Neil Gits New Glasses

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A slightly “distracted” show this week as I literally picked up my new reading glasses just minutes before turning up at the studio and it was a good opportunity to road test them ! That will explain some of the hesitation and fumbling around you might hear as I got used to being able to read my lists of gigs and scribbled notes on my playlist perfectly clearly once again (well most of the scribble…) but found that I needed to take the new specs off again to read anything off the computer screens as my eyes re-adjusted to “normality” again after a few months of compensating. Gosh – I sound like a qualified optician now !! 😉  Anyway, as you’ve come to expect, the tunes were jolly good in between the ramblings and you can hear for yourself if you missed Monday’s live show when they are all aired again between 5pm & 7pm this afternoon …

The Tunes

Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame
Commodores – Lady (You Bring Me Up)
Brothers Johnson – Stomp
Sugar Pie Desanto – Soulfull Dress
Steve Arrington – You Meet My Approval
Eighties Ladies – Turned On To You
Temptations – Stay
Lou Rawls – Ain’t That Love, Baby
Boz Scaggs – Hollywood
Billy Paul – Let Em In
Rare Pleasure – Let Me Down Easy
Mass Production – Shante
Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – The Crown
Second Image – Star
Mather & Kingdon – Feeling Funky
Gino Vannelli – Living Inside Myself
Be Be & Ce Ce Winans – Meantime
Bill Brandon – We Fell In Love While Dancing
Cameo – Cameosis
Eddie Henderson – Inside You

The Gigs

Saturday 27th June
“The Ultimate Motown Night”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
DJ: John Watson plus Harry Cambridge singing live !
7.30pm – 1am ; Tickets £17.50 inc finger buffet
Tel (01702) 351135
www.southendtheatres.org.uk

Sunday 28th June
“Sunday Harbour Soul II”
Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN
DJs: Micky B, Jay Anderson & guest Terry Matthews
4pm – 9pm ; Tel (01843) 585008
https://www.facebook.com/events/379810605541768/

Friday 3rd July (TBC)
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: MJ & Merv & Guest DJ Simon Van Os
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Tel (01268) 775100
“Weekender anthems, soul, funk, disco, hip hop, r’n’b tunes from the 70’s through to the 90’s and offering you a sprinkle of soulful house”
https://www.facebook.com/events/1649344305294830/

Friday 3rd July
“Soulgood VIP”
Club Amber, Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane, EN8 8RU
DJ: Richard Lobban & Guest DJ Alex Telfer
“Best In Soul, RnB, Reggae, 80s Disco & Soulful House”
9pm – 2am ; Admission £7
Tel: (07956)363131
https://www.facebook.com/events/1608728889412707/

Saturday 4th July
“Soul Music For Tracy”
Park Inn Hotel, Church Road, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 2AL
“Charity Soul Night In Aid Of Tracy Ralph” (See links below)
DJs: Jon Jules, Brian Kelly, Mick Jackson, David Bishop
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £15
https://www.facebook.com/events/1581628588787339/
http://www.teamtc.co.uk/index.php

Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 3
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Havant Road, Hayling Island
“Two rooms of tunes plus 24 hour live radio”
*Headline Act : Glenn Jones LIVE !*
www.haylingislandsoulweekender.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/events/355367011321068/

Thursday 9th July
(Every Second Thursday)
“Behind The Groove”
Bar Du Vin, East Street, Bromley, BR1 1QU
DJ: James O’Reilly & guests
“Soul, Disco, Jazz-Funk, Rare Groove, Philly & Motown”
Free Entry ; 7.30pm – Midnight

Friday 10th July
(Every 2nd Friday of the month)
“Back To The Old Skool”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop, R’n’B & Club Anthems”
DJ: Bully (plus other DJs on rotation on other Fridays
Inc: MJ, Jon Jules & Mikey Porter)
Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;

Saturday 11th July (Also on 1st August)
“Soulfunky Berwick Manor Reunion”
The Manor Hotel & Restaurant, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL
DJs: Gary Dennis, Pete Collins, Steve Maxwell, Sam Green & Shaggy (Andy)
“Two rooms of music – Over 30s only”
7pm – 1.30am ; Wristbands £7
https://www.facebook.com/events/818785804837783/

