In association with The Big River International Blues and Jazz Festival I'm pleased to announce a veritable Soul and Funk Fest in Laverys. Please help return those so often missappropriated terms Soul and Funk to their rightful owners!
Thursday 21st August in The Bunker - Milo Z (New York) + The NI Soul Troop + Soul/Funk DJ Doors 9pm £6
Saturday 23rd August in The Bunker - An afternoon of Funk hosted by Montana Floss. Doors 4pm £tbc.
And then, as part of Laverys Triumverate (3 rooms for £5):-
In The Attic - Beaten Drum Live + DJs. Doors 8pm
In The Ballroom - Son of Knee Deep. Andy Leathem (Vico's, Knee Deep, The Soul Social) selects Pure Soul Corrupted by Filthy Funk. Doors 8pm
Sunday 24th August in The Bunker - Soul All-Dayer hosted by Liam Q (Belfast Soul Club, The Beat Boutique Manchester)
Doors 2pm £tbc
Live Soul and Funk 8pm ish from Montana Floss and Charlie Wood (USA) with DJ support from Andy Leathem.Doors 8pm £5
In The Back Bar - The Soul Social.
Please ensure you have enough clean underwear for this weekend as things are gonna get hot,sweaty and Funky.
The NI Soul Troop and Montana Floss need no introduction to local audiences as their impeccable Funk credentials precede them (that's right, I don't have their bio's to hand).
But to introduce Milo Z:
The best damn funk band in the city! This unit is comprised of some of the best musicians in NYC, is like a cross between James Brown, Parliament/Funkadellic, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
'Make them dance, make them sweat, leave them longing for more.' Is the bands motto.
Milo continues to sell out shows in Manhattan (Bands home ground) and has staked a claim in the New Jersey cover scene being the only original band to compete against cover greats; the Nerds and Big Orange Cone.
The band appeared on The Jerry Lewis MDA telethon WWOR UPN 9, and a recent music show on CN8 airing to over 8 million NJ/PA viewers. Milo Z has performed with Robert Randolph, The Neville Brothers, The Spin Doctors, Tom Jones, Maceo Parker, The Funky Meters, The Average White Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, BonJovi, G-Love and the Special Sauce, Patty Smith, Al Green, KRS 1, Massive Attack & Chuck Brown.
And Charlie Wood:
Charlie Wood is one of Memphis, Tennessee's, most consummate musicians. His masterful keyboard playing, particularly on the B3 organ, great Mose Allison-styled songs and laid-back vocals have been a fixture in clubs on legendary Beale Street since the early 1990s.
Born in Memphis, TN in 1967, Charlie studied classical piano from an early age and jazz piano in high school and college. He spent 1990 on the road as keyboardist for legendary blues guitarist Albert King, with whom he toured the U.S. and Europe. He has also performed and recorded with numerous other regional and national acts, has worked as composer and musical director for local theatre groups and independent filmmakers, and has played and sung on countless jingles and album projects.
For over fifteen years the Charlie Wood Trio - consisting of Charlie on piano, Hammond B-3, pedal bass and vocals, Renardo Ward on drums, and Gerard Harris (formerly of Kool and the Gang) on guitar - performed nightly at the King's Palace Café on Beale Street. During their tenure at the Palace such musical luminaries as B.B. King, George Coleman, Joey DeFrancesco, Alvin Batiste, Tony Reedus, Rufus Thomas, Georgie Fame and many others stopped by to sit in and play with the band. On a recent tour in England, Robert Plant joined Charlie onstage to sing five or six of his favorite Memphis r&b classics.
It was during his long residency on Beale St. that Charlie developed and perfected his own unique, jaw-dropping approach to the Hammond organ. Although he makes it all look effortless and sounds perfectly relaxed and comfortable in performance, the technical prowess his style demands prompted one reviewer to describe him as "the Art Tatum of the B-3."
The virtuosity and dexterity required make it unlikely that Charlie's style of playing could even be imitated by other players, much less rivalled. Charlie's work has earned him numerous musical accolades, including the N.A.R.A.S. "Premier Player Award" for Keyboards and the Beale St. Merchants' Association "Entertainer of the Year" award. He has toured extensively in Europe and the U.K. to promote his original music and has performed on television and radio programs across the continent.
Wood is also an accomplished songwriter with four original CDs under his belt: Southbound, Who I Am, Somethin' Else, and his most recent album on the Memphis-based Inside Sounds label, Lucky, on which Wood not only sings and plays a variety of keyboards but also performs all the drum, bass and guitar tracks.
Anyone with Soul who would like to get involved, please pm me.
The Main Headliners for The Blues and Jazz Festival are:
Steve Cropper, The Animals, Ten Years After and Nine Below Zero
Anybody who is into Real Soul and Funk in Belfast/Northern Ireland knows how thin on the ground it is. Kept alive by the dedicated few such as The Soul Social, Belfast Soul Club, Bounce, Thee Sarge, Marti Bo, Hu Bu Phonk, The Mod Soul Sessions, Montana Floss and The NI Soul Troop (apologies if I've missed anybody).
Please do your best to support this oasis in the Belfast Soul desert and make future Soul/Funk Revues possible.
i'll be supporting this alright! and also djing in the attic on the saturday night. expect a tonne of funk and some old school funky hip hop!
if people had any sense they would be at this!
(plug - MANTIC 23rd august with montana floss + Friends)
Don't forget about this people. Please bring some water to Belfast's Soul Desert
Just 2 days to go Soul People