We Got Soul At The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen Nottingham on Friday 29th May 2015.


Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Promoters Ben Sweet and Adam Jay promised a night of sweet soul music at the Riverbank Bar & Kitchen and that is exactly what they delivered last night.

With the We Got Soul event taking place over three rooms, it was difficult to know where to start. So armed with the obligatory talcum powder and the tassels on my loafers itching to dance I started off in the Funkin’ Up Soul Room where DJ Paul Dallison kicked of the evening, followed by Jim Walters who played an excellent selection of cross over and modern soul.

In the Northern Soul Room, a special wooden floor had been laid so that those wanting to dance to the rarer and more obscure sounds played by new kid on the block, Levanna Mclean could do so and transport themselves back to their early Northern Soul days. Russ Winstanley, legendary founder and DJ at the famous Wigan Casino also delighted with such tunes as Yvonne Baker’s You Didn’t Say A Word, the sublime I Go To Pieces (Everytime) by Gerri Granger, and not forgetting Frank Wilson’s all time classic; Do I Love You (Indeed I Do).

But the highlight of the night was saved for the Secret Soul Club Stage, where DJ and co-founder of record label Acid Jazz, Eddie Piller spun some tunes. With both Ben and Adam taking a turn at the decks, the night was later stolen by the great Geno Washington. Arriving on stage with a grin as wide as the River Trent, Geno never fails to entertain. With his five piece Ram Jam Band, he belted out such numbers as I Can’t Turn You Loose, In The Midnight Hour and Gloria. It was entertainment at its very best, and as I left in the early hours I was feeling just like the great man had said, as “happy as a fat rat in a cheese factory”.