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The Ingham 5 Live at Hooper's March 3rd - part of free Sinatra Tribute!
Less than a month ago, a lot of local people gathered at Southwark Council offices in Tooley Street for a music license review hearing. The hearing would decide the fate of Hooper's Bar (SE5 8DH) - a select number of neighbours had complained about noise from the pub on music nights and street drinking the rest of the time (it follows that if you smoke outside you drink out there too). Thankfully the music license was not revoked. A good thing too as the pub relies on event night trade to survive - but some adjustments were made to its timetable such as no drinking in Malfort Road after 9pm and no music after 11. Had the license been pulled we might be looking at nothing but flats on that corner in due course!
To celebrate this reprieve and in celebration of the pub he's been frequenting for nearly 65 years, Davey Jones is putting on a new show. He last put on the Elvis night at Hooper's in October which packed out the place. Now comes a new theme music night with a touch of crooner class - A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA on Saturday night, March 3rd. Two bands, three singers, a quiz, some free pasta (Frank's beloved Rigatoni alla puttanesca/siciliana a la recipe from Patsy's in Manhattan), a limited souvenir Frank CD giveaway, projections, and more.
Evening kicks off around 7:45 with Herne Hill's Rupert Ingham doing early Sinatra and Cole Porter with a 4 piece light jazz swing band. This is to be followed by Paul Betts putting on the Ol' Blue Eyes hits from the Sinatra Songbook (there will be some of these to pass around), and lastly Bob Beard singing his favourite Frankie-Boy numbers to close out the evening. Bob's flying in from Lanzarote for the gig, he sings in clubs there.
There may be a few surprise vocalists too if time permits - but due to recent music licensing adjustments at Hooper's this will be closely monitored. This is another gig in support of Hooper's which has been biting the bullet of late. No charge to get in, so come on out and support your community or your friends who live across the borough boundary line. The real ales are always great too.
We'll be following this event and others at Hooper's on the local Ivanhoe Residents Association Facebook which has just launched. Try http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ivanhoe-Residents-Association/316393255069392 -- or just Google "Ivanhoe Residents Association" - and give us a "like" if you like it!
You can also follow the Tooley Street music licensing review events on the FB, as well as the Save Hooper's Campaign which offers a photo archive of dilapidated or converted pubs in SE London. Whew! We dodged that bullet!
Click on the audio player below for a classic, relatively early Frankie-Boy track "It Was Just One of Those Things" (from a radio show), and scroll down for our Sinatra Tribute flyer and a photo from the Tooley Street meeting.