The next item to tick off our '50 Things to do in Brighton' list is #48 See some Live Music, and this has been something we've had the pleasure of enjoying throught the whole month at many different locations.
Let's start with out wonderful Fringe venue, The Warren (as part of Otherplace Productions). Opening night launch party was our first taste of live music in Brighton kindly supplied to us by the Swing Ninjas, who also play a regular spot at the Mesmerist every Wednesday night, but we'll get to that later. After performing in the opening night show the cast headed to the fully-stocked, fully-packed bar for G&T's and hit the dance floor, Robert and Tamara drew quite a bit of attention with their wildy energetic moves and were snapped by several photographers.
Photo credit: Eleanor Kelly for The Warren
The Warren has been providing live music throughout the whole Fringe festival during the afternoon into the wee hours of the morning, and at our last weekend of shows some bands could even be heard through the tent walls while we were on stage, but we won't hold that against them.
Our next dose of live music was supplied by Otherplace Productions, in their Late Night Show at The Basement. We had the pleasure of performing alongside Helene Clark, a wonderful singer/songwriter/guitarist accompanied by another talanted guitarist whose name slips our mind (it was very late), but his talent was certainly unforgettable. They were a wonderful pair to watch and listen to, inspiring each other back and forth as if they were having an improvised conversation through their music. It was a fresh and enjoyable experience.
The last place that we will mention for great live music, although we're sure there are many more, is the Mesmerist. Tamara has visited this venue several times throughout our trip, enjoying their amazing burgers, cocktails and swing music. As mentioned before, the Swing Ninjas are regulars on a Wednesday night playing from around 9:30pm till midnight. This is a fun band to groove to; however, if you are planning on swing dancing to this band be prepared to stick to Charleston moves and bust out some solo jazz moves as their songs are quite fast.
On Tamara's last visit she discovered the very talented Flash Mob Jazz - she may have also slightly swooned over them, and described them as 'one of the most attractive bands she's seen for a while.' Not only do they play classic swing tunes but they mix it with Disney hits like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. They have also started to do Swing remixes for modern song which are rather catchy. You can check out their YouTube channel for more, here is a cover they did of the Daft Punk song Get Lucky.
In all, we have enjoyed an amazing selciton of music at a variety of venues, and while we know there is definitely more out there, there are only so many hours in a day, and nights that are not spent watching movies or other Fringe shows :)
Stay tuned for out next post, what adventure will we embark on next?