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Clubs: It's streets ahead; Just what is needed - a club night that focuses on the music.

Byline: Emma Johnson

THERE are club nights which are about looking stylish, club nights which are about hooking up with girls or guys and club nights about having a laugh with your mates.

Then there are club nights which are all about the... music.

On Hubert Street, the north west's only dedicated black dance music night, falls very much into the last category.

The name may not be instantly recognisable but it is heaven for those who love their soul, funk, northern, jazz and disco.

On Hubert Street was born four years ago after Warrington soul boy Barry May's trip to the famed Sunday soiree Body And Soul in New York city in May 2002. It is actually named after the street on which Body And Soul's home, the nightclub Vinyl, stands.

Recalls Barry: "The music played that night was a superb mix of soulful/deep house, classic soul, African rhythms, funk, disco, Latin and experimental beats.

"I realised that night that although I was a couple of thousand miles from home, I felt truly at home."

Barry set about re-creating it in the north west.

Having spent a lifetime in dance music (he only last month closed down his vinyl mecca Hott Waxx after 19 years of business) and working as a DJ for legendary nights at the Carlton Club and the Soul Train parties at Warrington's Mr Smiths nightclub, Barry certainly had the pedigree to pull off such a party.

By winter of its first year, On Hubert Street had taken up residence at the View nightclub near Frodsham.

Sadly two weeks after Barry returned to the UK the DJs at Body And Soul had an altercation with the management of Vinyl and the night in New York city was no more.

On Hubert Street, however, has gone from strength to strength, attracting some of the world's highest calibre DJs.

Next weekend On Hubert Street stages one of its most ambitious events yet, TCOB (Takin' Care of Business) - a celebration of 25 years of black music.

"We will be taking in everything from the jazz funk era, soul, disco, black American soulful house and disco and fitting it into three rooms at The View," Barry explains.

Among those appearing are Kerri Chandler, Joey Negro, Greg Wilson, Carl Dupree, Mark Mendoza, Billy Davidson and Chicago's Kenny Carjaval.

TCOB at the View, Frodsham, Saturday, June 17, from 8pm. Tickets pounds 20. For more details see


IN A SPIN: DJ Kerri Chandler appears at TCOB at the View, Frodsham
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 9, 2006
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