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Upcoming Shows:


Smokey's Round‑up

Raucous Western Swing with virtuoso guitar, Smokey’s Round-Up is a late-night dance party happening every Wednesday night at Red Hook’s beloved Sunny’s Bar.


Wednesdays at Sunny's in Red Hook

253 Conover St., Red Hook, Brooklyn map

  • May 30
  • June 6
  • June 13

3 sets starting at 10pm


Smokey's Secret Family

Smokey Hormel’s surf guitar is featured on a collection of songs from the dance halls of Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean of the 50s and 60s. The band includes David Hofstra on bass (and tuba), Davi Viera, Tony Mola and Meia Noite on percussion, Doug Weiselman on clarinet (and baritone-sax), and Clark Gayton on trombone.


At Barbès in Park Slope

376 9th St.(corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn map

  • Friday June 8

10pm - 12

News and Other Info:


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Smokey's Livingston
featured on the score of
Certain Women

the Kelly Reichardt film


Livingston by Smokey Hormel

Liner Note Legends interview

In–depth interview with Smokey in his own episode of the Liner Note Legends online video series profiling veteran session musicians. Smokey talks about his work with the Blasters, Lee Allen, Beck, Rick Rubin and Johnny Cash, his love of Brazilian music, and his early days in Los Angeles.

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Smokey's Secret Family

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  • Smokey Hormel and his stellar New York band ressurect classic '50s African dance music with electric guitar, tuba, trombone, clarinet, percussion and more. Nine songs released in 2009.

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Smokey & Miho

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  • Smokey Hormel and Cibo Matto singer Miho Hatori celebrate '60s Bossa Nova king Baden Powell with a full perscussion ensemble. Ten songs, released in 2003, compiles two earlier out of print EPs. Vinyl reissue in 2017.