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The Gospel, According to Rhia

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Snapshot _ Caffeine Nights Show Plot, Annelie (45, 193, 3752) - copyOK, folks, I am calling on you to repent of your SINS!  Come forward and dedicate your lives…to having fun and dancing up a storm!  For two hours, we’ll be dancing and having fun to some of the most awesome gospel music, from old-time religious music to the most modern of remixes!  Shake the dust from your feet and tap them to the most uplifting two hours of tunes you’ve ever heard!  – Rhia C

Last weekend we were treated to a most uplifting themed show DJ’d by the lovely Rhia ‘Blues Mamma’ Colclough. Now I’ve always loved gospel music, so I was really looking forward to see what she would play, but she really pulled out all the stops and as well as the more traditional ‘churchy’ gospel, she also mixed it up with some amazing true Southern Baptist style blues gospel.

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We were even fortunate enough to manage to get hold of the very popular gospel choir, the Second Life Gospel Singers, who gave Rhia a resounding backing vocal support…

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We had a great turnout and everyone felt the spirit lift them as they danced and raised their voices to the heavens.

And it just goes to show how music can bring everyone together, as we even had angels and demons dancing in harmony…

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Though I did wonder what the celestial punishment would be for dancing on the head of an angel…

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And finally, our very own Mr Sword Starfall presents one of his outstanding stop-motion movies of the event, so you can get the true feel of the atmosphere and the music:

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Long overdue welcome to guest DJ, Rhia!

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DJ RhiaC, otherwise known as the “Blues Mama,” is another guest DJ at Marcel’s.  Growing up a punk rock and funk/soul/jazz/R&B aficionado, of course one would predict she would become…a blues DJ???

But for her, it makes perfect sense.  “Punk has an energy, an ‘up yours’ attitude that blues shares.  Blues never cared about being ‘proper and prim,’ and neither did punk.  And of course, funk, soul, R&B and jazz either came from the blues or co-existed with the blues – LOL, it seems almost all 20th century musical forms came from the blues!”  And to those who would scratch their heads at such a vastly wide range of musical interests, well, she’s not interested in easy pigeon-holing.  “I like to dance sometimes – and sometimes I like to think.”

Her favorite musicians were (and are, among others) artists like Prince, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Black Flag, Billy Idol, Blondie, Dead Kennedys, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, and predicting her future interests, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Etta James and Little Walter.

Now, although her primary interest is blues, DJ RhiaC is still the same person who resists easy categorization and neat little boxes.  “I have discovered psychobilly and wow, is that a head trip!  I’m also falling for electroswing, thanks to my fellow DJ G-Winz.”  She also has discovered genres of blues she never knew existed – “Punk blues!” she exclaims with a huge smile on her face.  “Is that too perfect or what??”

She can be heard at Marcel’s on Sunday evenings, spinning all kinds of blues genres – everything from a Canned Heat retrospective to boogie-woogie.  And yes, a punk blues evening is in the works…!