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Soul and Funk and A Status Quo Tribute this weekend
Dear Live Music Fan,


I trust this finds you well, and just to keep you on your toes my missive this week is coming out a little earlier than usual. Excitement (or should that be excrement) knows no bounds!


Just to remind you that we have TWO gigs coming up this weekend and indeed for the next THREE WEEKS we have gigs on BOTH Fridays AND Saturdays.








This gig is booking well and whilst I do not think it will sell out an early reservation is advised.


As it says on the web site:-


Britain’s finest Soul singers front the most exciting and authentic Funk Soul Band in London.


The Live Show


City Funk Orchestra always features two of Britain’s most highly acclaimed Soul singers combined with the most exciting and accomplished Funk and Soul outfit in the land to deliver their trademark irresistible dance-all-night live performance. Featuring the great songs of Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan and Michael Jackson via Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye, Sister Sledge, Alexander O’Neal, Stevie Wonder, Maze and more, all performed with a spirit that springs from the special love amongst all these great performers for this enduring golden era of music. From pumping dance-floor specialities to the smoothest of romantic soul ballads delivered so authentically, it's this which truly sets CFO apart as the best dance band in town. True Funk!




Hazel Fernandes - Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Tom Jones, Stereophonics


IMAANI - Incognito, Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor


The Band:


Geoff Dunn (drums) – Van Morrison, Incognito.


Nial Tompkins (guitar) – Marcella Detroit.


Carl Hudson (keyboards) – Sister Sledge, Culture Club.


Rick Mitra (bass) – Philip Bailey, Christina Aguilera.

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or your usual web links.






It has been some years since Counterfeit Quo graced the stage and I dare say they will not be back for a while so do not miss your chance to catch them. As it says on the web site:





Counterfeit Quo formed in Essex in early 1995 by four hardened Quo fans who set out to recreate the dynamic Quo performances of old. The band's reputation spread rapidly and they have now toured every region of the U.K., ventured into Europe and featured on local and national BBC Radio.

An adrenaline charged set crashes its way through many of Quo's 22 top ten chart hits including Pictures Of Matchstick Men, Down Down, Whatever You Want and Rocking All Over The World, whilst still paying tribute to glorious earlier albums like Piledriver, Hello and 'Quo' 

So what you get is Heads Down, No-Nonsense Boogie played on the familiar beaten up green and white Telecasters by the denim clad likenesses of Status Quo. 

The band has also had the honour of working with original Quo drummer John Coghlan and been given the seal of approval from no less than Quo's very own Francis Rossi and the late Rick Parfitt.



Generally this is not a very busy night so there should be loads of room to strut your stuff, or if you prefer a more relaxed approach to shoulder rocking then getting a table and chair should not be an issue.


Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or your usual web links.








This is a classic show from some classic musicians. As it says on the web site…


FEELING KINKY? The Kast off Kinks features three former members of the legendary band The Kinks, back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name.

The current line-up is:


Mick Avory (original drummer on all the classic Kinks hits from 1964-84) Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 80’s & 90’s and still with Ray Davies) John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 60’s & 70’s) alongside Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, formerly of the Beach Boys, Noel Redding & Tim Rose).


Expect an evening of iconic hits including You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days, Waterloo Sunset, Come Dancing, All Day and All of the Night plus more...


The Kinks are often cited as one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time. Their first hit, You Really Got Me, in 1964, broke new ground with driving power chords and Dave Davies’ distorted guitar sounds, and created a template for many bands to follow in a rock and roll development which led variously to heavy metal, new wave and grunge.


Later work saw the band’s style change to more melodic songs, highlighting Ray Davies’ lyrical and observational skills in songs like Sunny Afternoon, Dead End Street and Waterloo Sunset.


Although the band’s popularity in the UK waned in the 1970s, they found new commercial success, particularly in the USA, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and returned to the UK top 20 in 1983 with Come Dancing. The Kinks continued as a recording and gigging band until 1996, when the Davies brothers went their separate ways with solo careers.


Almost every other ex-Kink has guested with The Kast Off Kinks, including Ray Davies.


In the words of drummer in the band Mick Avory: "Before you ask, we’re not a tribute band and we’re back playing the early stuff now and again, rather than 300 nights a year, and all of us love it."


“A full house, and a standing ovation. To anyone wondering about going, do not hesitate”

(The Stables, Milton Keynes)


“Nothing short of superb. From start to finish it was filled with hit after hit”

 (Mad Ferret, Preston)


Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or your usual web links.






Rod returns and this time he is backed by his digital band to take us through all those massive hits and keep you up dancing all night. This is always a popular show and I have to tell you I have no forthcoming date in the diary for him so it will be a LOOOOONG time before he returns.


There are other Rod Stewart tribute acts, but none is as convincing as Garry Pease

Garry Pease not only looks like Rod Stewart, he sounds like him too! In an all-action, non-stop tribute show, Garry performs all of the favourites from Rod Stewart’s vast portfolio of songs – everything from the early Faces days through to the Old American Songbook.


Whatever the event, The Rod Stewart Experience will have you singing along and dancing on their feet in no time.


The show has everything you would expect from a real concert – superb showmanship, audience participation and superb songs belted out in exactly the same style as Rod Stewart – in fact, it’s exactly what a Rod Stewart act should be.


You’ll hardly know the difference between Garry and Rod Stewart – and once the party gets going, you won’t even care, you’ll be having such a great time.


An early booking is advised as this is a popular night. Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or your usual web links.




I have no news to report.




The Bohemians (Queen tribute) put on the usual great performance and I suspect we would never have known that the drummer was not their regular one had they not mentioned it. I can tell you that the will return to us on 14th June 2019 and given that this date sold out I would advise an early reservation.




There was a most remarkable happening at this gig. Where people come who have a genuine medical need for a seat I do usually try to save them a table (and I do closely monitor this to make sure it is not abused). For this gig I had so many requests for tables for persons with medical issues I simply could not do it, so I wrote to all those asking and said I would hive-off two tables to the front and right of the room where those less able to stand might find seating. Sadly this did result in some cancellations but I was very much between a rock and a hard place.


I duly put signs up on the front two tables and chairs around them indicating that they should only be occupied by those with a disability. Then a quite remarkable thing happened. Somebody removed all the signs on the front table and then, seemingly, either stood for the night or went and sat elsewhere! How do I know this? Well a lady came in and indicated to me that she needed to sit, I duly directed her to the tables mentioned above and said that she should ask for a seat to be vacated should able-bodied people be in them. Five minutes later she was back at my side saying they would not move and that there were no such signs there when they sat down. Remarkable.


When I am next at the club I may well have a look through the CCTV to see what happened to the signs, as when we cleared up at the end of the night they were on the floor under the chairs adjacent to the wall.


I think that is all


See you soon





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