Column 2: The Soul Sermon!

Groovenik have supported Marlena Shaw, an' if they're good enough for Marlena, they're good enough for the Reverend!

Feature by Rev. Al Brown | 17 Mar 2006
The Reverend has a lot to be excitin' about this March, so my people, hold on! Glasgow will be dancin' with no doubts when Maceo Parker plays at Oran Mor on the 18th. Maceo would be the King of Funk if only people would stop sayin' that 'bout James Brown and George Clinton and Bootsy Collins and the likes, but let me tell you, Mr Maceo played with each one, as a JB and a P-Funk alto-sax legend. He's a funky music machine and this'll be one of the events of the year, that be sure. On the other coast, I have another funky tale to tell. When I saw Mr DJ Fryer last month, I said: "He-hey, what's happening brother? Tell me something good!" - an' he did! The Motherfunk is back, Tuesdays at the Opal Lounge, and just like before it's free every week. The re-launch on March 7 features legendary funk 45 collector Keb Darge, who'll play tracks even the Reverend doesn't know, and that ain't barely possible, dig! If Northern is more your scene, the Riverside Club hosts Goodfoot once again on the 3rd of the month. On the 11th Edinburgers can see DJ Red6 with rare groove and soul at Give It Some, and on the 25th Saturday Night Fish Fry host Groovenik. These North-East funksters supported Marlena Shaw, an' if they're good enough for Marlena they're good enough for me. Finally, the Reverend would like to mention his radio show, it's name being Al's Soul Nuggets, which is on Fresh Air this month. Available all over this world every Sunday evening at 5.30pm, ignore my poor local accent and listen to that stingin' soul music!
Maceo Parker, Oran Mor, Glasgow, March 18, £17.50
Motherfunk with Keb Darge, Opal Lounge, Edinburgh, March 7, free
Goodfoot, Riverside Club, Glasgow, March 3, £5
Give It Some!, Bongo Club, Edinburgh, March 11, £6/4
Groovenik, Saturday N