A great night for music.
Second, Akira: an extraordinarily energetic three piece band. Gbenga has an utterly breathtaking voice and the whole band have an incredible presence on stage. Worth a listen live – their MySpace really doesn’t do them justice at all. Also, crazy apocalyptic video.
Third: Hula Boat Party. Fund raiser for a start-up puppeteering company, the night’s line up was compered by the delightful Lambchop Magoo, who hula-hooped with boundless enthusiasm all evening. Hats off to The Vamp for their wonderful gypsy set: absolutely perfect for the Arts Ark. Foxy and Raph did some “dreamy” beatboxing, and the DJs did a great job of unearthing long forgotten fifties classics like Quiet Whiskey by Wynonie Harris.
Pick of the evening, though, was The Correspondents. Imagine Mr Scruff with a roaring twenties big band slant, fronted by a smooth-talking high-kicking scat-master. If you can’t imagine that, here’s a helping hand:
Their version of Sing Sing Sing was absolutely unforgettable. See them live or die trying.