There has been a vibrant Rare Soul Scene in South Australia for a
number of years. But all good things
need to start somewhere – this is our story.
At the request of soul stalwarts Pete Fowler (wa),
Vince Peach (vic), the Sydney Soul Sisters and others it was decided to host
the inaugural National Soul Weekender in, October 1998. Adelaide,
being the central capital city was chosen as the host city. Mark Howlett, a local dj and scooter club
identity was promptly contacted as the organiser and man on the ground. After a successful meet and greet bbq in Norwood where the
locals met the interstate guests (for the first time in many cases), the
Allnighter was held at Boltz Nite Club with the Sunday session at the Crown
& Anchor Hotel following. Local
& Interstate djs entertained a modest (by today’s standards) but
enthusiastic crowd. The rest, as they
say, is history. Many of the original
crew who attended that weekend are still heavily involved in the scene both,
Nationally, and in their home states.
the scene grew on the back of the National with Pete and Miriam Feven taking
the initiative and starting up local bi-monthly soul nites at the Duke of
York Hotel. These were indeed humble
beginnings with borrowed equipment and lots of hope. The scene went from strength to strength at
“The Duke” for a number of years until cost and equipment pressures forced a
move. After hosting our second
National a relationship was formed with the Enigma Bar. This is one of the premier live music clubs
in South Australia
and they have supported our scene by providing a venue for a number of years
now. Importantly being a nite club it
has its own sound system!
scene has supplied representative DJs at every National Weekender in every
capital city ever since. We pride
ourselves on our “across the board” music policy, always trying to play the
very best from all the genres in the rare soul spectrum. Importantly all our djs give of their time
and hence we have never had to charge an admittance fee to any of our nites
(though donations were sought to cover equipment early on!!)
After running the scene since its inception Pete
Feven decided to take a break in 2005 and Todd C took over the stewardship.
The soul underground collective was born.
We have been promoting and djing at venues all over Australia ever
Cheers & KTF