Here we are in the middle of the Summer and I can count on one hand the Soulful House Music events in The USA. The biggest of course is The Chosen Few Picnic in Chicago with other smaller parties scattered throughout the country. Is this the best that the USA can do for Soulful House Music? Just look at Europe and how many Weekender events there are for Soulful House Music. Suncebeat in Croatia, The CampSoul Weekender, The SouthPort Weekender, and last but certainly not least, The Vocal Booth Weekender quickly come to mind. (If you know of any others, please let me know in the comment section below)
The talent that these Weekenders bring together can’t even be compared to anything in the USA for the Deep/Soulful Music lovers. The biggest of these Weekenders is arguably The South Port Weekender. However, the Line-Ups at lesser known weekenders can be just as impressive. The Line-Ups for this year’s SunceBeat in Croatia include Kerri Chandler, Rich Medina, At Jazz, Dave Morales, Ron Trent, Osunlade, Glenn Underground, Anthony Nicholson, Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, Quentin Harris, Karizma, Grant Nelson, and many others. My favorite out of all of the weekenders is The Vocal Booth Weekender. Andy Ward has historically always brought incredible talent to this event. Past Line-Ups include Victor Simoneli, Neil Pierce, Phil Asher, Richard Earnshaw, and Sean McCabe. This year’s Line-Up includes, AtJazz, AudioWhores, Gavin Peters, Glenn Thorton, Groove Assassin, Mark Di Meo, Shur-I-Kan, The Layabouts, and many others.
Why should we need to travel to Europe to see our own home-grown talent in one place? The SunceBeat event alone has Kerri Chandler, Rich Medina, Dave Morales, Ron Trent, Osunlade, Glenn Underground, Anthony Nicholson, Quentin Harris, Karizma AT ONE EVENT! There are almost endless locations to host one of these Weekenders here in The States. Hawaii immediately comes to mind. But, that’s hard to get to. However, places in Southern California would be great too. Actually, anywhere there’s a nice beach with hotels and a few nightclubs is all you need.
With so much talent and so many beautiful places to have a 4 day Deep/Soulful Weekender here in this country, I wonder……….Why hasn’t there been at least one Promoter in The USA to try to make this happen?