Across the road from Tufnell Park station, enter a world of fun fifties frivolity at the Aces and Eights’ Saloon Bar, presented by Suzi Ritz and her Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
An ensemble of some London’s finest musicians, brought together by Suzi Ritz a.k.a Susan Black who has performed at the Edinburgh Festival where she received the Daily Herald Award for her variety show. Other performances include the London Palladium, Royal Albert Hall and Manchester Arena.
Every club night promises an eclectic mix of R&B favourites with Suzi’s take on tunes from Cab Colloway, Etta James, Chuck Berry and Elvis to name a few. Also in the mix, will be a track or two from Suzi’s original repertoire which she has performed in venues around the world.
The first Discovery showcase of 2018 is part of Independent venue week and features 4 x UK Beatbox champion and singer GRACE SAVAGE, KOMRAUS who fuse trip hop with cinematic universes with touches of jazz , soul singer RAYON NELSON and rising Manchester based street poet ARGH KID who counts Christopher Eccleston, Chris Evans and Liam Gallagher as… fans, is UEFA’s official poet with his poem 99 memories and has been recognised by Visit Manchester as one of the region’s Greatest Poets. Resident Discovery Dj DELPHI will be spinning tunes between the acts.
Listed as one of ELLE’s ‘100 Most Inspiring Women’ and recently headlining the tastemaker Roundhouse Rising, Grace also performed at the inaugural SBTV RISE, hosted by Julie Andenuga as well as performing alongside MOBO winner Nadia Rose at the British House in Brazil for the Rio Olympics 2016. She’s been nominated ‘Best Female Solo Act” and ‘Best Songwriter’ for the 2018 Unsigned Music Awards.
With support from BBC Introducing and BBC R1’s Huw Stephens for her first, ultimately unreleased EP ‘Diamonds on your Skin’ in 2015, Grace has since been working independently in the studio and writing new music.
Fast-forward to 2017 and the young UK artist has been working closely with Oddchild producer Jason Julian, matching her ethereal tone to inventive tropical flavours and glassy, early dubstep rhythms with 2017 releases ‘Medusa’ and ‘Just for Tonight’ – grabbing tastemaker acclaim from THE405, WONDERLAND and CLASH Magazine amongst others.
“Grace Savage is one of the most impressive artists in the game right now.” – WONDERLAND
“Electro-pop as vibrant as the lights she dances under.” – THE405
“This could turn in to something quite special” – CLASH
is a London Live Music Project mixing trip-hop music with cinematic universes, jazz touches and epic lyrics.
Komraus is a project conformed by successful professional musicians with the need of bringing solid and intimate live performances to the audience in order to unleash their senses.
They released their debut single, ‘ If I Am Dreaming’ in December 2017, through AWAL and launched it at The Victoria, in London. KOMRAUS members have played at Ronnie Scott’s, Cargo in London, Amnesia Ibiza, Pacha Madrid, played with Jose Padilla from Cafe del Mar, worked with Steve Honest (Michael Jackson and Prince), with Steve Orchard (Grammy Awarded producer), with Metropolis Studios, John Robertson (Morcheeba, Grace Jones), appeared Live at Nine, the musical movie with Penelope Cruz and Danny Day Lewis,… among others.
With partners in Germany, Spain and Scandinavia working on their live bookings, KOMRAUS will head to Spain in May for their tour and in September to Scandinavia. They are promoting their forthcoming single ‘Just Say My Name’.
Paul Lester, from The Guardian: “KOMRAUS is an amazing surprise. Incredible performance and universe created”.
Ellie Lawson, programmer at The Victoria: “Always a pleasure to work with Sara and KOMRAUS. They are great!. Always welcome to our venue’
RAYON NELSON (band)
Singer and songwriter Rayon Nelson has just released a second EP ‘YUNG SOLO’, was shortlisted for Glastonbury festival 2013, performed at Isle Of Wight Festival 2014, featured on BBC Introducing and BBC 1Xtra whilst remaining unsigned and unmanaged. His leading single ‘Memories’ taken from the EP has already authentically earned over 170k streams on Spotify and have been featured in numerous blogs
His captivating and soulful vocals have ushered in praises despite being independent. With such eclectic influences from Jamaica, London and Suffolk, his music portrays inspiring themes which are brought to you in a fusion of styles.
‘He’s a champion of smooth emotion, staying loyal to creating yearning melodies and nostalgic verses that keep us engaged, swaying with our lighters up high’ – Somewhere Soul
‘Reimaging of Acoustic and Soul’ – Timeout Magazine
“Where The Streets meet William Shakespeare”
David Scott AKA Street Poet ARGH KiD combines an intoxicating mix of street smart rhymes delivered with sharp wit and hilarious anecdotes. ARGH KiD’s work has been broadcast across the globe through his collaborations with Manchester United Football Club, UEFA, New Era Sportswear… to name but a few. He counts Christopher Eccleston and Liam Gallagher as… fans and has been recognised by Visit Manchester as one of the region’s Greatest Poets. He was Selected as Kendal Calling Poet Laureate 2017.
Young people across the country are benefiting from ARGH KiD’s stunning Spoken Word Workshops that are tailored to the requirements of the organisation and students – from creating social awareness campaigns, confidence building to creating a sweet bit of need relief from the stresses of exams.
His workshops have been so well-received that BBC Breakfast ran a Short Film covering his work to the country as part of National Poetry Day.
“Genius” – Christopher Eccleston
“Love his stuff” – Clint Boon, Inspiral Carpets
“Wonderful…just wonderful…the ability to put words together like that is quite amazing” – Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio
“Has the audience eating out of his hands…couldn’t hear a pin drop!” – Steve Evets