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Events: How To Extend Black Culture Into The Future?

I really love being on the internet. However sometimes it gets just a little bit too comfortable. It's really just a little bit too easy to sit back in a nice comfortable chair, with our favorite snack or beverage and be extremely critical of what we see, hear & read. Sometimes it's really nothing more than the "lazy man's way to participate."

There is in fact a "real world" out there that we need to start participating in that has little to do with what is available online. The internet is only part of the story and no matter where you live, the oppurtunity exists for you to participate in this culture IN PERSON.

We make the Soul-Patrol Times Event Listings available to you in various ways. Take a look at these event listings at the following link:
http://www.davisind.com/wc

As you can see there are TONS of events and we actually want you to attend these events in your area. You see it is VERY easy to obtain BLACK MUSIC, all you have to do is go to any number of sites, plunk down your money and either download it or wait for it to arrive in the mail.

However, in order to fully participate in BLACK CULTURE, you must attend an event IN PERSON. That means getting out from behind your computer or from in front of your TV set and becoming an ACTIVE PARTICIPENT.

Scroll down and read my account of two recent events I attended in Baltimore & Harrisburg as well as some info on a few upcoming events in Pittsburgh, Philly, New York and elsewhere

Thanks in advance...

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net


Classic Soul 2009 - A Tale of Two Cities "The Vibe & the Music" (Harrisburg & Baltimore)


ALBUM REVIEW: Classic Soul 2009 - A Tale of Two Cities --If you are a person who digs Classic Soul music and considers themselves to be a "musical purist", you may want to STOP reading this right now and hit the delete button. That's because some of what you are going to read will make you cringe.

--If you are a person who is perhaps more interested in the overall "vibe" of Classic Soul, then keep reading. That's because some of what you are about to read will put a smile on your face that is the size of Montana.

I recently has a change to attend two different Classic Soul events in two different cities:

--Harrisburg PA: Chyp & Andrea @ St Moritz
--Baltimore MD: Old School Classic Soul Show & Dance W/Mad Lads, Phillies Intruders & Motown Elgins @ Patapsco Arena

These two events actually have little in common with each other except that they both provide some big clues to where Classic Soul may be going in the future and some big clues about what the audience for it is going to be.

One of the major issues facing Classic Soul in the future will be the struggle between "musical purity vs. vibe." In the past it was easy to always have both. In today's world and increasingly the two things are going to be separate. That is simply a function of time and money.

FLAWLESS RE-CREATION OF THE MUSIC:
As we get further and further away from the time when the music was originally created, it may become far too expensive to flawlessly re-create the original music in it's "pure form." And even when it's possible to flawlessly re-create the music, it's likely to be done by people who have little if any connection to the "vibe."

FLAWLESS RE-CREATION OF THE VIBE:
This is in fact easy to do, the ability to do is contained inside of the "Cultural DNA" of Black Americans. Bobby Byrd said it best; "you know you got soul, or else you wouldn't be up in here." The implications of that simple statement of Bobby Byrd, are highly complex and not well understood by those "who shouldn't be up in here." It's a DNA thing, because it seems to span the huge generation gap that currently exists within the Black community. However the people best equipped to provide the "flawless re-creation of the vibe" are often least able to provide "flawless re-creation of the music." except via electronic means.

This whole "conflict" has been weighing on my mind of late because in addition to the two events described below, I have also recently attended events such as the Leela James show in NYC, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings in Philly and others where there was a "flawless re-creation of the music", however absent of the "vibe."

--HARRISBURG PA: CHYP & ANDREA @ ST MORITZ

Some of yall may remember Chyp Davis. He was one of the artists who contributed songs to Soul-Patrol's groundbreaking Digital/Virtual Album 1.0 (now out of print). He is an excellent singer/drummer who has performed on stage with everyone from Blue Magic to Original P to the Flamingos and others. Based in the DC/MD area, you may also recognize his name from his weekly event postings on the Soul-Patrol Times, featuring him as a part of a duo called "Chyp & Andrea."

"Chyp & Andrea" can best be described as a cross between "Peaches & Herb meet Captain & Tennille." Their show consists of them performing what I would call "the greatest hits in Black music from the 1940's thru the 1990's." they invited me to attend their show in Harrisburg PA @ the St. Moritz nightclub, located in downtown Harrisburg on a Friday evening.

The St. Moritz nightclub is a Black owned facility located in the shadow of the state government office buildings in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capitol city. It's the type of club that as soon as you walk in, you know that it is someplace special. You immediately feel like you have entered a time warp. It feels like the kind of place that you have been in a thousand times before. It's the kind of neighborhood place, that can (and does) become upscale at the drop of a hat. I would say that the club seats about 250 people, has a small stage with a dance floor right in front, a classic long bar with a wall full of 8x10 autographed photos of the greatest Jazz/R&B artists in music history. These photos were presumably autographed when these artists played at the club. The St. Moritz is the kind of place where you don't have to do much to "flawlessly re-create the vibe", that "vibe" never left the joint.

**WARNING: IF YOU ARE A MUSICAL PURIST IT IS NOW TIME TO DELETE THIS EMAIL

Chyp & Andrea, are two excellent soul/funk/pop vocalists (Chyp sounds like a cross between Marvin Gaye & Bobby Womack, Andrea sounds like a cross between Laura Nyro & Natalie Cole) Up until recently they fronted a soul/funk/pop band that they also managed. About 6 months ago they decided to forego the management & financial responsibilities of carrying a full band. They decided to replace the band with thousands of "instrumental soul/funk/pop tracks", stored on a laptop, manipulated by Chyp accompanied by Angela on Keyboards. Because of the fact that they are excellent singers, the flexibility of using the tracks instead of a band, now give them the ability to "give the people what they want." Not only has this been able to significantly increase their number of bookings, but they are now building a solid reputation as crowd pleasers, wherever they go.

And that is EXACTLY what happened on a humid Friday night in Harrisburg PA. They turned the joint out, did it with style and at the end of the night, the owner of the St. Moritz asked them to come back twice/month.

Here is the set list (as best I can remember):

-What You Won't Do For Love -Midnight Train To Georgia
-Let's Stay Together -Unforgettable
-Midnight at the Oasis -A Woman's Gotta Have It
-So Very Hard To Go -People Make the World Go Round
-At Last -Just My Imagination
-Our Day Will Come -I Only Have Eyes For You
-Aint Nothing Like The Real Thing -It Takes Two
-Smoke Get's In Your Eyes -My Guy
-My Girl -You Keep Me Hanging On
-Risin To The Top -Superstition
-That's The Way Love Goes -Always & Forever
-Brick House -Fire -Shining Star

The crowd itself was quite interesting. It was an integrated/multi generational after work crowd that wasn't there to see a concert. These folks were there, just to be there. They wanted to be somewhere with other people, eating, drinking, socializing and most of all dancing in a friendly and safe environment on a Friday night. I met a whole bunch of folks who I can only describe as "local characters" and of course I danced my azz off. There is something to be said for our society where even in the worst of times that the simple activity of dancing to great music from the past can be the cure for what ails us. The dance floor was packed for most of the evening and I certainly had a blast.

Back to the music for a moment; some might suggest that because Chyp & Angela were using instrumental tracks and singing live over them, that they somehow marginalized the music. I would suggest to any of you reading this that if you spoke to any of the folks at the St. Moritz that night, not a single person who was there would think that the music had been marginalized. I know I don't. I thought that it was the bomb and at the end of the night you got a great musical history lesson, an excellent tribute to the legends of the past while sweating your azz off. I plan to return there as often as I can...

http://www.stmoritzclub.com


--BALTIMORE MD: OLD SCHOOL CLASSIC SOUL SHOW & DANCE W/MAD LADS, PHILLIES INTRUDERS & MOTOWN ELGINS @ PATAPSCO ARENA

This was one of those times that I traveled to an event and took my family. I wasn't certain exactly what this event was going to be like, however as time rolls on, "Mrs. Earthjuice" and I feel that it's she and I spend as much time with 16 year old Rachel as possible, as a "family unit." You see in just two short years from now Rachel will (hopefully) be off to college far away from us, where she will truly become the person that she is destined to be. We know that she will return to us completely "new & improved", which is what we want. However we also know that our little 3 person "family unit", will be forever changed whenever that occurs.

For this event, all I really knew beforehand was that the three artists would perform, there would also be a DJ and that Soul-Patrol would have a table there. This event was promoted by Virgil of the Motown Elgins, longtime member of Soul-Patrol and also the leader of the Motown Elgins. The event was to take place at the Patapsco Arena is a 30,000 square foot facility located just minutes from downtown Baltimore, is a venue that I was totally unfamiliar with, but was told that it had a large seating capacity.

I had contacted Bradley Alston, Soul-Patrol's Baltimore Coordinator and longtime Soul-Patrol member Daisy Brown (also the "all world" coordinator for the Chi-Lites), invited them to the event and to also help out with the Soul-Patrol table. I had not seen either of them in several years, so I knew that it would be good to see them again as well.

**WARNING: IF YOU ARE A MUSICAL PURIST IT IS NOW TIME TO DELETE THIS EMAIL

Whenever an event features artists whose names have some type of "prefix", that is always a good thing, because it's telling you as a consumer that 100 percent of whomever the original individuals were that were originally associated with that "group name" was, are not going to appear at the event. This is a good thing (truth in advertising) and not unusual to see these days, since in most cases the original individuals are unlikely to be still performing with that entity 40-50 years after that entity first entered into the public consciousness. I had never seen any of the three artists perform live before, so I was anxious to see all three, especially the Mad Lads.

Here is how they sounded (to my ears)

PHILLIES INTRUDERS - they were awful, they opted to perform to tracks, they failed to engage the audience and seemed like they were "phoning in" their performance. Good thing they were on first, the crowd was more interested in standing on line for the free buffet. "Mrs. Earthjuice" who is VERY familiar with the music of the Intruders after years of me bombarding her with the album "Intruders Super Hits" cringed during every song. (rating "2" on a scale of 1-10)

MOTOWN ELGINS - medium, performed with a band, did a show that contained Elgins hits, covers and a few originals were cut short due to some "unforeseen personnel issues." They did a good job of engaging the audience, but in the end probably could have done a better show. (rating "5" on a scale of 1-10)

MAD LADS - these guys were outstanding, they performed with the same band as the Motown Elgins, did a show comprised of songs that were hits for the Mad Lads on the STAX label, some of which I was very familiar with ("I Found a Girl") and some that I was not. The group harmony was like something out of this world and something I had not personally witnessed since the last time I saw Pookie Hudson & the Spaniels perform live. It was worth the price of admission and the drive to Baltimore, just to witness their performance. (rating "10" on a scale of 1-10)

THE DJ - He played a set that I probably would not have played. My set would have been strictly an "oldies set" of music from the 60's & 70's. His set included equal parts music from the 60's & 70's + rap music from the 1980's + current r&b + what I like to call "electric slide music" (almost it's own genre at this point). And now you know why I won't ever be a good DJ at a live event, because this brotha kept the dance floor packed all night long.

And that really is the whole point of an event like this. It's not really a concert at all. That's why it's billed as a "show & dance"

It's a multi generational music oriented event, that is designed more than anything else to provide the "vibe" of Classic Soul for whomever wants to catch a piece of that vibe. The vibe is one of "eat, drink (BYOB) and be merry", with a group of friends, strangers and those in between for a few hours that will certainly be cause for nostalgia, but also at the same time provide some hope for the future.

I was certainly glad to be there and to be there with both my wife & daughter. It reminded me of times when I had attended "dances" with my own parents way back in the previous century. I was perhaps "too young" to be there, but my parents knew that nothing was going to happen there that would be harmful and I was "old enough" to absorb the culture that I would soon be old enough to fully partake in. "Mrs. Earthjuice" & I danced when the DJ played "oldies music from the 60's & 70's" and Rachel got up and danced when the DJ played the "electric slide music." There was a wide range of ages of people at the event and I was glad to see that, because it means that the "DNA" of Classic Soul that I spoke of earlier would continue to be passed down to younger people like Rachel, although certainly "Classic Soul" isn't her first choice in music and never will be.

http://www.patapscoarena.com

So now I return back to the whole premise of this piece....

FLAWLESS RE-CREATION OF THE MUSIC:
As we get further and further away from the time when the music was originally created, it may become far too expensive to flawlessly re-create the original music in it's "pure form." And even when it's possible to flawlessly re-create the music, it's likely to be done by people who have little if any connection to the "vibe."

FLAWLESS RE-CREATION OF THE VIBE:
This is in fact easy to do, the ability to do is contained inside of the "Cultural DNA" of Black Americans. Bobby Byrd said it best; "you know you got soul, or else you wouldn't be up in here." The implications of that simple statement of Bobby Byrd, are highly complex and not well understood by those "who shouldn't be up in here." It's a DNA thing, because it seems to span the huge generation gap that currently exists within the Black community. However the people best equipped to provide the "flawless re-creation of the vibe" are often least able to provide "flawless re-creation of the music." except via electronic means.

This is going to be the struggle for the future of Classic Soul. Stay tuned...

--Bob Davis

PHILLY: SOUL MUSIC SERIES @ THE MANN

PHILLY - UPCOMING SOUL MUSIC SERIES @ THE MANN

This looks like quite a line up of shows this summer at the The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, doesn't it? Needless to say, Soul-Patrol.com is trully happy to be able to support such a great set of shows. However we also realize that with many of you coming from New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and points beyond for these shows, that you have never been to The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. It's just s straight shot either up or down I-95, then a few miles down the the Schukill Expressway to the Fairmount Park exit and into the parking lot. Here is a description of the facility....

The city-owned facility consists of covered seating for nearly 5,000, outdoor seating for another 4,500 and a 4,000-person capacity lawn, open for general admission. The Mann has always focused on bringing world-class artists and touring companies to the community. This history includes such landmark performances as the Philadelphia premiers of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kirov Ballet, CATS, The Metropolitan Opera, Riverdance, American Ballet Theatre with featured artist Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, the North American conducting debut of Zubin Mehta, the international debut of violin prodigy, Midori, world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and in the summer of 2005, the Philadelphia premier of the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra’s production of Spartacus.

