Neil Gits Details Of Eight New Soul Nights !

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Well, summer is definitely here, give or take the odd sudden rain shower, but then that is what a British Summer is all about ! And if there was any time to be at least slightly confident of choosing a good day to host your summer soul event, then between now and August has to be it, so it was no surprise that a glut of new events came piling into my inbox. Some are very close to us here in Basildon, others a little further away but by no means beyond easy reach, some feature familiar names at familiar venues, others a chance to try a change of scene and meet new fellow soul fans. All the details are crammed in at the bottomof this blog, so grab your diary and plan a soulful social life over the next few weeks !

Then there’s the music … and if I say so myself, I’ve pulled a few rabbits out of the hat this week with some lesser known tracks by some of the great names in soul, a few vinyl gems seeing the light of day for the first time in years and a handful of old favourites to bring memories of your disco days flooding back. Take a quick look at the playlist below, but don’t study it too hard or it may spoil the pleasure of hearing a few soulful surprises when you tune in at 5pm today for this week’s second airing !

The Tunes

KC & The Sunshine Band – Shake Your Booty
Earth Wind & Fire – And Love Goes On
Labelle Epoque – Black Is Black
Temptations – Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
Trammps – Stop & Think
Viktor Lazlo – Sweet Soft ‘n’ Lazy
Isley Brothers – Hello It’s Me
Jacksons – Blues Away
Chic – 26
Sydney Youngblood – Sit & Wait
Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real
Eddie Kendricks – Chains (Jski Edit)
Salsoul Orchestra – Magic Bird Of Fire (Jski Edit)
Ike & Tina Turner – Somebody Somewhere Needs You
Alicia Bridges – I Love The Nightlife
Gino Soccio – Try It Out
Alexander O’Neal – Fake
Soul II Soul – Joy
Wooten Brothers – Closer (Never Too Close)
Heatwave – I Surrender
Patrice Holloway – Love & Desire
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Miquel Brown – Symphony Of Love
 

The Gigs

Saturday 7th June
“Hockley Soul Night”
Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley, SS54XD
DJ Geoff Grove with nothing but the best…
70s & 80s Soul Anthems & Caister Classics
8pm – 1.00 am ; Advance Tickets £6 or £7 On The Door
www.geoffgrove.com/soul-night-party-tickets

Friday 13th June
(Every Second Friday)
“Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJ: Bully
“Soul Funk Disco, Old Skool, Club Anthems, 70s – 90s”
Over 25s Only ; Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;
https://www.facebook.com/events/235089773360539/?fref=ts

Saturday 14th June
“The Real Thing – Live!”
Broadway Theatre, Barking, IG11 7LS
Tel: (0208) 507 5610 – Tickets £18/£20 – 7.30 pm start
The three original vocalists Chris & Eddie Amoo plus Dave Smith
Singing all their 70s hits plus hits by Kool & The Gang & Chic & more
http://www.thebroadwaybarking.com/event/the-real-thing/

Saturday 14th June
“Summer Madness – Part 1”
Halfway House, A127, Brentwood
Outside All-Dayer !
DJs include: Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez, Garry Dennis,
Ginger Tony, Paul Clark, plus several others !
“Nu Soul, Club Classics & Anthems, Modern Soul, Jazz Funk
Soulful House and a whole lot more..”
1pm – 1am ; Tickets £15 ; BBQ & pub food all day
More details at :
https://www.facebook.com/events/1378670742386292/?fref=ts

Saturday 14th June
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT65JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom Edgar & Andy Nelson
7pm start – Free Entry
https://www.facebook.com/events/884864601540544/?fref=ts

Friday 20th June
“Soulful Seduction”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Modern & Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Club Anthems
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
https://www.facebook.com/events/391975230945434/?fref=ts

Friday 20th June
“The Soul & Motown Movement”
Westcliff Hard Tennis Club, The Ridgeway, Westcliff-On-Sea
8pm start ; DJs : Johnny Famous & JB
“Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Motown”
https://www.facebook.com/groups/464195786998452/?fref=ts

Saturday 21st June
“Soul By The Jetty”
The Oysterfleet, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messy &
Special Guest : Ginger Tony
“100% Jazz-Funk & Soul with a little nu jazz & soulful house”
“Keeping The Spirit Of The Goldmine Alive On Canvey Island”
Wristband admission only – £7 from www.musicmeltdown.co.uk
8pm – 1am – More details at :
https://www.facebook.com/events/297059677136847/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Saturday 21st June
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister) & David White
“The Very Best In Jazz-Funk, Soul & Boogie”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday 27th June
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis & Mark Gurcha Collins
Free Entry before 11pm – 8pm – 1.30am
https://www.facebook.com/events/325394150918834/?fref=ts

Friday 27th June
“Soulful Seduction – Over 30s Party Night”
Mooro’s, Abridge Road, Chigwell, IG7 6BX
(Site of the old Epping Forest Country Club)
“80s & 90s Club Classics”
DJs: MJ & Bully
“Old Skool to Nu Cool”
£10 Entry On The Door
https://www.facebook.com/events/542399445869625/?fref=ts

Friday 27th June
“Soul Nation – June Party”
Sky Rooms Nightclub, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN
DJs: TBC ; 9pm – 3am ;
https://www.facebook.com/soulnationcolchester?fref=ts

Sunday 29th June
(Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Ricky Oatham,
Kevin Connolly, Peter Poyton & Sandra C
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm – 11pm– soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !

