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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

 

 

 

Chelmsford

July 23rd, Kid Creole and the Coconuts will be performing at Chelmsford Racecourse, UK for their Summer Nights with the internationally renowned Buena Vista Social Club from Havana.

For tickets go to: https://ccr.yourticketbooking.com/p/SummerNights_BVSC_KC

The Summer Nights music continues with our spectacular Open Air Festival over three nights at Chelmsford City Racecourse. Thursday 21st July sees Classical superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE performing a selection of famous show tunes, backed by the National Symphony Orchestra. Katherine has performed for The Pope, Presidents and Royalty; indeed, she is the only artist confirmed by request to perform at Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday celebration in May 2016.

The following evening (Friday 22nd July) sees three iconic 80s acts visit the Racecourse. Rick Astley, Paul Young & Toyah Wilcox arrive in Chelmsford for an evening of classic pop tunes that are guaranteed to get you dancing! The eclectic mix of music continues on Saturday 23rd, as the Buena Vista Social Club and Kid Creole and The Coconuts close the Open Air Festival in lively fiesta style!

The Jam House Birmingham

Kid Creole plays the Jam House , Birmingham.

Kid Creole was the zoot-suited wise guy who crooned out hit after hit throughout the ’80s. Now Kid Creole and the Coconuts are back in the UK this Summer and playing the Jam House.

Kid, AKA August Darnell, enlivened the UK’s dance floors with such masterpieces as “Stool Pigeon”, “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby”, “Annie, I’m Not your Daddy”, and so many, many more.

Tonight, expect a great show with some great songs, as Kid Creole, a full band and the “oh, so sexy” trio of Coconuts, his backing vocalists.

Restaurant & Bars open from 6pm

The Show will begin from 8.30pm

Restaurant Tickets £60 – £70 for balcony tables

Dress code: 
Smart dress – no trainers, ripped denim. Shirts for gentlemen please. 21 and over.

Admission Information: 
Tickets are available online, but to reserve your table in the restaurant, please call us on: 0121 200 3030.

 

Brighton

July 8th, Kid Creole and the Coconuts will be performing at Concorde 2, Brighton, UK.

Event status: Live (Tickets Available)
https://www.concorde2.co.uk/events/kid-creole-the-coconuts-1

Door Times 7:30pm – 10:00pm

After last year’s storming SOLD OUT show Kid Creole and his Coconuts are back…

Kid Creole & The Coconuts with a full live band plus support from Mike Panteli (Juice FM/Sweet Grooves).

Claiming to have seen a vision of the band in a nightmare while walking down 5th Avenue in New York, Kid Creole & The Coconuts were born out the embers of the brilliant Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. For over 27 years, Kid Creole & The Coconuts have been entertaining sell-out shows worldwide, with their 30’s and 40’s Hollywood presence and self proclaimed cool.

Kid Creole & The Coconuts defy description and defy both musical and fashion trends. On stage and on recordings they are unmatched in their energy, originality and musical hipness. They are timeless and unique. Think you’re ready for the real deal? Then come see the legend yourself!

 

Let’s Rock Bristol

Let’s Rock Bristol Information:

We are delighted to announce that Let’s Rock Bristol! returns to The Ashton Court Estate on the weekend of Friday 3rd June to Saturday 5th June 2016. With a fabulous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s, and an action packed day of general 80s madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this Family Friendly Festival!

Let’s Rock Bristol! has been leading the way for quality, family-friendly 80s music festivals since 2009. Don’t miss out on this chance for a retro blast with the very best of the 80s.

Tickets:

Tickets to this event are limited, so don’t miss out! Tickets may be purchased online through our website, or locally from:

– Bristol Ticket Shop, 41 High St, Bristol BS1
– Bristol Tourist Information, E Shed, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol BS1 5TX

Tickets will NOT be available on the gate.

Problems purchasing your tickets online?  Please email customerservices@gigantic.com

VIP

2016 will see our ever popular and totally cool, funky 80s themed VIP enclosure. Sit back and relax in the comfy chill out zone or enjoy the outdoor seating area. The VIP enclosure includes it’s own bar selling a range of quality brands and 80s cocktails, plus of course the all-important VIP luxury loos – essential at any festival!

Also included is a souvenir programme, meal and welcome drink.

Fancy dress is recommended (but not compulsory!).

For any group bookings (10 or more) please email your request to customerservices@gigantic.com
Alternatively, you can call Gigantic customer services between 9:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday on 0115 807 7900.

Please note that VIP does not always guarantee the best view of the stage.

Kid Creole will be playing on Sunday June 5th at this festival, get your tickets now for this big eighties weekender.

Retropop

Retropop in Dutch:

Retropop wordt georganiseerd door Zalavolbate
Wie en wat is eigenlijk Zalavolbate? Sinds een jaar of 16 zijn de spelers van zaalvoetbalvereniging Emmen al te vinden in de Drentse sportzalen. Het ene seizoen wat succesvoller dan het andere, maar over het algemeen altijd strijdend voor een plaats in de bovenste regionen. In het zestienjarig jarig bestaan zijn ze één keer kampioen geweest. Uiteraard zijn de heren een ingespeeld geheel als voetbalteam, maar ook op sociaal gebied is er in de loop van de jaren een hechte groep ontstaan met weinig tot geen verloop in de gelederen. De naam Zalavolbate is dan ook een verbastering van het woord “zaalvoetbal”.

