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New Year's Eve Summer Soul Shakedown

with Continental Robert, Andy Baylor and the Caravan of Soul Orchestra, Tracey Miller and the Soulettes, DJ Johnny Topper
Caravan Music Club, 31st December 2009

I had know about this gig for a while, but was originally planning just to go to my local and have an early night due to not having any money this time of year.

Only during the week I was offered the chance to come to the gig and decided to take it as I thought it might be good to do something different for once and I could always go back to the pub next year.

I had not been to the Caravan Music Club before and I ended up eating in the green room with the band members due to it being a full house. I did get some photos of the audience and Johnny Topper DJing, but mostly I just sat down the end of the table and listened to everyone else.

It was great to see Andy Baylor leading a big band as I had only seen him play with Sarah Carroll or with the Fireside Bellows before.

I had a chat to Tracey Miller and the Soulettes in the band room and I thought they sang great in the first set and also with Continental Robert.

Continental Robert played in the second set and also did the countdown at midnight, which was great. I also liked the staged confrontation with Tracey Miller and him going off the stage with a cape ala James Brown at the end.

It was a great first gig at the new venue and I look forward to seeing the Pirates of Beer there in a couple of weeks time. Thanks to Peter Foley for inviting me, the bands, the Caravan Music crew and Andy Baylor for giving me a lift back to Caulfield afterwards.


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