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LEYTONSTONE EX-SERVICEMENS CLUB. An old haunt of the rock'n'roll kitchen. Its a nice function room, it has its own bar, and does real ale. And its cheap bar prices! Shows are normally EVERY Wednesday and the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month (and additionally the 5th Saturday if there is one). Doors open 8.30pm and we're normally done'n'dusted by 11.00pm-ish. As usual it'll be a free entry night with a collection to pay the musicians. PLEASE BE GENEROUS! Its the way we make the night work. Accompanied children aged 11+ allowed.

What's Cookin'...
Upstairs @ Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club
Harvey Road
Leytonstone, London E11 3DB

Leytonstone Underground (2 min)
Leytonstone High Road BR Station (10 min)

What's Cookin' SUNDAY SESSIONS @ THE UNION CHAPEL. The Sunday dates will vary so check the On The Menu page for what's happening. Doors open 2.30pm and we're normally finished by 6.00pm. These will be ticketed/pay on the door shows and prices will vary. Accompanied children aged 14+ allowed.

What's Cookin'...
Compton Terrace,
Upper Street,
Islington, London N1 2UN

Highbury & Islington Underground/Overground (2 min)
Essex Road Station (10 min)

Info on the lovely chapel here:

In Brief

Wed 30th August; No Show
Sat 2nd September;The John E Vistic RocknRollSoundSystem
Wed 6th September;Paul-Ronney Angel (Urban Voodoo Machine) & Friends / King Size Slim
Sat 9th September;The Midnight Union Band / Das Fenster & The Alibis
Wed 13th September;James The Fang (USA) / Serious Sam Barrett
Sat 16th September;The Delta Jacks / Hollywood Knightz (USA)
Wed 20th September;Summerhill / The Lucky Strikes / Rich Webb Band
Wed 27th September;Steve Hooker / Breadfoot (USA)
Sat 30th September;The Fast Camels / Dark Globes

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John E Vistic

Saturday 2nd September

The John E Vistic RocknRollSoundSystem

After stealing the show at this year's Red Rooster Festival John E Vistic returns to the kitchen to open up our new Autumn season with his full 5-piece RocknrollSoundsystem. If you're sick about the end of your Summer holidays we have the cure. Rock'n'roll mayhem!

John E Vistic is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, also known for his work with post rock band Crippled Black Phoenix. His new solo album 'Welcome Down the Night' produced by Tristan Longworth (Jon Allen/The Third Degree) is a beautifully crafted album of songs about love, death and the landscape of the heart. The record features collaborations with a legendary range of artists including members of Primal Scream, Morcheeba, Jon Allen, the Marc Ford band and Rachel Stamp as well as his own band Rock'n'Roll SoundSystem. To sum death rock psychedelia trash blues punk is what he is!

"A towering figure on the live circuit of London as well as his home city of Bristol", METRO. "Gravelly vocals and powerful, swelling tunes that reach deep inside, all built on a foundation of rock solid musicianship", LOUDER THAN WAR.

Paul-Ronney Angel

King Size Slim

Wednesday 6th September

Paul-Ronney Angel (Urban Voodoo Machine) & Friends / King Size Slim

Urban Voodoo Machine frontman Paul-Ronney brings his boUrbon soaked gypsy blues bop'n'stroll. You know the score on Mr Angel! Expect an Urban Voodoo Machine guest or two.

Kingsize Slim opens the evening with his solo heavyweight acoustic sound. Big warm tones from his resonator guitar combined with a powerful and direct vocal style are the King Size Slim trademarks that define a truly heavyweight acoustic sound that shouts loud and kisses sweet. As a solo performer Kingsize Slim is hard for any audience to resist.

"Few artists create a distinctive sound but Kingsize Slim aka Toby Barelli has done just that...terrific stuff", R2 MAGAZINE.

The Midnight Union Band

Das Fenster
& The Alibis

Saturday 9th September

The Midnight Union Band / Das Fenster & The Alibis

Following a short hiatus, The Midnight Union Band embark on a European tour this Autumn. The tour includes dates and festivals throughout Ireland, UK and Germany. While on break from touring the band have been working behind the scenes on their second studio album. The Midnight Union Band has unveiled a taster ahead of the tour, with the first single "Moon" from their highly anticipated forthcoming album. Formed in 2011 The Midnight Union Bands' sound may best be described as a unique blend of Americana and folk nestled with an alt-country twist. In September 2014, the band released their debut album entitled "Of Life And Lesser Evils" filled with thought provoking lyrics and songs that range from the most poetic and tender of ballads to full fledged bustling, high octane tunes bursting at the seams with energy, and rhythm. A full-on Saturday night rock'n'soul band!

Rockabilly voodoo with criminal tendancies from Das Fenster And The Alibis who are inspired by 40's Film Noir,Gangsters,and Marlon Brando.

James The Fang &
Serious Sam Barrett

Wednesday 13th September

James The Fang (USA) / Serious Sam Barrett

James The Fang is from Alabama and fronts raucous oldtime bluegrass gospel rockers The Pine Hill Haints. Sam is from Leeds and plays a mixture of traditional and original material but his recorded output has mainly focussed on his own compositions especially in his later works. His style builds on folk music from the British Isles, Ireland, traditional American music as well as more contemporary styles of Rock n Roll and 50s pop music. Sam mainly plays a 12 string guitar although he also has made many recordings playing banjo and occasionally electric guitar.

