Not been to the Hideaway yet? Located close to Streatham Station, this really is south London’s coolest place to hear live Jazz, Soul, Funk and everything in between. We went to see an Otis Redding tribute, Mudibu and the Jezebel Sextet.
Otis Redding was one of the main artists on the Stax label, as well as a prolific songwriter. Stax, from Memphis, along with its distribution company, Atlantic Records, were the main rivals to Motown in 60s and 70s soul music with artists such as Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Carla Thomas and Isaac Hayes. The film, and more recently, the stage show ‘The Commitments’ has brought the Stax/Atlantic sound to new generations of fans.
The Jezebel Sextet (there’s seven of them!) started the show with a couple of instrumentals showing off the various band members – it was an authentic sound including brass and Hammond organ with the trademark whirling speaker. Mudibu then joined the band and got straight into some Otis classics such as Mr.Pitiful, Shake, Respect and the Otis version of the Stones’ Satisfation. Mudibu has a striking stage presence – he’s really tall with a big personality to match, and his voice is uncannily like Otis Redding’s. We were treated to the full repertoire of the Otis catalogue and at the end the audience went wild with applause and cheering, bringing them back on for an encore which finished with ‘Dock of the Bay’, probably Otis’ most famous song. It really was top quality entertainment.
As well as great music, you can drink and dine too at The Hideaway – an added bonus of eating there is you get the tables nearest the stage for a real close-up of the performers. Performances start at 9pm so if you want to eat it’s best to arrive around 8 o’clock. Starters are around £6, mains £13-15 and desserts £6 – you need to be seriously hungry to eat three courses, as portions are very generous! A wide range of wines, beers and cocktails are available at reasonable prices – house wines at £17 per bottle.
We haven’t had a music list for a while so we asked Chris Winter of Turnstyle Records (next to the Hideaway Cafe, at 227 Streatham High Rd) to compile his Top 10 of Stax and Atlantic soul from the 60s and 70s and here’s what he came up with:
Comfort Me – Carla Thomas (Stax 1966), Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack (Atlantic 1973), Cigarettes and Coffee – Otis Redding (A ’66), You Don’t Miss Your Water – William Bell (S ’67), Soul Limbo – Booker T & the MGs (S ’68), Theme from Shaft – Isaac Hayes (S ’71), Bring it on Home to Me – Aretha Franklin (A ’69), Hold On, I’m Coming – Sam & Dave (S ’66), The Ghetto – Donny Hathaway (A ’72), A Man and a Half – Wilson Pickett (A ’69).
All of this music is available at Turnstyle Records in the original vinyl, along with a wide selection of Jazz, Reggae, Soul and more.