Dienstag, 23. Mai 2017
Last Saturday, Scarce One kicked-off the second half of his Forty-Five Grooves USA Tour 2017 with a trip to St. Louis for the city's own BUMP & HUSTLE party. As you can tell from the quick shot above, the famous Gateway Arch symbolizes the westward movement of U.S. settlers in the beginning of the 19th century. You notice the Arch immediately after crossing Mississippi River, which is also the natural border between the states of Illinois and Missouri.
After heading straight to Blank Space on Cherokee St., the venue of the night and a unique location combining the characters of a bar, a small-stage performance room, a grab-a-book-and-hang-out spot and a dark basement club floor - Scarce was immediately greated with a "City Wide Pilsener", the top-notch local brew. Later on, when doors were open, DJ's MAKossa and Nappy Needles dropped pure heat from the start and showed a great taste of music across different genres. After a night of sweaty dancing it was finally time to cool down on the porch before the sun welcomed the next beautiful day, when Scarce had to hit the road again.
The visit was (unfortunately too) short but sweet, and big thanks go out to the nice people involved in the BUMP & HUSTLE as well as huge respect to MAKossa for being such a great host and having established an outstanding night now 5 years strong!
Freitag, 19. Mai 2017
Dienstag, 16. Mai 2017
Hitting the halfway mark, the third stop of Scarce One's Forty-Five Grooves USA Tour 2017 took him to Providence, Rhode Island. He was joined by Soulelujah's own, Claude Money, as both were to play special guest sets at Soul Power, the city's legendary soul dance party. The the two hopped on the bus and after making it through the all-too-familar Friday afternoon rush hour traffic, they were immediately welcomed by the man himself, PVD's vinyl god Ty Jesso, who greeted them with an outstanding "What Cheer?" from the local Revival brewery.
After that it was off to Dusk club, a dope, compact venue where Soul Power always goes down. As you might tell from the picture, the party was nothing but great with a crowd that understood what it means when three DJ's, including local resident John O'Leary, take you on a journey through all the different shapes and forms of soul music.
Complementing the trip, the next day was dedicated to some serious sightseeing with deep excursions into Providence's rich and notorious history. Whether it is beautiful architecture, post-industrial areas, small bars, creative spaces or its famous Little Italy on Federal Hill, the city has a lot to offer. As of today, the latter might be not only the most authentic prevailing Italian-American neighborhood in the entire US. It was also home to many interesting people and stories that critically shaped the city's reputation of a major crimetown.
Donnerstag, 11. Mai 2017
Tomorrow, the third stop on Scarce One's Forty-Five Grooves USA Tour 2017 will be the great Soul Power party in Providence, RI. Together with Soulelujah's own, Claude Money, he will head down from Boston to the Rhode Island shore to join fellow residents Ty Jesso & John O'Leary at Dusk. Expect nothing less than more cold brews and hot records than you can handle!
Mittwoch, 10. Mai 2017
Last Saturday, the second stop on my Forty-Five Grooves USA Tour 2017 was Nashville, Tennessee. Although it was not the first time I visited Music City or the Athens of the South, as it is sometimes (exaggeratedly) called, this time it had definitely a real authentic feel. Nothing beats hanging with like-minded local people like Case Bloom, who is a great connoisseur of music, culture and craftsmanship. So, right off the plane he took me to Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint where they not only feature vintage Wrestler magazine shots, but also serve great Big Daddy ribs. Afterwards we went straight to the 5 Spot, a nice venue with just the right touch of griminess. As you can tell from the pictures and the short clip, the music was pumpin' and the party was jumpin' all night long. See you soon, Nashville, I definitely had a FUNKY GOOD TIME!
Freitag, 5. Mai 2017
As the weekend is right around the corner, Scarce One's Forty-Five Grooves USA Tour 2017 continues. On his next stop, Scarce visits music city Nashville and team up with the one and only Case Bloom. Together they will let you have a real FUNKY GOOD TIME.
Donnerstag, 4. Mai 2017
For quite some time, Analgog Africa has been one of the prime sources for making rare and unheard grooves from countries like Benin, Guinea or Cameroon once again. On one of their recent trips they went all the way to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, which surely most of us never imagined to be a spot for unearthing vinyl gems. Check out the video clip and feel the unique vibe.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of kicking-off my Forty-Five Grooves USA Tour 2017 at Grand Rapids Soul Club (GRSC) and it definitely was a great start! GRSC is a dope party that has been going strong for many years and can be considered as one of the great Soul Clubs in the state of Michigan, reflecting the deep - and often unknown - history of soul music in the city. Luckily, one of GRSC's own, Mike Saunders, contributes to changing this by having produced a historical documentary called "Rhythm & Race" that is definitely a must-see for all enthusiasts of African American music and culture. After receiving such a warm welcome from people that have such equisite taste in records, it was clear that Mike, Josh Breuer, Sun*Rise and myself kept dropping big tunes only while the dancy crowd ejoyed the vibe. The Grand Rapids experience was completed by a fresh burger and a Founders PC Pilsener, a really nice local brew that has been internationally praised by know. Thanks to everybody for showing love and especially Dreas, the one guy who was missing.
Dienstag, 25. April 2017
This upcoming Friday, Scarce One will start his Forty-Fives Groove USA Tour 2017 by paying a visit to GR Soul Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you are in the area, be sure to come over as he is bringing heat to the dance floor in a true Intruders, Riddim & Groove and Butta 45's way. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.
Mittwoch, 12. April 2017
Right after the Easter break, Riddim & Groove's own, Scarce One, will board that iron eagle an make his way to the United States for his Forty-Five Grooves USA Tour 2017. During his stay he will be traveling the Northeast and Midwest with a bag full of funk, soul and disco 45's as well as some European oddities and rarities. If you are in the area or know a friend who knows a friend, make sure to stop by as Scarce is proud to be part of some of the best funky soulful dance nights the US have to offer. Here's the complete schedule:
Fri, April 28, Grand Rapids Soul Club @ Billy's Lounge, Grand Rapids, MI
Sat., May 6, Funky Good Time @ The 5 Spot, Nashville, TN
Fri., May 12, Soul Power @ Dusk, Providence, RI
Sat., May 20, Bump & Hustle @ Blank Space, St. Louis, MO
Sat., May 27, Soulelujah @ ZuZu, Cambridge, MA
Fri., Jun 2, SOULed Out @ The Trestle Inn, Philadelphia, PA
Further information can be found on Scarce's facebook page here.