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Neil Gits To Try A Brazilian !

22nd August 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

There have not been too many of our legendary “Big Days Out” this summer holidays, but last Friday Nathan and I did get down to Portsmouth to visit our friends who live on Hayling Island and this time we actually arranged to meet them at Southsea, a lovely little seaside area of the city where as well as enjoying the usual rides, amusements and crazy golf, etc, you can also watch the hovercrafts at close quarters going back and forth to the Isle of Wight, clearly visible on the horizon across the Solent – not something you can do in Essex !

After a couple of hours of fun and games in the afternoon there, our friends met us ready to whisk us off for something to eat the other side of the city – they always know somewhere special and quite different and this time they surpassed themselves, taking us to a Casa Brasil, an amazing restaurant where you pay a set price and can not only help yourself to a Harvester style big buffet of salad and more (including chicken wings, meatballs & stew!) but also get served unlimited slices of meat at your table by ultra-friendly waiters (Toby Carvery eat your heart out !). Nathan enjoyed it so much that half-way through he insisted on fetching his slightly grubby Brazil football shirt from the car to wear to “fit in” and get even more attention from the staff as they kept the chicken, gammon, turkey, steak, beef, pork and sausages coming, all with delicious coatings and flavours. I did resist the kangaroo steak they offered at one point – but even so have never felt so stuffed !!

What’s this all got to do with soul music ? Absolutely nothing ! It just gave me a chance to use an eye-catching title for this week’s blog as I remind you to listen to a repeat play of my show at 5pm this Saturday … 😉

This Week’s Tunes:

Rose Royce – It Makes You Feel Like Dancing
Lou Rawls – One Life To Live
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Temptations – I Know I’m Losing You
Lew Kirton – Here’s My Love (Come & Get It)
Hamish Stuart – Midnight Rush
Brook Benton – Rainy Night In Georgia
Ola Onabule – Show Me Love
Seawind – Whatcha Doin’
Jacksons – Show You The Way To Go
Teddy Pendergrass – Only You
Honey Cone – Stick Up
Van McCoy – The Shuffle
Sharon Redd – In The Name Of Love
Chicago – Street Player
Shalamar – Take That To The Bank
Olga Makovetskaya feat Incognito – Got To Keep Moving On
Hues Corporation – Freedom For The Stallion
Real Thing – Can’t Get By Without You
The Hi-Lites – That’s Love
Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom
Electrik Funk – I Sing The Funk Elektrik
Norma Jean Wright – Sorcerer (Eddie Tour Re-edit)

Fully Updated Gigs:

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

Friday 28th August
(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
Friday 28th August (also on 25th Sept)
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
“Motown, Boogie, Disco, Jazz-Funk & Northern Soul”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £8 ; Tel (01702) 351135

Saturday 29th August
“Caister Warm-Up Party”
Dickens World, Chatham Maritime, ME4 4LL
DJs: The Caister DJ Team !
9pm – 3am
Tickets at :

Sunday 30th August
“Sunday Soul Session – Bank Holiday Special!”
The Victoria Pub, Victoria Road, Romford, RM1 2PA
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Reggae, Rare Grooves & Soulful House”
DJs: Sandra Citizen Soul, Kevin Connolly, Peter Poyton, Ricky O
BBq & Outside Speaker

Sunday 30th August
“Soul Nation Bank Holiday Summer Special”
Roberts Night Club, Vineyard Street, Colchester
“The best in soul, jazz-funk, latin & r’nb”
DJs: John Douglas, Nick Gunn, Dr Robbie B & Pete Smudger Smith
9pm – 2am

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

Friday 4th September
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: MJ & Bully & Guest DJ
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”
Friday 4th September
“Soul Reunited”
RUSSC Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB
DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Jazzbod & guests
Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door
(01708) 762743
8.30pm – 2am
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

Tuesday 8th September
“Soul & Motown Show”
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
Featuring West End Star : Victoria Goddard
(played Diana Ross in “Dancing In The Streets”)
Songs by Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Supremes, Aretha & more
£29.99 inc three course meal ; Tel (01277) 632378

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

Friday 11th September
(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 12th September
“Soul By The Sea”
The Ship, New Road, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 2EA
DJs: Gary Dennis, Birdy, Mick Liste, Chris White
8pm – 1am ; £7 on the door

Saturday 12th September
“Soul Night Special – Soul Weekender Vibe”
Liquid Lounge / The Eatery, Heralds Way,
South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5TQ
DJs: Steve Kite & Simon Whistles Ford
8.30pm – 1am ; Tickets from the venue

Saturday 12th September
(Every Second Saturday)
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Carl Hyde & guest DJ
Free Admission – 7.40pm – Late

Friday 18th September
(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 !!

Friday 18th September
“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
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 19th September
(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

Saturday 19th September
“The Big Zero Soul Alldayer”
The Spread Eagle, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
“Soul Funk & Soulful House”
12 DJs ; 1pm – 1am ;
Free Entry all day ! Free Parking after 1pm

Saturday 19th September
“KTF Soul Club”
Northern Soul Upstairs @ The Old Regent Ballroom,
Corringham Road, Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Kev Lock, Soulful Sally & Lee Markwick
Tickets £6 in advance, 200 capacity – hurry !
7.30pm – 1.00am
Wednesday 7th October
“Odyssey – Live !”
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
Tickets £12.50 – Tel (01277) 632378

Saturday 10th October
“New Yorker Reunion”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon Town Centre, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Jazz, Funk & Soul – No RnB, House or Garage!”
DJs: Terry Jones, Les Knott, Peter P, Hugsta, Andy Lothian, June Furlong
Plus Guest Live PA’s
7.25pm – 2.40am ; Tickets £10 (More on the door)

Saturday 10th October
“The Twisted Deal”
The Astor Community Theatre, Stanhope Road, Deal, CT14 6AB
Northern Soul with DJs: Pete Crascall & Ringo Woolgar
8pm – 1am

Saturday 31st October
“6th Official Goldmine Reunion”
The Monico, Canvey Island, Eastern Esplanade, SS8 7DN
DJs: Chris Hill, Jeff Young, Tom Holland & Snowboy
9pm – 3am ;
Advance Tickets £10 ; (07811) 111333

Saturday 21st November
“Soul Bay”
Black Cat Club, Fort Hill, Margate, CT9 1HD
“Jazz Funk, Soul, RnB, Hip Hop & House”
DJs: Micky B, Jason Anderson & Paul French
9pm – Late


Friday 27th – Sunday 29th November
“Sunny Hunny Soul Weekend”
Searles Leisure Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk
“Northern Soul, Motown & Jazz-Funk”

Friday 27th – Monday 30th May 2016
“Bless The Funk”
Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU
Strictly for the Over 30s
“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul
2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”

Weekly Events:
“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

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;

“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 …

“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 : 4th Sept
Second Friday: Soul & Club Anthems Special – Bar Zero, Billericay – next 11th Sept
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 18th Sept
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 12th Sept
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 19th Sept
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Reids Bar, Billericay – next 29th August

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 !

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