Lil Jimmy Reed

Lil Jimmy Reed & The 'A' Team have presented a series of show-stopping performances over the last 12 years around Europe and North America. Now he is bringing his Louisiana Blues sound to Luton!

Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes including interval


Lil Jimmy Reed

Down-home Louisiana blues had a massive impact on 20th century music and profoundly influenced world famous groups such as The Rolling Stones. Lil' Jimmy Reed, the last of his pioneer generation, epitomises the classic Louisiana tradition. A true blues legend, as anyone who has been privileged to hear his stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica will tell you, Lil' Jimmy Reed was born in a shot-gun shack in Hardwood, LA, a small saw-mill town on the Mississippi River. His home overlooked a club where every night the blues came wailing across the street. Too young to go in, he peeked round the door at Lightnin' Slim, Slim Harpo and all the other blues celebrities passing through. As a teenager, his father gave him his first guitar, and he was soon backing another of his heroes, Silas Hogan, in the clubs around Baton Rouge. Filling-in one night for indisposed blues superstar Jimmy Reed earned him the sobriquet Lil' Jimmy Reed and started him on the long path to success.

After years of playing small clubs and taverns throughout the South, Lil' Jimmy took time out to serve a term in the military. Since returning to civilian life his career has blossomed. He has won many awards, enjoyed huge recording success, shared the stage with blues nobility B. B. King, Buddy Guy and Bobby 'Blue' Bland and head-lined festivals all over the world. His legion of fans flock to his live shows, recognizing that it is the last opportunity to hear the raw, unadulterated sound of authentic Louisiana blues.


Is this a standing or seated event?

This will be an allocated seating gig. Please contact the venue on 01582 878100 should you have any accessibility needs.

Does the venue have accessible facilities?

The performance space is on the ground floor and is fully accessible to all. Accessible toilets are also located near the space.

Is there parking available at the venue?

Situated in the heart of the cultural quarter, the Hat Factory is a stone’s throw from Luton’s mainline train station and bus interchange. If you are planning to drive to the event please find below a list of the closest car parks to our venue:

Midland Road Station Car Park, Station Road, Luton LU2 0HR - £2.90 to £3.90 depending on day and time

The Mall Central Car Park, John St, Luton LU1 2JE - £1.10 after 6pm

The Mall Market Car Park, Melson Street, Luton LU1 2JX - £1.00 after 6pm

Power Court, 26 Power Court, Luton LU1 3L J - £0.80 after 6pm

Library Road Car Park, Library Road, Luton LU1 2NG – Up to £3.50 for 3 hours

Each car park is a 2-5 minute walk from our venue and are open 24 hours.

Is cash accepted as a form of payment?

At The Hat Factory we are a cashless venue. Therefore, we kindly request that all payments made at the box office and cafe be via electronic methods. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

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