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The Secret Shoecase Presents… HNTR & Ben Barritt

29 Jul

This month at Floripa I am delighted to welcome two superb acts to The Secret Showcase Presents stage.

HNTR & Ben Barritt

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HNTR –

“Born out of a small town in Basildon, Essex, HNTR are a newly established act that formed in 2013. The band comprises Lee Almeroth on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Glen Clothier on Guitar, Jack Pike on Guitar and Keys, Luie Dransfield on Drums and Matt Scates on Bass.

HNTR has spent relentless hours writing music and developing their popular style of modern indie folk. The band draws influence from a range of different acts most notably Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons and Bombay Bicycle Club. Their blend of ambient guitars and vocal harmonies propel the listener into anthemic state of euphoria.

Since their formation, HNTR have performed many gigs around the UK and built up a huge following online. The band recently performed at Upton Fab Festival and are set to take stage at this years Brownstock Festival, out of eight hundred bands they were one of three that was chosen to play.

Their new single is a Double A-Side of the songs Paradise and Bohannon. Mixed and produced by Ollie Girvan, it has a release date set for July, their début album will be launched in August 2014.”

Ben Barritt –

Ben Barritt is a singer-songwriter who also plays guitar for other people. A year ago he relocated from London to Berlin and, having released his first EP ‘Sundial’, feels he’s earned the right to talk about himself in the 3rd person. He writes lyric-driven songs which blend Folk, Jazz and R&B- full of surprising changes of mood but with melody at their core. He plays with some of the best musicians in both cities but is often seen wandering alone with an acoustic. In 2014 he has already wandered through Germany, UK, Czech Republic, The Phillipines, Hong Kong, Italy, Russia and the US

Show starts at 8.30

Floripa London will be open from 5 with happy hour from 5-7 and special offer – Buy two steak dinners get a bottle of house wine free.

Free entry all night.

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The Secret Showcase Presents… Matilda Gratte.

23 Jun

On the 25th June we are delighted to present the very talented Matilda Gratte.

Matilda Gratte is a 19 years old singer-songwriter, currently based in London. Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden.

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After seeing Matilda play at Spiritual Caipirinha Bar for Spiritual Sessions, blowing everyone minds with a voice that belies her years and song craft you wouldn’t expect from a first glance. We learned that Matilda has a natural gift of being able to capture experiences and emotion and share them beautifully, and perfectly through song!

The delicate and heartfelt stories that are weaved upon an unsuspecting audience are perfectly contradicted by the strength in the voice that tells them!

Perfection if you ask me!

Matilda will be on stage at 8pm sharp. The venue will be open from 5 with happy hour from 5-7.

The Secret Showcase Presents… Black Train

27 May

So, with all the bank holiday delights and frolics out the way we’ve got yet more fun in store for you. Were delighted to announce an outstanding newcomer to The Secret Showcase Presents… Stage. We are getting our blues on this Wednesday at Floripa, to The Black Train Blues Band.

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Black Train started casually many years ago when Joseph Miller and Teo Treska met in college. After realising they had a very similar taste in music they decided they worked together rather well, thus Black Train was born. Over the years the duo has gradually become more serious and recently incorporated band members Enzo Strano and Adriano Siani to pull together a full band.

Black Train’s music is eclectic and draws on a variety of influences, but is best described as a mixture of blues, folk and roots music, with a strong penchant for the blues.

Doors are at 5 with Happy hour at 5-7.

Special offer buy two steak meals and get a bottle of house wine free.

After the live music, Samantha Pink Panther will take to the decks to spin some moody blues.

Free entry all night.

See you all tomorrow.

The Secret Showcase Presents… Oh! Gun Quit at Floripa.

27 Apr

After Seeing Oh! Gun Quit perform on the big stage last summer we are more than excited to tell you that you are most certainly in for a treat this Wednesday! We will be getting our freak on to the glorious sound and visual spectacle that are… Oh! Gun Quit.

