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New London show announced!

NEW LONDON SHOW ANNOUNCED!
KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS RETURN TO THE BARBICAN IN LONDON ON OCTOBER 7TH!
Kid Creole & The Coconuts / Arto Lindsay
Saturday 7 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £17.50 – £25 plus booking fee
 
The Barbican hosts an evening of music drawn from life and times of American artist Basquiat featuring Kid Creole & the Coconuts and Arto Lindsay. Both musicians inhabited the same cultural sphere as Basquiat, namely the New York of the 70s and 80s. This concert will feature the heady concoction of influences running from jazz to disco via numerous subcultures of punk and no wave – sounds that intertwined, unravelled and cross-pollinated during this exceptionally creative period.
 
The musical languages of both Kid Creole and Arto Lindsay also draw further multicultural parallels to Basquait given their shared Caribbean and Latin American heritages.
 
Kid Creole a.k.a. Bronx-born and raised August Darnell and his big band, the Coconuts, returns to the Barbican for the first time since 2010 with a selection of hits from the back catalogue.
 
No Wave legend, New York icon Arto Lindsay also returns to the Barbican to present a new chapter of his genre-defying music career: the new album Cuidado Madame, mixing pop, noise and Brazilian reminiscences.
 
Additionally DJ Justin Strauss joins the evening’s line-up. A former resident at NYC’s infamous Mudd Club, Strauss soundtracked nights when Basquiat, Kid Creole and Arto Linsday took to the dancefloor. Strauss’ DJ set at the Barbican will further invoke the Basquiat era by recreating the vibe of Mudd Club and other Lower Manhattan haunts such as Area and Negril.
 
On sale to Barbican Members on Thursday 1 June 2017
On general sale on Friday 2 June 2017 
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Produced by the Barbican in association with Como No
Part of Basquiat: Boom for Real
 
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XYZ tour – new date added

ABC’s XYZ tour – new date added!!!

New date added!!! We are very excited to announce that a new date has been added to ABC’s XYZ tour this coming November.
November 12th will be at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.
Martin Fry, August Darnell and their bands will be coming to a venue near you as they travel up and down the U.K. playing some fabulous venues.
Tickets go on sale this coming Friday at 10am UK time: http://gigst.rs/ABC

For tickets you can call: gigsandtours.com 0844 811 0051 / ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 826 2826

For VIP packages go to sjm-vip.com

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GENERAL TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Following an incredible 12 months including a critically acclaimed new album and nationwide sell out shows, ABC have announced a brand new UK tour for November performing all their greatest hits.  This new full band show will also see them being joined by non-other than Kid Creole and The Coconuts.

Of the new tour Martin Fry said: “ Here’s an opportunity to open up the ABC songbook and journey through all the hits. Lexicon to Lexicon. ABC to XYZ. See you there. ”

ABC were formed in Sheffield in the 1980’s when they decided they wanted fuse the world of disco funk with their own unique post punk vision.  ABC’s debut album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ (‘82) went to No 1 and sold over a million records.  To date ABC have released 8 studio albums: ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ (’82), ‘Beauty Stab’ (’83), ‘How To Be A Zillionaire’ (’85), ‘Alphabet City’ (’87), ‘Up’ (’89), ‘Abracadabra’ (’91), ‘Skyscraping’ (’97) and ‘Traffic’ (’08). A mere 34 years since the release of their landmark debut album ABC returned with their resounding triumph “The Lexicon Of Love II’ which immediately entered into the top 5.

Joining the tour as special guests Kid Creole and The Coconuts who for over 35 years has been entertaining music lovers around the world. Kid Creole And The Coconuts was born out of the burning embers of the brilliant and trailblazing Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band.

Born in the Bronx (New York), August Darnell (the Kid) is a man of multiple cultures, inclinations and personalities. His love of the big band tradition is evident: he travels with 10 musicians who all share his love of the ultimate musical tapestry. Their live shows have become the stuff of legend. ‘Annie I’m not your Daddy’, ‘Stool Pigeon’, ‘I’m a Wonderful thing, Baby’, ‘Endicott’, ‘My Male Curiosity’ and many more memorable tunes are guaranteed to make you shake your body. On joining the tour Kid Creole said:

“When I listen to the music of ABC, I am reminded of good times and delicious poison arrows. It is an honor to share the stage with Martin Fry. Music lovers, get ready for a funky good time! Hachachacha!”

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ABC tour XYZ – tickets on sale now!

XYZ tour – tickets on sale now!

Tickets on sale now! We are very excited to announce that Kid Creole and the Coconuts will be appearing as Special Guests on ABC’s XYZ tour this coming November.
Martin Fry, August Darnell and their bands will be coming to a venue near you as they travel up and down the U.K. playing some fabulous venues.
The venues include the London Palladium, City Hall in Sheffield, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Colston Hall in Bristol, Barbican York, Symphany Hall in Birmingham, the Liverpool Philarmonic and the Sage in Gateshead.

