Three gig reviews to showcase this month folks, we've been a bit busier this month around the clubs. More about the Jets later but in the meantime, it's:-
Chest the ticket. A road trip up to South Yorks for another of our interests, coincided with Chesterfield Rock n Roll Club’s monthly gig. This large market town for us is identifiable by the crooked spire on St. Mary’s and All Saints church, the score ‘nil’ and a top-drawer Rock n Roll club and crowd. This event featured Johnny Flame and the Dragons, so it would be rude not to eh readers? In fact, we’d seen the band before playing at a weekender, and on the back of a truck in Buntingford High Street, but never in a club, so another draw.
DJ’s for the night, were residents Steve O and Andy B, all on vinyl 45s, and a veritable myriad of different rhythms to suit all styles. It was immensely gratifying to see so many in for the night, when you hear of clubs struggling to get folks through the door. There were bums on seats a-plenty even half an hour after doors opening at the Old Whittington Miners Social Club.
Among the enthusiastic and energetic stage show, there’s some quality Rockabilly, with a cracking version of Tony Casanova’s ‘Showdown’ shining. Neil shifted to the centre taking on Jimmy Patton’s ‘Oakie’s in the Pokie’, a frantic song that his vocal style is well suited to. Loved ‘Betty Ann’, which filled the floor, as did ‘Playmate’, ‘Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor’ and ‘Rock Tick Tock’, which I’m not sure I’ve heard covered before.
Between sets, a well-supported Atomic Jive contest took place, before the four lads blasted back onto the stage and picked up where they left off. Benny Cliff’s lyrical oddity ‘Shake ‘Em Up Rock’ stood out, as did an excellent take on Billy Fury’s ‘Don’t Knock Upon My Door’, Royce Porter’s ‘Do I Love You’ and Larry Donn’s beauty ‘Honey Bunn’. Lob in Neil doing ‘Bop-a-Lena’ and you’ll get the gist of the true vibe in the room. Huge rowdiness for the lads as they hit back with ‘What a Dolly’.
Cool beans in Chesterfield folks, go and check this well run and vibrant club in Derbyshire.
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Once again, it was good to see a decent crowd in, at a club that has suffered with clashing events in the past. Those in enjoyed a goodly selection of varied tunes from the decks. The band, in blue shirts and black pegs played two sets of staple classics, ‘Matchbox’ ‘Honey Don’t’, ‘Brand New Cadillac’, that type of stuff. All very loud and proud, although if I would make a comment it would be that the tempo sounded all the same all the way through. Mix it up guys, and you’re onto something good.
Having seen a few of the regulars at the club, giving toothy grins through social media in Las Vegas, there was a slight concern about potential numbers, especially as in the UK, we were basking in the warmest weather for an Easter since records began. No one needed to worry, as in excess of two hundred peeps jostled for position in the hall. Oh, and what do you know, another Atomic heat, that’s four in five weeks, are they following us about?
The two DJs played some ace stuff, loads of Rhythm and Blues for the dancers, Big Joe, Wynonie, Ruth, LaVern, Roy Brown et al, as well as some top Rockabilly and Rock n Roll. Interesting nowadays, that Little Richard’s ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ is now the go to jive contest starter-for-ten, overtaking ‘Boogie Woogie Country Girl’ in regularity.
A couple of strollers next with Sam the Sham’s ‘Woolly Bully’ morphing curiously into ‘Lip up Fatty’ *gasps from readership*, and their own ‘Talk All Night’, before ramping up the pace again with Cliff’s ‘Dancing Shoes’ and finishing with Bobby and Terry Caraway’s ‘Ballin’ Keen’.
Another well supported Atomic Jive Competition heat followed before the Jets played their second set, with the Sun classic ‘Slow Down’ followed by an excellent version of Herschel Almond’s ‘Let’s Get It On’. There’s no bounds to the Jets’ versatility, when you consider they mix the Southlanders styled ‘Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks’ with the Fantastics’ ‘Millionaire Hobo’ and an out and out Rockabilly kicker ‘Sittin’ on Top of the World’ as in Curtis Gordon.
Ray takes over vocals on the remake of Sonny Boy Williamson’s 1937 Blues standard ‘Good Morning Little School Girl’*, with, I suppose a nod to the Muddy Waters version musically. Ray was also debuting one of two brand-new custom-made guitars, he’d built himself, that sounded superb with a low-down blues vibe as well as rocking out to classic Rockabilly.
‘Stare Stare Stare’, ‘Heartbreaker’ and the belter ‘Hear Me Now’ topped the set off, along with the well deserved encore of the thumping Gene Wyatt cover ‘Lover Boy’. Outstanding night at Domino’s once again.