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Oh! Gunquit are a London based Rumble Bop Trash Blitz Voodoo band who concoct a brew of Surf, Exotica, Garagepunk, and Twisted Freak-a-Billy. Their unique show is a blur of Horns, Hula Hoops, and rock ‘n’ roll fun. Lead Singer Tina Bopper bawls, grinds, and plays trumpet with added Hula like a tranced out she-devil, Simonte twangs guitar & growls with glorious abandon, Dr Zoom blasts his honking sax & doubles on bass, and Tico-Tico rumbles the voodoo toms toms,They formed the band around the idea of creating a new brew of 50’s R&B, 60’s Psych/Garage, & 70’s Punk music into something fresh and vibrant. They are named in part to a town in Maine US which was an Artists Colony in the 1800’s originally coined by the Abenaki Indians and also named in part to the idea of all guns quitting. With songs about Peeping Toms, She-Wolfs, & Cindy’s Tiger, they urge you to escape and join them on a cool ride to anywhere

They have released two 7″ singles through Rough Trade which have had much play on BBC 6 and 2nd single being ‘single of the week’ in Artrocker. Live the band have played at many events/festivals all over UK and in Europe including Field Day, Offset, Hop Farm, and Farm Festivals. Also shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Belgium, & a tour of Portugal. Recently supporting King Khan and Andrew Weatherall at a sold out XOYO & have a residency at the Blues Kitchen (Camden), gigs with Dirty Water Records, and very recently played the after party for the Winter Shuffle Film Festival with Jarvis Cocker & Nicholas Roeg. Their track ‘Bad Bad Milk’ has recently been featured & released in Japan on a compilation of UK garage rock ‘n’ roll bands and OGQ this year also recorded a live session on the legendary Resonance FM radio station. The band are currently booked at East London studios Gizzard to record their 1st Album starting in Feb 2014.

Oh! Gunquit are that rare breed of band that make you want to dance, just as they’ve barely begun to play: tribal tom toms beat wildly, fingers snap, guitars twang while high-spirited vocals bawl and purr across each song with attitude. One listen and you’re transported into a world of B-movies, grindhouse, killers and adventuring.

After the Band have finished Samantha Pink Panther will take to the decks to play an ever eclectic bag of 45s

All This for FREE!

Doors Open at 5. Come early if you want to secure a table and take advantage of Happy Hour 5-7.  91-93 Great Eastern Street EC2A 3HZ.

Wednesday Special food offer: Buy Two Steak Meals and get a bottle of hour wine Free!

Here is what we are looking forward to… Dare you not to nod your head and slap your leg!

The Secret Showcase Presents… The Draytones at Floripa 26/03/2014

19 Mar

 

We are incredibly excited and delighted to have the Draytones back to grace our stage once again after being the first band to play for us almost 5 years ago and boy have they been busy since then.Floripa Poster processed 2 Low Res

The Draytones are an English four piece psychedelic/garage rock group formed in London in 2006 currently lined up by two Argentinian members Gabriel Boccazzi (guitar and lead vocals) and Pablo Scopinaro (bass and backing vocals) and two English musicians Andy Pickering (organs, rhythm guitars and backing vocals) and drummer Steve Dawson.

That same year, with only a handful of songs and three gigs under their belts they signed a record deal with 1965 Records, a new joint venture label between Sony BMG and former Rough Trader A&R executive James Endeacott, becoming label mates with No.1 artists The View.

2007 saw the release of The Draytones 1st single, a limited edition 7” vinyl called “Keep Loving Me” as well as the bands debut 6 Track EP entitled “Forever On” recorded with Stan Kybert (Oasis, Verve, Bjork). The single was Radio 1’s Zane Lowe’s ‘Fresh Meat’ single of the week and was the most played track of the year on Radio 2 legend Bob Harris’ show. It was subsequently snapped up by MTV, Topshop TV, Tony and Guy TV, Celtic Football Club, Channel 4 drama “Skins” and the video game “Shaun White Snowboarding” to name but a few.

The band made the cover of both Mojo (The Best British bands 2007) and NME magazines with cover-mount CD’s bringing their music into the hands of thousands worldwide.

They toured throughout the year playing many headline shows as well as support slots with Little Man Tate, The Dead 60’s, The Hoosiers, The View and many others. They headlined the Thursday night at Glastonbury as well as several further festival appearances in UK, Spain and a final triumphant Summer Sonic festival appearance which made network television in Japan.

In 2008 the band returned to the studio with Stan Kybert to release their debut LP “Up In My Head”. Single “Turn It Down” received national radio play including including heavy coverage and a live sessions from Radio 2’s Radcliffe and Marconie’s and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson to name but a few.

The release caught the imagination of Paul Weller, who invited the band to support his 2008 summer UK tour playing all main venues of the likes of The Empress Ballroom (Blackpool) and Hammersmith Apollo. This coincided with the band’s own tours and festival spots in UK, France, Spain and finally to Argentina on the back of the Sony Argentina release of the album in South America.

