So what else has happened in Bettajive land I hear you ask
Entering Number 1 hall again was kind of like a step back in time, the table configuration was the same and even some of the people were in the same places. It’s almost like déjà vu, kind of like visiting a relative you know you should see more of.
The Jets always draw a crowd, and the venue is such that chunky numbers can get in without it looking uncomfortably packed out. The selection from the decks, was varied and slewed toward the dancers, believe me there’s owt wrong with that. The main attractions took the stage to a big cheer, almost like people had seen them before.
In a brace of memorable sets, the brothers hit the heights with a diverse set list that included the Five Keys’ ‘My Pigeon’s Gone’, Sonny Boy Williamson’s ‘Good Morning Little Schoolgirl’, to the acca pella versions of ‘Rama Lama Ding Dong’, ‘Duke of Earl’ and ‘Silhouettes’. Lob in ‘Thunder Road’, ‘Love Makes the World Go Round’ and ‘Yes Tonight Josephine’, with the essential ‘Fine Fine Fine’ and even a taster of a couple of new tracks from an upcoming CD release(!)
Good to visit RockOla again, and see so many people in diggin’ the sounds. Bit disappointing that it ends rather earlier than many clubs we visit, but hey ho, it’s a decent way to spend an evening after the working week.
Initial lead gremlins sorted, Dion played a really varied trio of sets from the decks, mixing R&B with some Rockabilly and straight ahead Rock n Roll. And as usual, the crowd responded by filling the floor. Another attraction at this club, is the full screen video that acts as a stage curtain. That features clips from all areas of Rock n Roll through the ages, naturally with no sound. Somewhat of a surprise to see us two making a cameo appearance though!
Velocity Brown announced herself on the stage with a belting version of Dolly Cooper’s ‘My Man’, with Big Mama Thornton’s ‘I Smell a Rat’ hot on it’s heels. Wynonie’s ‘Quiet Whiskey’ got a rare outing, not many are prepared to take that on, and ‘Down Boy Down’ also featured later in the set. Liking the emotive take on ‘Tryin’ to Get To You’ as well. Velocity, looking fine in her black dress with a red and white polkadot trim, felt the heat, and soon kicked off her high heels, while delivering yet more top vocals on ‘Ring a Dong Do’ and ‘Good Rockin’ Daddy’.
More quality followed in the second set, the tsunami sound of the Sonics’ ‘Shot Down’, Gene and Eunice’s ‘Bom Bom Lulu’ , curios like ‘Wildwood by the Sea’ and ‘Gwan about Your Business’ and the finale of ‘Kill My Baby’. The Hotrods are spot on throughout, which made for a cracking night out in Yaxley
Headliner King Pleasure had plenty to sing about, but don't take my word for it, read all about it here http://www.thebettajivereview.com/reviews-of-public-events-festivals-and-car-shows.html
Check out the new dates for Atomic Vintage Festival, which is now incorporating the Hot Rod Hayride. Tons of stuff to add to an event already top of the tree, and now even more for car enthusiasts, to go with the drag racing and car show.
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