and the melancholy beauty of the Anne Briggs, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell songs found in her mother’s record collection.

Quickly gathering support for her hybrid of folk and blues, she appeared both at Glastonbury and SWN Fesival (curated by Huw Stephens) and recorded a session at Maida Vale which was played by Bethan Elfyn on her Radio 1 in Wales show. In 2010 she appeared at Greenman (and was interviewed by comedian Josie Long for Radio 1) and at HMV’s Next Big Thing series (opening for Sweet Billy Pilgrim, after lead singer Tim Elsenburg declared himself a fan). She opened for Seth Lakeman at some of his UK Summer dates last year, and supported Damien Jurado at his September show in Cardiff’s The Globe. She played at the Union Chapel in July 2011 for Arctic Circle’s Daylight Music show.

Now aged 23, with a harp, an assortment of reed organs and an unfailingly haunting voice, Georgia presents a new collection of songs which recall those early inherited sounds to startling effect. Recorded by David Wrench (Everything Everything, James Yorkston, Bat for Lashes) in the stillness of Snowdonia’s Bryn Derwen studios in January 2011, these four original songs feature Georgia on vocals, harp, piano, rhodes and organs; Pete Richardson (of Y Niwl) on drums; Pete Walton on double bass and fiddle; and David Wrench on vibraphones.

Georgia’s version of old Appalachian song, ‘Old Blue’, was recently featured as MPFree of the Day on the Lauren Laverne 6 Music Morning Show.

Georgia presents a regular late-night music show on BBC Radio Cymru.

“Georgia is one of the most prodigious talents to grace my airwaves: beautifully arranged, transcendent songs that beat with a raw, yearning heart.” Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

“Beautiful love-lorn tunes” Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“The first time we heard ‘Ocean’ we had to stop what we were doing, sit down and listen over and over; we were utterly spellbound. [Her] beguiling music hook-grabbed us immediately. And it’s not only Ocean that is completely intoxicating – [..] the magical Anna has a gorgeous soothing and melancholy quality – we could imagine it being used as the backdrop to the sad lonely moment in a movie.” Breaking New Waves blog

“I saw her perform with Lucy Rose where she was pretty magnificent, highlighting a stunning live performance with her exceptional voice..” Just Music That I Like blog



Imagine if the Beach Boys if they weren’t from California or maybe if Phoenix weren’t the cool French kids from Versailles. There’s something comforting in the knowledge that Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog hail from a tiny village amid the rolling countryside of the Llyn peninsula, Wales. Rhos Botwnnog commons in north-west Wales to be exact.

‘…countrified Celticism, and done very nicely indeed’ – Sound on Sound

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog play a mixture of country, folk and rock influenced by their parents’ Neil Young and Gram Parsons records and the old Welsh folk songs they grew up with. The band re-entered the studio in September 2010 with engineer/producer David Wrench for the recording of their second album Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn. The recruitment of friends and local musicians Euron Jones, Branwen Williams and Llyr Pari helped to flesh out the band’s sound and allowed them to record most of the album in live takes rather than relying on overdubs. The resulting album is released via the Sbrigyn Ymborth label.

They are young – at least they look young – which can’t be a bad thing when they produce a sound so independent and divorced from music lazily being made by a lot of other new groups. Lead singer Iwan, beneath a head of thick curls, resembles a Welsh Dylan, and his almost-there voice carries the songs in spite of its delicacy.

‘Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog are true superstars of the future’ – Glasswerk

Brothers Aled (25), Dafydd (22) and Iwan (21) formed the band in 2005 when Aled and Dafydd, the rhythm section from welsh heavy-rock band Eryr, decided to flesh out the songs that Iwan had been writing and recording in his bedroom on an old 4-track cassette recorder. Quickly gaining a local following through live shows, television appearances and radio plays they released their debut album Dawns y Trychfilod in 2007 on the Sbrigyn Ymborth label. An eclectic collection of songs, ranging from lo-fi country, punk, minimal French pop and rock & roll, the album stayed at the number 1 slot of the Welsh music charts for numerous weeks. Following this release the band set out on a headlining tour across Wales and began playing welsh festivals such as the Eisteddfod’s Maes-B and Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau.

2008 saw the band released the Paid â Deud single with Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn, a reworking of an old Welsh folk song recorded in the local tavern, and featuring local pedal-steel guitar player Euron Jones. The band continued to play live shows and work on material for a new LP. In 2009 Llyr Pari of Jen Jeniro joined as an additional guitarist to help with new material and the same year saw them playing on the main stage at the Wakestock festival.