Having caught the attention of national radio and MTV Latin America the band secured a five week tour of Argentina, including their now historic tour of The Falkland Islands – becoming the first ever Anglo-Argentine band to do so. The tour caught the attention of the media worldwide, including several major South American news networks and a feature on Argentine evening news seen by over 15 million people.

In 2012 The Draytones decided to self release their new album “Today’s Memories” recorded at the legendary Sawmills Studio in Cornwall and produced once again by Stan Kybert. Creating for this purpose their own label Forever On Records to fund and push the release.
Summer same year, Strawberry Fields Festival invites the band to perform on the main stage to support The Charlatans.

By the end of 2012 The Draytones see two of the founder members leaving, Gabriel Boccazzi together with Andy Pickering keep heads up writing new material, and convocated Steve Dawson on the drums and Pablo Scopinaro on the bass guitar and backing vocals.
2013 started with the make of new material and the new line up great come back gig at the legendary 100 Club in London with the premier of brand new set list and of course some of their catalogue most celebrated.

Come along and celebrate the Draytones Adventures with us for a special free mid week party

After the live entertainment TSSP. Resident DJ Samantha Pink Panther and friends will spin the very best vinyl.

As always Floripa have a great selection of cocktails on offer during happy hour between 5-7 and you can also sample Floripa’s new Brazilian influenced menu with mouth watering dishes perfect for sharing.

Doors at 5.00
Free Entry – Come early to avoid queues and to secure a table.

91 -93 Great Eastern St. EC2A 3HZ

The Big Pancake Party – Thank you!

17 Mar

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At the beginning of this month we hosted a Pancake Party in association with Home Spun Sessions to help raise funds for The Big Issue Foundation.

This post is to thank all involved and to let you all know that we raised £187.50 which is almost the average cost of an outcome for a big issue  vendor and so could help move someone on into housing, support them to get into college or employment. It’s only a small amount raised but to think that having such an enjoyable night because of time, money and talent donated by those in a position to do so could help turn a life around, makes it very special indeed.

 

I would like to thank Nic Hilman and Moira Hornik and Ram (The Floripa Chef) for there pancake cooking expertise and Sainsburys in Whitechaple (1 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E1 5SD) and The Co-op (Old Street 185 Old St, London EC1V 9NP) who both donated £10 towards the ingredients used to make the pancakes. Thank you to Whom By Fire and Severed Limb who both gave merchandise towards the raffle and played blinding sets for our entertainment for the night and Simon Landin of Home Spun Sessions who, played some amazing vinyl and made sure as ever that the sound was spot on.  Thank you also to Floripa and all the staff.

And lastly, Thank you to you all who came and supported the cause. We had tremendous fun! We’ll be doing it all again next year.

 

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The Secret Showcase Presents… The Dirty Gentlemen at Floripa

21 Feb
The Secret Showcase Presents… is delighted to announce that on Wednesday the 26th of February we will be hosting a show with The Dirty Gentlemen at Floripa and boy we can’t wait!

Do Not miss out on this FREE amazing mid week party.

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The 9 piece Dirty Gentlemen orchestra is providing a fight back for the old school standing defiant against the ‘autotune industry’. They have spent their first few years together playing Swamp Pop, Soul and New Orleans Rhythm and Blues and are now conjuring up their own rhythms in any way, shape or form that feels right.

Guitarist and singer George Elliot discovered his passion for the music of New Orleans whilst recording in the swamps of Louisiana with band ‘Scoundrels’. Here he got to meet and work with some of the pioneers of the genre and got the chance to soak up the sounds and rhythms of the bayou. On his return to london he realised the sounds that he fell in love with in the swamps were missing. Gathering together a combination of old bandmates from school and other talented blues loving musicians from london blues hub, ‘Ain’t nothing but the blues bar’, Dirty Gentlemen emerged out of the urban swamp and ploughed on with front room party style gigs.

They have now moved into a warehouse in the depths of north-east London where they are building their HQ and recording studio so that they can play from dawn till dusk. With a combination of gritty guitar, growling Hammonds, punching horns, kicking drums and bass, and heartfelt vocals from George as well as the formidable Phil Hughes, Dirty Gentlemen have had an amazing year and a half of bringing this music to the ears of young and old music lovers who can’t help but feel good, stomp their feet and keep coming back for more deep fried music.


