Saturday, September 27, 2008

Café R&B : The Bo-Diddley Connection

As Bo-Diddley used to say "You can't judge a book by it's cover", and never was it more true than with Café R & B. The name doesn't describe what this powerhouse quintet is all about.

The backline consists of four gentlemen in suits. These guys seemingly step out of Cadillacs - superfly cool - grab their axes and simply set the roof on fire. Burn it right to the ground. All night long. Effortlessly. 

That's only half of the story. Once you witness lead singer Roach unleashed... well... there's not much you can say with your mouth wide open and your jaw on the floor. Easily comparable to 1970s era Tina Turner, Etta James and Patti Labelle and a touch of Ann Margaret, she is beyond being possessed by the blues; she totally embodies it! Roach turns it out, as the band turns it up! They must be seen and heard to be believed.

Not at all.

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