Boisdale One Night Only

Boisdale 2023

Kid Creole & The Coconuts at
Boisdale of Canary Wharf Restaurant

BACK FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST

Table reservations from 5.30 pm
Performance at 9.30 – 11pm
SHOW ONLY from £39 – £199
DINNER & SHOW from £89 – £249
MEET & GREET FROM £100 – £150

TICKETS

“I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby”, “Stool Pigeon”, “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy” and many more

 

 

Kid Creole, the Sultan of Suave, the High Priest of Hip and the Prince of Pizazz, is back by popular demand for one night only following a fabulous summer residency at the fabulous Boisdale of Canary Wharf, London.

Led with effervescent enthusiasm by Bronx-born August Darnell, who originally modelled his larger-than-life zoot-suit style on the legendary Cab Calloway, Kid Creole & the Coconuts’ melting pot of potent pop-funk laced with a heavy twist of Latin and Caribbean flavours saw them sailing to the top of the charts all over the world.

We are delighted to welcome them to Boisdale Canary Wharf for what is sure to be another barnstorming show as they unleash a seemingly endless jukebox of ageless songs that includes Stool Pigeon, Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy and I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby.

Kid Creole and the Coconuts will be performing an intimate show at Boisdale of Canary Wharf. Don’t miss out and get your tickets now!

“a proper pop star, someone beamed in from somewhere rather more glittery than here”. The Quietus

“Mr August Darnell is a person we scarcely seem to deserve, an unusually conscientious and industrious writer, composer, arranger, producer, player, singer, stage manager, character, bon vivant”. NME

Bar and heated Terrace available on the first floor for pre/post-show drinks!

ABOUT BOISDALE
Tables available from 5.30pm | The show starts at 9.30pm
Boisdale Dinner & Show is on the 2nd floor and we recommend arriving between 6.30pm and 7.00pm
The Hine Bar & Garden Terrace on the 1st floor is open from 5.00pm for pre / post-show cocktails and presents fabulous DJs 7.00pm – 2.00am (Thursday – Saturday). Mi-Soul Radio DJs every Friday & Saxon Sound System DJs every Saturday.
To see our great British menus, stunning cocktails, award-winning wine and whisky lists and handmade cigar collection click here Boisdale.co.uk

 

SOULTASIA

SOULTASIA

SOULTASIA is back in London at Indigo @ 02 Arena with a brilliant line up of some of the best ever performers of Soul and Disco.

When? Saturday 25th February 2023.

Main auditorium
KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS (full live band set)
ODYSSEY – LOOSE ENDS – JAKI GRAHAM – SHOLA AMA- JUNIOR GISCOMBE – OMAR – LAURAINE: VOICE OF THE COOL NOTES

Host
IAN READING – DJ: DARREN BULL (ZERO RADIO)

VIP Room
SMOOVE GROOVES with DJ BIGGER(MI SOUL RADIO)

DJ FLIP – DJ PETER P plus special guests

Tickets are now on sale and available here

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The Volumes

the volumes

Yes, it’s true. Guilty as charged! I am what is commonly referred to as a HOARDER! I hoard things. I collect things. And the lesson I force-feed my children has always been – DOCUMENT EVERYTHING! When the Coronavirus curtailed my freedom of movement, I decided to explore my cellars and lofts. That is where I found thousands of my cassettes that have followed me on every journey I have ever made (and that’s a whole lot of mileage). They were just sitting there, still looking good, just waiting to be cared for again! Since the dreaded pandemic had made me a prisoner in my own home, I decided to use the time to listen to each and every cassette! That became my MISSION IMPOSSIBLY POSSIBLE! Thus was born ONCE UPON A CASSETTE, a collection of ditties and Darnellian witticisms never heard before. I now present you with The Volumes. I hope my attention span allows me to create at least one hundred more! In fact we are attempting to release one volume a month until we’re over and done. And then in time for Christmas, we shall be offering a number of volumes available for purchase in tangible form. Pow to the Nth degree, guys and dolls!

Hey, remember the Wizard who said, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”? Well, here’s my take on that: Always ignore that demand, from Wizards and Fools. Peel back all curtains. Be entertained. Be shocked. Be transformed. Be embarrassed.
I dare you. In fact, I double-dare you!

August Darnell

Look out for the next volumes….coming real soon!

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Off the Coast of Me

Single Releases

Bogotà Affair‘ was the third single to be released from the Off the Coast of Me 40th Anniversary Edition album.
Calypso Pan American‘ is the latest release from the same album. Out on October 28th.
The first single released off the album was ‘Mister Softee, and the follow up single, released on July 10th, was the title track ‘Off The Coast Of Me.
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Off The Coast Of Me
(40th Anniversary Edition)
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DELUXE ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Album OUT NOW
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Off The Coast Of Me was Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ first album release in 1980 on ZE Records.
The Kid and Coati Mundi together decided to celebrate this debut album by releasing a 40th Anniversary Edition.

Released on 2C2C Music, the Kid’s very own record label, the Deluxe Anniversary Edition includes 22 tracks in total.

It, of course, has all the tracks from the original version (re-mastered) but you will also enjoy some very special never-before-released original demos, plus some cool upbeat Bootlegs by the Kid’s son, artist Youngr. But it also includes some recent singles from the band that you may have missed the first time round:
Do Yourself a Favor, Checkin’ My Colonies, You Don’t Know Me and In a Place Like This.

Enjoy!

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40th Anniversary Edition

OFF THE COAST OF ME – 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Out on June 11th on 2C2C Music

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Off The Coast Of Me was Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ first album release in 1980 on ZE Records. The album consisted of 8 songs:
Side One: Mister Softee, Maladie d’Amour, Yolanda, Off The Coast Of Me
Side Two: Darrio, Lili Marlene, Bogota Affair, Calypso Pan American.

Maladie d’Amour was the only single released from this album.

The album was then reissued in 2003 by Rainman Records. This version included all the original songs but also had 5 bonus tracks added by Universal Island Records: There But for the Grace of God Go I, He’s Not Such a Bad Guy After All, Darrio (12” B-side), Yolanda (12” Mix) and Maladie d’Amour (Mutant Disco Version).

Off The Coast Of Me received some fantastic reviews. Here’s what they said the first time round:

Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars 
On The Coast Of A New Sound
During the time I was first becoming aware of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, One of the things I came to understand is that its band leader August Darnell eventually decided to shift the priorities towards actually having a trio of female backup vocalists rather than a female lead singer. The results were the Coconuts. And Darnell apparently re-christened himself Kid Creole. This 1980 album was discussed in the reading I was doing as being an important transitional album. All the same? Took awhile to locate it in a used vinyl bin. And today am very happy I did.

“Mister Softee” starts off the album with an upbeat pop/funk number led by tingly percussion and a low rhythm guitar. “Maladie D’Amour” is a finely orchestrated disco friendly mid tempo soul stomp-with some rhythm guitar and clavinet riffing on the refrains. “Yolanda” and “Darrio” are deeply grooving boogie numbers with some wonderfully processed bass/guitar on the former while the title song is a stripped down calypso with a distant,echoed vocal lead. “Lil Marlene” combines the boogie and calypso influences together while “Bogota Affair” has a strong salsa pop flavor. “Calypso Pan American” ends the album with a vibraphone charged boogie rhythm yet again.

One thing about this album I noticed immediately is that, for the most part it goes right for the jugular of the Afro-Latin, percussive pop/funk sound, with a harder rhythmic stomp than the more sweetly orchestrated music of Darnell’s original group. It was as I’d read a transitional album. There are some disco era elements of this album. But for the most part? This album has a more mic’d and raw production style than the extremely slick studio sound that it very easily could have very well with. In terms of the songwriting? It’s definitely leaning towards shorter pop structures as well. So it comes down to being an excellent introduction for them.

