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Smokestack's History

THE HISTORY OF  SMOKESTACK

SMOKESTACK OPENED IN NOVEMBER 2007, AS A PURPOSE BUILT BLACK MUSIC VENUE WITH A STRICT MUSIC POLICY OF BLUES, JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, REGGAE & LATIN FROM THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE.

SPAWNED OUT OF THE SUCCESS OF SANDINISTA,  SI ORD & JOHN HOPE JOINED FORCES WITH CHICO MALO TO PRESENT A MUSIC VENUE FOR BOTH LIVE BANDS & DJ'S WHO WEREN'T PREPARED TO COMPROMISE ON MUSIC POLICY:- NO HOUSE, NO MOOKS. JUST MUSIC FOR BOTH EARS.

SMOKESTACK IS THE TITLE OF 1965 BLUE NOTE LP BY ANDREW HILL  (JAZZ FROM THE AVANT- GARDE) & OF-COURSE THE LEGENDARY R&B TUNE BY HOWLIN' WOLF SMOKESTACK LIGHTNIN' OF WHICH BOTH THESE TUNES REPRESENT THE ETHOS OF THE CLUB.

SPREAD OVER TWO FLOORS THE FIRST FLOOR IS THE LOWER BAR HOSTING SOME OF THE FINEST CHOICE OF LIQUER FROM AROUND THE WORLD & THE SMOKESTACK DEVILISH COCKTAIL MENU, & WITH THE INTERIOR DECOR LINED WITH SOME OF THE GREAT RECORD COVER ART OF THE 20th CENTURY. DRENCHED IN A NEW ORLEANS STYLE ATMOSPHERE, WITH A EARLY BLUES, DEEP JAZZ & CLASSIC R&B VIBE EARLY DOORS MIDWEEK. TO A MORE FUNKY, SOULFUL, REGGAE PARTY VIBE LATER AT WEEKENDS. WHILST ALSO COVERING A TRUELY ECLECTIC MIX OF THE HISTORY OF BLACK MUSIC.

THE ROOST ON THE SECOND, IS A PURPOSE BUILT 200 CAPACITY LIVE MUSIC VENUE WITH THE ATMOSPHERE OF A NEW YORK JAZZ CLUB, WHICH IS IDEAL FOR LIVE BANDS & PRIVATE PARTIES.

 AS SMOKESTACK IS DEDICATED TO THE HISTORY OF ALL ASPECTS OF BLACK MUSIC, IT IS CURRENTLY HOST TO SOME OF THE BEST CLUB NIGHTS IN THE NORTH :-

"HARLEM SHUFFLE" FEATURES OUR FINEST RESIDENT DJ'S ADRIAN PLAYLE/MARKO CROSSLEY/ CHICO MALO/SIR PAUL DUNPHY PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS,  DIGGIN' THE CRATES FOR SKA, NORTHERN SOUL, FUNK, JUMP BLUES, JUKEBOX MAMBO, TAMLA MOTOWN & CLASSIC R&B

"ROOTDOWN" NOW IN IT'S 15th YEAR. EVERY SATURDAY, ONE OF LEEDS LONGEST RUNNING FUNK/SOUL/JAZZ  NIGHTS, SINCE NOVEMBER 2000. SUPER KING FUNK DJ CHICO MALO PLAYING ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING, ELECTRIC BLUES/DEEP FUNK/RARE SOUL/REGGAE/SKA/JUKEBOX MAMBO/AFRO-BEAT & HIP-HOP WITH THE EMPHASIS ON PARTY MUSIC.

SMOKESTACK HAS ALSO PLAYED HOST TO SOME AMAZING GUESTS OVER THE YEARS;- ANDY SMITH/DJ PREMIER/HAGGIS HORNS/THE APPLES/DAVID HOLMES/SOUL JAZZ RECORDS/SNOWBOY/THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS/GERALD "THE JAZZMAN" SHORT/HUEY MORGAN.

 

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