Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Bamboos- Medicine Man Tour

It has been ages since I last saw Danny and Ruth, so when they suggested I come along to see The Bamboos play at the Corner Hotel last night it was hard to say no.  We met up for dinner beforehand at Fonda Mexican on Swan Street in Richmond, and were also joined for the evening by Ruth's cousin Anne.  As you know I am always on the hunt for great Mexican food in Melbourne and am often let down.  The vegetarian burrito I had was good but I would have preferred rice instead of quinoa.  I will give Fonda Mexican props for having a kangaroo burrito on the menu though.

We arrived at the Corner Hotel half way through AXOLOTL's set. Their songs were very atmospheric and featured Ella Thompson on lead vocals (she is also part of The Bamboos). The last song they played "Electricity" was best of the ones we heard.

I must admit that I know very little about The Bamboos, even though they have been around for over a decade and have just released their fifth album.  The brainchild of bandleader Lance Ferguson, this Melbourne soul and funk outfit features main vocalist Kylie Auldist as well as some big name guest musicians on their latest album Medicine Man.  Their set was entertaining and had the crowd moving throughout the night.  Unfortunately Tim Rogers wasn't there to sing lead vocals on "I Got Burned" but we were treated to special guest vocalists Bobby Flynn, Daniel Merriweather, and Megan Washington who did three songs with the band and was amazing.  They finished the night with "Keep Me In Mind."

Here's the video for the single "I Got Burned" (featuring Tim Rogers)

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