Buy your tickets here:  http://gigst.rs/ABC

For tickets you can also call: gigsandtours.com 0844 811 0051 / ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 826 2826

For VIP packages go to sjm-vip.com

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ABC are an English new wave and synth-pop band that formed in Sheffield in 1980. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Martin Fry, keyboardist and guitarist Mark White, saxophonist Stephen Singleton and drummer David Palmer.

ABC developed from an earlier band, Vice Versa, and established themselves as part of the New Romantic movement, with Fry being famed for his gold lamé suit. Their 1982 debut album, The Lexicon of Love, was a UK number-one and they achieved ten UK and five US Top 40 hit singles between 1981 and 1990. The band, now essentially singer Fry solo, continue to tour and released their ninth studio album, The Lexicon of Love II, in 2016.

A few words from the Kid about the upcoming tour…..

“When I listen to the music of ABC, the look of love comes upon my face. I am reminded of good times and delicious poison arrows. It is an honor to share the stage with Martin Fry and the lads. The New Wave will always be New. Music lovers, get ready for a funky good time! Hachachacha!”

Kid Creole

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Kid’s son Youngr to play NYC

The Kid’s youngest son Youngr to play the Kid’s hometown New York City this week!

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The Kid’s youngest son, artist Youngr, who is currently on tour round the U.S. is set to play Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan this coming Thursday March 30th. He brings along his also very talented older brother Lorne Ashley who plays guitar and bass with Youngr’s band.
Youngr became known when his first hit single was released called ‘Out of My System‘. Youngr became an internet video sensation for his fabulous live performances of his songs where he builds the track in one take. He went on to get signed by Island Records who also signed Kid Creole and the Coconuts in their heyday. History repeats itself.

 

The Kid smiles from ear to ear to see his sons following in the footsteps of him and his elder brother Stony Browder.
He couldn’t be more proud.
Elder son Lorne Ashley also has a very cool band called Stony Browder Jr who regularly gig around the U.K. and Europe.
To keep up-to-date with their schedule check them out here: https://stonybrowderjr.bandcamp.com

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To check out Youngr, here are some links

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/youngrchannel

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/youngrofficial/

For tickets: https://www.songkick.com/artists/8722689-youngr

Tickets for the New York show: https://www.songkick.com/concerts/28795859-youngr-at-le-poisson-rouge

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ABC’s XYZ Tour announcement

XYZ tour announcement

Tour announcement!!!! We are very excited to announce that Kid Creole and the Coconuts will be appearing as Special Guests on ABC’s XYZ tour this coming November.
Martin Fry, August Darnell and their bands will be coming to a venue near you as they travel up and down the U.K. playing some fabulous venues.
Tickets go on sale this coming Friday when the link will be active http://gigst.rs/ABC

For tickets you can call: gigsandtours.com 0844 811 0051 / ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 826 2826

For VIP packages go to sjm-vip.com

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ABC are an English new wave and synth-pop band that formed in Sheffield in 1980. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Martin Fry, keyboardist and guitarist Mark White, saxophonist Stephen Singleton and drummer David Palmer.

ABC developed from an earlier band, Vice Versa, and established themselves as part of the New Romantic movement, with Fry being famed for his gold lamé suit. Their 1982 debut album, The Lexicon of Love, was a UK number-one and they achieved ten UK and five US Top 40 hit singles between 1981 and 1990. The band, now essentially singer Fry solo, continue to tour and released their ninth studio album, The Lexicon of Love II, in 2016.

A few words from the Kid about the upcoming tour…..

“When I listen to the music of ABC, the look of love comes upon my face. I am reminded of good times and delicious poison arrows. It is an honor to share the stage with Martin Fry and the lads. The New Wave will always be New. Music lovers, get ready for a funky good time! Hachachacha!”

Kid Creole

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New LIVE album

New live album…………….THIS IS IT

Guys and dolls of all ages and persuasions, this is it.

Finally, the legendary KID CREOLE has launched his first official LIVE ALBUM.

Hallelujah! Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the Music!

The Banana Boat is filled with jubilation and satisfaction.

The name of the album? It’s KID CREOLE LIVE AT THE B-SPOT.

Why? KID CREOLE and his merry band of COCONUTS played 2 hot-to-trot concerts at a club called the B-SPOT on the French Riviera in 2014.

When THE MAN with the permanent tan and the tilted fedora and the two-toned shoes heard the recordings, he exclaimed “Damn, that shit is funky!”

Hear then, oh music lovers, the true documentation of a powerful live band at the height of their exalted reign. Long live the King.

