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The Devil’s Music @ The Black Dove

Posted in Music Posts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/08/2011 by Rich

Several things happened at once on Saturday Night – I was compelled in many different ways to do things; marvellous things, like writing about music AND spread the love about what I found to be a most enjoyable experience at The Black Dove in Kemptown.

Now, I don’t get out much anymore and as this blog would suggest if you care to read back through the posts, I have pretty much hung up my headphones and archived the vinyl in favour of picking up real instrumentation again. Musically, you will now find me rehearsing with a three piece power trio in a very salubrious converted public toilet in the centre of Brighton rather than frequenting the bars of this fair town seeking out disco pleasures. The world is an ever changing place you know…

But I do every now and then surface from the deafening maw of the studio to reconnect with all things sparkly and Saturday gone I had a most pleasurable experience. Partner in crime Johnny Recess was having a birthday bash at The Black Dove, 74 St James St, Kemptown and I have to say it’s been a long time since I enjoyed a pub as much as I did. And get this – I was sober. As a judge. And I STILL really enjoyed myself (it is possible kids).

So, this place is intimate, has a decent sound system, bar staff that know what they’re doing, a brilliantly stocked bar, a cool little downstairs bit which is even more intimate than the upstairs bit, a nice outside bit with tables for smokers and a decor that says “I’ve been travelling the world (and the underworld) for 40 years and everywhere I’ve been I’ve brought a little piece back with me”, either physically, or emotionally I would say…

Perhaps my attraction to the place was the bar or perhaps it was the clientele, who for the most part had made exquisite efforts to dress nice. No, not nice, positively spiffing in a kind of vintage 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s oh who gives a flying fuck what decade it is let’s have a large G&T yes? kind of way.

And the music, provided by the hosts The Devil’s Music, was a real mix of stuff you just don’t hear played out enough – jazz, blues, swing… erm, as they put it themselves: “a low slung night at the best juke joint in town, come down and get your teeth swimmin’ to swinging speakeasy tunes and American Roots debauchery, dress up sharp enough to draw blood and shake a leg!”. Yeah, well, by midnight it was really hotting up and I was sad to leave. Highly recommended.

Also highly recommended is ‘seeing all your friends at once’ (Disco aficionados please note topical reference) in a great place. In the house were Ali ‘Go Bang’ Broadcast and general all round top bloke Tim ‘Acid House’ Rivers. Ali and Affy Go Bang have been ramping things up in their camp this year with regular nights at the Green Door Store just off Trafalgar Street and a little bit of production going on (go fellas – you iz gonna be massiv). The Green Door Store is another of those relatively new venues which I am massively rating and need to make more time to get to. Pride weekend will see some Go Bang shennanigans so check out their website for details (link below). Tim along with Steve KIW of ‘Steve KIW‘ fame (he’s played Royal Festival Hall don’t you know so does not require further introductions!) has been tearing up dancefloors at the ever-loyal-to-the-disco-scene Globe pub on Middle Street so check it OUT brothers and sisters.

Chewing the fat with partners in groove from times gone by was just such a fine way to spend an evening and it was so bloody NICE to find out that people’s projects and creative juices were still flowing and that people were reaping the rewards of their commitment to the higher funk.

I just feel so FUCKING POSITIVE! Summer rocks…

If you have any sense, check out:

  1. The Devil’s Music
  2. The Black Dove
  3. Go Bang
  4. The Green Door Store
  5. The Acid House
  6. The Globe

That is all!

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