It was the penultimate night of Lack of Afro’s Hey Baby tour; the album was released towards the end of last year. That album also features female singers such as Joss Stone and Juliette Ashby but neither were in town this night and Elliott Cole added his touch to Take You Home and All My Love respectively, which in turn brought the Hoochie Coochie house down. Cole is mesmerizing. Not only taking to the guitar and giving us his fine soulful vocal talents but he more or less ad-libbed his way through the set when not talking or singing. It’s been a while that a vocalist has taken me this way. I mentioned the word church earlier. Witnessing Cole’s performance was a state of euphoria.
Every member on that stage was grooving. There was not one audience member that sat down. Everybody was feeding off each other. It even made way for a few little additions of Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5 in song. If you had your eyes closed they actually could have been there. Other highlights included the band introductions and added solos. Many a times this happens and the audience rightly reciprocates but with a Lack of Afro band the audience truly meant it and with added vigor. If we could not thank Mr. Gibbons enough for giving us the Lack of Afro sound, he then goes above and beyond showcasing more of his multi-instrumentalist skills and jumps onto the saxophone and then a bit of double drumming with Harry Chestnut, who in turn takes up his place on the bass as Gibbons thrashes out those drums. The crowd ‘loses it!’ It was definitely one of those gigs where the night could go on forever. Unfortunately, it didn’t but we were treated to a great encore
*See more photos of gig on Victoria Ling's Facebook page.