The 2008 Lake Angels Soul Festival reached its climax this evening with a packed stadium ground enjoying the Ska Rocksteady beat from the group La Ghenga. If you want to get a crowd on their feet and dancing then there are few bands around that can do the job like La Ghenga. Masterful tight ska rhythms from the band had the crowd calling for “encores” well in to the night but the real surprise of the evening and according to some observers, the surprise of the whole of Soul Festival, was the support group for this evening – The Joana pocket band.
On what was only their third official outing this evening this newly formed group is one to definitely watch out for in the future.
Great keyboards, inspiring vocals from Joana Paolinelli, solid backline drumming from JJ and some incredible guitar work from Alessio Bertani. (The last time I personally heard a chopping guitar sound coming from a guitar similar to this evenings performance it was in the hands of Wilko Johnson, famed guitarist of Dr Feelgood, the Solid Senders and Ian Dury’s Blockheads … hmm and that was over 25 years ago – Wilko Johnson on wikipedia )
La Ghenga strutting their stuff
Joana Pocket Band with an Amy Winehouse song
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