At the forefront of the "Retro Nouveau" scene in New York City, THE SALON has been producing events since 2001. Each event celebrates the past and the future by bringing together creative people to perform music, dance, and share their art to appreciative and discerning guests who dress-to-the-nines and enjoy bespoke cocktails in classic New York venues. The tradition of great salons from the past have been reinterpreted for the modern world by pulling from a creative community of friends and colleagues who come together to share, collaborate, and showcase their incredible skills in an atmosphere of old-school glamour with an up-to-the-minute appreciation of the finest talents in vintage-inflected music and performance that New York City has to offer.
Started in 2001 by composer and music producer Patrick Soluri, The Salon sought to develop a multi-cultural gathering of friends and colleagues, inspired by the historical European salons of the 19th and early 20th century. Another inspiration was the Piano Store Speakeasy, produced in New York City from 1999-2001 by his twin brother ANDRE SOLURI and LESLEY MARTIN of Prohibition Productions. The first Salon was held in Patrick's apartment in 2001; friends and colleagues were invited to perform, to dance, drink and socialize. The common thread was live music... from jazz and blues to alternative rock and classical music, one could hear and see both well-known and emerging artists of all genres.
As THE SALON grew, it was apparent that larger venues were needed. Patrick joined forces with LOUNGERATI.COM, as well as Andre Soluri and Lesley Martin, to produce events at venues such as GALAPAGOS, SALON NYC, THE EMPIRE HOTEL, THE PLAYERS CLUB, REBEL NYC, THE COPACABANA and THE EDISON BALLROOM. Over the years The Salon's events have received press from THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, TIME OUT NY, METROMIX,HUFFINGTON POST, NEWSDAY, MTV, The NY POST, and WBGO Jazz FM, as well as international press and write-ups from the blogosphere.
Notable recent Salons include "Celebrating Sinatra," at the beautiful 1930's Edison Ballroom in Times Square, with over 400 guests and 60 performers including Bucky Pizzarelli and other legendary musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra, an open bar and four course dinner in true supper club chic. The annual "New Years Eve Eve" party, on December 30th: in 2011 at The Copacabana with over 40 performers and 800+ guests; in 2010 at the night club Rebel NYC with over 500 guests, 40 performers and sponsorship by Hendrick's Gin and Milagro Tequila; and in 2009 at the historic Players Club on Gramercy Park with over 500 guests attending and liquor sponsors Dewar's and Infinium Spirits.Since 2009, the annual LIBERTY BELLE SPECTACULAR on July 4th at the Empire Hotel rooftop (a co-production with Dances of Vice, Wit's End and Champagne Riot) draws an average of over 1,000 guests and rceives significant press attention. TIME OUT called it the "Top Live Show - Best of the Week" and one of THE things to do in NY on July 4th in New York City.