Yes Music Lovers, it really has been fifteen years since a younger Jonah Flatfoot and his cohorts perfumed their first gig at the legendary Hat & Feather open mic… within weeks the fledgling Zen Hussies were in the studio laying down tracks for the original Five Guys Maim Notes EP, and unleashing their inimitable brand of stomping swingska upon a world when it was neither fashionable nor profitable!
We’re celebrating this historic occasion with a gig in the steamy surroundings of Bristol’s Loco Klub, run and made lavish by our good friends The Invisible Circus on Friday 21st October with a whole host of exotic music and cabaret curiosities from one of the finest new bands on the stomp scene The Gin Bowlers and our original drummer Bunko Greyhounds wonderful slapstick skiffle kings The Hot Potato Syncopators. Expect also to see some old faces from years gone by re-joining the band on some classic Zen tunes you may not have heard us perfume live for quite some time! DJ Perky Jerk will also be on hand to whip your knees into a gyrational frenzy, and Jonah will be cranking up the gramophone and operating the infamous Absinthe Steeplechase to lubricate your heads, shoulders, knees and toes…
What’s more, this is just the outward bound trip on a return journey aboard The Paradise Express, for the next night on Saturday 22nd October his nibs will be returning to DJ at another evening of the finest jumping around with Rob Heron & The Tea-Pad Orchestra, Newcastle’s superb purveyors of all things swing, Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya Mama Big Band, Bristol’s own hollerin’ hoodoo meisters, and The Buffalo Skinners bringing their energetic rhythm riot from oop North!
The Paradise Express is going to be a weekender to remember, and also happily celebrates The Zen Hussies recent signing to the small, but perfectly formed Little Paradise music label based here in Bristol and home to a growing number of exciting contemporary roots music bands including Slap Ya Mama.
Return tickets for both nights are £20, and single tickets for each night are £12 in advance, available now from Bristol Ticket Shop
This is an exciting time for us here at ZHQ, we’ve also just signed a publishing deal with Wipeout! music, and are preparing new material for your delectation and enjoyment.
We hope to see you all there, in your finest Steam-Powered attire!

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