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Neil Gits Overheated !

28th July 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

I am treading familiar ground here, but again …. this summer !!!  Yes, the soul tunes I play sound fab in the sunshine … Yes, the sunshine generally puts people in a good mood around us … and yes, there are people who will gladly pay hundreds of pounds to holiday in places that are even hotter … but personally, this heatwave is doing my head in !! It got me good and proper this week when the temperature touched 34 degrees and I actually felt physically unwell and had to opt out of day to day activities to try and recover & recharge my batteries – the refreshing thunderstorm arriving just in time ! The much talked about “long hot summer of 76” was a terrific time for huge soul hits – “Young Hearts Run Free” by Candi Staton, “You To Me Are Everything” by The Real Thing, “Midnight Train To Georgia” by Gladys Knight & The Pips and “This Is It” by Melba Moore were all selling bucket loads of copies in June & July that year and other big favourites of mine such as “Soul City Walk” by Archie Bell & The Drells and “Harvest For The World” by The Isley Brothers were also flying out over the record shop counters too, so I have very fond memories of that time but I was 42 years younger then and my body was more resilient to extremes in weather – I don’t think I will be reminiscing with much fondness about the “long hot summer of 2018”, however good the tunes are !! At least we have air con now …

So, down to business and it was a fantastic show this week having said all that, with several very summery songs selected – hear it again at 5pm today or visit the “Listen Again” page to play it at your own convenience. The full playlist and latest gigs list is also posted below as usual for you …

The Tunes

Lamont Dozier – Shout About It
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Come Back & Finish What You Started
Luther Vandross – Are You Using Me ?
Touch – Love Fixation
Herbie Hancock – Saturday Night
Alex Wilson – Ain’t Nobody
Stylistics – Break Up To Make Up
Nelly & Kelly – Dilemma
George Duke – Reach Out
Raw Silk – Do It To The Music
Teddy Pendergrass – Life Is A Song Worth Singing
John Holt – Help Me Make It Through The Night
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Heatwave
Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie
O’Jays – Used Ta Be My Girl
Heatwave – Mind Blowing Decisions
Doky Brothers – Waiting In Vain
Stephanie Mills – Starlight
Change – Hit & Miss
Voggue – Dancing The Night Away

The Gigs

Saturday 28th July
“KSS Summer All Dayer & Beach Party”
TJs Pub, Milton Road, Gravesend, DA12 2RF
DJ: Tony Matthews & guests from ‘Kent Soul Sessions’
2pm – 1am ; Food available
Tickets £10
Sunday 29th July
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & guests
“Soul Weekend Anthems & Soulful House”
5.30pm – 11.30 pm ; Free Entry
Friday 3rd August
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100
3rd 4th & 5th August
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Live sets by : Atlantic Starr, Fatback Band, Deniece Williams & Britfunk Association
Full details on the website :
Saturday 4th August
(then every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am
Sunday 5th August
(Every Sunday in July & August)
“Soulful Sundaes”
Central Bandstand, Herne Bay, Kent
DJs: Tom Edgar & Tommy Boy (Soul By The Sea)
“Soulful Disco, House, Funk & Reggae”
Free Admission
Friday 10th August
(Every Second Friday)
“Funkin’ Fridays”
Harry’s Bar, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ
DJ: Paul Kidley
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Weekender Anthems, Dancefloor Classics”
9pm – 1am ; Free Entry
Saturday 11th August
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ Yours Truly (Ben)
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry
Friday 17th August
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s
Friday 17th August
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700
Saturday 18th August
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry
Saturday 18th August
“Soul At The Edge 3”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus special guest DJ
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door
mobile: (07526) 633693
Saturday 18th August
“Liquid Spirit 2”
Capones Nightclub, Benfleet, SS7 1QB
“Soulful House, Disco, Old School Anthems”
DJs: Brian Power, Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark,
Danny T, Marie Garaccio…
8pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10
Saturday 25th August
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“100% Soul, Jazz, Funk, Boogie, Soulful House & More”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian “Rev” Kelly & Mark Messent
Guest DJ : Frostie
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
Sunday 26th August
“Omar & Full Live Band”
Boatyard Restaurant, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EN
DJ support from Urban All-Stars
8pm – 1am ; Smart dress
Tickets £20 (gig only) or £50 (inc 4-course meal)
(07702) 089264
Friday 7th September
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
DJs: Brian Kelly, Johnny Layton, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,
Lee Fatbloke Alder & Special Guest : Sean French
“Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge”
Tickets £15 – Strictly Over 30s
(01375) 891402 –
Friday 7th September
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door
Saturday 8th September
“Soul By The Sea”
Zabranos, The Broadway, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 1SJ
DJs: Grumpy Brown, Colin Jazzy Barnby, Michael Cooper & Chris White
“Afro, Funk, Latin, Jazz Dance & Soulful House”
8pm -1am ; £7 On The Door
Saturday 15th September
“Soul Odyssey Summer Half Dayer Party”
Virgin Active, Hall Lane, Little Warley, CM13 3EN
“Jazz-Funk, Nu Soul, Soulful House, Old School Soul & RnB”
DJs: Frostie, Kevin Hawkins, Garry Fish, Tony Treble, Gary Walden
Tickets £7 – Super Early Bird, £10 in advance or £15 on the door
“Outside Terrace & BBQ” ; 5pm – 1.00am
Saturday 29th September
“Stomp On Sea 2”
Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms,
King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
Room 1 : Soul & reggae
Room 2 : Jazz & Funk
Room 3 : Dance & Club Classics
Tickets £10 –
Friday 18th – Sunday 20th January
“Clacton Soul Weekender Reunion 2019”
Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester, CO6 1DU
“Two rooms of 70s & 80s Modern Soul, Boogie & Jazz Funk”
DJs Include : Tony Fernandez, Sara Jane Rundel, Frostie
Richard Felstead, Paul Clark & Brian Jay
2pm Friday through to 2pm Sunday
Caister 2018 :
Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September
“Caister Goes Wild West”
Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”
Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;
“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Casual Dress
Tel: (01277) 656581
(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch
Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter 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 from 7pm–9pm every Monday, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !