2019 sees the start of an underground soul scene explosion. For several years soul music has seen a steady increase in popularity particularly in Sweden. The broad breadth of soul music, retro and modern, has manifested itself in bars and venues reaching an audience keen on unfiltered, unmanufactured, emotive music. You know — the real stuff. Here we list some upcoming events worth checking out if you’re in Stockholm.
Wednesday Soul Sessions x Tap Room
STARTS WEDNESDAY 30 Jan
Hosted by Tap Room Kungsholmen and Clarion Hotel Amaranten
For a soulful mid-week after-work session head to Tap Room Kungsholmen
and enjoy live music – soul & funk every Wednesday.
Swedish soul man Anders von Hofsten (The Family Tree, Kaah, Simone Moreno) on song and piano, and on stage is Niklas Gabrielsson (Robyn, Oskar Linnros, The Beeters) on drums and vocals, and Ulf Engström (Bo Kaspers, Blacknuss) on bass.
Cocktail Hour – between 17-18 and then the evening continues with DJs and delicious bar menu. We create the event in collaboration with Jim Beam and on Wednesdays only – Jim Beam White Whiskey Sour – for 95 KR!
Liveband, 18.00 / 19.00
Cocktail Hour, 17.00-18.00
Jim Beam White Whiskey Sour, all night 95: –
Find out more info (in Swedish)
STUBBORN HEART SOUL CLUB at Dramatenbaren 16/2!
Welcome to the revival of the STUBBORN HEART SOUL CLUB at the Drama Bar! Saturday the 16th of February there will be a big premiere party with guest DJ SEBASTIAN FONZÉUS, from Malmö!
For two and a half years, STUBBORN HEART Stockholm is the most popular 60s club that plays the best from the dirty 1960s and non-smoking soul. At each club event, Resident DJs Eike Delic, Challe Elliot and Andreas Dienel invite the entire top layer of Europe’s Northern Soul DJs. The premiere evening of honour they welcome no less than Malmö’s coolest soul-DJ SEBASTIAN FONZÉUS, who for several years has been running the successful clubs “Function” and “Soulin”.
And the tunes?
During the 1960s, African American artists such as The Four Tops, James Brown and Fontella Bass conquered top lists around the world. Record companies such as Motown, Chess or Atlantic were real hit factories and several smaller record companies in the US followed in their footsteps to find the next star and hit song. Some made success locally, but most did not even though their music was magical.
STUBBORN HEART and their guest DJs give these forgotten gems a second chance at the Dramatenbarens dance floor. Between 21-01 on the 16th of February, they’ll play awesome swinging vinyl songs that deserved to be memorable hits. So, put on your dancing shoes and prepare for a magical evening with the best music.
Friday Soul Nights feat. Abel & The Significant Eight
Friday, 15 February 2019 from 20:00-01:00
Stora Gråmunkegränd 7, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden
Welcome to the pendant that delivers the best in soul music from the 50s and 60s. Abel & The Significant Eight offers a dance with a passionate and swinging concert.
The Significant Eight:
Abel Haile – Lead vocals
Lars Åhlund/Johan Axelsson – Tenor Saxophone
Joel Karlsson – Baritone Saxophone
Axel Berntzon – Trumpet
Tom Olovsson – Bass
John Bernström – Guitar
Kaj Szyszkiewicz – Guitar and backing vocals
John Runefelt – Piano and backing vocals
TBA – Drums
The Weekend Starts Here
February 1 Friday from 16:00-22:00
February 15 Friday
Bellmansgatan 22, 118 47 Stockholm, Sweden
Hosted by Radical Rhythm Revue
If you’ve survived January, you’ll survive almost everything!
Well, it is perhaps a truth with modification but anyway, this year’s most boring and poorest month is finally over, and of course, we want to celebrate.
So head to the city’s best after work at Söders most beautiful bar. There’s a superb menu, order your very own gin and listen to the absolute toughest music you can imagine!
Vintage Jamaican jump up, swinging soul, doo-wop, boogaloo & rockin’ blues. (And tunes from my hometown Croydon! 🙂