Parlor Social

94.7FM The Wave's Pat Prescott and actor/comedian George Lopez rave about Parlor Social on air.

94.7FM The Wave's Pat Prescott and actor/comedian George Lopez rave about Parlor Social on air.

Radio host Pat Prescott from 947 The Wave Los Angeles and guest actor/comedian George Lopez talk about Parlor Social on air.

Dymally Int’l Jazz & Arts Festival

Dymally Int’l Jazz & Arts Festival

Executive Director, Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad, in partnership with Rainbow Promotions, has announced the inaugural Dymally International Jazz and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 27, from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm… Stage Two performers are the innovative Parlor Social…

Parlor Social member Ric'key Pageot appears in Super Bowl LIII Jim Beam commercial

Parlor Social member Ric'key Pageot appears in Super Bowl LIII Jim Beam commercial

Ric’key Paget appears in Jim Beam’s new upcoming Super Bowl commercial titled Raise Right: Celebration.

Parlor Social performing this upcoming Grammy Weekend in L.A.

Parlor Social performing this upcoming Grammy Weekend in L.A.

Parlor Social will perform their monthly residency speakeasy-soul show at the Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills on Friday February 8th, 2019.

Parlor Social voted one of 2018's 'Hot 100 Unsigned Live Artists/Bands' in the country

Parlor Social voted one of 2018's 'Hot 100 Unsigned Live Artists/Bands' in the country

For the second year, we have the pleasure of announcing that Parlor Social has been voted as a 'Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists/bands in the country' of 2018 by music industry trade magazine Music Connection.

2018 Playboy Jazz Festival Celebrates 40 Years, Honors 50th Anniversary of Tower of Power

2018 Playboy Jazz Festival Celebrates 40 Years, Honors 50th Anniversary of Tower of Power

…fans were treated to a head-nodding, hip-hop twist of the jazz standard Sweet Georgia Brown” and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” by Parlor Social.

Ramsey Lewis, Tower of Power, Anthony Hamilton and More Help Playboy Jazz Festival Turn 40.

Ramsey Lewis, Tower of Power, Anthony Hamilton and More Help Playboy Jazz Festival Turn 40.

Visually and aurally arresting was Parlor Social, a group that described themselves as Speakeasy Soul – as if Cab Calloway, OutKast and Lauryn Hill had a baby (though this writer would switch out Hill for Teena Marie in that description).

Ragtime meets rap in Parlor Social, debuting this weekend at Playboy Jazz Fest

Ragtime meets rap in Parlor Social, debuting this weekend at Playboy Jazz Fest

Their music is distinctive – ragtime meets rap with large helpings of funk, soul and R&B – and their live performances and music videos are baroque, costumed affairs. (Think Dr. John meets Pink.)

PSA: New Single Out Today/ Win Playboy Prize Pack

PSA: New Single Out Today/ Win Playboy Prize Pack

We are happy to finally announce that the new single 'Got the Heebie Jeebies' is released today and it's on every major online music platforms. To celebrate our new release and upcoming show at the Playboy Jazz Festival, we are starting a contest to win a Playboy Prize pack

Press Release: Ahead of their Playboy Jazz Festival performance, acclaimed L.A-based duo PARLOR SOCIAL announce the release of their new single ‘Got The Heebie Jeebies’

Press Release: Ahead of their Playboy Jazz Festival performance, acclaimed L.A-based duo PARLOR SOCIAL announce the release of their new single ‘Got The Heebie Jeebies’

Ahead of their Playboy Jazz Festival performance at the famed Hollywood Bowl this Summer, L.A.-based duo PARLOR SOCIAL, with vocalist Dessy Di Lauro (Cirque Du Soleil, Dreamcar) & keyboardist Ric’key Pageot (Madonna, Cher) will release their new single, ‘Got The Heebie Jeebies’ on JUNE 1, 2018.

Versatile Parlor Social put their own sheen on music favorites

Versatile Parlor Social put their own sheen on music favorites

Don’t call Parlor Social a tribute band.  Husband and wife duo Dessy Di Lauro and Ric’key Pageot formed the group to create a unique space in the musical world – one that falls outside of a single genre such as ragtime, hip hop or R&B.

'The Rent Party' Musical Revue Gets Great Review

'The Rent Party' Musical Revue Gets Great Review

To say Parlor Social knows how to put on a show is an understatement as “The Rent Party” is just that, a musical. What you are getting here is a modernized version of Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club.

