french music melbourne style
Melbourne-based, French-inspired ensemble La Nuit Blanche seeks to bring the French music they love to a modern Australian audience. Featuring the gypsy sounds of accordion and guitar, and the sexy jazz brawn of saxophone and double bass, with purring jazz and pop vocals, this band is like nothing else in Melbourne. Bringing you the songs of Eartha Kitt, Charles Trenet, Camille, Vanessa Paradis, the Amelie soundtrack, Django Reinhardt….Oh la la, c’est si bon! Stop by the guingette for un petit Pastis, listen to the chanson and take in the atmosphere….
Vocals - Raleigh Williams
Drums - Samuel Young
Double Bass - Enzo Ruberto
Guitar - James Gilligan - Nathan Slater
Accordion - Salvatore Greco
Saxophone - Julian Banks
Sunday March 19 2017 / Brunswick Music Festival MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE/ Pascoe Vale Reserve 4:00-5:00pm
Sunday March 19 2017 / Entrecote South Yarra / 5:30-8:00pm
Sunday March 26 2017 / Entrecote South Yarra / 5:30-8:00pm
Thursday March 30 2017 / Milk the Cow Fromagerie / Carlton / 7:00pm
Sunday April 18 2017 / Entrecote South Yarra / 5:30-8:00pm
Sunday April 23 2017 / Entrecote South Yarra / 5:30-8:00pm
Thursday April 27 2017 / Milk the Cow Fromagerie / Carlton / 7:00pm
Sunday April 30 2017 / Entrecote South Yarra / 5:30-8:00pm
Sunday May 7 2017 / Entrecote South Yarra / 5:30-8:00pm
Sunday May 21 2017 / Stonnington Jazz Festival / Greville Street Prahran / 3:00pm
Thursday May 25 2017 / Milk the Cow Fromagerie / Carlton / 7:00pm
** We are currently taking bookings for Bastille Day 2017 (Fri 14/7) and the surrounding week - contact us via the form for more information! **
QUOI DE NEUF ? - WHATS NEWS ?
While we're busily completing our site, check out our music on https://soundcloud.com/lanuitblanchemusic
'MOI J'AI EU UN FLASH!' FRENCH ROCK AND POP TO GET THE LNB TREATMENT
Wham Bam! We have had a super start to the year with gigs all over the countryside, and now as winter approaches, we are working on some new and fun material to broaden our Frenchie style even further. We've been dying to resurrect some great French dancefloor classics with our own LNB flavour. One can't go past the non-sensical, uber-catchy 'Ca Plane Pour Moi' by Belgian Plastic Bertrand (1979). However, whilst researching some more about the song, we discovered there was actually a grand scandal to do with the performing artist! Turns out Plastic Bertrand is the French language version of Milli Vanilli..... check out this article by Doug Jones at dangerousminds.net to read about what went on, and listen out for a newly-tailored version of this song at our next gigs! xx
LA NUIT BLANCHE AT BRUNSWICK MUSIC FESTIVAL FEB & MAR
C'est magnifique! You can catch LNB in our full 6-piece glory at the famous Brunswick Music festival on Sunday March 19 in the 'Vale de Pascoe' - or - as we locals know it, Pascoe Vale. This is the fun and free closing event of this iconic music festival, and we'll be adding a French flavour alongside some other amazing acts.....to quote the festival:
"Bullhorn will bring their brash big band boogie. The Transatlantics will treat us with their sweet, sweet soul. La Nuit Blanche will add a fine French gypsy jazz flavour. TEK TEK Ensemble will open us up to the world of disco fusion. And the stunning Vietcharm will amaze with their traditional Vietnamese dance."
Grab a picnic, your dancing shoes, and come and meet us there! From 4pm xx
QUEL ÉTÈ-LÀ! WHAT A SUMMER!
Super! We here at La Nuit Blanche music headquarters have been busily working away on new tunes, new media, and having a ball entertaining the Frenchie-loving masses of Melbourne! Mais - il ne s'arrête - it isn't stopping for us! We have a full season of gigs lined up to carry us into the year on both sides of the rivière... So we've teamed up with the amazing graphic artist, Todd Beeby, over in Nouvelle Zealande - who is helping us get the word out about our concerts coming up. Check out his Villemot-inspired artwork made especially for us! If you need any artistic talents - definitely check out his website here xx
We'll see you at a gig soon! xx
BONNE ANNÉE À TOUS!
After un peu de repos (a little break) over Christmas, we're back and raring to go with our calendar booking up. We're so pleased to return to our Sunday weekly residency at South Yarra's Entrecote, and our monthly sessions at fromagerie Milk the Cow - but we'll also be coming to the Brunswick Music Festival and Stonnington Jazz festival later in the year! Don't forget to 'like' us on facebook, and perhaps follow us on instagram to discover any latest news and perhaps request your favorite frenchie number! We look forward to seeing you this year xx bisous from La Nuit Blanche xx
FRENCHIE THURSDAYS AT MILK THE COW CARLTON
We've had such a ball playing at the amazing Carlton fromagerie, Milk the Cow, once a month this year (in the gorgeous bar 'à l'étage' - upstairs!). Join us for our last of the year on Thursday 24th November from 7:30pm).
JAZZ SUNDAY SPRING/SUMMER SERIES AT ENTRECOTE
LNB kicks off the festive season with our residency at South Yarra institution, Entrecôte. We'll be there in trio format every Sunday until Christmas to help you while away the last hours of the weekend with Lillet cocktails, champagne, oysters....oo la la! 5:30-8pm.
SBS FRENCH RADIO
Raleigh spoke with Christophe Mallet at SBS French Radio in May about LNB's Stonnington Jazz Festival performance on Saturday May 14.
JAZZ IN SOUTH YARRA - STONNINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
La Nuit Blanche will be delivering an afternoon of delightful French fancy at the Stonnington Jazz Festival outdoor Toorak Trader's Association marketplace on Saturday May 14. This is a free event from 3-6pm, corners of Murray & Station Street Toorak.