Geno Washington has happy memories of gigs at the Gliderdrome and is looking forward to his next appearance there on May 16.
He is still the UK’s No 1 60s Soul man, enjoying a cult status on the Soul, R&B, Blues and Northern soul scenes, due in the main to his unsurpassable reputation as a live performer.
A contemporary of Georgie Fame, The Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix (all of whom were his support acts back in the 60s!) he is as electrifying on stage today as ever.
He will be supported by the Ram Jam Band who were the hardest working band in the UK throughout the latter half of the 60s.
In 1980 Oh Geno! was a massive No 1 hit in the UK for Dexy’s Midnight Runners, vocalist Kevin Roland basing the song on his memories as a youth of Geno’s gigs, when club land used to echo to the chants of Geno! Geno! Geno!
Speaking to him over the phone recently, I reminded him of his previous visits to Boston and he told me he had really fond memories of his time here: “You know, it was quite funny. Very few people knew where Boston was but they knew all the big stars of the time played at the Gliderdrome!
“I couldn’t believe the size of the place the first time I appeared and the atmosphere was electric. You could understand why it was that so many acts from the UK and the States wanted to appear there.”
Geno has a new album due out soon, backed by his other band The Yo Yos, something he is quite looking forward to.
Support band for the night will be the Motor City Vipers, from Peterborough, an electrifying 8-piece party soul band who guarantee to fill the dance floor with a selection of Motown and Northern Soul hits from the 60s and 70s, with a few modern gems thrown in.
Made up from a group of dedicated and professional musicians, MCV (or The Vipers) have gained themselves a reputation as a hugely exciting band that are in high demand all year round.
They have a large following and have even provided a bus for fans to come to Boston!
Tickets priced £12 are available from the Gliderdrome (at bingo sessions), the Chris Cook Print Shop in Main Ridge, and Burgess Thompson & Richardson in High Street.
Be there, Geno told me: “The house must rock!”
Want to check out Geno Washington’s gig at the Glider? We’ve teamed up with organisers to give away two pairs of tickets to the lucky winners of our competition.
All you have to do to enter the competition is answer the following question: Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band spent 38 weeks in the UK charts with the album Hand Clappin, Foot Stompin, Funky-Butt ... Live! in which year?
Send your answer on the back of a postcard or sealed envelope with address and contact number to: Geno Washington Comp, 5-6 Church Lane, Boston, Lincs. Entries should reach us by noon on Wednesday, May 8.The first two correct entries drawn will win. Usual Johnston Press rules apply.