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The Friday Night Whoopee With Smitty’s Big Four

27 May

What are you doing This Friday? The Secret Showcase Presents… are delighted to announce that Smitty’s Big Four will be taking to the stage at St. Moritz Club London for The Friday Night Whoopee on the 30th May and we can’t wait!

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Smitty’s Big Four is the feisty little brother of the Kansas Smitty’s House Band. While the House Band draws its main inspiration from Count Basie’s hard swinging late night jam sessions in 1930s Kansas City, the Big Four is interested in the music of Sidney Bechet and the upbeat swing of New Orleans. The Big Four’s unique combination of trumpet, soprano sax/clarinet, guitar and bass, separates the group from traditional Dixieland groups with the omission of drums and piano. This streamlined formation allows the band to navigate New Orleans and swing standards with unparalleled energy and tightness while maintaining the melodic integrity of the canon. The band features Pete Horsfall, Giacomo Smith, Dave Archer, and Ferg Ireland.

Join Samantha Pink Panther and friends for the best live music in town and the hottest 45s, Special Guests include Tim Hellzapoppin of Hellzapoppin Club.

Doors at 10pm, band will be on around midnight and we will be partying till 3.30am.

£6 before 11.30 £8 After. Advance Tickets available here

Here is what The Kansas Smitty House Band feel like in full swing!

…and a sneaky taste of the Big Four!

The Friday Night Whoopee With The Dustaphonics

11 May

We are more than delighted and extremely excited to welcome another newcomer to the TSSP Stage for the Friday Night Whoopee at St. Moritz Club London. W1

DJ Healer Selecta’s band/Raison D’etre collective The Dustaphonics are a force to be reckoned with and if entertainment is what you are looking for on a Friday then look no further as this is where it will be for sure!

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The Dustaphonics play a mix of high energy vintage rock n roll and authentic instrumental surf with a distinctly London attitude that takes their music beyond simple imitation.

Feat Hayley Red on vocals, DJ Healer Selecta aka Yvan Serrano Fontova on Guitar and rotation guest musicians such as Bruce Brand or Eric Frajiria on Drums, Dan Whaley or Marcus Dods on bass.

The band’s birth was suitably auspicious blessed by the likes of music and cinema legend such as Bo Diddley, Tura Satana, Spanky Wilson, Wanda Jackson as part of Serrano’s Raison D’Etre London Artists Collective. During a private show in London, legendary actor and singer with the Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd even jumped on stage with them to sing some of his classic numbers. Now expect seriously feel good vibes, a hint of garage soul and a teaspoon of punk rock circa 1977

Over the years they have graced the stages of some of Europe and London an UK’s hottest venues and Festival, including The 100 Club London, Latitude Festival, Islington Assembly Hall London, Jazz Cafe London, The Pigalle Club, The Garage London, Anniversary of UFO club The Tabernacle London, Camden Blues Kitchen, Rhythm Factory, Dirty Water Club, The Garage Bergen (Norway) La Fleche D’or Paris, La Machine Du Moulin Rouge Paris, Le Baron Private club Paris, Aeronef (Lille) CCM John Lennon Limoges Fr, Cool Soul Fest, Eysienes Got Soul Bordeaux with Jim Jones Revue, Purple Week End Festival, Nuits Secretes Festival, French, Italian, Spanish tour 2010, 2011, 2012, support for London show of James Hunter, Wanda Jackson, Sam Gopal, Kid Congo, Jim Jones Revue, Sanseverino, etc..

While were shouting about this its well worth telling you about the Dustaphonics amazing new music video starring world famous streaker Mark Roberts. It’s absolutely brilliant! Props to Cat & Bear film production for doing such an awesome job.

Join Samantha Pink Panther and Friends and party to the best live music in town and hottest 45’s

Open 10pm – 3.00am

£6 before 11.30 £8 after Student discount and Advance tickets £6 for all night entry.

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The Friday Night Whoopee With Florence Joelle

6 May

The Secret Showcase Presents is delighted to invite Florence Joelle to its stage for the first time for the Friday Night Whoopee on the 9th May at St. Moritz.

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Paris-born, London-based, singer / songwriter / blues harpist Florence Joelle was bred on jazz at home, and on the music of the Paris streets, the Gypsy art of Django Reinhardt, bal musette, and North African rai, Florence started collecting rock’n’roll, doo-wop, Latin jazz, and early blues as a girl. Her music draws from all these influences, carving out a unique sound that, although deeply rooted in the past, vibrates in the present

A twee retro singer she is not, though. Ever socially conscious, her songs depict what happens around her. The gritty ’29 Bus Blues’ tells of an assault witnessed on a London night bus, while ‘The God Of Things’, written during the riots of August 2011, warns of the materialistic world we live in.

Released last May, her second album, Stealing Flowers, has won four star reviews in the Independent, Daily Mirror and Jazzwise, amongst others, and her song ’29 Bus Blues’ was included in Tom Robinson’s Best of 2013 on BBC6 Music.

A direct to stereo analogue recording, the album was made using vintage microphones and analogue processing, and captured in four days, straight to 2″ reel to reel tape, “This is another beauty of analogue recording,” Florence muses, “much studio time and money can be saved that way, as long as everyone knows what to play on the day.”