LIVE AT THE B-SPOT is a double CD: almost 2 hours of in-your-face rhythm and blues and funk and calypso and soca and reggae and salsa and pop and good old rock and roll.

Plus, we have added a bonus track: a surprisingly honest remix of STOOL PIGEON, done by that cunning new upstart who calls himself YOUNGR

Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway, if you are a CREOLIAN FAN, or just a person who appreciates real music played by real people, this album is a must-have in your collection.

The release date is December 14th, 2016. And it’s a limited edition, so hurry up!

Pre-order now and shout out loud: HACHACHACHA!

www.esquiresrecords.ecwid.com

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The double CD will be available for purchase at Wembley Arena, London on Wednesday December 14th where the band will be supporting Culture Club’s only UK tour date.

http://www.ssearena.co.uk/events/detail/culture-club

 

 

 

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Pre-sale limited offer!!

EXCLUSIVELY for our dedicated fans we are offering for
48 hours ONLY pre-sale tickets for the world premiere of
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EXCLUSIVELY for our dedicated fans we are offering for
48 hours ONLY limited pre-sale tickets for the world premier of
Cherchez La Femme the musical!!
Click here for your:  Pre-sale tickets  – using the code:  hachachacha
Get your tickets now as this offer ends at midnight (Eastern standard time) on Saturday!
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Cherchez La Femme previews from May 20th until May 22nd then our official GRAND OPENING is on Monday 23rd at La Mama’s Ellen Stewart Theatre on East 4th Street, New York City.
So don’t delay, get your tickets today!

“Cherchez La Femme,” a new musical written by August Darnell and Vivien Goldman featuring the music of Grammy-nominated songwriters Stony Browder Jr. and August Darnell.
Synopsis: Set in Manhattan and Haiti, the play explores heavy themes and lightweight dreams.
It’s reckless, it’s rhythmic, it’s romantic.

CHERCHEZ LA FEMME

is a musical extravaganza that tells the story of one man’s loss and another man’s gain and the powerful women who make it all possible. It explores dark themes (abandonment, sibling rivalry, unrequited love) and light themes (sexual healing, the pursuit of happiness,  the smell of success) but never without inviting you to shake your head and tap your toes to the infectious neo-urban-jungle grooves. The play is set in New York City and the Caribbean in the 1980’s.
It’s reckless. It’s rhythmic. It’s romantic.

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With a little help from our friends

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Indiegogo Campaign

We have launched an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to help us reach our goal for the upcoming run this Spring at the Ellen Stewart Theatre in New York City!
Cherchez la Femme the musical – Indiegogo Campaign

With a little help from our friends we know we can achieve our goal and make this happen!!!!

CHERCHEZ LA FEMME is a musical extravaganza that tells the story of one man’s loss and another man’s gain and the powerful women who make it all possible. It explores dark themes (abandonment, sibling rivalry, unrequited love) and light themes (sexual healing, the pursuit of happiness,  the smell of success) but never without inviting you to shake your head and slap tap your toes to the infectious neo-urban-jungle grooves. The play is set in New York City and the Caribbean in the 1980’s. It’s reckless. It’s rhythmic. It’s romantic.

30 years ago Vivien Goldman interviewed me in London for a magazine called NME. My alter ego, KID CREOLE, had just released an album entitled TROPICAL GANGSTERS on the Island Records label. It was a hit. The interview lasted 3 hours and 35 minutes. A friendship was formed. 7 years ago Vivien visited me in my home in the idyllic Swedish countryside. We joked about writing a musical. The joke became a reality. The first draft of the play was written in 6 days. At first it was called I’M A WONDERFUL THING, BABY.

1 year ago Vivien met an actor named Julius Hollingsworth. She spoke to him about the musical. Julius said “Hey, I have done some work with the La Mama group in downtown Manhattan. Perhaps they would be interested in this!” Behold! Fate rears its magnificent head out of the wilderness. In the Spring of this year, a staged reading of that play (in its 7th re-write) was presented at the La Mama rehearsal space. It was now called CHERCHEZ LA FEMME. The room was packed with fans of KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS and DR BUZZARD’S ORIGINAL SAVANNAH BAND and with music lovers of all ages. My erstwhile manager, Tommy Mottola, even showed up. Hadn’t seen him 123 years (or so it seems)!

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The latest from Creoleville

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        WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

CHERCHEZ LA FEMME is a musical extravaganza that tells the story of one man’s loss and another man’s gain and the powerful women who make it all possible. It explores dark themes (abandonment, sibling rivalry, unrequited love) and light themes (sexual healing, the pursuit of happiness,  the smell of success) but never without inviting you to shake your head and slap tap your toes to the infectious neo-urban-jungle grooves. The play is set in New York City and the Caribbean in the 1980’s. It’s reckless. It’s rhythmic. It’s romantic.

