Monday, February 27, 2012


Howdy Folks,
Bonanza & Son launches a brand new night ‘The Gaslight' this Wednesday at Filthy Macnasty’s.

Named after and taking it’s inspiration from the famous Greenwich Village Café, The Gaslight Club which was a favourite haunt of the young Bob Dylan and where he premiered early songs such as ‘Masters Of War’.

Other artists to have performed there include Son House, Allen Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, Bill Cosby, David Bomberg, Bonnie Raitt & Bruce Springsteen.

For the launch we have some terrific acts, artists and writers (see below) and in future months you can expect all manner of
acoustic acts • film screenings • spoken word • performance art • book and poetry readings • private views and one-night-only pop-up art exhibitions • dance • special guest djs • comedy • political satire • puppet shows • etc…

… Oh and what better way to spend a wintery Wednesday evening?

'The Gaslight' launches Wednesday 29th February and will take place on the last Wednesday of every Month at Filthy MacNasties.

Hope to see y’all!

Bonanza & Son (ResonanceFM) Presents
'The Gaslight’ @ Filthy MacNasties.

A brand new ‘Café-Art night' from club-night impresarios and radio presenters Bonanza & Son…

Bonanza & Son is now in its ninth year of promoting & presenting the best in Country, Blues, Americana and Roots Music as well as djing quality music from Country to Krautrock to cutting edge Electronic music.

For over five years Bonanza & Son have also been producing & presenting their popular weekly radio show on Resonance 104.4FM
(Every Monday evening 11pm-Midnight with repeats Sunday afternoons 1-2pm) as well as running numerous, successful club nights and dj sets in the Capital.

Live acoustic sets from

Dylan Walshe:
Multi-instrumentalist, troubadour and Strummerville featured stompin' one man band harmoniser Dylan Walshe will entrance and entertain you with his captivating stories carried all the way from Dublin to London.

He has been likened to such diverse and disparate acts as Billy Childish to Noel Gallagher and to the Blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt in equal measures or indeed any of the original Bluesmen like Leadbelly, Sonny Boy Williamson or Robert Johnson all melded together to give us something fresh in the vein of Steve Earle aboard a steamboat full of modern Sea Shanties and Celtic tales carried all the way from Dublin to London and back again.

We also think there's more than a touch of Nick Cave in Dylan’s songs as well as his namesake tucked in there too which is no bad thing.

George Frakes:
George Frakes is an astonishing, young talent with his consummate fingerpicking and exquisite songwriting; he’ll be taking us on a spiritual journey upon a magic-carpet ride of Neo Psychedelic Folk, nodding respectfully to the likes of Nick Drake, John Martyn, Bert Jansch or even Hank Williams and emerging mysteriously from the mists of North London dressed and draped impeccably, as he does in paisley, velvet, corduroy and fur with song-smithery to match

Book Reading from
Pete Bennett (Monkey Island/The Dublo)
Front man of not one but two of Stoke Newington's finest bands, Monkey Island and The Dublo, Rennaissance man Pete Bennett will read from one of his books which include 'The Occassional Diary of an Opportunist Football Fan’ which was described as 'The opening book of the season . . . a salty tale of promenades, Punk-Rock, politics, family and... erm, football!'

Pop-Up Exhibition/Private view and Film screening
Robert Rubbish
Tonight Robert will screen his short film 'The Labyrinth Of London' a homage to film noir and hard-boiled fiction with a psycho-geographical flavour. A journey into the dark heart of the city as well as an exhibition of paintings and drawings ,

Robert is a big grin-bearing, wild-haired, snappy-suited eccentric co-founder of Le Gun magazine and one half of Victorian-Punk revivalists The Rubbishmen.

This special ‘pop-up’, private view of recent work will include paintings and exquisite drawings based on life, love, hate, death and facial hair!

At a recent show at Rough Trade East he exhibited a number of portraits of musicians who famously sported facial hair. Robert is inspired as much by comedy emporiums and joke shops as he is by classical art and artists such as James Ensor and has been known to call some of his work 'joke shop pop art'.

