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Last week I took my Michael Jackson-obsessed son Nathan to see “Thriller Live!” at the Cliffs Pavillion, knowing he’d love it but fearing that it might not be quite as good as I’d heard, being a bit snotty when it comes to singers trying to imitate someone else… but it was really great! The work that went into the dance routines and costume changes must have been phenomenal, the band behind the scenes were impressive and the three/four singers that performed Michael’s songs (they used different ones for different parts of his life/repertoire) did a fantastic job and really took you back to the many highlights of his amazing career, despite mostly being around 20-25 years younger than he would have been now!

Inevitably, I had to include a suitable track on the show this week and me being me went for a 70s Jacksons single that was never a hit and didn’t feature in the show, but had me scurrying through the back catalogue for more J5/Wacko gems to play! “Enjoy Yourself” by listening to the repeat play of “The Old Gits Soul Show” this Saturday at 5pm and check the full playlist below:

The Tunes

Yvonne Elliman    If I Can’t Have You
Karyn White    The Way You Love Me
Jeffrey Osborne – Stay With Me Tonight
Gladys Knight & The Pips    Take Me In Your Arms
Jacksons    Enjoy Yourself
Jean Carn    I’m In Love Once Again
Luther Vandross    Little Miracles
Imagination    In The Heat Of The Night
Keith Sweat    Something Just Ain’t Right
Stargard    What You Waiting For
Vicky D    This Beat Is Mine 
Freeway  – Help Yourself
Level 42    Heathrow
Narada Michael Walden    Divine Emotions
Diana Ross    Getting’ Ready For Love 
Tom Glide feat Joe Leavy    Party People  
Bunny Sigler    Picture Us
Bobby Womack    A Woman Gotta Have It
Marc Evans  – The Way You Love Me
Phil Fearon & Galaxy    Everybody’s Laughing
Special EFX  –  Up Town East

The Gigs

Friday 31st January
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Rare Grooves”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Nick Aravis & Paul Kidley
Free Entry     8pm    1am      Smart Dress Code
https://www.facebook.com/events/806267912732867/?fref=ts
 
Friday 31st January
(Every Last Friday)
“Essex Funkers Soul Social Club”
Harlow Town FC, The Pinnacles, CM19 5BE
Tickets £5 : (07800) 724757  (07947) 308326
DJ: Les Knott
 
Friday 31st January
“Soul Nation”
The Slug & Lettuce, Room At The Top,
111 High St, Colchester, CO1 1TB
9pm    Late   ;   £3 On The Door
 
Saturday 1st February (Then 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
 
Saturday 1st February
“Soulsations”
(Every First Saturday)
The Buddha Lounge, Maidstone, Kent
“All Things Soulful”
DJs: Karen “Kazzie D” Ager, Tony Fernandez
£5 On The Door
https://www.facebook.com/events/192832220918444/?source=1
 
 
Friday 7th February
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
Marcos Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
DJ: Bully &
8.30pm    1am  ;  Free Entry
“Soul Funk & Disco From The 70s Upwards”
https://www.facebook.com/events/258165647671827/?fref=ts
 
Friday 7th February 2014
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Pavillion Suite, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Jazz Funk & Soul  from the 70s & 80s”
7.30pm    2.00am
Tel: (01375) 891402
https://www.facebook.com/events/547866935308385/
 
Saturday 8th February
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde, Tom Edgar, Tommy Gunn & Guests
8pm    1am   ;   Free Entry
https://www.facebook.com/events/510364469078446/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
 
Saturday 8th February
“Be Chic !” (Every Second Saturday)
The Crown, Billericay High Street
“Carwash Anthems, Soul & Disco Classics, Flare Flapping Funk…
…and Modern Soulful Sounds too”
DJs: MJ & Bully
http://soulfulseduction.co.uk/portfolio/chic-the-crown-billericay/
 
 
Friday 14th February
“Valentines Party”
Harlow Town FC, The Pinnacles, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Marky P,The Bushbaby & CJ Carlos
“Soul Disco, Funk, Boogie, Jazz, R n B”
Tickets £10 (07947)308326
8.30pm start     Hot Curry / Pasta / Chilli / Veggie Meals £5
https://www.facebook.com/events/1400800273502336/?fref=ts
 
 
Saturday 15th February
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister) & DJ Hugsta
“The Very Best In Jazz-Funk, Soul & Boogie”
7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry
https://www.facebook.com/events/1425175381028787/
 
Saturday 15th February
“Soulful Seduction” (next 26th April)
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays
“Soul & 90s Club Classics”
DJs: Mj & Bully
http://soulfulseduction.co.uk/portfolio/treacle-mine-soul-night/
 
 
 
Friday 21st February
(3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh, Thundersley, SS7 3TA
DJs: Bully & MJ
“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Funk & Disco plus RnB & Club Classics”
Free Entry   ;   8.30pm – 1am
 
Saturday 22nd February
“Soul By The Jetty”  ** NEW VENUE ! **
The Oysterfleet, Knightswick Road, Canvey Island, SS8 7RB
“No:1 Soul Club Outside London 2013 !”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messy
Special Guest: Tony Matthews
“Top Quality Jazz-Funk & Soul and more…”
Wristbands £7 In Advance Only – (07989) 591399
“Keeping The Goldmine Spirit Alive On Canvey Island”
https://www.facebook.com/events/458298184293068/?fref=ts
 
Sunday 23rd February
(Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Bonnie DJ, Richard Brown, Sandra C & guests
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm  –  11pm – soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !
https://www.facebook.com/events/126000124238663/?fref=ts
 
 
Saturday 15th March
“The Drizabone Soul Family – Live !”
Britannia Theatre, Dickens World, Leviathan Way,
Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4LL
Tickets £10 before 1st March, £15 after
7pm    11pm    after party till 3am
https://www.facebook.com/events/1446880728861092/?fref=ts
 
Saturday 15th March
“KTF Soul Club – 4th Anniversary Bash”
The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
7.30 pm    1am  ;  Tickets £6 In Advance, £8 OTD
DJs: Kev Lock, Soulful Sally & Drew Orr
https://www.facebook.com/events/587357008017638/?fref=ts
 
 
Saturday 22nd March
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Harlow Town FC, The Pinnacles, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Soundchaser, Marky P,The Bushbaby
Special Guest: Greg Edwards
Tickets £10    (07947)308326
 
https://www.facebook.com/events/229623450550585/?fref=ts
 
 
Weekenders:
 21st – 23rd March 2014
“Clacton Soul Weekender”
The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton On Sea, CO151UU
www.clactonsoulweekender.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/516305745077766/
 
23rd – 26th May 2014
“Bless The Funk Soul Weekender”
AZUR, Marina Pavillion, Hastings, TN38 OBU
Headline DJs: Greg Edwards, Brian Jay, Red Pepper
“Soul, Disco, Jazz-Funk & Classic Weekender Anthems”
https://www.facebook.com/events/637281049663550/?ref=ts&fref=ts
 
 
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 7th Feb
First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 1st March
First Saturday: Soulsations, Buddha Lounge, Maidstone – next: 1st February
Second Saturday: Be Chic    The Crown, Billericay    next 8th Feb
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 21st Feb
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 15th Feb
Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: TBC
Last Sunday: Sunday Soul Sessions, Victoria, Romford    next 23rd Feb
Last Friday: Friday Night Live, Bar Plazma, Wickford – next date TBC
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Ivory Rooms, Billericay  – next date 31st January
Last Friday: Essex Funkers Soul Social, Harlow  – next date 31st January
                                                                                  
Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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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