So Fine - Howard Johnson plays live at TRC w/ Echoes Of
Total Refreshment Centre, London
Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 at 7:00pm - Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 at 11:00pm
HOWARD JOHNSON, one of the most iconic american singer from the 80's Boogie Funk area, will perform for the very first time in London with the young french funk band phenomenon from Paris called ECHOES OF, on march 22nd at Total Refreshment Center !
- Line up :
Howard Johnson (Vocals)
Carel Cleril (Bass)
Jeeb's Palies (Drums)
Emilien Gillan (Guitar)
Kevin Le Bellec (Guitar)
François Faure (Claviers)
Gael Le Prince Caetano (Percussions)
Théo Philippe (sax)
Jean Bon (trumpet)
Benoît Giffard (trombone)
- Bios :
HOWARD JOHNSON : Howard "So Fine" Johnson is probably one of the most popular artist from the 80's Boogie Funk scene. Making his debut in the late 70's among the soul disco funk band "Niteflyte", he was to be quickly signed as a solo artist on A&M Records for 3 crucial albums between 1982 and 1986. Successively produced by the "bosses" of that time such as Kashif, The System, Jerry Jam & Terry Lewis, Howard Johnson embodies the perfect "lover groover" who was rocking the charts and the clubs back in the days.
With his very distinctive sweet voice, "HoJo" can please every crowd, from smooth/quiet storm audience to club/electro funk dancers. His most famous track, "So Fine", remains indisputably an absolute and timeless anthem of the 80's.
In the 90's/2000, Howard Johnson took a break from music industry, finding himself as an independent artist and working with prestigious artistes such as Jermaine Jackson, Barry White or Tom Jones.
More recently, Howard has been involved in two very exciting live projects as lead singer for : the legendary soul funk band "LTD" new line up and the Larry Dunn Band (co-founder and former member of Earth Wind & Fire) !
Coming to Europe in spring 2018, Howard Johnson will surround himself with the funkiest band from Paris, ECHOES OF, to revive the best Soul, Funk and Boogie from HJ's career, including some LTD and EWF classics not often performed live.
ECHOES OF : For 2 years now, the french funk band "ECHOES OF" has been leading a very successful and phenomenal monthly residency called "Funk & The City", in the most famous jazz club in Paris, the NEW MORNING (where the best international jazz, funk, soul artists have performed).
The young cats of ECHOES OF are paying tribute to the american cities of funk (songs between 1975 and 1985) in a very unique, original and ambitious way, covering and reviving songs not often performed live. So far exist ECHOES OF DETROIT (One Way, Bohannon, Carl Carlton), MINNEAPOLIS (Prince, The Time, André Cymone) DAYTON (Aurra, Sun, Lakeside), WASHINGTON (Trouble Funk, Soul Searchers, Chuck Brown), MIAMI (Uncle Louie, Gwen McCrae, T-Connection), PHILADELPHIA (Instant Funk, Breakwater, Bunny Sigler), SAN FRANCISCO (Con Funk Shun, Maze, Larry Graham), CHICAGO (Chaka Khan, Earth Wind and Fire, Omni)
The 6 (extendable to 12) pieces band always keep the same backing nucleus of musicians, inviting several and various singers who become ambassadors of the city they are assigned to. More cities to come such as Memphis, New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles and also non american cities such as London, Tokyo, Rio,... !
ECHOES OF has already been spotted by international professionals and artists :
- in 2015, a previous version of the band (called Solyl-S at the time) opened for AL MCKAY's Earth Wind and Fire experience at Les Folies Bergères in Paris
- in 2016, and this is a big proud, ECHOES OF MINNEAPOLIS opened for GEORGE CLINTON's Parliament + Funkadelic show at Le Trianon in Paris
- in march 2018, ECHOES OF will be performing as HOWARD JOHNSON's backing band on several european tour dates in France and England.
➽ Echoes of Chicago : https://youtu.be/Vklo83gcZBg
➽ Echoes of Detroit : https://youtu.be/spQWL6IU7To
➽ Echoes of Washington : https://youtu.be/ungn9aNDe4I
➽ Echoes of Philadelphia : https://youtu.be/i8IuuciTxGU
➽ Echoes of Minneapolis / Prince : https://youtu.be/nYi6Sw-vGCk
➽ Echoes of Allstars (Miami + Washington + Dayton + Minneapolis) : https://youtu.be/WexfZ2jszC0
Total Refreshment Centre , Unit 2a Foulden road , London