Sunday, 12 June 2011

Odd Socks On A Friday Night

My first Friday night home was graced with an evening out with the parents to a new monthly night at The Soul Cellar in Southampton. Odd Socks celebrates all music vintage and eclectic, bringing music that is not regularly heard by the masses. Friday's event was headlined by The Ace Trio (check out their myspace!)  with other music from Itchy Teeth and guest DJ Emma Noble.

Doors opened at 8:30pm although Dad wanted to be fashionably late so we arrived at 9pm. Unfortunately the event was still in the awkward first hour of a party, before the good music comes out and the shandies and spritzers take effect. Talking of drinks, we weren't sure but we were convinced we were short changed with only a few silvers gracing my dad's palm from a tenner for two halves and a pint. That's too much surely? Needless to say dad didn't buy another round! It was at least half past nine before Itchy Teeth started up and, personally, I almost wish they hadn't. I'm not a Beetles fan at the best  of times (I know, shocking, shoot me now, blah blah) but when they were 'indied up' I really wasn't impressed. But this is just my opinion, I'm sure many people loved them especially as the event wasn't billed as a 'vintage only' evening, but we did have to move away by the third song.

Emma Noble span some classic Motown and blues tunes which were much more our cup of tea and really got the party going! She really got the mood of the audience and soon enough people were moving and shaking all over the place. More shaking commenced with the two performances from four of Roxy's Rockets (a local burlesque school and troupe) which got all the men hot under the collar. It was just a shame that they had to perform on the dance floor as the stage was occupied by drum kits and double basses so us at the back (regardless of my height) couldn't get a decent view! Oh well, there's always next time!

The headliners took to the stage at eleven and this is what we had been waiting for! Southampton's hottest rockabilly band The Ace Trio truly lived up to expectations! They performed a great mixture of the popular tunes known by most of the audience, some by The Stray Cats, and others known by only a few. The audience loved every song played and even screamed out for an encore at the end of the set! The vibe in the room was amazing with even the non-dancers tapping their toes (ahem, dad) whilst the more energetic few shook what their mamma's gave them at the front - one girl in an amazing dirndl style dress was really going for it, and I would have if it hadn't been for my four inch heels!

The Ace Trio

So, my overall opinion? I would probably go back but with a bigger crowd as it was definitely worth the £6 entry and the night was definitely a success - if only the drinks were a little cheaper aha!


The next event is 8th July at the Soul Cellar and is headlined by Big Boy Bloater And The Limits.

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