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Neil Gits Set For Easter

5th April 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

There are two chances to enjoy some “Cool Soul” over the holiday weekend. First of all there is a second chance to hear last Monday’s programme when it is repeated at 5pm on Saturday and includes, amongst the usual two hours of quality soul, jazz-funk & disco, the first tracks from this month’s featured compilation album “Motown Rare Grooves” as well as some “Short Trousered Soul” which was the first ever UK hit single by a group who went on to become one of my favourite Philly acts. The full playlist is included below…

Then on Monday it’s a special “Bands Of Soul” show for the Bank Holiday featuring some of the best jazz-funk & soul outfits of the 70s & 80s such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Chic, Maze & Change crammed into two hours from 7pm. And of course, there are plenty of events all across the weekend to get out and enjoy, so I’ve fully updated the Easter ones from my “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” list below too –  and next week look out for a full summer selection with many new gigs planned for between now and August ! It’s gonna be a soulful summer folks !!

The Tunes:


Gary’s Gang  –  Keep On Dancing
O’Jays  –  Message In Our Music
Commodores  –  Flying High
Arthur Adams  –  You Got The Floor (Full 12″ Version)
Ohio Players  –  Love Rollercoaster
Ben E King  –  Made For Each Other
Roberta Flack  –  Killing Me Softly With His Song
Marvin Gaye  –  Inner City Blues
Gino Soccio  –  Dancer
Gonzalez  –  Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
Players Association  – I Like It
GQ  –  Standing Ovation
Montana Sextet   –  Heavy Vibes
Parliament  –  Up For The Downstroke
Jacksons  –  Can You Feel It
Luther Vandross  –  Heaven Knows
Joanna Gardner  –  Pick Up The Pieces
SOS Band  –  No One’s Gonna Love You
Archie Bell & The Drells  –  Here I Go Again
Chaka Khan  –   Clouds
Marvelettes  –  Here I Am Baby
Silver Convention  –  Everybody’s Talking Bout Love
Jonathan Butler  –  High Tide

The Gigs:

Thursday 5th April – Sunday 8th April
“Soul Weekend!”
The Chequers, High Street/Chapel St, Billericay
DJ from 3pm Sunday til late
“Jazz-Funk, Northern Soul, Old Skool House, 80s & 90s”
Top tunes all weekend long !    –  Admission Free

Friday 6th April
“The Zero Soul Night”
Marcos Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
8.30pm   –  1.00 am
Admission Free
DJ Bully & Special Guests
Playing Soul Jazz Funk & Disco Anthems

Saturday 7th April
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Barrows Farm Stadium, Elizabeth Way, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Paul Clark, Jonny Layton
8pm  –  1am    –   Tickets £8 in advance, £12 on the door
Tel: (07800)724757 / (07989) 591399 / (01273) 413800

Saturday 7th April
“Soul Connexion All-Dayer”
The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1JE
DJs Dave Palmer & Dave Burton plus guests
Three rooms of music playing …
“Soul, Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove & Caister Anthems”
12 pm  –  3 am    –    £8 in advance, £10 on the door
Tickets available from Dave Burton: [email protected] 07584626972       and Dave Palmer: [email protected] 07961101746

Saturday 7th April (Also 12th May & 7th July)
“Soul On The Harbour”
Jacksons Wharf, 30 York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS
8pm  –  1am     –     Admission Free
The East Kent Soul Connection DJs
Plus Special Guest DJ Nigel
“Upfront & Classic Soul & Jazz-Funk”

Sunday 8th April
Carleen Anderson Sings Live
The Boatyard, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea
8pm  –   Dining £50,  Standing  £22.50
Tel: 07956 480473

Sunday 8th April
“Bank Holiday Soul Train”
Roberts Club, Colchester
DJs: Nick Gunn & Bully
9.30 pm  –  2 am   –    £5 Entry
“Relive The Soulful Classics & Anthems Of The Old Days
At Venues Like The Tartan House, The Windmill & Embassy Suite”

Sunday 8th April
“Something For The Weekend”
Henry’s, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB
Two Rooms Of Soulful House, Disco, Weekender Classics & Much More
DJs:  Joey Negro ( Three Hour Set)
Fat Tel, Tom Holland, John Ovel, Chi, Steve Kite,
Pete Collins, Tony Matthews & Johnny Showbiz Beard !
5pm  –  Late     –    Admission Free before 6pm
£5  from 6 – 9pm,   £8  9pm  –  Close

Saturday 14th  April (also 23rd June)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Silver Jubilee, Link Road, Canvey Island, SS8 9QA
DJs: Bully & Stevie B
“Dance Soul Disco & Club Classics”
8pm – Late     –    Free Admission

Sunday 15th April
“Shed Sunday Soul Revival – 2”
The Rising Sun, Sun Street, Billericay
(End of the High Street, opposite the police station)
7pm – 10.30pm     –     Free Entry
DJs: Russ B  & Grumpy Brown
“Classic Soul Jazz Funk & Disco”

Friday 20th April
“Soul Bossa Nova”
The Old Hat Bar, 14 Alexandra Street, Southend-on-Sea,SS1 1BU
8pm  –  1am    –  Admission Free
DJs: Birdy, Grumpy Brown, Mick Liste, Chris White
“Soul Boogie Garage & Soulful House (upstairs)”
“Latin Deep Funk & Jazz Funk (Downstairs)”
Telephone (01702) 337744 for more info…

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2012 ? 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 voice/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 – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm.