28th July 2014
And so it came to pass that the Porretta Soul Festival turned 27 years old this July. This wonderful three-day event, held in the small and friendly spa town of Porretta Terme – about an hour south of Bologna on the train – grew from a desire by music mogul and diehard soul fan Graziano Uliani to pay tribute to his own hero, Otis Redding, by bringing some of the finest artists from he American South to Europe and presenting them in the charming surroundings of Porretta. In the years that have gone by since Porretta 1, Graziano has made his dreams – and those of southern soul lovers everywhere – come true time and time again.
28th July 2014
OK, who out there agrees with Ace that the world’s greatest dog-walker, original “Tiger Man” and former oldest living teenager/funkiest man alive Rufus Thomas ought to be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by now?
Right, that’s everybody then. So what are we going to do about it?
Well, fortunately for us we don’t have to do much, as Rufus’ daughter (and friend of Ace) Vaneese is already doing all she can to make it happen. Vaneese has a petition on her website and is asking all lovers of Memphis music to log on and sign that petition. She needs all the signatures she can get, so get your friends to do it too.
Fine artists they might all be in their own way but if the likes of Heart, Rush and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are in, there’s really no excuse for Rufus not to be – so log on to http://vaneesethomas.com/rufus-thomas/ and add your name to the list right now!
4th September 2013
1st August 2013
30th July 2013
We're pleased to announce that Lonnie Liston Smith will be returning to the UK in August for a full tour.
Best known for his 1974 jazz funk classic Expansions, keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith has played with some of the mightiest artists of our times including Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Marvin Gaye and countless others. Since emerging from the 60s free jazz scene, Smith has successfully created his own fusion style incorporating jazz, funk and soul.
This is a rare opportunity to see Lonnie so don't miss out..
22nd August -Dublin, Ireland
23rd August - The Pavilion, Cork, Ireland
24th August - Jazz Cafe, London
25th August - Camp Soul Festival, Oxford
26th August - Beat Bar, Leeds
27th August - 02 ABC Glasgow, Scotland
28th August - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
29th August - Band on the Wall, Manchester
30th August - Colston Hall, Bristol
31st August - Phoenix Arts Centre Exeter, Devon
6th September - Dimensions Festival, Croatia.
(banner photo courtesy Simon Redley)