As a new venture for the Glee Club, a free Saturday afternoon acoustic show seems like a great way to draw in new customers, and give people a chance to explore new musicians that they may otherwise not have come across.
First up were Beneva, a likeable pair of musicians who have been around the block and are gearing up to head out again. The audience seemed to especially enjoy a couple of songs called ‘Let It Go’, and ‘Stalker’. The latter had a few lines borrowed from many other hits, such as ‘Monster’, ‘Tainted Love’, ‘Pass The Dutchie’ and even ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ all brought together in a unique Beneva style.
Rose Redd was next up with her super-bright red hair, powerful voice and infectious smile. She worked through many self-penned songs, notably including ‘Perfectly Useless’ and ‘Girl In The Cafe’, but the highlight of her set was a flawless cover of the Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’.
As 5 o’clock approached, ViX & her MsChiefs took to the stage. ViX (of Fuzzbox fame) introduced the premiere of the band’s new video ‘Fame Is Your Driver’. It is a clever tongue in cheek video that pokes fun at the reality fame genre, which has taken over our Saturday evening television entertainment. It has been well put together and suits the lyrics and musical tone of the song perfectly. There are lots of different acts interspersed with shots of ViX and her band performing. It is a shame the reality shows aren’t put together in this way, as there is more fun packed into 2 ½ minutes than in a whole hour’s X-Factor, The Voice or Britain’s Got Talent.
After the video ViX & her MsChiefs moved straight into their live show. There is something for everyone here, as they weave their own songs like ‘All The Way From Birmingham’, ‘No Stepford Wife’ and the haunting ‘I Sing Alone’ around such classics as Joplin’s ‘Mercedes Benz’, a stunning version of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ and the audience’s favourite, a (new) version of ViX’s former Fuzzbox hit ‘Pink Sunshine’. There was even audience participation when ViX called on a handful of audience members, known as “The “wannabes” who had featured in the new video, to join the band and perform a rousing rendition of ‘Fame is Your Driver’.
Overall, a great venue, an excellent afternoon’s entertainment and a bargain to boot. I cannot remember the last time I didn’t have to pay to see such a bostin concert. My family will be looking forward to our next ViX & her MsChiefs concert as well as another acoustic afternoon at the Glee Club the next time we are in Birmingham.
Written by ‘Markus Musik’