After the live entertainment TSSP. Resident DJ Samantha Pink Panther will spin the very best Jazz and Rhythm & Blues 45s

Fancy a treat? Floripa have a great selection of cocktails on offer during happy hour between 5-7 and you can also sample Floripa’s brand new Brazilian influenced menu with mouth watering dishes perfect for sharing.

Doors at 5.00
Free Entry – Come early to avoid queues and to secure a table.

91 -93 Great Eastern St. EC2A 3HZ

The Secret Showcase Presents… Franky And The Jacks ‘Yes We Do’ EP Launch

22 Jan
The Secret Showcase Presents… are delighted to announce that on Tuesday the 28th of January we will be having a party to celebrate the official launch of Franky and the Jacks EP “Yes We Do”

Expect raucous rhythms and frenzied crazy shapes when you get down to cut a rug with fun time Franky and The Jacks at Floripa.

 

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Set within the walls of the wailing harmonica and the screeching fiddle, the sometimes dark and often caustic lyrics belie the foot stomping swing of the double bass and guitar. Here is where comedy and tragedy meet head to head to deliver a full spirited testament to Franky and the Jacks’ one and only mantra …“Make ‘em dance”

You can expect this and more…

So there you have it, Don your BEST dancing shoes!

After the live entertainment TSSP Resident DJ Samantha Pink Panther will spin the very best Jazz and Rhythm & Blues 45s

As if that wasn’t enough info to take in Floripa have a great selection of cocktails on offer during happy hour between 5-7 and you can also sample Floripa’s brand new Brazilian influenced menu with mouth watering dishes perfect for sharing.

Doors at 5.00
Free Entry – Come early to avoid queues and to secure a table.

91 -93 Great Eastern St. EC2A 3HZ

The Secret Showcase Proudly Presents… The Golden Boys Christmas Special at Floripa

3 Dec
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The Secret Showcase Presents team are please to announce the return of the Golden Boys for a Christmas special.

Expect Irresistible disco grooves, heart-wrenching bossa ballads, immaculate song craft and seemingly impossible commitment and energy. Add to the mix eight gold sequinned jackets, some skin-tight gold leggings and a never-say-no attitude and you have something resembling the Golden Boys.

The Golden Boys, originally a 4 piece, have been bringing verve and exuberance to venues since 2010 and as the popularity for the band grew so did the band itself. Now boasting eight members they are able to create illustrious textures and realise ambitious sounds. Silky smooth horn lines, sweeping synth hooks and blazing guitars combine to create a unique and compelling sound that will have you dancing all night.

After the live entertainment TSSP. Resident DJ’s will play a selection of Jazz, Soul, Rhythm & Blues & Rock n Roll on 45′s

And if there weren’t already enough temptations for one evening, Floripa have a great selection of cocktails on offer during happy hour between 5-7 and you can also sample Floripa’s brand new Brazilian influenced menu with mouth watering dishes perfect for sharing.

Doors at 5.00
Free Entry – Come early to avoid queues and to secure a table.

91 -93 Great Eastern St. EC2A 3HZ

The Secret Showcase Proudly Presents… CC Smugglers

21 Nov

Job_SS_Poster_v5printThe Secret Showcase Presents…Returns for an early Christmas party with ‘CC Smugglers’ and we can’t wait. Make sure you don those dancing shoes as you can expect to hear the best British Roots Americana group playing up-tempo swing, blues, bluegrass, gypsy and folk inspired dancing tunes.

CC Smugglers have built a reputation as a 6 piece Rag-tag busking band and have crafted songs with that old time feeling to get you up on your feet and dancing.

The lads have been so incredibly busy this summer with a calendar that boasts of performances at festival including Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival and Bestival to name but a few.

Recently spotted busking with Cerys Matthews for children in need and performing live with the Old Crow Medicine Show, The CC Smugglers are making huge waves with there music, garnering praise from the likes of Fern Cotton and Q Magazine.

CC Smugglers will be on stage at 9.pm

After the live entertainment TSSP. Resident DJ’s will play a selection of Jazz, Soul, Rhythm & Blues & Rock n Roll on 45’s

And if there weren’t already enough temptations for one evening, Floripa have a great selection of cocktails on offer during happy hour between 5-7 and you can also sample Floripa’s brand new Brazilian influenced menu with mouth watering dishes perfect for sharing.

Doors at 5.00
Free Entry – Come early to avoid queues and to secure a table.

91 -93 Great Eastern St. EC2A 3HZ

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