The Joint Was… Jumpin’

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Dunno about you, but I think Jumpin’ #5 might have been the best yet? A packed house full of lovely people, big on dancing and low on drunken idiocy (DJs excepted). Fine tunes from yr man Alex Johnson and just a generally brilliant night. So thanks for coming if you did.

The next Jumpin’ is on February 24th  but before that there’s obviously Midnite Train at Cobalt on New Year’s Eve. See you there!

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See You All In Soulville!

Seems like ages since the last Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee but we’re back on November 25th with a stack of new tunes.

Joining us again is Alex Johnson, who absolutely killed it last time, and we’re sure this will be a big one.

Expect soul and rocksteady and rhythm & blues and funk and garage and surf and rockabilly and gospel and more and tunes like this…

So join us down at Ernest in a couple of weeks and let’s have a blast!

Midnite Train To Cobalt!

We can finally confirm that Rob Heron and I are putting on the party of the year on New Year’s Eve. Yes, Soul Finger and Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee Present Midnite Train at the splendid Cobalt Studios

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A host of DJs, a lot of general wonderfulness in a fantastic Ouseburn venue. All for a mere fiver in advance. For all your end of year soul-funk-mod-boogaloo-R&B-latin-rockabilly-garage-rocksteady-afrobeat needs!

All vinyl, all awesome, all night.

Details here, ticket link imminent

 

 

Rumble In The Jumble

Just a heads up that I’m going to be hosting a stall AND DJing at Rumble in The Jumble down at the lovely Prohibition Bar in Gateshead this Sunday afternoon.

 

I’m going to be selling literally hundreds of records, CDs, DVDs, books, comics, tshirts, belt buckles and such, at often knockdown prices.

The CDs are from when I used them to DJ so I have hundreds of soul, R&B, country, blues, garage, rockabilly and jazz CDs. They’re mostly in plastic wallets rather than their cases, and many don’t have their sleeves, which is why I’m selling them for £1-2!

So come down to Prohibition, buy some stuff, drink some booze, meet good folks. Sorted.

Jumpin’ Into Autumn

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How’s your summer working out? I’ve just got back from 10 days in the Pyrenees and managed to only buy two records – a Jimmy Witherspoon EP and a Jacques Dutronc compilation; the rest of my money went on rum and cheese, pretty much…

Anyway, there’s a few things coming up you might want to know about. both my own nights and some random slots here and there. Here’s the list…

September 1stBilly Bootleggers (10pm-2am, FREE)

September 9thThe Tea Pad Sunshine Medicine Show 2017 with Rob Heron & The Tea Pad, House Of The Black Gardenia and Howlin’ Rick & The Rocketeers @ The Cumberland Arms (2-7pm, FREE)

then onto an after party at…

September 9thDat Bar (9pm – 2am, FREE)

October 6thSoul Finger #6 @ The Cumberland Arms, 8pm – 1am, £3 – I think)

November 25thJumpin’ With Stagger Lee @ Ernest (9pm-2am FREE)
more details to follow but I can confirm that after July’s debacle, Alex Johnson will be special guest again. Heaven help us!

December 31stWATCH THIS SPACE!

January 20thRiddim @ Ernest (9pm – 2am, FREE)
A second instalment of the very occasional reggae night, with Rob Heron and possibly a special guest from THAT LONDON!

February 24thJumpin’ With Stagger Lee @ Ernest (9pm – 2am, FREE)
Again, more details to follow but we should have Rob Heron back for this one…

here’s that Jimmy Witherspoon tune I bought…

 

Thanks For Jumpin’

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Well that was splendid, wasn’t it?

I’ve been running clubs long enough now to know that any night in the middle of the summer when there’s loads of other events on is bound to start slowly, but I must admit I was a bit anxious early on. But – oh my days! – it got busy. Thanks so much for coming if you did, it was probably the maddest Jumpin’ yet and me and my special guest selector Alex Johnson were pretty overwhelmed* by it all.

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I’ve NO idea what I played – maybe Alex can remember his set. I know that at the end we were playing back-to-back and trying to mess each other up a bit, but in reality it just meant we reached for the most dancefloor-friendly tunes we had. I was gutted we didn’t finish with The Monster Mash (yes, I did have it with me) but Alex’s (Reach Out) I’ll Be There seemed like a pretty banging final tune.

I’d like to thank Alex for being a perfect guest; Rosie and Kathryn and the Ernest crew for letting us do it and coping admirably; Polly and Toni and Kirsten for being staunch; everyone who came. All that stuff. And tramadol and Patron Xo Café for getting me through it.

Till next time…

 

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(* drunk)

How To Get Ahead In Advertising

We’ve got a nice big ad in the forthcoming issue of NARC. Magazine for both the Jumpin’ On The Terrace gig (July 9th) and Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest on July 22nd. We’ve decided to make Jumpin’ On The Terrace a fairly loose affair with guests including Rob Heron, Alex Johnson, Ethan McDermott, Billy Lyre and more popping along to play a few tunes, while Alex is also going to be the guest selecter at Ernest.

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White Lightnin’

Billy-Bootleggers[1]

Billy Bootleggers is a brand new Toon centre bar – hard by Grainger Street Market underneath Bar 28 on Nelson Street – based on a vintage American dive bar.  It looks great in there, the booze is high quality and judging by recent appearances, so are the bands.

And I’m going to be playing some records down there from time to time, starting with a double whammy this bank holiday weekend (Friday 26th and Saturday 27th) from about 11pm when the bands finish till about 2am when we all get thrown out.

Come down, entry is free and it’ll be good times

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