His apocryphal and anachronistic record covers represent Robert's desire to find albums that he has been hoping to track down for years such as ‘The Complete Works Of Egyptian Ska' or 'The Greatest Hits From The Cosmic Toilet'.

As well as Le Gun Robert also publishes 'Los Pistolos' - a low tech publication with a punky, London/Mexican vibe heavily influenced by underground comics and punk zines of yesteryear.

Rubbish has exhibited extensively and internationally with recent shows in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Japan and even China. He is currently working on a feature-length, espionage movie set between Jersey & London.

The exhibition will run for one month.

Film Screening:
‘No Direction Home’-Bob Dylan/Martin Scorsese
Scorsese & Dylan’s epic masterpiece.

+ Bonanza & Son DJ set (ResonanceFM)
10 decades of Volk-Music!

@ Filthy MacNasties
68 Amwell Street, (Off Pentonville Road Nearest tube Angel)
Wednesday 29th February 2012

Next Month
Wednesday 28th March 2012
Exhibition by Kate Garner
Playing Live Emit Bloch
plus tots lots more TBA

Bonanza & Son Music & Promotions
Promoters, Radio Presenters & DJs
Bonanza & Son on Resonance104.4FM
Mondays 11pm-Midnight (Sunday Afternoon repeats 1-2pm)

Bonanza & Son On Resonance104.4FM
‘Tracing the roots and subsequent influence of the pioneers, innovators, outlaws, renegades and mavericks of Country Music and Americana’s past present and future'

Tune in on 104.4FM in London or online at

All past Bonanza & Son ResonanceFM radio shows are archived on our Mixcloud page and can be listened to at any time.
Each week after the Sunday repeat has been broadcast we’ll upload the show to:

Winner of the Radio Academy Nations & Regions Award for London, three years running!
Nominee, Sony Radio Academy Awards 2010 "Station Programmer of the Year"
Runner-up, PRSF New Music Award 2008
As featured in the Independent on Sunday's Happy List
The Guardian calls it 'The best radio station in London';
The Village Voice, 'The best radio station in the world’.

The average monthly listener figures for ResonanceFM on the internet is somewhere in the region of 120,000 & FM listenership (which is most places in London within the M25) is considerably more than that.

Imagine a radio station like no other:
Resonance104.4fm is the world’s first radio art station.

Resonance104.4fm is not-for-profit (UK registered charity no. 290236)
and is funded entirely by grants and voluntary donations.
You can support the station’s continued growth with a secure donation via

Bonanza & Son have a Facebook ‘PAGE' for all events:

We also have a blog with lots more weird and wonderful music and facts that you might like to explore:

Bonanza & Son Promotions & club nights include:
Countrier Than Thou’ @ The Lock Tavern
'Day Of The Dead’ @ Filthy MacNasties
'The Cosmic Film Club' @ The New Rose

‘Love & Hate’ @ The Drop, Stoke Newington
‘Bonanza Music Quiz’ @ The Defectors Weld
’The Gaslight’ @ Filthy MacNasties

Bonanza & Son also perform regular DJ sets at all of the above.

Countrier Than Thou at The Lock Tavern

Bonanza & Son Promotions Present:
'Countrier Than Thou’… (Don’t be so!)
‘Country • Bluegrass • Blues • Americana’

@ The Lock Tavern

Thursday 23rd February 2012
Bonanza & Son is now in its ninth year of presenting the best in Country, Blues, Americana and Roots Music as well as djing quality music from Country to Krautrock as well as moving into it’s fifth year of ‘Countrier Than Thou' at the Lock Tavern.

Way back in the days when Country was still a dirty word round these parts and Americana was thought by some to be simply a typo’ error, not only having consistently sourced excellence in traditional Country, Bonanza has also discovered the most forward thinking Avant-Country, Punk-Blues, Americana and Roots with zero irony just good old quality music and very good times.

