The ups, downs, in's and out's of two North East UK musical eclectricians.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Monday - Mr. James Brown - 27/06/05

Hello there,

What can I say... The hardest working man in showbusiness, the god father of soul - Jaaaaaaammes Brown !

The man himself was in Newcastle (ok - Gateshead then) for the first time, and rocked.

Unfortunately, time and illness has taken it's toll and is slower and less full of beans, but still is a funky mutha, and where Mr. B's energy reserves have gone, his fine band have stepped in and filled the gaps - singing dancing and basically making it still one of the best live acts I've seen...

The Sage is a lovely venue and although we were actually behind the front of house speakers it still sounded great (we were listeninig to it acoustically).

I'm glad I saw him play a couple of years ago, but we were imagining going to a JB gig in the 70's - it would've been blistering.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who braved the heat and humidity and made it to the Forth on Saturday (even the folks that were asking for requests - grrrr) - look forward to seeing you July 9th.


Thursday, June 23, 2005

Thursday - Studio 1 - 23/06/05

Hello !

Last Saturday saw F&S in the sunny hamlet of Scarborough at Studio 1

Lots of Becks was consumed and a good time was had by all ! Special thanks to Marty and Jamie - cheers boys =)

This weekend sees F&S back at the helm in The Forth, Pink Lane, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Saturday) playing brand new mash-ups and "The Godfather of Soul" himself - Mr. James Brown in town at the Sage Music Centre on Friday - which I cannot wait for - it should be an absolute blinder if it's anything like the last time we saw him !

Thas all for now...



Monday, June 06, 2005

Monday - Compagnie Káfig - 06/06/05

Hello Strangers...

First off apologies to the two people who read this for not doing a post recently, life's kinda taken over recently so we haven't had time to connect to your eyeballs.

So sorry for that and we promise to try harder.

Saturday saw me becoming all cultured and visiting the Newcastle Theatre Royal to see "Compagnie Káfig" - a French contemporary street/hip hop dance group.

And although the tickets were half priced (still nearly £10) I felt cheated.

I didn't manage to get a hold of a program, so apart from knowing it was basically gonna be some breakdancing, I didn't have a clue what the theme was gonna be...

At times I seemed to get an impression it was refering to the "Original Sin" story of Adam and Eve, but how come they had licqourice allsorts on their heads ?!

At best it was pretentious and worst shambolic. The music was dire and sounded like it was used on a self-help tape, and the dancers seemed to have real trouble hitting the cues at the same time and to the music (something to do with have a Bertie Bassett costume on maybe).

The target audience seemed to be middle class people who have no prior knowledge of original New York breaking from the late 70's and the body poppin' and lockin' scene from the late 80's in L.A.

Rather than spend my money on this tosh, I would've prefered to have bought a DVD of proper street hip-hop and see how it's done properly.

I applaud the Káfig guys for bringing Hip Hop culture to a perhaps uncharted demographic, but at the smae time couldn't help but feel that soemthing I grew up watching and loved, had been watered down and turned into an evil sanitised version.

The only respite I did get was at the end where the group collectively got on stage and got to do a free-style encore, which was painful to watch, but made me laugh.

So the moral of the story is...

Keep it Real - which is ironic coming from a skinny white bloke from the North-East of England.