Friday, May 30, 2008

Jamie Lidell @ El Rey

It is said that Los Angeles sucks the soul dry. Fortunately for about 800 Angelinos in attendance at the last night, a fresh, delicious refill was served courtesy of Jamie Lidell; and their cups now runneth over!

The evening's stage was set by who opened with a radio countdown format, spinning samples off vinyl and digital format and throwing in a little vocals. He got the crowd warmed up for some elbow-jerking, ass-shaking good times.

After a short break, Jamie Lidell emerged wearing black-and-white striped pajama pants and a shiny gold smoking jacket. The sax player followed wearing a red silk robe and business socks. These guys definitely do not suffer for fashion. Sax guy's awesomeness does not end there, though, as he demonstrated how to play two-- count 'em: one, two-- saxophones simultaneously. Jamie is also supported by a keyboardist, bassist, and two percussionists. After about four songs from his new album, , the band disappeared leaving Lidell alone on stage for a 15 minute beatbox and looping interlude that captivated the smiles and feet of all in attendance. The band then returned to the stage to dish up a fresh serving of funk, soul, groove and, of course, a little bit (more) feel good.

As I walked out of the show, I was surrounded by ear-to-ear grins, and comments that included, "Did that really happen?", "Holy Shit! He touched me, I can't believe he touched me.", "That might have been the greatest show I've ever seen, now lets go have sex." Though I didn't check with everyone personally, based on hearing these comments, it seemed that all who were there enjoyed the show.

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