Sitting here at my computer, trying to think of a way to put down some of my thoughts on the July 17th show which took place less than 48hrs ago…I guess I should start really at the beginning. I’m sure all of you reading this were totally shocked by the unexpected news month’s back, of Amen Haze’s passing.
Whether you knew him or not, it was clear to me, as indeed it should be to you, that he was very much one of the community. A community which we’ve all been maintaining and building. For this reason, I didn’t have any doubt when agreeing to put on a tribute night after being approached by Doug and Alex.
In the immediate aftermath of the Amen Haze tribute show, I’ve received overwhelming feedback. All positive, from both people I know and who were involved in the night and also people I’ve never met before in my life who attended Holdin’ Court for their 1st time and for this I am really very deeply touched.
As much as I Love it., Holdin’ Court has never been easy to run. We’ve had constant and continuous struggles with venues, equipment (most of which is borrowed from my good friends), crowds sometimes have not been what we expected and many more things which-could-possibly-go-wrong-and-do-go-wrong. but, through out this all, I’ve never quit. We’ve never quit.
I’ve been compelled by those who Do turn out to shows and Do make the effort. Whether you’ve been to just one show, or you’ve been to them all. It all helps make Holdin’ Court worthwhile to run in the end.
I’ve never stopped witnessing the smiles on peoples faces as they stand just meters away or, better still face to face with some of the best and most talented musicians the UK has to offer, I’ve never stopped hearing the compliments about the atmosphere we create from both performers and members of the crowd, which, in turn cannot be created without dedicated followers of the movement and support by people who turn up and show support.
It is because of this, I and the collection of people alongside me, will continue to put on Holdin’ Court, but I’d like to stress, although I do now admit I do a lot for the show, no single person is bigger than what we are ALL helping to create – A home-cooked meal of a Hip-Hop, Funk and Soul night which has never been about making money (Unless for a good cause!), that has been set up to provide like-minded people with somewhere to meet and enjoy good live music whether it be dj’s or emcees..local or travelling from as far as Holland to perform for us.
The Amen Haze tribute show, has been perhaps the best Holdin’ Court so far and I write this not because we had, for example, a great venue or because I’m trying to be sentimental about the special tribute show, but because I truly believe that the energy and positivity generated exceeded any of my hopes and expectations. For me, this was topped-off on Saturday night by a truly emotional set by Twisted Link, one that I will never ever forget.
I really would like to thank every one personally for coming down, but for now please accept this as a MASSIVE Thank You on behalf of all who were involved.. Our next show is September 25th back at The White Hart (subject to change) who are currently struggling to over throw a licensing issue which lead to our initial switch to the The Elephant & Castle pub with less than a week to go before the last event. We all hope the dispute will be resolved in the best possible way- primarily with the interest of those who use the venue kept in mind.
Once more, Thank You All and I look forward to seeing you at future shows wherever and when ever they may be. Keep checking back to keep updated as we do our best to move forward.