APPEARING ON Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Dance Classes

APPEARING ON Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Rusty Mahones Big Birthday Boll**ks [+]

Thursday 24th November – Free Entry

Having missed last years Christmas party, Rusty has decided that this year he will instead mark his birthday.
He’s going to do it in the only way he knows how. With beer, music and possibly Cheese.

Musically you’ll be getting ‘The Friday Busking club’ ‘Full House’ and Rusty himself plus some possible surprises.

‘The Friday Busking Club’ are one half of Chesters biggest drinking band and folk rock dinosaurs, ‘The Family Mahone’ who have played the likes of Cambridge, Glastonbury and Loddington village hall.

‘Full House’ are a Cestrian folk band who’s sparkling arrangements of traditional and self penned material have enlivened dance floors from Kent to Edinburgh.

Rusty is an accordion player, beer drinker and a singer who has been playing music in a hopeless attempt to clear his bar tab since 1980. In 1981, with his then band ‘Aunt Thelma’s Candlelight Orchestra’ he helped to raise nearly £50.00 by busking in the local pubs. The money was raised to ease the plight of poor under-age drinkers in the Northamptonshire Ghetto, and as the band were still all 17 they put it to good use the following evening.

You’ll get rollocking jigs, rousing choruses, and I doubt we’ll be able to avoid ‘happy birthday’ at midnight.

There might be balloons, there is a possibility of cake and an outside chance of a commemorative beer.

It’s free to get in and promises to be one hell of an evening- bollocks and all!

APPEARING ON Friday, November 25th, 2011

Fly With Vampires [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

Thumping drums, jangling guitars, beautiful harmonies, its Indie but not as we know it Jim. The fantastic Flying With Vampires are coming to Telfords Warehouse to uplift and enspire with their unique musical magic mixing arcade fire vocals with a futureheads drive.

APPEARING ON Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Funkdub 7th Birthday – Yes Sir Boss AND More Like Trees [+]

Yes Sir Boss and More Like Trees

Yes Sir Boss & More Like Trees

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Chester’s premier live music promoters, Funkdub has assembled TWO critically acclaimed young bands, Yes Sir Boss and More Like Trees to celebrate its landmark SEVENTH birthday party at Telford’s Warehouse on Saturday, 26th November.

Bristol-based headliners, Yes Sir Boss, have recently been signed to Joss Stone’s new label, and will release their debut album, Desperation State in early 2012.

Their truly original reggae sound is created from a multitude of worldly musical and cultural influences. A heavy blend of horn led hooks, offbeat rhythms and epic riffs provide the perfect backing for the seductively expressive and husky vocals of front man Matt Sellors.

Yes Sir Boss have completed a summer of touring, appearing at Glastonbury, Bestival, and Green Man with the legendary Chai Wallahs crew. With a live radio session recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios set already under their belt, get down to see Yes Sir Boss before they hit the mainstream.

Joining them for the anniversary event will be More Like Trees, the ridiculously talented band formed from the ashes of Chester favourites Fran & Josh.

Headed up by Josh Whitehouse, the band makes sounds, beats and rhythms that simply shouldn’t be possible with just a guitar, double bass and percussion. Their truly unique sound comprises drum and bass, flamenco, hip-hop and gypsy flavours.

In recent years, the Funkdub brand has brought Chester some of its most memorable music events ever. Barnstorming appearances from The Dub Pistols, Gentleman’ Dub Club, Greg Wilson, Pama International, Max Sedgely & The Shoots, Yes King, Little Barrie and Keb Darge have become legend, and this seventh birthday celebration promises to eclipse even them.

Both acts will be supported by resident Funkdub DJs, 3DJ and G-Kush, smashing up the decks with their captivating vinyl mastery.

Funkdub Live Presents Yes Sir Boss and More Like Trees will be on Saturday, 26th November at Telford’s Warehouse. Tickets are priced at just £4 on the door / FREE before 9pm.


APPEARING ON Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Open Mic Session With The Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry

With Special Guest


Meilir Rhun ap Tomos, born 27 February 1981, from the small town of Caerwys, North Wales. As a young person Meilir was encouraged to play music & achieved success in Wales as a singer at various Eisteddfod Festivals.

Aiming to create interesting melody driven songs with experimental elements, Meilir recorded his debut EP, the bilingual Welsh titled “Bydd Wych”. The title comes from an ancient Welsh battle cry of hope that translates it’s meaning as Be Great or Be as good as you can. Released in 2009 to very enthusiastic reviews, it sold out in a matter of months.

Meilir has just completed work on his eagerly awaited second Ep to be titled Cellar Songs. Working again with producer Charlie Francis, it is a collection of six carefully crafted songs that were written in the small studio in the cellar of Meilir’s home. Cellar Songs was officially released on the 21st February 2011.

APPEARING ON Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Dance Classes