LEAF Tea shop will be swinging to an altogether more refined soul beat this weekend as tribute act A Ray of Charles pop in. Fronted by former Christians singer Russell Christian, the covers act have been earning rave reviews for their uncanny likeness to both the sound and energy of the singer popularised by a heady recording career and the Jamie Foxx starring Ray a few years ago. Like Russell’s previous incarnatioon the band is a family affair, with a few of those involved within the project Russell’s daughters and their long term partners, which adds to the tightness of the sound and the welcoming feel of the shows. Fat City Spinner Chris McBride supports, and you can get tickets here.
If you’re lucky enough to work full time in the music industry then there is a good chance you don’t really know what a day off is. 9-5s are infrequent, and spare time is usually spent doing something which flirts between the murky world of leisure and something that pushes your passion forward. That said you’re working in something you love (hopefully) so it’s more than worth it.
So a four day weekend for most people is actually a chance to work harder for me, with three gigs in and around the city of Liverpool. The first is for a pop up event for LEAF tonight which coincides with the Olympic Torch hitting Liverpool. Now this isn’t on some Tiesto 2008 shizzel (think more sleazy soul akin to the above tectonic groover from The System) but if you’re in that end of town pop down where I’ll be on 9pm-close after Andy Mac. There’s award winning teas and, thankfully for the Friday night of a four day weekend, booze on the go as well.
Then on Saturday and Sunday I’ve got a double header in a bar I only djed in for the first time recently. Salt Dog Slims is one of Liverpool’s newest bars, run by the same people who turned cocktail boozing on it’s head in the city with the fearlessly hedonistic Santa Chupitos, and upstairs they’ve got a very swanky room where I’ll be dropping domineering disco, 80s boogie funk and the odd slab of vintage rock n roll amongst much more from 10pm-3am. On the Sunday as well beforehand they’ve got a monster hot-dog eating competition on the go as well.
The vast majority of the gigs I’ve had in 2012 so far have been centred on the accessible side of the dirtier end of the dance music spectrum and hip-hop focused, so be good for an entire weekend of smoother manoeuvres. And to end I’ll leave with this complete and utter gem from Billy Ocean. Each and everyone will be one of those nights you feel like getting down.