Neil Gits Relaxed

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What a week ! I know I’ve said before in this blog how I’ve been flat out with my various gigs and quiz nights, not to mention squeezing in a radio show, but this was a REALLY busy one ! And as usual it was a much needed two hours in the studio on Monday that helped break up the constant slog of preparing and doing, just chilling with the tunes for a couple of hours at Gateway. You might have heard the show already, you might be looking forward to listening on Saturday at 5pm for the “Repeat Play” but either way a nostalgic journey through the soul, jazz-funk & disco era is guaranteed to hit the spot … if you are my age or thereabouts ! Take a look at the latest playlists below for a hint of what to expect each week …

The Tunes 

This Week :

Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night
Slave – Steal Your Heart Away
Change – Love 4 Love (Joey Negro Remix)
Shalamar – Take That To The Bank
Heatwave – Raise A Blaze
Groove Association feat Georgie B – More & More
James Ingram – She Loves Me (The Best That I Can Be)
Randy Hall – How Do You Want Your Love
Julius Brown – Never Too Late
Sherrick – Just Call
Lou Rawls – Some Folks Never Learn
George Benson – Valdez In The Country
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels – Breakout
Diana Ross & The Supremes – Someday We’ll Be Together
Fifth Dimension – Wedding Bell Blues
The Tams – Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy
La Toiya Williams – Can’t Decide
Johnny Gill – There You Go
Strength & Power – Loving You
Sir Waldo Weathers – Do The Waldo
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Booker T – Don’t Stop Your Love

Last Week :

Bridge – Baby Don’t Hold Your Love Back
Skipworth & Turner – Thinking About Your Love
Brooklyn Groove Machine – Disco Holiday
Gil Scott Heron – The Bottle
The Jones Girls – You Don’t Start Nothing
Masta – What Am I Supposed To Do
O’Jays – Hurry Up & Come Back
Soulfusion Seven – Turn The Lights Down Low
Hudsons – Show Me You Care
Dynasty – I Don’t Wanna Be A Freak
Syl Johnson – Ms Fine Brown Frame
Gayle Adams – You Brought It On Yourself
Patrice Rushen – Kickin’ Back
Shannon – Let The Music Play
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
Manhattan Transfer – Spice Of Life
Stone Paxton – I Dont Think New
Tom Browne – Someday We’ll All Be Free
Anita Baker – Love You To The Letter
James Ingram – It’s Your Night
Silver Convention – Everybody’s Talking Bout Love
Down To The Bone – Staten Island Groove

Two Weeks Ago :

Diana Ross – Upside Down
Circle City Band – Magic
T-Groove feat Ania Garvey – Let’s Feel Good
GQ – Disco Nights
Chaka Khan – We Got Each Other
Patti Austin – Hope Has Arrived (Nigel Lowis Soulworld Mix)
Isley Brothers – Hello It’s Me
Strength & Power – In The Eye Of Your Storm
Alphonse Mouzon – I’m Glad That You’re Here
Slick – Space Bass
Fatback Band – (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop
Dave Mascall feat Graham Hunter – Brand New Toy
Two Man Sound – Que Tal America
Imagination – Flashback
Alton Edwards-I Just Wanna (Spend Some Time With You)
Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It
Seest – All In The Name Of Love
La Toiya Williams – Change
Dexter Wansel – The Sweetest Pain
Impressions – Finally Got Myself Together
Jackie Wilson – The Who Who Song
Pacific Jam – Antes De Mais Nada

The Gigs   

Saturday 16th February
(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
https://www.facebook.com/soulatthecricks/
https://www.facebook.com/events/323899791807406/

Friday 22nd February
“Back In Time”
Shelly’s Restaurant & Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, MR12 6NA
“Old Skool Disco, 80s Classics & 90s Dance Anthems”
DJ: Wayne D
Free Entry ; 8pm – 12 Midnight ; Dress Smart Casual
https://www.facebook.com/events/2421769881171025/

Saturday 23rd February
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Jazz, Funk & Soul with Boogie Tunes, Nu Jazz & Soulful House”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly & David “The Bish” Bishop
Special Guest : Tony Matthews
8pm – 1am ; Wristband Only Event – £10
Text (07960)217136 ; email : [email protected]
www.wegottickets.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/1188747577968992/

Saturday 23rd February
“Steppin’ Out”
Luna Lounge, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4WN
“The Best In Soul & Funk”
DJs: Wayne D & Gary Walden
8pm – 1am ; Over 30s
Wristbands £7 – Tel (07526)633963
£10 on the door if available
https://www.facebook.com/events/217537949159873/

Sunday 24th February
(Last Sunday of Each Month)
“Over Roast Of Joy”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
“Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”
DJ : Paul Kidley & Sam Green
Special Guest : TBC
Free Entry ; 5pm – 11pm
www.overdoseofjoy.co.uk

