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Neil Gits Into Salsa !

8th May 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

A couple of weeks ago I was DJing at a party in Chelmsford which finished quite early, so when loading the car up again afterwards, the function in the larger downstairs hall was still in full swing. It was a Salsa Event and as I lugged box after box of gear past the main door I couldn’t help but hear some fabulous sounds coming out from in there – or fail to notice the lovely ladies attending either ! Just before I left, I got chatting by my car to a particularly gorgeous creature who was “taking a breath of fresh air” and enthused about how wonderful the monthly party was and that I should get involved. On another day, in a previous life I would have snapped her hand off, but Nathan was waiting for his dad in the car and well … you know ! However, the tunes I caught really fired my imagination, salsa music in itself is pretty cool, but I am sure I heard a number of classic soul songs being performed salsa-style, one being a female version of “Love TKO” by Teddy Pendergrass. I have vowed to investigate further before the summer is out, so keep an ear open for the odd “salsa-soul” tune creeping into the show – and if you are in Chelmsford on the right day of the month, look out for me on the dancefloor impressing foxy chicks with my Latin moves !!!!!

This Week’s Tunes:

Alicia Bridges    I Love The Nightlife (2066 936)
Brenda Taylor    You Can’t Have Your Cake & Eat It Too (STROBE1)
Jaki Graham    Set Me Free (12JAKI7)
Stevie Wonder    You Haven’t Done Nothing (TMSP6012)
Teena Marie    First Class Love (STML 12143)
Anita Ward    Spoiled By Your Love (STKR83371)
Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams – Too Much Too Little Too Late (CBS6164)
Stylistics    Hurry Up This Way Again (BACKB007)
T.C. Curtis    You Should Have Known Better
Galaxy  – What Do I Do
Atlantic Starr    Silver Shadow
Crusaders    Last Call 
Isley Brothers    It’s Your Thing
Barry White    You See The Trouble With Me
Barbara Acklin  – I’ll Bake A Man
Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers    Get Lucky
Real Thing    Whenever You Want My Love 
The Dells    I Touched A Dream 
Brooklyn Dreams -Touching In The Dark
Minnie Riperton – Memory Lane
Jackson Five    The Love You Save
Herb Alpert    Keep Your Eye On Me
Komiko  –  Feel Alright
Upcoming Gigs:

Saturday 11th May
“An Evening Of Soul & Motown”
The Green Man, Herongate
DJ: Johnny Famous
Free Entry    Pub Hours
Friday 17th May
“Killer Soul – 2013”
Rayleigh Club Golf Resort (formerly Lords)
The Zero DJ Team playing …
“The Very best In Soul Funk Disco & Old School Dance”
8pm – 1am  ;  Tickets £7 In Advance, £10 OTD
For full details see:
Saturday 18th May
(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 25th May
“KTF Soul Club”
The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Lee Markwick, Tony Burman & The KTF Team
“Northern Soul & then some !”
Wristbands £5 In Advance Only – usually sells out – hurry !
7.30pm    1am      (07895) 538835 Danny
Saturday 25th May (Every Last Saturday of the month)
“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert plus guests
70s & 80s Disco Classics
Free Admission      8pm – 1am
Saturday 25th May
“May Bank Holiday Spring Affair”
The Knot. Beach Road,Westgate On Sea and
The Coast Bar, Kings Street, Margate
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, R’n’B, Soulful House
DJs: Paul French, Micky B, Jason Anderson plus…
Terry Matthews, Jonny Layton, Tony Matthews,
Roni O’Brien, Lee Aitch & John Oliver
Saturday 25th May
“Fishing For Soul”
Heron Angling Club, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay
“Soul Funk Boogie & Jazz … On The Beach !!!”
Free Entry        7.30pm    Midnight
DJs: Carl Hyde, Phil Baker, Tom G Edgar, Robert Burr, Rex Smith
Sunday 26th May (Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Peter P, Richard Brown, Sandra C
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jaff-Funk, Reggae”
3pm    Midnight – soulful family atmosphere, children welcome !
Saturday 1st June
“Soul Carnival All Dayer”
The Cromwell Manor, Basildon
“8 Hours Of Soul, Funk, Rare Groove & Soulful House”
DJs: Aitch B, Gordon Mac, Gary Dennis, James Anthony and more
5pm    1am       Tickets £15 In Advance
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Saturday 1st June (Every First Saturday)
“Soul On The Harbour ”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert, Paul Spickett plus guests
“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”
Free Admission      8pm – 1am
Friday 7th June 2013
“The Big Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ
DJ Bully plus guests
“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”
Free Entry       8.30pm  – 1am
Saturday 8th June
“Soul At The Cherry”
The Cherry Tree, Queen Street, Warley, Brentwood, CM14 5JZ
“Modern & Classic Soul Grooves & Dancefloor Classics”
DJ: Stevie B plus guests Dave Bishop & Frostie Original
8pm    1am   ;   Free Entry
Saturday 22nd June
“Soul ladies – Live!”
The Strawbery Fayre, Shenfield Common, Brentwood
On stage around 2pm
Saturday 29th June
“The Motown Girls”
The Inn On The Green, Bilericay
8.30 pm start    Free Admission
Saturday 6th July
“Essex Funkers Summer Bash”
Harlow Town FC
“Two rooms of jazz-funk & soul inc the “Funk Bunker” featuring new & old school soul, funk & r’n’b”
DJs: Les Knott, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez,
DJ Isis & Terry Munro & Paul Crowley
Tickets £10      more details to follow…
Saturday 6th July
“Treacle Mine Soul Night”
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays, RM17 5PR
DJs: Bully & MJ playing:
“Soul Anthems, Classic & Modern, Soulful House…
…and The Grooves That Make You Move !”
Free Entry     8pm Start

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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