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Robert Christgau wrote:
Off the Coast of Me [Antilles, 1980]
Reformed high school teacher August Darnell having split with black-sheep bro Stoney Browder, the music thins out–Dr. Buzzard’s progressive retro is hard to top, Darnell’s naturally sarcastic voice short on bottom. So the not exactly all-embracing “Calypso Pan-American” and “Off the Coast of Me” neither justify nor transcend their distanced tone (typically, the title tune affects a megaphone filter), while comedy numbers like “Bogota Affair” (the effete Creole as cuckold), “Mr. Softee” (the effete Creole as limp-dick), and “Darrio . . .” (the effete Creole as new-waver) are simple and strong. When clever means this clever, maybe we should settle. B+
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CC.T said:
Oh yeah the music. Shucks, it’s The Kid
Guy’s a deity of a band leader. Lyrics with wit, eclectic Disco Caribbe sounds +, for the ear. Dance that defies gravity and showmanship par excellence for the eye.
ZE stable studio wizard too. Ok maybe didn’t influence the music world nor broadway BUT didja ever see ’em live in person at a small venue ? Nuff sed!

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John Verity wrote:
A Zillion Stars, or more
An absolutely, positively, totally, and completely great album, one of the best ever released. So smart, such musicianship, such sly lyrics, and what a beat. Listen once and you’ll be hooked, and dancing for the rest of time. No kidding. I ain’t exaggerating. If you disagree, your money back. “Off the Coast of Me” is one of the most delicious and sexy songs you’ll ever hear. It will make you wet, with perspiration.

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This now brings us to 2020, where the Kid and Coati Mundi together decided to celebrate this debut album by releasing a 40th Anniversary Edition.

To be released on 2C2C Music to the U.S. market, the Kid’s very own record label, this version includes 17 tracks in total. It, of course, includes all the tracks from the original version but has some special never-before-released original demos, plus some cool upbeat Bootlegs by the Kid’s son, artist Youngr.

The first single released was ‘Mister Softee’, and the follow up single, due for release on July 10th, will be the title track ‘Off The Coast Of Me’.

Here’s the track list:

  1. Mister Softee
  2. Maladie d’Amour
  3. Yolanda
  4. Off the Coast of Me
  5. Dario, Can You Get Me into Studio 54
  6. Lili Marlene
  7. Bogota Affair
  8. Calypso Pan American
  9. Adnaloy
  10. He’s Not Such a Bad Guy After All
  11. Off The Coast of Me (Youngr Bootleg)
  12. Yolanda (Youngr Bootleg)
  13. Dario, Can You Get Me Into Studio 54 (Youngr Bootleg)
  14. Bogota Affair (Youngr Bootleg)
  15. Mister Softee (Live at the Rock Lounge 1981)
  16. Off The Coast of Me (Original Demo)
  17. Bogota Affair (Original Demo)

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Off The Coast of Me

40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

PRE-ORDER FROM MAY 28 – OUT ON JUNE 11

PRE-ORDER from May 28 – OUT on JUNE 11

Dedicated to Stony Browder Jr., without whom this journey would never have even started

OFF THE COAST OF ME – 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Produced by August Darnell, Coati Mundi and Adriana Kaegi for 2C2C Music

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Mister Softee
  2. Maladie D’amour
  3. Yolanda
  4. Off the Coast of Me
  5. Dario, Can You Get Me into Studio 54
  6. Lili Marlene
  7. Bogota Affair
  8. Calypso Pan American
  9. Adnaloy
  10. He’s Not Such a Bad Guy After All
  11. Off The Coast of Me (Youngr Bootleg)
  12. Yolanda (Youngr Bootleg)
  13. Dario, Can You Get Me Into Studio 54 (Youngr Bootleg)
  14. Bogota Affair (Youngr Bootleg)
  15. Mister Softee (Live at the Rock Lounge 1981)
  16. Off The Coast of Me (Original Demo)
  17. Bogota Affair (Original Demo)

CREDITS:
1) Engineers: Bob Blank, Julian McBrowne, Lars Henrik Nissen, Dario Darnell
2) Studios: Blank Tapes, Chappell Studios, LN Sound, Llama Land Studios
3) Photography: John Rynski, Eva Tudor-Jones
4) Art Direction: Nadine Ballard

5) The Musicians: August Darnell, Coati Mundi, Peter Schott, Winston Grennan, Marc Mazur, Stony Browder Jr., Carol Colman, Andrew Lloyd, Freddie Harris, Charlie Lagond, Danny Kahn, Sam Burtis, Jay Stovall, Dario Darnell