Bonanza & Son also broadcast a popular weekly radio show on Resonance 104.4FM (Every Monday evening 11pm-Midnight with repeats Sunday afternoons 1-2pm) as well as running numerous other club nights and dj sets in the Capital.

Live acts:

Tom McKean & the Emperors:
Anyone who writes a song for Johnny Cash is more than welcome on the Bonanza & Son stage and since Tom McKean and his Emperors did just that, well we were more eager to get them on at Countrier Than Thou.

If you ask us, Tom should also set his supreme, songwriting talents on writing for the likes of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits and we don’t think those two ne’er do wells would go far wrong recording ANY of Tom’s finely, crafted gems either… In fact all the greats come to mind when listening to The Emperors such as Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash, Scott Walker, Neil Young, The Staple Singers, Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Velvet Underground, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Gene Clark to name but a few.

Tom McKean & The Emperors manage to meld many, different styles and genres effortlessly and deftly into an exquisite, melange that becomes indefinable so don’t expect a full on Country band tonight as these guys wow and swoon between Mumford and Sons-like Indie-Folk, Avant-Americana and pretty much the best of ten, whole, decades of popular songwriting.

These guys are hot property at the moment having had shit-loads of critical acclaim as well as record of the week on the Radcliffe & Maconie show and having been described by The Metro in their ‘One To Watch’ section as 'capable of making audiences go weak at the knees’.

They were also included on the superb Flowerpot Sessions compilation released by Mumford & Sons' Communion records.

'A rather beautiful record' - Mark Radcliffe
'Really, really gorgeous' - Stuart Maconie

+Trent Miller:
A very, very welcome return for Trent Miller to the Countrier Than Thou stage and hasn’t he done well and been a busy boy since he was last here?

Now signed to ‘Bucket Full Of Brains' record label and gigging all over Europe with a full band… Bonanza makes no bones about being the first to book him all those years ago when he couldn’t get arrested and now everyone wants a piece of him and yes, we will say it, ‘We told you so and you definitely heard it here first!'

Born and raised near Turin, but based in London for some years now, Miller is strongly influenced by legendary 80s performers like Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club and Guy Kyser of Thin White Rope (he contributed a version of ‘Timing’ to the TWR tribute album Hidden Desert), whilst his version of 'Fear Of Flyin’, one of his latest albums highlights, pays tribute to another hero of his the mighty Gene Clark.

Trent will play a special, solo acoustic set tonight and spellbind you with his dark, Gothic, underground-noir mix of hangovers, anguished love, mournful Blues and lonesome Country. Fans of Americana and Country old, new or in-between by the likes of Gene Clark, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons, Steve Earle and Hank Williams will recognize a kindred spirit in his transcendental, meditations of the soul and steely worldview.

As Neil Young said 'From Hank to Hendrix’, I couldn’t have put it better myself Neil.

+ Guest dj ‘Bound For Glory'

+ Bonanza & Son DJ set (ResonanceFM)
Radio Presenters, DJ & Club night promoters playing old, dusty vinyl of the Country, Blues, Bluegrass & Americana variety plus a few oddities to twist your heads.

+ Bonanza & Son will also be screening rare cinematic, Americana curios all night including Scorsese’s ‘Boxcar Bertha' from 1972.

Thursday 23rd February 2012
@ The Lock Tavern,
35 Chalk Farm Road,
Free Entry

Monday, February 13, 2012

Saint Valentines Day Massacre...

Since the group's inception in 1985, The Godfathers' Saint Valentine's Day Massacre concerts have become a traditional and integral part of the Rock ’n' Roll calendar.

Bonanza & Son DJ set 7pm (& between bands til Midnight)
The Lone Sharks: 8.00pm
Len Price 3: 9.00pm
The Godfathers: 10.00pm

The Godfathers' Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
O2 Academy Islington, London

With special guests;
The Len Price 3, The Lone Sharks, and DJ Bonanza & Son…

Direct Ticket link (ticket web):
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