PSA: Stevie Wonder crashes an MLK party (cheers)

When you fly over Inglewood, CA on you approach to the runways at LAX, if you look down you will see a large round columned white building next to a half-mile wide hole in the ground.  The hole in the ground is the construction site of a new NFL stadium; the white building is the LA Forum, former home of NBA games and now a major LA music venue. This was the site Monday of King Fest at the Forum, the City of Inglewood’s community celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King.

KingFest at The Forum was not in The Forum; it occupied the northwest corner of the parking lot, which was exactly right for a bright sunny Monday in LA.  There was a cluster of sharp-peaked white tent booths with local town representatives, funeral parlors, social services, African-themed clothes and jewelry, churches, auto dealers, and local politicians. An inflatable climbing wall and a bounce house entertained the kids while parents got free blood pressure tests in a mobile hospital van or grabbed a bite at the food court which featured LA’s Famous Pink’s Hot dogs.

While I am not a resident of Inglewood, I spent much of my childhood there and love the community. But my real reason for attending was the music – a full day of it featuring R&B, gospel, Motown and rock groups from across the city. A large stage dominated the grounds, backed by a banner with MLK’s visage and full lights, sound, green room, security – the works. At 1:30 my friends Dessy Di Lauro  and Ric’key Pageot and their band Parlor Social were due on stage – my focus.

While Parlor Social was setting up I was in the photo pit chatting with folks in the audience. The MC was giving us announcement and updates when a backstage staffer came up to him and engaged in an animated off mic conversation. The MC turned to the crowd and announced that the the owner of KingFest’s sponsor, a local black radio station KJLH 102.3FM, would be here to say hello.

An excited buzz went through the crowd; they knew something I didn’t. People got off their chairs  and crowded against the stage barriers. Ric’key and Dessy stopped warming up and looked dumb-founded as a two men slowly made their way up the rear stage stairs on toward the MC — one middle-aged black man leading another, much taller black man dressed in all black, sunglasses and a stocking cap.

It was Stevie Wonder.

Stevie walked us verbally through the history of the Civil Rights Act and the life of Martin Luther King, and told us that “we are focused on making history reality… we are getting closer, but we are not there yet… unless we are a united people in these United States, we are not united.” He added that “not everyone who says they can sing cannot be a singer and not everyone who says they can be a president…”

Wonder was supposed to introduce the headliner, Faith Evans, but since she was not on the bill until 4:30 and he arrived unannounced at 1:30, she wasn’t there. So he was guided over to Ric’key’s keyboard, ran his fingers over it to get the feel and sang a birthday song to MLK while Ric’key and Dessy frantically pulled out their cell phones and the band’s drummer picked up the beat. Then – and I don’t know how it happened – someone must have whispered into Wonder’s ear that there was a band onstage ready to go called Parlor Social. With Ric’key standing next to him and Dessy on her mark across the stage, Wonder shouted out, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Parlor Social!”

The next thing we heard as the cheering died down was Dessy’s “Oh My God.”

She recovered and launched into a wild set that ranged across the ample stage and held the crowd right up against the fences. Often described as If Cab Calloway, Lauryn Hill and Outkast had a love-child, it would sound like Parlor Social, they bring together jazz, rock, swing, roaring twenties, tap dancing, rap and blues into a musical mélange that is fun to listen to, dance to and see live.  Obviously Stevie Wonder though so because he stayed around for the whole set. 

Grownfolksmusic.com #New Visuals: Parlor Social - I Put A Spell On You (Official Video)

Grownfolksmusic.com #New Visuals: Parlor Social - I Put A Spell On You (Official Video)

This year Halloween didn’t fall on a weekend it went up like the club on a Tuesday or whatever the kids said five years ago… but during this past season of Ghoulie Goblintry we posted a fantastic new take on the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic “I Put A Spell On You” by GFM Faves Parlor Social.

Afropunk.com No doubt about it: Parlor Social's big band cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" is a winner

Afropunk.com No doubt about it: Parlor Social's big band cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" is a winner

What happens when you take an R&B classic, add a horn section, the Inspector Gadget theme, and an impeccable jazz arrangement? 7 minutes of glorious, big band greatness. Parlor Social and Teddy Riley connect to bring new life to Blackstreet’s jam “No Diggity,”