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         BACK TO THE FUTURE

30 years ago Vivien Goldman interviewed me in London for a magazine called NME. My alter ego, KID CREOLE, had just released an album entitled TROPICAL GANGSTERS on the Island Records label. It was a hit. The interview lasted 3 hours and 35 minutes. A friendship was formed. 7 years ago Vivien visited me in my home in the idyllic Swedish countryside. We joked about writing a musical. The joke became a reality. The first draft of the play was written in 6 days. At first it was called I’M A WONDERFUL THING, BABY.

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1 year ago Vivien met an actor named Julius Hollingsworth. She spoke to him about the musical. Julius said “Hey, I have done some work with the La Mama group in downtown Manhattan. Perhaps they would be interested in this!” Behold! Fate rears its magnificent head out of the wilderness. In the Spring of this year, a staged reading of that play (in its 7th re-write) was presented at the La Mama rehearsal space. It was now called CHERCHEZ LA FEMME. The room was packed with fans of KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS and DR BUZZARD’S ORIGINAL SAVANNAH BAND and with music lovers of all ages. My erstwhile manager, Tommy Mottola, even showed up. Hadn’t seen him 123 years (or so it seems)!

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The staged readings were very successful. They led directly to yet another re-write and an invitation to entertain the masses at the Ellen Stewart Theatre! Pow! A dream deferred becomes a dream deferred no longer.

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             HERE AND NOW

CHERCHEZ LA FEMME will come alive for a limited run (May 19th – June 5th 2016) at the Ellen Stewart theatre in downtown Manhattan. We will have an 8 piece band and 15 cast members and some real sets and some dynamic lighting and some remarkable choreography. Yes, I am a fan of Cecil B. DeMille and Busby Berkley!

              THE A TEAM

We will begin our extensive audition process in January so please contact us if you can sing and dance and act like a New Yorker in the 1980’s!

Where there’s a will, there’s a PLAY.

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What happens after this limited run? Well … we bring the wacky world of CHERCHEZ LA FEMME to the rest of the world, of course.

Why not?

Excelsior,

August Darnell aka KID CREOLE

“We may be through with the past but the past isn’t through with us.”

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Kick off mini-tour in New York

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(New York, NY) – Kid Creole & the Coconuts will perform in the U.S. live for the first time in 14 years as they begin a four-day mini tour at B.B. Kings in Manhattan on March 25, 2015.

The band, led by August “Kid Creole” Darnell, will play several of their classics and some of their newer music. The March 25th show will also feature a very special guest appearance by Cory Daye, who sang with Darnell while they were members of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band.
Also joining Darnell on stage will be Haitia Fuller and Fonda Rae, singers he produced for various side projects (Elbow Bones and the Racketeers, Don Armando’s 2nd Ave. Rumba Band).

Tour dates and ticket information:

Kid Creole & the Coconuts continues to receive international acclaim for their live performances, which combine an ensemble of top musicians, swagger, flash and the Kid’s trademark snazzin’ zoot suits.

Darnell, Adriana Kaegi and Dr. Buzzard band mate Coati Mundi founded Kid Creole & the Coconuts in 1980 with the idea of orchestrating a three-ring circus-type act playing off the “Kid” persona versus his onstage comic foils coupled with an original sound fusing Funk, Big Band Jazz, Caribbean, Pop and other genres. Throughout the 1980s, Kid Creole & the Coconuts recorded several international hits including “Stool Pigeon,” “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy” and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby.” They also performed on SNL, Johnny Carson and in movies, such as; Against All Odds, Only You, Downtown 81 and Lambada: The Forbidden Dance.

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The current lineup led by Darnell features:

Charlie Lagond (Saxophone)
Shareef Clayton (Trumpet)
Mike Gorman (Keyboards)
Barnaby Dickinson (Trombone)
Jessica Forsman (Coconut)
Roos Van Awesome (Coconut)
Eva Tudor-Jones (Mama Coconut)
Flex Republic (M.C./Left-Hand Man)
Jamie McCredie (Guitar)
Oroh Angiama (Bass)
Malene Mortensen (Chanteuse)
Dave Imby (Drummer and M.D.)
Anthony Almonte (Percussions)

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In other news, among their upcoming performances, Kid Creole and the Coconuts are slated to play all three of the UK’s Rewind Festivals this summer. More information on shows and tour dates can be found on KCC’s official website: http://kidcreoleandthecoconuts.com/events/
For media inquiries or more information, please contact Chris Cordani, (917)580-1415 or chrisc@bceaglemedia.com or refer to http://kidcreoleandthecoconuts.com