REVIEW - BOOKA BRASS BAND
Support acts Stephen James and Túcan kicked proceedings off with vivacious sets, ensuring most seats were unoccupied by the time Booka Brass Band emerged onto the stage. When they did, and the first notes escaped from that bassy sousaphone, the steamy venue erupted. It quickly became clear that this was to be a memorable gig.
Latest News | October 23, 2014
Something magical happened at the Button Factory last Friday night. When fans of Booka Brass Band assembled in the venue for their late-night show, they had no idea that they were there to bear witness to a gig more awe-inspiring than Dublin had seen in months. Even though many had seen them play live before, nothing could have prepared us for the sheer brilliance of Friday’s set.
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Side-stepping in unison as they played their New Orleans-inspired originals, Booka Brass Band were on top form. Their classic theme ‘BBB’ was somehow smoother than ever before, and their version of Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’ had a riff so tasty it was almost obscene.
The band’s first guests, Dublin duo We Cut Corners, joined the lads in covering Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Mandinka’. A strange choice, the song only served to elevate the mood of the gig, and left the crowd wondering if there was anything the band couldn’t pull off.
Later Paul Noonan of Bell X1 was summoned to the stage and the supergroup performed a rip-roaring, all brass version of his own band’s anthem ‘The Great Defector’. The searchlights that encircled the crowd for this tune changed course and were aimed at the venue’s disco ball for their cover of Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’. It would be difficult for most bands to justify such contrasting styles in quick succession, but Booka Brass Band performed with such mastery that we didn’t even notice.
We were exhausted as the set ended with the band’s trademark medleys, but if the lads had asked us to do it all again, we would have jumped at the chance. We don’t have long to wait, though – due to unprecedented demand, the lads have added another date at the Button Factory this week for those who missed out on tickets first time round, and those brave enough to relive the frenzied experience that is Booka Brass Band live.