You’ll know by now #Voyeurs that I’m partial to a speakeasy and happen to have visited some of the best ones around, however, I’ll let you in on a secret; a friend of mine runs THE best one in the entire world. I’m talking full scale production with all the minor details taken care of, all you have to do is show up and enjoy…..
“Le SAPE - Where class is more important than swagger.”
Jason has always worked in show business and when you see him, you’ll realise that he was born for this and nothing else. He cuts a dashing figure in smart, edgy attire - think shirt and waistcoat with a pocket watch for casual dress and you’ll be on the money. He’s a charming American with a British sense of humour.
Having worked on the Vegas music scene pretty much forever, Jason has performed with some of the greats, The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, The O’Jays and Matt Goss to name a few and now he’s bringing his signature style and American charm to the glorious North East and more specifically, a brand new venue, The Roker Hotel in Sunderland.
Never one to bask in the limelight alone, Jason heads up ‘The Society of Ambiance-makers and Persons of Elegance’ (Le SAPE if you’re one of the cool kids), a cool collective made up of eight musicians from all over the North East who take infamous musical numbers from all genres and re-spin them with a little Le SAPE magic to create music you’ve never heard before, except you have…..
So what exactly is Le SAPE Nocturne? in Jason’s words it’s “Equal parts speakeasy, nightclub, live music show, and soiree, stirred briskly and served with extravagant style!” and he’s not wrong. The show is Vegas in a nutshell, it’s big, it’s bold and it’s brazen. Think classic civilised speakeasy with a little cheekiness thrown in for good measure and you’re on the right page.
“When attending Le SAPE Nocturne one is expected to dress in his or her finest and most extravagant attire.”
The Roker Hotel venue marks a new chapter for Le SAPE Nocturne; the production has been resident at the Vermont Hotel for the past year and has been a very well guarded secret that only the coolest kids in the North East know but now that cool collective is expanding, the show is broadening it’s horizon and that means a new venue and a new audience. The hotel itself has undergone a huge restoration programme over the past two years and the famous ballroom will house the show and its followers. Interested……?
The first performance at The Roker Hotel will take place on Friday October 16th in The Six Soldiers Suite and you’re going to want to be a apart of this, there’s no secret knock or handshake for this event, all you have to do is contact The Roker Hotel directly to buy tickets and at £30 per person for a night of dinner, dancing and entertainment, it’s sure to be a sell out. Just one thing before you pick up the phone though, when you’re planning your outfit for this one, go big or go home, think jazz babies and flapper girls, this is one as much for the fashion as it is for the music and trust me - you won’t be disappointed with either….
PS if you manage to get tickets for this awesome event, post up your pictures on social media #LeSAPE and then gloat as you’ll be the envy of all your friends.