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Upcoming Shows:


Los Angeles show
Smokey Hormel
at McCabe’s Guitar Shop

3101 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA

  • Friday April 26

8pm


Smokey playing in the house band as part of
The Music of Van Morrison
tribute concert at Carnegie Hall

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


  • Thursday March 21

8pm


Smokey as a special guest with
Miho Hatori's Salon Mondialité
at the Kitchen

512 West 19th Street NYC

  • Friday and Saturday March 22 and 23

8pm


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

253 Conover St., Red Hook, Brooklyn map

    no show March 20

  • March 27
  • April 3
  • April 10
  • April 17
  • April 24

NEW earlier showtime
3 sets starting at 9pm



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

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

  • Friday March 29
  • Saturday April 20
  • Sunday May 6

10 pm

News and Other Info:


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.

Buy Music:


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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.