Notre Dame farewell bash, December 7th.
December 7th sees our final night at Notre Dame, at least for the time being, as the venue will be installing theatre seating over the Christmas/New Year period in preperation for a venture into the world of West End musicals. If you haven't already read about it in the papers, the musical is called "Taboo" and is by and about Boy George. Now it may simply do it's run and finish, in which case we'll be back in next summer, but if it becomes a runaway success, we'll never see the inside of Notre Dame again, so this is our last chance to show that dancefloor what we think of it for a good six months, and possibly forever. Obviously, this calls for a full-on-send-off party to say goodbye to Notre Dame (however long that ends up being for) and I'm sure you don't need me to tell you this is one night you definately ain't gonna wanna miss!
Chris is expecting to be unavailable due to work commitments, so the night's line-up will feature two guests, John Weston and Rob Thomas. Many of you will have heard John DJing at venues like the 100 Club, the Wilton Ballroom, Trentham Gardens and Albrighton, and so will already know what a mouth-watering playlist he can come out with. As for Rob, well, we have been looking for an opporyunity to ask him to do a spot at Notre Dame for a long time - on December 7th you'll see why! Rob was an active figure on the scene as far back as the early 70's, ferreting out new discoveries (many of which are now Northern Soul 'household names') and supplying them to DJ's rather than occupying the limelight himself. Rob currently works in close partnership with Andy Rix to turn up top-quality sounds for today's scene, and occasionally plays some of these new finds himself when DJing as a resident at the Ritz 'Rarest Of The Rare' allnighters.
Check out these top tens to get a fuller picture of the kind of vinyl these lads like to lay on the decks . . . .
Dynamic 3 : She said yeah (Del Val)
Arthur Freeman : You got me uptight (Jumbo)
Martells : Where can my baby be (A La Carte)
Blue Jays : Point of view (Jay)
Lou Pride : Your love is fading (Suemi)
Monique : If you love me (Maurci)
Ralph Graham : She just sits there (Upfront)
Rocky Gill / Bishops : It's not the end (Teardrop)
Chuck Holiday :Just can't trust nobody (Gloria)
Bob & Fred : I'll be on my way (Big Mack)
Gino Wahington : Ooh baby (Studio acetate)
Johnny Rogers : Make a change (Amon)
Faye / Hillettes : Where did they go (Audiodisc acetate)
Young Brothers : What's your game (Soul Power)
TSU Tornados : 1000 wonders (Ovide)
Prince Paul / Singing Imperials : In the beginning (Parker)
Sharon Mc.Mahon : I have no choice (Unissued Big Hit)
Billy Wisdom : Handwriting on the wall (Out-A-Site)
Blue Notes : Rags to riches (Virtue acetate)
Avons : When the boy that you love (Unissued Excello)
It's shaping up to be a fantastic night of music, as well as being (perhaps) the end of an era, so should be a Christmas bash to remember!
SOUL AT NOTRE DAME
ANDY RIX / DAWN BROWN / NICK BROWN
+ guests JOHN WESTON & ROB THOMAS
SPINNING 100% REAL DEAL RARE 60s AND NORTHERN SOUL - WITH A PASSION!
QUALITY FAVOURITES AND CUTTING-EDGE EXCLUSIVES FROM THE WHOLE SPECTRUM OF RARE 60s SOUL.
FRIDAY 7th December 2001
9:00PM - 2:00AM.
STRICTLY NO ENTRY AFTER 12:00
MEMBERS £6, NON-MEMBERS £7
Gorgeous, atmospheric venue; fully sprung ballroom dancefloor; 5K PA.
Licenced bar, air conditioning and nice toilets!
Notre Dame, 5 Leicester Place, London
(just off Leicester Square, Chinatown side)
Info, sounds, memberships : www.scenesville.com
Membership: e-mail names & addresses to 'driveller'