Another busy night expected at Peterborough
Matt got in touch to remind me about the Motown and Soul Night at Ceroc Passion Peterborough on Tuesday Night. I remember having a great time there in October . It was very busy then but it appears that it’s become even more popular. One of the reasons, I’m sure, is DJ ‘Chad’ Bloomfield’s fantastic mix of Motown and Soul.
Chad really delivered the goods with standout tracks like Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson’s Tears of a clown. Chad also found a couple of wonderful remixes, including this upbeat version of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s Ain’t no mountain high enough. I have no doubt that on Tuesday, DJ ‘Chad’ will have a fabulous playlist lined up.
Looking forward to a Motown Night at Buckingham
Sadly I’m not able to make the Peterborough night, but I’m planning on making a road trip down to the Ceroc Beds & Bucks Buckingham next Monday 10 April for their Motown & Soul class night.
Seems we have DJ Marc Forster to thank for the idea
The tracks at Buckingham will be spun by DJ Mark Forster. It seems that Mark came up with the idea when he was teaching and DJing at Peterborough. Thankfully Ceroc Passion and ‘Chad’ have continued the tradition that Marc pioneered.
Marc is one of my favourite DJs, and he is constantly finding contemporary versions of classic soul tracks to mix in to his playlist. Many years ago at a Rugby freestyle he had me on the stage asking whose version of Ain’t no stopping us now he’d just played. I’m pretty sure it was a 2012 reworking by Andy Abraham, but if I’m wrong it’s at least given me an excuse to embed this great live version of this classic Soul track.
Marc has true Soul Boy credentials and when I visited his freestyle at the Addison centre in Bedford he dug out Edwin Starr’s Stop her on sight (SOS). I’m a great Edwin Starr fan, and consider him to be one of the best voices to record for Motown. Edwin is perhaps best known in modern jive circles for his two eighties hits H.A.P.P.Y. Radio and (Eye to eye) Contact. If I am allowed a request for Monday it would still have to be Stop her on sight (SOS).
Another Motown Fix in Derby
Seems this next few days there are Motown Fixes everywhere. Tonight there’s one at the Ceroc Passion class at Rolls Royce Derby. Not sure who’s going to be behind the decks but I’m sure this very popular class will be rocking tonight. When I went to my last Motown Night there DJ Roy Goodall. Roy played quite a few of my favourites including Ramsey Lewis Wade in the water and one of my all time favourites Barbara Randolphs I got a feeling.
When will Nottingham have a Motown Night?
Nottingham has a great Motown Pedigree. The Palais was a Motown and Soul stronghold and it was the place that Edwin Starr lived when he moved over from The States. Disco style Gold Soul Motown Nights are regularly held in nearby Long Eaton attracting hundreds of people. Nottingham is also a modern jive stronghold with a choice of venues every weekend. Surely someone will take a punt on a Motown Night – I can recommend a true Soul Boy to help out with the playlist.
Here’s hoping that one night Nottingham will rock all night long to the sounds of The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Isleys, Marvin Gaye and of course my old mate Edwin Starr. One day I hope to modern jive to Fontella Bass’s Rescue me in my home city. Just in case you’ve forgotten how great this track is, here it is with its distinctive bass line intro.
For more Motown Magic use the Quick Links below
Derby Motown Night: A review of the Ceroc Passion class night at Rolls Royce
Peterborough Motown Night: A review of the Ceroc Passion class night at The Parkway Social Club
Motown at Southport: A review of Motown freestyle at Southport Weekender
Motown Guest DJ: A Motown Playlist for Modern Jive