Concert Review – King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

Concert Review – King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

Lichfield Guildhall – Sunday 21st April 2019

Words by Ben Macnair

Photography by Dave Jones

You always know what you are going to get from a King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys concert. Slick presentation skills, feel-good jump jive, blues, boogie-woogie and soul songs, and a sizable audience, so it was fitting that this very popular act were the ones to close Lichfield Arts Spring 2019 season.
Led by the lively King Pleasure himself on vocals and baritone saxophone, the rest of the Biscuit Boys were guitarist Bullmoose K Shirley, characterful bassist Shark Von Schtoop, keyboard player Matt Foundling and drummer Gary Barber, with a guest saxophonist adding depth to many of the songs, and playing punchy unison lines.

The band swung hard, but could also deliver softer ballads, but it was the more upbeat songs such as Crazy About You Baby, or the rock and roll classic Shake Rattle and Roll that showed their skills to the best effect. The instrumental Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini was a fine showcase for the musicianship of the band, whilst Oh Marie was another feel good song that moved through different tempos.

The second half featured many spotlights for the boogie woogie keyboard playing of Matt Foundling, and the bass, with such songs as Ray Charles’s Roll with me Baby and Waiting Hoping being favourites with the audience. Back at the Chicken Shack raised the tempo, as did the encores of She’s A Trip, Back to California and Louis Prima’s I Wanna be Like You, from the Jungle Book.

Ben Macnair

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