Scene Bell, Montreal QC, June 30
The band entered without saying a word to the crowd, then launched into "Mr Monday" from the recent record. Unlike the record, which is marked by a heavy hand on the production, this was a full-bodied, tight band with great arrangements and excellent playing. The drummer was phenomenal, precise but intricate, and the horn section was also very accomplished, with sweet calypso unison giving way to avant-jazz soloing. Nevertheless, the crowd wasn't quite buying it: they needed a way into the music due to the language. So when Gonsalves called for a good old fashioned Trini jump up, people did so by the hundreds. This pogo-on-demand tactic got blood pumping and helped goose the energy level. Although the crowd never fully embraced the band, a positive impression was definitely made. I'm convinced that what Kobo Town needs to do is stick with it for a few years and let their complex sound sink in with Canadians and audiences' warmth will be forthcoming.
ReviewsSep 15, 2014
AntibalasJames St. North, Hamilton ON, September 14
Having not performed in the city of Hamilton in almost ten years, Antibalas made sure no one in attendance would forget the incredibly tight...
ReviewsSep 14, 2014
Jessy LanzaJames Street North, Hamilton ON, September 13
The lone Canadian on the roster of UK label Hyperdub, Hamilton native Jessy Lanza was successful in demonstrating just what it was that made...
ReviewsAug 18, 2014
The Spy From CairoThe Cube, Winnipeg MB, August 17
Fitting nicely with the laid-back and eclectic vibe that typically dominates the Sunday programming at the festival, the New York-based arti...
ReviewsAug 11, 2014
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel QueensMain Stage, Regina SK, August 10
On her own, Naomi Shelton would be a show and a half. Her Main Stage set at the Regina Folk Festival didn't feature any physical theatrics &...