Feat: Ryo the Skywalker, Shy-n, E-Dee, Chikaramanga, Jamaican Gold Sound, Kross Fayah Sound
When: Saturday 27th February 2010 Open 21pm
Where: Club 740 (753 S Spring St, Los Angeles CA)
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Feat: Shabba Ranks, Tiger, Barrington Levy, Admiral Bailey, Frankie Paul, Ranking Joe, General Trees, Brigadier Jerry & King Sturgav
When: Saturday March 27th 2010
Where: Amazura (9112 144th PL, Jamaica NY)
More Info: www.irishandchin.com
By doing the CD and making links with some of the Oi Polloi folks we ended up being invited to come play with GUIDING STAR sound at their HOT MILK night…When we saw that our pals, THE TIGHTEN UP crew were having their TRASH & READY session the same week in London…we said HELLS YEAH and Booked our tickets!
After a quick six hour flight, a delayed check in at the hotel and an introduction to the classic English breakfast of Heinz baked beans, eggs, grilled tomato, tinned mushrooms and lots of Bangers we headed off through the tube to South London where we were scheduled to be guests of Keith Lawrence’s reggae show on London’s COLOURFUL RADIO (http://www.colourfulradio.com/weekday/). I had met Keith a year earlier in Kingston and had been pleased to find that he is a multi talented veteren of the South London Hip Hop / reggae and pirate radio scenes. He is a great producer, a great Deejay, a killer radio presenter and an all around good gent! Here’s his website: http://www.muzik-ed.com. We had a whole heap of fun playing tunes and talking history. You can check the interview here: http://podcasts.colourfulradio.com/keithlawrence/ (check the 2010-02-10-2200 edition!) Here’s me and Keith in the Studio!
The next day I was invited to check out Brixton with DJ , reggae fiend and skydiving fanatic, Loic Deniro. Brixton seemed like the Brooklyn of London – lots of Yardies, good food and a sweet vibe. Loic took me round to MUSIC TEMPLE records in the Brixton Market where the owner, Simon showed me a ton of killer roots twelves and his partner Russ played me some new UK Roots that I actually really liked. Music Temple is a great shop – nice vibes and tons of good tunes.
After picking up about six SERIOUS tunes, Loic took me to Supertone Records which is THE historic record store of Brixton. It has been there for years and the owner Wally is a wealth of knowledge. He let me in the back and I found some nice nice nice pieces. Big Ups Wally!
On Friday we jumped aboard a clean and fast Virgin Train to Manchester! It is a city I had never been to and I was looking forward to it like WHA! The only things that I knew about Manchester was that it had once been the Industrial Capital of the world, Joy Division and New Order were from there and Manchester folk had eaten A LOT of Ecstasy in the 90s! That and the fact that people from Manchester REALLY seemed to have great love and pride in their city. Well, Manchester did not dissapoint – I found it a beautiful city with all sorts of amazing 18th and 19th century industrial architecture mixed in with some really crazy modernist pieces. In any case we checked into the only hotel EVER that did not have phones in the room! Bloodclaat hotel had a Room Service menu and NO PHONE! That’s not room service, that’s walk down to the lobby and order some food and run back upstairs with it service! So, given the no food, we went out and ate some REALLY good Indian food and headed out to the club.
Every Second Friday, GUIDING STAR HI FI throws the party called HOTMILK at the ROAD HOUSE so we were invited to come play. (Here’s the Hotmilk Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17804442856 ) Selectors Joey B and Irish Mash and the promoter called Sam niced up the place like maaaaaaaaad! The bar itself was a wicked bashment space…low ceilings and packed with nice & decent people…in fact, more than packed – nice line going around the block! In any case, Guiding Star Hi Fi threw down a nice mix of 80s classics, some nice roots and some heavy digital and built up the vibes perfectly. Their Mics Men Mega Ras and Country Culture did a great job to liven up the spot. Then we got up there and busted tune after tune after tune to great response! The Manchester massive were super nice and appreciative and seemed to not just enjoy Jamaican music but to enjoy following where the selectors were taking them…So NUFF RESPECT in every aspect to all Manchester Massive and the Guiding Star and Hot Milk families to linking us up with such a fun show! Absolutely KILLER!
Here’s some photos from the night taken by LUKE CHASE! Check his website www.lukechasephotography.co.uk
And here’s a little tempo for YA!
The guiding star guys also do a revive night at Dulcimer in Chorlton on ever 3rd Saturday…so go check em out!
On Saturday we decided to spend the day taking in the sites in Manchester so started off by going to OI POLLOI and saying thanks for hooking up everything with the CD. OI POLLOI is a great shop with a real sense of vision and purpose and Manchester is lucky to have it. I also picked up some great gifts for my son at Fred Aldous (http://www.fredaldous.co.uk/) and some cool stuff for my wife at Magma Books (http://www.magmabooks.com/). Then we went off to meet Joey B and Irish Mash a.k.a. Eoin a.k.a. the King Of Oi Polloi art design! In Chorlton for some beers and food! We drank the splendid ales of Marble Brewery at the Marble Beer House and ate some decent Mexican / Spanish food and then headed off to the West Indian Cultural Center where there was an oldies dance featuring the legendary crooner Barry Biggs. The scene at the Cultural Center was nice with everyone dressed as sharp as possible for the Valentine Vibes. After a bunch of Soca selections and the like, the man Barry Biggs got on the stage and belted out some Lover’s classics.
