New music venue has strict rules on creation of sound

Landlord Mark Cutter outside The Juke Joint
Landlord Mark Cutter outside The Juke Joint

A brand new music venue has opened in Lancaster, with strict policies on live and recorded music.

The Juke Joint opened in the former Lord Ashton pub in North Road last week, with a music concept stipulating live music has to be acoustic, and recorded music must be on vinyl.

Landlord Mark Cutter, who also runs The Robert Gillow in King Street, and The Bottle Shop in Sun Street, said customers will be able to bring their own vinyl and play it on the record player on the bar.

He said: “We are putting together a fantastic programme of acoustic music and vinyl djing for the coming months.

“We also have a number of poetry and theatre nights planned, so watch out for unusual performances arranged by directors/artists like Leo Burtin, Jenny Gaskell, Gareth Cutter and Steve Pottinger in the not too distant future.

“The site will be changing and evolving over the next few weeks including exhibitions, new products, the reopening of the back yard, a coffee machine, new furniture and who knows what else!”

According to Wikipedia, a juke joint - or jook joint - is the vernacular term for an informal establishment featuring music, dancing, gambling, and drinking - primarily operated by African American people in the southeastern United States.

The term “juke” is believed to derive from the Gullah word joog, meaning rowdy or disorderly. An alternative etymology of the word Juke, which native Southerners always pronounce “JUK”, is the Irish Gaelic word “deoch” pronounced “JUK”, and meaning “a drink”.

The bar will be opening from Wednesday through to Sunday from 5pm until midnight.

On Saturday, February 21, The Juke Joint will host The Bootstraps for an acoustic gig of rockabilly, blues and skiffle sounds. Before, during and after the gig (which starts at 9pm) customers and staff will be spinning appropriately themed vinyl on the bar top record player.