I've followed Marcus's work for a few years now and he never fails to kick up a real roaring fire from the embers of a small crowd at any of his London gigs. His impassioned playing and snarling vocal seem to be contagious to all those who have the pleasure of watching if the hollering levels are anything to go by. And that's just for starters. His raw voice does the slower grooves of his back catalogue genuine justice in lulling us all into simply listening and taking in the masculine emotion of his melodies. Then he goes and ramps it up again. He is tireless and a true performer. As for the 100 Club, well it's a real gem of a venue. No fancy lights, stage-dress or seating, just an honest venue which sells it's performers by reputation alone - check out the photographs on the 'Wall of Fame'. It's had a lot of the greats play the modest stage but it's simplicity lets the musicians speak for themselves. Good sound, decent bar, sometimes there's some seating to be had but you can pick and choose your stance and there isn't really a bad view from anywhere in the room (well only if you're stuck behind a pillar - but you shouldn't have to for long). One thing though - you will get some tourists in attendance. Some are respectful to the musician(s) performing but some will yap right the way through. Feel free to interrupt them and ask nicely to 'zip it'... It disrespects the musician(s) and the people who have rocked up paying for a ticket to listen to music not audience chat. I've almost had a round of applause for doing so.
Until Wed Nov 27 2013
Time Out says
Posted: Mon Apr 23 2012
Bearded and growling, bluesy soulster.