We left Joey B to vibe with Mr. Biggs and headed off with bags of beer and tequila to a house party. We arrived at a deeply cozy home and were warmly greeted at the door by the birthday boy himself who led us to a kitchen chock full of delicious, homemade foods! Everyone at this party were beyond nice and were super gracious to us visiting Yanks…and the birthday boy turned out to be the great Manchester DJ / recording artist/ tea seller MR. SCRUFF (http://www.myspace.com/mrscruffofficial) who was not only a nice guy but a Deadly Dragon customer as well!
We woke up hung over as shit having drunk an enormous amount of beer, wine, and assorted hard liquors and headed back to London to link with the TIGHTEN UP CREW!
For those that don’t know, the Tighten Up crew has been lighting up England with their revive dances for years and well as hosting one of the best reggae blogs around – the Hi OCTANE Dance Crasher Blog -- http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/blog/ -- Dance Crasher writes about Jamaican music as should be written about with equal doses of humour, excitement, love and knowledge. Their ongoing list of the 100 greatest rock steady tunes is an inspiration!!!!! So when they asked if we could join them at Catch for their TRASH & READY party we were honored. Sometimes you just know that some people are going to be like family and that’s the way it was with the Tighten Fellows Tim P and Mistah Brown. We got to the bar and they were killing with some nice, early 80s rub a dub and some killer digital including a Willie Williams so massive that I actually turned GREEN with envy for a good 10 minutes! Well, the place ended up getting ram with all sorts of folks including a bunch of customers and fans who were really nice to meet in person – Big Ups Felix Hall and Crew! Big Ups Akinola and Faruk! Big Up Loic and Dasha! Big ups t o MC Champian, Professor Mark and Clappers Priest who lived it up! All in all it was a REALLY fun night and I was thrilled to be a part of it. For full audio of the evening check: http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/blog/?p=3180
Here’s TIM P with the MAJOR Willie Williams
Here’s some photos from the night
And Here’s Champian inna Fast Chat Style!!!
It was a great trip and thank you so much to everyone we met and everyone we played with! The UK treated us great and we hope to go back soon!!! Nufff Respect England!!!
Jackie Mittoo - El Bang Bang
Magnificent Seven - Jack Johnson
Sound Dimension - Funky
Pablove Black & New Establishment - Pocco Tempo
Zoot Simms - African Challenge
Alton Ellis - Hurting Me
Burning Spear - Joe Frazier
Black Ivories - Smokin Joe
Prince Garthie - Apples
Inn Keepers - Duppy Serenade
Leroy Wallace - Far Beyond
Horace Andy - See A Man's Face
Wildman Johnson - Face Man
Rheuban Alexander - Happy Valley
Dennis Alcapone - Joe Frazier Round 2
Freddy McKay & Prince Junior - Picture on the Wall Version 3
The Enforcers - Musical Fever
Ethiopians - Locust
Jackie Mittoo - Baba Boom
Cyclones & Count Ossie - Meditation
Lennie Hibbert - Montego Rock
Silvertones - Foolish Mind
Angela Prince - You Are a Fool Boy
Jah Jesco - Warning
Horace Andy - Something on my Mind
Soul Vendors - Get With It
Jackie Mittoo - Je t'aime, moi non plus
Winston Holness - You Shouldn't Be The One
Paragons - Change Your Style
Soul Vendors - Grooving Steady
Feat: Jah Lion, Truetones, Brooklyn Trees, Milo All Purpose and Lion Roots
When: Saturday 13th February 2010 Open 10pm
Where: Batista (40 Ave C, New York)
Admission: $10 Ladies Free Before Mid Night.
EVENTS: Reggaeholics Special Birthday Salute to Dennis Brown /w Downbeat The Ruler Firday 12 February 2010!
Feat: King Crown, Strugglers Movement, Down Beat The Ruler
When: Friday 12th February 2010 11pm Door Open
Where: Don Hill's Night Club (511 Greenwich Street, New York)
When: Friday 12th February 2010 9pm
Where: Bushwick Music Studio (55 Waterbury St, Brooklyn)
This will go down as Valentine's history!!! A massive Collection of NYC's finest to bring you a one time show filled with the sweet sounds of love and hate.
Opening the night will be Michal Towber, NYC’s newest rocksteady sweetheart, and her ska/reggae band, the Platonics (Steve Capecci, Phil Wartell, Dean Wartell, & Brett Tubin)
and Featuring for the first and ONLY TIME!
Jah Love and The Valentinians
doing strickly love/hate/lust songs in an original fashion
(with members from Jammyland All-Stars, The Equilibrians, The Hard Times, The Forthrights and more)
and bringing you the best in rough love tunes all night long will be
Deadly Dragon Sound System
Dress to impress! and bring some love
Feat: Deadly Dragon Sound, Mega Ras & Country Culture, Irish Mash & Josey B (Guiding Star)
When: Friday 12th February 2010 10pm - 4am
Where: The RoadHouse (Newton St, Manchester M1 2AN)
Feat: Deadly Dragon Sound, The Tighten Up Crew Feat MC Champian
When: Sunday 14th February 2010 8pm
Where: Catch (22 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA)
8pm Till 1am Free Entry
When: Saturday 20th February 2010 Door Open @ 10pm
Where: Fusion (3398 Boston RD Bronx, NY)
Tony Screw @ DDS in February 2010