Friday 4th July
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
Marcos Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
DJ: Bully & guest TBC
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
“Soul Funk & Disco From The 70s Upwards”

Saturday 5th July
“Soul Galore 1”
The Soul Asylum, Church House, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9RS
“Across The Board Soul All-Dayer featuring…
Northern, Modern, 70s Groovers & more”
2.30pm – 11.30pm ; Tickets £5 In Advance, £8 OTD
Tel: (07562) 003699 or (07557) 761151
DJs: Tommy Gunn, John Herbert, Simon Lynch,
Mark Anderson, Gary O’Neil & Chilly
*No bar ! Bring your own food & drink ! *
https://www.facebook.com/groups/soulsandwich/?fref=ts

Saturday 19th July
“Soulful Seduction”
(also on 27th Sept / 29th Nov)
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays
“Soul Anthems, 90s RnB & 80s Club Classics”
DJs: MJ & Bully
8pm – Late ; Free Entry
https://www.facebook.com/groups/soulfulseduction/?fref=ts

Saturday 19th July
“Free Soul Event”
Neuvo Bar & Restaurant (ex-Regency Suite),
Chadwell Heath, Romford, RM64AT
DJs: Frostie, Tony Fernandez, Richard Lobban
Ricky Oatham, Tricia Butler, Steve Soultrain & John Wayne
“70s 80s & 90s Modern Soul with an hour of 70s & 80s
Revival Lovers Rock & Reggae”
8pm – 3am ; Free Entry
https://www.facebook.com/events/732068523510269/?fref=ts

Saturday 20th July
“The Summer All-Dayer”
A Universal Soul Music Event…
RS Lounge, Woodford New Road, London E17 3PR
1pm — 11pm ; Tickets from £10 – £20 ; BBQ & other food all day
Formation & Salsa Dancing with Diesel & Dolton !
DJs include: Steve Kite, Frostie , Scott James, James Anthony
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=804769039541913&set=a.767979909887493.1073741833.762025077149643&type=1&theater

Thursday 24th July
“Lonnie Liston Smith & The New Cosmic Echoes LIVE !”
The Mercury Hythe Imperial Hotel, Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6AE
Tickets from £25 – £30 ; 7pm start time ; Tel (01303) 267441
Golf, Spa, Meal, Hotel Room or just the concert options available
https://www.facebook.com/events/1434338740148642/?fref=ts

Saturday 26th July
“KTF Soul Club Summer Social”
Downstairs at The Old Regency Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS170AQ
7.30pm – 1.00 am
Tickets £6 In Advance, £8 on the door
More info at :
https://www.facebook.com/events/709540095758676/?fref=ts

Margate Soul Weekend 2014
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August
DJs & Live acts indoors & outdoors in the cultural quarter
8pm – 2am Friday, 12 pm – 2am Sat & Sun.
Wristband purchase advised for access to events
Live Acts: Cool Million, Natasha Watts, Laura Jackson,
Westcoast Soulstars, Baltic Soul Band & more …
Special New Closing Party on Sunday !!
Westcoast Bar & Grill, King Street, Margate
Omar & Band Live plus DJs: Grumpy Brown, Frostie,
Tony Fernandez & guests
More details & wristbands from
www.margatesoulweekend.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/events/119690018218311/?fref=ts

Sunday 24th August
“Summer Soul Fiesta”
The Cromwell Manor, Watt Tyler Lane, Pitsea, SS16 4UH
1pm – 1am – All-Dayer!
Tickets £15 in advance, £20 On The Door
Headline DJ: Greg Edwards
Plus: Garry Dennis, James Anthony, Colin Hudd, Andy John,
Cosmic, Fat tel, Chris White, Gavin Page, Ian Sellers & Birdy
“Two rooms of soul, funk, jazz & soulful house”
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4047184395089&set=a.2667323819437.71002.1746313928&type=1&theater

Friday 29th August
“Five Star Soul”, Orsett Hall, Princes Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
The South East’s Premier Jazz Funk & Soul Event
Two rooms of DJs & Live Acts
7.30 pm – 2am ; Tel (01375) 891402
More info to follow nearer the date…
https://www.facebook.com/events/639988959422512/?fref=ts

Wednesday 10th September
“Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – LIVE !”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30pm start ; Tickets £21
Tel : (01268) 465 465
www.towngatetheatre.co.uk

Weekenders:
Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 2
Friday 4th Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July
Featuring Shirley Jones of the Jones Girls
Plus Carol Thompson – live !
Full details at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1383678795190425/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Weekly Event:
Fridays : “Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJs: Paul Kidley, Bully, Mikey Porter & guests on rotation
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 4th July
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 20th June
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – 21st June
Last Sunday: Sunday Soul Sessions, Victoria, Romford – next 29th June
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Ivory Rooms, Billericay – next 27th June

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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 !

E-mail: [email protected] or send a text message to (01268)833978
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

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