Had such an amazing night last night , felt the need to spread the love and share it with anyone that likes to read stuff like this.
Long ago in the times of 60's and 70's you could venture down town into Manchester City center and have your pick of the clubs , Rafters ,Tiffs , Caroline's to name but three and basically experience "soul" without really thinking too much about it, you were guaranteed a great night wherever you went , the crowd then were people just out for a good time, no attention was paid to labels and who was singing the tune or the fact that you played a bluesy track or funk track with what we call northern track, basically anything soulful was enjoyed and the city Buzzed with soulful activity.
Well last night I felt a return to that period of time , had the most amazing night in the company of "Young" people with the exact outlook as mentioned above , and boy did they enjoy the nectar that the guys from the Black Bee Soul club played for them. It was so great to see them all dance in their own style with their own fashion and revel in the delight that is sweet Soul music .
We arrived in town around 8pm , we knew the Bar was in Thomas street and ventured to find it in the rain with Cabs streaming passed like boats , we ducked and dived avoiding massive puddles to eventually find the bar , walked in and the place was buzzing .
My first words to Browny were bloody hell there are loads of blokes in here and most of them under 35 ! I couldn't believe it , we met Paul at the bar and joined Natasha and friends on a table near the decks for a fabulous night.
It wasn't long before people were wigglin and then dancing , trying to copy the moves and looking on in astonishment at the younger guy being able to drop to the floor and rise up again in dance. Reminded me of Madam Jo Jo's in Soho when we went to experience a Keb Darge night . the night was simply about enjoyment and feeling the beat.
I do hope we can experience this night again and again and again .... It was soul cafe culture in the heart of the city , brilliant night it all sounded so FRESH . and it was the first time I have got up and got down in three months and how good it felt to dance to James Brown
Thank you Paul and Sam ... for restoring my faith in that there is a future for these sounds for the next 15 years at least.
I feel so privileged being here at the right time in the right place.