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    Can you pay on the door? Sorry! Just seen that you can. Does it look like there will still be tickets though?
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  2. Interesting insight, I think he's right. Maybe it's because rock/metal is based on live acts; OK so there are records but the main communal experience is going to see bands and dancing/moshing/stagediving etc. Whereas the experience of soul is based much more on records; OK so there are live acts but few and far between and even then there will be DJ's and records and most people's experience will be dancing to recorded music. So rock would die out without a constant supply of new acts, whereas soul lives on through old records even if they're newly discovered (albeit there are a few new ones).
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  3. Nice one indeed! It's certainly not clear cut, it's not all that generational either - the founder members of Slayer are 55 now and Tool are in their late 50's, so not youngsters.
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    I hadn't been to Mojo for a few months due to other events (it's a popular date the 3rd/4th Saturday) so good to come here again. It was interesting to look back as well - last month was the Big Birmingham Soul Night at Birmingham Town Hall; an amazing venue but a very disappointing night - only one room (advertised as two), not that packed, no access to the balcony and all for £12!, two months ago was Aaron Williams' inaugural Macabre Soul - blistering event of 100mph dancers, young, loud, dark, fast but quite a trek to nearly the Welsh border and only apparently an occasional do. So if perhaps Birmingham Town Hall is the past and Macabre Soul is (hopefully?!) the future, this is the present. Always a really diverse and interesting DJ line up here; rarely the same guests and usually at least three of them; I must admit I was initially disappointed that Brian Rae was unable to attend due to illness as I was looking forward to seeing him again and on the previous occasions I've seen Soul Sam he seemed to play almost exclusively Modern stuff (not really my cup of tea) but it just goes to show that you shouldn't listen to your prejudices because he played anything but - can't recall much of it but a couple of Ted Massey 'exclusives' were in there as well as some other thundering tunes. Missed the first set completely but Terry Shaw and Rob Smith delivered the goods and John Stackhouse is always excellent; I've only heard John and John Weston play Bobby Williams - I've Only Got Myself To Blame but if that was the only song I heard all night it would be worth the entrance fee. All the other usual stuff- cheap bar, nice crowd, some great dancers. A consistently good night and one you have to travel some distance to match. Drew both DJ's and a local dancer, Dave who seems to pop up everywhere west of Birmingham. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
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    SOULTIME PELSALL

    A very reliable club this and as I have said before the only regular two roomed event in the West Midlands. Main room Northern with an excellent set from guest DJ Vernon Smith and the second room banging Reggae and Ska from Moldie and Reggae Rita. So you always have the option of flitting between the two. No real surprises in the music but some great oldies not that often heard - Soul Dance No. 3 sticks in my mind. Nice to see a few more Birmingham faces here tonight as well. All the usual stuff - cheap bar, loads of parking and particularly the massive sprung dance floor. Me and my daughter both sketched Vernon Smith, not sure who's was the most flattering? lol. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
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  5. "will return to Manchester where in the 1960’s he first started DJ’ing at the famed ‘Golden Torch’ all-nighters" Manchester??!
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    Wow! What a great venue this is, never been, always thought it looked interesting and somehow acquired an anniversary CD from here but couldn't really justify the 63 mile drive when there was anything else on; anyway tonight apart from Rugby, the Midlands seemed to be totally quiet so with nothing to loose we set off, we were quite late leaving but thought that maybe people would be at Blackpool or Rugby and it would be a bit empty, it was far from it - You know some venues where you rock up at 8pm and everyone seems to trickle in for two hours, have a few drinks, basically ignoring the 'warm up' DJ, have an extended chat, then after a while, probably when House For Sale comes on, they start to get up and dance one by one? Well this place IS NOT ANYTHING LIKE THAT - the atmosphere is just awesome; packed dancefloor from when we arrived, two world champions but they were by no means on their own, hot, dark and sweaty in the main room but that's just the way it should be! Billed as 100mph solid oldies and it wasn't far off that; personally I'm not in the least bothered about oldies-or-not cause there are some 100mph newies out there that I love even more (Harlem Gospel Travellers for one) but there were a few slower ones here and there, that's not to take away from the quality though not a bad track, a couple of repeats (maybe) but I'm being picky, all the DJ's played blinders. Cheap enough bar and two rooms - the back Motown room was nice enough and a lot cooler than the main room but the main ballroom was where the action was, for only £4! This is a model for what other soul nights could do (of course it all depends in the crowd being there) but how do they manage it? Definitely coming back to this one. Did a couple of sketches, one of the DJ Yocky and one of a World Champion dancer, too busy to do much more. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
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    What more can I say about this place? Thinking about it the only regular monthly soul event in the whole of Birmingham; OK so tonight there were alternatives in Darlaston, Hednesford and Halesowen (the Black Country which is a very different situation) and certainly the latter of those takes some people away from this one but this really deserves to be a packer every month but it's not; as sed1959 says in a parallel review of Barlestone (worth reading if you can find it) it seems to be one of the soul scene's eternal mysteries that certain venues are not constantly heaving; having said that though there was a decent crowd in tonight. Great DJ's, this month including Ted Massey, nice crowd, some of the best dancers in Birmingham (if you've ever been you'll know who I am talking about), perfect dancefloor with no crap on it, music always varies and not too hard to get to, what more can I add - cheap bar, lots of parking. So if you've never been do yourself a favour and check it out, if you used to go, come back it's still as good! Did some sketches of the dancers, tried to draw Ted Massey too but for some reason I always seem to mess it up slightly - so not posting that one here. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
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  6. And as for the banknote, he'd have to feature on it if they ever bring out one of these. . . .
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  7. Now there's an idea! The 21st June is his Birthday perhaps we should all take the day off to celebrate?
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  8. The only posthumous awards that can be granted are for bravery like the George Cross or Victoria Cross, so there's no chance of that happening. You can, however, apply for a Blue Plaque on a building associated with them, in that case they have to be dead first.
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    Harpos 60th do

