Floridita, a descendant from one of the most famous bars in the Caribbean (El Floridita, Cuba), opened its doors in London’s west-end in 2004. Since then it has established itself as a venue that promotes great food, great drinks and most importantly, great music. Its musical roots are dug far deeper than the naughties however, 90 Wardour Street was once ‘The Marquee’, and home to some legendary performances from artists such as Hendrix, AC/DC and The Who - and now the fashionably popular Floridita hosts an evening of nostalgia with The Soul Orchestra.
The band describe themselves as the country’s hardest hitting and most authentic soul band, and whilst that is quite a statement, they make it very difficult to argue. From their opening song, through to their encore, they kept the dance floor packed with dancing soul-lovers. Their frontman, Lloyd Wade, cooly engaged with the crowd throughout, and his infectious voice made the room sing.
The Soul Orchestra performed a cleverly constructed set list that contains common soul tunes, such as ‘Soul Man‘, mixed with some rare gems like 'Uptight' by Stevie Wonder (which topped the charts in 1966 - the same year that Stevie performed at Floridita’s predecessor - The Marquee!). It is great to see that this music is still being performed, and by musicians who have taken care to respectfully recreate it.
The musicians that make up this band deserve special mention - collectively their artist credits read much like a ‘best of’ from the current generation of pop music... to drop a few names: Amy Winehouse, Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys, Mark Ronson, Beverly Knight, Basement Jaxx, Tricky, Lily Allen, Take That, Professor Green, Paolo Nutini, The Saturdays, James Morrison... Impressed?
This energetic line up of top musicians performing a great selection of soul music from a golden era is clearly a winning formula. This band are available for corporate events, private functions and weddings - a must have act for any soul lover! For more information on this act, please visit their profile page.