6) The Singers: August Darnell, Coati Mundi, Don Armando Bonilla, Adriana Kaegi, Lourdes Cotto, Lori Eastside, Frank Passalacqua, Fonda Rae, Brooksie Wells

SPECIAL THANKS:

Ron Rainey, the most honest MANAGER I have ever known
Eva Tudor-Jones, my wife, who almost killed me by turning me into a Vegan (for 18 months)
My 2020 Band: Dave Imby, Mike Gorman, Oroh Angiama, Mark Anthony Jones, Chris Storr, Barnaby Dickinson, Edgar Jones, Otto Williams, Tim Vine, Jamie McCredie, Lorne Ashley, George Hogg
My 2020 Coconuts: Sarah McGrath, Roos Van Rossum, Charlotte De Graaf 

Michael Zilkha, who believed in the TRIP long before the Banana Boat left the dock.
Maripol, who insisted we be a part of the movie Downtown 81. 

TESTIMONIALS:

Adriana: “I guess my greatest contribution to the band, besides doing all the choreography and designing all the outfits and providing a European flair to the backing vocals is… I refused to let August call the band Kid Creole and the Cold Cuts! He thanks me to this day.”

Coati Mundi: “Dr.Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band got me on drugs and Kid Creole & The Coconuts got me off them”.

And a special thank you from Coati Mundi:
Grande GRACIAS a mi hermana, Marina y especialmente mis padres, Cruz* y Flora*. Tu amor y apoyo me ha sostenido toda la vida. (*QEPD).

Label: 2C2C Music

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Mister Softee

New single by Kid Creole and the Coconuts – Mister Softee
Release date: April 30

MISTER SOFTEE (Official video)

Why did I choose Mister Softee to be the first single from the OFF THE COAST OF ME (40th Anniversary Edition) album?

Well, I didn’t.  That album is chock-full of potential singles. So I went about it in a democratic way (for a change). I reached out to Coati Mundi and the original Coconuts (Adriana Kaegi, Cheryl Poirier and Roni Griffith) and we voted on it.

Mister Softee won by a landslide. I know why. The Coconuts adore the sentiment of the song – cutting the Kid down to size has always been their favorite preoccupation. Hope you enjoy it as much as THEY do. Hachachacha!
August Darnell

Mister Softee is the first single release from Off The Coast of Me: 40th Anniversary Edition.
The album is set for release on June 11th, with the single being released on April 30th.

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The single and the album will be available on 2C2C Music label.

This photo of Coconuts Cheryl Poirier, Roni Griffith and Adriana Kaegi was taken backstage before a show in Florida in October, 1980. The band had launched in January and after numerous raucous New York club dates and some solo northeast gigs, Kid Creole opened for the Talking Heads and then the B-52’s on a brief tour heading down the coast to Florida. The wild crowd response at each of these shows for a wholly unknown opening act was thrilling and told us definitively that this band could reach an audience further than east coast clubs. Coati Mundi shaved his head around this time and began wearing ever more surreal outfits on stage, just as other theatrical elements in the show started to expand. In shooting this photo, as I sometimes did, I turned the camera upside-down so that the flash would light the faces subtly from below, erasing shadows and enhancing the drama and sex appeal. The effect was particularly striking in this image which has long been a favorite of mine – and not only because two of the great loves of my life are in this photo. 

– John Rynski, April 2020

MISTER SOFTEE LYRICS

                                                              (music and lyric: August Darnell)

             You’re no good for me!

I got a funny feelin’ baby that tonight you wanna sleep with me
(don’t say it, you know you shouldn’t say it)
But I got a ‘pointment in the mornin’, need at least eleven hours of sleep!
(you said it, I asked you not to say it)
I’m so sorry, babe

              You’re a softee, by trade
Mister Softee’s your name
You’re a softee and hardly my type

Don’t say that, don’t say that!
Don’t you make an issue over somethin’ that’s as small as this
I’ll make it up to you tomorrow evenin’ babe if you insist
Oh

              You’re a softee, by trade
Who you talkin’ to?
Mister Softee’s your name
You’re a softee and hardly my type
Don’t say that, don’t say that