    Great night, here's some of the sketches I did of Harpo.
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    There were, as ever, multiple choices for tonight (last Friday of the month) but plumped for this one because A. I liked the look of the old pub it's in, B. Guest DJ Mark Hallam and C. I'd not been before. Rather low on numbers tonight but nevertheless a fantastic unexpected mix of music - Mark delivered the goods; Otis Redding, Joe Simon (can't loose with either of those ), Little Esther, The Superlatives but some great stuff throughout the night; the (legendary) Chashers which I'd never heard played out before and quite a few curveballs - Ronnie Dove and even Paolo Nutini. The billing for this says 'No Tags, No Rules, No Restrictions' and that's exactly what it was, it was a rare soul night but also a lot more. Not really one for the dancers (nice dancefloor but rather small) but certainly one to try if you want something different. It's a proper old pub too with the original bar downstairs and high ceilings etc. would make a great film set! Did another sketch on cardboard, I think this one was better than Friday's. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
    The weekend was a Tale of Two Soul do's in Birmingham; as everyone knows high profile events in the City itself are few and far between (for non-locals The Black Country (which is definitely not part of Birmingham) is a very different matter!) so this weekend was probably the peak of the year - Birmingham Town Hall Big Soul Night #4 at the iconic Birmingham Town Hall followed by Prinfest all-dayer in suburban Selly Oak. I was expecting this to be a nice chill-out after the previous night's Town Hall gig which (I thought) was going to be an absolute stormer but as it turned out this proved to be the better of the two events. I can't review the Town Hall because rather inexplicably it's not on Soul Source - perhaps part of the reason for its relative foundering? On paper that one looked great; Colin Curtis, PEP, Sonny and Spare and Sammy Dee plus others in two rooms; in practice low numbers apparently meant the second room wasn't open (a very poor show for a £12 on the door occasion!) and whilst Sammy Dee and Sonny and Spare delivered great sets the others were OK but nothing extraordinary and, as it's such a big building, you need a good few hundred to make it look anything like full. SO it was good but something of a disappointment compared to the last three. Anyway back to Prinfest; at £7.50 on the door and a line up of 12 DJ's, great dancefloor, several other things going on too this was way better value, free parking and easy to get too as well. All-dayers are hard to sustain; got there initially at about 2pm to see the first part of the day winding down a little but caught a bit of Hitsville Chalky and some others. Returned about 6 for the main event. Won't go into the detail of it all but some great sets along the way, standouts were Lou Wood and Mark Annis (who I recognised from Mojo Workies, another fantastic South Midlands event). The last part of the evening was an absolute triumph though - Jo Prinsen, Dave Rimmer, Johnny Weston and Tony Reynolds; any of these can hold their own against the best and any one of them makes an event worth going to but stick them all together and you've got basically the 'Four Horsemen of the Soulpocalypse' . Tune after tune - rare, underplayed, unexpected, you can forget Shazam for half of it but in contrast to some gigs it's certainly not a mid-tempo yawn fest. Again too much to remember, Bobby Williams was a particular highlight though. In the end Tony Reynolds went on until 12:30 but no one was complaining even though it meant I didn't get home till 1am. Did a few drawings but didn't finish many of them, this was one of the dancers Mick - amazing mover and, in this sketch, distinctive trousers - a winning combination. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
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    SOULTIME PELSALL

    The customary quality night - as now basically the only West Midlands two-roomed event this is really good value for money at only £5. In common with previous nights there's a range of little heard DJ's and one of the best dance floors around. Second room more disco but heard some R&B and mod stuff later on in the night. Not that well attended but there was a charity do a couple of miles away which received a lot of publicity but it does mean there's lots of room on that dancefloor. Usual stuff - parking, cheap bar, friendly crowd, nice venue. Did a drawing on grey cardboard, it's not a good medium - it looks like you've painted something grey but it dries and it's back to normal cardboard colour. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
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