Matt, Adam and DJ Mantease cavorting, sporting and speaking at Soul Night 5.
Arcata California on April twenty, Humboldt Brews. Sold out a few days before, the gig was ridiculous. So many good dancers and hot tracks. Despite being 420, I was pretty inspired to keep the party focused on the dancing. I think the music and the people who come to party are the central part of this gig, and I worry about theme parties overshadowing or distracting from that core. So I loaded my set with a few favorites and a few new acquisitions.
Mantease played global smashers with a few soul songs blended in. I think I heard Sugarpie DeSanto blended with some afrobeat. It was captivating and kept me on the dance floor. Jaymorg was just foolish. Sporting Run-DMC glasses and a bevy of killer 45s he just knocked ’em out. The Syl Johnson track does it for me. I’m going try to convince him to play that every soul night.
I dropped a little set of disco, go-go, and funky soul. The highlight was pretty much the Trouble Funk tune – almost ten minutes long — it gave the dancers enough time to make it happen. Congas and cowbell are non-negotiable ass-movers even in 2012.
1. Barry White – standing in the shadow of love
2. Lonnette McKee – Save it
3. B.W. Souls – Marvin’s Groove
4. J. R. Bailey – We need love
5. Gladys Knight & the Pips – Good man
6. Dyke and the Blazers – Runaway people
7. Stormy – devastator
8. David Robinson – Carpenter
9. Eddie Bo – Can I be your main squeeze
10. Dorothy, Oma & Zepha – Gonna put it on your mind
11. Ted Taylor – how do you walk away from fear
12. Curtis Mayfield – beautiful brother of mine
13. Chuck Brown – game seven part 1
14. Trouble Funk – Get small (live)
15. Ron and Candy – Plastic situation
Then Matt and Adam supercharged the crowd with some jump blues, jam down soul and serious tracks. Danced my butt off!
Thanks to all the supporters, participants, Humbrews, Brad the bartender (CHEERS!), and all the dancing people. We’ll see you next month.