There is not much written history of the Silky Satin Lounge. We know that Ernie K-Doe, Walter Washington and Carol Fran played there, along with other outrageously talented New Orleans musicians of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. However there are few written records of it’s existence or performers.
The Silky Satin Lounge was housed in a nondescript one story libraryesque building in the Bayou St John neighborhood of New Orleans. In 2014, long time New Orleans musician Tom McDermott purchased the building for his residence. Prior to Tom's purchase, and after the Silky Satin Lounge, the structure held a bicycle repair shop, an art gallery, and a few commercial ventures.
A grand piano came with the property and Tom added his own grand piano when he moved in. Having two grand piano’s in a remarkably sensational acoustic living room was pretty cool. That the living room could accommodate 50 or so of Tom’s friends was inspirational. He started inviting other musicians to play with him as he opened his doors to neighbors, friends, and friends of friends, to come listen.
SilkySatinLounge.com was launched with a desire to share a selection of videos from these live concerts of New Orleans and visiting musicians, while capturing the nostalgia of an old style New Orleans house concert.
The initial plan is to select and display online videos from the performances at the concerts. Once we have worked out the kinks, we intend to offer New Orleans made art, videos and music for sale and/or subscription by providing a venue that helps to support artists of New Orleans.
We welcome you to visit our site often, share it with friends, donate if you wish to, and please enjoy the music.
Recording and editing the videos, in addition to building the website and managing the online activities, takes a good amount of resources and time. This is being provided by BlinkTank Studios free of charge in return for 50% of the donations. The other 50% goes to the musicians.
Matt Lemmler "House of the Rising Sun, St. James Infirmery Medley" Tom McDermott and Larry Sieberth "Keep On Gwine" Josh Paxton "St Louis Blues" Tom McDermott "Tom's Lullaby" Tom McDermott and Larry Sieberth "Sugar Blues" Tom McDermott and Josh Paxton "Martin's Mombo" Tom McDermott and Larry Sieberth "Santa Claus is Almost Coming to Town" Tom McDermott and Larry Sieberth "Struttin' With Some Barbecue" Larry Sieberth "My Song"
Tom McDermott concerts with Michael Skinkus, Helen Gillet, Meschiya Lake, Evan Christopher, Larry Sieberth, Roderick Paulin, Spencer Bohren, Aurora Nealand and Mazz Swift. Spring Concert Series is over and we are currating and editing the performances. Come back to view our videos as we roll them out over the next month.