It’s about time I put a full Blog together, rather than a headline update.
It has been a busy time, and not helped by a meltdown in my Windows Profile Account which lead to this past weekend being lost while I attempted to save my settings, programs and files into a new Profile. According to Help it was supposed to be a three click job, hoho; not the case when one has so much data.
Anyway we’re sort of there now with new protocols set up and new programs in use.
With so much to cover it’s difficult to know where to begin.
RAE stuff first. Let’s get some pictures going again………….. and here’s one from the Drop In Centre opening. Pimms, great music from Phill, Chris and Sam, and nibbles courtesy of Amanda’s Blinds, what could be a better way of spending a Saturday afternoon. And we had a good few visitors. So thanks to everyone who popped in.
The Drop In Centre Banner has arrived and Daz spent a productive Tuesday evening lifting it into place with help from Craig. The Banner comes courtesy of Bristol Street Motors (Chesterfield). We now certainly stand out on Wellgate.
Our Get Creative Workshop, organised by our crafters Minx and Emma, are under way. The next one is July 10th in the upstairs room of the Drop In Centre, where you can learn how to create your own Tote Bag. The £10 fee includes all materials. The Workshops are growing in popularity – and are exceptional value for money. They start 6:00pm so everyone can get there. Here’s four happy crafters at work.
More local artists, authors and Bands are making use of the Drop In. We have a growing collection of work from Poets, most recently Carol Robson’s “Words of Darkness and Light”.
Tony Beesley has visited the Drop In to sign copies of his new book “Away From The Numbers” which is now available in the Drop In Centre. It was a lovely afternoon with Em providing the music. Good to see Em back on the scene with all fingers crossed for some spectacular Exam results.
And watch out for other Workshops and mini events at The Centre as we get ourselves established.
If you’ve not called in yet, pay us a visit, we’re currently open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am – 3:00pm. However we hope to announce more days very soon.
If you would like to join our fantastic team of volunteers then please get in contact by Emailing HERE or call in at The Centre………………. We need volunteers in all parts of operations.
Live at The Trades and we’re having one or two Summer pull outs as Bands book holidays or are seduced by the pull of Agents promising the possibility of being signed up. You will forgive me for being cynical. I really do not see the importance of being signed these days………….. answers on a postcard please.
But somehow Mick has, despite all his work for Slamfest, has managed to get things sorted. So watch out for announcements for July 13th and August dates soon. Tickets for Chris Slade, former drummer with AC/DC and many other top bands are now available from The Drop In Centre. Book early for this one. Also bookable On-line HERE
GO HERE to stay in touch and it will include a second helping of The Night Train Revue, something to really look forward to.
We had a classic night at The Trades a couple of weeks back when we joint promoted the Night Train Revue. A repeat date has been booked and will be announced soon.
The last two Saturday nights have been interesting. Last Saturday I went to Andy Morton’s punk promo at The Bridge one that had Propane 4 headlining with the hilarious poet of our time Dwane Reads, and Bruce Tality. A super evening, but ohhhhhhhh, it didn’t get underway until 9:30pm and for those of us who have to squeeze a quart into a pint pot in two parts of the Borough it was far too late!
Dwane Reads was simply brilliant, it’s the sort of poetry I love, easy flowing a delivered with a cheeky glint in the eye with brilliantly observed humour. Watch out for an announcement soon about Dwane coming back to Rotherham for a couple of RAE spots.
Unfortunately I had to leave halfway through the Bruce Tality spot which I was enjoying and sorry Propane 4 I missed your spot completely.
I did manage to get back into Rawmarsh just in time to avoid the wrath of Mrs Masher, and for once I was really pleased that she had made me get back to head for Rawmarsh Trades and Labour. Yes, ever reducing Club Land. But it’s pleasing to see the Rawmarsh Club thriving. But in the course of eight days I’ve seen the very best of Club Land musicianship, and what I can only describe as a real low.
But first the high. Mahogany Newt. Never seen them before, despite my many years going to WMCs and the Bands undoubted pedigree and experience. This was a polished, smooth show of rock classics that had the Club bouncing and dancing. Even Mrs Masher, not known for her love of rock, was tapping her toes. We can forgive the little bits of added tracked sound, like the introduction to Brick In The Wall as it was an enhancement and not the be all of the performance. Yep, I really recommend this show – and it’s great value, the second set lasted a full hour then three encores.
Trying to twist Mick’s arm on this Band.
By contrast this Saturday past was not fun at all. I shall not name the Band, other than to say that it was an eighties tribute Band. A drummer with only one rhythm, a guitarist rarely heard above the bass being banged out from the keyboard, a keyboard player who appeared to only play repeated chords to a beat. The lass vocals were in the main very good and warranted much better back up from her musicians, even if the first set was made up with far too many costume changes, but I suppose that’s down to reducing tax liability. I shouldn’t laugh but the highlight for me was her Tina Turner dance while singing Madonna’s “Like A Virgin”. Nuff said.
The Slamfest 2013 Web Site has been completely updated – we’ve added a page for each of the Stages and you will also find a Google Map helping you to find the action.
You’ll also find basic instructions for Bands. I expect this to become quite busy as more Stage Managers wake up lol.
Everything is coming together, big time. Of course we’re having the usual round of heart stopping moments, and the usual frustrations when it feels as if you are banging your head against a brick wall.
We’re also being charged and having to supply services that we somehow avoided last year. It really is strange that around four hundred Rotherham / South Yorkshire musicians can give their time and talent to create a fantastic two day show in Rotherham , for the people of Rotherham for FREE, while the Council appear to simply hope that we will go away. This Festival has been mounted thanks only to Commercial Sponsorship, from Bristol Street Motors and the generosity of local business who recognise the potential value of the event to Rotherham even if others don’t.
It might be worth reminding one or two people who hold the purse strings in Rotherham that RAE is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of Rotherham talent non of the Principles or any of the Volunteers take money out of the organisation.
We’ll still have bills to pay after the event, so on the day please chuck some coins or notes if you prefer into the buckets. Or make a donation in The Drop In Centre.
Strictly limited runs this year of two designs, one with Main Stage Bands on the back for Saturday and Sunday; the other with the Bands appearing on the other Stages. It comes in a selection of colour, black and black – and in all sizes from small to xxx large.
We still need volunteers for the two days – don’t all rush at once – Email HERE, or pop in at The Drop In Centre.
The Web Site shows all the local businesses that have supported Slamfest and the RAE this year. Keep your shopping local and especially give support to these fantastic businesses. My personal thanks to them all.
You’ve around four days left to pop into the Old Market Gallery to see the RCAT Exhibition. You really have to get to it, as it demonstrates the depth of creative talent that we have in Rotherham. The Gallery is open at 10:00am.
On Friday night at The Bridge there’s a chance for you good folks to listen to the music of Trevor Oughton and Gary Spencer. Hot off the press this, and well worth your time to pop along and take a look.
Saturday sees Papa Legba’s do their end of the month special, party on down to The Bridge. A reminder that their EP is available from the Drop In Centre.
And stay in touch with everything that is happening by visiting the Listing s page HERE
Well I’m going to be honest, I didn’t have a clue, even though I must have walked past a few times. “Notes Extravaganza” has I’m told been in situ at Unit 38 for around twelve months – nice people, a fantastic range of music books, basic instruments and other accessories + they are instrument teachers and they support RAE so they can’t be bad. Go give them a visit.
So whatever you’re doing this week, have great fun, support your local artists and KEEP IT LIVE.