Tiny drummer Isaiah Gibbons (right) helped the Pangea Collective rock the Footprints party at the Rivoli Saturday night.
Thu, Sep 25
Glimmer of hope
Belgian DJ/production duo the Glimmers hail from the same place as 2 Many DJs/Soulwax and also tread that thin line between indie rock and dance music. However, they take a much less populist approach, which likely explains why their DJ gig at Wrongbar was heavy on the musicians and DJs but low on civilian punters. Unfortunate, since the debut album (Gee Gee Fazzi) they're giving away on this tour is a strong collection of collaborations and new-wave house experiments, which could use a larger audience than the music nerds who already love them.
Despite the low turnout, they eventually got most of the crowd on the dance floor, and it was refreshing to get down to some electro-ish tunes that don't feature distorted hoover sounds as their focus. Chances are the rest of the scene will have caught up to them by the time they hit town again.
Sat, Sep 27
Monthly soul, funk and jazz party Footprints moved back to its original home at the Rivoli after deciding that their previous move to the upstairs of the El Mocambo hadn't worked out as well as they'd hoped. They may not be able to squeeze as many bodies into the Riv's smallish back room, but the vibe is definitely warmer and the sound tighter and punchier. Sometimes less is more, and this is a prime example. Just make sure to show up early if you want to get in next month.
For this event, usual DJ residents Jason Palma, General Eclectic and Stuart were joined by local soul squad the Pangea Collective, featuring 12-year-old drum protege Isaiah Gibbons in his first-ever club appearance. Often when musicians his age are thrust onstage, it's little more than a gimmick, and we often ignore shoddy playing because they're "good considering their age." This was not the case with young Gibbons, who is truly talented and leads the band more than backs them up. Scores of local drummers three times his age could take lessons from him. He was precise and tight but also boasted remarkable finesse and a smooth sense of swing.
Let's just hope his parents won't throw him into a showbiz life until he's ready. Too many child stars have shown us this usually goes horrifically wrong.
Following Gibbons and company, the Footprints boys did their usual dance-floor destruction. This is still one of the best parties for dancing to jazz, and its eclectic approach that includes many genres of earthy, organic dance music from many eras continues to be a winning formula.