Sam and James will be playing traditional songs from the deep south, Yorkshire and Ireland as well as original tunes fuelled by skateboarding, whiskey and endless hours on the road! They'll be promoting their new album together;

"Serious and the Fang's mix of traditional tunes and their own blend seamlessly, it's Americana in its truest form, steeped in a sad heart, the weary and the downtrodden", AMERICANA UK. "Sam's songs rattle with the ghosts of Appalachian folk, and southern blues, yet sound emphatically English", UNCUT. "Old before his years country-folk fellow who mixes intricate John Fahey fingerpicking with confessional tales of dirty old Leeds", THE GUARDIAN.

The Delta Jacks

Hollywood Knightz

Saturday 16th September

The Delta Jacks / Hollywood Knightz (USA)

The marshy hinterlands of South Essex have proved a fine breeding ground for bands over the past few decades. A wilderness where scores of musicians can practice their craft in isolation, giving them a distinct edge unlike their urban counterparts; from Dr Feelgood, Kursaal Flyers, Eddie & The Hot Rods, and The Lucky Strikes. It stands to reason that The Delta Jacks will follow suit.

Formed in 2011, the band earned their spurs on the UK Americana circuit, saddling up and heading for The Smoke for gigs at such illustrious roots venues as the 12 Bar, The Gladstone and Camden's Lock Tavern, as well as regular airplay on Resonance FM's long-running Bonanza show. In that time headline shows have been interspersed with high profile support slots with the Jim Jones Revue, The Lucky Strikes, Mudlow and Son Of Dave. Banjo-infused hillbilly rock, destined to appeal to fans of Johnny Cash, Legendary Shack Shakers, Slim Cessna's Auto Club and Violent Femmes.

Together California legends Rob Campanella and Chrystof Wolfgang Certik make up the moniker of Hollywood Knightz. Rob Campanella is an LA institution in his own right, producing and playing with bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Tyde, the Mystic Braves, Dead Meadows, as well as his own band The Quarter After. Chrystof Certik is a San Fransisco legend who's played with everyone you've ever heard of as well as the ones you haven't. A must see guitar player who masters everything from the mandolin to the banjo to Clarence White style flatpicking. His own projects including the much missed and overlooked Winter Flowers. Expect folk, country, psychedelia, West Coast style tunes and a few original tunes.


The Lucky Strikes

Rich Webb

Wednesday 20th September

The live stuff from 9.00pm SHARP!

Summerhill / The Lucky Strikes / Rich Webb Band

Legendary Glasgow via Camden country-rock janglers Summerhill are reuniting for a series of dates in support of their 30th Anniversary and the re-release of their classic debut mini-album 'Lowdown'.

Formed out of the ashes of Glasgow's Snakes Of Shake, who released two albums 'Southern Cross' and 'Gracelands & The Natural Wood' before heading South. Their first release was the 12-inch single 'I Want You' on the Rocket 5 label. Signing to Demon Records offshoot Diablo, they released the mini-album 'Lowdown' in 1988, featuring pedal-steel legend BJ Cole. They became the support band of choice for London dates by visiting paisley underground bands before being picked up by Polydor. Their major label debut 'West Of Here', had less of a country-rock influence and, after a desperate attempt by Polydor for a hit with a cover of the Stone' 'Wild Horses', the band split.

Summerhill will be joined by special guests and What's Cookin' favourites The Lucky Strikes and Aussie roots-rockers the Rich Webb Band.

Steve Hooker


Wednesday 27th September

Steve Hooker / Breadfoot (USA)

The rockabillyblues and soulman Steve Hooker is back in the kitchen! Steve still has the scars to remember his various bands by - The Heat (punk rock 'n' roll 1977), The Shakers (rhythm 'n' blues from hell 1982 - 1987), Boz and The Bozmen (glam rockabilly 1988) and Rumble (raw rockabilly 1994 - 1997). He also played and recorded with Wilko Johnson Boz Boorer, Levi Dexter. Geno Washington, Mr Maybellene, Chuck Berry, Steve Marriott, Johnny Thunders and Robert Gordon were happy to share stages with the rockabillyblues and soulman too.

Breadfoot was spawn of the East River Delta. He digs his whiskey neat and his coffee black. He is a one-man band whose idiosyncratic take on life and wide range of influences from The Sherman Brothers and Neil Young fuels his unique brand of Tin Pan Folk & Americana. His influences are anything from AC/DC to Hank Williams to John Fahey to Thelonius Monk.

The Fast Camels

Dark Globes

Saturday 30th September

The Fast Camels / Dark Globes

Glasgow's psychedelia popsters play an explosive blend of 60's influenced psychedelia, freakbeat and classic power-pop and have been turning heads on the live circuit in their native Glasgow since their formation in 2005. Imagine an intriguing mix of Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the Pretty Things psych-pop and small dollops of 'Forever Changes' period Love. If The Fast Camels were a beverage, they'd be a cup of coffee laced with hallucinogens. Their sound can hit you between the eyes and induce headbanging or take those same said eyes, lift them towards the lights, and set the brain behind them whirling with swirling, psychedelic melanges of vocals and instrumentation. New album 'Tales Of The Expected' is out now.

"Their songs remind me of Love in 1966..", JOHNNY ECHOLS (LOVE). "An authentic 60's sound with a bit of something 21st century in the mix", RESONANCE RADIO.

Dark Globes play reassuringly downbeat, ego-free pop music, burying fragile songs under a fuzzy blanket of reverb, lit by a candle of jangle. A shy collective of Southenders, a mismatched coalescence of oddballs.

Coming up...

Sat 7th Oct; The Dials
Wed 11th Oct; TBC
Wed 18th Oct; John Craigie (USA) / Tom Blackwell
Sat 21st Oct; Oh! Gunquit / The Nurses
Wed 25th Oct; Reg Meuross / Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer

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