Soul/funk maestro Nathan Watson’s latest claim to fame is his cover version of the Bill Wither’s classic Lovely Day, the soundtrack to the current Haven Holidays TV advertisment.

But this Stevenage-born performer has lots more to offer, as you’d expect from someone who has clocked up a guest vocalist slot at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s for a whole year, featured in urban music charts and – together with his band The Freakanomics – support such luminaries as Mica Paris, The Three Degrees, Alexander O’Neal, Candi Staton and Incognito.

You may have caught him on the main stage at last year’s Rhythms of the World festival at Hitchin Priory, and on Saturday night he’s back in town at Club 85.

The Freakanomics will be at the Whinbush Road venue to preview tracks from his forthcoming album.

Support comes from Bedfordshire funk rockers Indi & The Vegas as well as North Herts singer/songwriter Roxy Searle, recently seen at the Brickfest weekend at the town’s Bricklayers Arms pub.

Promoter Roger King said: “A Nathan Watson show is always a special occasion.

“The guy is a genuine locally grown star, he’s got great songs with a great voice and real charisma, and musically he covers such a wide range of music from soul, funk and reggae to pop and more progressive rock.

“There are usually a few choice covers, but personally I can’t wait to hear some of the new songs that are set to feature on the forthcoming album.”

Tickets are £6 in advance from or £8 on the night. Doors to the Whinbush Road venue open at 7.45pm and the musical entertainment kicks off from 8.15pm.

Click here to find out more about what’s on the bill at Club 85