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And we'll be there for the second year running, reviewing and photography, so nip over and say hello
Another event that we'll be attending to review and photograph, is Hemsby 62. We are returning after a number of years, to catch up with new management Bill Guntrip, and his team's stellar line up. Headlining is Gizzelle, herself making a return visit, and believe us when we say readers, if you haven't heard her voice or seen her show before, you are in for a treat.
Plus the Extraordinaires making a rare UK performance, the Polecats, Charlie Hightone and The Rock-its, The Go-Getters and the Revolutionaires to name a few, should give you and idea of the diversity of the line up. A lot of the accommodation was sold by the end of March, but don't miss out. Contact the numbers on the flyer for details
There's a one-two punch in Wakefield in May, with two gigs in a week, the Meekats on the 11th and as part of their mini tour of the UK, Mike Bell and the Belltones play on the 17th. Hopetown is a great rocking club folks, well worth the trip.
From there Mike Bell and the Belltones are heading South to Hertfordshire, and Domino's club. You would have already read about that venue above, but don't take my word for it, join those already in the know
The Red Feather Club in Horham Suffolk welcome another first at the home of the 95th BG. The very popular Revolutionaries!! People have be talking about this gig for months, tickets already selling book early to avoid disappointment.. When there gone there gone.....
Did you know folks, at Atomic Vintage Festival, there are fifteen fabulous bands across two incredible, action-packed days, with more than a dozen DJs, four music venues, flag-start drag racing, vintage-style cinema, classic and custom car show, huge vintage market, Sunday morning flea market, soapbox derby and lots more... It's a 1950s paradise!
ATOMIC FESTIVAL - Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July
Sywell Aerodrome, Northants NN6 0BN
Book online now at www.AtomicFestival.co.uk
The week following Atomic, it's the 7th Rock Ridge Rumble event in the North East near Gateshead, here's what they say. Rock Ridge Rumble returns Fri 2nd Aug to Sun 4th Aug. 3 days of the fittest Rockin Bands in the country, all in the huge marque, incredible sound and light and simply the best bar you could wish for. All for only £70 for 3 days, with free camping with all tickets. Other ticket options available
A shout out for the Rockabilly Blowout, now in it's 6th year. Rockabilly blowout #6 82% of the weekend tickets gone !!! Have you got yours?? Click in link on the flyer to grab a ticket
£15 per person in advance either in cash or via PayPal link below
£20 per person on the door https://www.paypal.me/rockapevent
REVOLUTIONAIRES The Revolutionaires official, The NUT JUMPERS The Nut Jumpers, JAKE CALYPSO Jake Calypso, LARRY ADAMS and his Rhythm Heirs Larry Adams & The Rhythm Heirs, CARL MORRIS TRIO The Carl Morris Trio, The CRAWLIN KINGSNAKES
DJs, Rock Ape Trevor Rock Ape Stewart - Flintstone Simon Caroll Flint- Little Ian - Jailhouse Rocker - Mid Century Chap Clive Montellier Wobbly Webster Ian Webster - Big Bopper Dave Hook
Those who came to the last one will tell you what an amazing venue this is and it has hosted many American greats in the 50s. The REBELLIONS’ are going from strength to strength; No2 was fantastic ask anyone who came ?, Multi storey car park next door will be open until 1AM - last band will finish around midnight. Any other info please call Trev (Rock Ape) on 07727 689333 or Clare on 07786 554234.
The Riot has a cracking line up, but there's more With more and more people coming to the Rhythm Riot for all four days, we’re going to open the ever-popular Lunars Bar on Thursday for the first time, with a fabulous new feature for one night only… an absolutely stunning all-valve sound system! You can be sure that it sounds just as good as it looks! So get set for an All-Vinyl R&B Rent Party with 5 hours of non-stop dance floor fillers sounding just like they should. If this don’t move you, you ain’t got a pulse!Book online now at www.RhythmRiot.com Rhythm Rot - 14th – 18th November - Camber, Sussex, England TN31 7RL
With the success of this years first Southport Rumble (see our Weekender Reviews section for a full review and pictures), here's some info about the next one "Once again, thanks to everyone for making the 1st Southport Rumble such a memorable success. You all were great, bands, staff, DJs and all the fab bands on stage. There was a slight mistake on next years flyer which stated £50 deposit per person, this should of course be per chalet.
New flyer above and what a line-up we have for next year, with a total 8 I international bands, several of which making first appearance on UK soil. We have kept pricing same as this year and booking lines and website now open. To book use following link and scroll up to the 2020 Rumble flyer or to www.pontins.com/rumb or use the Pontins booking hotline 08714 742741 From the comments received looks like going to be a full one so suggest get your deposit paid asap to secure your place."
Just a quick nod to Humdinger next year, no line up yet but as it says on their website Over one third of places have been booked already! Watch this space for details of next year's line up...It's going to be a Humdinger!
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Until then, catch you on dancefloors all around the Rock n Roll scene, at many of the events above.
Cheers til next time