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It has been something of an unusual week with the usual things happening on different days of the week at different times of day, routine jobs put to one side for another seven days and other stuff to deal with that doesn’t normally come into the equation and all with young Nathan in tow – yes it was “Half Term Week” !! But no day was stranger than Monday when I popped down to Asda for some supplies only to come back and find a commotion outside my front garden with an assortment of neighbours, police, paramedics and passers-by all peering curiously at my hedge. As I got closer I realized there was a stricken cyclist and his bike wedged into it – and neither was in a good way ! Hopefully he is OK now, but it took the assembled party nearly an hour and a half to disentangle him and cart him off to hospital on a stretcher, during the course of which the main feature of my front of house was reduced from a big thriving bush to a tiny little shrub surrounded by a pile of twigs ! Not terribly concerned by the unexpected community gardenng project of course – and as Nathan said “Well, that saved us a job this year!” – but it was a truly surreal, totally unexpected moment for anotherwise routine Monday afternoon after which I trotted off to Basildon and did my show as though nothing had happened …
The TunesAverage White Band – Let’s Go Round Again Johnny Guitar Watson – I Need It Donna Allen – Joy & Pain Guy Darrell – I’ve Been Hurt Osibisa – Dance The Body Music George Duke – Give Me Your Love Floaters – Float On Lemar – It’s Not That Easy Bell & James – Livin’ It Up (Friday Night) Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot Trammps – Trusting Heart David Sanborn – Love & Happiness feat Hamish Stuart Rare Gems Odyssey – What Is Funk Dazz Band – Let It All Blow D Train – Trying To Get Over Stevie Wonder – That Girl Keith Washington – Do What You Like Commodores – Sweet Love Terry Callier – I Don’t Want To See Myself Without You Colonel Abrams – In The Groove
Saturday 23rd February (Every Last Saturday)“Disco Stomp” Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate DJs: John Herbert plus guests 70s & 80s Disco Classics Free Admission – 8pm – 1am Friday 1st March 2013 “The Big Zero Soul Night” Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ DJs : Bully & Guest DJ Stevie B “Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards” Free Entry – 8.30pm – 1am http://www.facebook.com/events/326007907499298/ Friday 1st March (and every Friday…) “Funkin’ Fridays” Bar West One, Kings Road, Brentwood DJ: Baldie Paul serving up the very best in: “Jazz Funk, Soul, Disco & Caister Anthems” 9pm – 2am http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151471909358987&set=a.113901008986.97351.624238986&type=1&theater Saturday 2nd March “The New Yorker Return!” The Edge, 6-8 High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA DJs: Scott James, Stavros, Hugsta, Chris White “Playing the very best in Jazz-Funk & Soul” Tickets £10 in advance from the venue or see: http://www.facebook.com/events/396762157075018/ Saturday 2nd March (Every First Saturday) “Soul On The Harbour ” Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate DJs: John Herbert, plus guests TBC “70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems” Free Admission – 8pm – 1am Saturday 2nd March “Motown Gold @ Love Canvey Soul” Bar Monico, Canvey Island “3 Lovely Ladies with Big Beehives & Shiny Silver Dresses… …and lots of pure soul !” 8pm – Late – Free Entry Saturday 16th March (Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Soul Night” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve (Caister) 7.30pm start – Free Entry Saturday 16th March “KTF Soul Club 3rd Anniversary Do” Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Street, Grays DJs: Rob Messer & Ian “The Don” Donaldson “Northern Soul/Real RnB/Motown Sounds” 7.30 pm – 1.00 am ; £5 Advance Tickets inc Free CD ! http://www.facebook.com/events/401281203291259/ Saturday 16th March “Soul Night” Bar Blue (Next to Tots), Lucy Road, Southend-on-Sea DJ Geoff Grove £6 On The Door Saturday 16th March “Disco Inferno” Marcos Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh DJ Bully “Begin To Boogie From 8pm!” Fancy Dress – Free Admission Friday 29th March (last Friday of the month) “The Return Of Shaft” Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester DJs: Chazz J, Jimmy Dixon, Kev James “Soul Jazz & Funk” 9pm – 2.30am – Free Entry Saturday 23rd March “Soulbay” The Knot, 20 Beach Road, Westgate on Sea, Kent, CT8 8AD DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson Guests: Penny K & Tom Glide 8pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Tel:(01843) 833907 http://www.facebook.com/events/132985480201142/ Saturday 30th March 2013 (next 6th July) “Essex Funkers Spring Bash” Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow DJ: Les Knott with Guests Jeff Young, Paul Clark Soul DJ Essex, Soundchaser & Terry Munro & Madhatter T-Shirts Times 8pm – 2am Tickets £10 in advance available from (07800)724757 Saturday 30th March “Soul Birthday Party” Caffe Alma, (formerly The Westcoast Bar), Margate “Upfront, Modern & Classic Soul Grooves” DJs: TBC http://www.facebook.com/events/137893419712305/ Saturday 30th March “The 3rd Soul Connexion All Dayer” The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JE 12 Noon – Late Tickets £4 In Advance from (07584)626972 (£5 OTD) More info at www.soulconnexion.com Saturday 13th April 2013 “Massive Waves Of Britfunk…With A Splash Of Stateside Soul” Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, CT20 2DZ Folkestone, Kent Live ! “Atmosfear” “Beggar & Co” “Big Brooklyn Red” Plus: Guest DJ “Jeff Young” supported by Stumps & Lee 7pm – Midnight Tickets On Sale NOW : http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/massive-waves-of-britfunk/leas-cliff-hall http://www.facebook.com/events/505178852846905/?ref=ts&fref=ts Saturday 13th April “Hustle 2 !” The Clubhouse, Princes Avenue, Ramsgate, CT11 0AN DJs: James Anthony, Marky Mark & Penny K “Soul Funk & Disco” 9pm – 2am ; £5 On The Door Details from (07855) 770273 Saturday 20th April “Essex Soul Party” The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA DJs: Frostie Original, Tony Fernandez, Marky Mark, Jim The Syrup, John Soul-Power Wayne. “Tunes from the Goldmine/Zero 6/Lacy Lady Era” http://www.facebook.com/groups/338751102869999/permalink/434027536675688/ Saturday 13th July “Hockley Soul Night” Details To Follow… Watch This Space… “Soulful Seduction” The Treacle Mine, Grays The Tollgate, Chadwell Heath Weekenders: “Clacton Soul Weekender” 22nd – 23rd March 2013 Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea www.clactonsoulweekender.co.uk “Bless the Funk” 6th – 8th June 2013 The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea www.jfsr.co.uk Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 1st March First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 2nd March Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 16th March Last Friday: Shaft, Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester – next 29th March Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 23rd February Last Saturday: We Love 80s, The Edge, Basildon – next: 23rd February Also recommended… Most Friday Nights At … Lot 75 , Shenfield, DJ Graham Norton Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove Every Friday: Funkin’ Fridays, Bar West One, Brentwood These chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !
Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !
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The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world via www.gateway978.com from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm