Saturday, September 01, 2007

Emerald City Soul Club Rare Soul Weekender 2007 in Seattle

Kevin Jones just mailed me to let me know that tickets are on sale now for the above:

Emerald City Soul Club is a rare soul dance night in Seattle, Washington, specializing in 60’s and 70’s soul with a “Northern Soul” slant, played exclusively on original 45rpm vinyl. We are extremely proud to present the first ever Rare Soul Weekender of this size and scale ever to be held in Seattle—an entire weekend devoted to Northern Soul—culminating with live performances by JJ Barnes and The Brothers of Soul.

The rare soul movement celebrates the artists who recorded with low-budget, independent labels out of Detroit, Chicago and from all around the country that didn’t deliver the necessary promotion and play in the U.S. during the 1960’s. These records were celebrated in England, however, and the artists suddenly found themselves charting in the U.K. years after their original releases, as their music packed U.K. dance floors.

Today, the scene continues to thrive in both the U.K. as well as the U.S., and in some seemingly unexpected ways. Ruben Molina, author of “Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture,” speaks about soul’s influence on the Latino communities of Southern California: “Growing up in East Los Angeles, with the guns and the drugs and our parents screaming at each other, we became hard, lost touch of our emotions. Soul allowed us to express ourselves – you love someone? Dedicate them a song. You broke up? Say you’re sorry through a song. Today’s music has none of that feeling, none of that affection.”

For young and old, seasoned collectors and the uninitiated—soul music continues to inspire devotees worldwide. Emerald City Soul Club is proud to be a catalyst towards that effort, and we look forward to making you a part of it as well.

See you in November!

Tickets now on sale from here:

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