Through all that, we did manage some Rock n Roll, the first gig being Boppin The Blues, you can read about below
From near and Var. First road trip of the year saw us head for the home of AFC Wimbledon, and a Boppin The Blues one off presentation at the venue, featuring the Vargas Brothers from California. A treat for those who couldn’t make the trip over to Spain to see them the previous weekend.
It’s your classic function room venue here, with the low ceiling and very limited seating, long bar and a stage just that bit higher than the audience. The records were provided by regulars Steve Grinster and Trev Collins, with Alex from Spain guesting. All three played some top tunes, mixing the occasional obscurity with the out and out classic. I don’t care where you go, ‘Happy Baby’ by Bill Haley and Chuck’s ‘Let It Rock’ are guaranteed floor fillers, and this house was no exception. It really is our kind of music.
The quartet on stage were made up of Alex and Ernie Vargas, with their ace picker Gilbert Rodriguez, and from the UK, Roger Van Niekerk on drums (as in Carlos and the Bandidos for example). As we got to the venue early doors, it was pretty cool to hear the guys’ final tune up with Elvis’ ‘Shoppin’ Around’ sounding mighty fine.
It’s a good format that Boppin The Blues have, extended hours, this one was from 7.30pm to 2am, and just one set from the band. And what a fine set it was from them, with Ernie Vargas on rhythm guitar, brother Alex on upright bass, although they swapped occasionally, and both taking vocals. There’s something about brothers and harmonies, it just seems so ‘right’ (see the Jets and Mischief for example). The opening classic ‘Lend Me Your Comb’ was top drawer, the Vargas version of Alton and Jimmy’s ‘No More Cryin’ the Blues’ was simply sublime. A dispatch type mention also for ‘Blues Stay Away From Me’ too.
They can rip it up to classic Rockabilly tunes as well, like ‘Crazy Crazy Lovin’, and presented a slightly softer but immensely effective take on ‘El Camino Real’. Loved ‘My Search’ and ‘I’m Ready’. Alex took vocals on the excellent ‘Go Home Letter’, and a triumphant ‘Crazy Blues’ as in Jape Richardson’s Mercury/Starday ’57 cut. First class
Excellent night’s entertainment from the decks and the stage.
Rock Ridge Rumble is now well established in the North East, and a well run and reasonably priced weekender. And as we are just struggling out of winter here, it's tough to imagine November just yet, but the line up is out for the Rhythm Riot. Click on the flyers for more details
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A shout out for a club in Essex we have yet to visit, the port town of Harwich and Rock Around the Dock. You can read about previous Chez Vegas events here, https://www.thebettajivereview.com/reviews-of-public-events-festivals-and-car-shows.html and while you are about it, have alook at their line up for this year. And finally, a new event for October 2018, the Cochran Connection, so new in fact, there's no web address. Just email the address on the flyer
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