Rudi’s Blues

Rudi Blues

Rudi's Blues grew out of the Blues Venue, Rudi's Blues Cafe, or Rudi’s Blues which opened in 2008 and is now sadly missed.  Over 200 major acts (and hundreds of local bands) played there in only 2 years and the venue attracted a big following not only through the fans but also the bands. In the last ten years, Rudi and Joe with help from many friends, have presented over 1,000 acts.

See the quote from Mark Feltham of Nine Below Zero (on his blog) – “Ok, onwards and upwards and the new RUDIS blues club in Rotherham, a town where I cant recall ever having been before; I dare say someone out there will say I was there in 78 or so??

Anyway, RUDIS blues club was a complete shock to me for as I went down the stairs I was confronted with a magnificent new club; very similar to the clubs we played in the US. Rudi has done a fantastic job in bringing blues artists into the town and we all thought that the club was up there amongst the best in Europe. We had a great show there and thank the lovely welcome we received too.”

Rudi and Joe have promoted acts since the early 1990’s at events such as ‘Music In The Sun’ which attracted 45,000 in 1997, ‘Oakwood Beer Festival’  which has raised enormous amounts of money for local children’s charities, and Rudi's JAM nights, now in our 8th year.

While our aim is to promote live music for the benefit of the fans and the bands, we also raise funds for local causes such as Rotherham Hospice, Bluebell Wood and Weston Park Cancer Charity, through Brave New Arts Events Ltd, a not for profit organisation. If you think we can help you with your event, contact us.

South Yorkshire, and Rotherham in particular have many quality bands that play either class rock, blues or are tribute bands.



Below are listed many but not all of the bands who have appeared at our venues or events so far; (click to go to their site).


Aynsley Lister Blueflies - Miles Gilderdale Bluesville
Blue Rock Crosscut Saw The Brew
Chantel McGregor Chicken Legs Weaver Chris Farlowe
Connie Lush Danny Bryant's Redeye Band Dr Blue
Dr Feelgood Eddie & the Hotrods Egypt
Fade2Black Frank White Band The Hamsters
Hummingbirds Blues Band Ian Siegal Juicy Lucy
Les Wilson & the Mighty Houserockers Maggie & the Blue Magnetos Mojo
The Mustangs Nine Below Zero Oli Brown
Phil Brodie Band Paul Lamb & the Kingsnakes Robin Hoare Band
Rollo Markee & the Tailshakers Sean Walsh Band Simon Kirke & Larry Oakes
Steve French Band Steve Fulsham Band Tantrum
  The Stumble  


Taylor Maid, Tim Cleverly Band, Steve Milton Band, Steve Gascoigne Band, The Unforgiven, Sean Walsh Band (Holland), Stan Williams, Steve French band, The Letter, The Brew, Green Mac, Chicken Feed, Rachel Stevens, Black Toad, Crosscut Saw, Phil Brodie Band, Maggie & The Blue Magnetos, The Call, Fade2Black, Tantrum, Robin Hoare Band, Gemma Trussler, The Lanterns, Landslide, Mahogany Newt, Junkyard Dog, Richard Farthing,Steve Fulsham Band, The Hummingbirds, Frank White Band, Dave Arcari, Dr Blue, Moores Blues, Stoned Angels, The Blueflies, Les Wilson & The Mighty Houserockers, Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers, Drum Clinic - Russ Miller, Vinnies Vice, Mojo, BB Blackdog, Blues Shelter, Steve White Band, Bluesville, Sneakin Suspicion, Blues Burlesque, Raw Gallagher, Cold Flame, Juicy Lucy, Rock & Roll Outlaws, Welsh T Band, Searching For Sylvia, Adrian Byron Burns, Grey Cooper Love Party, The Craze, The Mandates, Junction 31, Odyseus Blues, Dani Wilde, Bob Humphfries, Karen Mulcahey Band, Crucible Rock, The Original Achtung Baby, Tittytwisters, Storm Warning, Dave Jackson Band, Mick Rutherford Band, Vince Ray & The Boneshakers, Twin Lizzy, David Bowee, Sighted, Dr a & King Rollo, Janek Gwizdala Project with Coco Meyer, Larry Miller, Dreamgirl, Phil Murray & The Boys From Bury, Cliff Stockers Legendary Slack Alice, Sons Of El Roacho, Mark Williams, Time Machine. Stormbringer, Alvarez Kings, Dirty Dylan, Rawmarsh Mashers, Gunslinger, Foreigners Journey, The Jones, Howard Smith & The Ravers, UK Subs, Ruf and Ready Band, The Elevators, Tyburn, Poor Boy Blues, No Quarter, Graham Robinson, Monte Carlo Safecrackers. Straight Razor Angels, ZZ Eliminator, Tiger Feet, Swingamathing, 


Blues artists currently touring in the UK who appeared at the Blues Cafe.

Aynsley Lister. Website

Nine Below Zero. Website

Chris Farlowe. Website

The Hamsters. Website

Connie Lush. Website