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
Double Bass - Enzo Ruberto // Owen Downie
Guitar - Nathan Slater
Accordion - Salvatore Greco
Saxophone - Julian Banks
** ON JOUE TOUS LES DIMANCHES A ENTRECÔTE SOUTH YARRA - We play every Sunday at Entrecôte South Yarra, 4:30-7pm (Autumn/Winter) - come rain or shine!
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20 2018 - EMPEROR CHAMPAGNE x BILLECART 200th ANNIVERSARY GALA - details via the Champagne Dame website
THURSDAY OCTOBER 25 2018 - Milk the Cow Carlton - 'Sip wine, nibble cheese, feel French!' 7pm
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 2018 - Jazzlab Melbourne - Debut Jazzlab show - 6:30pm
MONDAY DECEMBER 3 2018 - Jazz and Champagne at Philippe Restaurant, Melbourne CBD 6-8pm
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29 2018 - Milk the Cow Carlton - 'Sip wine, nibble cheese, feel French!' 7pm
SUNDAY DECEMBER 9 2018 - Caravan Club, Oakleigh - Raleigh sings Eartha Kitt (Santa Baby) 3pm
SATURDAY DECEMBER 14 2018 - Paris Cat Melbourne- La Nuit Blanche Presents Edith Piaf
SATURDAY & SUNDAY JANUARY 12-13 2019 - Adelaide French Festival
** We are currently taking bookings for Summer 2019
** Oui, we do perform at les marriages, les fetes, tout les choses comme ça! Contact us via the booking form on this site.
QUOI DE NEUF ? - WHATS NEWS ?
We’ve been busy musicians this year! We had a lot of firsts: A debut album, Jazzy Jeudi at Alliance Francaise, entertaining Melbourne’s elite at Emperor Champagne’s Billecart 200th Anniversary, an Eartha Kitt tribute, World Music Day (Fete De La Musique), our first Jazzlab show…and soon, our first appearance at the Adelaide French Festival (Jan 2019). To catch you up, here are Some recent interviews:
'LA NUIT BLANCHE: LIVE AT THE PARIS CAT' Album Launches Bastille Day
Oh la la, mes amis - we are so excited to announce our long-awaited debut album is available as of Bastille Day - Saturday July 14! You'll be able to purchase it online for postal order or download from Bandcamp, and in-person at our gigs. PURCHASE OUR ALBUM HERE
You can catch us celebrating the French Fete Nationale this weekend in a few places:
Melbourne's Bastille Day Festival - The Meat Market, North Melbourne: The festival runs over Saturday and Sunday celebrating all things French here in Melbourne! Catch us on the main stage from 11-11:45am, and sling us a croissant or two!
Entrecote South Yarra's annual Bastille Day Party - The most fabulous place to celebrate Bastille Day at come sundown, hosted by Entrecote's one-and-only Mr. Jones. Expect costumes, music, sing-alongs and surprises! We'll also be back for our regular resident Sunday gig.
RALEIGH AND THE LA NUIT BLANCHE GENTS VISIT PBS FOR CHRISTMAS 2017
We had a marvellous time this week in the PBS studio doing a mini-set of (English language) Christmas songs for Chelsea Wilson's 'Jazz Got Soul' Christmas special - featuring Julian Banks on sax, Nathan Slater on guitar and Enzo Ruberto on Double Bass. If you missed the live broadcast, you can stream away to your heart's content here via the PBS site - We're on about the 1hr25min mark. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas! xx
LA NUIT BLANCHE RETURNS TO PARIS TO PROVENCE 2017 NOV 24-26
We are so excited to be returning to our favourite Frenchie festival - the wonderful Paris to Provence held at Como House, Prahran. No other festival is as beautifully curated and styled, with activities for all ages! Find us there on the Friday evening and Sunday morning. Book your tickets here or come along on the day and say BONJOUR to us in the garden! xx
'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.