20 Jan 2009, 07:32 by BlackCoffeeDuckI’m just going to go to a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds concert, which is my 7th Nick Cave gig. The first was when I was just turned18 and first moved to the big city. I turned up so early I was there before the sound check but was not aloud in by the security guy. I’d just got Nick’s King Ink book too so I waited reading on the steps. What happened next was Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds started coming down the staircase. This was in like a three storey shipyard warehouse. It was on the Freo docks and the security guy asked me “are you going to get your book signed?” giving me a pen as they’re all coming down these stairs which looked like they were coming down from heaven or something. I think the security guy even asked Nick for me because I was not thinking and they were just walking out the front door I thought they would have come out some secret musician back stage door. So Nick asked me for my name and at this point I forget everything not just my name. …
22 Jul 2008, 18:27 by IM7070Fri 18 Jul – Adoration 08
We had two major reasons initially for wanting to attend this event - The Gentlemen were to perform on Friday, and Jars of Clay on the Saturday. The Gentlemen a relatively new band from Sheffield who have one album under their belt already and another on the way, and Jars of Clay who've been going since the early 90s and have won Grammys & stuff over the years. So it was going to cost a lot to go and we really couldn't afford it.... Then our kids' music teacher came up with an invite for our kids to sing with a massed choir of kids from the city to sing alongside the London Community Gospel Choir, headline act for Friday night. This would involve them getting in free, and us getting hugely reduced entry. Happily, this enabled us to also get tickets to Saturday evening.
So, fast forward to July 18th, the last day of a very busy term, off we trooped to Trentham with our packed tea after school. We got a programme and discovered with great relief…
26 Nov 2007, 13:45 by mwchurstFri 23 Nov – Jazz Jamaica
This event was held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of UK jazz label Dune and was part of this years London Jazz Festival.
The evening started off with New Orleans trumpeter Abram Wilson paying tribute the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a group of freed slaves from Tennessee who were the first African American singers to be heard in the UK. Abram was backed by the excellent London Community Gospel Choir. The combination of Wilson's New Orleans style sound worked well the soaring gospel of the LCGC.
The second part of the show called Tighten Up! featured Jazz Jamaica playing tribute to the legendary reggae label Trojan records. Along with Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin they delivered an excellent fusion of jazz, reggae & ska which had the sell-out audience dancing on their feet and no doubt bought back memories of those classic reggae tracks from the late 60s/early 70s.
A great uplifting musical evening.