Each week we pick five stand-out soulful events for you to head to this coming weekend. This week head to Southbank, Streatham, Brixton, Camden and Greenwich… plus check out our regular monthly’s…
Steely Dan with The Doobie Brothers at BluesFest London 2017
One of the most popular Blues and Soul festivals in the world, this sparkling event sees a diverse billing of artists gather to share their love of this expressive musical genre. Closing the show on Sunday is Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers.
Sunday 29th October
The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX London
London Soul train cruise Autumn special
Saturday 28th October
Soul Train Cruise, Festival pier Southbank, Se1 8xz London
Soul City: Mood II Swing
House legends don’t get much bigger than Mood II Swing.
LEM (Springsteen) and John Ciafone released too many great records to count in the 1990s, both originals and remixes for the likes of Kim English and Fonda Rae. Although they were a house duo, their drum programming – skippier and more intricate than most house of the time – was hugely influential to the sound of UK garage, and like Armand Van Helden and Todd Edwards, they’re as respected amongst UK heads as US.
The duo’s influence was recently celebrated on Strictly Mood II Swing, a three-CD compilation that collects their best originals and remixes, from classics like ‘Closer’ to deep cuts and dub mixes.
Saturday 28th October
The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PG London
The Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan
The astonishing vocals of the late Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan are brought to life for three exquisite nights with the leading ladies of vintage jazz Lily Dior and Vimala Rowe (Cafe Society Swing), and an all star band led by Hideaway’s musical director Janette Mason!
Friday 27th October
7:00pm – 11:30am
Hideaway Streatham, 2 Empire Mews, Stanthorpe Road, SW16 2BF London
Eric Benet Live in London
From barefoot dreadlocked troubadour to suave standard-bearer for contemporary R&B. Eric Benét may have changed his look, but one thing has remained consistent: his dedication to crafting authentic music that engages the soul.
“I’m not chasing any current whatevers,” says Benét, a four-time Grammy Award nominee. “It’s about music that gives me goose bumps and touches my soul. That’s always been a good barometer for me.”
Thursday 26th October
Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, SW2 1 London