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Last night I had the pleasure of watching Ted Vining play with the band BLOW at The Horn in Collingwood. Ted is a local drummer who has been playing since the 60’s and he still plays every Thursday night and more! Seeing him play was amazing. I was sitting down eating dinner until they played this tune. For the first time ever they dropped EDDIE HARRIS’ “Freedom Jazz Dance” It was a monster. It was straight to the dancefloor for that one.
Tedd also played on this legendary Aussie funky jazz album. It was with Alan Lee on vibes and at the National Gallery under the stained glass. (A venue still used today, Hiatus Kaiyote and Saskwatch played their recently!) I had a copy this week. But as I told Ted half a dozen people wanted a copy within 20 minutes. He walked tall that night.
This is the band in 1973 making Stravinsky Super funky!
Remember April 30th is World Jazz Day.
That’s right party people – Karate Boogaloo and Charles Bradley’s Extraordinaires are taking over Ferdydurke tonight (Tues March 31). It’s all still a bit of a mystery – but we do know that Karate Boogaloo will take the stage with members of The Extraodinaires to bring you a crazy night of instrumental soul heat! Who knows…. someone might even sing?!
Helping hold it down with the deep soul and ethio business will be Miss Goldie, Cassawarrior and The Broadway Sounds DJs. The needle drops at 7pm – and entry is free.
Thanks to everyone who came down to our first Soulclash Party on Sunday night – it was a huge success! Big ups to Remi, Sensible J, Dan Merriweather and the The Seven Ups for making it a party to remember. We already have plans afoot for the next Soulclash in the very near future.
Coming up in April is Record Store Day (Saturday 18.04) and the launch of the 2015 Diggin’ Melbourne map. Northside will again be throwing a massive Record Store Day party with two incredible live bands, DJs, guests, RSD releases and more. We also hosting a Diggin’ Melbourne launch party at Belleville (Thurs. 16.04) featuring some very special guest DJs and all the usual suspects. Full details of both events will be announced soon.
Last but not least - Northside DJs are putting on the gloves and dusting off the classics for MellowDiasThump presents Fela Kuti vs. James Brown at Ferdydurke, Wed. 18 March.
After a weekend of instore madness we’re back with news of more Northside shows! But firstly, a massive thanks to The Seven Ups and The Meltdown, and everyone who came along to support Melbourne soul.
Coming up on Sunday 8th March, Northside and PBS106.7FM presents ‘Soulclash’ – The Underground Showcase. This is something we’ve talked about for a long time, and we’re very excited to see this become a reality. The first Soulclash has been curated by Northside’s and PSB’s own DJ Manchild (The Breakdown) and will take place at Howler in Brunswick. Heading the line up is Melbourne’s underground microphone fiend Remi, supported as always by Sensible J. This will be the final local show before Remi and J set off on their 2015 European Tour.
The Seven Ups will also take the stage for a super-set of funky afro soul fire. The Seven Ups have been playing shows all over and promise to deliver some of that heavy heavy syncopation that only comes with relentless shows, touring and late nights. Look out.
Taking you further underground, deep below mainstream and into the caverns of outernational soul, hip hop, afro, dancehall, tropical and funk are the Northside DJs. Big Bossman Chris Gill brings the ‘Burn City Soul’ and deep funk flavours, Lewis Cancut and Ms. Butt (Congo Tardis #1) serve up the bass-heavy booty-shaking sounds of the club/favela and beyond, and DJ Manchild and Mr. Rex will mash you up with anything + everything soul, and the shit you never heard before. No chin-scratchers – It’s a party from the get go!
Sunday March 8 is Labour Day weekend, and that means no work for some on Monday. Get down. Tickets are $18+bf (see below). We will have tickets available at Northside soon.
It’s almost that time of year again. Christmas day will mark eight years since the passing of James Brown, ‘The Godfather of Soul‘. Come pay your respect, and shake your money maker on Christmas night. Get up, get into it and get involved at the John Curtin Hotel in Carlton. Northside DJs will be joined by Karate Boogaloo and surprise special guests for the No. 1 James Brown party in Melbourne. Entry is free. Get down.
Northside is hyped to be hosting one of Australia’s most exciting new ‘musicians’ Jordan Rakei for a live instore performance on Thursday 27th November. Jordan is an amazing singer and multi-instrumentalist with a sound that transcends modern soul, sitting comfortably alongside the likes of Hiatus Kiayote, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Taylor McFerrin. Jordan’s current EP Groove Curse has been capturing the attention of a worldwide audience – and has already been stamped a modern classic on the Northside super sellers list! Originally from New Zealand and now residing in Queensland, Jordan calls his sound lo-fi soul – we call it dope. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch Jordan Rakei in the flesh.
Entertainment will start around 6pm with DJs and refreshments, followed Jordan doing a ‘bare bones’ set shortly after.
Check out his sounds here. Check the Soul Has No Tempo label too. Check his facebook for other dates ++ I think I should pimp his Friday night show at Boney too, where he’ll step it up to his full electronic show – appearing with other soul luminaries including Steve Spacek! Put me on the guest list please JB/JR/SS!