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Upstairs at the Ritzy

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Mar 25, 2018 pictures, setlist Comments are off

This is always one of our favourite gigs and last Thursday’s was no exception.

We were very lucky to have Rachel Musson guesting with us on tenor sax, who played some great solos.

There was a good crowd who seemed to enjoy themselves, inclduing some regulars. And Roger, the sound guy, is one of the best we ever work with.

We had two sets – and this was what we played.

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for me
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • One Step Beyond
  • Hall of the Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Gangsters

And it’s always good to see our name (almost) in lights. Let’s hope we get to play there again soon, and that by then the owners have stopped victimising their staff and pay the living wage.

Upstairs at the Ritzy

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Apr 14, 2017 gig, setlist Comments are off

It was great to see a such a good and enthusiastic turn out for our gig Upstairs at the Ritzy last night. There was lots of singing along, and some enthusiastic and authentic skanking.

We managed to take a few snaps at the soundcheck – and it’s always good to see our name in big letters.

This is what we played:

 

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Work Song
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

Three gigs – Stockwell, Brixton and Chalk Farm

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Nov 23, 2014 gig , , Comments are off

We now have three public gigs over the next few months.

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The next is on December 13th  at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell. Admission is free, and their music room has great sound. It is where we did our band pictures.

On January 3rd we play Upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton. That’s a gig we always enjoy (at least once we have got all our gear up lots of stairs) as it’s a good room with a great atmosphere.

And on February 7th we are back at Dumplins Live Ska at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Chalk Farm. That is always a special gig too. Real ska fans, a good stage, great sound and easy parking.

New gig: October 12th at Brixton’s Ritzy

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Sep 17, 2012 gig , Comments are off

We’re playing Upstairs at the Ritzy on Friday October 12th.

This is one of our favourite venues, and is becoming our regular south London  booking.

Skamonics at the Ritzy October 12Though when they say it is upstairs, they speak the truth. Hauling gear in does involve several flights of stairs.

We will be sharing the bill with the fabulous Astrojets.

They play a terrific mix of 60s music from the USA – a bit of blues, a bit of soul, some surf and lots of R&B.

They are also lucky enough to have our guitarist Frank in their ranks.

It’s likely we will have some new material to throw in.

The gig starts at 8pm, and it costs just £5 to get in.

 

 

Astrojets logo

New gig: October 12th at Brixton's Ritzy

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Sep 17, 2012 gig , Comments are off

We’re playing Upstairs at the Ritzy on Friday October 12th.

This is one of our favourite venues, and is becoming our regular south London  booking.

Skamonics at the Ritzy October 12Though when they say it is upstairs, they speak the truth. Hauling gear in does involve several flights of stairs.

We will be sharing the bill with the fabulous Astrojets.

They play a terrific mix of 60s music from the USA – a bit of blues, a bit of soul, some surf and lots of R&B.

They are also lucky enough to have our guitarist Frank in their ranks.

It’s likely we will have some new material to throw in.

The gig starts at 8pm, and it costs just £5 to get in.

 

 

Astrojets logo

Our name (almost) in lights

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Apr 17, 2011 gig, pictures, Ritzy Comments are off

We had a terrific gig at the Ritzy last night. It’s a great place to play as it’s a smallish room with a good sound system and an engineer who knows how to use it.

And we got a good crowd – friends of the band, friends of support act the Tootones (great set, guys) and quite a few Brixton locals who just fancied an evening of ska.

It’s always fun to be be able to play two sets too. That means we can vary what we play a lot more and give our soloists a chance to play out a bit more. We were lucky enough to have ace tenor player Dan Berry guesting with us last night as Leah was involved in preparing for her sister’s wedding. He and Steve made for a fantastic partnership as they play a lot together.

So we had a great time, and the energy most of the audience put into dancing suggests they did too.

The only bad thing about Upstairs at the Ritzy is that it is upstairs – and carrying amps up three flights of stairs is a bit of a pain.

But if it wasn’t a big old cinema, then they wouldn’t be able to our name up outside along with the films. (You can click on these for the full picture.)

 

Next gig: Friday Jan 8th – upstairs at the Ritzy

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Jan 1, 2010 gig, Ritzy 1 Comment

This is our first post in the new Skamonics blog. Here is where you can expect gig updates; news about the band and its members; and perhaps the odd thought about music.

Our first gig in 2010 is on Friday Jan 8th, and it’s upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton. We expect to play our first set at about 8:30.

This will be our first gig playing with a slimmed down six person format. We’ll have two horns and a bit more emphasis on vocal numbers.

This isn’t a change in our line-up as we will still do gigs with a full nine piece wall of ska sound, but it’s not always practical or economic to field the full team. We can’t even fit on some stages.

The Evening Standard describes us as a ska collective – which is just about right.

They also say that we will be performing songs from our repertoire.

This is puzzling as it’s a bit obvious. After all it would be quite hard to perform songs that weren’t in our repertoire, and simply by performing them we’d be adding them to our repertoire.

But there will be at least a couple of new numbers, and the return of some that we have rarely played. Both pedants and ordinary people are very welcome.

A good way to start 2010.

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