Tag: vinyl

Dobber Theater, Utrecht

Today, I’m DJing with my man Rich Jammin at the first edition of Dobber Theater, a theater-meets-art-meets-music open air festival in the old city center of Utrecht. Get aboard a little boat and float over the old canals of the city, and see theater along the way. At the end, there’s a party going on with an ace selection of DJs. Me and Rich are playing heavy Funk & raw Soul from 16:30 until 19:00. Afterwards, Deejay Durian of Boomshakalak Soundsystem takes over. And I just got word that Jungle By Night are playing the Neude at 18:30 – what a great coincidence. See y’all there.

Dobber Theater flyer

Location: Geertebolwerk, Utrecht
Date: 01.09.2013
Time: 12:00 – 22:00
Showtime Don Gio & Rich Jammin 16:30

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/426456284128716/

UPDATE Here’s some pictures of the party, along with the almighty Rich Jammin on the wheels.

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Sunny Sundays at Ketelhuis, Eindhoven

Next Sunday, I’m spinning the goods with my man DEES (www.dees.tv) at Ketelhuis – two steps away from Skatepark Area 51 in Eindhoven. There’s a huge BBQ and a chef that’s second to none. There’s even a pool, and it’s not just there for keeping the beer cold. Bring boardshorts & bikinis!

Sunny Sundays @ Ketelhuis Eindhoven

Restaurant Ketelhuis
Ketelhuisplein 1
Eindhoven, NL
04.08.2013 18:00 – midnight



Rotterdam state of mind

Next saturday, July 20: Piek Up at the smallest club in Rotterdam: 8 DJ’s spin 45s only, each has 30 minutes to do their thing. I’m excited to join the line-up including Dave Von Raven (The Kik), Rotterdam famed Senor Alberto and Dandy Dave, and 4 more great DJ’s and collectors. Be early, as we’ll draw straws on the line up – you never know who’s up next!

Piek Up @ Cafe Piek, Rotterdam

Cafe Piek
Scheepstimmermanslaan 3b
21:00-02:00



Givin’ up food for funk

Right now, I’m busy with my favourite nightly pastime: picking a selection of records to play this weekend. Saturday, I’m spinning funk & soul at a wedding on the Dutch island of Terschelling. Two wonderful people celebrating their love with a funky party for their family and friends – just what the doctor ordered I’d say.

On Sunday, the beat goes on at the fancy fair in Sintunnis, where I DJed before this Spring. The grooves were so phat, the bar owner wanted more and they will get it! I’ve got some disco packed for the occasion, and some old school hip hop bangers to spice up the Funk.

My record of the day: Candi Staton – “I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart”



Three stripes

It’s my man Mr. Boogie’s birthday on Jun. 29 and he celebrates in style with a funky get together at his favorite bar in Boxmeer. What other DJs to book than Sore, Nappie, Hence Dupree and miself. Hip hop, funk, beats – it’s gonna be good.

Mr Boogie birthday @ Piek Boxmeer

Cafe De Piek
Beugenseweg 1 Boxmeer
29.06.13 21:00-03:00



Diggin in the states, part 3

Just returned from my third trip digging through various record stores and thrift stores in California. Came back with a helluva stack wicked 45s and LPs. Nothing beats the feeling of returning home with a shitload of gems just waiting to be cleaned and played for a live audience…

Speaking of which, we’re currently looking for a new venue for weLOVEweFUNK, as residents around Skatepark Area51 have filed noise complaints. Eindhoven authorities just pulled Area51′s license for staying open late and organising stuff. Which sucks not only for funk lovers in the area, but also rock, punk, hip hop, dubstep and techno crowds who flocked to the many parties held at Area51. I guess it’s the same old story over and over again… stay tuned for more news on www.welovewefunk.nl or join the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/welovewefunk.

For now, gaze at these pics I took on holiday. Just some good spots I could recommend to every vinyl junkie.

