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Dee-Jaying at.....

Boogaloo Rhythm & Blues Weekends

A date for the diary:

Boogalooo at Alveston Hall, Nantwich
Friday 21st - Monday 24th March 2014

For more details check out: www.boogaloopromotions.com/blues/weekends/
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Recent Boogaloo Festival Weekends:

Boogalooo at Alveston Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire
Friday 22nd - Monday 25th March 2013

The next Warners gig I'll be spinning my tunes will be at the above. The Stumble will be there so it'll be nice to meet up with them again. Also on the bill is 16 year old Alex McKown and his band. He has recently added sax and keyboard to his line up and hopefully this inclusion will be on stage for this event. For further detail check out the Boogaloo website www.boogaloopromotions.com .

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Paul Melville, The Stumble

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Paul Melville and Rob Livesey, The Stumble

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Colin Black, The Stumble

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Alex McKown

I've been dee-jaying and emceeing these events for about seven years now at the Northern England venues east and west of the Pennines.

Sometimes dubbed as 'Blues in Comfort' gigs they definitely give you the chance to relax after the night time live bands and after midnight jam sessions.

I get the opportunity to play my vinyl during the three nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) that the events cover ..... can be quite comical when a bit of 'bacon & egg' comes through the speakers following the crisp sound of the previous band.

There may be some of you reading this who already know me but if you don't and you're at one of these events come up and say hello ..... I don't bite.

Click here for forthcoming Boogaloo weekend festivals:

ALVASTON HALL, CHESHIRE: March 2012
NORTH STAFFORD HOTEL, STOKE ON TRENT: November 2012

Recent Boogaloo weekend festivals:
BOOGALOO WEEKEND BLUES FESTIVAL at PONTINS, PRESTATYN: September 2010

It's quite probable that this event may turn out to be a 'one-off', which is a pity as on the whole the musical content was of top quality - something for every taste.

Each night's headliners didn't disappoint. Nicky Moore belting out his favourites as if he had been re-born - I think he has had an upturn with his health, on Saturday the soulful strains of Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges' voice could be heard right into the adjacent rock'n'roll room, so much so that suddenly our audience had swelled with what one of the punters called 'dancing clowns'. The Sunday climaxed with UK favourite Sherman Robertson who's performance was of the highest order.

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Me and Sherman Robertson

A great weekend with good attendances at the jam sessions led by Tim Aves. I've heard there may be a "Pontins Blues at Lowestoft" in the future. If there is, let's hope it's better attended.
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Forthcoming Boogaloo weekend festivals:

BOOGALOO WEEKEND BLUES FESTIVAL at ALVASTON HALL, CHESHIRE: March 2012

This brilliant weekend is back with us again featuring amongst others the Spikedrivers brand new Blues Roots Revue, harmonica whiz kid Giles Robson & The Dirty Aces and headliner Chris Farlowe with The Norman Beaker Band. With acoustic sets and jam sessions this will be another great weekend.

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Chris Farlowe

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Giles Robson

Once again a line-up to look forward to with one of my all time favourite U.K. Rhythm & Blues vocalists headlining. Looking forward to meeting up with the many friends I've made at these events - see you there.

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NORTH STAFFORD HOTEL, STOKE 9th to 12th NOVEMBER 2012

A sell-out last year at a venue that has a fab ballroom/function. Check out Boogaloo's website for details.

For more information on these and other Warner blues weekend events click on: http://www.boogaloopromotions.com/weekends.html
 

  
Quote from Russell 'Hitman' Alexander, re. his gig at Warners Blues Event, Nidd Hall, September 2006:
   
"Now I'm not a big fan of DJs (don't get me started about the work we've lost to some guy with a laptop of pre-programmed music who thinks he's a musical artist - damn, I said don't get me started!).  But the DJ/MC there, Chris Powers, was something completely different.  First off, he actually spun records.  Secondly they weren't just any records.  Original 45s and 78s of Elmore James, LaVerne Baker, Slim Harpo - ever seen that before?  He started collecting blues and R&B in the early 60's, and he's got an incredible collection.  Plus, he really loves and respects the music and the artists - and doesn't hesitate to show it.  I hope I will meet more DJs like that as time goes by".

Quote from Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2, with details of Warners Boogaloo Weekend:

"..... and there's also Chris Powers doing his usual wonderful stuff"

Comments from the Punters...
 
Alan Harvey at Warners Blues Event, Bodelwyddan Hall, April 2004:
"..... Chris was a superb MC/DJ and played some superb records ....."
 
Dave M. at Warners Blues Event, Nidd Hall, September 2004:
"..... the niggles?  Just two - firstly I appreciate that Chris Powers has an excellent collection of obscure, rare vinyl recordings, but all of my party were unanimous that we would have preferred to listen to cover versions that made the numbers popular - is that heresy??"
 
Sue Whitford at Warners Blues Event, Nidd Hall, September 2004:
"..... Although Chris Powers is not to everyone's taste, I for one rate him as the best M.C. so far.  His knowledge of original and obscure tracks along with his presentation was superb.  We all know the popular versions but to have an insight into the history and songwriters of classic blues artists was tremendous".
 
Malc Mirwood at Warners Blues Event, Nidd Hall, September 2004:
"..... rest of the bands very enjoyable, but best of all this weekend ..... Chris Powers - what a great selection of music, this man knows his stuff, everything from Benny Spellman to Sugar Pie De Santo".
 
Alan Duckworth at Warners Blues Event, Bodelwyddan Castle, April 2008:
"Great weekend at the castle. Family Style and Robi Zonca were excellent, Italian blues eh! Well done to Jack the Biscuit and Chris Powers for holding it all together".

   

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