Zalavolbate
p.a. Postbus 141
7800 AC Emmen
zalavolbate@gmail.com

Voor festivalorganisatie mail naar info@retropop.nl

Waar en wanneer vindt Retropop plaats?
Zaterdag 4 juni 2016 bij de Grote Rietplas in Emmen.
Terrein open: 12.00 uur
Aanvang festival: 13.00 uur

Waar kan ik parkeren?
Volg altijd de Retropop route borden. Die leiden je naar de juiste parkeerplaatsen. De diverse parkeerterreinen van Retropop liggen op een paar honderd lopen van de hoofdingang. Parkeren is overigens gratis. Voor fietsers is er vlak bij de ingang een speciale (fiets)parkeerplaats.

Hoe laat begint het en hoe laat eindigt het?
Terrein open: 12.00 uur
Aanvang: 13.00 uur
Einde: 00.00 uur

Kan ik tussentijds het terrein verlaten en later terugkomen?
Ja dat kan. Bij het verlaten van het terrein ontvangt u een stempel

Is het mogelijk om kleine kinderen mee te nemen?
Wij raden het meebrengen van kleine kinderen naar een massa evenement absoluut af, maar wij kunnen hen natuurlijk de toegang tot het festival niet ontzeggen. Voor iedereen geldt dezelfde regel: al wie het festivalterrein binnen wil moet in bezit zijn van een geldig ticket en wel om volgende redenen:

Dit is een ontmoediging omdat wij ouders er op attent willen maken dat kleine kinderen bij onregelmatigheden gevaar kunnen lopen.
De organisatie wil met het verkopen van een toegangsticket een overeenkomst sluiten met degene die het kaartje koopt voor het kind. Met het kopen van een toegangsticket aanvaarden de ouders van het kind de volledige verantwoordelijkheid. Er is geen kinderopvang voorzien noch wordt er korting voor kinderen toegekend.

Hoe oud moet je zijn om naar Retropop te mogen?
De adviesleeftijd is 16 jaar. Als je jonger bent, moet je in gezelschap zijn van iemand ouder dan 18 jaar. Verder wordt het meenemen van baby’s en kinderen afgeraden. Wel moet er ook voor kinderen het volledige bedrag betaald worden. Let op: we schenken geen alcohol aan personen onder de 18!

Moet ik mijn legitimatie meenemen?
Jazeker, je bent bij wet verplicht om je identiteitsbewijs altijd bij je te hebben. Je kunt op Retropop aan de bar gecontroleerd worden op leeftijd. We verkopen namelijk geen alcohol aan personen onder de 18 jaar. Wil je voorkomen dat je elke keer gecontroleerd wordt? Bij de muntenkassa kun je op vertoon van je legitimatie een polsbandje krijgen. Hiermee weet het barpersoneel dat je ouder bent dan 18, en dus lekker een biertje mag drinken.

Wanneer gaat het festivalterrein open en hoe laat begint het programma?
Je kunt op zaterdag 4 juni 2016 vanaf 12.00 uur het festivalterrein op. De eerste band begint om 13.00 uur. Het programma is afgelopen om 00.00 uur.

Wat zijn de betaalmiddelen op het terrein? Kun je munten pinnen?
Betaalmiddelen zijn munten. Munten zijn te koop op het terrein bij de speciale muntenkassa’s. Je kunt munten pinnen bij de muntenbalies op het festivalterrein, geld pinnen kan niet.

Mag ik mijn fototoestel/Selfie-stick meenemen op het festivalterrein?
Als het een huis-, tuin- en keukencamera is, wel. Professionele apparatuur is niet toegestaan; toestellen met afneembare lenzen worden sowieso niet toegelaten, net als filmcamera’s en opname-apparatuur. Ook Selfie-sticks zijn verboden!

Mag ik mijn eigen voedsel en drank meenemen naar het festival terrein?
Nee, dit is niet toegestaan m.u.z. allergieën en speciale diëten.

Waar kan ik mijn spullen kwijt?
Retropop beschikt over een eigen bewaakte garderobe.

Hoe zit het met drugs op het Retropop?
Het is volgens de Nederlandse wet verboden om drugs bij je te hebben of te verhandelen.

Mag ik mijn hond meenemen?
Op het festival zijn honden en andere huisdieren niet toegestaan.

Zijn er rolstoel-plaatsen op het terrein?
Op het Retropop festival staan rolstoel podia. Hiervandaan heb je een goed uitzicht op het podium.

Ik heb kaarten gekocht en nu kan ik niet meer heen, kunnen deze kaarten retour?
Verkochte kaarten worden niet teruggenomen en kunnen niet worden omgeruild.

Staat jouw vraag er niet tussen, kijk dan even naar het reglement. Wellicht vind je daar het juiste antwoord! Staat het daar ook niet bij, stuur dan een mailtje naar info@retropop.nl

Happy Days Festival

Our festival will take you back in time to celebrate those Happy Days! With a combination of legendary artists from the 70s, 80s and 90s, that will recreate the feel good factor. Come and reminisce the party vibe at our amazing venue, a 40 acre site in the heart of Surrey, ‘Imber Court‘, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0BT.

The Festival will blend 3 decades of amazing music with other entertainments including a themed retro bar, pyrotechnics, games area, family fun activities.

Happy Days Lineup

Artists confirmed for Party Saturday 28th – The Human League, Marc Almond, Heaven 17, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Matt Bianco…Main Stage DJ “Rusty Egan” from British New Wave Bands Visage and The Rich Kids.

Artists confirmed for Soul & Dance Sunday 29th – The Sugar Hill Gang plus Melle Mel & Scorpio (Furious Five), Incognito, Jocelyn Brown, Joyce Sims, Martha Wash (original Weather Girl), Heatwave, Vula (Basement Jaxx Vocalist), Lisa Millett…Main Stage DJ “Bert Bevans” Studio 54 & Orginal Ministry of Sound.

Festival goers will also be able to try our delicious Gastro Grub, which will include a selection of World Fusion food and Vegetarian options.

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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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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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        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.”