What started three years ago as a way to raise funds for an under-resourced junior marching band is about to take over the Hallam University Hubs Building Club Room for its biggest event to date.
Saltstock Festival was the brainchild of James Salt – musician, family man and chair of governors of Concord All Stars, an inspirational community-based marching band that has helped provide access to music for scores of the city’s young people since it was formed in 1984.
Everly Pregnant Brothers’ frontman Shaun Doane is set to compare the five-hour long extravaganza which provides an eclectic array of family-friendly artists and is set to climax with a joint mass performance that includes the Concord All Stars junior marching band themselves in a Fleetwood Mac extravaganza, not to be missed.
Saltstock Festival includes renowned Sheffield 20-piece party band Tin Soldiers.
The act – which includes James Salt on drums – will be attempting to surpass their record breaking 2018 which included two shows at Tramlines and headlining a stage at the renowned Y Not Festival..
The band consist of 18 horns, electric bass and drums, and performs tracks by the likes of Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The White Stripes, Wild Cherry, Herbie Hancock and others.
They will also be joined by James Salt’s dad – local jazz legend Ralph Salt. He will be performing a set of swing jazz with popular crooner Alfie Ryan.
Ralph Salt has been a professional jazz pianist since 1967, he was inspired after seeing Liberace perform at Sheffield City Hall ten years earlier.
As a teen, Ralph became obsessed with modern jazz, seeing many of his idols, including Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Erroll Garner, and Keith Jarrett.
Former Voice contestant Sam O’Hara will also be performing with his band The Soul Battalion for a night to remember.
Other acts on the Saltstock bill are:
- Elevation Avenue: an infectious soul, funk, pop and rock covers band
- Bluesmouse and the House Rats: a seven piece blues and rockerbilly act
- Riker: A renowned four-piece, Sheffield-based rock band.
- The Azenas – A young 3-piece up and coming Indie Pop and Rock ‘n’ Roll band.
All profits will be split between two chosen childrens’ charities: Concord All Stars Junior Marching Band and PACT Sheffield.
James Salt said: “It has been wonderful to see this event grow and develop over the past three years. Our original aim was to provide a family friendly music festival that children could attend with their parents. We’ve tried to keep it affordable and raise the maximum amount for charity. We’ve received fantastic support from our amazing roster of musicians.”
Saltstock takes place on Saturday, April 13th in the Club Room of Hallam University Hubs Building, 6 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2QQ.
£10 Adults (Over 16)