               I’ve had enough in my life
of sweet and sour goodnights
I know you can’t satisfy
but at least you could try
You’re no good for me

Would you rather I forget about my livelihood and stay at home?
(don’t say it, you know you shouldn’t say it)
Well then you must give up your credit cards, must give up your Maud Frizons
(you said it, I asked you not to say it)
I’m so sorry, babe

              You’re a softee, by trade
Who you talkin’ to?
Mister Softee’s your name
There’s no sense squawkin’ ’bout it
You’re a softee and hardly my type
Don’t say that, don’t say that

               I’ve had enough in my life
of sweet and sour goodnight
I know you can’t satisfy
but at least you could try
You’re no good for me

You got a funny way of showin’ me that baby you’re in love with me
(don’t say it, you know you shouldn’t say it)
Just because I need a little rest, you wanna torture me
(you said it, I asked you not to say it)

              You’re a softee, by trade
Mister Softee’s your name
You’re a softee, by trade
Mister Softee’s your name

You’re the softee, my friend
You’re soft in your head
Softee my friend
Soft in the head

              You’re a softee, by trade
Who you talkin’ to?
Mister Softee’s your name
There’s no sense squawkin’ ’bout it
You’re a softee, by trade
Don’t say that
Mister Softee’s your name
Don’t say that
You’re the softee, my friend
You’re soft, soft in the head
You’re a softee, I’m sure
Soft to the core

              You’re a softee, by trade
Who you talkin’ to?
Mister Softee’s your name
You’re a softee and hardly my type
Don’t say that, don’t say that

BEZIERS FRANCE

BEZIERS, FRANCE

 

We are excite to announce a new summer date in the calendar:

Date: Wednesday August 14th, 2019

City: Beziers, France

Event: FERIA DE BEZIERS 2019

Venue: PARVIS DE THEATRE MUNICIPAL

It’s a free open air downtown event. Everybody welcome!

 

FESTIVAL LEUVEN

FESTIVAL LEUVEN

We are excited to play the Leuven Festival in Belgium this summer.

Program

Beleuvenissen

Music performances by Ertebrekers at 20.30-21.45, followed by Kid Creole & The Coconuts at 22.30-00.00.

  • When: Friday 26 July 2019
  • Where: Oude Markt, Leuven
  • Free open air event

For more information please visit the website: https://www.leuven.be/hetgrootverlof

 

SAINT EMILION JAZZ FESTIVAL 2019

SAINT EMILION JAZZ FESTIVAL 2019

Kid Creole and the Coconuts is excited to be performing at this year’s Saint Emilion Jazz Festival on June 29th.
Opening the show at 20.00 is BRASS UNDER THE INFLUENCE followed by KCC on stage at 21.30.
saint emilion
History, heritage, culture, viticulture, music.

This exceptional blend is the story of a Festival with only ambition: quality.
Quality of a medieval architecture, unique in its kind. Quality of local productions known worldwide. Quality of the venues and the musicians who animate them.

The Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival has hosted since its first edition in 2012 exceptional artists who made reason the stones of the city and thrill the hearts of festival-goers: Nile Rodgers and his group CHIC, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chick Corea, Earth Wind & Fire Experience, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jacky Terrasson, Stephane Belmondo, Eric Legnini, Jean-Pierre Como, Vargas Blues Band …

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the inscription of Saint-Emilion as a World Heritage Site, the Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival plays the role of conductor in ensuring the musical programming of the Douves of the Cardinal Palace.

On the 28th, 29th and 30th of June 2019, this magical place in the open air will illuminate with pink the golden stones to propose two concerts by evening entirely free! The program is eclectic, funky, jazzy, feminine, captivating and spectacular!

And that’s not all ! The 3 days of festivities are also marked by highlights throughout the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion and its eight municipalities listed as World Heritage:

Saint-Emilion Wine Festival, concerts and musical entertainment throughout the Jurisdiction, open doors of the castles, farmers markets, conferences, workshops for children, walks, street theater scenes, exceptional views, banquet at the edge of the water, reconstitution of the brand of fire of the vinetier of the Jurade of Saint-Emilion, fireworks …

For more information please visit the website: http://www.saint-emilion-jazz-festival.com/saint emilion