With that in mind though, we have still been out and about on the scene to bring you the best reviews of the top gigs, starting with DJ Domino's new club
Domino, go man go. Nigel Babb, known as DJ Domino was able to officially launch his new club at Jackmans Community Centre in Letchworth Hertfordshire, after the previous gig had fallen foul of the weather (bet it feels odd reading about snow in the middle of the summer!) On stage, Phil Haley and his Comments, with Domino himself and Bill Guntrip spinning the tin.
Cracking night out this was, with over 140 people turning up at the venue, and the first five actually got a parking space in the car park. Rockin’ types appeared from all over the surrounding estates, deserting their vehicles wherever possible.
The club itself, has a decent sized dancefloor which was well populated throughout the DJ sets and the band's for that matter, plus time for an Atomic Jive Contest heat and celebration of our host's birthday, and a good excuse to eat cake!
The band were as energetic as ever with many of the Bill Haley classics, 'Shake Rattle and Roll' 'Live It Up, 'Rip It Up', 'See You Later Alligator', ‘Sweet Sue’ and ‘Rock Around the Clock’, you get the picture. It wouldn't be them without 'Talk To Me' which am I right in thinking is twenty years old now? We now have a self penned blues bopper they slipped in, ‘Baby Where Are You?’, thumping sound on that one folks, it’s gonna be a dance floor winner for years.
Good club, well run, well attended, varied rockin music, what more could you want from a club? More cake?
One of the circuit’s most dependable bands, this four piece had London Jackk (yes two ‘k’s) depping for the holidaying Andy Meadows, on drums, plus the settled line up of Rusti on lead guitar and strung ironing board, Stewart Dale on dawghouse and Lloyd Mills on guitar(s). They have a knack of tailoring the set just to suit the audience, providing a mix of Western Swing, Rockabilly and straight ahead Rock n Roll.
You go from ‘Granddaddy’s Rockin’, and Buddy’s ‘Blue Days Black Nights’ and ‘Midnight Shift’, through an R&B sound with ‘Sexy Ways’ and their own stroll-tastic ‘Prisoner of Your Charms’. ‘Seven Nights To Rock’ did just that, as did the slidey steelness of ‘Real Rock Drive’, ‘Mobile Alabama’ and ‘Catty Town’
I don’t think the versatility of the band can be over emphasised, when you consider the quality of ‘Go Boy Go’, mixed with Carl Perkins’ ‘Sweethearts or Stranger’ and Shorty Long’s ‘Nine Little Kisses’ which was just an outstanding version of a seldom covered gem.
I’m always pleased to hear one of my favourite originals by them, ‘Gone With the Wind’ which along with ‘Big Sandy’ was the encore, and richly deserved too. Good to see, hear, and there was no ‘Low’ in Lowestoft this time out for sure.
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The following weekend, another under canvas event in the North East, Rock Ridge Rumble with another fine line up. And although this is the start of summer, turn your attention to the Rhythm Riot, a joyous romp of R&B and Roots of Rock n Roll event on the South Coast . Click on the event flyers to take you to the websites for more info
Looking toward the end of the month, tickets are selling fast for Andy Garner's event with the Devil's Cut Combo. Next year, two weekenders for your delectation, the jumping R&B newbie, Humdinger, and Kevin Greener's Rock Ridge Events presentation of a highly varied Rock n Roll weekender in Southport on the North West Coast
Lastly, but by no means least our new flyer, designed by that awfully talented Andy Brittan of AB Creative https://www.facebook.com/andybrittancreative/ You can pick one up at a gig near you. It lists all our skills and services. so get in touch.
Cheers til next time