 



Some funky blues for ya

New mixtape! Heard through the grapevine it’s gonna be featured in the Meltin Pot radio show on London’s KANE FM real soon…Wednesday January 9th between 9:30 AM and noon, GMT! Tune in on www.kanefm.com, and like the Meltin Pot Facebook page while you’re at it: www.facebook.com/kanefm.meltinpot

Blues 45s mixtape – Funky blues by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
1. Junior Parker & Jimmy Mcgriff – Pretty Baby (Ua)
2. Effie Smith – The Natural (Eee Cee)
3. Sir Douglas Quintet – She’s About A Mover (Tribe)
4. Eddie Bo – Now Let’s Pop-Eye (Swan)
5. B.B.King – The Worst Thing In My Life (Kent)
6. Jimmy Mcgriff – The Bird (Capitol)
7. M.G. & The K-Pers – Shotgun Boogie Blues (East Coast Sound)
8. Syl Johnson – I Only Have Love (Hi)
9. Al King – On My Way (Shirley)
10. T-Bone Walker – Confusion Blues (Bluesway)
11. Junior Parker – Love Ain’t Nothin’ But A Business Goin’ On (Groove Merchant)
12. Lou Rawls – Season Of The Witch (Capitol)
13. Tony Borders – Cheaters Never Win (Revue)

And while I’m at it, January 25th there’s gonna be a soulful, rockin’ weLOVEweFUNK with guest DJ Roccalberti from Rotterdam. Read an interview with the man here.



Funk 45s vol.5 – Old vs New Funk!

The fifth installment of a series of mixtapes that’s improving in quality as my digging / collection of 45s grows. For this one I wanted to make a point. Music with a message…hmmm yes, sort of.

Sometimes I hear folks dissing new funk bands and releases, only because it’s not from the late sixties. First of all, that’s lame. Second of all: I’m-a prove you wrong, motherfucker!

As a real battle strategist I gathered some of my latest acquired troops and mercenaries on the 1 and 2, separating the old and the new 45s in two teams. These fierce teams battle song by song for the listeners’ respect. I dare to think that after an hour you will never diss new funk no more.

Funk 45s mixtape vol. 5 – Old vs New Funk by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
1. James Brown – Lowdown Popcorn (King)
2. On The Spot Trio – Critically Acclaimed Shit (Colemine)
3. Rufus Thomas – Funky Mississippi (Stax)
4. The Grips – Tennessee Strut (Ged Soul)
5. Little Oscar – Funky Buzzard (Deke)
6. Monophonics – Like Yesterday (Colemine)
7. Davy Jones – Sophisticated Sissy (Philips)
8. Mighty Imperials – Matador (Daptone)
9. Jesse Anderson – Swing Too High (Cadet)
10. Third Coast Kings – Tonic Stride (Record Kicks)
11. Soul East – Funky Lady (Deluxe)
12. Td And Jimmy James 3 – Jalapeno Pep Part 2 (Mosquito Hawk)
13. The Alliance – Cupid’s Holding (Wand)
14. T Bottoms – Pistol Whip (Funk Night)
15. Raw Soul – Leave My Beat Alone (Plut)
16. Jungle Fire – Comencemos (Colemine)
17. Juggy – Oily (Sue)
18. Kool Men & Diamond T – One For The Road (New Look)
19. Hank Ballard – Come On Wit’ It (King)
20. Sharon Jones – Got A Thing On My Mind (Daptone)
21. Seven Souls – Groove In (Venture)
22. Lefties Soul Connection – Have Love Will Travel (Melting Pot Music)



…and weLOVEweFUNK continues…

We start the 2012-2013 weLOVEweFUNK season with two special guests from our small nation’s capital: ILLCO and BART FADER from Amsterdam.

ILLCO is known of the famed record store Waxwell in Amsterdam, a regular go-to for international and aspiring DJs like myself. He also organizes the I LOVE VINYL nights, connecting the NY namesake to the old continent’s love for the black gold.

BART FADER, along with two fellas ALVIZ and TACO FETT get the Struttin’ nights going for almost a decade now, I’ve been told. Struttin’ is like weLOVEweFUNK would become, when Eindhoven keeps supporting deep funk & soul nights for many years to come.

These two vinyl junkies will be spinning their choice of funk, hiphop and any related tunes. Don’t miss out on this one, it’s going to be special. Friday 28 september 2012, Skatepark Area51, Klokgebouw 51, Eindhoven, 22:30 showtime, free entrance.



weLOVEweFUNK mixtape vol.3 w/ Rich Jammin

Everyone that missed out on last week’s weLOVEweFUNK party, your worries are over. The exclusive deep funk mixtape by Rich Jammin is now available for streaming on Mixcloud!

WeLOVEweFUNK mixtape vol.3 w/ Rich Jammin by Don Gio on Mixcloud