Sounds like a pretty impressive facility (and it is) Of course we will be in the house for all these events. Soul-Patrol.com will have an informational booth set up. When you come, please stop by to shhot the breeze and bring your family or a friend with you, I'd love to meet your crew!!!

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

PHILLY: SOUL SERIES @ THE KESWICK - (7/10) LEELA JAMES + DWELE + ANTHONY DAVID (7/17) JOE + CHICO DEBARGE (7/26) CHARLIE WILSON

PHILLY: SOUL SERIES @ THE KESWICK - (7/10) LEELA JAMES +  DWELE + ANTHONY DAVID (7/17) JOE + CHICO DEBARGE (7/26) CHARLIE WILSON

How do you like your SOUL??? Do you like Classic Soul? Do you like NEO SOUL? Do you like TODAY'S R&B? However you like it you can get it at the Keswick Theatre in Philly This summer, check it out...

(7/10) LEELA JAMES + DWELE + ANTHONY DAVID
(7/17) JOE + CHICO DEBARGE
(7/26) CHARLIE WILSON


Get more info at the following link:
PHILLY: SOUL SERIES @ THE KESWICK - (7/10) LEELA JAMES + DWELE + ANTHONY DAVID (7/17) JOE + CHICO DEBARGE (7/26) CHARLIE WILSON

PITTSBURGH - JAZZ FAN APPRECIATION PARTY @ APRIL'S ON THE AVENUE, SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 5-9 PM, LIVE JAZZ + CD GIVEAWAYS + MEET & GREET

PITTSBURGH - JAZZ FAN APPRECIATION PARTY @ APRIL'S ON THE AVENUE, SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 5-9 PM

Soul-Patrol is proud to sponsor what is now OFFICIALLY a monthly event on the Pittsburgh Jazz Calendar @ "April's On The Avenue". Hosted by our own "Funkoverlord" (Kevin Amos of WRCT-FM). I am happy to report that this event has now evolved to the point where it is now getting widespread support from the community. Kevin will be there hosting, playing both contemporary & classic jazz, with Jazz CD givaways (supplied by Nu Groove Records) and offering the chance for guest musicians (this month Tony Campbell & Jazz Surgery Weekly Jam Session With Special Guest Musicians )to perform live for the crowd at April's. If your in the Pittsburgh area, this is your chance to come out and show your appriciation for JAZZ (Black America's Classical Music) in the fun & informal atmosphere that April's provides.

kevinamosproducer@hotmail.com

PHILLY BOOK SIGNING & MORE: GREAT SPIRITS: PORTRAITS OF LIFE-CHANGING WORLD MUSIC ARTISTS - Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Sun Ra, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Augustus Pablo and The Neville Brothers (July 14th from 5:30 PM - 7:30PM)

PHILLY BOOK SIGNING & MORE: GREAT SPIRITS: PORTRAITS OF LIFE-CHANGING WORLD MUSIC ARTISTS - Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Sun Ra, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Augustus Pablo and The Neville Brothers (July 14th from 5:30 PM - 7:30PM)

What do Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Sun Ra, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Augustus Pablo and The Neville Brothers have in common? They were “great spirits” who changed lives!

To mark the publication of GREAT SPIRITS: PORTRAITS OF LIFE-CHANGING WORLD MUSIC ARTISTS by Randall Grass World Café Live will present A Celebration Of Great Spirits, featuring anecdotes from the author about the artists, readings from the book, and a special music-mix of these artists’ music, as well as book signing for all comers! Tuesday July 14th from 5:30 PM - 7:30PM at World Café Live, 3025 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia.

No cover charge. For info, call 215-222-1400 www.worldcafelive.com

“An important book” –James McBride, author of THE COLOR OF WATER

“as international as Fela Kuti and insterstellar as Sun Ra” –Milo Miles, NPR


Get more info at the following link:
PHILLY BOOK SIGNING & MORE: GREAT SPIRITS: PORTRAITS OF LIFE-CHANGING WORLD MUSIC ARTISTS - Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Sun Ra, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Augustus Pablo and The Neville Brothers (July 14th from 5:30 PM - 7:30PM)

We make the Soul-Patrol Times Event Listings available to you in various ways. Take a look at these event listings at the following link:
http://www.davisind.com/wc

 

If you have a news item, update, review, commentary, etc that you would like to submit to the Soul-Patrol Newsletter, please send them via email for consideration to:

earthjuice@prodigy.net


Hopefully you enjoyed this edition of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter.
We will be back soon with the next edition, with email alerts for local events, Soul-Patrol website updates/chat sessions or breaking news in between, as required.

If you have any comments, questions, etc feel free to drop me an email and let me know what's on your mind.
Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

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