Get in the zone at The Flowerpot this week

Mike Zito
Mike Zito

A bumper week of music at The Flowerpot in Derby kicks off on Friday, October 23, with an appearance by electro-dub pioneers Dreadzone.

Dreadzone are re-issuing their 2001 album Sound this autumn and have announced a UK tour running through October to December.

The band formed in 1993 when ex-Big Audio Dynamite drummer Greg Roberts teamed up with Tim Bran, with the duo soon joined by bassist Leo Williams and keyboardist Dan Donovan, also formerly of Big Audio Dynamite, completing the group’s first line-up. A festival favourite, Dreadzone opened the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 1994 and began to bring their unique blend of electro, dub and reggae to a wider audience, going on to chart seven Top 60 singles (including their Top 20 hit Little Britain) and are still going strong after 20 years.

The core members Greg Dread, original bassmaster Leo Williams, the unmistakable MC Spee, legendary reggae vocalist Earl 16 alongside Chris Compton on guitar and Bazil on technology make up the current Dreadzone live line-up.

Support on the night comes from Derby DJ Andy McAllister.

On Saturday night, the visitors to the King Street-based venue will be Who’s Next, with their tribute to The Who.

Who’s Next capture a magical point in time when many believe that The Who were the greatest rock and roll band on earth. Who’s Next’s live show aims to recreate this period in the early 1970’s with the aid of authentic stage wear and instruments.

The result is a time capsule ride back to the days of Live at Leeds, The Isle of Wight Festival, Tanglewood and the Fillmore shows. It is a must for any Who fan.

Legendary rock band Wishbone Ash make an appearance at The Flowerpot on Tuesday, October 27.

Famed for their driving twin guitar fuelled sound and still led by iconic guitarist Andy Powell, Wishbone Ash are alive and thumping.

Andy Powell, Bob Skeat, Muddy Manninen and Joe Crabtree tour the UK infrequently so this is one show you cannot afford to miss.

Finally, Mike Zito And The Wheel bring their Keep Coming Back tour to the venue on Thursday, October 29.

Texas-based, but born and raised in St. Louis, Mike grew up listening to Van Halen and Led Zeppelin and it wasn’t until later he became interested in the great bluesmen who were from and around St. Louis. He is an award winning songwriter, sizzling guitarist and producer with a killer live show.

Mike is promoting his new CD Keep Coming Back on Ruf Records, with his all-star band The Wheel: Scot Sutherland on bass, Rob Lee on drums, Jimmy Carpenter on saxophone and Lewis Stephens on keys.

Doors open for all the gigs at 8pm.

Admission is £15 for Dreadzone, £9 for Who’s Next, £16 for Wishbone Ash and £13 for Mike Zito and The Wheel.

Advance tickets are available from The Flowerpot and RAW Promotions, as well as online at www.rawpromo.co.uk