And they certainly know what to play on the day… Her line-up boasts lead guitarist Paul Seacroft on acoustic, electric guitar and lap steel (The Tiger Lillies, The Specials, The Selecter and Slim Zydeco), double bass / flamenco guitar Chris Clavo and drummer / percussionist Matt Jackson. And what musicians! They also arrange her compositions. “I write the melody, lyrics and chord structure of my songs on an acoustic guitar. It all sounds very bare, so I need my fellow band members to work their magic”, Joelle admits.

Stealing Flowers, Florence Joelle’s second album, takes the analogue theme further, not only on recording, but also with an image shot by photographic artist Jayne Taylor using old film stock and a vintage Hasselblad camera. “Everything we see and hear now is airbrushed and over-altered, from the photographs in magazines to much of the music on the radio. Showing things as they are makes them almost futuristic.” Florence says. “Back in the day, music was recorded live, and there weren’t many ways, apart from reverb and echo, to alter sound. The best take was kept, and that was all. We went the same way with the cover artwork. Nothing was added, there was no stylist, I am wearing a £10 dress from a thrift shop which I took in myself, the records on the floor are mine, and I bought the flowers too. It’s all about Jayne Taylor’s composition. There is something beautiful about capturing moments of reality, unembellished. What is the point of creating something that isn’t yours?” – And this is all very much hers. Despite its title, nothing is lifted on Stealing Flowers.

What the press say:
“Joelle’s sensuous purred vocals and sprightly jazzy songs lend proceedings a contemporary edge while circumventing mere nostalgia.”  – The Independent****

“Florence is a rare jewel and this second album captures her captivating style.  She boasts deliciously suave vocal phrasing framed by a hot and agile band.  Her savvy originals and jumping jazz standards are an unaffected joy.  Blooming lovely.”  – The Daily Mirror****

“A genuine talent, and definitely one to watch.” – Classic Rock – Blues Edition
“Stealing Flowers is a record to cherish.” – Jazzwise****

“Sultry, sexy and French, she was born with a voice tailor-made to pour out enticing cocktails of chanson, r’n’b and jazz.” – R2 Rock’n’Reel ****

“Florence Joelle sings rock ’n’ roll like Billie Holiday might, croons a torch ballad as Wanda Jackson may, and spices it all with a bit of Patti Smith attitude.” – Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Florence Joelle’s Kiss of Fire Paris-born, Camden-based, her music has a heady, jazzy swing of the hips, the sultry tango of ‘I’ll Come Running’ the perfect soundtrack to any Martini-fuelled, Mad Men-themed party.” – Q Magazine

“It’s her voice that smacks you around the head. It’s utterly unique.” – Ruth Barnes’ Pick Of the Week, Tom Robinson’s Show, BBC 6 music

DO NOT MISS, our Femme fatale Friday special. Not only do we have an incredible band fronted by the beautiful and talented Flo but we have Kitty Durham of Kitty Daisy & Lewis joining Samantha Pink Panther at the Decks. Grrrrrrrrrl Power all night long!

Franky And The Jacks Play The Friday Night Whoopee.

28 Apr

We are delighted to announce the return of Franky and the Jacks to The Secret Showcase Presents… stage.

In January we hosted the launch for the Franky and the Jacks EP and It was such a great Party that we couldn’t wait to party with them again only this time for the Friday Night Whoopee on the 2nd of May at the St. Moritz Club in Soho without the worry of having to get up for work in the morning.

Franky and The Jacks May 2014-1Since their formation in a run down old factory in East London in February 2011 Franky and the Jacks have gone from strength to strength working hard at creating a sound that is both genuine and innovative. The influence of the gypsy jazz rhythms championed by the likes of Django Reinhardt an Les Doigts de L’homme is strong and with songs that are lyrically akin to the storytelling country styles of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt, yet still managing to keep their feet firmly on British soil, many of the songs can appear simultaneously both uplifting and tragic.

This can be better explained by a metaphorical battle between musical genres. In other words there begins a fight between folk and jazz, folk is badly injured and as he trips and is stumbling to the floor, jazz seizes the opportunity and kicks him hard in the ass. Folk lets out an almighty cry and it is precisely this cry that is the sound of FatJ.

On the door £6 before 11.30 £8 after. Student discount available. 159 Wardour Street W1 8WJ.

 

The Draytones Play The Friday Night Whoopee

25 Apr

The Secret Showcase Presents are pleased to announce that The Draytones Will be playing The St. Moritz Club in Soho tonight for our new club night, The Friday Night Whoopee.

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The Draytones is an English four piece psychedelic/garage rock group formed in London in 2006 and 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 début 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 début 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 will spin the very best vinyl. See you there!

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The Secret Showcase Presents… The Friday Night Whoopee – Launching Good Friday.

14 Apr

Well, we’ve been a little quiet recently but that’s only because we have been really busy getting ourselves organised to launch our new weekly club night at the St. Moritz Club, London this Friday.

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If your looking for a night out in London this Friday (or any other Friday for that matter) and you would like to get your grove on to some hard hitting Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul, Funk and Sleazy Garage, then Bingo! This is the place for you! We will be dancing all night to the best music in town and a whole hour of that will be bought to you live by the delectable CC Smugglers. Lucky for us Kitty Durham of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis will also be taking to the decks to play a selection of her best records!

 

We Can’t wait.

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