The Blues Kitchen opened back in October 2009, born out of a life-long obsession with Rhythm n Blues and an inspirational trip to Hamburg late in 2005. The Blues Kitchen was a long time coming…
It was that trip to Hamburg that opened the eyes of Blues Kitchen bookings manager Liam Hart. Living in London, one becomes accustomed to DJs providing entertainment in bars and clubs but Hamburg seemed to give people so much more for their money. With most clubs offering two or maybe three live acts for the same price as one DJ in London. Live music was on the menu everywhere, something that has not differed since the early days of The Beatles taking the city by storm in the early 1960’s.
It’s no coincidence that Rhythm ‘n’ Blues was the music of choice for the performers in those clubs in Hamburg. One of the most primal forms of dance music that - so infectious you would have to be glued to the floor to prevent you from tapping your foot. Rhythm ‘n’ Blues gets in to your bones like no other music but most importantly, you don’t need to know anything about it to ‘get it’.
It was just a matter of time until we could find the right home for the Blues Kitchen in London. When we found our place on Camden High Street, we knew instantly that is was right. With a live stage, a huge long bar and ample space for diners, we were home.
The Blues Kitchen is not part of a scene or a new movement in music, we like to think we are as timeless as the rhythm n blues music itself. Much like those clubs in Hamburg, the Blues Kitchen welcomes people from all walks of live – whether you are 18 or 85, everyone gets ‘the blues’.