The Blues Kitchen, Camden’s home of the Blues, put on a blinding night at The Garage in Highbury a couple of weeks ago.
Dressed in two pairs of shades and a silk dressing gown which he claimed to have bought off Louis Vuitton on the Champs-Élysées, Son of Dave (formerly of Crash Test Dummies) is Delta Blues meets beatbox-harmonica. Grunting and jerking like Lil Wayne, he looped every sound with a foot pedal until he’d built a multi-layered techno blues beat.
Next were the effortlessly stylish two piece Rodeo Massacre. A boy-girl outfit – think Portishead meets Ennio Morricone. Rattle snake percussion set the mood for a performance made for a Santa Fe saloon.
In the Roll and Tumble room upstairs, we caught the utterly mesmerizing Marcus Banfonti. Totally smokin’ on the blues guitar, when he growled Gimme Your Cash, I nearly emptied my pockets. He praised the audience for whooping Muddy Waters: “I’m bringing a child into a world where young people scream for Muddy. That makes me very happy.”
And just like bourbon and two whole floors of Rhythm & Blues, it makes me happy too.
The Blues Kitchen’s Big Night Out
The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD
The Blues Kitchen, 111-113 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JN