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A threesome for the weekend?

Liverpool is your hot hot date as we see the finest bands and shenanigans ensuing courtesy of two fine festivals converging on the city. Get stuck in...

Published on May 21st 2010.


A threesome for the weekend?

Marley and them

WHAT do you do when the mercury hits 30 on a lazy May Saturday evening and the spirit of Jah and sweet smelling herbs smoke out the balmy air?

You check out the subliminally cool vibery of the Wailing Souls. Fusing the harmonies of Motown with the roots and dancehall sounds of reggae, The Wailing Souls have ridden the crest of Jamaica's music for more than four decades and are one of the most powerful forces in their field.

Their recording career has been nothing short of historic. Vocally trained by Bob Marley and the Wailers' teacher, Joe Higgs, they have been nominated for Grammy awards three times, scoring number one hits with Things and Time, Jah Jah, Old Broom, and Shark Attack.

They are on at the Picket this Saturday and we think you should pick-it.

More reasons? They attracted global attention when their music was featured in the 1993 Disney film, Cool Runnings. The soundtrack album was an international hit, selling nearly half a million copies worldwide. The Souls had three songs on this soundtrack including the hit, Picky Picky Head. Formed in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica, in the late-1960s.

Sly & Robbie and the Roots Radics are only a few of the stellar musicians who have worked with them.

The Wailing Souls are part of the small surviving group of reggae and roots originators still musically active today, brought here on this occasion by Oye Touring and Trading and Liverpool Sound City.

*The Wailing Souls, Saturday 22nd May 2010 @ The New Picket, 61 Jordan Street (Off Jamaica Street) L1 0BW, 8pm. Tckets £10 in advance or £15 on the door from ticketweb or Dr Herman's 84a Bold St, L1 / Ragga's Caribbean Takeaway, 58 Smithdown Rd, L7

Off the wall
LEGENDARY hip hop photographer Ernie Paniccioli, opened Screenadelica, the gig poster exhibition taking place in the old Rapid building, by telling the audience in no uncertain terms what he thought of Barack Obama – and it was as far removed as possible from the “universal erection” that he feels was experienced when the President took office.

A use for a formerly useful shop then. Over the weekend the empty Renshaw St space will be rammed silly with classic gig posters from the 70s to wall art created specially for this year's Sound City festival.

And in a move reminiscent a la Tower Records in our brethren metropolis of London, or a strictly musical version of De Wallen, bands will cavort decadently in the windows to bring us thrills of an auditory nature.

The exhibition-cum-performing spot will open for the duration of Sound City and also host photography exhibitions from EP and our very own Mark McNulty, plus

* Screenadelica, old Rapid Building, top of Bold Street (entrance on Renshaw Street), L1. To Saturday 22nd May. Admission free.

Booze news
Etch your diary with Saturday, 7.30pm and meet, mix and match with the illuminati from the Writing on the Wall festival as this literary shebang reaches its climax under the guise of a quite unconventional pub crawl.

Niall Griffiths, he of many opuses including Grits and Sheepshagger, will ensure merriment is top of the menu with readings from his forthcoming travelogue, ‘Ten Pound Poms’. The book is based on his experiences of life down under when his family took advantage of the ten pound voyage and sailed off to Australia.

Niall will be joined by a host of writers and poets all reading original work about times away from Liverpool and it is in PK's where the crack is always merry.

* Pub Crawl with the WoW crew, starts Peter Kavanagh's, Egerton Street (off Catherine Street), L8. Saturday May 22nd, 7.30pm (ends somewhere else around midnight)

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