Saturday 11th July
(Every Second Saturday)
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Pete Hayes & guest Lee Aitch
Free Admission – 7.40pm – Late
https://www.facebook.com/events/439051472942997/

Friday 17th July
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Funk Soul Boogie House & more !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 30s – Smart Dress – Arrive Early !!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1103362759679928/

Friday 17th July
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Rare Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Paul Bain, Tracey Shaw plus guests
Tommy Gunn & Julie Lambert
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 18th July
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday 17th July – Sunday 19th July
“Brentwood Festival”
The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood
Live Acts Include:
Billy Ocean, Sister Sledge, Alexander O’Neal & Jocelyn Brown
Day passes £25 ; Under 10s go free !
More details at www.brentwoodfestival.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/events/706335342810581/

Friday 31st July
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Funk, Soul, Boogie,Disco & Motown – 60s to date”
Street food available on the night
Tel: (01702)351135
www.southendtheatres.org.uk

Friday 31st July
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ; £5 after

Margate Soul Weekend
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
Headline act : Roy Ayers – Live !
DJs include: Norman Jay, Joey Negro, Bob Jones,
Pete Collins, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez & many more
Full details at : www.margatesoulweekend.co.uk and …
https://www.facebook.com/events/815623535123683/?fref=ts

Wednesday 12th August
“The Chicago Blues Brothers”
Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Blues Motown & Soul inc classics by…
James Brown, Ray Charles Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding”
Tickets £24 ; Tel (01702) 351135
www.southendtheatres.org.uk

Saturday 15th August
“Soulful Seduction All-Dayer”
The Woodmans, Thundersley, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Funk, RnB, Old Skool, Jazz-Funk, Soulful House, Hip Hop”
DJs: Bully, MJ, Merve The Swerve, Paul Kidley,
Les Knott & Simon Van Os
1pm – 1am ; Wristbands £5
https://www.facebook.com/events/1608879029396387/

Saturday 22nd August
“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
DJs: Jonny Layton Mr Messy & Brian Kelly
Guest DJ: Jeff Young
“100% Soul Funk & Jazzy Grooves…”
Beachwear optional and encouraged…
8pm – 1am ; Wristband entry only £7 – see below :

Friday 28th August
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Two Rooms Of Jazz Funk & Soul”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,
Mark Lee Homer, Jon Ovel & Les Knott
Special Guest: Pete Collins
7.30pm – 2.00am ; Over 30s ;
Tickets £15 – Tel : (01375)891402
https://www.facebook.com/events/458404800986017/

Wednesday 2nd September
“Jackson Live In Concert”
Tribute act ‘ Ben ‘
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
Tickets £15 – £19 ; Tel (01702) 465465
www.towngatetheatre.co.uk

Saturday 5th September
“Soul Legends”
Cliffs pavilion, Westcliff-On-Sea
Special guest Jaki Graham
Featuring hits by Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, George Benson,
Kool & The Gang, Barry White, Earth Wind & Fire and more…
Tickets £25 ; 8pm start
(01702) 351135
www.southendtheatres.org.uk

Thursday 10th September
“The Drifters – Official Line-Up !”
Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea
“60 Years Of Soul – The Rebranded Tour”
Tickets £26 ; 8pm
(01702) 351135
www.southendtheatres.org.uk
Weekenders:

Watch this space for dates posted of next year’s big events !

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II Function Suite, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“70s 80s & 90s classic & commercial soul”
DJ: Peter Poyton plus guests each week
Free Entry ; Over 30s Night ; 8pm – 2am;
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002841427497

“Marco’s Soul Family”
Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ
DJs/Singers : Simon “Whistles” Ford , Georgie B , The Bushbaby , Reggie & Famous on rotation – see Facebook for this week’s event …
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Marcos-Soul-Family/573840989427588?fref=ts

“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco, 80s & 90s House Classics”
DJ: Soul-DJ Essex
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
(Venue also has an “80s & 90s soul party” night on Saturdays)

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 3rd July
Second Friday: Soul & Club Anthems Special – Bar Zero, Billericay – next 10th July
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 17th July
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 11th July
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 18th July
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Reids Bar, Billericay – next 31st July

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2015 ? 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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