Friday 1st March
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Friday Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest Zero DJs
“Old Skool Soul, Dance, House, R’n’B,Hip Hop, Disco & more…”
8.30pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry
http://www.zeroradio.co.uk/big-zero-radio-friday-night/…

Saturday 2nd March
(1st Saturday of each month)
“Chelmsford City Soul”
Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA
DJs: John Peters & John Douglas
“Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB, 2 Step”
Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only
https://www.facebook.com/events/492736814458022/

Saturday 2nd March
“A Night Of Motown & Soul”
Basildon Sport & Leisure Club, Gardiners Way, Basildon, SS14 3AP
“8 Piece Motown Tribute Band”
8pm – late ; Over 18s ; Dress To Party !
Tickets £25 – Bottomless Prosecco
https://www.facebook.com/events/287338818630552/

Saturday 2nd March
“Liquid Spirit 4 – The 1st Birthday Bash !”
Capones Nightclub, Benfleet Road, Hadleigh, SS7 1QB
“Soulful House, Disco & Old Skool Anthems”
DJs: Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark, Marie Garaccio
Danny T & DJ Coxy
8pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10
https://www.facebook.com/events/661700720890325/

Saturday 2nd March
“Soul By The Sea”
The Hampton Inn, Herne Bay, Western Esplanade, CT6 8DL
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Rare Groove, 80s Grooves”
DJs: Sarah Weller, Pete Hayes, Paul Mundy
Special Guest : DJ Miss Behaving
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry
https://www.facebook.com/events/2401360016545560/

Saturday 9th March
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ Yours Truly (Ben)
7pm – Midnight ; Free Entry
https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodSpreadEagle/?fref=ts

Friday 15th March
(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
http://www.soulfulseduction.co.uk/

Friday 15th March
(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
https://www.facebook.com/groups/thesoulkitchentw/


Saturday 16th March
“Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road,
Bulphan, Essex, RM14 3TY
Two Rooms Of Tunes, Eight DJs :
Birdy, Brian Kelly, Chris White, Gary Dennis
Ian Holmes, Jeff Young, Jigs, Simon Van Os
Room 1 : “Soul, Funk & Rare Groove
Room 2 : House, Latin, Afro & R’n’B
https://www.facebook.com/events/2153565004974240/

Saturday 23rd March
“KTF Soul Club 9th Anniversary”
Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul, Motown, 60s RnB & a hint of Latin..”
DJs: TBA
7.30pm – 12.30am
Advance Tickets £7 inc a free CD ; £10 On The Door
*Also on 8th June / 28th September*
https://www.facebook.com/events/499582720530599/

Friday 19th April
“The Long Good Friday”
The Berwick Manor, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL
“Stomp’s 10th Birthday Party”
Eight hours of Stomp DJs across two rooms of Soulful Sounds
5pm – 1.30am ; Tickets £10
www.stompradio.com

Saturday 25th May
“Shalamar Plus Special Guests Odyssey”
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, SS2 4FA
“Full Live Concert featuring Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel & Carolyn Griffey”
Also appearing Light Of The World & Harry Cambridge as Luther Vandross,
Natasha Watts
Plus DJs: Ian Reading & John Osborne
2pm – 11.30pm
Early Bird Tickets £20
www.skiddle.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/248021245908284/

Friday 5th July
“Real Thing, Loose Ends & Shakatak”
Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
8pm – 11pm ; Tickets £24, £29 or £31
(01702) 351135
www.southendtheatres.org.uk
https://www.facebook.com/events/548205655620674/

Weekenders :

Friday 8th – Sunday 10th March
“Hayling Island Spring Soul & Reggae Weekender”
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire
“Live Concert by Bitty McLean plus Winston reedy & Leroy Simmonds”
Two Rooms Of Music :
1) Reggae : Current, Revival & Bashment
2) Soul : Rare Groove, Independent & Classic 70s 80s & 90s
5pm on Friday night to 2am Monday morning
https://www.facebook.com/events/748715535516097/

Friday 28th – Sunday 30th June
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 7”
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire
3 Rooms Of Music including :
“Soul, Funk, Jazz, R’n’B, Soulful House, Neo Soul
Modern Soul, Rare Groove, Northern Soul & Reggae”
DJs : TBC
“3 Nights Accomodation inc Breakfast & Evening Meals & Event Pass = £199”
Tel : (02392) 460044
https://www.facebook.com/events/2098754063710012/

Margate Soul Festival 2019
Dates confirmed as Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August
https://www.facebook.com/events/1908191825870662/

Caister 2019 :
May 3rd 4th 5th & 6th
http://www.caistersoul.co.uk/index.php

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays”
The Rising Sun, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Soul, House, Disco, R’n’B , Club Classics”
DJ : Peter P and guests
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am
https://www.facebook.com/groups/souluprising/

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
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 2019 ? 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 www.gateway978.com 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” !

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