An evening with P.R.S – BONUS GIG – Oakham 18/12/20

December 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm£8
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An evening with P.R.S - BONUS GIG - Oakham 18/12/20

When one door closes, another one opens…

So, the restrictions have meant we’ve had to cancel our December gigs in both Newark and Stamford.

But, this leaves Stray’s House Band free for a night! And Oakham is in Tier 2.

What else could we do, but arrange a final night of Jazz for what has been the most unbelievable year in the history of the world as we know it.

So, Si, Steve and Mat will be playing their favourite tunes, in their favourite way, to see the year out with a bang! Ticket holders should leave any song requests in the notes section of the cart and wherever possible, the boyz will play them for you. Expect tunes by Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, plus Amy Winehouse and more!]

About PRS.

In case you didn’t know, PRS are Stray’s House Band, meaning they get to play for all sorts of musicians. This gig sees them letting off some steam, playing their favourites…

Si Potts leads the band, from his seat behind the drums. An ex BBC session drummer, Si has played with them all – from Jamie Cullum to Stacy Kent and beyond. Coming from a musical family, Si was originally inspired by his father, who was a hugely successful trumpet player and bandleader. As such, Si’s injects the life and soul of his years of experience into every tune.

Steve Rodda has been playing jazz guitar for the best part of 40 years. A fan of both Gypsy Jazz, with his popular guitar duo, Double Take, to Alan Walker’s Decent Chaps. Influences include Birelli Lagrene and of course, Django, with hints of Matheny and John Scofield.

Mat Short is co-owner and founder of Stray’s Coffee, swapping his barista apron for a bass guitar as the ‘S’ of PRS. Originally, back in the late nineties, playing alto saxophone under the expert tutelage of Jan Kopinski and then later, studying with band leader and trumpeter Nathan Bray. Mat was inspired to play the bass on the very day his father passed away. Influenced very much by the jazz greats, Mat has a wide range of influences and these show in his playing.

Don’t forget, this is the last Friday Jazz gig of 2020 and numbers are very limited, to allow spacing as always. We’d love to see you for this final date…

Photo of jazz band
PRS logo

Our headline artists play with the Stray’s House band P.R.S. who are Si Potts (drums), Steve Rodda (geetar) and Stray’s own Mat Short (bass).



2 High Street, Oakham LE13 5AL

Doors open 6:45pm | Jazz from 7:30pm

£8 ticket


Don’t worry, you can change the quantity from your basket…

By purchasing a ticket, you’re showing your support for our continued provision of live jazz when so many venues try and fail.

Thank You!

… from the staff and musical collective at Stray’s Coffee – we couldn’t do this without you!

During the Covid-19 restrictions, we have changed the format of our events slightly.

In order to continue to offer live jazz safely, we ask you to read through these points and make sure you’re happy with them, before purchasing tickets.

We really want you to enjoy the jazz, but safety is of paramount importance.

Mat and the Stray’s Jazz Collective

We will limit the number of people/tickets at each event, based on each shop, but for indoor performances, his will typically be around 30 persons per event.
We will sell virtual tickets online to remove one layer of unnecessary contact. These will be sold on a first-come, first served basis via the website or relevant shop. Tickets will be virtual, so no physical ticket will be issued. On the night, we will greet you at the door and take you to your table. At this point, we register your attendance for Test & Trace, using your booking details.
All ticket holders will have a table for their party size and we will allocate each table. We will not allow customers to move chairs/tables around, so if you have a preference, please use the ‘notes’ section to request close, middle or rear seating when ordering tickets.
We have safety screens to provide a barrier between tables where required
We will provide table service, to remove as many queues as possible, but won’t take orders at the table, once the performance has begun. This is to limit the need for shouting over the music! To order during the performance, you will need to come to the bar/servery, where we have installed full height screens, and we will bring orders to your table when they are ready.
We will only take card/contactless payments, as we do now.
We will operate a one-way system for customers where practicable.
Musicians will be 1-2m apart and there will be 1-2m space between the band and the first row of tables. The stage area will be marked out to ensure distancing between band members.
We may limit the lineup to 4, to allow suitable space between the musicians.
We request that you wear a face mask when leaving your table to move around the building. This can be removed when ordering at the counter and of course, once you return to your table. We respectfully ask you to observe the general government guidelines regarding who you attend our events with.
We will provide a free disposable face mask for any customers who have come without one. Hand sanitiser will be available and clearly marked at various points throughout the shop.
The table layout plan is an indication of how we will ensure tables are safely spaced. The layout is likely to change, depending on the various numbers who book, so for example, a table of 6 may be shown on the plan, but we may put two tables of 2 in that space, if it is safe to do so. So the seating will be in approximately the same areas as shown, albeit in different formats to conform to our risk assessments.
We reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone who is unable to comply with our Covid Secure measures.

Our seating will be arranged as per the image below, but may differ on a table-by-table basis, dependent on individual booking numbers. Our maximum capacity will be around 30 persons, or less if safety measures require it.

Stray’s Coffee, Oakham
  • Mat Short – Oakham
  • Phone:
    01572 722507
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