Lack of Afro The Bassment 24/02/17
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First review for a while, don’t know why I haven’t as I have had some great nights out the last few weeks. Connor Selby and Joe Anderton at the Bassment, Proper at the Essex Arms, The brilliant St Paul and the Broken Bones at the Forum, Changes2Bowie at the Bassment plus gigs in various pubs and Soul do’s around the County. But last Friday I saw my new favourite band Lack of Afro.

Once again the Bassment came up again trumps (If I am allowed to take Donald’s name in vain). First on was the Stretch Soul Gang, a very funky soul band with a rapper. Not sure how it would work but it came across very well. The rapping didn’t take over the music but complemented it. Very good and I will definitely go and see them again. Apparently they were on at the Fling last year but I missed them. I won’t make the same mistake next time. Lack of Afro were on next. I have heard them on the Craig Charles show and read a lot of good things about them. All true, they were a really tight entertaining funk band of the highest order. If you didn’t dance to these (or waddle in my case), you must have no soul. Honestly they were that good I was smiling all the next day. They went through a top funky set finishing with a song that I actually knew “recipe for love.” They normally have guest vocalist’s but they were still superb and I think probably the best band I have seen at the Bassment.

After Lack of Afro a 2 hour set of funk and soul by those fine people from Rubbersoul. Wicky Wacky, thanks Dave.

A great time had by all, I don’t know how the Bassment do it. They always come up with top groups and brilliant DJ sets. There is always a very diverse friendly crowd of all ages and it is just a super place. This Friday the fantastic Kubricks are on. 18th of March an all-day Blues festival and you should always look out for any Rubbersoul events. Another event worth going to on the 24th of March, the Bluebeat rooms at the Essex Arms, Brentwood with the 79ers, the Boss, Marchin’ Already and Lee Bonnington. On the 25th at Billericay FC an all-day festival with some top bands including French Boutique and the Signatures. £10 each day and all the money goes to charity. Highly recommended. 

Duncan, March 2017



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